December 2 2018

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 2
11:30 am Ministry and Personnel will meet in the Meeting Room.
4:00 pm Advent Family Potluck in the Hall 4:00- 6:30 pm. Family, Food Fun. Please bring a food item to share and to avoid a lot of time in the kitchen, bring your own dishes (just like going on a picnic). It saves
a lot of clean up time. For more information please call the Hospitality Committee.

Tuesday, December 4
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour,
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal in the Hall.
3:00 pm The Meditation Group meets Multi Purpose Room.

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

Friday, December 7
6:30pm The closing worship service for Pictou Presbytery at Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton. You are invited to join us on for fellowship and food (sandwiches and sweets) at 6:30. Worship will follow at 7:30pm. Please let Rev. Peter know if you are planning to attend. All are welcome!

Stewardship Thought for this Sunday (December 2, 2018)
Your use of money shows what you think of God
Once again the food bank is asking the congregation for their help in spreading a little Christmas love and cheer to others. Donations of personal care items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, body wash, etc. are needed for the gift bags by December 9, 2018. Items can be dropped of at the church office weekday mornings or brought to church Sunday mornings. Thank you for your help with this very important ministry.

You Can Help Others on Christmas Day – Planning for this years Community Christmas Dinner is underway. Again this year, St. James United Church is hosting a Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 at the St. James United Church hall in Antigonish. This event has been a success every year, but we can’t do it without the help of our community. This is open to anyone interested in being on the committee or looking for any information on how to get involved. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, food preparation, serving, and clean up. We also require donations of food, including turkeys, vegetables, condiments, and desserts, as well as monetary donations to help with expenses. This is a wonderful way to help others at Christmas. If you want to be involved in any way, please call Natasha @ 902-872-2737 or email xmas@stjamesuc.com.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, December 9
10:30 am We welcome our friends from St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church for a joint service of worship.

Sunday, December 11
1:00 pm Orpah Unit will meet in the parlour.

Wednesday, December 12
10:00 Christmas Worship at Highland Crest Home. Everyone is Welcome.

Sunday, December 16
1:00 pm Women of St. James are invited to Betty Webber’s for a Christmas Celebration.

Gifts with Vision Our Congregation has multiple copies of Gifts with Vision: A Gift-Giving Catalogue from the United Church of Canada for all of us to use and share. The United Church developed the gift catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to support that support the church’s Mission and Service partners. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts and include projects here in Canada and around the world many different areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more). An online copy of the gift catalogue can be found at www.giftswithvision.ca

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Women’s Advent Reflection, led by Dorothy Ludlow, Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm at the John Paul Center, open to all women in the community. For further information please call Dorothy, 902-863-5601.

St Paul’s Anglican Church will be holding their annual Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 15th at 6.00 pm. The change in day is to allow the CACL Concertgoers time to attend both events. Featuring local singers and congregational carols, this is an event to raise money for the Antigonish Food Bank, very necessary at this time of year. There will be seasonal refreshments in the Church Hall after the concert. All welcome.

United Church male student in 3rd year nursing at St FX looking for accommodations for 2 months during 4th year. (Sept-Oct approx. 6-8 weeks) Looking for room, private bath and kitchenette (or use of kitchen). Contact Ethan Anderson (902) 670-2710 x2016pio@stfx.ca
I attended and sang with your choir a few times in first year. My Mom, (Krista Anderson) included in this email is a United Church Minister and suggested this might be something you might consider. I appreciate any help you might be able to offer. Ethan Anderson

WHITE GIFT SUNDAY

The tradition of White Gift Sunday has its roots in a small Methodist church in Ohio in 1904. What began as a humble way to reflect on the love and devotion of the giver and not the value of the gift has grown into today’s white gift services in many churches across several denominations.

The story is told that a minister’s wife initiated the idea to solve the problem of inequity of gifts given at the Sunday school Christmas party. Instead of focusing on receiving gifts, the focus shifted to bringing gifts to Jesus that could in turn be shared with people around the world who did not have much.

All the gifts would come wrapped in plain white paper, so that no one would know which was an expensive gift and which was a more modest one. No one would feel ashamed of their gift and everyone would share in the joy of giving to others.

Here at St. James, we continue the tradition and spirit of White Gift Sunday by taking up a special offering which is given to the work of Brunswick Street Mission in Halifax and the work of the wider church here in Canada and around the world through the Mission and Service Fund.

The envelopes found in the bulletin this morning can be used at any time through December as a way of sharing with others during this season as we celebrate God’s gift to us in Jesus.

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