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PARISH NEWS - 29 August 2021


Some big “thanks to you” to begin this week….

…. to The Reverend Canon Peter Davison for his continued dedicated service to the family of St. James. Two wonderful services and homilies with a nice tribute to Mike Deed. Peter has also offered to help with regards to any pastoral emergencies in the first two weeks of September.

… to all those who assisted with the functionality of our new “sound and sight” operation – Frank R., Peter A., Nyle A. and Terese. Please note that we DO need some additional operators for the system….it is simple and keeps you focused on the service….for sure. Please contact the office if you are interested.

…. to all of the people who have re-emerged from the pandemic and have attended our first two Sunday Services; special thanks to the greeters who prepare the site, welcome everyone and do a cleaning following the service. And a special shout-out to Martin P. for his painting expertise.

… to Richard H. for his attention to our music program. St. James has always been very fond of and appreciative of, the music associated with the services. The cantors in recent weeks (and this goes back to Peter Davison as well!) have been wonderful.


As indicated above, we are continuing to reopen for ‘in-person’ worship on Sunday, September 5th at 10 a.m. We have been blessed with the availability of two familiar faces for this one-month period before The Very Reverend Peter Wall assumes his duties as our Interim Priest in the middle of September. For the first two weeks of September, another familiar face to us at St. James, The Reverend Sue Nicolls, will be returning. Online booking is available to reserve space for that service. Please remember to reserve a space either via the website or by phoning the parish office. Before coming to church, please self-screen and stay home if you feel ill. Those coming to worship will need to wear a mask at all times and sit at least 3 seats away from anyone not in their ‘bubble’. Please note that during the rest of the week, while the staff are keeping office hours, others will still need an appointment to enter the building.

If you cannot attend in person you will also be able to “tune in” and watch, engage and enjoy the service, beginning at 10 a.m. on YouTube. The link will be provided on the parish Facebook site and our website.


Food Sale - We know we have asked a lot of our cooks and bakers this year and many of you are planning your contributions to the house tour bake table. If you are weary of baking take a break. Some of you have said you still have energy to cook/bake for an October bake sale…yum…the buyers of goods are very interested! We will have another food sale on October 15th. If you are able to contribute, please contact Jill R. or the office.


Raffle tickets are going very well! Thanks to those who have bought … and SOLD tickets. Now, you can see three of the six “baskets” that will be part of the prize package for this raffle. (Let’s get all those tickets sold! Contact Jan S., Anne W. or the church office for more information. The draw takes place on September 12th.

The first is a special DUNDAS basket. The contents include: Books – Historical Dundas and Dundas 1947 – 1973 … Dundas notecards and postcards from artist Danuta Niton, 2 tickets for the Dundas Holiday House Tour, A Dundas T-shirt, Urban Vine oil and vinegar and a Collins Hotel Gift Certificate…


The second one is THE TEA PARTY … a pottery cookie jar, 2 fine bone china cups/saucers, fine china serving plate, tine of English tea and 2 dozen (24) shortbreads or cookies.


The third one is an example of what happens when one person leaves a meeting of the fundraising committee for a few minutes and comes back and the basket has been named by those remaining – Bob’s Boozy Basket! The contents include: French brandy, A Kiwi (New Zealand) white wine, a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Ice-wine and brandy (Canada) and whisky (Canadian Crown Royal) AND .. bar towel, cocktail napkins, hangover drops AND … the appropriate glasses – 6 Liqueur glasses, 6 brandy glasses, six small wine glasses, 12 large wine glasses and four Canadian whisky glasses.



We know … you are dying to take this tour! On Saturday, September 11th, join Stan Nowak for an informative heritage tour. Note that this is a VERY limited event … and as of this e-blast there were few spots available. Information about booking is included in the attached.


Beautiful Chrysanthemums (9 ½” pot) $10.00 each or 3 for $28.00

Order by September 2nd – THAT’’S THIS THURSDAY - for pickup at the Church on Saturday, September 18th 11 am to 1 pm.

Available Colours: Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink/Purple or White

To order please send an email to:

Include your name, phone number and quantity of each colour selected.

You will receive a confirmation email with payment and pickup instructions.


Our coffee hour this Thursday will take place on Zoom at 10am.

Join us to chat and enjoy one another’s company for an hour.

Bring your own coffee! Coffee Hour will be hosted by Peter D..

Meeting ID: 693 269 0932

Use either the link or Zoom ID but you don't need to do both, and no password needed.


As we prepare to re-enter our opening of the building, there are some things we should keep in mind:

Until further notice from the Diocese, the church is not open for anything other than the Sunday Service. Following the service, people are asked to leave the building as orderly and quickly as possible to allow for the cleaning to take place.


We are still collecting the outer plastic Milk Bags (clean) which are then upcycled. Please see Carleon Hardie for more information.


We continue to collect used postage stamps for the leprosy mission and used eyeglasses for medical mission. Please speak to Diana S. or the office 905-627-1424 for more information.


We have a box in the narthex to collect used batteries for recycling.


We have a new collection point in the narthex with labelled drawers for donations to local food banks. We regularly need pasta, baby food and other baby care essentials, toiletries and hygiene products, jam and peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruit and canned vegetables. Please speak to Terese H. or the office 905-627-1424 for more information.


Almighty God, who through your prophets foretold a day when swords will be beaten into plowshares and who in Jesus Christ made peace through the blood of the cross, pour out your Spirit on all people everywhere so that we may be delivered from hate, hostility, and self-seeking, and find our peace in your will. In your mercy, make us instruments of your peace, that your name may be hallowed, your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

from Liturgy and Psalms (Reformed Church in America, 1968)

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