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.
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.
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.
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.
What do children learn in preschool?
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
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…
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.
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)
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.
This year, we added three new students at the middle school level, and we are seeking sponsors at all levels to add more students or help with other expenses such as transportation, administration, summer programs and other educational needs in this region.
You can help! If you are interested in hearing more about this program, please contact Wayne or Caren Eastham.
Saint James’ Builds is a ministry that goes straight to the needs of people in our local community. Through this program, we are able to build quite literally a true community of Christ. Watch the video below to learn more, and contact Dorothy Smith if you have an interest in volunteering.
Saint James Builds thanks all the volunteers and parishioners who’ve donated money and countless hours of hard labor. You have already changed many lives and are reshaping the Fauquier County community.
“I just wanted to thank you for your hardworking team of volunteers. They helped repair my aging home and were so compassionate. I am a single mother of two great boys, and a life long resident of Fauquier County. The floors in my living room and bathroom were in a state of disrepair due to a bad water leak, my washing machine was leaking and created a hole in the floor, my air conditioning unit in the window leaked into the wall and rotted the studs. The volunteers all came together and helped my sons and I fix the enormous job. They also had fixed electrical, and plumbing problems previously. I am so very thankful for all of the time and effort to make our home safer. I can never thank you enough. I would also like to help and volunteer my time.” -Owner of the home in which we worked on August 15
Saint James’ Builds has a new build date of August 15th. We’ll be working on the rotted floor of a trailer. So far we have four labor volunteers and one possible lunch provider. Ideally, we could use about five more people, skilled or unskilled. We will be ripping up the floors, the part of the under-frame that I could see looked solid, so we should just be adding subfloor and vinyl or vinyl tile etc depending on which of the three or four spaces we fix. We may also fix her tiny dog yard, which is some propped up grating at the moment. She has three dachshunds, who are very important to their family. Please get involved – SJB only works and helps our community if you volunteer. Contact Dorothy Fineart111@aol.com
Workday: We made more progress on our worksite today- The flooring in the kitchen is complete, the deck is undergoing a second coat of stain, the walls of the shed are almost finished being built and will be put up tomorrow, and we started installing trim inside the rooms of the house.
Evening: We had a special treat tonight for dinner, as Tuesday is always the night of the Seafood Jamboree at the Rural Missions Headquarters. We heard prayers and stories from Linda, the director of Rural Missions, and others in the community as well as songs from Linda’s family and the residents of the home we are working on. After dinner, students enjoyed dancing and singing to uplifting spiritual music, and then spent some time on the pier taking pictures in the beautiful sunset.
Tomorrow we look forward to making more progress at the site, and will also be starting a separate project at Christ St. Pauls, to remove and replace the roof of a building on their property.
We have started with the new family that needs our help. This time we’ll be fixing the floors in a trailer in Bealeton. This is a mom with two sons, the older son is working and pretty much on his own and a much younger son, who lives with her. She not able to make ends meet and cannot afford many of the basics, let alone repairs. Leeann is working hard to improve her situation though, both by continuing to work and by taking classes that will eventually help her to secure a higher paying job. Unfortunately the floors of this old trailer are wrecked in three places that are in immediate need of fixing before someone falls through. This nasty damage was caused by frozen pipes and also by a badly leaking washing machine. As a hard-working, but financially strapped mom, Leeann simply doesn’t have the ability to pay to have the work done. Your outreach has already helped by finding a used, but decent washer/dryer to replace the wrecked, leaking and dangerous ones she had. To that end Robert Downey, Lynn Ward and I headed over and (with the eldest son’s help) put the used machines in place. Robert is graciously doing some electrical repairs that became apparent as well. I think it is becoming crystal clear to him that whenever he sets foot in one of these projects, the awful state of the electrical systems will require far more help than anyone previously mentioned. Anyway, Now that the leaking washer is out, the floor in that area will start to dry, so in a month or so we can come in and work on the floors. We really need a builder to head the crews and at least two people with some skills and two or three who are unskilled, plus some willing foodies. Call or email Dorothy 540-219-9001 or Fineart111@aol.com.