April 20th, 2014 

Easter Sunday - The Feast of the Resurrection 

St. James’s Episcopal Church—Porter Square, Cambridge 

BLUE = NEW ARTICLES, below!

This Sunday at St. Jamess:

  8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel

10:30 a.m. Eucharist Rite II with Music

The Lectionary for Maundy Thursday, April 17th: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35                 

Serving Maundy Thursday, April 17th: Presider: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Deacon: The Rev. Judith Atkinson; Preachers: Kacey Minnick, Jon Tom Kittredge; Reader: Christina Millien

The Lectionary for Good Friday, April 18th: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18: 1-19:42                                

Serving Good Friday, April 18th at NOON: Presider: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns; Readers: Thomas Wohlers, Lauren Zook. EVENING service: Presider: Rev. Judith Atkinson; Deacon: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Preachers: Olivia Hamilton, Mary Beth Mills-Curran, Jonathan Povilonis, Amanda Dausman, Sarah Borgatti, Seth Warren, Isaac Martinez; Readers: Sylvia Weston, Kacey Minnick; Dancer-Choreographer, Laura Bryson; Minister of Music: Patrick Michaels

The Lectionary for Easter Vigil, April 19th: Genesis 1:1-2:2; Psalm 36:5-10; Exodus 3: 1-15;    Psalm  139: 1-11; Exodus 14:10-15:1; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10   

Serving at the Easter Vigil, April 19th: Presider: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Preacher: The Rev. Judith Atkinson; Readers: Carole Belgrade, Sylvia Weston, Kristen von Hoffman, Sarah Borgatti, Gwen Crevensten; Intercessor: John Gay; Minister of Music: Patrick Michaels

The Lectionary for Easter Sunday, April 20th: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118; John 20:1-18

Serving on Easter Sunday: Presider/Preacher: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Deacon: The Rev. Judith Atkinson; Acolyte: Eric Maynard; Reader: Thomas Wohlers;  Intercessor: Mark Yoder Chalicers: Mark Yoder, Sylvia Weston, Yvette Verdieu, Jane Hirschi; Welcomers: Isaac Martinez, Nicholas Hayes; Nursery: Aimee Alitzer, Kacey Minnick; 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 

  • April 17th, 6 pm: Maundy Thursday Agape Feast, Foot-washing, Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
  • April 18th, Noon : Good Friday Solemn Collects & 7:30pm: Good Friday Seven Last Words of Christ
  • April 19th, 8:00 PM: the Lighting of the New Fire & the Easter Vigil with rehearsal of Salvation History and the first Easter Eucharist
  • April 20th: Easter Sunday: the Feast of the Resurrection
  • April 20th:, NO “Practicing Episcopalians” Class 
  • April 21st: Church Offices Closed
  • April 22nd, 7:30 AM: PRAXIS devotional bible study, Holly’s office
  • April 22nd, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
  • April 22nd, 4:30 PM: Women’s Meal at Friends' Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge
  • April 24th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
  • April 27th, Second Sunday of Easter: Our preacher will be Ordination Inquirer Mary Beth Mills-Curran
  • April 27th:, 3:30-5 PM: “Practicing Episcopalians” Class RESUMES in Holly’s office, 2161 Mass Ave. 
  • April 28th-30th: Holly Antolini & Judith Atkinson will be away at Annual Clergy Conference.

FOLLOWING JESUS ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS IN HOLY WEEK

HOLY WEEK & EASTER APPROACH: SECOND WEEK IN APRIL, THIS YEAR

On Thursday April 17th , Holy Week continues at 6 PM with our Maundy Thursday Agape Feast, followed by Foot-washing, Eucharist & the Stripping of the Altar in preparation for the solemnity of Good Friday, all of which will take place in the Church this year.  The Church School Families will be our soup-chefs and Kacey Minnick, our Micah Fellow, and JT Kittredge, Church School teacher & Vestry member, will preach for this special liturgy of fellowship and prayer. Please plan to bring CHEESE, NUTS, BREAD, & FRUIT to share with others!

