THE SUNDAY NEWS
March 9th 2014
First Sunday in Lent, Bishop Thomas Shaw’s Visitation with St. James’s!
St. James’s Episcopal Church—Porter Square, Cambridge
BLUE = NEW ARTICLES, below!
This Sunday at St. James’s:
• 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel
• 10:30 a.m. Eucharist Rite II with Music
• DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ALERT: SPRING FORWARD MARCH 9th - DON’T SLEEP THROUGH CHURCH!
The Lectionary for Sunday, March 9th: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32: 1-8; Matthew 4: 1-11
Serving Sunday, March 9th: Presider/Preacher (8am): Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Presider/Preacher (10:30am): Bishop Thomas Shaw; Reader: Susan Rice; Intercessor: Mark Yoder; Acolytes: Eric Maynard, Marian King; Chalicers: Eric Maynard, Shawn Ricketts, Laverne Agard; Welcomers: Isaac Martinez, Mary Beth Mills-Curran; Nursery: Aimee Alitzer, Carol Hilliard, Lay Eucharistic Visitors: Sylvia Weston, Yvette Verdieu; Minister of Music: Patrick Michaels
Sunday News Summary
Short on time? Here’s a quick list of the most important goings on in the next two weeks. Keep reading for more details.
- March 9th: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS! SPRING FORWARD!
- Mar 9th: Bishop Tom Shaw’s Visitation with St. James’s for the First Sunday in Lent
- Mar 9th: 3:30-5 PM “Practicing Episcopalians” class begins in Holly’s office
- Mar 10th: “Ways of Knowing God” Lenten Class, first of five weekly sessions at Liz McNerney’s
- Mar 11th, 7:30 AM: PRAXIS devotional bible study, Holly’s office
- Mar 11th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
- Mar 11th, 4:30 PM: Women’s Meal at Friends' Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge
- Mar 13th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
- Mar 14th-19th: Diocesan “walkabouts” for bishop nominees; for schedule, see http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/meet-candidates-bishop-march-14-18 As a nominee, Holly will be out of the office from Thursday March 13th, through Thursday March 20th. Judith will carry the church emergency cell phone.
- Apr. 5h: Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop of Massachusetts
- Apr. 13th: Palm Sunday with Palm Procession and the Reading of the Passion According to Matthew
- Apr. 17th, 6 pm: Maundy Thursday Agape Feast, Foot-washing, Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
- Apr. 18th, Noon : Good Friday Solemn Collects & 7:30pm: Good Friday Seven Last Words of Christ
- Apr. 19th, 8:00 PM: the Lighting of the New Fire & the Easter Vigil with rehearsal of Salvation History and the first Easter Eucharist
- Apr. 20th: Easter Sunday: the Feast of the Resurrection
- Apr. 21st: Church Offices Closed
WELCOME FRANCISCO LENN JOHNSON, JUST INSIDE THE EPIPHANY SEASON!
Congratulations to Edwin Johnson and Susan Lenn Johnson on the birth of Francisco Lenn Johnson, born 9:15pm 3-4-14! Susan (coached by Edwin) is well and (no surprise!) did labor like a champ! That's salsa conditioning for you! Welcome to the world, small Francisco! May the Shekinah of the Transfiguration surround you always!
DIOCESAN REGIONAL LEARNING DAY FOR CONGREGATIONS: COME JOIN US!
The diocesan Regional Learning Day at Episcopal Divinity School at 99 Brattle St. in Cambridge offers three different workshop choices for churches. The workshop is on March 8th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Check-in opens at 8:30 AM. Continental breakfast included. We can register up to 10 people from St. James's. Let Holly know of your interest; help gather a group, choose your workshops and register below. The cost is $20 per person payable by check or credit card. Holly has scholarship funds if you need them.
Look at the great choices below, then head to the registration page and signup individually, or come with a group from your church. For more information, please contact Amy Cook,firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-482-4826 x645.
Congregational Business Practices Workshop
This workshop, presented by the diocesan Congregational Consultants, gives parish leadership - especially new parish leaders and treasurers - an exposure to the basics of good business practices in general, and Episcopal Church business practices in particular. This workshop is also appropriate for other leaders including clergy, wardens, clerks, treasurers, vestry members or any other lay leaders involved in setting up and maintaining their parish's business practices. Specifically this workshop covers general business practices; compensation and benefits; compliance and reporting; bookkeeping and audits; and safeguarding of assets.
Global Mission Partnerships Workshop: Engaging in Mission Beyond the Diocese
This workshop is designed for parishes who are interested in mission outside our diocese- either in pursuing a new venture, or a deepening understanding of an older one. The workshop will include information on applying for grant money, introducing global missions to your parish, fundraising for mission, youth mission, and new changes in global mission in the diocese. There will be presentations from parishioners around the diocese who have recently been on global mission trips, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and share information regarding your own experiences.
