Hearing Assistance for Worship – We are exploring the possibility of purchasing a transmitter that would increase the effectiveness of the hearing assistance devices that are currently available in the back of the church. This new transmitter would work in tandem with digital hearing aids or it can simply be inserted into the ear- either way they should help anyone who has difficulty hearing the liturgy. If you have any interest in using a device or have any suggestions, please contact Nancy in the office so that we can gauge the demand.
Saint James’ Reads
Do you truly enjoy reading, but have no time to commit to a book club? We invite you to share with other parishioners, the titles of books that you have read that may have inspired, fascinated or even provoked you to think. If this appeals to you, please submit no more than two suggestions to our office. A title, author and just a sentence or two about the book will do! (Permit us to use your name, if we may.) A list will be kept and added to as recommendations are submitted. From time to time the list would be published in the Church News and web site. A longer list could be available through the office.
Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age by James Carroll
An inspiring book. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship, Carroll meets the challenge to faith in the secular age of the Holocaust and other modern times atrocities.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
A delightful and humorous account of how a temporary loss of memory restores Alice to her real self.
Joanna Edrington hopes you will read the following books that she has enjoyed:
Sabbatical Journey – by Henri Nouwin. His journal, the final year of his life – unedited and just wrote it. Beautiful! Nouwin was a great theologian, writer and poet – this is a “must read”!
The Meaning of Jesus – by engaging authors – Marcus Borg and N. T. Wright. The authors discuss their views on Christianity – very enlightening!
All services from Holy Week are on our YouTube page. We hope you will use them to continue your Easter journey, and better connect with Saint James’.
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 will head to Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Conference Center, nestled in the mountains roughly 90 minutes from Warrenton in historic Orkney Springs. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.Arrive in time for dinner on Friday, June 12th, and depart following lunch on Sunday. We will stay in beautiful cottages with spacious porches, enjoy delicious food and beverage, and participate in the myriad of activities from swimming, volleyball, tennis, great hiking, a labyrinth, and planned group activities. Sit back and relax with new and old friendships. We will worship Sunday morning in our diocesan cathedral, the beautiful outdoor Shrine of the Transfiguration. For more about Shrine Mont visit their website: http://shrinemont.com/index.phpThe rates for the weekend are as follows and include 6 delicious meals starting with dinner on Friday night and concluding with lunch on Sunday. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. We do not want cost to preclude anyone from attending. Please contact Father Ben for assistance, email@example.com. DIOCESAN RATE (per person/night): Double Occupancy $75.00 Single Occupancy $90.00 YOUTH RATE (per person/night): Ages 0 – 3 FREE Ages 4 – 12 $25.00
Mrs. Byrd Tucker Green 1913-2003
First Woman Vestry Member, Saint James’ Church
Byrd Greene, prominent churchwoman, sportswoman, and horticulturist, was a native of Richmond who came with her husband, Francis T. Greene, in 1949 to reside in Warrenton at the family’s “Hunting Ridge.” In time, she and her husband became members of Saint James’ Church, and for many years she diligently served on various committees and projects, including the Altar Guild, taking the early service as she lived closest.
Byrd, the daughter of Judge John Randolph Tucker, Jr., related to the writer, “I grew up surrounded by bishops… the bishops Tucker were very close cousins of my father; they were wonderful people. St. George (the Rt. Rev. Henry St. George Tucker, Bishop of Virginia 1927-1946) lived down the road from us, and he came up in the afternoons to see my father; he was a rangy tall man – well over 6 feet. My mother and her sister didn’t think he should walk home by himself, so two little ponies, one on each side – going down the road, took the bishop home. The bishops were fun and worthy of respect.
Saint James’ rector, the Rev. Paul D. Bowden, “ran the church and told everybody what to do – in a very nice way, and we did it! You had your job; you did what you were supposed to do. When (the Rev.) David Greer succeeded Paul…I think David wanted things to be a little more modern and a little more in the present; that is how I came to be the first woman on the Vestry. Before that, thanks to David, I had already been the second woman on the Diocesan Council and that was considered a feather in the cap for St. James’ at that time.
“One of the funny things about Paul Bowden was that he asked Francis (Greene) to attend church and Francis would go larking with Viola Windmill (equestrienne and fellow parishioner) on Sundays instead. So Paul said to him, ‘Francis, I’ll make a bargain with you (as a joke). If you will come to church on the rainy Sundays when you can’t go larking with Mrs. Winmill, you might be a saved soul. Sometime later he said to Francis, ‘It rained last Sunday, and you weren’t here.’ He was keeping track! A really good parson, he was. Cared about his people, and if you needed him, he was there.”
