Firewood Ministry Split and Stack on Saturday, July 14

TIME AND PLACE

This Saturday, join us for a spirited morning of wood splitting and stacking at the firewood collection site behind Walmart! PLEASE NOTE the times – we are starting earlier to beat the heat – 8:00 to 10:00am – come for one hour or all morning!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We’ve been making some real progress at the collection site, but there’s still a backlog (pun intended) of wood to process and prepare for the fall.

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Firewood Ministry Event this Saturday from 9-11am!

Join us this Saturday from 9-11a at the wood collection site in Warrenton for a split/stack event.

Our goal this week is to completely split and move a small pile of donated wood that is blocking access to part of the site.  

Specific needs for this Saturday:

  • Teams of 2-3 for each of 3 gas-powered log splitters onsite to split wood (no experience necessary)
  • Numerous volunteers to sort and stack the split wood onto pallets throughout the site

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Help Needed for Firewood Ministry on Saturday, April 14

Join us this Saturday from 9-11a at the Wood Collection Site in Warrenton for a split/stack event. The weather looks wonderful for an hour or two of outdoor work!

Specific needs for this Saturday:

  1. Teams of 2-3 for each of 3 gas-powered log splitters onsite to split wood (no experience necessary)
  2. Numerous volunteers to sort and stack the split wood onto pallets throughout the site
  3. Volunteers with chainsaws to cut down logs to a size that can be further split

Make it a family event – there’s a job for everyone, no matter your experience level. We even have work in the community garden onsite for little ones.

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Firewood Ministry Update: 2018 Winter Newsletter

by Colin Borgstrom

The next Firewood Ministry Split & Stack Morning is Saturday, March 24. Click here for more info via Facebook.

Our firewood ministry was in full force during the cold winter months!

Working in conjunction with the Fauquier Community Coalition, our volunteers donated more than 70 hours of labor at the wood collection site in Warrenton.

From this site, donations of firewood were made to more than 60 families in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties that would not have had wood for heating or cooking without this ministry.

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Update on Family Ministries: 2018 Winter Newsletter

by Jen Taylor, Director of Family Ministries

Sunday School

Wow! We are well into 2018 and just 3 months left of our Sunday school curriculum for the year.

Don’t let that mislead you, we still have lots to do!

A very special thank you to all our Sunday school teachers! We have over 25 volunteers for Sunday school. Every Sunday there are dedicated teachers to tell our youngest parishioners a relevant story, read bible verses with, and facilitate a conversation about what they learned.

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Firewood Ministry Event Update and Drivers Wanted

Due to the rain and forecast for more rain this weekend, we are cancelling the planned split/stack event for this Saturday (Feb 24). Please plan to join us at our next planned event on Saturday, March 10!

In the meantime, winter is still hanging around (even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment!) and we have weekly requests for delivery of wood to homes in central/southern Fauquier. If you have a pickup truck or trailer and can spare an hour or more once a week, please contact Wood Ministry Team Leader Colin Borgstrom at 540-270-3285 or via email at theborginva@gmail.com to be added to the delivery email list. Thank you in advance for your help with this vital ministry!

To learn more about Firewood Ministry and the impact it has on Fauquier County, click here.

Upcoming Firewood Ministry Split & Stack Events

Our wood ministry is in full force during these cold winter months!  This Saturday, please join us for a Split/Stack event at the collection site in Warrenton.  The weather looks really good after the past two weeks, and we have two log splitters on site ready for volunteers.  We’ll plan to meet at 9am and be completed around 11am so you can enjoy the remainder of your day.

Working in conjunction with the Fauquier Community Coalition, our volunteers donated more than 70 hours of labor at the wood collection site in Warrenton.  From this site, donations of firewood were made to more than 60 families in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties that would not have had wood for heating or cooking without this ministry.

The upcoming months will allow us to organize and get a jump on preparations for the next season; we plan to have split and stack events on the second and fourth Saturdays each month in February, March and April.

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Ministry of the Month: Saint James’ Breakfast Sandwich Ministry

“…I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

“The neat part about Warrenton is that it’s a real community,” says Bob Meceda, who usually delivers the breakfast sandwiches made every third Sunday in the Saint James’ kitchen. People begin lining up a half hour before doors open at Warrenton UMC, where volunteers there have made coffee. The origin of the sandwiches is anonymous. They are there for anyone who needs a healthy breakfast no one is turned away. 

