Announcements for September 28

St. James Book Club
Thumbs up for Donna Tartt's The Goldinch. Traumatized by the sudden loss of his mother, Theo Decker struggles for normalcy. 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.
More information and a list of the upcoming titles.

In church library news, a number of newly available titles may be of interest to people in the congregation. For instance, we have five Mitch Albom titles (Tuesdays with Morrie, For One More Day, Have a Little Faith, The Time Keeper, and First Phone Call from Heaven). There are several children's books by acclaimed author Max Lucado (e.g., Because I Love You and You Are Special). Another good title to check out is Twelve Friends, a simple and wonderful way of introducing young children to Jesus and his friends. (Children enjoy finding the fish hidden in the illustrations.) Our librarians will have lots of other suggestions to meet your needs and interests.
Workshop Wednesdays will resume on October 1. Bring in your knitting, quilting, sewing, or smocking-whatever project you're working on-and make progress on it while sharing conversation and finding encouragement from others. There's no time commitment; come when you're able. The group meets each Wednesday in the parlour from 1 to 4. Everyone who comes brings $2; a small amount supports the craft group's cost, while the rest goes to the church building fund. For more information, contact Bonnie Hudson (or 469-9339).

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

With the season of Thanksgiving upon us, we think of the great need for food experienced daily by our St. James Food Bank clients. Again this year, on October 5 and October 12, we will celebrate Thanksgiving by 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 them on the table or give them to an usher, or leave them in the church office during the week. Thank you, and let us fill our table to overflowing!

The UCW's general fall meeting will take place in the church parlour on Tuesday, October 7. It will be at noon and includes both Miriam and Annetta Rose units. Members, please bring your donations for the Least Coin Ingathering Service. It will also be a time for the UCW to collect personal care items for the Elizabeth Fry Society. All women of the church are most welcome to come to enjoy the food, fellowship, and worship.

The Christmas Tea and Sale will be on December 6. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful event!

The Fall Market will take place on Saturday, October 18. Please wait to bring items to the church until the weekend before the sale (i.e., two weeks from now). The committee needs for many volunteers (including someone able to do pickups of donated sale items). Please contact Melanie Rendell or Audrey Cox if you can help.
Scripture readings for October 5 
  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20  
  Psalm 19  
  Philippians 3:4b-14  
  Matthew 21:33-46  
A volunteer is needed to handle subscriptions and annual renewals for the publication United Church Observer. Please phone the church office (464-8852) if you can take on this task.

This fall, our friends at Grace United Church are offering a Sunday evening discussion series to learn about various world religions. The series is open to everyone; the September 28 and October 5 meetings will be on Hinduism and Buddhism. Upcoming topics will include Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Islam, and Bahai, and the series will conclude on November 23. For more information, check the Grace United website or phone them at 466-3329.

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