Our second annual Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k & Kids’ Dash was an amazing success!
Our youth are going to Verdun Adventure Bound on October 21-23! Any high-school-age youth are welcome to attend.
MS and HS Youth Group will be joining Saint James’ Builds as they participate in the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build on Sunday, October 30th from 1-5 pm. We encourage your entire family to come out and join in what will be an extraordinary event as they build an entire house in only two days!
“Do you choose easy or do you choose adventure?”
I asked this question on my first Sunday at Saint James’ four years ago this winter. I talked about asking my daughter that question half way through a rather rigorous hike, I encouraged you to consider all the ways that Jesus asked his followers that same question, and whether God might be asking the people of Saint James’ Episcopal Church the same question.
Years later I am ever more convinced both of God’s call to us and our resounding answer, “ADVENTURE!!!”. Here is the rub. Adventure is not easy. Jesus certainly never said it would be.
One of my favorite prayers, attributed to 16th century explorer, Sir Francis Drake, asks the same question of us. Have we arrived safely because we sailed too close to shore… (have we) fallen in love with life and ceased to dream of eternity?
A memorial service for Edward Loring Mickle will be held at Saint James’ on Thursday, October 6 at 11:00am. A private interment will be at the Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.
You can read his obituary here.
Oct. 4 is the Feast Day of St Francis. There is much to learn about this extraordinary man who lived in the 12th century and inspired others to honor God’s creation. When Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) was elected Pope by the Catholic Church in 2013, he chose to honor this man by using his name.
In honor of St Francis, please considering participating in one or more of the following:
Please join us for The Blessing of the Animals & Pizza at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 5! The service will be held in the back yard area off of Green Street.
I am very glad to announce that we have hired The Rev. Randolph Charles to serve as our half time associate. Randolph’s primary focus will be adult formation. He will be with us two weekdays a week and every other Sunday. A particular grace to me is that Randolph has repeatedly expressed that his primary goal is to support me in my ministry. Another grace, is that we both enter into this relationship with the clarity that this is a season of discernment for Saint James’ and for Randolph. During this season, I am grateful for the gifts and spirit Randolph brings to Saint James’ and am confident you will find him to be a refreshing addition to our community. – Ben+
One of the great things about social media is that you can join a nationwide or worldwide conversation, and see that conversation develop in real time.
Social Media Sunday used the hashtag #SMS16 to organize the national conversation this year, and it was an amazing success! Especially since Episcopalians follow a common lectionary, Episcopalians across the country could share and follow the conversations happening on Sunday morning.
Here are a few examples of some tweets from around the country on Sunday. If you have a Twitter or Instagram, make sure to check out the hashtags #sms16, #episcopal and #chsocm — you can find us on Twitter @sjecwarrenton and on Instagram at @saintjameswarrenton.
Wherever and however and whenever, share God’s love with the world!
Saint James’ Gala is Saturday, October 1!
THE SEARCH IS OVER… for a fun way to support a great cause, an adult night out with delicious food and beverages, music and dancing, exciting silent and live auctions and wine pull, and time with fellow school and church friends, new and old!
So now all you need is a babysitter…but search no more!
Especially in a place like Warrenton, many of us lead hectic lives – whether it’s taking one kid to soccer practice and another to dance while trying to plan dinner, or commuting an hour on 66 before your workday even starts, our busy lives can keep us with connecting with the people and things that are most important to us.
Those busy schedules certainly affect the life of a church as well. In fact, according to a recent study, one of the primary reasons Americans have a harder time connecting with their church community than they used to is that, quite simply, they don’t have time. (Families with children in travel sports know that Sundays are too often taken up by trips to the ballfield)
Here’s where social media comes in. (“Social media,” by the way, just means anything on the Internet where people can interact with each other)
While everyone is out leading full lives in Warrenton and beyond, we do our best to keep our church community updated and connected as much as we can.
CONNECT WITH SAINT JAMES’
Stephen Ministers at Saint James’ are specially trained members of the congregation prepared to comfort and listen to parishioners in difficult times. Issues that may rise to the level of a Stephen Minister intervention include grief, illness, family crisis, job loss, divorce and doubt.
Back by popular demand the “Brunch, Lunch, and Supper Club” will be in full swing once again at Saint James’ starting this fall!
Have you ever wondered about the person sitting next to you in church? Now is your time to find out more about that person!
Sunday, September 11 is Rally Sunday at Saint James’!
That means it’s the kickoff of the ministry year, and there’s something for everyone!
Its rich and varied family programs drew us to Saint James’ originally, so when Fr. Ben approached me about filling John’s position on an interim basis, it was an easy yes. We’re sad to see John leave and I’m happy to help out in this time of transition and provide the church with the space needed to reflect on our needs and conduct a thorough search for his replacement.
While we are starting a new program year, much feels like an extension or culmination of where we have already been.
We continue to celebrate our bicentennial year with a service in September taken from the 1789 Prayer Book. Our annual Gala in October will celebrate the light we have been in the town of Warrenton and the exciting and important ministry ahead. And we will celebrate our place among the communion of saints with an All Saint’s organ recital and choral evensong. It has been a rich experience to learn more about our history, the people and the pivotal events, and see our place in God’s still unfolding story.
I am honored and excited to say, beginning this fall I will be joining the Saint James’ family to fulfill my field education requirement as a seminarian at the Virginia Theological Seminary. My name is Jeffrey (Jeff) Stevenson and Saint James’ will be my Church community for the next two years. I will be working closely with Father Maas and a Lay Committee to define my involvement as I explore my call to the priesthood. During my time with you I will be learning from Ben and from all of you what it means to be a priest.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 20 if you would like to join a group for a day hike in the Blue Ridge!
We will leave at 9 am from the church parking lot; more details forthcoming in an email to the men of the church.