Announcements

September 15, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, September 15
11:30 am Worship Committee in the Parlor.
11:30 am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School room upstairs.

Tuesday, September 17
10:00 am Bible Study resumes. Everyone is welcome.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal.
1:00 pm Hot Meal Meeting for the Tuesday and Thursday teams and volunteers will meet in the Hall.
3:00 pm Meditation Group gathers in the Meeting Room.
7:00 pm Church Council in the Meeting Room.

Wednesday, September 18
11:00 am United Church worship at the RK MacDonald.
11:00 am Funeral Committee in the Meeting Room.
12:00 pm Senior Fellowship will meet in the Hall with a Potluck Lunch..

Thursday, September 19
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal
6:00 pm Ladies Choir
6:30 pm Choir

The Hot Meal Program is looking for volunteers to help with preparing and serving the meals on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. If you would like to help out please contact Betty Webber at 902-863-1301.

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (September 22, 2019)
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 • 1 Timothy 2:1-7 • Luke 16:1-13

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #14 Language & Culture – We call upon the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act that incorporates the following principles … [an Aboriginal Languages Commissioner; creation of university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages; enabling residential school survivors to reclaim names changed by the residential school system].

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMESWorship at the Maples (in the Theatre) will happen on Wednesday, September 25 at 11 am. Everyone is welcome.

Cultural Connections Antigonish is once again inviting you, your family, neighbours and friends to an evening of shared food, mixing and entertainment. Sunday September 22nd at 5:30. It is family friendly. Just bring a dish or something to share. For more info
culturalconnections.antigonish@gmail.com

UCW Yard Sale “Anything and Everything Goes” on Saturday September 28, 2019, 9-12. We are accepting the usual sale items – household goods, toys, furniture, etc. No Clothing or Out-of-Season items. Donations must be in good working condition, clean, and all pieces included. Please, no TV’s printers, computers, keyboards as they do not sell. Set up Friday, September 27th, 9:00 am.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Parkinson’s Support Meeting: Monday Sept. 16, 2019 at 2PM at Shannex. Please share this message with anyone you may know that might like to attend.

SAFE (Syria-Antigonish Society Embrace) is seeking a home or apartment suitable for a family of four. If you have something available or would like to have more information before committing please contact brendaannerose@gmail.com

HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF

Hurricane Dorian, a powerful category 5 hurricane, landed in the Bahamas in early September 2019 and left a trail of destruction. The slow-moving storm destroyed thousands of homes and left approximately 60,000 people without shelter.

As the scale of the destruction unfolds, The United Church of Canada is accepting funds to help with relief and reconstruction efforts, working with global partners the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) and ACT Alliance (ACT). ACT’s regional office in El Salvador is mobilizing a rapid assessment team in the Bahamas to assess humanitarian needs.

WHAT CAN WE DO?
PRAY: Please include the people of the Bahamas in your prayers as they face the long and difficult journey from emergency response to reconstruction and recovery.

GIVE: Online at https://www.united-church.ca/hurricane-dorian-relief
or phone toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your credit card.
or send a cheque, money order to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Caribbean Relief (Dorian)” on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

September 8, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, September 8
11:30am Christian Faith and Development in the Sunday School room upstairs.

Tuesday, September 10
10:00 am No Bible Study this week.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal
1:00 pm Orpah Unit in the parlour
3:00 pm Meditation Group gathers in the Meeting Room.
7:00 pm Ruth Unit in the Meeting Room

Thursday, September 12
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Tuesday, September 17
10:00 am Bible Study begins. Everyone welcome.
7:00 pm Church Council in the Meeting Room

Wednesday, September 18
11:00 am United Church worship at the RK MacDonald.
Funeral Committee in the Meeting Room

Thursday, September 19
1:00 pm Hot Meal Meeting for the Tuesday and Thursday teams and volunteers will meet in the Hall.

