Saint James Anglican Church

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Autumn Letter


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My dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ; I trust that this Autumn Letter finds you all in good health after a lovely summer of sunshine, peace and some relaxation.


Our Congregation had a sad early summer as we said farewell to four of our parishioners: Bea Duncan; Minnie Noseworthy; Ken Conrod and Keith Shupe. Mixed in we also had the pleasure of a joyous Annual Garden Party & Barbeque with a Liturgy of Baptism to celebrate. While the summer months may call many away to the cottage or travel, life continues in the Church and we continue to do God's work faithfully and joyously, celebrating all the seasons of life -temporal and eternal.


As we begin to gather as a greater Community in the Autumn, we look toward new activities and seeing familiar faces. I would like to share with you some of what is happening at Saint James in the near future. I look forward to working with you in this little corner of God's Kingdom.


Back to Church Sunday and Our "Get Involved" Volunteer Fair -28 Sept 2014 at 9:30

We will be celebrating our Church Family with a "Welcome Back and Welcome To ..." Potluck Brunch following a Joint service at 9:30 on Sunday, 28 September. You are invited to bring your favourite dish to share and I ask that you also invite a friend, colleague or neighbour to "tryout" our Church Family for a day. (Just a note: please ensure that whomever you invite knows they are to come empty-handed, as we would like to serve them a meal and some friendship with no strings attached.) We will also be asking all of our Volunteer Groups, Ministries and Committees to make a poster, set up a table and provide information so that everyone parishioners and newcomers alike will know just how much Saint James has to offer and how people can get involved.


Stewardship: Time, Talent and Treasure

Saint James is a Parish Church which has been blessed by many faithful and generous benefactors throughout its history. We are in a very good position where our endowments are concerned and we have a history of excellent caretaking of our buildings and property. However, while we give thanks to those who have gone before us and whose generosity has given us so many gifts for which to be thankful, we cannot simply rest on the past. We must do our part to ensure that the generations which come after us our so blessed as well.


It has been a "tradition" in our Church to not fundraise. However, as times have changed and we change too, we need to begin looking at new ways to both provide for the ongoing ministry and upkeep of Saint James and to seek and serve Christ in one another, neighbours and the strangers in our midst. So, new ideas, new energy and faithful commitment are called for from every member of our Congregation. Please take some time between now and 28 September (Back to Church Sunday) to consider how you can get involved in the ongoing stewardship of our Church. Your time, talent and treasure are needed here in this place. No person is too old. No gift is too small. No amount of time offered is too little. God has given you gifts to share and Saint James is a great place to share them.


One of the simple ways you can help is to sponsor the Flowers or the Communion Gifts on Sundays. If you would like to give thanks for a blessing in your life or remember someone dear to you who has died, consider making a donation to contribute to the cost of these simple parts of worship: flowers, bread and wine: which are part of our regular liturgical life. With your donation there will be a note of Thanksgiving in the Bulletin on your chosen Sunday. This is a simple way to help the Church and to give thanks to God for blessings and loved ones.


Confirmation and Reaffirmation of Vows: 11 January 2015

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we will be welcoming Bishop Ron Cutler home (every church in the Diocese is the Bishop's Church, so we welcome him home to his church, not just welcome to our church!) We will be inviting him to celebrate his Episcopal Ministries through the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Reaffirmation of Vows. For each of these commitments there is an expectation of preparation through Church attendance and study. If you are interested in participating or discussing these opportunities, please contact me directly. Preparations will run from October through January inclusively.


Bible Study and Worship

Throughout the summer and continuing in the Autumn, we continue our regular worship pattern of 8:30 am Sunday (Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion); 10:00 am Sunday (Book of Alternative Services Holy Eucharist with occasional services of BCP Communion) and 10:00 am Wednesday (BCP Holy Communion) in the Chapel.


Beginning the 21 st of September we will resume our Coffee Hour time of Fellowship following the 10:00 am Sunday services and each Wednesday, following the Chapel service, we gather in the Church Office for an informal Coffee Hour. Everyone is more than welcome to join us!


Our regular Wednesday Bible Study will resume at 11 am on 24 September. We will be discussing Jonah for two weeks and then touching on Philemon and Titus. Beginning 22 October we will be diving into a Book Study of How Good Do We Have To Be? By Rabbi Kushner (ISBN 9780-316-51933-5).


While we do have a faithful group of "Wednesday regulars," anyone and everyone is welcome to join us as we discuss, laugh, argue and generally learn from the Bible, other resources, and most definitely from each other. Come to every Wednesday group, come as you can, or jump in when you like the topic. You are welcome. We gather from 11 -noon in the Narthex of the Church.


We are also looking at holding another Alpha session in January and February of 2015. If you are interested in joining the discussion or if you have already participated and would like to volunteer, please let me know. More information will come later in the year.


There is so much that God is doing in this place and an10ng God's people. I look forward to seeing God's handiwork in your lives and in the life of Saint James in the months to come. God bless you all.


Rachael Parker+

Rector - St. James, Armdale