School is selling poinsettias

Did you know: that the School is selling poinsettias as a fundraiser right now? You can order gorgeous poinsettia plants in 4.5 and 8 inch pots along with the stunning poinsettia trees.  Give them as hostess gifts!  Find order forms outside the Parish Hall or on the School website at  Bring your form and cash or check made payable to SJES to the School Office through Wednesday, November 20.  Orders will be ready for pick up the week of December 2nd.




St. Hilda’ Meeting: St. Hilda’s

St. Hilda’ Meeting: St. Hilda’s would like to invite the congregation and the community to attend our November 11th meeting for a presentation and book signing by Penny McCann Pennington on her novel, “It Burns a Lovely Light”.  A writer, producer and filmmaker, Penny began her career working on such films as: The Silence of the Lambs, and a remake of the Night of the Living Dead. By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and subtly twisted, “It Burns a Lovely Light” is a story of renewal, dreams, secrets, and the inescapable bonds of family. Many of the early scenes of the family’s military life are taken from her experiences as the child of an Air Force General. Penny McCann Pennington lives on a farm in Warrenton where she and her husband raise registered Angus cattle. They have four children and are members of Saint James’.

Operation Christmas Child – Shoebox Ministry


Operation Christmas Child – Shoebox Ministry: Our parish will be supporting Operation Christmas Child again this year.  Operation Christmas Child collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of God’s love to children in desperate situations around the world.  Parishioners of all ages can fill a shoebox and be involved in this simple, hands-on mission’s project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ. (A $7 donation is requested for each shoebox to help cover shipping and program costs).  Informational brochures and boxes are available on the stage in the Parish Hall or from Michelle Place. Our final collection date will be Sunday, November 25, 2013. Completed shoeboxes can be delivered to the church anytime before November 25th.


Welcome to our new Music Director

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.



In your prayers this week please remember…

In your prayers this week please remember:

Those in our parish family who are ill, injured, infirm or recovering, especially Iris, Peter, Tim, Mark, Mi Cha and Tom.

Those in our extended family who are in need of prayer, especially Mark, Ray, Jack, Kim, Joann, Tom, Jonathan, and Rob.

Those who are serving in the armed forces and are deployed in harm’s way, especially Tom, James, Michael, Eric, Douglas and Helen.

Those who are homeless, hungry or unemployed.

The special needs and concerns of our congregation especially Marie .

Those who mourn, especially The Jones Family and the Ellis Family.

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

Database & Directory Information Update

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.

News from Soroti

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: Thank you for your support!

Join St. Hilda’s in welcoming Mary Ann May!

Invitation: Join St. Hilda’s in welcoming Mary Ann May on October 14th at 2:30 P.M. St. Hilda’s is very fortunate to have Mary Ann May, flower show judge and President of the Shenandoah Designer’s Guild (a garden club of flower show judges) as our program guest on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:30. Ms. May will create a number of flower designs for fall entertaining. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each for a chance to win her beautiful creations.

Café menu – October 13

Cafe menu for Sunday October 13th:

  • Spinach and Mushroom crustless Quiche,
  • Scrambled Eggs,
  • Buttermilk Pancakes,
  • Hash brown Casserole,
  • Coffeecake
  • Oatmeal,
  • Ham.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 until 10:00. Price for breakfast is $5 with a maximum price of $20 per family. Meal cards are available.

Thank you to Dr. Pat Avery

This Sunday will be Dr. Pat Avery’s last day here at Saint James‛. Come thank her for the fine job she has done for us as interim Organist and Choir Director Sunday October 13. Please join us at coffee hour to send her off in great Saint James‛ fashion!

Dear Father Ben and Members of St. James,

It has been my privilege to serve as your interim organist and choir director these past six months. I have felt the love of God through so many of you. Father Ben was your new rector when I first came. He has been such a wonderful support to me through his prayers, words, and actions. I have enjoyed making music with the adult choir and the congregation each Sunday. I can only wish you the very best as you move forward to advance your music ministry with Jesse Radclie as your new organist and choir director. I am sure he will be a hard worker and will help St James grow in many new ways. I feel St James is on the brink of many great things as God directs you and as you grow. Again, thank you for all you have given me.

Sincerely, Dr. Pat Avery

Database & Directory Survey

Help Us All Stay Connected at Saint James’ – 

              please update your directory and database information.

All information is for church purposes only. If you are uncomfortable sharing certain information, leave it blank. Birthday and anniversary information allows the church office to mail cards!

Please print as legibly as possible for the sake of those typing this information into the computer. If you would prefer to type, you can download and save this form as a Word document. Then simply email it as an attachment to

Please return all forms to the church office. Any questions? Call Nancy Kincheloe at 347-4342 or email (above).

DataSurveyNoLns 2013 (Word doc)

ParishDatabaseSurvey2013 (PDF)

Café Menu – October 6

  • Breakfast Burritos with Fresh Salsa,
  • Scrambled Eggs,
  • Stuffed French Toast with Brown Sugar & Bananas,
  • Hashbrown Potatoes,
  • Sausage.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 until 10:00. Price for breakfast is $5 with a maximum price of $20 per family. Punch cards will be available for purchase at the register.

In your prayers this week please remember…

Those in our parish family who are ill, injured, infirm or recovering, especially Iris, Peter, Tim, Mark, Mi Cha and Tom.
Those in our extended family who are in need of prayer, especially Ray, Jack, Kim, Joann, Tom, Jonathan, and Rob.
Those who are serving in the armed forces and are deployed in harm’s way, especially Tom, James, Michael, Eric, Douglas and Helen.
Those who are homeless, hungry or unemployed.
The special needs and concerns of our congregation.
Those who mourn especially The Jones Family.

Children’s Church teachers needed

Still Seeking teachers for Children’s Church: Saint James’ Episcopal Church has made the intentional care and nurture of children and young people a priority and a defining characteristic. Each Sunday there are two teachers per class. If you would like to team teach with another parishioner, please let Michelle know. Call: 347-4342