Share Your Website Workshop - A Facilitated Discussion
What is the best thing about your congregation's website? What needs the most improvement? What do you wish you knew how to do? Join us for a facilitated discussion of the best ways to represent your church on the web. Each church should bring a laptop; we will look at and evaluate your existing website in the workshop. Each site has WiFi access.
BISHOP TOM SHAW VISITS ST. JAMES’S FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT, MARCH 9TH
Our Annual Bishop’s Visitation this year is March 9th, the First Sunday in Lent, and our visiting Bishop will be our Diocesan Bishop, Tom Shaw. This will be his last visitation to St. James’s as our bishop, and we want to make it a special occasion! Mark your calendars and come celebrate twenty years of Tom’s great leadership in the Diocese of Massachusetts!
COFFEE HOUR DURING LENT
For many, Lent is a time to fast or “give up” something, so in keeping with this practice, the Hospitality Committee will be offering a more simple Coffee Hour on the Sundays leading up to Easter.
On this first Sunday in Lent, coffee hour will be comprised of Ugali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugali) and Water. Ugali is the East African name for cornmeal porridge, the staple food of most of Africa. Sharing in this simple food is a way of being mindful of our brothers and sisters in many parts of the world, whose everyday fare seems so abstemious to us.
You can support the people who eat Ugali everyday by donating $1 a day to the Jubilee Ministry, an initiative that provides food and medical care to people in East Africa.
Your gesture will be especially meaningful this Sunday as we will be enjoying the presence of Bishop Shaw who initiated the Jubilee ministry. - Sarah Forrester, Hospitality Committee member
HELPING HAND FOOD PANTRY FEINSTEIN CHALLENGE 2014
We need you help: With the recent increases in the cost of some of our staple products, The Helping Hand Food Pantry is reaching out to the St. James Community to take advantage of the Annual Matching Grant offered by the Feinstein foundation. Food items collected in addition to the money we raise can be used toward our challenge amount. The food must be valued at $1.00 per items or pound. Dented, expired and open packages of food cannot be accepted and will not count toward the challenge.
The more money we raise before the April 30th deadline, the more of the Feinstein Foundation’s challenge we will receive. Please help us to serve more of our community in food crisis by making a contribution today to Helping Hand Food Pantry. The Food Pantry strives to offer our guests food that is non-processed. If you could, please consider items such as canned vegetables, fruits, peanut butter and shelf stable milk. Many thanks in advance for your contribution. - The Helping Hand Food Pantry Board of Directors
RENEWAL IN THE SEASON OF LENT @ ST. JAMES’S
LENT APPROACHES: JOIN US AT ST. JAMES’S FOR A HOLY SEASON OF REFLECTION & RENEWAL
The Exhortation for Ash Wednesday, the service that opens the Lenten season of preparation for our reliving of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, begins with an invitation “to the
observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.” No sooner do we hear those words than we kneel in penitence and accept upon our foreheads a smudge of ashes to remind us that we are dust, mere clay, and that God alone is the loving Potter who shapes and guides us. The season of Lent – one of the oldest observances in our Christian history, with references dating back to St. Irenaeus in the third century – is 40 days long, replicating Jesus’ 40 days’ testing in the wilderness before his ministry began. Lent’s main goal is to encourage us in practices that draw us back toward God and make us ready to experience in our re-enactment of Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection in the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter the gift of Jesus’ willingness to empty himself upon the Cross in order to summon in us the full resurrection power of love.
At St. James’s, we launched the season of Lent with the Liturgy of Ash Wednesday March 5th, and continue it through the five Sundays of Lent, Mar. 9th through April 6th. On Sunday April 13th, we re-enact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with the Liturgy of the Palms, and his Passion on the Cross, initiating Holy Week, the holiest week of the Christian year, the week we follow Jesus’ footsteps toward the Cross, and finally its vital conclusion on EasterSunday, the Feast of the Resurrection, April 20th.
AN INVITATION TO A REFLECTIVE LENT IN WORSHIP AT ST. JAMES’S
The First Sunday in Lent is March 9th, and with the change of season comes a change in liturgical rhythm. Each week, our liturgy will open with a musical meditation, a silent choir procession, and the Penitential Rite, which moves the confession of sin to the beginning.
Many of us discover in our Lenten reflection that we are carrying heavy burdens of uncertainty, guilt, or responsibility. We invite anyone who wishes to do so, to come forward during the opening prelude, pick up a stone from a basket by the summer altar in the Crossing, and lay it in the baptismal bowl by the altar or on the altar itself, as an outward sign of turning our burdens over to God and freeing ourselves to receive God’s mercy and blessing during worship that day.
