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St. James Contact Newsletter

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ANNUAL REPORT

Please click here to read our 2018 Annual Report.

St. James Governance Handbook

Please read the full handbook from the link: St. James Governance Manual v1.5

PHOTO DIRECTORY

The link to our church photo directory is http://directory.instantchurchdirectory.com/73896100/churchdirectory.pdf 

To receive your password to view the directory online please contact the church office, 905-689-6223, or email stjames@stjameswaterdown.ca

Church Cancellation In Case of Inclement Weather or Emergency Situations

St. James United Church encourages individuals and families to rely on their own best judgment when conditions such as inclement weather, dangerous road conditions, or other emergency situations might put their health and safety at riskby attending church services or church-related events.

Sunday Morning Worship Services will be cancelled at the determination of the Minister in consultation with the Chair of the Governance Board. The decision to cancel worship services will be made early Sunday morning.  In the event that worship services are cancelled, the message on the church phone will be updated to advise of the cancellation by 8:00 a.m.

Radio station CHML will also be contacted to advise of the cancellation of St. James worship services.

MISSION TRIP PRESENTATION MARCH 31ST

During the message time in both services on Sunday, March 31st, Wendy Thomson, Sheri Valk, Shelby Austin will be sharing their experiences, thoughts and photos from their recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic with the team from Millgrove United Church in conjunction with the Samaritan Foundation. We hope you can be here.

THE NEW TESTAMENT YOU NEVER KNEW

Do you know the real story behind the New Testament? The Thursday Morning Men’s Group are beginning a new 8 session DVD Bible Study series on March 21st called “The New Testament You Never New.” Any men wishing to try out this group are invited.

You will discover things you never knew about Jesus’ baptism and journey into the wilderness, the meaning behind his parables and miracles, the significance of his death and resurrection, the incredible expansion of the early church into the Greco-Roman world, and how the transforming mission of Jesus can still turn the world upside down today.

We meet at 7:30am in Room 12 downstairs. Men of all ages are welcome. Coffee will be on!!

Contact person: Doug Reddon, 905-335-3412 or doug.reddon@sympatico.ca

11th ANNUAL FERTILIZER SALE

Sat. April 27th 9am—3pm
HST Included • Competitive Prices • Brand Name Suppliers
Purchase a Package & save more! Order forms available on the Welcome Table at both services, from the church office,  downloading from the following link,or call Fred Brown 905-689-6877 or Dave Rice 905-689-4515.

BIBLE STUDY VIDEO SERIES

We will be joining with the congregations of Millgrove, Strabane, Troy and Carlisle United Churches for a video bible study series from Feb 20 to Apr 17 on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:30pm. We’ll be following the United Church’s Storyfest study series.

Please join us for a time of fellowship and education.
Feb 20, 27 at Millgrove United Church, 370 Concession 5 West, Millgrove
Mar 6, 13 here at St. James
Mar 20, 27 at Strabane United Church, 1565 Brock Rd, Freelton.
Apr 3, 10 at Carlisle United Church, 1432 Centre Rd, Carlisle
Apr 17 at Troy United Church, 2279 Troy Road, Troy

 2019 CALENDAR FOR SALE

$6.00 each from the church office. Beautiful full colour photos, and all important dates marked.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED

People are needed to prepare &/or clean up coffee/tea for the Traditional Service on a rotating basis (once a month?) now that John & Ruth Harper will no longer be doing this.

Please contact Pat Simpson: 905-689-8985 or patriciabytheway@gmail.com

We are looking for volunteer(s) to lead the Catering Team, beginning January 1, 2019.

Please contact Ruth Harper for more information on this volunteer opportunity, 905-689-4515 or jrharper6@gmail.com

UPDATE – Land Repurpose Committee

Since our last Congregational meeting on April 7th we have met with 3 interested developers and one community partner. We’ve also had discussions with another developer who was not interested. We’ve met again with Edge and continue to explore that relationship. Over the summer we will be spending time contemplating our space and resource needs post repurposing and will be making a decision regarding Edge. We have not spent any money or made any financial commitments to date. Stay tuned!

Respectfully, your Committee Members
Linda Baksh, Rev. Ryk Brown, Stan Kopec, Paul Raphael, Jamie Skinner, Ron Steepe

GRASS SEED FOR SALE

We have (4) bags of ‘Shade’ grass seed still available to purchase from our recent fertilizer &
seed sale. $17.00 / bag. Contact Dave Rice, 905-689-0675.

MARMALADE FOR SALE

$5.00 per 250 ml jar

Hand-made by our crew of marmalade-makers. Delicious!! Purchase after either Sunday service in the Hall upstairs, or from the church office during the week.

