Announcements for May 21

This Wednesday's Faith Study meeting is postponed. The group will meet next week, on Wednesday, May 31, as scheduled.

A small group from stewards and other interested individuals will be gathering to research and propose a few optional financial models for the long-term viability of St. James. Those interested in contributing to this committee can contact Anne Laybolt (405-1341, ).

Jeanne and Ralph Settle would like to invite the congregation to an open house to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, May 27, from 2 to 4 in the church hall. Best wishes only.

Talent seed packets are available today for all who wish to participate in this fun annual project. You use the packet's "seed money" ($5) and your talents, and make the money grow during the summer and fall. During the church service on October 15, your treasure will be returned. Thank you for sharing your talents!

The scouts are raising funds to enable them to participate in the Canadian Jamboree being held in right here in Nova Scotia. This marvellous event is only held every four years and is every scouter's dream to attend. As part of the fundraising effort, an auction will be held at the Pilot's Pub in Woodside on Sunday, May 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Bidding paddles are five dollars. For more information, speak to Wilf Laybolt (405-1341).

Summer Schedule
Each July and August, we enjoy the opportunity to worship with our friends from Grace United. This year, the congregation of Grace will be here at St. James on June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, and July 23. Our congregation will be at Grace on July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, and August 27. Our church office closes every summer during that time; this year our last day in the church office will be Tuesday, July 25; the office will reopen on Wednesday, August 30.

St. James Book Club, April 25
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
All My Puny Sorrows is about grief, guilt, sorrow, anxiety, anger, depression, love, loss, and living. Yoli, the narrator, is funny, ironic, and self-deprecating, with a fierce but tender love for her family and friends. Her sister Elf is a world-class pianist who seemingly has everything to live for, but she wants to die and begs Yoli to help her end her life. Despite its heavy premise, this novel is life-affirming, full of joy and love. It has a pulse, which strengthens and weakens with perfect pacing that effortlessly carries the reader along. The story draws heavily on the author's Mennonite background and family suicides. Our lively discussion touched on many things, including mental illness and assisted death. Miriam Toews has established herself as one of Canada's finest writers. This is a masterful novelist in top form. High praise from everyone.
Next - May 30 - The Illegal by Lawrence Hill