Friday, March 26, 2010

Walk With Jesus

Dear Guest,

Please check out the left margin for our Holy Week schedule, and join with our St. James' family as we walk with Jesus toward the cross, and on to Easter Sunday.

If able, come serve Him with us this Saturday, March 27, at the Taylor Resource Center's Food Pantry. Meet at the old Middle School (7th and Davis, across from our church), at 8:30am.

In Him,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Baptism at St James'

Baptism is full initiation into the body of Christ, invitation to the table of the Lord, the washing away of sin, burial in Christ and a share in his resurrection.

Contact the Pastoral Leader - Terry Pierce at (512) 826-6278 for information about preparation for baptism.

Weddings at St James'

St James' sanctuary provides a beautiful location for Christian marriage.

A Christian wedding is a ceremony whereby the church blesses legal marriages on behalf of the local civil authority and whereby the church celebrates the mystery of the union of Christ with his bride on earth, the holy Church.

Because of this, the church cannot bless any union that is not legal according to local laws; which, for us here at St James' means the laws of the state of Texas.

Those seeking marriage at St. James' must therefore be legally old enough to marry, or granted legal consent by guardians, they must obtain and show proof of legal marriage certificates issues by an authority of the State of Texas, and one of the two must be a baptized Christian.

Four pre-marital counseling sessions with the pastoral leader are mandatory. Two legal witnesses are required at the final ceremony.

It is customary to give $100 to $200 as a gift to the church, in addition to any rental fees for the parish hall for receptions following.

Please contact the pastoral leader for more information about getting married at St James'.

Burials at St James'

The burial of the dead is one of the chief corporal acts of mercy within the Christian tradition.

The service of burial is an Easter and Baptismal service where we remember that Christ is the first fruits of all those who shall be raised from the dead on the last day. We bury our dead in the clear and certain hope of everlasting life in the coming kingdom. Nevertheless, burial is a time of loss for those who mourn and we acknowledge the need for, and appropriateness of sorrow.

The church urges all her members to prepare responsibly for death by setting up clear and legal wills, advanced directives, and bequests to the church. The church also urges her members to plan their own funerals in advance, so that their final wishes may be observed by those they leave behind.

It is particularly appropriate for the Christian dead to be buried "out of the church," which is to say, to have a burial service conducted in the church building, with remains if possible, before they are committed to the elements.

All members are invited to plan their burial out of St James' with the pastoral leader at their earliest convenience. Any Christian may request burial for themselves or on behalf of a loved one. We also have rites for the burial of those who do not profess Christian faith or for those for whom their faith is known to God alone.

Renting Facilities at St James'

St James has great facilities for wedding receptions, recovery groups and the like.

Please contact the priest-in-charge for more rental information and estimating fair cost for your event or group.