Announcements for June 18

Summer Schedule
Each July and August, we enjoy the opportunity to worship with our friends from Grace United. This year, the congregation of Grace will be here at St. James from June 25 through July 23. Our congregation will be at Grace on July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, and August 27. Our church office closes every summer during that time; this year our last day in the church office will be Tuesday, July 25; the office will reopen on Wednesday, August 30.

Thank you to Rev. Jen Power, co-chair of the Camp Kidston board of directors, for coming today and sharing with us the important place camping ministries have within our church and our communities. Information about Camp Kidston, including registration forms, can be found online at campkidston.com.
Kidston relies on the generosity of its supporters. Would you like to donate a youth kayak for $110.00 or an adult kayak for $329.00? Perhaps you could contribute to our Sponsorship fund that assists campers with the registration fee of $270.00 or contribute to our new cabin fund. You might consider a position on one of our Board Committees. Perhaps St. James United would like to adopt an area of camp or a particular project such as renewal of the chapel space, waterfront or a cabin. There are many ways to share in the ministry of camping at Kidston!

Last week's Scout auction was a huge success. The Bank of Nova Scotia has agreed to match some of the funds raised, so the Scouts are close to meeting their requirements to attend the Canadian Jamboree. A special thank you goes out to the families and members of the congregation who contributed or are still contributing through the online campaign.

Thanks once more to all those who worked to make last month's Celebration & Memorial Hymn Sing a lovely and memorable event. The funds raised for the church that evening came to around $1100.

Do you enjoy knitting? The St. James prayer shawl ministry is looking for knitters. Please speak to Rena Mae MacDonald or Shirley O'Sullivan if you can help.

There was a break-in here at St. James early this week, and as a result all the outside doors have all been rekeyed. This means that any keys that you may have to enter the building will no longer work. We are issuing new keys to all our users and using this as an opportunity to ensure that only those who need keys on an ongoing basis have keys. Those who need a key on an occasional basis will be able to draw one from (and return it to) the office. A record will be kept of who has been issued keys. Please be patient as we complete the distribution of keys. Please speak with Jackie Clark if you need a key and feel you have been overlooked.
It is important that all doors are locked and secured when you leave the builiding. This includes the fire doors in the tunnel between the gym and church building.

Rev. Fred is in Truro on study break at the Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education this weekend.
In the event of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Fred can always be reached by email (revfred.st.james@gmail.com), which he checks frequently on his cell phone.

Here's a wonderful opportunity for photographers: The United Church of Canada is seeking photo submissions for use on bulletin covers. They particularly welcome seasonal photos that feature uniquely Canadian images. Go to the website united-church.ca and check the "Community Faith" section for "submit your photos," or see the information posted on the tunnel bulletin board. (If your photo is chosen for a bulletin cover, we promise to make good use of it at St. James!)

 
St. James Book Club, June 5, 2017
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
A young, talented marathon runner is forced to flee his homeland and live illegally in another country. An interesting premise. But then we meet a large cast of one-dimensional characters and are subjected to a series of implausible incidents. Despite its relevant topic, this novel fails on every level. It has boring characters, wooden dialogue, an unbelievable plot, and a laughable ending. It lacks any depth or nuance. A high school student could have done better. Our derisive comments, however, were entertaining. Our advice on The Illegal: don't go there.
Next - June 27 - The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King