On Friday April 18th  , we will commemorate Christ’s Death with a said service of the Good Friday Solemn Collects at noon, and at 7:30 PM with a choral service including the Seven Last Words of Christ, each preached by a different preacher from the 20’s & 30’s Group, with Veneration of the Cross, which will begin with a liturgical dance led by choir member Laura Bryson.

On Saturday, April 19th  at 8:00 PM, we gather outside the West Door of the church for the Lighting of the New Fire, the kindling of the Paschal Candle and the celebration of our whole salvation history in the Great Vigil of Easter. The Rev. Judith Atkinson will be our preacher.

And on April 20th: it’s EASTER SUNDAY MORNING!  Christ is RISEN!  Bring goodies to share at the post-service Coffee Hour!

CALLING ALL SOUPS! MAUNDY THURSDAY AGAPE FEAST: A MEAL TO SHARE

St. James’s celebrates the Feast of Maundy Thursday with an agape feast, foot-washing and celebration of the Holy Eucharist in our church. As usual our Maundy Thursday feast will be a soup potluck with nuts, bread (sliced, please); fruit (sliced too, please) and cheese (slices too). Church School families, PLEASE BRING SOUP (preferably in a crock pot), CHEESE, NUTS, BREAD, FRUIT (all ready to eat), and come make the celebration happen! Please contact Judith (associaterector@stjames-cambridge.org)  and let her know what you can bring. All types of soup are welcome and please come and participate even if it is not possible for you to bring soup.  As for the rest of you: we need your contributions too!  Please bring BREAD, CHEESE, NUTS and/or FRUIT to share! 

EASTER SOCIAL HOUR OUR CHANCE TO HOST AND SERVE

 

Easter is a day off for our wonderful Hospitality Committee but an opportunity for
the rest of us to host a special social hour for our parishioners and many guests. It is a
chance to offer our family specialties too. If you are able, would you consider making
sandwiches, desserts, offering cheeses and crackers, deviled eggs, jugs of cold drinks,
nuts, cutting up fruits or vegetables or any other item which can be picked up and put on
a plate without utensils. Please bring them on serving plates and dishes are there are not
many in our meager serving area. If you can help set up the goodies, please let me know
too. If you have any questions or would like to let me know you will provide something,
please get in touch with Judy Beers at 781 245-3846 jestbeers@verizon.net.

Easter is a day off for our wonderful Hospitality Committee but an opportunity for
the rest of us to host a special social hour for our parishioners and many guests. It is a
chance to offer our family specialties too. If you are able, would you consider making
sandwiches, desserts, offering cheeses and crackers, deviled eggs, jugs of cold drinks,
nuts, cutting up fruits or vegetables or any other item which can be picked up and put on
a plate without utensils. Please bring them on serving plates and dishes are there are not
many in our meager serving area. If you can help set up the goodies, please let me know
too. If you have any questions or would like to let me know you will provide something,
please get in touch with Judy Beers at 781 245-3846 jestbeers@verizon.net.

 

OFFICE CLOSES FOR EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 21st 

The hard-working staff and clergy of St. James’s will take the Monday after Easter off, and the office will be closed for that one day.

REST IN PEACE, JIM CARSON

Jim Carson, a long-time parishioner at St. James’s and more recently at the Vineyard Church, died last Thursday after a long struggle with cancer. Jim's wife Jeanie and son David are so grateful for all of the support and prayers. Emails, texts, and cards are welcome (jeanieccarson@comcast.net; Cell: 617-272-0366; Address: 11 Foch Street, Cambridge, MA 02140).  There will be a Service to Celebrate Jim’s Life in the Sanctuary at the Greater Boston Vineyard Church on Sunday, April 27, 4 pm with reception - 170 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge (parking lot accessible from Middlesex Street). You can contact Kim or Will Messenger with questions: Kim: 617-412-0674 or kim@bostonvineyard.org; Will: 617-489-8768 or wmessenger@mba1988.hbs.edu

PORTER SQUARE CLEAN-UP A GREAT SUCCESS

Good news about St. James’s on the Porter Square Neighbors’ Association listserve! They reported that last Saturday’s Porter Square cleanup was a great success.  Collectively, we cleaned nearly all of Mass Ave from the Law School to Porter Square, continuing well past Beech Street.  North Massachusetts Avenue has never looked better. We got participation from PSNA members, the Agassiz Baldwin Community, parishioners of St James’s Episcopal Church, and the Lesley women’s softball team.  Tags Hardware donated brooms and supplies, and Christopher’s provided snacks afterward.  Thanks to all of you! The MBTA also deserves mention for cleaning up the park beforehand, Marjorie Decker for contacting them, and Cambridge DPW for picking up our trash bags.

