November 25 2018

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. An initial committee meeting will be held at 6pm at St. James in the parlour this Wednesday the 28th. 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.

Once again the food bank is asking the congregation for their help in spreading a little Christmas love and cheer to others. They will need 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.
THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, November 25
10:30 am We gather around the table and celebrate the Lord’s Supper on “Reign of Christ” Sunday.
11:30 am U.C.W. Planning Meeting in the Meeting Room
11:30 am Trustees and Property will meet in the Parlour
2-4 pm Family Square Dance in the Hall. No experience necessary and everyone is welcome. Basic step dance instruction will be provided.. Freewill donation to benefit World Wildlife Federation Species Adoption will be welcomed.

Monday, November 26
2:00 pm Prayer Shawl meeting in the Parlour.
6:00 pm Men’s Club Supper Meeting in the Hall. Guest Speaker: Michael Steinitz.

Tuesday, November 27
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. For more information, call Fran at 902 863 3546

Thursday, November 29
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal in the Hall.
6:30 pm Senior Choir Practice

There is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the wall near the back door easily accessible from both the hall and the sanctuary. Training will take place on Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 1 pm in the sanctuary to learn how to use the device. If you are interested in attending please let Rev. Peter or the office know.

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES

Saturday, December 1
1:00 pm Decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas. All are welcome to help. Decorations are provided.

Sunday, December 2
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.

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 atted. All are welcome!

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Friday, November 30 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Join St Martha’s Auxiliary at the Claire Marie Gathering Place. Featuring delicious Seafood Chowder, Attic Treasures, Bake and Fudge Tables, silent auction, seasonal decorations and gifts. Admission is free. Proceeds to St. Martha’s Auxiliary funds for equipment for St. Martha’s Hospital (part of the Nova Scotia Health Authority).

The Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition (APRC) has been conducting People’s School sessions throughout the Antigonish Town and County communities to better understand what services and programs exist in community to address the effects of poverty, what the gaps in these services are, and what can be done going forward. We invite you to our wrap up session on Tuesday, November 27th, from 5:00 – 8:30 at the People’s Place Library to discuss the initial findings of these sessions and to continue making action plans for the future. Refreshments will be served and if necessary the APRC can provide reimbursement for transportation and child care costs to attend the event. All are welcome!

Antigonish Lions Club Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Sunday, November 25, 2018 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lion’s Den, Highland Drive Extension. Donations at the door. Monies go to help a young Somalian woman bring her sisters to Canada.

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