Announcements for October 4

Coffee fellowship follows the service. Please join us.
Today's Scripture Reader: Jeff Moors
Today's Greeters: Bernie Allen, Donna Kuhn, Rena Mae MacDonald, Bill Purvis
Notes from the Stewardship Committee
Sunday lunches are off to a great start for this fall! Besides today's lunch (hosted by the Stewardship Committee), they are already planned for November 8 and November 22. This year, the committee's goal is to have lunches at least twice a month. If you (or your group) would like to host, the menu is your choice-soup, chili, etc. A calendar will be available for sign-up today in the hall. You can also call a member of the committee to reserve a date.
The fall flea market will take place on Saturday, October 17. Please do not bring items to the church until the weekend before the sale, if at all possible. The Stewardship Committee is looking for someone who can pick up donations, as well as volunteers for setting up tables on Thursday night and cleaning up on Saturday. If you can help in any way, please let them know. (The date of next spring's flea market has also been set, for April 23.)
The proceeds from Talent Balloon projects can be returned to the church beginning October 18. On your Talent Balloon envelope, please write your name, your envelope number, and the amount you received from the church for the project. If you did not take a talent balloon envelope but are making a donation to this project, please indicate that as well.
The Christmas Tea & Sale is planned for December 5. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful event!

A Note from the Church Office
A number of people have increased the amount of their PAR contributions over the past few months. The entire St. James community offers grateful thanks to those who have done so! Your continued support is so appreciated.
Some people have considered amending their donations and wondered if it's a complicated process. No; it's extremely straightforward. If your donations to St. James are already made through the PAR program, changing the amount is a simple, one-step process of contacting the church office to let us know what amount to change your monthly donation to. It's fine to leave a phone or email message; there are no internet security issues or papers to fill out.
If you are not on PAR (the United Church of Canada's monthly automated withdrawal system) but would like to be, there is a form to fill out initially. These are on the table at the back of the sanctuary. You can put a completed form in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.

October 11 is Thanksgiving Sunday

Upcoming Meetings and Events
 The Worship Committee will meet today after the service.
 Rena Mae MacDonald will be selling handcrafted Talent Balloon items after today's service.
 Sunday lunches are planned for today, November 8, and November 22.
 The UCW's fall general meeting will be held this Tuesday, October 6, at noon in the church parlour.
 The fall flea market will take place this year on Saturday, October 17.
 The Committee of Stewards meets October 18.
 There will be a meeting of the official board on Sunday, October 25, after the service.

Elders serving communion today
Minister's Left Minister's Right
Ralph Settle (CLF) Ann Laybolt (Balcony)
Elaine Wilson (LF) Bernie Allen (CRF)
Joyce Wylie (choir) Sue Skerrett (RF)
All bread served is gluten-free.

With Thanksgiving upon us, we think of the great need for food experienced daily by our St. James Food Bank clients. On Sunday, October 5, and Sunday, October 11, we will be filling the table at the front of the sanctuary with gifts of non-perishable items for the food bank. We need such items as soup, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, cheese spread, canned milk, and tinned fish and meat, as well as bathroom tissue. Please place these on the table or give to an usher, or leave them in the church office during the week. Thank you, and let us fill our table to overflowing!

You are invited to attend a fundraiser for Camp Kidston. The Masquerade Gala & Dinner Night will be held Friday, October 30, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Boat Club. The dinner features noted chef Richard Julien of Halifax catering company Chef Live; there will also be live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 each, with all proceeds benefiting the camp, and are available by emailing The evening begins at 6:30, with dinner at 7; dress is semi-formal. Halloween masks are welcome!

Please keep St. James scent-free.