Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas at St. James'

Friday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols
In the tradition of King's College Chapel at Cambridge, we invite you to sing with us as we celebrate the Christmas season.  The service includes beloved Christmas carols and lessons from the Bible. 
Afterwards, all are invited for sweet treats in the Parish Hall

Christmas Eve - Traditional Tamale Supper, Carols and Christmas Mass 
Please join us at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall for our traditional tamale supper.
At 7:00 pm, we gather in the historic church for Christmas caroling.
At 7:30 pm, we celebrate a festive Christmas mass.
We welcome all people at the Lord's table to receive communion or blessing.

Christmas Day, 10:00 am - Morning Mass  On Christmas Day, we invite you to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus with morning mass. 
Children are welcome to come in pajamas and bring a special toy to be blessed.
Afterwards, we will have breakfast together in the Parish Hall.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blessing of the Pets - Saturday October 4

Celebrating St. Francis of Assisi – Saturday, October 4

11 am – Join us at the Taylor Animal Shelter for blessing of the sheltered animals and the people who care for them.  701 East 4th Street.

1 pm -  Bring your pets to St. James’ Episcopal Church for the blessing of the pets.  Pets of all kinds are welcome but please be sure they are leashed or otherwise contained. Corner of 7th and Davis Streets.

We will be gathering donations for the animal shelter at both events.

For more information: Pastor Terry Pierce at or (512) 826-6278

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saturday Rummage Sale!

Come and listen to our historic organ!

Pictures from past rummage sales - come and enjoy the fun!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Welcome The Reverend Dr. Mark Crawford on Sunday, June 1

Please join us on June 1, 2014, at 10:00 am
as we celebrate our founders and history
with Holy Eucharist followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

The Reverend Dr. Mark Crawford, rector of St. James’ from 1985 to 1990, will
conduct the service.
Father Mark with Parishioner Lou Bergstrom

Father Mark was educated at SMU, Dallas and Oxford University before completing his Doctor of Ministry Degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  He now serves on the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Commission on Ministry, the General Board of Examining Chaplains and is a member of the faculty in the IONA School for Continuing Education.
All our welcomed at the Lord’s Table
612 Davis (Corner of 7th & Davis) • (512) 826-6278
Pastoral Leader - Terry Pierce

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Janet Rader: August 24, 1946 - April 9, 2014

Janet Richards Rader, beloved member of St. James', died peacefully at home on April 9, 2014.

Jan was born to R. C. (Red) Richards and Louise Beaumont Richards in Lake Jackson, Texas on August 24, 1946.  She graduated from The University of Texas in Austin in 1968 with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Physics.  Jan was pre-deceased by her cherished husband, J. D. Rader, and her parents and in-laws.  Jan is survived by Floyd and Suzette Brockenbush and their daughters, Ashley and Kimberly.

Jan and J.D. spent many years hiking and backpacking in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest as well as Canada and Alaska, often traversing mountain and desert trails rarely seen by others. 

After thirty years of public service in Texas state government at the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Texas State Senate, and the Texas General Land Office/Veterans Land Board, Jan retired in 2011.  The majority of those years were spent serving Texas Veterans at the Veterans Land Board where she was Director of Marketing and Communications.  Jan always said there could never be a bad day at the office if she helped a Veteran. 

Jan was twice nominated as an Outstanding Woman in State Government and recognized in 1990 and 1991 by the University YWCA for outstanding leadership in state government.  In 1995, the Texas Legislature named her a “Yellow Rose of Texas” for outstanding public service to Texas Veterans.  Jan was a life-long “Yellow Dog Democrat” and in later years, claimed to be one of only three surviving Democrats in Williamson County.  She was honored and gratified to have worked for U.S. Senator Ralph W. Yarborough and was a member of the steering committee of state government leaders, including Governor Ann Richards, Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, to establish and fund the Ralph W. Yarborough Presidential Fellowship at the University of Texas School of Law. 

