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.

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