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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Wood Stacking Rescheduled to This Saturday

Wood Ministry Collection Date – This Saturday, October 15, 8:30a-12pm

Third time’s a charm!  The weather looks very promising for this Saturday so we’re planning to chop and stack (and maybe deliver) lots of wood for families in need in our area.  In conjunction with the local church outreach efforts mentioned in the newspaper this past week, we will have a few members from several churches also joining us at the site but there is a lot of work to do.

We have expanded the collection time to 8:30am to 12 noon on Saturday.  Please drop by if you are in town and willing to donate an hour or two to help chop, split, and stack wood.  If you have a pick-up truck or trailer, we may have some deliveries for you (in a team) as well – Lynn Ward will coordinate that onsite on Saturday morning.

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Green Team Update: Earthworms & October 16 Meeting

Dear Green Team,

As you know, the Blessing of the Animals was held Oct. 5. Chosen because of its proximity to the Feast Day of St. Francis, this event honors his love of creation. Last Sunday, Ed led a fascinating Adult Ed discussion on the life of Francis, and the Blessing was a great follow-up.

The Green Team had earthworms blessed as part of our SPOTLIGHT on composting (thanks, Dorothy S!).  During the Blessing service, we read St. Bonaventure‘s comments about St. Francis. In describing St. Francis’ care for creation, St. Bonaventure included this:

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A Stewardship Message from Fr Ben

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?

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Upcoming Green Team Programs

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:

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Wood Ministry POSTPONED

Due to the rain already received and the forecast for this weekend, the Wood Ministry event for this Saturday, October 1, is being postponed.

A new date will be announced shortly – keep watching the weekly announcements and our social media channels for future updates!

For more information or to help with this ministry, please contact Colin Borgstrom at 540-270-3285 or theborg20115@verizon.net.

Message from Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries

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.

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