Friday, October 28, 2011

Giving Thanks for our Young People

Be strong and courageous...for the Battle is not yours, it's the Lord's.  Whether we are young or older, we always encounter battles in our lives.

This Sunday at 10am, we'll have our regular Eucharist service.  Within it, however, we'll place special emphasis on our young people.  The sermon will be for young and older alike, so please plan to keep children in the service for its entirety if at all possible.  Nursery care of course will be available should there be a need.

Our theme on Sunday will center around the Battle of Jericho.

ECW meeting will happen immediately after the service.  Godly Play will also be offered at the same time for all our young people.

Finally, a special THANK YOU to all who helped make our Fish Fry last Sunday a great success!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bring Them To Where the Food Is

Good morning, Church family,

You've got to check out this video on the diocesan website.  Just click on the little TV-shaped icon to play it.

It reminded me of how easy it is to help another person enter God's joy on a Sunday morning.  

The videos are helping to promote the Bishop's Conference on Evangelism, happening Nov. 11-12 at the stunningly beautiful Camp Allen.  What a great place for a retreat alongside.  Please see Dr. Tad Whited ( on Sunday or email him if interested in sharing a ride to the conference.  The church can help with your registration fee.  

Lots to give thanks for: our choir is now rehearsing on Sunday mornings at 8:30am.  We are hearing from church family members about what motivates them to give to St. James', AND we are planning for our...

Potluck Fish Fry (catfish provided and fried on site) on Sunday, Oct. 23 following the Eucharist.  Do please bring a dish that would be enough to also go towards our Meals on Wheels, which will get filled and get delivered that same Sunday.

See you for our Holy Meal, aka Holy Communion, this Sunday, at 10am.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Ponder Anew What the Almighty Can Do

Dear Family,

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, our men's group, will be meeting tomorrow at El Corral Lozano on 2nd St. for breakfast at 9am.

Later tomorrow afternoon, Courtney Brown will be leading a come-one-come-all mask making workshop tomorrow in the fellowship hall--Saturday, Oct. 8, 4-6pm.  Please email her directly if you have further questions:

This Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings will be teaching after Eucharist this Sunday in the media room.  If you miss him this time around, you can catch up with him in Advent, when he will offer us 3 more classes.  More TBA.

Put Oct. 23 on your calendar for St. James'  Sunday, our patron saint's day, and Fish Fry, following the Eucharist.  Pledge cards will go out that day as well, as we step into a season of prayerfully reflecting on our family life at St. James:

What is the BEST that can happen?

Finally, some community info:
Marge Tripp, 352-9898 is seeking volunteers for the Taylor City Wide Cleanup on Sat. Oct. 22, 8am - 3pm.  Murphy Park is the home base for this event.  They will begin by sending out volunteers to help clean up the yards of folks on the Meals on Wheels list.  

[The photo above is of the baptismal font at St. Theresa of Lisieux, Austin]