Announcements for January 15

Please order or make changes to your United Church Observer subscription by February 24. Subscriptions are automatically renewed for those who have not responded by then. The annual subscription is $25; make cheques payable to St. James and be sure to write "Observer" on the memo line. Envelopes are at the back of the sanctuary. You may place yours in the offering plate or drop it by the church office. Subscriptions are handled by Elana Kan-MacDonald (465-3936,

Our 1st Dartmouth Scouting Group will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, January 28, in the hall from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door or after church on Sunday; all proceeds will go to the 2017 Christmas Daddies telethon. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children (under 12). Please support our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers in this service project.

The UCW's Miriam Unit will meet this Tuesday, January 17, at the home of Elaine Robertson (6 Donview Drive), at noon. New people are very welcome to join.

If you're responsible for a submission for the church's 2016 annual report, please have it into the church office by this Tuesday, January 17. Many thanks to those of you who have already turned in your submissions!

Workshop Wednesdays are ongoing at St. James. Bring in your knitting, quilting, sewing, or smocking-whatever project you're working on-and make progress on it in the company of others. There's no time commitment; 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 (469-9339).

The Wednesday morning Bible study group meets in the parlour at 10; everyone is welcome.

St. James Book Club, January 3, 2017
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
Marian, a college graduate in her mid-20's, writes questionnaires for a survey company. Her boyfriend of a few months surprises her with a marriage proposal and she accepts. Soon, she begins a strange relationship with food, finding she cannot eat steak, then eggs, etc., until she is subsisting on lettuce. As her marriage approaches, she feels as if she is being devoured and her life spins out of control. There is a large cast of characters, including professionals, academics, and working women, most of them young and all of them memorable. And Atwood makes every one of them look ridiculous. The Edible Woman is funny, engaging, and insightful. It is also thematically rich, gender roles and consumerism being among the major issues. This is Atwood's debut novel and an important milestone in her brilliant career in letters. Unanimously recommended.
Next January 31: The poetry of Emily Dickinson.