Jan served for eleven years as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 154 of the Boy Scouts of America and was called by her fellow scouts and scoutmasters to membership in the Order of the Arrow where she attained Brotherhood rank.  She taught merit badges and wilderness survival skills.

As a long-time member of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Taylor, Jan served many terms as a vestry member and Bishop’s Warden.  In 2013, she established the Janet and J.D. Rader Memorial Fund to help continue the faithful presence of this historic church. 

Please join the family for lunch on Saturday, April 12, at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 7th and Davis Streets, Taylor, Texas. The Rite I Order for the Burial of the Dead will be held at 2:00 p.m. at St. James’ following lunch.  The service will be followed by interment at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale, Texas.  Arrangements by Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Janet and J.D. Rader Memorial Fund at St. James’ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 268, Taylor, Texas 76574-0268.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Our Lenten Journey

Lent is our journey with Jesus towards the Cross.  In the first century, this time was the final preparation period for those who would be baptized at the Easter Vigil.  Joan Chittister said, "So much of life is spent attending to the show and glitter, the masks and trappings, the externals of our personal identities that we fail to notice what is lacking inside of us."  During Lent we are called to notice what is lacking.  It can be a difficult journey.  

One of the ways that we let go of the externals is by the Lenten practice of giving up something.  Hopefully that experience will call us to a deeper examination of our relationship with the masks and the trappings.  

On Thursday nights during Lent, please join us  at 7pm to eat together and to view short videos that guide us in that examination of ourselves.  

On Friday nights at 7pm, please join us to walk the Stations of the Cross.  The Stations of the Cross is a devotion during which we remember the events of Jesus' crucifixion and death on the Cross.   

Friday, January 3, 2014

January at St. James' - Chalk Blessing, Confirmation Classes, Yoga...

Join us on Sunday as we bless the chalk for Epiphany house blessings.  Each family will be given chalk and instructions for blessing their household.

Epiphany House Blessing from Interrupting the Silence

We look forward to an exciting January -
On Tuesday, January 7, we will begin yoga classes with Sapphire Bell in the parish hall.  The classes will be from 6:15 to 7:30.  All are invited.  There is not a fee; donations are invited.  For more information, contact Robin Fagan at or by phone at 512-365-2747.

On Sunday, January 19, we will bless the Louvier family pregnancy during the 10am service.  After the service, we will have our annual parish meeting.  We are excited to announce that Jerry Bump and Morgan Louvier have offered their service on the Bishop's Committee.  We will celebrate with Tad Whited and Philip Jones their years of service to the St. James community as they depart from the Bishop's Committee.

Sunday, January 26, offers much excitement:
After the 10am service, we will prepare and deliver Meals on Wheels.
At 3:30, the Bishop's Committee will meet with Bishop Harrison and at 5pm we will have our Confirmation Eucharist with the Bishop.  The service will be followed by a reception and light meal.

Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation:
When people are baptized, they become full members of the church.  Confirmation is a rite in which  a baptized person makes a mature, adult commitment of faith.

Some people have already been confirmed in another denomination, either Roman Catholic or Protestant.  In that case, they are received into the Episcopal church rather than confirmed.  Reception means that you are publically acknowledging the faith that has been present in your life and you are being formally welcomed into the Episcopal church.

Reaffirmation is appropriate for someone who was baptized and confirmed in the church but has not attended for a period of time or has attended different denominations.  It is a welcoming back into the Episcopal Church.

Classes for confirmation, reception and reaffirmation of adults are happening on these dates:
  Sunday Jan 5, 5-7:30pm or Thursday, Jan 9, 6:30 - 9pm
  Sunday Jan 12, 5-7:30pm or Thursday, Jan 16, 6:30-9pm
  Monday Jan 20, 6:30-9pm or Thursday, Jan 23, 6:30-9pm

The content will be the same in each Sunday/Thursday class so it's fine to mix and match according to what works for you.  It is also fine to attend if you are just curious - attendance isn't a commitment to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed.

If you need childcare in order to attend, please let me know and we will make arrangements.