UCW Yard Sale “Anything and Everything Goes” on Saturday September 28, 2019, 9-12. We are accepting the usual sale items – household goods, toys, furniture, etc. No Clothing or Out-of-Season items. Donations must be in good working condition, clean, and all pieces included. Please, no TV’s printers, computers, keyboards as they do not sell. Set Up Friday, September 27th, 9:00 am.

June 30, 2019

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday, July 13th The Orpah Unit will host a Highland Brunch, in the hall from 9:30-11:30 am. Homemade pancakes, blueberry sauce, muffins, local maple syrup, local sausages, Fair Trade coffee, tea and juice will be served. Adults: $8; Children: $4; Toddlers Free. Members of the congregation are asked to contribute a dozen muffins (please label muffins as to what kind they are) which can be dropped off after church on Sunday, July 6, Tuesday July 9t during the day or the afternoon on Friday July 12. Thank you for your help in making this event a success!

Sunday, July 14th, Highland Games Closing Service. The congregation to bring a plate of sandwiches for after the service lunch,.

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends Returns for Fourth Year. The Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Williams and Lead Drummer Judy Smith, both of Antigonish, will return to St. James United Church on Sunday, July 7th with an all star cast of performers featuring Emery Van de Wiel on Flute and vocals, Martha Palmer on Accordion and vocals, Fiddler Karen Beaton accompanied by Leona Williams on piano, Trumpet and Flute by Luke and Mary Henderson, Organist Sandra Johnson, a Scottish Small Pipes Ensemble, dancers from the Smith School of Highland Dance, and featuring in his debut solo performance, piper Oakley MacLean of St. Andrews. The M.C. will b Jack Langlois, Stellarton’s Town Crier. The concert will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is $10 and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. All proceeds will be directed to the St. James Music Bursary Fund.

Advance notice: the UCW Yard Sale that will take place September 27th.

June, 23, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, June 23
10:30am We recognize and honour our graduates

Tuesday, June 25
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, June 27
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.

Huge thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who showed up for the Adopt-A-Hwy clean up! And a big shout out to A&W who provided four helpers. We collected 27 bags of litter from the Exit 32 interchange, plus assorted tire parts, signage, and a large animal “feed bag”. This would not happen without everyone’s collective efforts. We’ll look forward to doing it again in the fall.

Stewardship Thought for this Week (June 23, 2019)
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.- John Bunyan

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday, July 13th The Orpah Unit will host a Highland Brunch, in the church hall from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Homemade pancakes, blueberry sauce, muffins, local maple syrup, local sausages, Fair Trade coffee, tea and juice will be served. Adults: $8; Children: $4; Toddlers Free.

Sunday, July 14th, Highland Games Closing Service. The Hospitality committee invites the congregation to bring a plate of sandwiches for after the service lunch, Strawberry Shortcake will be served as well.

Sunday, July 14 The Highland Games Closing Service will be held at St. James. There will be no service at St. David’s this Sunday.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

On Sunday, July 7, 2019 St. Vincent de Paul is sponsoring a pancake and sausage breakfast fund raiser at St. Ninian’s Place, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Donations only. Receipts will be given for donations over $20.00. The primary goal of St. Vincent de Paul is to serve and to minister to all the needy making no distinction of creed, ethnic or social background, health or political opinions to promote the dignity in accordance with Christian values. For the year 2018, St. Vincent de Paul visited 616 homes, served 823 adults, 460 children at a cost of $29,250.00. Our Christmas cheer program served approximately 125 families at a cost of $11,850.00, all donations are welcome.

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends Returns for Fourth Year. The Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Williams and Lead Drummer Judy Smith, both of Antigonish, will return to St. James United Church on Sunday, July 7th with an all star cast of performers featuring Emery Van de Wiel on Flute and vocals, Martha Palmer on Accordion and vocals, Fiddler Karen Beaton accompanied by Leona Williams on piano, Trumpet and Flute by Luke and Mary Henderson, Organist Sandra Johnson, a Scottish Small Pipes Ensemble, dancers from the Smith School of Highland Dance, and featuring in his debut solo performance, piper Oakley MacLean of St. Andrews. The M.C. will b Jack Langlois, Stellarton’s Town Crier. The concert will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is $10 and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. All proceeds will be directed to the St. James Music Bursary Fund.

