Parish Meeting on July 23, 2017

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.

CONNECTED Capital Campaign | February 5, 2017

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.

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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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Summary of Vestry Minutes | November 28, 2016

Treasurer’s Report:

The Endowment went over $1million and Capital Funds also increased. Pledge and plate offerings remain slightly below budget for the year. Expenses are also down and the year is expected to end in the black.

Buildings and Grounds:

Bill Turnure, Senior Warden, and Jody DelSignore, Property Manager, are planning for expected expenses 3-5 years in the future and creating a budget to ensure having the necessary funds available.

Rector’s Report:

Father Ben noted the many activities taking place in and under the sponsorship of St. James’ in November and in preparation for the holidays. He singled out the Episcopal Church School conference in New Orleans where Stacey Irvin, Head of School, was recognized for her work to establish and maintain the vibrant dynamic between church and school at St. James’.

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A Stewardship Message from Scott Christian

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.”

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2017 Annual Pledge Campaign

Our goal for 2017, the beginning of our third century of ministry in Warrenton, is 170 pledging households. Please prayerfully consider what amount you can pledge to God’s work in our community. Everybody should have received a pledge packet last Sunday or in the mail this week. If not, please contact Nancy in the office and she will mail one to you. Thanks to those of you who have already dropped off or mailed in your pledge.

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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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CONNECTED Capital Campaign Update

Project update

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.

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Philippines Relief Effort

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.

A Quick Note from the Treasurer and Bookkeeper

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