Announcements for November 22

Today's Scripture Reader: Joanie Veitch
Today's Greeters: Bernie Allen, Melanie and Ray Rendell, Kathleen and Alex Ritchie
Advent will soon be upon us! The sanctuary will be decorated on the evening of Friday, November 27. Young and old alike are invited to participate.

Add to the beauty of our sanctuary at Christmas by ordering a poinsettia in memory of a loved one or in honour of the birth of the Christ child. Dedications will be printed in the Church bulletin. The UCW will purchase the poinsettias and place them in the church, and you may take yours home afterwards. Order forms will be available in the hall after services or at the church office. Poinsettias are 20 dollars (in advance; make cheques payable to St. James UCW).

Bible study takes place in the parlour every Wednesday morning; materials can be picked up in the library on Sundays. New members are welcome.

Christmas Tea and Sale  -  Saturday, December 5
The Stewardship Committee and the UCW invite the congregation to come out to our annual Christmas Tea and Sale on Saturday, December 5, from 12 to 2 p.m.
Tickets are available from UCW members or from the church office ($8 for adults; $3 for children under 12).
Your support is needed for the Tea and Sale. Contributions for the pantry table (baked goods, pickles, jams, jellies) and handiwork (mitts, hats, and so on), as well as crafts, are appreciated. Also appreciated are donations for the "new-to-you" table (but no flea market items, please).
All baked goods, crafts and handiwork can be brought to the hall on Friday, December 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Baked goods will also be received on Saturday morning before 11 a.m.; please don't bring crafts and so on then, as it takes time to price these items.)
There may be someone who has a collectible that they would like to donate or a special treasure for our silent auction. These items may be delivered to the church office the week of the sale and no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, December 4.
Thank you in advance for all your help to make this a very successful event!
Tea and Sale posters are now in the church office, and your help with distribution would be very much appreciated. Please add to the "distribution sheet" and place the posters wherever you think they would be noticed.
Thank you!

New people are always welcome to join the Workshop Wednesday group in the parlour (from 1 to 4) for sewing and other crafts.

Please keep St. James scent-free.

This afternoon, St. James will enjoy a recital at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. Leander Mendoza will perform, along with soloist Julia Velasco; they will be accompanied by Dean Bradshaw. The program will have sacred, classical, and Broadway songs. Admission is 10 dollars; proceeds go to our building fund.

The UCW's Annetta Rose Unit will meet this Tuesday, November 24, at 1:30 at the home of Margaret Chittick. Newcomers are always welcome.

The soup lunch next Sunday (November 29) will be hosted by Grannies for Grannies; proceeds will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support grandmothers in African countries who are raising orphaned grandchildren.
December 6, 13, and 20 remain open.

St. James has begun the process of becoming an Affirming Ministry. Guided by the Affirm United Program of the United Church of Canada, "Affirming Ministry" is the official title given to all ministries which publically declare their commitment to inclusion and justice for all people by challenging bias and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, age, appearance, race or ethnicity, ability, class, or economic status. Becoming an Affirming Ministry requires a reflection/education process as we discover together what it means for us to be fully inclusive and justice-seeking. At the end of this process we will seek approval from the congregation to officially become an Affirming Ministry. At present, the Affirming Committee is made up of members of session. If you are interested in being involved, they would love to have you work with them. For more information, please contact either Joanie Veitch (465-3557) or Rev. Fred.

Once again this year, we're having a winter clothing drive; if you can, please support Coats for the Cold. Women's and men's winter jackets, boots, and sneakers (in good condition) are appreciated for donation to Margaret's House. Items can be left in the hall near the church office; or, for pick up, call Donna or George Kuhn (462-7948). Donna also wishes to convey to the St. James congregation how gratefully received your donations of towels and blankets were by everyone at Margaret's House.

Volunteers are urgently needed to host Coffee and Conversation. Phyllis Rose and Virtue Tulk are willing to continue these duties twice a month, but volunteers are needed if Coffee and Conversation is to continue each week. Please contact the church office if you can help.

Youth from our church will be holding a bake sale following the Christmas play and service on December 6. The funds will go to our refugee sponsor group, Heart of Dartmouth. (See If you would like to contribute baking to this cause, please bring it to the hall before the service. If you would like to contribute baking but either require someone to pick up your goods from your home or would like more information, please call Joanie Veitch (465-3557).