Congratulations and thanks to Kristen von Hoffman for mobilizing us St. Jamesians, and thanks again to all of you who participated.

 PRACTICING EPISCOPALIANS CONTINUES IN EASTER: EXPLORE YOUR FAITH!

Come join others at St. James’s – some newcomers, some long-timers – who will continue to gather to explore the Way of Jesus in the Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 PM, 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 are reading 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 rector@stjames-cambridge.org. Space in the class is limited to 12.

EXPLORE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY ON MAY 3RD

Join a free walking tour on Saturday May 3rd (10:15 -12:00) to explore, observe, and share stories about our Orchard Street neighborhood.  The walk is part of the Jane Jacobs Walks to help people come together to experience areas of their city outside of the automobile.  The walk will be led by Cambridge Historical Commission staff members and will also look to neighborhood residents and other walkers to provide further information and observations.  For more info, click here.

GETTING CONNECTED @ ST. JAMESS

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 rector@stjames-cambridge.org 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

BOOK CLUB –  MONDAY, MAY  12 - BOOK: “THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE” 

The Book Club has chosen Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity , as its current selection.  Our next meeting will be on MONDAY, MAY 12.   Please read Chapters 10 and 11 OR JUST COME.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Was Jesus’ most important disciple a woman?

“A spiritual masterpiece, and by far the wisest and most profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene.”  -  Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man and Hope: A Guide to Sacred Action.

We meet in the first floor conference room at 2161 Massachusetts Avenue from 6:00-7:30  in the evening on the second and fourth Monday of each month.  For more information contact Saskia at saskiakali@gmail.com.   Thanks for your interest.

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 judyjohngay@comcast.net -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!

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE 

MARCH VESTRY UPDATE

On Mar. 25, your vestry met for its regular monthly meeting. We made progress in discerning how to create a better infrastructure for current and future adult formation opportunities. We began looking at how to revamp how we communicate with the entire parish. We volunteered for our program area liaisonships and heard updates on redevelopment, pledging, and property maintenance. We also started post-Bishop Election preparations for both outcomes of Holly being elected or remaining as our rector. Finally, we elected Isaac Martinez to become Junior Warden for 2014 and Nancy McArdle as clerk. As always, please don't hesitate to contact any of us with any questions.

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 associaterector@stjames-cambridge.org

THE HOLY EUCHARIST AT ST. JAMES

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. Hell be assisting Judith in the Church School and serving at the altar during his time with us.

JUDITHS SCHEDULE

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.

Were 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 Rectors 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 office@stjames-cambridge.org. or download your own copy from our website

KACEY MINNICK IS OUR 2013-2014 MICAH FELLOW!

 Kacey Minnick is our Micah Fellow, serving 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 Hollys supervision.  If youd 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. JAMESS 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 margot.chamberlain@gmail.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 office@stjames-cambridge.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.

OUTREACH

ST. JAMES’S PRISON MINISTRY – GET INVOLVED IN PETITION, RALLY, APRIL 26

See the following excellent web site to learn more about community action in support of state policy changes http://exprisoners.org/ related to the injustices, enormous expense and ineffectiveness of present criminal justice policies.  The current campaign is called “Job Not Jails.”  Note in particular the online petition in the left side bar for minimal involvement.  Electronic versions are available for printing if you wish to collect signatures from others.  Children, non-voters, and even prisoners themselves can sign.  A rally will take place on the Boston Common at the Tremont Street bandstand on April 26, 1:00 – 4:00.