June 16, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, June 16
10:00 am CE Director Search Committee gathers in the Meeting Room.
11:30 am BBQ to mark another year of learning and growing in faith. Everyone is welcome.
11:30 am Trustees and Property in the Meeting Room.

Tuesday, June 18
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, June 20
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #12 Education: We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for Aboriginal families

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Next Sunday the summer services at St. David’s in Cape George will begin at 9:00 am and continue through September 1st. Services at St. James will continue at 10:30 am throughout the summer.

If you are aware of any members of this year’s graduating class who are connected to St. James, please forward their names to the church office by June 17th (tomorrow).

Sunday, July 14th, Highland Games Closing Service. The Hospitality committee invites the congregation to bring a plate of sandwiches for after the service lunch, Strawberry Shortcake will be served as well.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Our Annual Highland Lobster Supper will take place Father’s Day, June 16th from 12-6 p.m. at the Mini Trail Community Centre, rte. 337 in Lakevale, Admission for Lobster Dinner is $20.00, Additional Lobster $10.00, Ham Dinner $15.00, and Children 12 years and under $8.00. Take-outs Available. All dinners include 1lb lobster served in a shell with butter, homemade coleslaw, potato salad, rolls, and dessert.

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends Returns for Fourth Year. The Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Williams and Lead Drummer Judy Smith, both of Antigonish, will return to St. James United Church on Sunday, July 7th with an all star cast of performers featuring Emery Van de Wiel on Flute and vocals, Martha Palmer on Accordion and vocals, Fiddler Karen Beaton accompanied by Leona Williams on piano, Trumpet and Flute by Luke and Mary Henderson, Organist Sandra Johnson, a Scottish Small Pipes Ensemble, dancers from the Smith School of Highland Dance, and featuring in his debut solo performance, piper Oakley MacLean of St. Andrews. The M.C. will b Jack Langlois, Stellarton’s Town Crier. The concert will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is $10 and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. All proceeds will be directed to the St. James Music Bursary Fund.

June 9, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, June 9
10:30 am We gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Monday June 10,
6:00 p.m. UCW summer break dinner in the hall guest speaker will be Alaa Hadhad.

Tuesday, June 11
10:00 am Bible Study.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, June 13
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

St James’ spring 2019 Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up is scheduled for 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11th . Anyone 16 years and older is invited to join us. We will meet at the old Bennett’s Market parking lot (diagonally across from the main StFX sign), near our area, Hwy 7 and 104 – Exit 32. Equipment supplied. All you need is comfortable clothing – work gloves and waterproof footwear. Note this is active tick season – plan to stay covered up! This should take less than two hours, beautifies our community and improves the environment. Treats and handouts provided! Please talk to Michèle Ashby (232-3473) or after the service, if you are able to assist and have not already indicated your interest.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
The Tuesday Meditation Group is celebrating 25 yrs of meditating. To celebrate we’ve invited all who are likewise meditators or those curious about both meditation and mindfulness. A film and discussion Friday June 14th from 7-9pm. Saturday presentations on meditation and mindfulness from 9:45-3pm. Both in the church hall. A light lunch will be served (Pay What You Can). Those wanting lunch must register at 9:45. For more information, call 902 863 3546.

Sunday, June 16th the children of the congregation will help us give thanks for their year of worship during our morning worship. A bbq will follow and everyone is welcome. If you are aware of any members of this year’s graduating class who are connected to St. James, please forward their names to the church office by June 17th. Recognition of the graduates service at St. James will be held on June 23.

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #11 Education – We call upon the federal government to provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First Nations students seeking a post-secondary education.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Book Launch “First World War Honour Roll of Antigonish, NS 1915-1927” June 9, 2019 2pm at the Antigonish Heritage Museum
Letters, Music and Song of the Era.

