Parish News

1 Dec


·         HOLY EUCHARIST, 8:30 am

·         CHORAL EUCHARIST, 10:30 am

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR is Here! This Saturday December 3. Five wonderful homes will be showcased from noon to 5pm. Dickens Lane Craft Sale featuring hand crafted items for sale is open from 11am to 5pm. Bake sale, refreshments & more! Tickets $20 each! Purchase tickets from the church office or from community outlets listed on our website Tickets will also be available at St. James on Saturday morning while quantities last.

NEW ART EXHIBITION ~ “Debbie & Mary Pat’s Art Show”, an exhibition of paintings by Mary Pat Fuchs and Debra Carson, is on for the months of December and January. Opening reception this Saturday December 3 from 1pm to 4pm during our Holiday House Tour!

**SELECTING A GIFT for one of our friends at the Ellen Osler Home will be a pleasure for us again this year. Please take a card from the tree and return your unwrapped present to the tree by Dec. 12th. Suggest you ask for a gift card when purchasing the item in case it doesn’t fit!! Many thanks.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be on Dec 18th at the 10:30 service. All children interested in being in the Pageant, please come out to practice during 10:30 am Sunday School this Sunday Dec. 4 and Sunday Dec 11 and on Saturday Dec. 17 @ 10:30. All children, grandchildren, friends are welcome.

A FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS ~ Come join us is on Sunday December 18th at 7pm here at St. James!

GOOD FOOD BOX DAY will be WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21st.  Let Sue know if you want a box, thanks.


GAMES AFTERNOON first & third Monday afternoons of the month at 1:30 pm. Next up is December 5.

BODY & SOUL ~ On Tuesday December 6, come in for Laughter Yoga!

ADVENT LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS are back! Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1pm. December 6/Richard Hansen, December 13/Simon Irving & Janice Beninger, December 20/Richard Birney-Smith. Admission $5. All are welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee & tea will be served!

NIGHT MOVIE ~ Showing Dec. 6, 7pm – Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American crime drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. As death row inmate Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) nears his execution date, he calls upon Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) to help him with one last appeal, maintaining that he is innocent of the murders of a young couple. The Film was nominated in 4 categories, Sarandon won for best actress.

ADVENT STUDY ~ Thursday’s at 10:30 in the parlour. Next up is December 8. You are most welcome to join us in our Advent Study: The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  DVD based on Adam Hamilton’s inspiring book takes us from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus.

THE MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 7.00 – 8.30 pm. Having recently discussed Marcus Borg’s book Convictions, we will be exploring the steps of Twelve Step programs as a model for the church and contemporary spirituality. Our next meeting is on December 13th, and we will resume on January 10th after the holiday break. New members are welcome.


CHRISTMAS CARDS from charities or otherwise, needed by Ellen Osler Home to send to residents of the Grand Valley Institute for Women to let the residents there know that they are not forgotten. Please leave in the box by the St. Matt’s House Table. Also shoes and boots only required right now. Thank you.  

THEY’RE A COMIN’ IN! To date 45 winter coats have been delivered for distribution by St. Matthew’s House to people who may otherwise shiver in the cold.  PLEASE ask your family, friends and anyone else to support this 7th Annual Drive.  Can we gather 250 by March 2017?!

PLEASE keep those cans and packages of food coming in for St. Matthew’s House!

SYRIAN NEWCOMERS are interested in casual work such as landscaping, moving assistance and house cleaning. Please contact Lynn Dykeman at 289-239-9341 or Feras.

WHEELCHAIRS FOR IRAQ PROJECT ~ We have had significant further donations and are planning a second shipment. We need people to pick up donations, write thank you letters and send letters to long term care and retirement facilities. Many thanks. Let me know if you are available to help. 289-339-0499, Lynn Dykeman.

USED POSTAGE STAMPS have value as they are sold by the Leprosy Mission to raise funds for treatment of that terrible condition.  Let us keep collecting them.  Thanks to Mavis Adams and Barbara Snip for looking after this outreach endeavour.

2017 ART EXHIBITION SPACES STILL AVAILABLE ~ For 2017 the following months are still open for Art Exhibition proposals: April, and October. For 2018, February to May and October to December are available. If you are an artist who hasn’t exhibited here for at least a year, or you know of an artist who would like to exhibit here, please contact Frances in the office, thanks!


PARADISE IN OUR BACKYARDRemediation of Randle Reef lecture.  Speaker Chris McLaughlin of BARC (Bay Area Restoration Council).  Friday Dec. 2nd at 7 p.m.  Knox Presbyterian Church, 23 Melville St. Dundas.  No charge, light refreshments. Sponsored by EcoWHam. 

JOIN CHORUS HAMILTON, formerly the Mohawk College Community Choir, and start the Christmas season off right with John Rutter’s MAGNIFICAT, a spectacular setting of the “Song of Mary”, as well as many more traditional Christmas favourites on Saturday, December 3, 2016 starting at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park Street West in downtown Dundas, Ontario.  Soloists will be Jocelyn Fralick, soprano, Erika Reiman, pianist and Fredric DeVries, organist, under the direction of David Holler, conductor.  Christmas treats and holiday cheer will follow the concert as is our tradition. Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door on the night of the performance.  For tickets and more information, contact 905-526-7938, or visit our website:  

NOTE CARDS NOW AVAILABLE ~ The iconic winter scene of downtown Dundas with photographer Pat Wintemute is once again available for sale as a note card.  You can purchase these cards at the Dundas Community Services office, 2 King Street West for $2.50 each or a pack of 5 for $10.00 All proceeds go to the agency to support the programs and services provided to the community. For further information call our office at 905-627-5461


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