Announcements for March 1

The St. James Book Club will host a soup lunch following the service today.
Scripture reader: Norine Heselton
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Helen Johnson, who passed away on Monday, February 23. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

If anyone is seeking to join St. James this Easter, through confirmation or transfer of membership, please contact the church office. Dates for confirmation classes will be announced later.

Volunteers are needed to manage our coffee fellowship two Sundays a month. Please let Phyllis Rose know if this is something you could take on.

The UCW general meeting, which has been delayed a number of times because of the weather, is now planned for this coming Tuesday, March 3, at noon in the church parlour.

A St. James Dinner & Dialogue evening will be held next Sunday, March 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., on the topic Extravagant Hospitality. The dinner will be provided by Joyce Wylie. Please let Joyce know if you plan to attend, so she will have an idea of the numbers. Other dates planned: Sunday, March 15, and Sunday, March 29, also from 5 to 6:30 (potluck). Hope to see you there.

Shirley O'Sullivan is in Dartmouth General Hospital; please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Scripture readings for March 8 
  Exodus 20:1-17  
  Psalm 19  
Corinthians 1:18-25  
John 2:13-22  
On February 10, the St. James Book Club discussed the poet Elizabeth Bishop. We took turns reading her poems and found that hearing them greatly enhanced our understanding and appreciation. Bishop's verse is marked by precise descriptions of the physical world and an air of poetic serenity, but her underlying themes include the struggle to find a sense of belonging, and the human experiences of grief and longing. Since her death in 1979, her reputation has grown and she is now considered a major American poet. This departure for the book club was highly rewarding. Next: The Antagoist by Lynn Coady

The Book Club February selection was The Antagonist by Port Hawkesbury native Lynn Coady. The novel consists of a series of angry emails sent by Gord Rankin (Rank) to a college friend who may have used Rank's experiences as the basis for his novel. The sarcastic, profane, funny emails are an attempt to set the record straight and reclaim his life story. But the anger gives way to thoughtful reflection on the events that have shaped him and brought him to his present lamentable state, and the spewing of vitriol becomes a journey of self-discovery. We were all impressed by the style, the themes, the suspenseful plot, the vivid and memorable scenes and characters, and the author's ability to adopt the point of view of a male character. A very fine novel.
Next: March 31 - Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

From the Ambrae Academy web site
Congratulations to Tarah Sawler Winner of Royal Conservatory Gold Medal
A big congratulations to Grade 10 Armbrae student Tarah Sawler who recently won the Royal Conservatory Gold Medal, scoring the top mark in Atlantic Canada for Grade 4 Voice. Here at Armbrae we have had the pleasure of hearing Tarah sing many times and are so proud to see her recognized by such a respected institution. To read the full article from the Dartmouth Tribune click here.
Click here to see a Global TV feature on Tara (from Jan. 28, 2015).

Adapted from HRM District 5 newsletter
Each year, HRM presents an award to outstanding grade 9 students in the municipality. The recipients are chosen based on qualities of leadership in the school and community and commendable performance in the courses in which they are enrolled. Among the recipients in June was Madelaine Smith of Ambrae Academy. Congratulations, Maddy. Well done!