Byrd Greene is remembered with much affection as a true Virginia gentlewoman, kind and considerate to friends and strangers alike.
The History Committee
Compiled May 2015:R. Gookin
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
Directory quarterly supplements are now available on the table outside of the parish hall. Please take a sheet and add it to your current directory. If you would like to have your families information added or corrected, please contact Nancy in the church office to give her the information or pictures. Next update will come out in July.
This Wednesday we will delve into enneagrams, a typology of nine interconnected personality types. This is a very helpful instrument in learning more about you personality and your spiritual gifts and needs. We will take the inventory on Wednesday or you can take a simple online test in advance http://www.9types.com/rheti/
The March Meeting for Saint Hilda’s will be on the 9th with a business meeting at 2:00 and our program at 2:30pm. We are pleased to have Sheryl Vallrath, Facilitator/Director of the Fauquier Hospital Pet Therapy Program and Bettyann Senf, Pet Handler: as well as, Simon, a Jack Russell Terrier and Silver, the Mini-horse as our guests. They will inform us about the Pet Therapy Program in Fauquier County. All interested parties are invited.
Requiem Mass March 15th Mark your Calendars for March 15th when the Adult Choir will be incorporating Neil Harmon’s Requiem, into the 10:15AM service. Harmon’s composition combines Latin and English and utilizes a ten-piece chamber ensemble! Come and enjoy this musical treat in the midst of Lent.
Are you new, or relatively new to Saint James? We would love to know you better. You are invited to a luncheon at the rectory (next to the church) on Sunday, March 15 at 12 noon. Come to eat, come with your questions and comments, come to meet clergy, members of the vestry, and other friendly folk, and come to check out the rectory. Please RSVP Nancy at the church office. firstname.lastname@example.org 540 347-4342
Friday-Saturday, February 28 – March 1
YOLO Ski Trip!
Sunday, March 1
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:30am Café Breakfast
9:15am Adult Choir
9:30am Jr. Choir
9:30am Adult Bible Study
10:00am Sunday School
10:15am Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:30am Coffee Hour
Monday, March 2
8:00am Men’s Spiritual Formation
6:30pm ECW Meets!
Tuesday, March 3
10:30am Women’s Study Group
3:45pm Youth Chorale
7:00pm Handbells Rehearse
7:00pm Stephen Ministries
Wednesday, March 4
8:30am Women’s Spiritual formation
12:00pm Noon Eucharist
5:30 Soup Supper
6:15 Lenten Program
Thursday, March 5
7:15am Chapel with the Bishop
7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, March 7
7:30am Men of Saint James’
Sunday, March 8
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:15am Café Breakfast
9:15am Adult Choir
9:30am Jr. Choir
8:30am Adult Bible Study
10:00am Sunday School
10:15am Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:30am Coffee Hour
5:00pm Middle School Youth
6:30pm High School Youth
To view a printable PDF of this week’s News click here: 26FebNews2015FxLng
Wednesdays in Lent. Our theme will be “Identifying our spiritual selves”. Soup suppers start at 5:30pm and are followed by a program at 6:15pm. This Wednesday we will continue to look at our Myers Briggs Personality Types and discuss how they affect our ministry choices, our desired worship and spiritual experiences, our connection to God and scripture, as well as how we work within our ministry groups. If you did not discover your personality type this Wednesday, please contact the parish office email@example.com for a copy of an inventory and description of personality types. We will also introduce enneagrams as another tool for spiritual self discovery.
Note : There will not be a service following our program this week, but on March 11th we will have a 7pm Celtic Service.
As you consider your Lenten disciplines this year, I encourage you to take on participation in our Wednesday program as well as our Men’s retreat (March 20-21) and Women’s Lenten retreat (March 14). I do find that the more commitment I give to this season the more fully the events of Holy Week and Easter shape my life.
Women’s Spring Retreat
When: March 14, 10am -2pm.
An opportunity to spend time together: in quiet, in prayer, in conversation. We will be ordering sandwiches and wraps from Renee’s Gourmet to Go Please indicate your choice of sandwich and sweet when you register with Nancy and/or on the registration board The menu is on the registration board outside the parish hall.
Location: 256, Hinson’s Ford Rd, Amissville, VA 20186
Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch