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.

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