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.
The new architecture firm, Kerns Group Architects, is swiftly refining our drawings and integrating their new ideas into the project. We have been very impressed with their careful listening and quick turn around. I think a few of the most impressive changes include the addition of a distinct school entrance and a richer incorporation of our existing architectural details, most notably highlighting the ascension window and pitch of the church, and a more cost effective and accessible location for the elevator to serve both church and school. We continue to grow more excited with each revision and cannot wait to share the final schematics with all of you later this fall.
St. James Episcopal Church still needs to fill 13 Sunday School teacher slots across all grade levels by September 11. Is this the year you can help out?
Teaching only requires 45 minutes of your time, once a month. You will work with a partner and be provided with the curriculum, no planning required.
If you have children in Sunday School, it’s a great way to give back or, if your children are long gone, it’s a great way to connect to the younger generation.
A portion of the Outreach money that comes from the special collections at Easter and Christmas is allocated for disaster relief.
The floods in and around the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana have affected over 40,000 homes, according to a statement by the governor of Louisiana.
At the time of writing this the death toll is only at ten, due to the fast evacuation and the available shelters, though assuredly this number will rise. A tremendous number of people are currently displaced and in extreme need. Many have lost just about everything they own. A donation from our Outreach fund will go towards the purchase of gift cards to help those in need.
John Knouse, our Director of Family Ministry, has tendered his letter of resignation citing the need to address personal issues and dedicate time to prioritize his family.
In his short time with us John made an enormous impact. I am personally, very grateful for his tireless work, his willingness to wear countless hats, his affable way, and the connections he made, especially with our young people. John expressed similar appreciation for the people of Saint James’ Episcopal Church and School.
We thank John for all he has brought to Saint James’ and will keep him, Amanda, Ruthie, and Caleb in our prayers and in our hearts.
As a church and school, we have always been very deliberate in the formation of our young people-it is a hallmark of who we are as a community. With the fall program year fast approaching, rest assured that this will continue and that the leadership will work together to optimize staffing to ensure successful and substantive formation for the children and youth of Saint James’. We look forward to updating you soon.
For nearly 20 years, Saint James’ Church has been providing dinners to medical and administrative volunteers at the Fauquier Free Clinic. The Free Clinic makes it possible for uninsured, hardworking people of our community to have access to health care services. By providing meals for the volunteers, we are linking hearts and hands in support of others at all levels.
Participating in this program is easy. Simply sign up to be a hostess or to provide a casserole, salad, rolls, dessert or sodas. Drop your dish off at the kitchen firstThursday of the month, and a delicious hot meal will be delivered to the awaiting clinic volunteers. To learn more about the Fauquier Free Clinic Meals Ministry, please contact Babs Alliman at 540-364-1863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Warren Emmell and I am currently in 5th grade at Saint James’ Episcopal School. This year I am working on my service project and have been given the amazing opportunity to work with Operation Second Chance.
Operation Second Chance (OSC) is an organization that specializes in helping returning combat veterans that have been injured, wounded or are ill. Coming home can be hard for those who have been deployed, especially for those whose lives’ have been forever changed due to complications. Some of the things OSC does for the returning veterans is help them with medical costs, provide home renovations to meet the needs of their handicap, and provide opportunities to participate in outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, boating and hunting.
For part of my service project I will be collecting donations for care packages to be sent overseas to those who are a part of our active duty military. Click here for a list a care package items
I will be collecting these items in a bin at SJES throughout the month of February. Thank you in advance for your help in caring for our military members, both those who are home recovering and those currently serving overseas.
The Flower Guild is an offshoot of the Altar Guild. Many members serve both ministries. The job of the flower Guild members is to provide flowers for both altars and sometimes for decorations in the Parish Hall. Members enjoy arranging flowers for the various Church events, working in teams or individually. New members are always welcome and will be paired with a current member to learn the procedures of the Guild and where to access supplies. Normally we buy the flowers which have been requested by parishioners who have given flowers for a particular Sunday. We then turn in our receipts to the Church Bookkeeper for reimbursement.
If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact Bonnie Zacherle at: email@example.com
Saint James’ Altar Guild is a very active ministry devoted to preparing the Lord’s Table every week. Teams of two or three set up the altar for all services on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and whenever there is a wedding, funeral or special service. We also take care of the maintenance of all of the linens, silver, and brass items used in those services. We have one annual luncheon/meeting during the year. New members are more than welcome. New members will be trained by veteran members with whom they will serve.
