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The Parish of St. James
Warm, vibrant and welcoming, sharing Christ’s love in an ever changing world, with the community and beyond.
65 Church St. S., PO Box 1238 www.stjamesinstmarys.org
St. Marys ON N4X 1B8
519-284-1147 [email protected]
November 2017 Vol.12, Issue 2
Christmas Services at St. James
NOTE NEW TIMES:
Dec 24 10 am Advent IV
Dec 24 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service
Dec 24 9 pm Christmas Eve Candlelit Service
Dec 25 No Christmas Eucharist Service
Dec 31 10 am Lessons and Carols
Table of Contents
NEW! Advent Study Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 2
Common Praise & Chocolate.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 2
Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 2
Festival of Lessons & Carols.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 3
NEW! Hanging of the Greens.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 3
Fund Raising News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p 3
“Advent Longings – 15 Minutes with God in prayer 2017" guides us through selected Scriptures on what God is saying to our hearts, as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. Please pick up your Advent booklet at the back of the church.
Dear people of St. James,
A star, a stable, angels, gifts, a baby, shepherds: all things that bring Christmas to mind. So do friends and family, feasts and laughter, tinsel and trees.
This is a beautiful season filled with joy. After all, what is more wonderful than the birth of a baby! And we celebrate not only the birth of a baby but the birth of Jesus, God in flesh, the embodiment of love itself.
We have so many ways to celebrate here in St. James. Jesus came to earth with the message that we are to be in community; to love our neighbour. This parish is known for its love and I have certainly found this to be true as I moved here alone and nervous. Perhaps this year, we can make a point of keeping an eye and ear open for anyone who lives alone, who may need someone to say, “Why don’t you come with me?” It can be an especially lonely time for those who are on their own. Let’s make our goal this year to have a guest at every Christmas table and to see that no one misses an event because they didn’t want to go by themselves.
Let us not forget the truth of that baby born in a stable. There wasn’t a tree with brightly wrapped presents under it. There was a scared young woman giving birth surrounded by animals (and the gifts they give). There was a man becoming a father to a child that was not his. They were far from home and loved ones. They were very much alone as they brought God into the world. But there was true joy and celebration. And before long, the angels and the star were leading shepherds to the stable and Mary, Joseph and Jesus were no longer alone.
So, no matter what your Christmas celebration looks like, let’s keep the baby and His message of love as our focus.
Merry Christmas, and Love, Rev Jenny
ADVENT STUDY CLASS
“There’s more to the BAS than page 185!”
Thursdays, Dec 7, 14 & 21, 10 am
Come out on to the parish hall Thursday mornings during Advent and discover the Anglican Daily Office. On December 7, we will look at a bit of the history of the prayer book and delve into Morning Prayer. On December 14, we look at Noon prayers and on the 21, Evening prayer and Compline (BCP). All invited and welcome.
“COMMON PRAISE & CHOCOLATE” Thursday, Nov 30, 7 pm to 8 pm
There are so many beautiful Advent and Christmas carols in our Common Praise that we do not have a chance to sing as a congregation. Come out to “Common Praise and Chocolate” to sing some new hymns and enjoy some old ones, to lead us into Advent. There will be chocolate! All Welcome!
Calendar of Events
Nov 26 8:45 am Men’s Breakfast
Nov 26 7 pm Community Advent Service, Presbyterian Church
Nov 30 7 pm Common Praise & Chocolate
Dec 2 1 pm Afternoon Tea & Scones & Christmas Sale
Dec 3 10 am 1st Sunday of Advent – Hanging of the Greens Service
Dec 7 10 am Advent Study Class, Parish Hall
Dec 7 2 pm Communion Service at Wildwood
Dec 8 Christmas Kettle Minding at Foodland
Dec 12 10 am LAST COFFEE & CHAT UNTIL JANUARY
Dec 12 5:30 pm ACW Christmas Dinner, Parish Hall
Dec 14 10 am Advent Study Class, Parish Hall
Dec 18 2 pm Fairhill Timbits & Coffee Hour
Dec 20 2 pm Communion Service Kingsway, 2nd Floor
Dec 21 10 am Advent Study Class, Parish Hall
Dec 24 10 am Advent IV Church Service
Dec 24 6 pm Christmas Eve Family Service
Dec 24 9 pm Christmas Eve Candelit Service
Dec 25 No Christmas Eucharist Service today
Dec 31 10 am Lessons & Carols Service
Jan 8 9 am VESTRY REPORTS DUE
Jan 10 10 am Coffee & Chat Resumes
Jan 15 Community Supper hosted by St. James at United Church
Jan 21 8:45 am Men’s Breakfast
Jan 22 2 pm Fairhill Timbits & Coffee Hour
Jan 28 11:30 am VESTRY MEETING, after church
Feb 13 5 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Feb 26 8:30 am Men’s Breakfast
Mar 1 2 pm Communion Service Wildwood
Mar 7 2 pm Communion Service Kingsway, 2nd floor
Mar 17 5 pm Irish Stew Supper
Mar 25 8:45 am Men’s Breakfast
Mar 26 2 pm Fairhill Timbits & Coffee Hour
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ Matt 1.1-2
The First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017 at 10 am
HANGING OF THE GREENS
As we enter the Holy Season of Advent, a time when we make ready to celebrate the Birth
of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we make a place for Christ’s birth in our
hearts, and we decorate our homes and communities and places of worship in preparation to celebrate this wonderful Gift from God.
