Comfort Cases Donation Drive

Hi,

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.

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Wood Stacking Rescheduled to This Saturday

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.

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Green Team Update: Earthworms & October 16 Meeting

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:

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A Stewardship Message from Fr Ben

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?

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Wood Ministry POSTPONED

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!

For more information or to help with this ministry, please contact Colin Borgstrom at 540-270-3285 or theborg20115@verizon.net.

Message from Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries

Its rich and varied family programs drew us to Saint James’ originally, so when Fr. Ben approached me about filling John’s position on an interim basis, it was an easy yes. We’re sad to see John leave and I’m happy to help out in this time of transition and provide the church with the space needed to reflect on our needs and conduct a thorough search for his replacement.

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We need YOU to help with Sunday School!

St. James Episcopal Church still needs to fill 13 Sunday School teacher slots across all grade levels by September 11. Is this the year you can help out?

Teaching only requires 45 minutes of your time,  once a month. You will work with a partner and be provided with the curriculum, no planning required.

If you have children in Sunday School, it’s a great way to give back or, if your children are long gone, it’s a great way to connect to the younger generation.

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Flooding in Baton Rouge

A portion of the Outreach money that comes from the special collections at Easter and Christmas is allocated for disaster relief.

The floods in and around the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana have affected over 40,000 homes, according to a statement by the governor of Louisiana.

At the time of writing this the death toll is only at ten, due to the fast evacuation and the available shelters, though assuredly this number will rise. A tremendous number of people are currently displaced and in extreme need. Many have lost just about everything they own. A donation from our Outreach fund will go towards the purchase of gift cards to help those in need.

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2016 Missions Trip Prayer Suggestions

Things to pray for:

  • Safety on the worksite
  • For the YMO students, staff, and residents of the house(s) to discover or strengthen their relationship with God
  • That the community would be able to see God’s presence in the work of the YMO students
  • That the YMO students’ relationships with God would continue throughout their lives and not wear off after the trip
  • That our work has a positive impact on the community and the residents of the house(s)
  • That the parishioners of St. Paul’s and St. James will feel connected to what we are doing on the mission trip, especially for the prayer chain to be connected to the mission trip.

(suggestions from Susan Jeffries)

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Communities of Peace Earth Day Event

2016 Earth Day Flyer Revised Final (1)You’re invited to a Communities of Peace event called “Sharing Stories of our Connection to Nature.”  The event will take place this coming Saturday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00 at the Airlie Conference Center, 6809 Airlie Road Warrenton VA.

The three speakers will be Ambassador John W. McDonald, “The Father of UNEP,” telling the story of the creation of the United Nations Environmental Programme, Father Don Conroy, telling the story of the creation of Earth Day at Airlie, and 9-year old Astrid Determan, sharing the story of her action to save endangered species.

You’ll find more information on the attached flyer.  rsvp’s are important to receive by this Thursday!

Green Team Spotlight | Food Waste

The Green Team would like to spotlight food waste for the next few weeks. Recent articles in National Geographic and the Washington Post have brought this issue to the forefront. While the facts may seem overwhelming, this is a problem on which we can have great impact both individually and as a faith community. After reading our problem statement, please share your ideas with us via email. We will work together over the coming weeks to address food waste in our community.

“…whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home)

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Ministry of the Month | Fauquier Free Clinic

Fauquier Free Clinic

For nearly 20 years, Saint James’ Church has been providing dinners to medical and administrative volunteers at the Fauquier Free Clinic.  The Free Clinic makes it possible for uninsured, hardworking people of our community to have access to health care services.  By providing meals for the volunteers, we are linking hearts and hands in support of others at all levels.

Participating in this program is easy.  Simply sign up to be a hostess or to provide a casserole, salad, rolls, dessert or sodas.  Drop your dish off at the kitchen firstThursday of the month, and a delicious hot meal will be delivered to the awaiting clinic volunteers.  To learn more about the Fauquier Free Clinic Meals Ministry, please contact Babs Alliman at 540-364-1863 or allimanb@msn.com.