Announcements for November 19

Celebrating 190 years!
Next Sunday is Anniversary Sunday, and we will celebrate 190 years. We are thrilled to welcome the Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis as our guest speaker on this historic occasion. Susan is no stranger to us; she had her beginnings in ministry as a candidate from St. James. Following our service, we are having a luncheon downstairs. We will also have a special anniversary cake to mark the occasion.
Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis grew up in Dartmouth and has 31 years of congregational experience, 26 of them at Cole Harbour Woodside United Church. She and her husband, Paul, have two married daughters and a year ago began the amazing grandparent adventure with William. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Atlantic School of Theology, where she is also the co-coordinator of the Summer Distance MDiv program and the director of the Diploma in Youth Ministry. She delights in family time at the cottage, taking groups of people on trips to Europe and beyond, and scrapbooking her adventures.
The flowers in the sanctuary have been placed there by John Pasemko and family in loving memory of Marjorie Pasemko.

The Advent/Christmas letter with your Christmas envelope is now at the back of the sanctuary; please make sure you pick yours up following today's service. You will also find inside your invitation to our special intergeneration White Gift service on December 3, the first Sunday in Advent.

On Friday, December 1, we will be decorating the sanctuary. Your help in this would be greatly appreciated. Meet at the church between 5 and 5:30. Please let the office know if you'll attend, in order to plan for the number of people who will be there.

Do you receive occasional email announcements from the church office, like a recent one about tickets for the Showcase fundraiser? If you don't and would like to be included, please let the church office know the best email address for reaching you. We always like to keep the records up to date. (If you have received these group announcements and prefer not to, you may of course let us know that, as well.)

Remember that you may now order a poinsettia for the sanctuary through the UCW. This fundraising project beautifies our sanctuary during Advent and can be taken home to decorate your house for Christmas. See a UCW member for details.

Today's soup lunch has been organized by the Dartmouth Grannies. They support the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers Campaign, which raises money for grandmothers in African countries who are bringing up their grandchildren (frequently because those children were orphaned during the AIDS crisis). If you are interested in the work of the Grandmothers group, speak to Audrey Cox.

The UCW's Miriam Unit will meet this coming Tuesday, November 21, at 12 noon, at the home of Audrey Forsythe. The Annetta Rose Unit will also meet on November 21, at 1:30, at the home of Marg Chittick. All women in the congregation would be welcome at either of these meetings.

Christmas Full of Caring, the annual dinner and auction fundraiser for Feeding Others of Dartmouth (FOOD) at Margaret's House, will be held on Sunday, December 3, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 101 Wyse Road. Viewing for auction items will be at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6. The cost is $50 for adults and $20 for children under 12. To purchase tickets or donate auction items, phone Donna Kuhn (462-7948).

St. James's own Bernie Allen has moved to St. Vincent Guest Home, 2080 Windsor Street, Halifax, and will be glad to welcome visitors and receive phone calls (877-8471).

The Stewardship Committee and UCW are looking forward to another successful Christmas Tea & Sale on December 2. Your help with spreading the word and selling tickets is greatly appreciated. Tickets can be purchased from members of the UCW or from Martha, in the church office. Posters are in the church office for distribution.