Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give Thanks

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thess. 5

Join us Wed. evening, Nov. 23, at 7:00pm for Holy Eucharist in the church for a Thanksgiving Eve service.  The Rev. Jerry Sneary will offer a meditation.

This coming Sunday is the first day of the new church year, the first Sunday in Advent.  We will be offering a new Morning Prayer service at 8:30am, starting this Sunday in the church.  It will be a quiet, meditative way to start your Sunday.

Then, after our regular Eucharist at 10:00am, we will stay on to elect our new Bishop's Committee members.  
Then, we'll proceed to the fellowship hall, for our second annual Advent Event, with music and crafts: advent wreaths, ornaments, Christmas cards and Anglican rosary beads.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Come all who are weary and I will refresh you

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. – Psalm 100:4   
(see below for note on the photo above)

Dear Family,

If you have not joined us for worship recently, know that we do miss you, and that you are valuable and needed for the work of God's kingdom.  At St. James' this season, here are ways for you to participate in His work:

1. Meals on Wheels happens on Sun., Nov. 20, this month.  If you have wheels, you are valuable to us.  We prepare helpful maps for delivery destinations, and the batches are usually no more than 6 meals or so.

2. Pledge Sunday will happen that same morning.  That's when we bring back our pledge cards and ask for God's blessing on our pledges of giving to His church in 2012.  If you did not receive a pledge card, please let us know.  

3. Our Advent Event is Nov. 27 following worship.  We'll have music and different crafts for young and older, to get us into the spirit of the new season, and celebrate the New Year in the church.  Let us know if you'd like to help get things set up for this.

4. Ongoing: a community Bible study meets at 9am on Weds. in the library; the mens' group, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, will meet at El Corral Lozano on Sat., Dec. 3, at 9am.

Note: the baptismal font is in the ruins of a 5th century Byzantine church, located in Shivta, a world heritage site in Israel.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Anglican prayer beads - Craft Night Sat. Nov. 5, 4:30

Anglican prayer beads?  Yes, they are part of our prayer tradition and fun to make!  Come to our Craft Night tomorrow, Sat., Nov. 5 at 4:30-6:30pm, and make your own set.  You'll even learn how to pray with them.  You can also make a set of your own jewelry.  Projects for children also.  AND free supper included.  Fellowship hall - be there!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Come Sing of the Saints of God

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, 
that we should be called the children of God. - 1 John 3.

Come join us for Holy Eucharist tonight, All Saints' Day, at 8pm.  We will remember the dead, particularly those who are connected to our church family members.