Announcements for January 14

The official board will meet on Sunday, January 28, and will be dealing with remit six. Members of the board will receive study information ahead of time, via email.

Envelopes for 2018 are labeled and are at the back of the church; please pick up yours if you haven't already done so. If you don't have envelopes and would like them, contact Cathy McLeod (463-4206).

If you're responsible for a submission for the church's 2017 annual report, please have it into the church office by this Tuesday, January 16. Many thanks to those of you who have already turned in your submissions.

During the wintry storm months, please keep in mind that the church office is not open on days the schools are closed.

The UCW's Miriam Unit will meet this Tuesday, January 16, at noon at the home of Audrey Forsythe (5 Harbour Drive).

This year's Scouting pancake breakfast will be held this coming Saturday, January 20, with food being served from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets will be available today after church, or at the door on Saturday morning. Please support the Scouts' efforts if you can.

Once again this year, St. James is collecting cold-weather gear for individuals who are in need. Warm coats, jackets, snow pants, or boots that are still in good condition can be left at the church with a label indicating that they are for Margaret's House. Donna and George Kuhn will make sure they get there. Thank you!

The Wednesday morning Bible study group meets in the parlour at 10; everyone is welcome.

If you would like to have a subscription to the United Church Observer, or if you want to make changes to your subscription, please do so by February 26. (Subscriptions are automatically renewed for those who have not responded by then.) A yearly subscription is $25; make cheques payable to St. James, and be sure to write "Observer" on the memo line. Envelopes are at the back of the sanctuary. Elana Kan-MacDonald (465-3936, ekanmacdonald@eastlink.ca) handles subscriptions. Contact her if you have a question. If you're not currently reading the Observer, take a look at it. The magazine is devoted to ethical living, justice, and faith. There are some older copies at the back of the sanctuary that you are welcome to take with you.

 
St. James Book Club, January 9, 2018
Barney's Version by Mordechai Richler
Barney's Version, Mordecai Richler's last novel and a Giller Prize winner, is among the best by one of Canada's literary legends. Barny Panofsky is crude, rude, and disrespectful. Among the charges hurled at him: he murdered his best friend. Barney does not deny his undesirable traits, but he wants to set the record straight, to refute all of the lies and half-truths. However, his memory has become unreliable and he (and the reader) are not sure what to believe. He lashes out at various individuals and groups with a biting, sarcastic wit, a talent for which Richler is famous. This apologia/confession is well-written, entertaining, and very funny. It is sectioned by Barney's three marriages but, like Barney's mind, it constantly wanders. Many fully-realized, interesting characters (including a former member of the St. James United Church choir) appear and reappear, delighting and tormenting our hero. A really good read.
Next - January 30 - Poetry