At this service we will examine the meaning of the symbols we use, the green garland and holly, the poinsettia, the wreath.
LESSONS & CAROLS
December 31, 2017 at 10 am
Join us for the Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 31. This liturgy has been popular in the Anglican tradition since it was first formed in 1880 by Bishop Edward Benson of Cornwall (who later became the 95th Archbishop of Canterbury.) It is a beautiful liturgy that offers us an opportunity to hear the story of God’s gift of Peace and Love simply through scripture and song.
Church Envelopes 2018
With the New Year just around the corner, the 2018 pre-numbered givings envelopes will soon be available for pick up at the church. If you do not currently use pre-numbered envelopes and would like to, please contact Mark McKenny, Envelope Secretary, at church, or at 519-284-3745.
Givings to the Church 2018
Have you been taking advantage of PreAuthorized givings which directly deposit your givings from your bank account? If yes, could you consider adjusting the amount to reflect increased costs faced by the church from year to year?
Contact Wayne Norris, Treasurer, for details, on how to adjust your Pre-Authorized givings.
Afternoon Tea & Scones/Christmas Sale December 2, 2017, 1 pm - 3:30 pm
As you know the annual Christmas tea and sale will soon be here. Remember, it is not only the major fundraiser for the church but it is also a chance to show the community some St. James’ Christmas hospitality and fellowship.
The event sponsored by the entire parish – the more members of the congregation participate, the more successful the event will be.
Tickets for the Afternoon Tea: each ticket is still just $5.00. Buy tickets for your family and friends from Betty Fulcher.
Come to the event and bring your friends, family & neighbours. Help make it a successful afternoon by spreading the word to everyone you know. It’s a great time with terrific items for sale and delicious tea & scones. AND it is a chance to get an annual supply of our famous MINCEMEAT! See you there!
Breakfasts for the men of the parish and their friends continue on the 4th Sundays at 8:45 am. The 2018 dates are Jan 21, Feb 25, Mar 25 and Apr 22. Come and enjoy the fellowship.
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 13, and the Irish Stew Supper will be held on Saturday, March 17!!
Anglican Church Women
The annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 12. Tickets for this catered meal are $16. If you would like to attend, please book with Arlene Callender (519-284-0225).
Keep tuned for ordering beef and turkey pies, following Easter.
And just a word about meat pies. For more than 20 years, a large group of women, plus several volunteer husbands, have roasted turkeys, sautéed ground beef and made pastry to produce individual size pot pies. Attesting to their quality our orders have increased to about 1,100 pies twice a year, and many of the orders come from the community-atlarge. The work parties to assemble the pies involve a lot of laughter and create a warm sense of fellowship and purpose, with the side benefit of being a very reliable fund raiser for St. James.
2017 Christmas Kettle Campaign
We will be minding the
Christmas Kettle at
Foodland this year on Friday Dec 8. Do you have an hour to help? Please add your name to the sign up sheet at the back of the church.
Questions? please contact
Arlene Callender, 519-284-0225.
ATTENTION MINISTRY TEAMS
Deadline for receiving Vestry Report: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9 am.
Coffee & Chats on Tuesdays, 10 am to noon. Please note we’ll take a Christmas break with our last Coffee & Chat for 2017 to be held on Tuesday, Dec 12. Our weekly gatherings will resume on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018.
Coffee Hours at Kingsway/Fairhill: Once a month we visit with residents, enjoying coffee and timbits and fellowship. Join us next on Monday Dec 18 at 2 pm! Future dates will be noted in the Fridge Reminders.
Worship services: These services at the nursing homes are well attended and appreciated by the residents. The next service is at Wildwood on Dec 7 at 2 pm and at Kingsway on Dec 20 at 7 pm on the 2nd Floor.
The Chancel Guild will again be decorating the church and window boxes for the Christmas season. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the Poinsettias for the windows, please let Joan Facey @ 519-284-4952 know.
Reminder about saving grocery tapes... Please bring your grocery receipts to St. James to the boxes at the back of the church (for the Independent and Stonetown Foodland stores).
If you would like to receive emails from St. James (primarily fridge reminders, occasional newsletters, copies of sermons and notices of upcoming events), please contact the Parish Office.
Or if you have recently joined St. James or moved to a new address, please do pass along your name, address & phone number to the Parish Office (519- 284-1147) or send an email to [email protected]