Not only that, but also, our Sunday liturgy will invite YOU to enter into the preaching! Our preachers will preach briefly, setting a spiritual and theological frame of reflection on the scriptures for the week. Then after a brief moment of quiet, rung in and out on a gong by the Presider, we will open a microphone at the head of the center aisle and invite two or three of you, as the Spirit calls you, to respond briefly – in two or three sentences – out of your own experience in your relationship with God to what you’ve heard from the preacher. The day’s homily will thus “unfold” into the experience of the wider congregation.
The goal is for our services to be quieter and more meditative throughout Lent, until we come to the solemnity of Holy Week and the joy of the Risen Christ at Easter.
LENT IS A SEASON TO REFLECT ON OUR SHORTCOMINGS & SEEK ABSOLUTION
In the Reformation, the English Church gave up the requirement of sacramental confession to a priest as preparation for worship, substituting instead the General Confession in our common worship, allowing us to place our burdens directly before God. However, we Anglicans also respect the deep need we human beings have on occasion, when struggling with a heavy sense of responsibility for a harm we feel we may have done to another, to lay that burden before another human companion and listener, someone who can more directly embody the mercy of God. Lent being a season of self-reflection and repentance, it is a logical time to make a clean slate, and to seek forgiveness for any harm we may have done, in preparation for the Feast of the Resurrection. There are two tiny services of reconciliation in the Book of Common Prayer on pages 447 to 452. Either can be done between two lay persons, and likewise either can be shared with a priest, who can give formal absolution. If you would like to engage in the sacrament of reconciliation with either Judith or Holly, please email us and we’ll make a time for this quiet but powerful sacrament.
STUDY & SERVICE
LENT PROGRAMS INVITE US DEEPER INTO OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES
This Lent, St. James’s will offer several ways to fulfill the invitation in Ash Wednesday’s Exhortation in the Book of Common Prayer: “I invite you, … in the name of the Church, to the
observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.” Besides our ongoing Sunday Bible Study, Tuesday morning PRAXIS, and Tuesday and Thursday Morning Prayer opportunities, below are some of the wonderful Lenten opportunities: our dollar-a-day Lenten Ingathering; participating in our weekly Women’s Meal; a Lenten class, “Ways of Knowing God,” with a team of young adults, Reed Carlson, Mary Beth Mill-Curran, Jonathan Povilonis & Dr. Micah Lott; “Practicing Episcopalians,” an Anglican perspective on the Christian faith with the Rev. Holly Antolini. Please see the descriptions below, and JOIN US!
“PRACTICING EPISCOPALIANS” BEGINS MARCH 9th: COME EXPLORE YOUR FAITH!
Lent is the season to turn to God and renew one’s faith. Come join others at St. James’s – some newcomers, some long-timers – who will gather to explore the Way of Jesus in the Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 PM, March 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th and April 6th , in the liturgies of Holy Week & Easter, and on April 27th, May 4th and 11th. The class will conclude with a pre-Confirmation dinner at Holly’s house on Sunday May 25th. We will read Richard Giles’ book Always Open: Being an Anglican Today, which you can order in advance on amazon.com. We Anglicans (Episcopalians in the Anglican Communion) center our practice of common prayer in Scripture, Tradition & Reason and that enables a Christian faith that, as Giles says, is “always open,” always looking toward the future with a strong sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence and evolving creativity, always looking for Christ manifested in each other and the whole of Creation. We’ll dig into our worship, our theology, our use of Scripture, our history, our pursuit of God’s great Commonwealth of shalom, of justice, peace & wholeness. If you desire to use it in this way, this class will also prepare you for the sacrament of Confirmation as an Episcopalian, at the Cathedral with Bishop Gayle Harris on May 31st, 2014. Please rsvp and let Holly know of your interest at email@example.com. Space in the class is limited to 12.
“WAYS OF KNOWING GOD:” A TEAM-LED LENTEN SERIES BEGINS MARCH 10th
It is sometimes said of notable or spiritual people that they "knew God intimately" or that they "understood the heart of God." But what does it mean to "know" God? Is God even knowable? How would our lives be different if we were to truly pursue "knowing" God? The 2014 Lenten Series at St. James' Episcopal Church will delve into these and similar questions as we explore four of the ways that Christianity has claimed to know God: 1) Tradition, 2) Scripture, 3) Reason, and 4) Experience. Why do different Christian denominations put emphasis on different ways of knowing God? Which way (or ways) is our default setting and which way (or ways) would we like to know more about? What do you do if one way of knowing God seems to conflict with another? Join us for the fiveMonday evenings of Lent as we get to know each other by talking about the ways we get to know God.
If you are interested, please contact Reed Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org because space in the class is limited to 20.
