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PARISH NEWS - 7 November 2023





SERVICES AND GATHERINGS THIS WEEK

SUNDAY, November 12, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. – Remembrance Sunday

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 – 9.30 p.m. Note: the time has been changed for the next 4 weeks 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.


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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. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________


KNITTING GROUP – Bring your knitting needles, crochet hooks and love of creating in wool to the Parlour every second Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The next knitting session is November 8. For more information contact Pam via the office 905-627-1424 or 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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Tickets are now on sale for the 47th St. James' Holiday House Tour! Tickets may be purchased online at the St. James website, at the church office or at one of the three ticket outlets. With less than a month to go until Saturday December 2nd, there are many ways that you can assist us to have a sell-out event!

  • Buy tickets for yourselves, family and friends!

  • Tell your friends about the House Tour. The House Tour survey shows that most people learn about the House Tour through someone else. Word of mouth continues to be our most effective publicity tool.

  • Share St. James' postings on Facebook about the House Tour.

  • Be in touch with Anne via the office 905-627-1424 or stjamesdundas@outlook.com if you would like a printed poster for your club, workplace or favourite hang-out.

  • Remind people that the Dickens Lane Artisan Showcase opens at 11:00 am at the church on December 2nd. Admission is free. What a great opportunity to shop for Christmas, jams and preserves, buy fresh apple pies and a variety of Christmas cookies.

  • Add your name to the volunteer sign-up sheets in the Narthex. Greeters, tea-pourers, kitchen help, putting up and taking down tables and pews are still needed.

  • Help to bake apple pies in the church kitchen on November 15th.

  • Bake Christmas cookies in the church kitchen on November 8th and 22nd.

  • Do you know a young person who is looking for a high school credit for community work? Volunteering at the House Tour may be the answer.

Questions? Contact the House Tour Chair, Gillian via the office 905-627-1424 or stjamesdundas@outlook.com

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MONDAY AFTERNOON GAMES – First and third Monday of the month from 1.30-4pm, in the Parlour. Next game day November 20th. Everyone is invited to participate, ladies or gentlemen. Any questions, contact the office.

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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 $15,500 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. The art sale opportunity will be featured in next week’s e-blast highlighting pieces by Wayne Allan!


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ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday November 19th Order forms are on the Home page – Drop off or email to the church office St. James has earned $1400.00 from Fundscrip this year! Imagine if everyone ordered cards through the church! This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.

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The Chosen (a dramatic series)


Continuing Wednesday at 10am. There will be weekly viewings of this Series. We will watch an episode, (each is approx. one hour) and discuss our thoughts and feelings for about 1/2 an hour after each episode. This story is based on the life and times of Jesus through words from the gospels and through the eyes and lives of the disciples and those who were close to Jesus.


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St. James’ Gallery November Artists Photographers: Rick McKenzie, Rolph King and Colin Williams Gallery times: 10am-2pm Tues – Thurs.

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'Singing out' to future Choir Members


Choir Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30 pm. We are actively recruiting new members for all sections of the Choir (SATB). It would be helpful to be able to read music. There is an urgent need for an increase of 2 Altos, 2 Tenors and 3 Basses. Please remember, those who sing in a Choir always have a parking spot and sit in some of the best seats in the building. Great comradery from being in a close-knit team of people who love to sing.


If you are interested in joining the Choir, or know of someone who loves to sing and is interested in joining the Choir please contact Richard H., Organist and Choir Director via the office 905-627-1424 or stjamesdundas@outlook.com


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St. James will be collecting men’s used clothing; new hats and socks; personal hygiene supplies and chocolates for the Mission to Seafarers again this winter. These items will be given to the seafarers as they come to Hamilton harbour and will help them enjoy a happier Christmas away from their families. A box will be available to put items in from October 15th to November 12th. Thanks in advance for your help in helping this good cause.

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13th Annual Community Winter Coat and Boot Drive


Expanded to include blankets and sleeping bags OCTOBER 16TH to MARCH 2024.

Please place clothing in the containers by the parking lot door of the church.

Items go to churches and agencies in Hamilton where they can be easily accessed by people who need them.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the Advent / Christmas newsletter!! It's time to start preparing the Advent and Christmas newsletter. It is scheduled to be sent out prior to the start of Advent. All submissions are gratefully received, and are requested on or before November 21. Is there anyone in the congregation willing to write a reflection about either Advent or Christmas? If so, please let Dana know via the office 905-627-1424 or stjamesdundas@outlook.com . _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Holiday Hope

(Formerly Adopt a Family)

We have the opportunity to bring joy, excitement, and the real meaning of Christmas to children in need. More than ever, children in our community need to know people care about them.


St. James, again, is joining St. Matthews House’s Christmas Holiday Hope Program (formerly Adopt a Family). Each family we “adopt” as a congregation will receive two gifts for each child (a gift of clothing and a toy) and a $200.00 grocery gift card. Over 25 years you have helped many families and children have a better Christmas!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Donate material or volunteer to sew some Christmas bags.

Donate money. Please put your money in the Adopt a Family envelopes available at the church OR send a cheque or e transfer to St. James and indicate on the memo line that it is for the Holiday Hope Program.

Take a star or card from the tree and buy a present or stocking stuffer. Attach the card to the present, do not wrap, and deliver to the church on or before Dec. 3rd. Ask one of the team members if you attend church virtually and they will help you choose a child to adopt and can assist with delivering the gift.

Volunteer to sort presents Dec. 10th. You will work as a team and instructions and light food will be provided.

For mor information contact the office 905-627-1424 or stjamesdundas@outlook.com

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DIOCESAN FEASIBILITY STUDY

Our diocese is conducting a feasibility study to gauge support for a possible $20 million parish-focused capital campaign.

Four town hall meetings will offer an opportunity to learn about the campaign, ask questions, and complete a survey. Bishop Susan Bell will speak about her vision and how the study will help advance God's mission in our diocese. Below are the dates and locations for the town hall meetings:

· Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Church of the Transfiguration, 320 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines

· Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Michael’s, 1188 Fennell Avenue East, Hamilton

· Tuesday, November 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Church of the Incarnation, 1240 Old Abbey Lane, Oakville

· Wednesday, November 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. George’s, 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph

An online survey, along with a fact sheet detailing the potential campaign priorities, will be available soon at niagaraanglican.ca/survey.


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COMING EVENTS



November 12 Remembrance Day Service


November 12 Order of Niagara 4pm at the Cathedral in Hamilton


November 17 Oliver Peart Piano Recital at 7:30pm


November 26 House Tour Greeter’s orientation after worship


December 2 House Tour


December 10 ADC Advent Walk in the Park at 6pm





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