Thursday, August 13, 2009

Showing our Faith by our Deeds

Dear Family in Christ,

But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. - James 2

Come see the final paper stage of your Wild Card Project - it shows how you, Church, got from Comments to Christ-centered action. In other words, you took the concerns and joys you expressed about St. James' Church earlier this Eastertide, and put your names to them in ministry form (ministries matching needs/joys/dreams).

From these results, your Bishop's Committee this month is discerning the three strongest areas at St. James' where we show our faith by our work.

When we see these things highlighted, we can celebrate them more fully, invite newcomers into them more whole-heartedly, and the pastor and lay leaders can focus on strengthening these areas more effectively.

In other news...

Habitat lunch item offering this Sunday is COOKIES. Let's have some at least placed in the offering basket (I won't take any). Just put the rest back by the baptismal font.

The Food Bank in Taylor also needs CANNED MEAT (tuna, spam, vienna sausages, etc.) anytime. They would really welcome these gifts from St. James' on a regular basis; and say that they can now get beans cheaper than we can buy them.

Join us this Sunday, August 16, for worship at 10am, with the Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings preaching on King Solomon (our first introduction to Solomon this summer).

Also keep in your prayers:

· The Mendez and Martinez families. They lost three members in a traffic accident this past Monday. One was a student of Christina Strnad's.

· Christina's father in the hospital

· Gerry - very limited eyesight

· John - protection in Afghanistan

· Jim Krepps - recovery from injury

Yours in Him,

Kelly

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