When: Five Monday evenings in Lent, 7 to 9 PM, beginning March 10th
Where: Liz McNerney's House at 32 Garfield St., Cambridge
Who will teach: Micah Lott, Jonathan Povilonis, Mary Beth Mills-Curran, and Reed Carlson
Tentative Series Schedule:
1. March 10 - Is God Knowable? - All
2. March 17 - Reason - Micah
3. March 24 - Tradition - Jonathan
4. March 31 - Scripture - Reed
5. April 7 - Experience - Mary Beth
A DOLLAR A DAY IN LENT…
… from where you put it, in the box at St. James's, to an orphan in Kasese, Uganda. How does the money we collect in Lent get spent? The Jubilee Ministry of our diocese is providing support for orphans at the Bishop Masereka Center in Uganda. Most of these children have lost their parents to AIDS and are living with guardians. For $330, a child receives school fees, writing materials, a pair of shoes, and sanitary supplies for girls. Through the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation, the orphan receives 2 home visits and 2 school visits per term. The BMCF counselors intervene on behalf of children suffering abuse and neglect; those who are living with HIV receive care through the BMCF medical clinic. St. James’s has given generously to the Diocesan Jubilee fund in each Lent over the past several years, to help AIDS orphans. A dollar a day per person for the 40 days of Lent will help St. James reach or even exceed the goal of 7/10 of one percent of the parish budget for the poorest of the poor recommended by the General and Diocesan Conventions. Boxes will be in the church throughout Lent, and your generous giving will provide a good Lenten discipline. Thanks for helping Jubilee provide education, care and hope for these children!
“GIVING ALMS” BY PARTICIPATING IN THE WOMEN’S MEAL COMMUNITY
BAPTISMS AT THE EASTER SERVICES
Baptisms will be held at the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Services, 19 and 20 April. If you would like to discuss arranging a baptism, please contact Judith (babies and children) at email@example.com or Holly (adults) at firstname.lastname@example.org about this.
STANDING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC FORUMS WITH BISHOP NOMINEES – HOLLY OUT OF OFFICE MARCH 13-20TH
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and its election Transition Committee will conduct the following public forums, held for interacting with the candidates for election as bishop diocesan:
- March 14, 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church (79 Denton Road) in Wellesley
- March 15, 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Church (Copley Square) in Boston
- March 16, 4:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church (74 South Common Street) in Lynn
- March 17, 6:30 p.m. at Grace Church (422 County Street) in New Bedford
- March 18, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church (33 Central Street) in Andover
The slate of nominees selected by the Discernment Committee of the diocese are: the Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; the Rev. Ronald Culmer, the Rev. Alan Gates, the Rev. Sam Rodman, and the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin. There will be two more candidates nominated from within the diocese by petition, names to be announced on March 3rd.
Clergy and delegates to Convention, as well as all interested members of the diocese, are invited and encouraged to attend one or more of these sessions. It is expected that all five nominees, plus any qualifying petition candidates, will participate in all of the five events. Any qualifying petition candidates will be announced on or before Saturday, March 1. Additional daytime events are being planned for the candidates for the dates set aside for the forums. Candidates will have a tour of the diocesan offices and meetings with the bishops and diocesan staff. The candidates also will have the opportunity for prayer and reflection, as well as exposure to local cultural activities to better understand the diocese and its people.
The electing convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston. A second “back-up” date is scheduled for April 12, also at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. More information about the current slate of nominees and about the election process is available at www.mabishopsearch.org.
CONTINUING TO GROW IN NO. CAMBRIDGE: ST. JAMES’S REDEVELOPMENT
St. James’s redevelopment is featured in the latest “Growing Up in North Cambridge.” Click here to see the article on our website under “Continuing to Grow in North Cambridge.” Paper copies will be available in area stores by the end of February 2014. A complete list of venues that carry the journal is on the “Growing Up” web page. The closest to St. James’s is Porter Square Books and/or Pemberton Gardens. We recommend that people visit the site: <growingupinnorthcambridge.com> if interested.
GETTING CONNECTED @ ST. JAMES’S
Looking for a way to go deeper in your relationship with God? New to St. James’s? New to church? There are many possible ways to get connected:
Consider a small group. Try one of our two weekly bible studies, our Morning Prayer service on Tuesday & Thursday, or perhaps the every-other-week book group. Look outward and get active: join the team working on health care initiatives with GBIO, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. Or the Prison Ministry team. Or cook and share meals with local women in The Women’s Meal. Email Holly Antolini at email@example.com to make a date for a conversation and discernment about your call to join our common journey toward God.