Learn also about Partakers, www.partakers.org.  Click on “The Difference We Make” for a great video.  How does Partakers enable our prison work at St. James’s?. called Job Not Jails.  ssion.                   -ost profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene."ble. go so we will also so   Please join the monthly meeting of the Prison Ministry Team at St. James’s on the first Sunday of May, May 4 following the 10:30 service.  For more information email Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour. Thanks!

THE HEALING ART OF MUSIC THERAPY

The Healing Art of Music Therapy is the theme for a Sherrill House spring event to take place in the undercroft of Trinity Church, Copley Square, on Tuesday, April 29th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Sherrill House Board of Visitors cordially invites members of your congregation to join us over wine and cheese to learn about the efficacy of music therapy in the healing process.  Dr. Suzanne Hanser, Chair of the Dept. of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music, will provide an introduction to the field followed by a hands-on presentation of music therapy as it is practiced at Sherrill House by Music Therapy Director, Dianne Wegiel, and her Berklee student interns.  An overview of other areas of healing and levels of care at Sherrill House will also be touched upon.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Borgeson, Congregational Outreach Coordinator, via e-mail at sborgeson@sherrillhouse.org or by phone at 617-731-2400 x 3073.

HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7

Join one of our own parishioners, Carole Belgrade, in a commemoration held at Temple Beth Shalom, 8 Tremont St. at 7:00 pm. Carole has been invited to take part in a reading of the poem

“Bashert” meaning “destiny” in Yiddish, which expresses the randomness that lead to death or to survival within the context of systematic, deliberate genocide and persecution by the Nazi regime.

EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION ANNUAL FUND-RAISING DINNER ON TUES. JUNE 10

The Episcopal City Mission (ECM) will hold its annual fund-raising dinner on Tuesday, June 10, 6:00 – 9:00 at the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  It’s on the Green Line B at the Boston University Central Station.  The keynote speaker will be Bishop Tom Shaw.

A table of ten has been reserved for St. James’s.  Please join us at that table by contacting Tom Tufts below for details about payment, meal choice and transportation.  We want to make as generous a collective contribution to ECM as a parish that we can, but we also want everyone who wants to go to be able to go so we will also solicit scholarships for those who can’t pay the cost ($35).  All parishioners whether they can go or not are encouraged to make a contribution to Episcopal City Mission.  The goal for our table is $500+ ($350 – cost; $150 parish donation.)  Seating is reserved.  Please register through Tom Tufts to ensure that you have a place reserved for you at the church table.  THANKS!

For more information email Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour. Thanks!

THE OUTDOOR CHURCH GREETS THE SPRING

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. JAMESS 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 associaterector@stjames-cambridge.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!

REDEVELOPMENT NEWS

GROWING TOGETHER, BUILDING IN FAITH

Weve posted a slideshow of exciting plans for the new Parish House and up on the website. Please visit http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/redevelopment-at-st-jamess/ to take a look!

CONTINUING TO GROW IN NO. CAMBRIDGE: ST. JAMESS 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.

STILL WORKING OUR WAY TOWARD CONSTRUCTION!

Some of the more adamant critics among our neighbors who oppose our Parish House project as it had been approved by the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Historical Commission and the MA Historical Commission have filed yet another suit, this time alleging that the MA Historical Commission failed to fulfill their protective mandate. Our Oaktree developer partner has filed a motion to dismiss this further suit and we are hopeful that the judge will perceive that the dismissal of all previous suits has settled all issues related to our project. 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 office@stjames-cambridge.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

Mary Holmes, Leianne Holmes (granddaughter of Mary Holmes), Ebert Agard, Carole Belgrade, Isaac Martinez, Nicholas Hayes, his family, and his grandmother Carmen, Elisabeth Smith (friend of Marian King), 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), 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, Marie, Constance, & Lydge Lahens, Florence Stanley, Barbara Butler, Lisa McDonnell, Helen Stott.  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 Jim Carson and 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 carolyngeorgetaylor@gmail.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 associaterector@stjames-cambridge.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 office@stjames-cambridge.org, 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 Dont 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 office@stjames-cambridge.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, April 27th: Acts 2:14a,22-32; Psalm 16; John 20:19-31