Due to the expected record heat on Saturday, the Wood Ministry team as decided to POSTPONE the wood stacking / splitting event for this weekend until Saturday, October 1 – 9:00-11:00am. Please keep watching the church newsletters for more information as we get closer to this date. Continue reading “Wood Stacking POSTPONED until October 1”
We’re so grateful to those who have stepped up to help out with Sunday School this year. We do, however, still need 9 teachers at all levels.
Please make this year you support our children’s program – just fill out this form to let us know you’re willing to help!
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.
While we are starting a new program year, much feels like an extension or culmination of where we have already been.
We continue to celebrate our bicentennial year with a service in September taken from the 1789 Prayer Book. Our annual Gala in October will celebrate the light we have been in the town of Warrenton and the exciting and important ministry ahead. And we will celebrate our place among the communion of saints with an All Saint’s organ recital and choral evensong. It has been a rich experience to learn more about our history, the people and the pivotal events, and see our place in God’s still unfolding story.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Warren Emmell and I am currently in 5th grade at Saint James’ Episcopal School. This year I am working on my service project and have been given the amazing opportunity to work with Operation Second Chance.
Operation Second Chance (OSC) is an organization that specializes in helping returning combat veterans that have been injured, wounded or are ill. Coming home can be hard for those who have been deployed, especially for those whose lives’ have been forever changed due to complications. Some of the things OSC does for the returning veterans is help them with medical costs, provide home renovations to meet the needs of their handicap, and provide opportunities to participate in outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, boating and hunting.
For part of my service project I will be collecting donations for care packages to be sent overseas to those who are a part of our active duty military. Click here for a list a care package items
I will be collecting these items in a bin at SJES throughout the month of February. Thank you in advance for your help in caring for our military members, both those who are home recovering and those currently serving overseas.
Interested in volunteering for a preschool workshop? Register here!
Why volunteer to help with the Preschool Workshops Saint James’ is co-sponsoring?
Here are some facts about preschool that may surprise and inspire you to help:
- Preschool can help combat crime, teen pregnancy, and high school dropout rates. When children have the benefit of a high-quality early childhood education, they make cognitive and social gains that prepare them to start school. These foundational skills allow them to build on their learning and knowledge through school and into adulthood. As a result, a child without an early childhood education is 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become a teenage parent, and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
- Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market. Some policymakers worry about the upfront cost of early childhood education. However, studies show that early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make—and that includes investments in the financial market. The estimated return on investment for high quality early childhood education is ten percent. In comparison, the average return on investment in the stock market is 7.2 percent.
Fauquier Free Dental Clinic’s “Healthy Teeth” Drive
In 2015, the Fauquier Free Dental Clinic provided over 2,000 appointments to both adults and children in both Fauquier and Rappahannock counties!
How can Saint James’ help?
Donation of the following items:
- children’s toothbrushes
- children’s toothpaste
- dental floss
- small items for the Dental Clinic Prize Chest
Students may drop off their donation under the Parish Hall by February 29, 2016
Monetary donations to the Clinic for equipment upgrades are also welcome.
Thanks for your support!
– Fauquier Free Clinic, PO Box 3138, Warrenton, VA // 540-223-4008
Saint James’ is so excited to launch Learning Starts Early. How can you help grow this ministry? Register as a volunteer for any or all of the three Free Preschool Parent Workshops Saint James’ is helping make possible. 20 volunteers are needed for each session. See a complete description of volunteer opportunities.
Statistics show that on a weekly basis:
- more than 90 percent of preschool students spend time learning the names of letters and seeing print while reading
- more than 80 percent practice writing
- 89 percent work on writing their own names
- more than 90 percent of preschool
- students practice counting out loud at
- least once per week
- 90 percent use geometric manipulatives.
While we will not worship together at Saint James’ this morning, I do invite you to take a moment to pray, to give thanks, and to reflect.
To help you here is a link to this Sunday’s readings.
Here is a link to our Book of Common Prayer. In the Daily Office you will find Morning Prayer Rite I or Rite II or shorter daily devotions.
And finally, here is a reflection on today’s readings and (since today was to be our annual meeting) on the year that has past :
Due to the considerable snow expected and a state of emergency declared for Fauquier County, we will not hold Sunday services on January 24.
Fr. Ben will attempt to send a reflection on this weeks readings and a link for morning prayer.
Please keep those who have to work (especially emergency and safety workers) and those who lack adequate shelter and warmth in your prayers.
Also, please check in on neighbors and those in our parish family who live alone to ensure that they are safe and warm. If any are snowed in and need assistance please call Fr. Ben as parishioners have access to plows, etc…
God bless you and stay warm.
For my Fifth Grade Service Project I would like to, with the help of a friend from the International Health Service, help the Jungle School in Honduras provide the children there with vitamins. These vitamins will be used to help supplement the diets of the children that often lack the necessary nutrients that the human body needs.
The Christian organization of which the Jungle School is a part hands out, on average, 100 vitamins per day. My original goal was raise money to send vitamins to the school, but my hope is to have each student, staff member and parishioners of Saint James’ donate a bottle of vitamins to the cause.
Here is an idea of how many vitamins we could provide:
- One 100 count bottle of children’s vitamins is about $10.
- 100 V’s per day X 30 days (1 month) = 3,000 Vitamins
- 200+ students and staff at Saint James’ X 100V’s per bottle= Over 20,000
- 20,000 Vitamins can provide a 6-7 month supply.
We will start accepting donations starting Monday, December 7th and end on Monday, January 4th. Vitamins donated must be taken to the school office and left in the basket provided. Items can also be dropped off at the church office.
Thank you very much for your help!
We are going to get chopping with the multi-church effort to keep people in need warm this winter.
Warrenton Baptist Church and the Fauquier Community Coalition have been quietly serving a number of the residents of Fauquier County who use wood as a primary source of heat. Many of these people are elderly, disabled, sick, or a combination of all three – all are poor.
This is a three-tiered effort, so you can help with one, two or all three
- Harvesting the wood – cut logs at about 18″ and bring them to the site
- Splitting and stacking days – use a maul and/or a mechanical wood splitter to split and stack the wood. (Must be over 18 and we require a signed liability agreement)
- Delivery – (truck required by crew member)
Please consider this important ministry this winter! Please contact Dorothy Smith if you are interested.
Our parish will be supporting Operation Christmas Child again this year. This ministry of Samaritan’s Purse collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of God’s love to children in trying circumstances around the world.
Parishioners of all ages can fill a shoebox and be involved in this simply, hands-on mission project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ.
A $7 donation is requested for each shoebox to help cover shipping and program costs).
Informational brochures and boxes are available on stage in the parish hall or from Michelle Place.
Our final collection date will be Sunday, November 15. Completed shoeboxes can be delivered to the church anytime before then.
An opportunity is available to anyone that want to be a part of this vital team here at Saint James’. Helpers are needed in the kitchen to cook and serve each Sunday morning. Please see Eric Cox or let Nancy (in the church office) know of your interest.
This could be simply a one-time or once-a-month commitment – the more people we have to help out, the less we have to rely on a handful of volunteers.
Thanks for your help in feeding our parish!