SUNDAY NEWS AND FACEBOOK
To register for the Sunday News, go to our website, www.stjames-cambridge.org, and click “News,” then “The Sunday News” in the tool bar. That will give you this week’s news, and a way to sign up to receive future News in your email. (Be sure to check your spam filter if you don’t begin right away receiving the News when you’ve signed up. Some filters scoop our News into your spam file.)
Our Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/StJamesEpiscopalChurchCambridgeMa
BIBLE STUDY & BOOK GROUPS
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Come join our informal group to discuss the Sunday scriptures in the hour before the main Sunday worship service. We will share our questions, knowledge and ideas as we consider what each passage means in its historical and Biblical contexts and then what we hear the spirit saying to us in our present liturgical, social and personal contexts. We meet at 9:15 in the vestry room, to the left of the sanctuary, and finish by 10:15 so that people can set up for the nursery. For more information contact us at 617-547-0838 or firstname.lastname@example.org -Judy and John Gay
PRAXIS LECTIO DIVINA BIBLE STUDY GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS
On Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am, we gather in the church office at 2161 Mass Ave. on the corner of Milton St., for an hour of "spiritual practice" or "praxis." After opening with a brief time of prayer and praise, we focus on an exploration of the coming Sunday's Gospel lesson. We use the technique of lectio divina, or spiritual reading, letting God’s Word address our lives and listening to each other share what God’s Word says to them. This is a drop-in event; no preparation is necessary.
MORNING PRAYER WEEKLY, TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 8:45 AM AT THE 2161 MASS AVE. OFFICE
Following the PRAXIS bible study group every Tuesday morning, and on Thursday mornings as well, a small group reads the office of Morning Prayer and offers intercessory prayer in our downstairs Parlor at the American Friends Service Committee. Come join us for this ancient Anglican rite of common prayer.
HOLLY ANTOLINI ONE OF FIVE NOMINEES FOR MA DIOCESAN BISHOP
The news is out: Rector Holly Antolini is nominated as one of five nominees for Diocesan Bishop of Massachusetts, to succeed the Rt. Rev. Tom Shaw. There will be diocese-wide “Walkabouts,” March 14 – 19, so that all can be acquainted with their candidates before the special election on April 5th, at which the Diocesan Convention Representatives of each parish and their canonically resident clergy will vote. If you’d like to learn more about Holly and the other candidates, please log onto http://mabishopsearch.org/candidates_for_bishop for lots of information.
KEEPING OUR NURSERY SAFE
To help keep our nursery space as safe as possible, please keep the door to the sacristy (and bathroom) closed until the distribution of communion. Thanks for your help with this.
OUR CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Judith is currently updating our child protection policy. In line with diocesan guidelines, this will include a risk assessment component. If you have any comments about child protection or would like to help with this process, please email Judith on email@example.com
THE HOLY EUCHARIST AT ST. JAMES’S
WELCOME to this celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the joyful feast of Jesus. Here, he meets us and calls us God’s own beloved people:
• as we gather as a diverse, multicultural and international community, we witness to the wideness of God’s mercy towards the whole world;
• as we read and reflect upon portions of the Bible, we seek God’s wisdom for our lives and find ourselves, each one of us, invited to follow Jesus;
• as we give thanks and draw near around the Table, we participate in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, who lived among us, full of grace and truth, died on the cross and rose again to reveal the depth of God’s might and kindness with and for us and for all;
• as we sing praise, pray for those in need, and take turns to lead parts of the liturgy, we learn ministry – a call to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being – that we carry into our daily lives at home, at school, at work, in our local community, and abroad;
• as we gather around our presiding priest, we are linked to other congregations around the Diocese of Massachusetts, and to Christian communities throughout the world who gather, like and unlike us, to celebrate God’s presence in word and sacrament.
Throughout the service, you will see people sit, kneel, and stand at different times. You will be asked to sing many varieties of music, some even in parts. Let the congregational singing carry you until you are ready to join in. You will also see children toddling around; allow them to help you feel comfortable. Please know that there is no one “right” way to participate, and join in as is best for you.
All, without exception, are welcome to share in the sacramental gifts of bread and wine. At St. James’s, it is our custom to join a procession and stand or kneel at the communion station, receiving from the eucharistic ministers. If, for any reason, you do not wish to receive communion but would prefer to receive a personal word of blessing, please cross your arms across your chest or otherwise make this known to the minister at the station, who will pray with you.
The Holy Eucharist is also called Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, and Mass.
You may find that the worship invites you deeper. Consider joining the Sunday Bible Study at 9 AM or one of our other prayer or study groups during the week. Ask the Rector, Holly, about Confirmation Class. Find out about us by going to our website, www.stjames-cambridge.org, and signing up for our weekly Sunday News.
SCOUTS - WARM IN WINTER! - ONLINE AT THE ST. JAMES'S WEBSITE
Click HERE to experience the blessings of Scouting with Pack, Troop, Crew & Post 56, our all-inclusive, highly energetic, outdoor-all-the-time Scout troop. Then, if you're between the ages of 7 and 20, boy or girl, SIGN UP to join this dynamic organization of young people.
CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE DURING COFFEE HOUR
To celebrate the diversity of our congregation and learn a little more about the cultures of our members, we’d like to feature our church families through food during some of our coffee hours. Last year we featured the cuisine of members from the south, Haitian members, as well as those from Pakistan and Costa Rica. We have made latkes (a traditional Jewish dish for the holidays), we tasted Irish soda bread, and Chinese noodles, to name a few.
We would like to honor each member or cultural group at our church as we learn more about each other, so please let us know how we can celebrate your culture and you. – Marietta Sbraccia
MEET OUR ORDINAND INTERN REED CARLSON!
Reed Carlson is a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Minnesota and a Doctoral Student in Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School. He's passionate about teaching the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) in a way that is theological, thrilling, and thought-provoking. Reed enjoys traveling overseas, cooking, pursuing the perfect cup of coffee, and biking in the city. He is engaged to be married to Britta Meiers, a candidate for ordination in the ELCA. He’ll be assisting Judith in the Church School and serving at the altar during his time with us.
Judith Atkinson, Associate Rector for Church School and Family Life at St. James is working 1/3 time and her office days will be Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday for the rest of this year.
END-OF-LIFE PLANNING BOOKLET AVAILABLE ONLINE
At our website, under the “About” section, you can download a copy of the End-of-Life Planning Booklet. It includes information on funeral and burial, medical directives, forms for financial and legal information and even a form to help you prepare to write a will and designate your beneficiaries.
We’re happy to assist anyone who would like our help. You can leave copies of your medical directive and funeral and burial plans with us in our secure file in the Rector’s office, in addition to sharing them with relatives, friends and your doctor, so that we can be an effective part of your support team. Please call Claire at 617.547.4070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. or download your own copy from our website
KACEY MINNICK IS OUR 2013-2014 MICAH FELLOW!
Welcome to Kacey Minnick, our Micah Fellow, who will be with us through June 2014! Kacey comes from Tennessee via North Carolina and Guilford College. She will be working in the areas of Food Ministries and our Welcome Ministry, under Holly’s supervision. If you’d like to learn more about Kacey, check out the link to her Living Epistle at http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/_resources/category/living-epistles. Or better yet, introduce yourself to her on Sunday morning and make a date for coffee!
JOIN THE ST. JAMES’S PSALM-WRITING INITIATIVE!
St. James’s has had a long tradition of congregation-members writing musical settings for our weekly Psalms. There has been and continues to be so much musical talent and skill in our congregation that it would be a shame not to bring it out and share it with others! It is not every congregation that has been blessed in this way--we are glad indeed! May God have the glory!
We hope to continue this tradition for a very long time here at St. James's. The Worship Commission thought it would be a good idea to put our energies into a renewed season of composing new settings for Psalms. This is especially appropriate since we are using a newer lectionary (the Revised Common Lectionary) which was not in use when we began our project years ago. What this means is that we currently use many Psalms for which we did not write settings. And that means we are in need of composers to step up and write new Psalm settings!
Please speak with Margot Chamberlain at email@example.com about what Psalms are available. Pat Michaels can assist with some of the musical process. Enjoy writing!
A ST. JAMES'S CALENDAR ON OUR WEBSITE!
Don’t miss the comprehensive St. James’s Online Calendar for the coming months at our website, http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/. Please let us know if your ministry or activity is not yet on the calendar, and give us a short description and a name and phone/email for contact.
If you plan an activity and need to reserve time and space on the Parish Calendar, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or during office hours. Or come into the office to make arrangements and to leave contact information: name, phone number and email address.
Please recycle Sunday bulletins and music! Place them in the containers on the desk in the vestry room or in the containers in the back of the church. Thank you.
THURS. MAR. 6th: LEARN MORE ABOUT IMMIGRATION THROUGH “THE VIGIL”
Episcopal City Mission (ECM) invites us to a screening of The Vigil: A Moving Film on Faith and Immigration Reform in the US. Please join the Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition for a free screening of the new documentary, The Vigil - the story of Gina and Rosa, undocumented immigrant mothers who, armed with their faith and tradition, set out to stop Arizona's controversial "papers please" immigration law. Date: Thursday March 6. Time: Reception at 6:30 pm. Film at 7pm, followed by a Q & A with filmmakers and conversation on immigration reform in MA. Location: West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., MA 02465 Seating is limited; please RSVP: https://the-vigil-west-newton.eventbrite.com. The Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition is: Episcopal City Mission, City Mission Society, Interfaith Worker Justice, the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and UU Mass Action. For more information or a ride to the event email Tom Tufts at email@example.com or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour. Thanks!
