Announcements for October 19

The Official Board of St. James will meet following the service on Sunday, October 26. That afternoon, at 2:30, the board will meet with representatives from the Presbytery Pastoral Oversight Committee for a triennial visit. All members of the board are asked to attend.
Please join us for coffee fellowship following the service.
Scripture reader: Rena Mae MacDonald
The Committee of Stewards meets following the service.
The proceeds from Talent Balloon projects can be returned to the church. On your Talent Balloon envelope, please write your name, your envelope number, and the amount you received from the church for the project.
Scripture readings for October 26 
  Deuteronomy 34:1-12  
  Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17  
  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8  
  Matthew 22:34-46  
In order to finish the year with a balanced budget, the Stewards are asking congregation members to consider increasing your giving by 15 to 20 percent for the remaining weeks of the year. (If your weekly giving is $10, for example, that would mean increasing to $11.50 or $12.00.) If you have any questions, please contact Anne Laybolt.

Bible study meetings are held every Wednesday morning at 10 in the parlour. Material can be picked up in the library on Sundays.

It's time for the National Popcorn Campaign, the local scout groups' major fundraiser for the year. Youth involved in the 1st Dartmouth Scouting program will be taking orders after the service today. Orders need to be paid in advance. Your popcorn will arrive around November 23.

Many, many older women in African countries are raising grandchildren who have been orphaned by AIDS. The Stephen Lewis Foundation raises funds for these grandmothers and shares their stories of hope and empowerment. On Tuesday, October 21, you have an unusual opportunity to hear some of their remarkable stories at an event featuring coffee and homemade desserts. Tickets are $10 (434-3134, or at the door); you will also be able to purchase handmade Kenyan jewelry to help support these families. St. James Church Hall, 1:30 p.m.

The UCW's Miriam Unit will meet this Tuesday, October 21, at noon, at 5 Harbour Drive, Dartmouth. Newcomers are very welcome.

There will be a UCW "Fall into Christmas" tea and sale at Grace United Church on Saturday, October 25, featuring a craft and bake sale. Lunch will be $8 for adults, $3 for children. The sale begins at 10:30.

The Worship Committee meets on November 2.

St. James Book Club
Thumbs up for Donna Tartt's The Goldinch. Traumatized by the sudden loss of his mother, Theo Decker struggles for normality. He sinks into juvenile delinquency which blossoms into more-sophisticated chicanery. He becomes a drug addict, and he cannot be with the one person he loves. At the heart of the story is a small, valuable painting. Marvelous characters and a compelling narrative style make this long book an exciting ride. Funny, sad, absorbing, shocking, this novel has it all.
Next: Oct. 28, The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
More information and a list of upcoming titles.

Thank you for keeping St. James a scent-free environment.