- commits us to building God’s kingdom on earth through the mission and ministry of Saint James’
- allows the vestry to budget responsibly
- helps determine our priorities in life when we first pledge a proportion of our income to the Church and then create our household budget
- can be an act of sacrificial love
Continue reading “2017 Pledged Giving FAQ”
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”
Dear Saint James’ Family,
As a child, a significant rite of passage during our summers in Vermont, was that leap from the top rock of the cliffs above Lake Champlain. We would prepare for that harrowing moment by years of jumping from the various lower outcroppings. As thrilling as any of the lower jumps might have been, there was nothing quite like that moment when through deep breaths and wobbly knees, we gathered up just enough will, courage, and encouragement to raise our front foot off the rock, close our eyes, kick off with that back foot and just fly through the air. At that moment the fear meets exhilaration and pride and then after what seems like an eternity, our feet would break the water’s surface and the coolness of the lake would consume us.
Continue reading “2017 Stewardship Letter from the Rector”
Hopefully one last parish meeting before we break ground on the expansion building project!
As we file all of the necessary paperwork for us to break ground in early September we need a more specific resolution regarding our financing and collateralizing of our endowment and rectory as conditions of our loan.
Come to church on Sunday July 23rd and cast your vote! We will open the meeting right after the 8am service and will keep the meeting open until after the 10:15 service and ballots can be cast at any time during that window. Please make sure to make it to church that Sunday as this is an important requirement.
As a church and a school, we strive to be an icon of Christ’s expansive love and care for the world. That love does not set conditions or limits to its reach.
Unfortunately our space does.
In terms of accessibility, available space, and a facility equipped for 21st century ministry, our beautiful grounds fall woefully short.
It has been 50 years since our last major expansion or renovation and it shows.
Continue reading “CONNECTED Capital Campaign | February 5, 2017”
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 “
To the Saint James’ Church family,
In Fr Ben’s letter that we all received last week, he concluded by praying that we had “experienced the joy of adventuring with our Captain, Jesus Christ.” As I have thought about his prayer for us, it occurred to me that “adventuring together” has been the leading edge of Fr Ben’s ministry with us for the last three and a half years. Here are excerpts from Fr Ben’s first letter to us in February, 2013:
“One of my passions in ministry is forming loving Christ-centered communities committed to the care of one another and respectful sharing and appreciation of differences.”
“I love inviting people into living a fuller more gratifying life, more consistent with the life they were created to live.”
“Finally, I am convinced that the mark of a healthy, faithful parish is service to others. The work of the church is squarely to meet the unmet needs of a community.”
Continue reading “A Stewardship Message from Scott Christian”
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.
Continue reading “CONNECTED Capital Campaign Update”
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.
In order to make sure our church books are kept as accurate as possible, please remember to place a note on your check or inside your offering envelope to clarify where your offering is to be applied. If there is no note, your offering will generally be applied to your open pledge or to open plate. If you wish your offering to be applied to the capital campaign or to a specific ministry, please help us keep our records up to date with a quick note. Offering statements were recently mailed out and another round of statements will be in the mail in a few weeks to wrap up the 3rd quarter. Please look these over carefully, compare with your records, and let Bookkeeper Laura Cline know if there are any corrections. Laura can be reached at the church office at 540-347-4342. Thank you again for all who have already given so generously to our missions!
Colin Borgstrom, Treasurer