ST. PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH LENTEN COFFEE HOUR SERIES EVENT: MARCH 9TH, 12:10 PM
On Sunday, March 9, Immigration Attorney Emily Amara Gordon of Amara Immigration Law, LLC (amaraimmigrationlaw.com) will be speaking at our first Lenten Coffee Hour event. Emily will discuss what we need to know about the U.S. immigration system so that we have greater knowledge about the application process for immigration benefits and what those who apply for such a status might expect in an encounter with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer. Questions in Spanish and French are encouraged as Attorney Gordon speaks both languages, and all are welcome. Those not attending the 10:30 Service can enter the Church through the 13 Sellers Street Entrance just steps away from Massachusetts Avenue. For directions: www.saintpeterscambridge.org
THE OUTDOOR CHURCH MOVES INTO WINTER
The Outdoor Church departs each Sunday at 9am to hold worship in Pigeon Park and to distribute sandwiches once a month. For more information and to find out how you can help the ministry, please visit http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/outdoor-church/
ST. JAMES’S FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOU!
We need people who can devote three-and-a-half hours to shadowing our Food Pantry Executive Director Karen Coleman and learning the ropes of the Pantry’s operation at the Fresh Pond Apartments, 362 Rindge Ave., Cambridge. The Food Pantry is held each Tuesday (4 to 6 PM), Thursday (11 AM to 1 PM) and Saturday (10 AM to noon). There is about an hour’s set-up and perhaps a half-hour clean-up for each Pantry session. Karen is looking to train up to three volunteers who would be able, if needed, to pinch-hit for her on occasion, overseeing her highly competent, experienced volunteers, so that she knows she has back-up if she needs it. This is your opportunity to meet a lot of fascinating folks on both sides of the Food Pantry counter, and to see St. James’s outreach in action. If you think you could help, please call Judith at 857.998.1777 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, food donations from St. James's parishioners are ALWAYS appreciated! Just bring them to the big baskets below the chancel steps and we’ll make sure they get to the Pantry!
TAIZE SERVICES AT HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL ONCE-A-MONTH ON MONDAYS
A group of Christian students at Harvard Divinity School has begun a monthly Taize-style service at Harvard, which is open to all who would like to worship with us. Services take place at 7pm in Andover Chapel, 45 Francis Avenue in Cambridge. Based on the worship of the ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taize, France, "Taize at Harvard" seeks to create contemplative, Christ-centered worship through songs, chants, Scripture readings, prayerful meditation, and silent renewal. Contact Joseph Kimmel at email@example.com for the meeting date each month.
WORKING OUR WAY TOWARD CONSTRUCTION!
Beginning in the summer of 2011, the Redevelopment process had effectively been on hold while a lawsuit wended its way through the Commonwealth’s court system. This case had been filed by a small number of neighbors who opposed the project as it had been approved by the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Historical Commission and the MA Historical Commission. In late August of 2013, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts dismissed their case. (Judge Dickey's dismissal is posted on our website.) The formal appeals period has passed and nothing has been filed. In all likelihood, this legal avenue is closed. This means that the developer for the Redevelopment Project – Oaktree Development LLC –with St. James alongside, have leapt over another hurdle. We hope to see progress soon and will report it here and on the website.
KEEPING THE PARISH HUMMING
WORSHIP SERVICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As the St. James’s family grows, we find ourselves needing more Sunday volunteers; welcomers, chalicers, intercessors, acolytes and readers. If you’ve just joined St. James’s, this is a great way to get to know people!
Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those unable to attend church, to extend the blessings of our communion and community to include them. The Diocese provides the training and St. James’s must provide a CORI check. The cost for training is $40, but there are scholarships available if necessary.
If you are interested in participating in the Eucharist, or would just like more information about training, please contact Claire Raphaelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY NEWS TRIES SOMETHING NEW!
We’re going to try to help make the Sunday News a bit more readable to newcomers and long-timers alike: we’re going to put time-sensitive articles in BLUE for anyone reading the Sunday News in e-format, and keep the basic information needed by newcomers – things like our policy on Facebook, how to become a liturgical minister, and our redevelopment basics – in black. If you are a long-timer cruising through to pick up the most urgent or fresh items, look for the BRIGHT BLUE ARTICLES!
WARNING: WATCH YOUR BELONGINGS IN CHURCH
Sadly, several of us had items stolen during worship recently, right in the church. Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected, and to the desperate person who used our Holy Thanksgiving ("eucharist") as a time to steal from others. Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence in urban churches. Please protect your belongings carefully, even when you are in church!
