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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Green Team Update: Appalachia and Coal

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.

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Green Team Update: Response to Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

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.

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From The Ashes: Environmental Film Night is Thursday, June 15

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.

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Earth Day Events in the DC Area

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.

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Family Ministries Update: March 2017

Laura Updyke is the interim director of family ministries – you can contact Laura here

Sunday School

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.

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Green Team Update: Water Justice & Upcoming Events

“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.

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Parents’ Night Out on February 11!

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

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CONNECTED Capital Campaign 

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.

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5th Grade Service Project | January 2017

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.

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Bread Baking: Christmas Edition is This Friday, December 16!

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. 

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Update on Family Ministries

Sunday School

Thanks again to all of the parishioners who have stepped up to teach this year. We are very grateful and there has been a smooth transition as our new teachers have taken over.

As we head into the Advent season, the Sunday School students will be preparing to welcome Jesus into the world. On the first Sunday of Advent, everyone will be making Advent wreaths to bring home and use. Our Table Talks will include the readings done in church and also in Sunday School, and each week as we light the candles there will be questions that you can use at home to discuss the meaning of the candles and how we can prepare ourselves to welcome the Lord.

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The Next Firewood Ministry Split, Stack and Delivery Day is December 10

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 | 9-11am | @ WARRENTON COLLECTION SITE

Thank you to Rick Miller, Jody Del Signore, Lynn Ward, and the Borgstrom boys for delivering much needed wood to five families throughout Fauquier County last Saturday!

The Wood Ministry has identified eight families thus far that are in dire need of wood for heating of their homes this winter. We’ve been working hard for several months to split and stack wood for these winter deliveries, and we have depleted the stored wood from the upper site.

We are planning our next big split / stack / delivery date on Saturday morning, December 10 from 9-11 at the Warrenton Collection site.

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Wood Ministry Delivery Day is Saturday, November 26!

Saturday, November 26 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The cold weather is upon us (in case you haven’t been outside!)  We have been preparing for months by splitting and stacking mountains of wood at the Warrenton collection.  Now it’s time to deliver!

Directions to the Collection Site | Email Colin

We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver cords of wood to homes throughout Fauquier this Saturday morning.  We need pickup trucks or vehicles with sturdy trailers along with drivers and delivery volunteers.  Teams of two to three with load up at the Warrenton collection site behind Walmart and be assigned 1-2 dropoffs in the county.  Residents who will be receiving wood will be aware of the delivery, so it will not be a surprise when you arrive.

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Thanksgiving Bread Baking Is This Friday!

The clock is ticking!

Food for Friends: Thanksgiving Bread Edition is coming up this Friday, November 188am to ???

400 pounds of flour – CHECK.  Sugar, salt, yeast – CHECK.  Volunteers – ?????

We’re looking to make 800 loaves of bread in one day – are you up for the challenge?  Volunteers are needed for our NINTH annual Thanksgiving Bread project on Friday, November 18!  We’ll be starting at 8 am and going until the job is done (until at least the late afternoon).  There is a job for everyone from supply shopping, kitchen setup and preparation, mixing of the dough, bagging and boxing the bread, and clean up.  No task is too small, and everyone is welcome (even for just an hour).  We need shifts of workers, so if you prefer a date/time, please let us know.

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Volunteers Needed for Habitat Blitz this Sunday!

They have only filled 36 of the 100 slots for the Sunday 1-5 pm shift. If you are 16 or older and can help build, please sign up on Habitat’s website! (it’s important you register with them in advance)

A reminder that you don’t have to have any skills to be useful; lots of non-building activities require adult help.

Anyone 16 or older can help with construction!

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Comfort Cases Donation Drive

Hi,

My name is Madisyn and I’m in the 5th grade at SJES.

I’m looking for donations to help provide comfort and support for children who are entering the foster care system, who have been a victim of a crime, who have had to flee to an emergency shelter, or who have lost their home due to fire. I’m helping to gather donations until October 31.

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