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PARISH NEWS - 23 August 2023



SERVICES AND GATHERINGS THIS WEEK

SUNDAY, Aug 27, 202310:00 a.m. - 13th Sunday after Pentecost

If you are unable to attend, the service is live streamed. For links to the service and

the order of service please visit St. James at: stjamesdundas.ca or the St. James

Facebook page.



WEDNESDAY – COMPLINE – 8.30 p.m. 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 to bring the community together. If you cannot join live, the service is available afterwards on St. James’ Facebook channel.


Tuesday Evening Prayer 6:15 p.m. All are welcome to pray in the sanctuary on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. The gathering is informal, starting with a short scripture reading then silent or spoken prayers by all. Bring what's on your heart that needs prayer.

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Congratulations

to Carleon for being nominated, and Mark for being appointed, to receive the Order of Niagara. Celebration will be at the Cathedral November 12 at 4pm. W are so proud of all that you do, not only for the parish, but the community as well.

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Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee Thank you so much to everyone who gave us suggestions for possible homes for this year's Holiday House Tour. We are happy to tell you that we are close to confirming some fabulous homes with many thanks to Jan S. Committee Members are already hard at work to make sure that the 47th St. James' Holiday House Tour is a great success! We have something new for this year – committee members are looking for sponsors for the event. We are planning on a colourful printed program with advertisements for local businesses, a map, and photos and descriptions of the homes on the tour. Do you know a Dundas business that may be interested in supporting the House Tour and advertising their business to over 700 ticket buyers? Please contact Gillian H. or Janet C. via the office at stjamesdundas@outlook.com

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COMMUNITY DINNERS


Indoor meals at St. James will take place every 4th and 5th Monday.

Doors open at 5:30. Dinner is served at 6pm.

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If anyone has LEGO building sets to donate to our newcomer children please be in touch with Diana Sneath - sneathdj@yahoo.ca


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Dundas Room Roof Replacement The flat roof over the Dundas Room has now been replaced with a NEW roof! The cost was approximately $32,000. So far $8,200 has been generously donated. YOU have the opportunity to help ensure St. James continues to be a safe and vibrant place for ministry and hospitality. Stay tuned for an art sale opportunity highlighting pieces by Wayne Allan!


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September 15th – Turkey Dinner!!


Turkey Dinner Tickets available each Sunday after church or through the office.



September 22-24, 2023 Five Oaks Women's Weekend. Please contact Marline , Mary or Carleon via the office



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ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday September 24th for pick-up on Sunday October 1st Order forms are attached – Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella Guthrie-McNaughton on Sunday. St. James has earned $1086.00 from Fundscrip sales so far. Imagine if everyone ordered cards through the church! This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.

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Kenyan Welcome


Over the last month there have been a significant number of asylum seekers from Kenya arriving in Hamilton. Many have found themselves in shelters and some are left unsheltered. Local Anglican churches wish to offer welcome and support.

The plan is to provide a meal, take the opportunity for church leaders to introduce themselves, with an open invitation to worship in our communities, and to provide a small supportive gift. The hope is that all churches in the region might feel able to support this effort in some way. The meal will take place at All Saints Mission, Hamilton.

Each person who attends will receive a ‘gift bag’ of personal necessities.


To that end we are seeking donations of:


· Toothbrushes

· Toothpaste

· Deodorant

· Wet wipes (small packs only)

· Face towels

· Re-useable grocery bags

· Reusable Water bottles (new only)

· Protein Bars and individually packaged snacks.

· Socks (new only)

Items need to be dropped off to St. James by noon on September 5th so they can be delivered and packed into kits. Financial gifts to cover the associated costs would also be welcome. Please note that any left-over items will be donated toward either the Cathedral Café or to the Indigenous Drop-In Centre for the homeless. If you have any questions please contact Nora or Lynn via the church office. stjamesdundas@outlook.com or 905-627-1424


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REGISTER TODAY through the office! There are a few spots remaining!

Opening Retreat Sat Oct 21st 9am-4pm

Wednesday evenings Oct 25th to Nov 29th from 7-9pm in-person


Module 2 – Wednesday evenings, Jan – Mar via Zoom

Module 3 – Wednesday evenings, Apr – May in-person

Closing Retreat – date TBD


Revive will take you on an experiential journey of self-reflection, prayer, engaging conversation and spiritual formation that equips participants to become confident spiritual leaders.


Three modules of six sessions each make up Revive with an opening and closing retreat to bookend your experience. Module one - Communicating with God - delves into prayer. Module two - Engaging in Scripture - focuses on scripture meditation. Module three - Called for Ministry - digs deeper into discerning your spiritual gifts.


In order to participate in Revive all that is required is a desire for deeper intimacy with God and a desire to grow spiritually.


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Returning This Fall

EfM (Education for Ministry)

Education for Ministry (EfM) was founded in 1975 to recognise that Christian ministry is not restricted to clergy, but is the vocation of all the baptised. EfM exists to provide laypeople with resources to help you carry out your ministry in all areas of your life. It offers small-group studies of the Bible, Church History, Ethics and Interfaith Relations, along with the practice of theological reflection. The St. James group meets from September to May on Monday evenings, via Zoom and with some in-person gatherings. There is also preparatory reading involved. Help with annual fees is available. Please speak to Peter Davison or Carleon Hardie for more information about this program, which many describe as transformative.


Both EfM and Revive have proven to be transformative for participants. And both welcome people who have questions about, and wish to explore, the Christian faith.


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The fall semester of the Niagara School for Missional Leadership is open for registration! Explore Anglican polity with Bishop Susan Bell, learn adaptive leadership practices with Archbishop Colin Johnson, immerse yourself in the foundations of Christian faith with Pat Paulsen, or practice pastoral care with Archdeacon Terry DeForest. All people - lay and ordained - are welcome to register for a course!

The Niagara School for Missional Leadership is a Gospel-focused learning community that equips lay and ordained leaders to respond missionally to the needs of God’s world. Learn more, or sign-up for a course today, at nsml.ca


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Come Alongside the Work of the Bishop's Company


You are cordially invited by Bishop Susan Bell to become a member of the Bishop's Company, a group dedicated to providing resources that enable the bishop to respond compassionately and strategically to the emergent needs of our diocesan leaders, lay, and ordained. You can register online here.

Please help share the word about the important work of the bishop's company and invite others to join!

This year, Bishop Susan is delighted to resume in-person events; members and their guests are invited to attend a special brunch with the bishop on September 14 at Liuna Station in Hamilton! We hope that each parish and mission will be represented!

Should you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact Hannah Keller, Bishop's Company registrar. She can be reached by email or by calling 905-527-1316 ext. 380.


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FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

Hunger does not take a summer vacation. Please remember to bring non-perishable items to church to donate to St. Matthew’s House.






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Summer Office Hours The office at St. James will be closed on Fridays through the summer up to September 29th.


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COMING EVENTS


August 31 Last day to order Mums


Sept 1 – Oct 4 Season of Creation


September 9 Pick up Mums - 10am to noon

September 10 Bake Sale!


September 15 Turkey Dinner


September 22-24 Women’s Weekend


September 30 Dundas Studio Tour


September 30 TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Day)


October 1 Sundae Sunday & Blessing of the Backpacks


October 4 Pet Blessing on Front Lawn - 4:00 p.m.


October 15 Steve Bell Concert




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