Thank you for your prayers and all the ways you supported our mission team while down in Hollywood, South Carolina. Thank you also to all of the adult volunteers (and their families) who volunteered their time and talents, and to our youth who represented Saint James’ so wonderfully. The trip was a transformative experience.
by Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries
Calling all acolytes! There will be an acolyte training session on August 27th immediately following the 10:15 service. It will last about an hour. Current acolytes wishing to take on a new role or those wishing to become an acolyte should plan to attend. Here are the roles your children can play in the service:
- 3rd grade and up – Torch
- 5th grade and up – Crucifer
- 7th grade and up – Server
- 9th grade and up – Chalicer
We do not have an age limit for Epistler, because we believe that is self-selecting. Whenever your child feels comfortable reading out loud, they are welcome to take it on.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Updyke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE GREEN CORNER
Do you have plans for EARTH DAY on April 22? There are many good events going on that help us appreciate our planet.
But did you know that the Anglican Communion recognizes a similar but much older celebration on April 25? It is called ROGATION DAY, and the earliest ceremonies were believed to have been practiced in the British Isles in the 7th century when farmers asked the priest to bless their newly planted crops.
Even then, people understood the vital need of healthy soil and God’s blessing for abundance. Take time to pray for the health of our planet during the upcoming week. Consider the many pressures upon our planet’s resources and how you can help.
Laura Updyke is the interim director of family ministries – you can contact Laura here
If you see one of our Sunday School teachers, please take a minute to say thanks for the great job they’ve been doing this year! We are especially grateful to Haifleigh Pritchard, who is giving her time every Sunday to work with our 3rd-5th graders, helping them manage the crucial shift from Sunday School to confirmation preparation.
Saint James’ and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive on Thursday, February 16, 2017, between 8:30am and 1:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
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.
Riley, a 5th grader at SJES, is working with RappCats for his service project.
RappCats is a volunteer organization working to help the stray, abused, abandoned, and injured cats of Rappahannock County. They assist with low-cost spay/neuter, veterinary care, and finding temporary and permanent homes.
They also operate the RappCats Adoption Center, a cageless, no-kill facility. They rely entirely on donations to support their operation.
This January, Riley will be collecting items from the organization’s wish list to take to them. Please help if you can. A copy of the list can be found on the bulletin board outside the Parish Hall.
Food for Friends – CHRISTMAS Bread Edition is Coming up THIS Friday, December 16, Starting at 3pm!
We had a very successful Thanksgiving Bread Baking project this year, baking over 700 loaves of bread in about nine hours a few weeks ago – thank you to the volunteers who partnered with us on that project. We had so much fun that we’ve decided we couldn’t wait a whole year to do it again! We are partnering with Fauquier FISH to provide loaves of bread for their Christmas food basket project later in December.
Mark your calendars for Friday afternoon / evening December 16.
Thanks again to all of the parishioners who have stepped up to teach this year. We are very grateful and there has been a smooth transition as our new teachers have taken over.
As we head into the Advent season, the Sunday School students will be preparing to welcome Jesus into the world. On the first Sunday of Advent, everyone will be making Advent wreaths to bring home and use. Our Table Talks will include the readings done in church and also in Sunday School, and each week as we light the candles there will be questions that you can use at home to discuss the meaning of the candles and how we can prepare ourselves to welcome the Lord.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 | 9-11am | @ WARRENTON COLLECTION SITE
Thank you to Rick Miller, Jody Del Signore, Lynn Ward, and the Borgstrom boys for delivering much needed wood to five families throughout Fauquier County last Saturday!
The Wood Ministry has identified eight families thus far that are in dire need of wood for heating of their homes this winter. We’ve been working hard for several months to split and stack wood for these winter deliveries, and we have depleted the stored wood from the upper site.
We are planning our next big split / stack / delivery date on Saturday morning, December 10 from 9-11 at the Warrenton Collection site.
Saturday, November 26 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The cold weather is upon us (in case you haven’t been outside!) We have been preparing for months by splitting and stacking mountains of wood at the Warrenton collection. Now it’s time to deliver!
We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver cords of wood to homes throughout Fauquier this Saturday morning. We need pickup trucks or vehicles with sturdy trailers along with drivers and delivery volunteers. Teams of two to three with load up at the Warrenton collection site behind Walmart and be assigned 1-2 dropoffs in the county. Residents who will be receiving wood will be aware of the delivery, so it will not be a surprise when you arrive.
The clock is ticking!
Food for Friends: Thanksgiving Bread Edition is coming up this Friday, November 18 – 8am to ???
400 pounds of flour – CHECK. Sugar, salt, yeast – CHECK. Volunteers – ?????
We’re looking to make 800 loaves of bread in one day – are you up for the challenge? Volunteers are needed for our NINTH annual Thanksgiving Bread project on Friday, November 18! We’ll be starting at 8 am and going until the job is done (until at least the late afternoon). There is a job for everyone from supply shopping, kitchen setup and preparation, mixing of the dough, bagging and boxing the bread, and clean up. No task is too small, and everyone is welcome (even for just an hour). We need shifts of workers, so if you prefer a date/time, please let us know.
They have only filled 36 of the 100 slots for the Sunday 1-5 pm shift. If you are 16 or older and can help build, please sign up on Habitat’s website! (it’s important you register with them in advance)
A reminder that you don’t have to have any skills to be useful; lots of non-building activities require adult help.
Anyone 16 or older can help with construction!
My name is Madisyn and I’m in the 5th grade at SJES.
I’m looking for donations to help provide comfort and support for children who are entering the foster care system, who have been a victim of a crime, who have had to flee to an emergency shelter, or who have lost their home due to fire. I’m helping to gather donations until October 31.
MS and HS Youth Group will be joining Saint James’ Builds as they participate in the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build on Sunday, October 30th from 1-5 pm. We encourage your entire family to come out and join in what will be an extraordinary event as they build an entire house in only two days!
Wood Ministry Collection Date – This Saturday, October 15, 8:30a-12pm
Third time’s a charm! The weather looks very promising for this Saturday so we’re planning to chop and stack (and maybe deliver) lots of wood for families in need in our area. In conjunction with the local church outreach efforts mentioned in the newspaper this past week, we will have a few members from several churches also joining us at the site but there is a lot of work to do.
We have expanded the collection time to 8:30am to 12 noon on Saturday. Please drop by if you are in town and willing to donate an hour or two to help chop, split, and stack wood. If you have a pick-up truck or trailer, we may have some deliveries for you (in a team) as well – Lynn Ward will coordinate that onsite on Saturday morning.
Dear Green Team,
As you know, the Blessing of the Animals was held Oct. 5. Chosen because of its proximity to the Feast Day of St. Francis, this event honors his love of creation. Last Sunday, Ed led a fascinating Adult Ed discussion on the life of Francis, and the Blessing was a great follow-up.
The Green Team had earthworms blessed as part of our SPOTLIGHT on composting (thanks, Dorothy S!). During the Blessing service, we read St. Bonaventure‘s comments about St. Francis. In describing St. Francis’ care for creation, St. Bonaventure included this:
“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?
Please join us for The Blessing of the Animals & Pizza at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 5! The service will be held in the back yard area off of Green Street.
Due to the rain already received and the forecast for this weekend, the Wood Ministry event for this Saturday, October 1, is being postponed.
A new date will be announced shortly – keep watching the weekly announcements and our social media channels for future updates!