September 30, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES
Monday, September 30
2:00 pm Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet in the Parlour
5:30 pm Men’s Club will meet in the Hall with a Potluck Dinner.
Tuesday, October 1
10:00 am Bible Study in the Parlour. Everyone is welcome.
11:00 am Tuesday Hot Meal.
3:00 pm Meditation Group gathers in the Meeting Room.

Thursday, October 3
11:00 am Thursday Hot Meal
6:00 pm Ladies Choir
6:30 pm Choir

Scripture Readings for Next Sunday (October 6, 2019)
Lamentations 3:19-26 • 2 Timothy 1:1-14 • Luke 17:5-10

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES
Sunday, October 6
10:30 am We gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Sunday, October 13
10:30 am Thanksgiving Service at St. James
2:00 pm Thanksgiving Service at St. David’s

The St. James Garden Committee and Trustees are pleased to report that 6 trees (two maple, two red oak and two linden) selected, supplied and donated by Scott and Stewart Forestry will be planted at St. James. Five of the trees will be planted in the pioneer cemetery behind St. James United Church to replace ones that have been lost over the years. One of the linden trees will be planted to replace the tree behind the lion and lamb statue which was blown down by hurricane Dorian. As a way to raise funds for the cemetery fund the Garden Committee and Trustees are inviting people to make donations (in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a special occasion, or for any other reason) for the trees being planted in the cemetery. Donations (and relevant details) can be left at the church office with Patsy.

Window Decorating October 6th . A sign up sheet is in the Narthex for those who wish to decorate the church windows for Thanksgiving Sunday.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? is back!!! The evening of 20 October, multiple hosts will welcome assorted guests to their homes for a simple, home style meal. You can be either a host or a guest. If you’ve participated before, you’ll know how much fun it is! If you haven’t yet, please consider participating. See the posters for further information or talk to one of the committee members: Michèle Ashby, Pamela Cunningham, Linda Darwish, Barb Gardiner, Hope Graham or Randy Lauff

Stewardship Thought for this Week (September 29)
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
— Martin Luther, German reformer and theologian

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Antigonish Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Sunday, September 29th at the Lions Den, Highland Drive Ext. from 9-1. Proceeds will go to ALS.

The 11th Annual Blessing of the Pets Service will be held Sunday, 6 Oct at 2:00 pm in the Garden of St Theresa on the former Bethany property. This ceremony is a tribute to St Francis of Assisi and honours the companion animals who bring so much to our lives. All pets are welcome, but must be crated or leashed. Clergy will be available to administer blessings to all pets. In case of inclement weather the service will move to the hall at St James United Church (please use the rear door off Church St).

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.comReport on current church finances as of August 31st

To help ensure the programs and ministry at St. James will continue without disruption we ask that you consider helping cover our financial shortfall.

The enclosed envelope may be used for this special offering appeal prior to October 30th. Envelopes are also available in the Narthex. Your contribution will be much appreciated and will help ensure the programs and ministry at St. James will continue without disruption.
Thank you and God Bless.
Your Finance and Stewardship Committee

Did you know? PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance) is the way about half the families in St. James make their offering. Once per month the amount you designate is transferred to the church to ensure that our work and witness to the good news of Jesus continues here in Antigonish and around the world. If you are interested signing up for PAR or in learning more please speak to Pamela Cunningham or drop by the church office.

Looking to find St. James on the web? Our website is at www.stjamesuc.com. Through that page you can link to our Twitter account as well as our Facebook page.

Interested in having the weekly sermon delivered to your inbox? Just send a message to weekly.sermons@stjamesuc.com or the church office asking to join the mailing list.

If you would like to sponsor the bulletin in celebration or memory of a loved one or a special day, please call the office at 863-2001 and let Patsy know.

Lord Jesus,
you know that we are hungry for many things,
acceptance and recognition,
meaning and purpose,
a sign that we are valuable.
We are hungry for love.

It is so easy to fill ourselves with other things,
to pursue the love of money,
to follow vain desires.

In a world of great inequality,
where Lazarus still begs at the rich man’s gate,
give us thankful acceptance of the gift of life,
and recognition of the common wealth of sharing.

Teach us the meaning of contentment with enough
and a purpose not in our own needs alone
but in the needs of others.

You have given us such worth;
fill us with your love,
show us what really satisfies.
AMEN

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