Our Annual Highland Lobster Supper will take place Father’s Day, June 16th from 12-6 p.m. at the Mini Trail Community Centre, rte. 337 in Lakevale, Admission for Lobster Dinner is $20.00, Additional Lobster $10.00, Ham Dinner $15.00, and Children 12 years and under $8.00. Take-outs Available. All dinners include 1lb lobster served in a shell with butter, homemade coleslaw, potato salad, rolls, and dessert.

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends Returns for Fourth Year. The Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Williams and Lead Drummer Judy Smith, both of Antigonish, will return to St. James United Church on Sunday, July 7th with an all star cast of performers featuring Emery Van de Wiel on Flute and vocals, Martha Palmer on Accordion and vocals, Fiddler Karen Beaton accompanied by Leona Williams on piano, Trumpet and Flute by Luke and Mary Henderson, Organist Sandra Johnson, a Scottish Small Pipes Ensemble, dancers from the Smith School of Highland Dance, and featuring in his debut solo performance, piper Oakley MacLean of St. Andrews. The M.C. will b Jack Langlois, Stellarton’s Town Crier. The concert will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is $10 and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. All proceeds will be directed to the St. James Music Bursary Fund.

Donations for the Jordon Myles foundation may be left in the music room (choir room), at the church office, or given directly to Brenda Rose (in the choir), at any time.

June 2, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, June 2
11:30am This Sunday includes a Celebration of Rev Peter’s 25th Year since Ordination and Rev Doug’s 40th Year since Ordination. There will be a reception to follow and everyone is welcome.
2:00 pm Please join us for Music for Claire’s Journey, a benefit concert to support Claire MacDonell and her children through her treatment for cancer. The concert will take place at St. James United Church. A reception will follow in the church hall. Entrance by donation .

Tuesday, June 4
10:00 am Bible Study.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
1:00 pm Orpah Unit will meet in the parlour.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.
Thursday, June 6
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

This June marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, the start of the modern pride movement and the beginning of advocacy for LGBT+ rights in the United States, Canada and around the world. The United Church has marked this Sunday as Pride Sunday, a time for us to recommit ourselves to making our churches a safe space of all God’s children to gather, an occasion for us to continue to advocate for acceptance and justice, and a time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit lay people and clergy who have enriched our church by their faithfulness and commitment to justice for everyone.

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to note two very important upcoming dates. June 5th is World Environment Day and June 8th is World Oceans Day. The environment is in the news and on all our minds at the moment as more and more dire reports come out telling us how we are pushing our beautiful natural world to the brink of destruction. But … it’s not yet too late. If we make a serious effort to clean up our act, we can still reverse this trend. We just have to start somewhere. We basically know what we have to do – let’s just do it! We also know that our oceans are becoming more and more polluted. This week, take a beach walk, take along a bag and do some cleaning up. If we all do our part, we will make a difference!

Truth & Reconciliation – Call #10 Education – We call on the federal government to draft new Aboriginal education legislation with the full participation and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples. The new legislation would include a commitment to sufficient funding and would incorporate the following principles: [provide sufficient funding; improve attainment levels and success rates; develop culturally appropriate curricula; protect Aboriginal language rights; enable parental and community responsibility, control and accountability; and enable parental participation in education].
UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday, June 8 rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. James Stump Frolic is taking place. You can now drop off your donations for the silver and white elephant tables, silent auction and the book table. Please give an approximate value on silent auction items if possible. No clothing, encyclopaedias or education textbooks! Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon on weekdays up until Friday, May 31st”. If these hours do not work for you, please call Barb Gardiner at 902-863-1614

Sunday, June 9 we will gather around the table and celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our service of worship.

Monday June 10, at 6 p.m. in the hall the UCW summer break dinner is taking place. Our guest speaker will be Alaa Hadhad. All women of the congregation are welcome! You do not need to be a UCW member. Tickets are $25 and the meal is catered by Candace MacKenzie. Main course is a choice of chicken, salmon or tofu.

