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.


Operation Second Chance | Service Project

Operation Second Chance

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.


Warren Emmell

Volunteer at Preschool Workshops

lse sjecInterested 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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“Healthy Teeth” Drive for FFDC

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

Learning Starts Early, and you can help!

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.

lse sjecWhat 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
  • 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.

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Sunday Morning Reflections | January 24


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 :

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No Sunday Services, January 24

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.



Vitamins Needed for Honduran Students!

helping hondurasHello, my name is Gabe Spector:

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!

Wood Ministry

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

  1. Harvesting the wood – cut logs at about 18″ and bring them to the site
  2. 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)
  3. Delivery – (truck required by crew member)

Please consider this important ministry this winter! Please contact Dorothy Smith if you are interested.

Operation Christmas Child

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 messag12185282_10153688125503209_7270176460933717232_oe 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.

Café Volunteers Needed!

cafe2Help this tasty ministry!

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!

Sponsor a Student in Soroti Diocese, Uganda

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Akayo Harriet, a recent graduate of a masters program at Uganda Christian University. Betty and Richard Gookin have sponsored her for about nine years.

Through our Soroti Ministry, parishioners at Saint James’ currently sponsor nine students – from middle school to graduate school – in Soroti Diocese, Uganda, and it is changing the lives of these students!

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: Video and Testimony

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: Next Workday is 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

SC Missions Trip: Tuesday Summary



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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.


Saint James’ Builds: You Can Help!

unnamed (1)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.