Greg Arthaud got himself through college by working the morning shift at McDonalds, so he knows a thing or two about cracking eggs. For the past seven years, Greg has spent his time in the Saint James’ kitchen most months on the third Saturday, prepping breakfast sandwiches for local residents who might not otherwise have a healthy meal on a Saturday morning. 


facts and needs

  • The next sandwich-making day is Saturday, January 21st at 7:00am.
  • This ministry operates year-round on the third Saturday of each month.
  • Volunteers prepare ten-dozen breakfast sandwiches.
  • We always need volunteers!
  • This is a great ministry for the whole family to get involved.
  • The sandwiches are distributed at Warrenton United Methodist Church via Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition.
  • If you are interested in helping prepare sandwiches, contact Greg Arthaud.

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Update on Saint James’ Builds

by dorothy smith

Another much-needed Build was accomplished on November 4 and 5. This time the builders rebuilt half a roof, fixed the interior ceiling and did exterior brick, siding and other repairs to the home.

The home owner, Nicky, has two small children (both with special needs) and was very grateful and moved by the outpouring of love and action from Saint James’.

Someone also anonymously donated money to help Nicky meet some of her very pressing needs, which was an incredibly timely and thoughtful gesture.

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Photos from Haiti: October 2017

In late October 2017, a small group from Saint James’ visited North-East Haiti. This was not a mission trip; rather, we traveled there to learn about how Saint James’ could be a long-term partner in the work that Haitians are already doing to improve the educational lives of children.

Our goal was twofold.

First, we went learn about primary education in northern, rural Haiti and to connect with Haitians improving the educational opportunities of children there, especially in an Episcopal context. We were able to board for a week at St Barthelemy Episcopal School in Terrier Rouge, where we gained insight into the potential of an Episcopal school in this region and what a transformative impact it can have on a small town.

Second, we went to seek out and connect with an Episcopal primary school in the area, with the goal of providing long-term financial support and establishing a lasting relationship. We found this in St Luc Episcopal Church & School in Trou du Nord.

Because the largest ministry of Saint James’ is our school, and because Haiti is the largest diocese in the American Episcopal Church, it seems a natural fit that we use our material resources and intimate knowledge of the challenges facing an Episcopal school to do what we can to support a similarly-sized school in Haiti, where the effects of quality education can be absolutely transformative to individuals and to a community. 

These are images from our trip.

PHOTOS BY HAITIAN BOYS

“Each of the following photos was taken by a Haitian boy in Terrier Rouge. Three boys took an especially keen interest in my camera: Jeff, Dervilien and Hermetz. All three are students at Ecole St Barthelemy, and each boy is either nine or ten years old. At various points during the week, I was able to hand my camera to them and they took it from there. I think these are the most valuable images from our trip, because they show what Haiti looks like to Haitian children themselves.” -Coy

Daily Life in Terrier Rouge

Though only about 20 miles from Cap-Haïtian, the second-largest city in Haiti, Terrier Rouge is a quintessentially rural town of 10,000-15,000 residents. We got the distinct sense that everyone in the town knows everyone else. Almost no one lives on the outskirts of the town; to live in an isolated house would mean unacceptable isolation from the life of the community. Most structures in town are made with cinderblock and concrete, the ideal building materials in a place where air-conditioning is almost non-existent and where, despite the rarity of any rain at all, flooding is an ever-present risk from those storms that do make it over the mountains.

Ecole St Barthelemy

Ecole St Barthelemy was founded in 2001 as a preschool with just 30 students. Since then, it has grown into a student body of 1,100 students ranging from preschool all the way through the upper secondary-school grades. From the two graduating classes so far, each of the 40 students has gone on to university, an astonishing feat in a country where only 32% of the population has even some secondary-school education, much less university experience. The school is run by Pere Jean Bruno, a retired Episcopal priest. He also chairs the board of Esperance et Vie, a nonprofit which funds the school, a local medical clinic and community improvement projects. Almost all students at St Barthelemy cannot afford the <$100-per-year tuition and attend through scholarships, funding for which stems mostly from donations by individuals and churches in the United States.

Ecole St Luc

St Luc’s school was founded in the early 2000’s in Trou du Nord, a town somewhat larger than Terrier Rouge and about five miles away. Unlike St Barthelemy, St Luc has not had the blessing of such steady funding or a singular driving force like Pere Bruno to push it forward. Ecole St Luc currently enrolls about 250 students from preschool through the first year of secondary school. This number will greatly reduce by the end of the school year; many families cannot afford the tuition for the entire year, and must pull their kids out early. Of its $40,000 yearly budget, about $15,000 has been funded by an Episcopal Church in Maine, though this source of funding will drop to about $5,000 next year. The priest of Eglise St Luc, Pere Sadoni Leon, has put special focus on improving the quality of education at Ecole St Luc in the two years since he arrived in Trou du Nord. All new teachers graduated at least from secondary school in Cap-Haïtian, where the quality of education is generally much higher than in towns further east.