The Tuesday Meditation Group is celebrating 25 yrs of meditating. To celebrate we’ve invited all who are likewise meditators or those curious about both meditation and mindfulness. A film and discussion Friday June 14th from 7-9pm. Saturday presentations on meditation and mindfulness from 9:45-3pm. Both in the church hall. A light lunch will be served (Pay What You Can). Those wanting lunch must register at 9:45. For more information, call 902 863 3546.

Sunday, June 16th the children of the congregation will help us give thanks for their year of worship and all the ways we learn and grow in God’s grace.

With the upcoming high school graduation season approaching, St. James would like to honour and celebrate the young people who will earn their high school diplomas this year. If you are aware of any members of this year’s graduating class who are connected to St. James, please fortward their names to the church office by June 17th. Recognition of the graduates service at St. James will be held on June 23.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The final meeting of the Antigonish Parkinson’s Support Group before summer holidays will be on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 2PM at Shannex-Parkland in Antigonish. We will have 2 guests. Marlene Melanson, Antigonish Recreation will share information on accessibility in our area including Pomquet Beach swimming. Lisa Frankland, Community Development Coordinator, Atlantic Parkinson’s Canada will discuss with us info about PD Canada. If you want more info please feel free to call J MacKenzie at 902-872-0660.

Book Launch “First World War Honour Roll of Antigonish, NS 1915-1927” June 9, 2019 2pm at the Antigonish Heritage Museum
Letters, Music and Song of the Era.

Our Annual Highland Lobster Supper will take place Father’s Day, June 16th from 12-6 p.m. at the Mini Trail Community Centre, rte. 337 in Lakevale, Antigonish Co. Admission for Lobster Dinner is $20.00, Additional Lobster $10.00, Ham Dinner $15.00, and Children 12 years and under $8.00. Take-outs Available. All dinners include 1lb lobster served in a shell with butter with homemade coleslaw, potato salad, rolls, and dessert.

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends Returns for Fourth Year. The Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Williams and Lead Drummer Judy Smith, both of Antigonish, will return to St. James United Church on Sunday afternoon, July 7th with an all star cast of performers featuring Emery Van de Wiel on Flute and vocals, Martha Palmer on Accordion and vocals, Fiddler Karen Beaton accompanied by Leona Williams on piano, Trumpet and Flute by Luke and Mary Henderson, Organist Sandra Johnson, a Scottish Small Pipes Ensemble, dancers from the Smith School of Highland Dance, and featuring in his debut solo performance, piper Oakley MacLean of St. Andrews. The M.C. will b Jack Langlois, Stellarton’s Town Crier. The concert will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is $10 and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. All proceeds will be directed to the St. James Music Bursary Fund.

Donations for the Jordon Myles foundation may be left in the music room (choir room), at the church office, or given directly to Brenda Rose (in the choir), at any time.

May 26, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Monday, May 27
6:00 pm Men’s Club Annual Ladies Night Lobster Supper will be held in the Hall.
Tuesday, May 28
10:00 am Bible Study is CANCELLED.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, May 30
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, June 2
11:30am This Sunday will include a Celebration of Rev Peter’s 25th Year since Ordination and Rev Doug’s 40th Year since Ordination. There will be a reception to follow and everyone is welcome. The congregation is asked to bring a plate of sandwiches to the reception and a cake will be provided. Anyone willing to assist the Hospitality Committee in setting up for the reception is asked to come at 9:00 on June 2. For more information please contact Betty Webber, 863-1301.

2:00 pm Please join us on Sunday, June 2 from 2-4 pm for Music for Claire's Journey, a benefit concert to support Claire MacDonell and her children through her treatment for cancer.  The concert will take place at St. James United Church.  A reception will follow in the church hall.  Entrance by donation . Claire is currently on leave from her part time jobs at NSHA and St. James United Church and is faced with the expenses of travelling for medical treatment, childcare, and additional medical costs.

Tuesday, June 4
1:00 pm Orpah Unit will meet in the parlour.

