Announcements for February 19

A Note from Rev. Fred
St. James United is blessed to have many long-standing groups that meet during the week or as needed. Right now several of these groups are seeking new members. Please consider joining one - not as an obligation (though they are of tremendous service to the church), but as an opportunity for growth, new friendships, and communion with others in the church community.
The Wednesday morning Bible study group meets in the parlour to share midweek fellowship and prayer, and they would love to include new people.
The Stewardship Committee would love to have some new members join them. Please contact Melanie Rendell (469-5220) or any member of the committee (Audrey Cox, Bonnie Hudson, Yvonne Bannerman, Pat Rowell, Sue Skerrett, Anne Laybolt, or Carol Hiltz) if you are interested in helping plan church activities.
Both UCW groups, Miriam Unit and Annetta Rose Unit, would also like to see new members come into their circle. The bonds these women form as they share and celebrate together support them in times of happiness as well as times of need.
And finally, if you enjoy singing, consider joining the St. James choir. All voice types are welcome. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30. If you can't make the commitment, perhaps you have a family member or friend who would be interested in joining. Please contact Dean Bradshaw, or chat with one a friendly chorister after coffee on Sunday morning. Thank you!

February 24 is the deadline to order or make changes to your United Church Observer subscription. (Subscriptions are automatically renewed for those who have not responded by then.) Elana Kan-MacDonald (465-3936, Elana) handles subscriptions. The annual subscription is $25; make cheques payable to St. James, and please remember to write "Observer" on the memo line. Envelopes are at the back of the sanctuary. You may place yours in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.

The sign-up calendar for Sunday lunches is posted in the tunnel. This is a wonderful social time after church. If you are interested in hosting a lunch but not sure of what is involved, please contact Melanie (569-5220) or Audrey (434-0278).

The UCW's Miriam Unit will meet this Tuesday, February 21, at noon at 5 Harbour Drive to share lunch and fellowship, along with their business meeting. Newcomers are invited to come along.

Our spring flea market will be held on Saturday, April 22.

Members of the UCW are collecting used eyeglasses (including sunglasses). The UCW also continues to collect used postage stamps and Campbell's soup labels. Both are used to support local charities. Boxes for these projects are at the back of the sanctuary. Thanks for your support!

St. James Book Club, January 31, 2017
The poetry of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson, a lifelong spinster, was eccentric and reclusive. During her lifetime, she had a handful of poems published anonymously, yet is now considered a major American poet. Her work has influenced generations of poets and artists. Her poems, covering the breadth of human experience, are personal but universal. They are surprising, thoughtful, wise, witty, sympathetic, and thought-provoking. Many are about death, many more about nature, and some reveal her decidedly unconventional views on religion and marriage. She uses language brilliantly, conveying a great deal of meaning with very few words and displaying great powers of observation and description. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Emily Dickinson.
Next - February 28 - H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald