Wednesday, December 23, 2009

To You Is Born a Savior

Dear Family in Christ,

Join us Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, at 7:00pm, for a candlelit Eucharist service. There will be more music than ever. So, plan to come a little early, and hear Ashley Tapia, UT student and our guest soloist, to prepare your hearts to worship the Lord.

You are also invited that night, to join your church family for a tamale supper, provided by the Browns. We'll be in the fellowship hall, starting from 5:30pm.

In His peace,

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mary Went In Haste

Dear Friends in Christ,

Is much of your life spent "in haste?" Come this Sunday to be filled with God's word and His sacrament of Holy Communion. And reflect with us on what it meant that Mary went in haste to see her cousin, Elizabeth.

Lots coming up:
1. Christina's education in Pakistan: $350 has been raised for Christina and we only need $250 more to cover her 2010 education expenses .. please indicate on the memo line that the check is for Christina.
2. Poinsettias: We will be buying poinsettias with the funds that are donated .. the deadline to order is Sunday December 20 .. please indicate on the memo line that the check is for flowers, and also let me know "in memory of/thanksgiving for" message. I will be able to give you names and messages after the service on December 20.
3. Christmas Decorating this Sunday: We will be decorating the church and Christmas tree after the service on Sunday December 20, and will appreciate everyone's assistance.

4. Supper before Christmas Eve service: Lou Brown has graciously offered to host a Christmas Eve tamale supper, for one and all. It will begin at 5:30pm on Dec. 24 in the fellowship hall. Sign up this Sunday, to let her know you will attend.

5. Our Christmas Eve Eucharist service begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, Dec. 24. There will be solo music by a UT student, Ashley Tapia, preceding the service, so come a little early to prepare spiritually for the service, and hear some beautiful singing.

Yours in Christ,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Stir Up Your Power, O Lord

Dear Family in Christ,

St. John the Baptist tells his crowd: Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none.

Consider giving away one of your toys too. Please consider giving new toys (must be in their original store box or wrapper) to Toys for Tots. You can bring them to church this Sunday, or leave them at the fellowship hall door.

Pastor Hutton of New Life Church, is collecting for a Fort Hood unit's families. He'll be picking our donations up on Friday, Dec. 18.

Don't forget to bring your pledge card this Sunday, if you haven't already. Your Bishop's Committee has prepared a budget for next year, and they are eagerly awaiting your pledged contribution, with faith that we can meet our very basic expenses in 2010. Give us hope, St. James' family!

Finally, sign up for the Salvation Army bell-ringing at the Taylor WalMart on Wed., Dec. 23. The sign up sheet is in the narthex.

Peace to all - see you this Sunday at 10am for worship. Christina is planning a Godly Play lesson afterwards for children of all ages. Bring your grandchildren!

Your Pastor,