THE VERRRRY GOOD NEWS REPORT
Information from the Diocese (Thursday, February 17, 2022) indicates that there will be some major changes taking place over the next couple of weeks.
First, ALL CHURCHES ARE EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN FOR ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES. Currently, we are planning two services in Ash Wednesday – 10:00 am and 7:30 pm - registration will be required. Please register on-line or by phoning the office.
And, a number of other announcements, effective immediately (Thursday, February 17, 2022)
Offices may re-open for non-essential work and allowing people to attend by appointment;
Small indoor meetings and activities of no more than 15 people; capacity limits for social service and food security programs, including 12-step groups – 25 person limit;
Capacity limits for kitchens used for essential food programs to the number who can physical distance;
Film and TV companies may use the property (with permission).
SERVICES AND GATHERINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY - To view the February 27 Sunday services and their order of services, go to the links provided on Facebook and the homepage of this website
TUESDAY – BIBLE STUDY - Please join Peter Wall for a Tuesday morning service of Morning Prayer and Bible Study at 10:00. Call the office before Tuesday for the Zoom coordinates.
WEDNESDAY – COMPLINE - Compline is a short service of night prayer. The heart of Compline is the recitation of several psalms. There is a short reading from scripture, intercession, and time for reflection. It is a beautiful way to close out an active day. Compline is offered by St. James’ through Facebook as a way to bring the community together. If you cannot join live, the service is available afterwards on St. James’ Facebook channel.
THURSDAY - Our coffee hour occurs on Zoom at 10am. Join us to chat and enjoy one another’s company for an hour. Bring your own coffee!
Call the office before 9:30 am Thursday for the coordinates if you don't receive the weekly eblast messages 905-627-1424
CALENDAR REMINDERS – VESTRY MEETING WILL STILL BE ON ZOOM
Sunday, February 27: Annual Meeting of Vestry - 12:00 Noon - on Zoom
Call the office for coordinates 905-627-1424
LENTEN BOOK STUDY – ADVANCE NOTICE
Fr. Peter is inviting folks to gather with him, at his regular Tuesday morning 10:00 time slot, during Lent (beginning Tuesday, March 8) to study both of the bishop's Lenten Books - Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. Please let Fr. Peter know your interest – books can be made available (the Hayhoe book app. 36.00 and the Nouwen app. $14.00) – but we need to let the supplier know. If cost of books is an issue, the parish will make sure that we have adequate supply. Important to advise Fr. Peter or the office immediately)
If you are interested in participating (one hour, Tuesday mornings, March 8 - April 12), please advise the office or Fr. Peter directly so that books can be acquired by participants.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD FARE AND BEAN LADIES SOUP VENTURE
What a great start to fundraising in 2022. With sincere thanks to all who prepared, cooked and delivered goodies and to all of you who “took advantage” of the offerings … WOW!!!!!! Special words of thanks to Auntie Jill, Sue , Marline , Ann , Janet , Caroline, Rose, Jackie , Lynne , Betty and Angela . With some donations, the two ventures raised $1000 … and may be repeated later in the year!
CLIMATE JUSTICE TEAM
The Climate Justice Team hopes you can take a few minutes to undertake an environmental action every day of Lent. Each week in the e-blast there will be a simple, achievable, implementable and climate-friendly daily suggestion on how to tread more carefully in our beautiful world. Thanks for caring.
A big THANK YOU to all of the 68 parishioners who have submitted their questionnaires. The results are being tabulated and analyzed by the Parochial Committee.
ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT QUITE LENT YET …..
Preparations are under way - Easter novelties being knitted to sell as a fundraiser for the ministries of St. James. If you would like to help with knitting, sewing, stuffing, packaging, promo, etc for these delightful bunnies baskets, chicks please contact Anne W. via the office 905-627-1424. Every little bit helps!.
AND, THIS WAS NICE … AN ARTICLE BY OUR PRIEST-IN-CHARGE
…..which appeared in the Ancaster News last week (and presumably in the Dundas Star as well) … thanks, Dean Peter Wall!!!!!