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PARISH NEWS- 25 October 2022


SUNDAY, October 30 – 10.00 a.m. - All Saints Day

Choral Eucharist with Children’s Program.

The Reverend Canon Leslie Gerlofs returns this Sunday after two weeks away. We hope to see you in person, but 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: or visit the St. James Facebook page.

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 to bring the community together. If you cannot join live, the service is available afterwards on St. James Facebook page.

Parish Office Hours Monday closed Tuesday 9am-4pm Wednesday 9am -4pm Thursday 9am-noon Friday 9am-noon


St. James will be well represented at the Order of Niagara Service on Sunday October 30th at Christ Church Cathedral – 4pm. Two of the current wardens are being honoured – Gillian Hendry and Terese Herron. Both individuals have served St. James with knowledge, skill, resourcefulness, and tireless energy … as well as a quiet solemnity mixed in with good humour. Please take a moment to celebrate with them in advance … and attend this wonderful service of appreciation!


You know that the year is starting to wind down when calendars for the next year start appearing. Canadian Church Calendars are now available – at an incredibly low price. They will be available in the Narthex on Sundays. And, speaking of Christmas, these calendars make a very reasonable ($5.00) stocking stuffer or gift for someone.


Dave Archbell is taking orders for his 2023 Birds of Ontario calendars. The 2022 version was a smash success; everyone was in awe of the professionalism that Dave has acquired in the last few years in terms of his photographic expertise. A portion of the funds raised will support the Jean Archbell Memorial Fund which was set up to assist with refugee settlement in Canada. The calendar is the same “style” as last year – 8 ½’ x 11” with small numbers in the day boxes to allow for appointments and notes.

Calendars are $25 and will be available in mid-November. Please e-transfer the funds directly to Dave Archbell using Don’t forget to include your name and address in the message box.


Suitable men’s clothing is being collected to support the dedicated workers who ensure our supply chain continues to function and we receive goods we order on-line. Please place items in the box outside the church by November 20th. Further information can be obtained from Sue C. or Terese H. via the church office 905-627-1424.

ADOPT A FAMILY 22 years of support! St. James will again participate in the adopt-a-Family project through St. Matthew’s House. It is a blessing to be in a position to help facilitate a meaningful Christmas for 7 families this year. The congregation at St. James has always committed to this project with enthusiasm and generosity making it a loving Christmas tradition. Items currently required include: *Christmas cards for the children's requests *Cloth to make the Christmas bags. *Volunteers to make the Christmas bags. *Stocking stuffers For more information please contact Jackie D. or Carleon H. via the office 905-627-1424


October 30 – Order of Niagara Service – 4pm at the Cathedral

October 30th - Jazz Vespers – 4pm at St. Christopher’s in Burlington

October 31 – Women’s Week-end Registration Closes

All registrations must be in by this date.


On Monday, October 31st, Halloween, members of St. James will hand out treats to Trick or Treaters, with thanks to Shawn C. for the shopping spree for goodies.

November 4-5, 2022 - The 148th Synod of the Diocese of Niagara

The theme of this year's Synod is “God’s Church for God’s Mission," inspired by the recent Lambeth Conference gathering of bishops from around the globe. Please pray for all Synod delegates. Delegates representing

November 8th – Parish Council via Zoom

Parish Council members please watch for the Zoom link coming soon.

November 27th – Hold the Date! Induction Service at St. James – 4pm

Details will follow closer to the date. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this covenanting service followed by a light reception in the Dundas Room.

Saturday, December 3rd. The six houses on the tour this year are most impressive. The Artisans are preparing a wide variety of beautifully hand-crafted products at the Dickens Lane Artisan Showcase. Plans are underway to bake apple pies and Christmas cookies. Next Sunday, sign-up sheets will be available in the Narthex for anyone who can help. There are volunteer positions ranging from set-up to cookie making, greeters at the homes, pouring tea, working in the kitchen – there is virtually something there for EVERYONE.

House Tour Committee members will be available to answer questions after the Sunday service.

**Jam donations can be dropped off to the church office during office hours beginning the week of Oct. 31st**

Autumn Song by Mary Oliver

In the deep fall …

don’t you image the leaves

think how comfortable it will be

to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of air

and the endless freshets of wind?

And don’t you think the trees themselves,

especially those with mossy warm caves

begin to think of the birds that will come

Six, a dozen … to sleep inside their bodies?

And don't you hear the goldenrod whispering goodbye

the everlasting being crowned with the first tuffets of snow?

The pond vanishes,

and the white field over which the fox runs so quickly

brings out its blue shadows.

And the wind pumps its bellows.

And at evening especially,

the piled firewood shifts a little,

longing to be on its way.

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