CREATION SEASON

The liturgical colour green symbolizes the renewal of vegetation and generally of living things,
and the promise of new life.

Thought of the Week
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Furnishings for the Family of Refugees we are Sponsoring

We’re off to a great start collecting furnishings for  Mary & Joseph Koroma and their two children, 7 year old Isaac, and 4 year old Joseph. We now have donations ranging from a queen bed and frame, to a microwave, and quilts for the entire family from the mattjam quilters.  Let’s keep this momentum going throughout the summer!

Donations in good condition are appreciated. We do not know when the family may arrive.  If you are willing to save and donate item(s), please let us know so we can take that item off the list.  If you have an item to donate that is not on the list, but you believe would be practical, we would like to hear from you.  We do not have a central collecting place but if need be, things could be stored.  Please email or phone Mary Mitchell (mitchellmary@sympatico.ca, 519-836-3767) or leave a note on the posted list in the church hall. Thank you! The list is updated regularly so drop by occasionally.

For a complete list of needs please download: Refugee-Furnishings-List.

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Announcements

 

There will be  one service only at 10:00 am until, and including, September 2. During the summer, the Wednesday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist (BCP) will continue. Please note that the Wednesday 9:30 am Eucharist on August15 has been cancelled as the parish hall floor is being refinished during that week.

 From Tuesday August 14, through to and including Saturday August 18, the church building will be completely closed while the church hall floor is refinished and dries. We ask everyone to please respect this. If you need anything from church during that week please remove it by Monday evening, August 13. This should give the floor time to harden properly so it will not be easy to scratch.

From Tuesday August 14, through to and including Saturday August 18, the church building will be completely closed while the church hall floor is refinished and dries. We ask everyone to please respect this. If you need anything from church during that week please remove it by Monday evening, August 13. This should give the floor time to harden properly so it will not be easy to scratch.

For the past 11 years, we have provided backpacks to CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin for needy students in Guelph. We are looking for donations of school supplies and backpacks.  Please bring in the supplies and place them in the basket in the basement.  Donations will be accepted until Sunday August 24.  Please contact John Dennis if you have any questions about this program. We also need approximately $500 for the purchase of running shoes and other specific supplies. Monetary donations should be clearly identified as “Backpack Program”.

 

St. James & St. Matthias is hosting a multi-vendor garage sale on Saturday August 11 from 9 am until noon.  You can rent a table for $20 and sell whatever you want.  This sale is in support of the Environment and Social Justice Committee’s Backpack Program.  Please note we are not accepting donations for the sale (rent a table if you have stuff to sell!).  Contact John Dennis if you have any questions (stmattjam@gmail.com).

 

Children’s program begins on Sunday, September 9 at the 9:15 am service. 

Roarin’ 20s Speakeasy on Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 pm. One adult beverage ticket for people in period clothing. Come to listen or dance to some N’Awlins music with our musicians for the evening, Stan and Eric.  CDs available.Tickets $30 at the door and $25. advance. Includes treats to eat and door prizes. Tickets will be available in August. 

Munching on the Word – Bible Study beginning on Thursday, September 20 at 11:30 am. Bring your lunch to eat while we talk about Paul, the blessed curmudgeon.

Saturday September 22 from 1:00-3:00 pm. – Memorial Garden service and tea.

Sunday, September 30, Blessing of the Animals, time to be announced.

 

  1. How Can I Sign up to Help with the Refugee Family?

A sign up sheet  has been placed on the lower level of  the divider in the parish hall. You can choose from:

 

X Child Care

X Collecting/Moving

X Communication

X Transportation

X Fundraising

X Language/ESL

X Settlement & Orientation

X Phone & Information Technology

X Transportation of Furniture

 

There are leader and member roles so please consider how you would like to help. Laurie Douglas and Mary Mitchell have resources to help with each of these tasks. Laurie may be contacted at 519-837-8647,

new_gardensong@hotmail.com,

and Mary at 519-836-3767, mitchellmary@sympatico.ca.

 

  1. How Can I  Donate to Sponsor our Refugee Family?

Fundraising:

We are now accepting monetary donations, which will help provide for the family in their first year in Canada. You can give by:

    • cheque (made out to St. James the Apostle), memo line “Refugee Fund”; mailing address is St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle, 86 Glasgow St. N. Guelph, N1H 4W2
    • credit card: to donate directly at Canada Helps (please note, a tax receipt is generated immediately) at:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/108099771RR0028-church-of-st-james-the-apostle/ 

Then go to the DONATE NOW button and from the drop down menu beginning with General under “Apply your donation to a specific fund set up by this charity”, be sure to choose Refugee Family Fundraising. Thank-you for your support!

 

 

Special items for St. James & St. Matthias in July are  high fibre cereal, instant oatmeal, and peanut or soy butter.

From Sunday, July 1 – Sunday, September 2
Holy Eucharist 10:00 am
The Wednesday 9:30 am BCP Holy Eucharist continues throughout the summer.

Our wonderful office volunteers are on hiatus until Tuesday, September 11. Email, voice mail, and Canada Post mail will  be checked regularly.  A great big thank you goes  to our devoted office volunteers!

Contact / Directions

  • 519-822-1061
  • stmattjam@gmail.com

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