OUR COMMUNITY PRAYERS…
PARISH PRAYER LIST
Prayers for loved ones near and far are very important. Sometimes, however, people forget to update us in the office about those on our weekly prayer list. Holly and Claire will update the prayer list on the first Sunday of every month. If you wish your loved ones to remain on the list for the next month, please let us know by noon of the last Thursday of the previous month that you wish us to continue our prayers, and we will keep their names on our list. THANK YOU!
We Pray for Those Who Are Inquiring about Ordination:
Nicholas Hayes, Mary Beth Mills-Curran, Isaac Martinez
We Pray for Those Who Have Asked for Our Prayers
John Zabroski (friend of Holly Antolini), Elisabeth Smith (friend of Marian King), Stephan and wife Vered, Kristoff, & Cara Brooks (Marian King's children) their father Kevin Brooks, and his wife Laura, Romy Verdieu (Yvette Verdieu’s daughter), Asher Lipson (friend of the Massie family), Ellen Rose (sister of Nancy Rose), Philip MacPhee (Ed Humphrey’s great-grandson), Mateo Lora (son of Amber Sarpy-Lora & Roberto Lora), Maria Barao, Cheryl Etorinu (friends of Eric Maynard), Delia Machore, Shari Moy, Eliza Petrow & Henry, Warren Huber, Denise Yambra (daughter of Kathy Udall), Hugh T. Owen (brother of Cynthia Owen), Dan and Shannon Beers (Judy Beers' son and daughter-in-law) and Shannon's mother Pam, Christine & Chevoor (Aunt of Hong Chin’s wife Susan), Phil Benson, Leslie Chandler, Eva Arnott, (friends of Carole Belgrade), Mateo Torres, our bishop, Tom Shaw; Erinn Phelan, Simon Shapiro (husband of Mardi Moran), Tom, Mary Lou, and Daniel Lowe (family of Lee Ann Lowe), Anne Holmes (daughter-in-law of Ken & Mary Holmes and wife of David), Arne Nystrom, Sarah and Andrew Taylor Peck, Jessica Sollee, Peggy, Margaret, Bill Reeves and his wife Jane (parents of Hannah Reeves), Emilienne Jules, Ken Holmes, Cynthia Owen, Kurt McGee (David McGee’s father), Olga Best (Aunt of Elaine Agard), Paige Mercer (friend of Esther Won), Dennis Moore (Michael Walters Young’s friend), Kathy Udall, Roger Shumway, Vida Carrington, Susan Robinson, Joan Hawkesworth, Lynne Campbell, Sue Ritze (friend of Sarah Read), John Carlton & family, Lanell Smith (friend of Joan Jordan), Trevor DeCourcy-Dawe and Grace Dawe (Mabel Moore Pollard's nephew and sister), Pamela Bergquist; Maya DeBorst, Emily Sunderland, Frances Williams (Bob Estes’ mom), Susanne Carrington, Pat Haynes, Bob Massie, Ebert Agard, Marie, Constance, & Lydge Lahens, Florence Stanley, Barbara Butler, Lisa McDonnell. We pray for the Afghanis who have been injured in the past week but whose names have not been recorded, and all soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and veterans who are recovering from physical and mental harm sustained in the wars.
We Pray for Those Who Have Died
We pray for Jesse Barrera (friend of Isaac Martinez), for all those killed in conflicts in the Middle East, and for US servicemen who have been killed in Afghanistan.
The flowers are given to the glory of God. To donate memorial flowers – in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for birthdays, anniversaries or other life transitions – please contact Carolyn Taylor, Flower Committee at 617-623-2631 or email her at email@example.com
JOIN OUR HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY? REQUEST PRAYER?
St. James’s has a small list of people who offer intercessory prayer whenever a parishioner lets us know of a particular prayer need. We communicate requests very simply by email. Would you like to join this ministry? Please let Judith know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or perhaps you have a prayer request you would like us to add to our intercessions? Please call or email the office at 617.547.4070 or email@example.com, and please let us know whether you’d like to have a name added to the Parish Prayer List, or are requesting intercession from the Healing Prayer ministers, or both. We’re glad to support our church family in prayer.
And Don’t Forget:
Thanks for Wearing Nametags
Please remember to wear your nametag and help encourage others to do so, too. Wearing our nametags is important as a gesture of hospitality to every person who walks into St. James's, newcomers and old friends alike. Nametag supplies are in the vestry and the entries into the sanctuary.
All announcements for the Sunday News must be submitted by Wednesdays at noon.
Email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an addition or correction to the prayer list? Email the office by Wednesday at noon.
REMINDER: Parish office hours are just Monday through Thursday from 10AM-2PM. If you email or leave a voicemail after 2pm on Thursday, Claire will not receive it until Monday morning.
Readings for Sunday, March 16th: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; John 3:1-17