Saturday, June 8 rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. James Stump Frolic is taking place. You can now drop off your donations for the silver and white elephant tables, silent auction and the book table. Please give an approximate value on silent auction items if possible. No clothing, encyclopaedias or education textbooks! Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon on weekdays up until Friday, May 31st”. If these hours do not work for you, please call Barb Gardiner at 902-863-1614

Monday June 10, at 6 p.m. in the hall the UCW summer break dinner is taking place. Our guest speaker will be Alaa Hadhad. All women of the congregation are welcome! You do not need to be a UCW member. Tickets are $25 and the meal is catered by Candace MacKenzie. Main course is a choice of chicken, salmon or tofu. Tickets will be sold in the hall after service on Sunday May 19 and Sunday May 26 (last day to get tickets).

Come learn of Meditation and Mindfulness traditions, and the diverse ways we now practice them. Our Tuesday Meditation Group is celebrating 25 years! This event shines a light on this area’s many different ways to meditate. Open to all, practising or curious.
Friday June 14, 7-9; Saturday June 15, 9:45-3; St James Church Hall,
Light Vegan and non Vegan Soup and sides- Pay What You Can.

With the upcoming high school graduation season approaching, St. James would like to honour and celebrate the young people who will earn their high school diplomas this year. If you are aware of any members of this year’s graduating class who are connected to St. James, please put forth their names to the church office by June 17th. Recognition of the graduates service at St. James will be held on June 23.

Truth & Reconciliation Truth & Reconciliation – Call #9 Education – We call upon the federal government to prepare and publish annual reports comparing funding for the education of First Nations children on and off reserves, as well as educational and income attainments of Aboriginal peoples in Canada compared with non-Aboriginal people.

The final meeting of the Antigonish Parkinson’s Support Group before summer holidays will be on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 2PM at Shannex-Parkland in Antigonish. We will have 2 guests. Marlene Melanson, Antigonish Recreation will share information on accessibility in our area including Pomquet Beach swimming. Lisa Frankland, Community Development Coordinator, Atlantic Parkinson’s Canada will discuss with us info about PD Canada. If you want more info please feel free to call J MacKenzie at 902-872-0660.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Antigonish Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, May 26th, 9 am to 1pm at the Lions Den on Highland Drive. Our Pancake Breakfast this month is for the Antigonish Crime Stoppers.

A Public Forum on the Plastics Crisis St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 96 Church Street, Antigonish, will host a Public Forum on the Plastics Crisis on Monday, May 27th, at 7:00 pm. This forum on reducing, reusing and recycling plastics will feature two expert presenters: Nicole Haverkort, Regional Waste Coordinator/Educator at Eastern Region Solid Waste Management; and Debbie Feltmate, Business Manager, Small Craft Harbours, Gulf Nova Scotia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
A question period will follow the presentations. Everyone is welcome to attend this important public meeting! For more information, call 902-863-8226.

Carbon Pricing Talk – Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm Meghan McMorris of the Ecology Action Centre will be giving a talk at the library on carbon pricing. For those who have already heard her present, you will know she is an engaging, dynamic speaker with a unique ability to explain complexities like carbon pricing in a way that actually makes it fun!

GRAND BOOK SALE: FoAL and St Martha’s Auxiliary will be holding their annual book sale on June 1 at the Antigonish Library from 10 – 2pm. Books will be sold at $1 per pound. Books can be donated to the sale on Friday ONLY from 1 pm – 6 pm. Books will NOT be accepted on Saturday. Please ensure any books you donate are sale worthy as our dumpster is not very big! Please help two important charities raise money for our community.

Seafood Chowder and Bake Sale, North Shore Fire Hall, Marsh Road
Cape George, Sunday June 2, 2019, 11:30am until 2:00 pm, Admission: Adults $12.00, Children under 12 yrs $5.00. Chowder, tea or coffee, rolls, biscuits, and desert. TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the North Shore Fire Dept.