Eglise St Luc

On Sunday morning, we attended church at Eglise St Luc, the Episcopal church that runs the school. Pere Sadoni invited Fr Ben to give the sermon. Although the service is in Haitian Kreyòl, the primary spoken language in the country, the order of the service is almost identical to an Episcopal service conducted in English – a testament to the multilingual reach of the Book of Common Prayer. There were some marked differences from a typical American Episcopal service; drums formed a musical backdrop for many of the prayers and liturgies. The Prayers of the People, especially, were a vibrant expression of reverence and fervor. While only 20-30 parishioners attended on this particular morning because of some confusion about the time of the service, Pere Sadoni says about 70 people count themselves members of St Luc, most of whom attend every Sunday.

 

Ministry of the Month: Learning Starts Early + Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k

NOVEMBER 2017 MINISTRY OF THE MONTH

On Saturday, November 18, the third-annual Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k & Kids’ Fun Run will wind through the streets of Old Town Warrenton. You can register for the race here.

While the event is an absolute blast, complete with a turkey mascot on a bicycle, it also serves a much more profound purpose: funding efforts to increase access to preschool in Fauquier County through a Saint James’ initiative called Learning Starts Early.

Learning Starts Early (LSE) is an outreach ministry with a simple vision: that each child is a beloved child of God, and that each child should enter kindergarten ready to thrive and grow academically, socially and emotionally.

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2017 Stewardship Letter from the Senior Warden

Dear Saint James’ family,

As your senior and junior wardens, we are writing this year’s annual pledge campaign letter. Newcomers and visitors reinforce what we all feel when they observe that we are a church that radiates meaning, purpose and vitality. The vestry bears the responsibility for the finances of the church, and as their officers, we can state with confidence that our budget is designed to support what makes Saint James’ exceptional.

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Ministry of the Month: Saint James’ Firewood Ministry

October 2017

“Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” – Romans 12:13

Fauquier County is one of the materially wealthiest places in the United States. But that’s not true for everyone who lives here.

Roughly 4,000 people in Fauquier live below the poverty level. And in an area where land prices are high and affordable housing scarce, even more people struggle to make ends meet and to afford those basic needs like decent housing and heat during the winter.

Colin Borgstrom, who heads up the Saint James’ Wood Ministry, emphasizes that the need is everywhere, not just in areas of the county that have been especially left behind in economic development.

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Trip to Haiti & How You Can Help!

Vitamins and Medications needed

As Fr. Ben preached on Sunday, a team of eight, including six members of Saint James’ Episcopal Church and School (Lee and Terry Owsley, Marianne Lynch, Cammie Fuller, Coy Ferrell, and Fr. Ben), are heading to Terrier Rouge, Haiti from Monday October, 23rd – Sunday, October 29th. They’ll be staying at Saint Barthélémy Episcopal School, part of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti.

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Wood Ministry Event: Saturday, August 26

The Wood Ministry is picking up steam as we end the summer and head into fall. This Saturday, please join us for a Split/Stack event at the collection site in Warrenton.  The weather looks really good after the past two weekends, and we have two log splitters on site ready for volunteers.  We’ll plan to meet at 8am and be completed around 10 so you can enjoy the remainder of your day. 

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Job Opening: Director of Family Ministries

Laura Updyke, our Director of Family Ministries, recently began a job with Fauquier County Public Schools and is stepping down from her church position later this month. Over the last year she has done a wonderful job working with the young people and families in our Church and School and we thank her for her dedication and service. 

If you or someone you know is interested in this rewarding part-time position within our growing Church, please send a resume to Father Ben at rector@saintjameswarrenton.org. For a full job description, click here.

2017 SC Youth Missions Trip Recap

Thank you for your prayers and all the ways you supported our mission team while down in Hollywood, South Carolina. Thank you also to all of the adult volunteers (and their families) who volunteered their time and talents, and to our youth who represented Saint James’ so wonderfully. The trip was a transformative experience.

Read blog posts from each day of the missions trip

Please take the time to watch the youth (and our Director of Family Ministries) reflect on their experience, and if you watch the whole service you will even hear them sing and play the ukulele!

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Update on Family Ministries: 2017 Summer Newsletter

by Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries

Acolytes

Calling all acolytes! There will be an acolyte training session on August 27th immediately following the 10:15 service. It will last about an hour. Current acolytes wishing to take on a new role or those wishing to become an acolyte should plan to attend. Here are the roles your children can play in the service:

  • 3rd grade and up – Torch
  • 5th grade and up – Crucifer
  • 7th grade and up – Server
  • 9th grade and up – Chalicer

We do not have an age limit for Epistler, because we believe that is self-selecting. Whenever your child feels comfortable reading out loud, they are welcome to take it on.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Updyke at laura.updyke@saintjameswarrenton.org.

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