A Note from John Knouse

Dear Friends,

I must begin by telling you, facetiously of course, a piece of my upbringing.

As many of you already know it was in a very rural area of Central Pennsylvania, and because of such, I’ve come to loathe the “legendary fur-ball” of Gobbler’s Knob; Punxsutawney Phil. It is this year however, with his measly 39% accuracy rating engraved in the back of my mind that I am hoping, more than ever, that he is right and an early spring is on the horizon.

This is not necessarily because spring is my favorite season, which is just so happens to be, but more so because all we have on the horizon here at Saint James’ in the next several months, including the spring season.

We will soon gather to celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Savior, and in doing so will be moving ever so quickly toward the new season, the bloom of daffodils and the smell of fresh cut grass. That’s when our opportunities to be involved in various events and activities expands enormously.

Focusing first for a moment on the new: we are very blessed and excited to welcome Mrs. April Walker to the staff at Saint James’ as our Assistant to the Director of Family Ministries. April will be assisting me, on a part-time basis, with various Christian Education and Family Ministry opportunities. When you see her on Sundays, please take a moment to welcome her aboard!

Then as we move deeper into spring and toward early summer, the children, youth and adults of the parish will have wonderful opportunities to visit my absolute favorite place in The Diocese of Virginia – outside of Saint James’ of course – Shrine Mont. Please see the dates and brief info below, feel free to call or email me with any questions, and contact us to sign up today. Registration forms for youth events at Shrine Mont are available here.

SJEC kids play at the swimming pool at Shrine Mont during 2015 Parish Retreat.

middle school verdun-14April 15th-17th | Sr. High Retreat @ Verdun Adventure Bound

All youth 9th-12th grade are invited to join us for a weekend retreat full of fun and formation to our area’s ropes course, Verdun Adventure Bound. We’ll meet at 4:30pm Friday at Verdun and end at 9:00am on Sunday April 17th. Please email John to reserve your spot today. Cost is $100 per person or $150 per family

May 13th-15th | 8th Grade Retreat @ Shrine Mont

Eighth graders and their youth leaders are invited to Shrine Mont each spring for two nights of retreat. $150 (Scholarships available) please email me to save a spot.

 shrinemont laura updyke - 6June 10th-12th | Annual Parish Retreat @ Shrine Mont

Enjoy a late spring weekend of fun in the sun, swimming in the pool, hiking the mountain, games, fellowship and more at our beloved Diocesan Retreat Center.

Those of you who may be interested in a zip-lining trip to nearby Bryce Resort, please include that in your email to me.

Please let me know if you need single, double or family occupancy and how many will be attending Cost is $100 for singles, $200 for couples and $300 for your entire family.

All Summer

Shrine Mont offers a variety of camp sessions throughout the entire summer.  Saint James’ is offering a scholarship to all attendees.

John Knouse is the Director of Family Ministries at Saint James' Warrenton. He can be reached at john@saintjameswarrenton.org
John Knouse is the Director of Family Ministries at Saint James’ Warrenton. He can be reached at john@saintjameswarrenton.org