Please contact Penny Dart if you are interested in this vital ministry.
Food for Friends Monthly Breakfast sandwich ministry: On the 3rd Saturday of the month sandwiches are cooked and distributed to those in need. Let us know if you want to help.
Meals for Free Clinic Volunteers – 1st Thursday of each month: For the past nineteen years, members of Saint James’ Church have been providing dinners to the physicians, dentists, nurses, pharma-cists and administrative personnel who volunteer their services to the Fauquier Free Clinic. The clinic provides free medical and den-tal care to residents of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties who have no health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Any child, re-gardless of a family’s financial circumstances, is treated.
Participating in this program is easy. Simply sign up to be a host-ess or to provide a casserole, salad, rolls, dessert or sodas. Drop your dish off at the church kitchen on the first Thursday of the month, and a delicious hot meal will be delivered to the awaiting volunteers at the clinic. Call the church office if you would like more information.
We know we are fully entrenched in the new year when the Vestry retreat is behind us and the remainder of the year lies ahead of us. This year’s Vestry, Parish Register and Treasurer along with Fr. Ben and Rev. Lyn had a fulfilling and productive retreat during which we deepened our relationships, oriented the new vestry members, reviewed our efforts from last year and established goals for the upcoming year and beyond.
One important goal we established was to be in better communication with you. One way we are attempting to do that is a commitment to be interactive with as many ministries as possible. The hope is for all of us to truly feel in community. Please note the list of Vestry Liaisons below. These liaisons will be the point of contact for the numerous ministries available here at St. James’. These liaisons will report back to the Vestry on a regular basis so that we can address any needs or concerns of those ministries.
Secondly, we want feedback from you personally. The Vestry asked themselves this question while we were on our retreat, “What do people seek from St. James’? “ Are we providing you with what you are seeking? Can we improve in any areas so that you are getting what you need? Our goal is to be here for you and support you on your spiritual journey. Please reach out to us when you see us in church (we will be getting name tags so you can find us!), email us if you need anything from us or just leave a message with Nancy in the parish office.
As Fr. Ben has detailed for us, there is a lot going on at St. James’ (it is truly an exhaustive list…whew!). Don’t be humble, everyone has a talent to share and we are looking to best utilize your and your families’ gifts to their fullest while we share our faith in God together. Let us hear from you.
God bless you all,
Outreach: Dorothy Smith, Nancy Duggan, and Bob Dart
Parish Life/Hospitality: Patti Reid and Nancy Duggan
Communication/Evangelism: Susan Jefferies
Children and Youth Ministries: Chris Working, Ryan Wilvert, and Kathleen Nevill
Adult Formation: Nancy Duggan
School Board: Kathleen Nevill
Stewardship: George Burgwyn
Audit Committee: Susan Jeffries, George Burgwyn, Bob Dart, and Ann-Rodman Shook
Liturgy/Sunday Ministers: Karla MacKimmie and Bill Turnure
New to Saint James’ and want to learn about the Episcopal Church?
Want to join the Episcopal Church (be received or confirmed)?
Looking to brush up on your Episcopal knowledge or renew your commitment?
We will begin our Episcopalianism (sure it’s a word) 101 Class on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm. The classes will last six weeks (until Wednesday May 20th).
The Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston will make his pastoral visit to Saint James’ Episcopal Church on May, 31st. Bishop Johnston will be on sabbatical in the fall when he would normally visit and has asked for this spring date.
Bishop Gulick will visit sometime in the Fall to confirm our middle schoolers who have been integrating their confirmation instruction into their youth group meetings. Those unable to make the May 31st date may also be confirmed or received in the fall.
Please let our parish administrator, Nancy firstname.lastname@example.org know before April 15th if you are interested in taking the class, being received or confirmed or renew your baptismal covenant on May 31st (or learning more about confirmation and reception).
School & Church March Community Service Project: Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Adults aren’t the only ones who need rehabilitation therapy to maximize their physical, mental and social abilities. Some children and adolescents also need specialized services to build strength, achieve their functional potential, and develop the skills they need at home, at school and within their communities. . Fauquier Health Pediatric Rehabilitation Services is in need of the following items for its two locations: New paper, markers, crayons, bubbles, balls, board games, puzzles, books, toys and dolls (no stuffed animals please.) Items can be left in the marked box in the Parish Hall stage.