February 24, 2019

A warm welcome to all who have gathered with us for worship this morning. May this time be one of fellowship with God and neighbour. Following the service there is a time of refreshments and conversation in the hall and everyone is welcome.

Greeters: Wallace Polson and Family

Babies and toddlers who don’t want to stay in the service for worship are welcome to make use of the nursery located in the multipurpose room. The nursery has toys and a friendly adult in attendance.

Income Tax receipts for 2018 are now available and may be picked up in the Narthex.- Finance and Stewardship

Next Sunday’s Scripture (March 3, 2019)
Exodus 34:29-35 • 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 • Luke 9:28-36

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, February 24
11:30 am The Congregational Annual Meeting will be held after worship and following a congregational meal in the hall. Everyone is welcome to stay for the meal and the meeting.
5:30 pm Soul Food Potluck in the Hall. Celebrate African Heritage Month by enjoying an evening of African cuisine, fun, and laughter. All are welcome, bring a dish to share (any dish). Hosted by Antigonish Parents in Action Education Committee in collaboration with Cultural Connections Antigonish.

Monday, February 25
5:30 pm Men’s Club Supper Meeting in the Hall. Guest Speaker: Bill Detweiler, Topic “The Legion”

Tuesday, February 26
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour this week.
11:00 am Kitchen Committee in the Parlour.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group in the Meeting Room.
Thursday, February 28
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Choir Practice

The St. James UCW held their first fundraiser of the year, a Valentine tea on Saturday, February 9 to a full house. Within a few minutes of opening the door, 100 guests were seated and looking forward to a hot cup of tea to accompany their assorted sandwiches and dessert. As with any new venture there were a few glitches, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Many thanks go out to the many volunteers who set up tables, made desserts, washed dishes (our dishwasher is under repair), served and worked in the kitchen preparing and plating the sandwiches. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The Maples are looking for a volunteer to drive some seniors to St. James on Sunday mornings. They have a minivan which can be used and if you are interested in helping out please contact Sarah @902-735-2220

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, March 3
10:30 am We will gather around the table to share in the Lord’s Supper as we begin the journey through Lent.
Sunday, March 10
CF&D Committee will meet following morning worship.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Children’s Worship on March 17th

Do you have a story to tell? An upcoming event to publicize? A reminiscence to share? A special someone to acknowledge? A rant to get off your chest (nicely)? If you have something to say, Connections would love to hear about it. Please submit your contributions to the church office or to brendaannerose@gmail.com The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 4, 2019.

World Day of Prayer, March 1, 2019. Please note: There will be no World Day of Prayer service held at St. James this year

African Heritage Month in the United Church- The General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations has declared 2015–2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent. In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing “that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.” As people of faith, we know every part of humanity is a reflection, an embodied wisdom and the power of God, and yet all of our collective humanity has been diminished and ruptured through the enslavement of African peoples and the colonization and exploitation of those same peoples land. Chinua Achebe shares the African proverb that states, “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” It is important for people of African descent to tell their/our own truths, stories and histories. It is important for all of us to protect and preserve, to celebrate and enjoy the wisdom and beauty of God in our siblings of African descent, and by doing so, know God and ourselves in a deeper way.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Antigonish Lions Club Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:00am to 1:00pm Lions’ Den Highland Drive Extension. Donations at the Door for Salt Springs Dance Society.

“Stories Round the Stove”will take the form of a “Potluck Supper” on Thursday, February 28th at the home of Betty Webber. Sharing Fore-runners, Fey and other strange happenings. All are welcome. For more information please call 902-863-1301.

Sunday, March 3rd from 6 pm to 8 pm The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library will be holding a “Dining Among the Stacks” fund-raiser at the New Glasgow Public Library. The event will include fine dining, music, a silent auction, and entertainment. Catering will be by Pantry Kitchen. Tickets ($60 per person, of which $30 is a charitable donation eligible for a tax receipt) can be purchased at People’s Place Library in Antigonish until February 28th. Everyone is welcome.