Announcements for March 26

Members of the congregation now have the opportunity to dedicate weekly church bulletins in memory of a loved one, or in recognition an event. See the sheet in the tunnel.

As you may know, we have long had a box in the sanctuary vestibule for food bank donations. The food bank volunteers wish to bring this to your attention once again, as the number of food bank clients has increased. If you can, please bring a non-perishable food item with you some Sundays and leave it in the vestibule box. It would be much appreciated by all.

From the stewards: Spring is coming (no, really) and a time when we look forward to new growth all around. With the blessing of the grant money we received from ACOA, repair will continue to the church building in early April. We are launching a renewed building campaign intended to help fund the remaining two-thirds required for this project. Thank you all so much for your continued support.

There's a sign-up sheet on the tunnel bulletin board for the faith study that will take place (on one weeknight evening every week), beginning in early April. It's a six-session curriculum based on Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life course. This is a revised and updated version, called "What on Earth Am I Here For?". Rev. Fred will lead study sessions. The cost is $20; materials include two books for you to make notes in and keep.

Easter letters for 2017 are now available for pick-up in the slots in the back of the church.

On April 1, come be a part of the future of St. James at a Congregational Visioning Workshop, with Rev. Dr. Rob Fennell, acting academic dean of the Atlantic School of Theology, as our facilitator. The workshop takes place from 9:30 to 12:30, here at St. James. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend this important dialogue.

St. James Book Club, February 28, 2017
With the sudden and unexpected death of her beloved father, Macdonald becomes disoriented and unstable and feels she must withdraw from the world. She decides to buy and train a goshawk, a violent and murderous predator. This remarkable nonfiction book chronicles the next few years in painstaking detail. Much more than a memoir and a training manual, it is a eulogy and an elegy, a conversation about death and community and what it means to be human. It is filled with passion, pain, and terror. As she bonds with the bird (Mabel), its wildness seeps into her consciousness. The reader is spellbound, even breathless, as Macdonald struggles to complete the difficult task she has undertaken. A historian and poet, she skillfully sketches the history of falconry and produces some exquisite nature writing. It is impossible to overstate the superlatives elicited from the book club members. An extraordinary, unforgettable book.
Next - March 28 - Arcadia by Lauren Groff