Wednesday, January 27, 2010

An Episcopal Visitation

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. John 10:11

Dear Friends,

Please put February 7 on your calendar - Bishop Don Wimberly, recently retired diocesan bishop, will visit us on that Sunday. He is helping Bishop Harrison with visitations this month.

The main course will be provided, but please consider bringing a potluck dish for our luncheon following worship. Worship at 10am as usual.

Please also pray for the Holy Spirit to guide His church as the Diocese of Texas meets for its annual council on Feb. 12-13. Pray for Kelly and your lay delegate, Chip Cotton, who will participate as voting members on behalf of St. James' mission church.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Grappling with Haiti

Dear Church Family,

Like many of you, I imagine, I have been searching for how the Church would speak to the disaster in Haiti. Here are some resources, which, I pray, may help in your own prayer life; and in your relationship with the Lord as well as with a world that suffers so greatly.

An Episcopal priest in Indiana's post: Where was God in the earthquake?

Click here for further articles.

Peace to you, through the One who defeated evil and death on the cross, our Lord Jesus.


The eyes of all were fixed on Him

Dear Friends,

I encourage you to check out this youtube video of the Bishop of Haiti speaking about the church there. It was filmed in 2007. Please continue praying for him and the long road of recovery ahead; and continue giving through the Episcopal Relief and Development ministry, as Haiti's enormous crisis only compounds.

May Haiti's people see and know, through relief efforts underway, that the Lord walks among them, offering them "shelter in His wings" (Psalm 61).

If able, please come worship with us at St. James' this Sunday, then stick around, even if it's your first time with us, to help us distribute God's abundance to the people of Taylor. It's Meals on Wheels this Sunday - following worship, anyone can help put food into containers, and deliver the meals to the needy.

May you too know the presence of the Lord in your journey this week.

Pastor Kelly

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Dear Church Family,

Thank you, on behalf of my family, for the love you showed us through your presence and presents, on the occasion of our daughter, Maria's baptism last Sunday. What a bright, memorable day it was.

This coming Sunday, immediately after worship, is our annual All Mission Meeting.

Luncheon to follow - please bring a dish to share if you are able. But come along anyway even if you are empty-handed and be filled nonetheless.

Consider that this meeting is unlike any other you may be a part of in the secular world. This coming together is about the Stuff, the Gifts of God's Kingdom--both those gifts we have within ourselves and use in our ministries; and also, the gifts we receive in money form for His sake.

So come pray with us for the future of St. James' Mission Church, give thanks for the year that is past, and hear about plans for the year to come. Together as the Body of Christ, we are responsible for how we proceed with the gifts He gives us. Help us to make good decisions about how we use those gifts.

In His peace,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry - 2010 - Join us!

Who and when? St. James' Episcopal Church volunteers (all welcome) will serve on the following Saturday mornings in 2010:

March 27
August 7
December 18

Plan to be at the location by 8:30am.

The Food Pantry's entrance is around the back of the old Middle School, directly across the street from our church (behind the community gardens), on Davis and 7th St.

You will be a part of distributing around 350 bags of groceries to the needy in the Taylor-area community. Things finish up by 11am.

Pray for:
The regular organizers of this ministry (Shepherd's Heart Ministry is sponsored by Christ Fellowship in Taylor), as they reach so many people every Saturday; for the poor and hungry who wait in line to be served every week; for the Taylor High volunteers who sack the groceries every Friday; and for St. James' continued contributions, esp. of canned meats, to this ministry.

Friday, January 1, 2010

There Came Wise Men

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

Wondering when to take down your tree and lights? January 6 is a good day. Though the world around us may not show it, Christmastide, as the church recognizes the 12-day season, continues on until that day, the Feast of the Epiphany. We will have an evening, candlelit service that night, Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7:00pm.

On Sunday, January 10, it is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, the day we remember Jesus’ baptism, and a big baptism day in the church. We will baptize Maria Jennings that day, with the Rev. Dr. Alan Gregory preaching and presiding.

The following Sunday, January 17, we will have our All Mission Meeting immediately after the service. That’s the time when we pray over our goals and strengths together; and for our active members to review and approve our stewardship plan, and elect our new bishop’s committee members and lay delegate for council.

Who said January was a boring month?

Together may we press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Your vicar,