The middle school youth group kicked off a new year at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville on Saturday, September 16
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Holy Week so special! So many hands go into every service and every church activity – you can learn more about our clergy, music programs, children’s ministry, ushers, acolytes, altar guild, flower guild and so many other parts of the Saint James’ community throughout our website.
Below you will find photos and video of each service in Holy Week, and Scripture readings for each day of the week. We know that Holy Week can be an overwhelming time, with so many services and so many stories packed into such a short time. We hope that you will reflect on each day, and the power of each moment, at your own pace.
For the next few weeks, we will be experimenting with our Sunday School organization. Godly Play will encompass 1st-5th grade. Godly Play is designed to be used for all age levels and we have wanted to expand the experience. This desire, combined with the struggle to recruit teachers for this oldest group, persuaded us to try something new. In the lead up to Lent, we will see how having the groups together works and then evaluate how to proceed from there. We’d love to hear feedback from parents and children as the process unfolds.
We baptize people in the name of the Father…the Son…and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we call the Father the Creator. We call the Son the Redeemer. We call the Holy Spirit the Sustainer. People are baptized at all ages, from babies through the very old. We ask the person about to be baptized questions, or the parents or godparents if they are babies. We say prayers for them.
Thanks to everyone that made it out to the field last night. Glad that the rain held off as long as it did so that we could play at least one game – then the deluge!
For the history books, the scores were:
Game #1 – St James 17 – Fauquier Comm Child Care 0
Game #2 – Called due to lightning / rain (although St James was ahead at the time :)
This means that for the first time in several years, St James Episcopal Church ended the season with a WINNING RECORD (3-2) – CONGRATS – You are part of the history books!
We were so happy to see some additional new faces join us for last night’s games! Hailey Place, Maddie Carter, and Joe Irvin all had big hits for us and kept our team moving on the bases. How about those slides into second by Sam Borgstrom and Brittany Cooper (including taking the shortstop out of that play)? That’s dedicated! And a second home run of the season for Jason Cooper – imagine how many he might get with a full season of play?
Your defense made the job for our pitching staff of Mike Lillard and myself easy, keeping most batters to one base at most. We even had back-to-back innings of 3 pitches / 3 outs before we had to call the games due to the weather. Wonder how many more innings we could have kept that streak alive if the lightning and rain hadn’t showed up?
Plenty of hits and runs from all corners of our roster – glad to see those bats come alive for so many of our players, even if it was at the end of the season.
Alas, our brief season is coming to a close, as we could not get enough players committed to games on Sunday afternoon due to vacations, injuries, and other commitments. We can see that the commitment is renewed from our group and others to work on a fledgling ‘league’ for next summer that would allow us a few more games. More information to follow on that next spring.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on the field this season as well as those that watched us play – we had more than 30 players between our few double headers which was quite a feat! I’m going to miss thanking a few of you since there were so many, but know that we valued the play, sportsmanship, and fellowship from each and every one of you for the few games we had!
Special thanks to the field crew (Brett Nungesser, Eric Cox, Dorothy Smith, Jeff Loving, Zach and Nate Borgstrom, and others missed) who helped prepare the field, set up bases, and pick them back up again each night!
Coy Ferrell – thanks for the pictures and getting only our ‘good sides’ for Facebook and Instagram!
Can’t forget faithful scorekeeper Sabrina Borgstrom, who has been keeping score for us for several years!
And to my lovely co-captain / co-coach / co-everything Debbi Borgstrom – thanks for keeping us on track and sane this season!
Players – rest up and enjoy the rest of your summer!
PS – Spring Training starts in 192 days!
What a great start to our season last night! We had an inside the park home run, a double-bobbled catch in the outfield, and several innings of multiple runs scored – congrats!
Final scores for our double headers were:
Game #1 – St James 10 – Oak View 9
Game #2 – Oak View 12 – St James 8
Thank you to all of the players and fans who came out play and enjoy the festivities. Everyone I talked with had a great time and hopefully this morning, we’re all recovering nicely!
Upcoming schedule (all games at Taylor Middle School):
Tuesday evening, July 28 – Double Header vs Latter Day Saints – 6:15 start – end around 8:15p – Foster’s afterwards
**Just Added** Tuesday evening, August 4 – Double Header vs Fauquier Community Child Care Staff – 6:15 start – end around 8:15p – Foster’s afterwards
Also, with our turnout from last night and the others who were on vacation and couldn’t make it, it looks like we have enough players to field TWO teams. We’d like to check the interest on a St James intra-squad game on Sunday afternoon, August 9, from 1-3:30 pm. This would be a great way to cap off our summer season. If you are interested and able to play that day, please email us back so we can get a head count.
For those who were out of town or unavailable for last night’s games, next Tuesday is your opportunity; please confirm that you will be there for the July 28th game so we can start planning now.
Have a great week and rest up!
–Colin and Debbi Borgstrom
Our group who traveled to South Carolina last week worked hard through the southern heat to show the love of Christ. The need is great in South Carolina, and there is tremendous need here as well. Thank you to all the youth and adults who made the trip to act as the Body. We are his hands!