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.
Continue reading “2017 Stewardship Letter from the Senior Warden”
“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.
Continue reading “Ministry of the Month: Saint James’ Firewood Ministry”
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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.
Continue reading “Trip to Haiti & How You Can Help!”
It is that time of year again, we are looking for a dedicated few to take up the role of Sunday School teacher for our church.
We are still looking for 1 teacher in our Pre-K/K classroom, 2 teachers for our 1st and 2nd grade Godly Play program and 1 teacher for our 3rd-5th classroom.
Continue reading “We still need Sunday School teachers!”
Sunday, September 10 marks the start of several Saint James’ ministries and programs for the fall, and we hope you’ll jump on board!
Continue reading “Sunday, September 10: A Day You Should Be At Church!”
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.
Continue reading “Wood Ministry Event: Saturday, August 26”
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 email@example.com. For a full job description, click here.
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!
Continue reading “2017 SC Youth Missions Trip Recap”
by Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue reading “Update on Family Ministries: 2017 Summer Newsletter”
FROM THE GREEN CORNER:
From the Ashes, a National Geographic documentary and Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Selection, will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel Sunday, June 25 at 9 PM (check your local listing to verify time).
This documentary provides a thought-provoking look at Appalachia, the use of coal for energy production, the problems that arise, and some possible solutions. The Green Team, Warrenton Climate Change Group, and Virginia Interfaith Council co-sponsored a preview of the documentary last week at Saint James’ and recommend the film.
Continue reading “Green Team Update: Appalachia and Coal”
For all of us, our country’s departure from the Paris Climate Agreement was deeply disturbing. Responses however, have included some very positive suggestions which focus on the fact that we, as Americans and Christians, believe that individuals are empowered to act. Please consider the following ways to respond:
— We pray because the Earth is God’s creation, and it is in His hands. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church made the following statement. A number of Episcopal Church bishops have also issued a joint statement.
Continue reading “Green Team Update: Response to Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement”
Thursday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall
FROM THE ASHES is being shown in small venues all over the U.S. before it premiers on the National Geographic Channel later in June. The Interfaith Power and Light network is distributing advance copies of the film with the intention of raising awareness that will potentially result in both thought-provoking conversation and constructive action.
FROM THE ASHES captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be.
Continue reading “From The Ashes: Environmental Film Night is Thursday, June 15”
FROM THE GREEN CORNER
Do you have plans for EARTH DAY on April 22? There are many good events going on that help us appreciate our planet.
But did you know that the Anglican Communion recognizes a similar but much older celebration on April 25? It is called ROGATION DAY, and the earliest ceremonies were believed to have been practiced in the British Isles in the 7th century when farmers asked the priest to bless their newly planted crops.
Even then, people understood the vital need of healthy soil and God’s blessing for abundance. Take time to pray for the health of our planet during the upcoming week. Consider the many pressures upon our planet’s resources and how you can help.
Continue reading “Earth Day Events in the DC Area”
Laura Updyke is the interim director of family ministries – you can contact Laura here
If you see one of our Sunday School teachers, please take a minute to say thanks for the great job they’ve been doing this year! We are especially grateful to Haifleigh Pritchard, who is giving her time every Sunday to work with our 3rd-5th graders, helping them manage the crucial shift from Sunday School to confirmation preparation.
Continue reading “Family Ministries Update: March 2017”
“Water is the hammer through which climate change hits the earth.” – GreenFaith
Over the next weeks, the Green Team will consider how we can conserve and protect our planet’s clean water. We can use biodegradable soap products. We can return unused pharmaceuticals to proper sites rather than flush them into the sewer (Fauquier Hospital will accept them April 22, 9 am-12 noon).
What other ways can you suggest to protect our water? Email us your ideas!
GreenFaith and the Trinity Institute in New York City will be hosting a global theological conference, Water Justice, on March 22-24.
Continue reading “Green Team Update: Water Justice & Upcoming Events”
Schedule Your Donation Time
Saint James’ and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive on Thursday, February 16, 2017, between 8:30am and 1:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Continue reading “Red Cross Blood Drive is Thursday, February 16”
Saturday, February 11 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Enjoy an early Valentine’s night out and support our Soroti students ministry!
- The cost is $275 to support a younger student and $500 for older students, all money raised will go toward supporting this important church ministry!
- Drop-off in Parish Hall. Separate rooms for younger kids and elementary age students.
- Snacks provided (please feed your children dinner before arrival or send a lunch box). Games and movie provided.
- Donations requested.
- Learn more about Soroti Ministry here
Continue reading “Parents’ Night Out on February 11!”
MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR!
APRIL 2, 2017
On April 2nd we will be inviting you to make your pledge to the CONNECTED Capital Campaign.
Between now and Pledge Day, April 2nd, we will be sharing weekly information with you. Be on the lookout for updated building plans and renderings, a closer look at our campaign goal versus actual project costs, and a spotlight on the benefits this project will bring to the church, the school, and our greater Warrenton community.
Continue reading “CONNECTED Capital Campaign “
Riley, a 5th grader at SJES, is working with RappCats for his service project.
RappCats is a volunteer organization working to help the stray, abused, abandoned, and injured cats of Rappahannock County. They assist with low-cost spay/neuter, veterinary care, and finding temporary and permanent homes.
They also operate the RappCats Adoption Center, a cageless, no-kill facility. They rely entirely on donations to support their operation.
This January, Riley will be collecting items from the organization’s wish list to take to them. Please help if you can. A copy of the list can be found on the bulletin board outside the Parish Hall.
Continue reading “5th Grade Service Project | January 2017”
Food for Friends – CHRISTMAS Bread Edition is Coming up THIS Friday, December 16, Starting at 3pm!
We had a very successful Thanksgiving Bread Baking project this year, baking over 700 loaves of bread in about nine hours a few weeks ago – thank you to the volunteers who partnered with us on that project. We had so much fun that we’ve decided we couldn’t wait a whole year to do it again! We are partnering with Fauquier FISH to provide loaves of bread for their Christmas food basket project later in December.
Mark your calendars for Friday afternoon / evening December 16.
Continue reading “Bread Baking: Christmas Edition is This Friday, December 16!”