SUMMER OFFERING & DONATION OPTIONS

Summer Offering & Donation Options

    • Offering Envelopes – If you would like them for 2018, please contact Wendy in the church office.
    • PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) – to have your offering deducted monthly from your bank account. Brochure forms are on the Welcome table, or contact the church office.
  • Online donations can be made at any time through our website, www.stjameswaterdown.ca.Click the “Donate” tab at the top of any page, or the “Donate Now” button. This will take you to the secure CanadaHelps page. Either one-time or monthly donations can be made, directed to General Offering, Mission & Service, Memorial Gift, Outreach or special appeals. Pay by credit card or PayPal online.

Whichever way you choose to support the mission of St James, thank you for your donations

CHORAL SCHOLARS WANTED!

We are looking for university students to:

  • Sing with the Senior Choir
  • Occasionally perform solo (voice or instrumental)
  • Perform with the Praise Band (singing or on your instrument of choice)
  • Further opportunity available to work with the choir as a conducting apprentice or to practice and perform on Casavant organ
  • Honorarium available

Contact Music Director for more info: Sophia Werden Abrams, werdenabrams.sophia@gmail.com

LIBRARY UPDATE 

Our new church Library is open in the Narthex, with our new Library Team of Joan Forsyth, Monica Small & Ann Robbins. You are welcome to browse; if you find a book to take out, sign the card in the book pocket and leave the card in the card box on the library shelf next to the coat closet. Please return the book within 3 weeks and place it in the book return box. It will be re-shelved by our Library Team.

No books are currently being accepted as donations to the Library. Thank you.

CRAFT CUPBOARD

The Craft Cupboard in the Parlor has beautifully handcrafted items for baby gifts, children, doll clothes, as well as lap quilts, bed quilts, mittens & hats. To purchase items, please see Wendy in the church office.

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The United Church’s YouTube playlist includes videos of some of the United Church’s hundreds of community projects, both in Canada and overseas, as well as video messages from the church’s Moderator . The United Church of Canada’s YouTube channel can be found at www.youtube.ca/unitedchurchofcanada .

GET INVOLVED AT ST. JAMES:

THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT

Do you have a passion to see spirituality take new roots in all ages of faith? The Christian Development Team is looking for people with a passion to promote and encourage our existing programs, as well as to brainstorm new ways of getting others excited about our faith. Contact the church office, 905-689-6223 or stjames@stjameswaterdown.ca

THE MINISTRY OF OUTREACH TO OTHERS

Are you passionate about being God’s hands and feet in the world? Do you have a particular cause you care deeply about? Outreach is looking for more people to join their team! Please contact Linda Baksh at 905-689-1098 lmbaksh@hotmail.com

HOSPITALITY

Hospitality has a focus on increasing opportunities for fellowship among the entire congregation. We welcome your ideas and input! Please contact the church office, 905-689-6223 or stjames@stjameswaterdown.ca

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Good things are happening at Little Lights!

Rotating volunteers are needed to assist our Program Leader, Ruth Nicholson, on Sundays at 9am. Lessons are simple and pre-planned. For more information please email kidsstjames@gmail.com

COMMUNICATIONS

Do you believe strongly that St. James needs to promote itself to the community and to communicate the exciting things that are happening? The Communications Committee is looking for someone to handle the advertising to the Waterdown Community (i.e. notices to community newspapers, local cable channel for special events, etc.).  If you are interested, contact Wendy, 905-689-6223 or stjames@stjameswaterdown.ca.

PROPERTY & GROUNDS

Ever wonder how the church looks so good? Who shovels the snow in the winter and maintains the gardens in the summer? If you are interested in helping to create and maintain a welcoming atmosphere from a building and grounds perspective, the Property & Grounds Committee is looking for new members. This Group of committed individuals meets Thursday mornings from 9am to noon to work on various repairs and maintenance projects, and includes a coffee and fellowship time. Please contact Dave Sindrey at 905-689-7081 or davesindrey@yahoo.ca

THE MINISTRY OF PASTORAL CARE

Do you have a heart for people and a passion to be a part of caring community in action? Do you have a special concern for members of this community who are not able to attend services regularly? The Pastoral Care Committee has visiting opportunities and tele-ministry opportunities. This is a great opportunity for those with flexible schedules! Please contact Rosemary Mills at ken-rose@sympatico.ca; 905-689-6214.

WORSHIP TEAM:

The Worship Team dedicates most of its time to brainstorming ways to enhance major services, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter.  Contact: Pat Simpson 905-689-8985 or patriciabytheway@gmail.com