On Sunday, August 30, 2015 St. James Lutheran Church in Branch La Have, Nova Scotia celebrated 90 years of Praise and Worship. The day was spectacular weather wise, and members from the two other churches comprising the Northfield Parish (West Northfield and Upper Northfield) joined in our celebrations. The service was conducted by Pastor Catharine House, and our organist Ina Weldon led us in some old time hymns. Four members of our congregation, namely Barbara Kelly, Vivian Feindel, Alice Wile and Arthur Young, spoke to the congregation about what St. James has meant to them. Pastor Catharine spoke to us about the church being a gathering place, but the real church being the people and what their beliefs stood for. We are the church. The building provides a place to meet, refresh and learn.
Following the service many congregated at the community hall for a pot luck meal and fellowship. A display table was set up with pictures from the past as well as a bit of St. James history. A picture showing the first five church council members from 1925 was the focal point of the display.
While the day was an event of celebration, a bit of somber news was received when our Pastor Catharine announced that she would be retiring at the end of the year. While we are saddened to see her go, we appreciate her wanting to be closer to her family in Ontario, so with heavy hearts we will bid her a sad adieu the end of December, 2015.
submitted by Alice Wile