Saint James’ Builds is a group of dedicated volunteers from our parish
who get together to help fix the homes of needy people. The group has a new project that
they hope to be working on March 1st. For more information email Dorothy Smith at:
Blood Drive: Thanks to over 30 some Saint James’ Parishioners and members of the School Community who helped with the drive and who gave blood!
The Fauquier Food Coalition needs our help! Because of the extreme cold weather, volunteers cannot collect food donations outside of the Giant grocery store. They are asking us to bring food to the Warrenton Methodist Church by Friday, February 20, at 2pm. Besides food
they are also asking for winter clothes, paper towels, tissues and toilet paper as well. Tell a neighbor or friend, too! Together we can help! Thank you.
Soroti Sponsors Members of Saint James’ have taken on the responsibility of supporting the educational goals of young girl students in Uganda. The financial commitment is usually for a few years, but some share that responsibility within a group of additional parishioners. Sponsors correspond with their students and often achieve a life-long connection. This is a wonderful global Outreach endeavor! For more information contact Wayne or Caren Eastham at:540-253-5633or email them at: email@example.com
Donations are being accepted for the relief effort in the Philippines. You can donate on line through Episcopal Relief & Development or you can write a check to Saint James’ and earmark it “Philippines Relief”. A portion of Saint James’ Outreach Funds that are designated for relief efforts will also be sent to help out.
Your gift to the Philippines fund will support emergency relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Super storm Typhoon Haiyan. On the morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines, causing widespread damage and destruction. Donations to this fund will assist our local partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, in distributing critical food supplies and preparing a strategy for long-term recovery. You can learn more about ERD’s efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan from this feed from the Episcopal News Service.
Welcome to our new Music Director,Organist and Choir Master, Jesse Ratcliffe. Jesse is a native of Hinton, West Virginia, and graduated in 2010 from Concord University with an Interdisciplinary Degree in Organ and History. In August he completed his Master of Music in Church Music and Organ at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester. Since 2006 he has served as Carilloneur of the forty-eight bell Carillon at Concord University and has performed several recitals. In 2010 he taught and performed carillon at Hollins University. This summer he has performed on the 47-bell carillon at Luray. Jesse has been honored to study privately and in master classes with Dr. Stephen Cooksey, Professor of Sacred Music and Organ at Shenandoah, as well as Dr. Roberta Gary, Professor of Organ at Cincinnati Conservatory, and Dr. Walden Moore at Yale University.
Since the age of 12 he has served as a church musician in several denominations. He is coming from New Providence Presbyterian Church in Brownsburg where he served as music director. Earlier he served as music director at both Pearisburg and Narrows First Presbyterian Churches where he began a recital series both as a community outreach and an outlet for local classical musicians.
We are so pleased to have Jesse here at Saint James’.
We look forward to hearing his wonderful music! Welcome Jesse.
Did You know: that Music Director Jesse Ratcliffe gave an organ presentation to the elementary classes of the School this week? Jesse played samples of Baroque music which the children are studying in Music class.
We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t tell the players without a program.” With an average Sunday attendance of 240, we can’t learn our fellow members at St. James’ without a directory, and we can’t have a directory without accurate information! And this includes newcomers who might simply want to get on our communication list. Please take a few minutes to pick up or download a form, complete it, then drop it off/email it to Nancy in the office or give it to Jan McAtee in church. Our database is an essential part of developing those “remarkable bonds of affection” that will enable us to be a light to the world.
Kay McCarron was asked to join the TESS Board several months ago, and has been attending meetings via Skype. She will be traveling to England in early November to attend the next meeting. On Wednesday, November 20th we will have a pot-luck dinner in the Parish Hall where Kay will report on the status of TESS, student activities, and new information from the meeting.
If you are a sponsor, please consider writing letters to your students now, before things get hectic with the upcoming holidays. We can certainly send letters with Kay to the UK to be delivered later to Uganda. Tuition will be due at year-end, and as we have not heard a denitive amount, we are assuming it will be close to the same amount as last year.
If you would like to make tuition in payments over the next couple of months, Laura Cline is very amenable to taking payments. Just place “Soroti” in the memo line. As November approaches, we will keep you posted on the pot-luck dinner, but please mark your calendars now and save the date – November 20th.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Wayne or Caren Easham, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!