THE SUNDAY NEWS

April 6th, 2014 

Fifth Sunday in Lent 

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 Sunday, April 6th: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; John 11:1-45

Serving Sunday, April 6th: Presider: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Preacher: Reed Carlson; Reader: Thomas Tufts; Intercessor: Anne Shumway; Acolytes: Eric Maynard, Kacey Minnick; Chalicers: Eric Maynard, Eustace Pollard, John Hixson; Welcomer: Mary Beth Mills-Curran; Nursery: Aimee Alitzer, Melissa Milner; Lay Eucharistic Visitors: Sylvia Weston and Mary Caulfield; 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 5th, 10 AM – Noon: Annual St. James’s Lenten Clean-up: spring-clean our church for the celebration of the Resurrection!
  • April 5th: Keep the Diocese of Massachusetts Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop in your prayers; check ballot results as they are counted at www.diomass.org.
  • April 6th:, 8 and 10:30 services: Ordinand Inquirer Reed Carlson will be our preacher
  • April 6th:, 3:30-5 PM: “Practicing Episcopalians” class in Holly’s office, 2161 Mass Ave.
  • April 7 “Ways of Knowing God” Lenten Class, last of five weekly sessions at Liz McNerney’s
  • April 8th, 7:30 AM: PRAXIS devotional bible study, Holly’s office
  • April 8th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
  • April 8th, 4:30 PM: Women’s Meal at Friends' Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge
  • April 10th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
  • April 12th, 9 AM – Noon: Annual Porter Square Clean-up: join our neighbors to spring-clean our neighborhood!
  • April 13th: Palm Sunday with Palm Procession and the Reading of the Passion According to Matthew
  • April 13th:, NO “Practicing Episcopalians” Class
  • April 15th, 7 PM: Monthly Vestry meeting at 2161 Mass Ave offices
  • 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 27th:, 3:30-5 PM: “Practicing Episcopalians” Class RESUMES in Holly’s office, 2161 Mass Ave.

FRESH AIR: TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO ENJOY CLEAN LIVING

Saturday, April 5th, 10AM – Noon @ St. James’s Episcopal Church: Let’s beautify our church for Easter! Help de-clutter the church and vestry in preparation for the professional deep clean before the great Festival of the Resurrection. Donuts provided; bring your favorite CDs. Claim it or lose it from the Lost & Found. See you there!

Saturday, April 12th, 9AM – Noon @ The Pocket Park next to the T stop: The Porter Square Neighborhood Association is again hosting a clean up day so let’s join is making the Square and Mass Ave. a place of beauty. A few notes from the planning committee:

            The Porter Square Neighborhood Association says: We will supply the trash bags, gloves and brooms, but probably not enough for everyone. Please BYO if you have them. Also, experience suggests that snow shovels (especially kid-sized, make terrific dust pans when sweeping the sidewalk, so if you have one, bring it. Another useful item is a small plastic shopping bag or two (helpful in collecting cigarette butts.) Join us at Christopher’s or at Cambridge Common at noon for some nibbles and beer. You’ll have to buy the beer, though.

SPECIAL CONVENTION TO ELECT A BISHOP, SATURDAY APRIL 5TH

Please keep the Diocese of Massachusetts Special Convention to Elect a Bishop as successor to the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw in your prayers as they meet beginning with Eucharist at 9 AM on Saturday April 5th.  Please keep the seven nominees, including our Rector Holly Lyman Antolini, in your prayers as well. There is no extra space for non-voting attendees at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s on Tremont St., so please plan to stay in touch with the balloting process via the diocesan website at www.diomass.org. Each ballot will be posted as it occurs.

The seven candidates for Bishop of Massachusetts are viewable in video on the diocesan website, giving their presentation and answering questions about the Diocese, their ministries and call to episcopate at Trinity Copley Square on Saturday March 15th (log onto http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/diocese-elect-new-bishop-april-5 and make sure you scroll down below the photo of the candidates to find the videos).  Before Saturday morning, please take a look at the seven candidates, and feel free to share your insights with our two elected lay delegates and additional clergy delegate to the Special Convention to Elect a Bishop on April 5th:  

 

 

These three people, plus Holly herself and the Revs. Katie Rimer, Michele Torres & Bob Massie will each have a vote in every ballot it takes to elect the next bishop.  There may be a number of ballots, since the candidates are able and many.  The lay delegates’ votes will be counted separately from those of the clergy delegates, as the bishop must be elected “in both orders,” so that we can be sure that neither the laity nor the clergy are “out-voting” each other! (One of the many ways we respect laity in the Episcopal Church!)

WHAT IS A BISHOP AND WHAT DOES THE BISHOP DO,  ANYWAY?!?  

Wondering who we think a Bishop is in the Episcopal Church and what s/he does?  Here are three intriguing ways to think about a bishop: a graphic from our diocesan Bishop Search Transitions Committee, four wonderful sets of quotes from our Bishop Search Discernment Committee, and extracts from our very own service of the Ordination of a Bishop in the Book of Common Prayer.  Click HERE for Holly's presentation from Annual Meeting about the ministry of oversight -episkope - in the Episcopal Church and our process for electing and consecrating the new Bishop in 2014. Blessings upon you all as we join in this important discernment for the future of the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts!

 

FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY ROWAN WILLIAMS @ HARVARD APRIL 8-9

The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, retired Archbishop of Canterbury, is offering two lectures on “the Paradoxes of Empathy” in the Tanner Lectures on Human Values through the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, Tuesday April 8th and Wednesday April 9th, at 4 PM both days, in the Paine Hall, Music Building. The first lecture, on April 8th, is titled “The Other as Myself: Empathy & Power.”  It will be introduced by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, and Homi K. Bhabha, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Council.  The second lecture, on April 9th, is “Myself as Stranger: Empathy & Loss.”  It will be introduced by David N. Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School.  The series will conclude at 4 PM on Thursday April 10th with a panel introduced by Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Memorial Church.

 

EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION – JOIN HOLLY & HONOR TOM SHAW ON LOBBY DAY!

Lobby Day - Wednesday, April 9, is an opportunity to learn more about the Raise Up MA campaign, join with other Episcopalians from across the Diocese to lobby in support of low-wage workers and celebrate Bishop Shaw's ongoing commitment to advocacy and social action. We will meet at 138 Tremont Street at 9:30am and receive provide an overview of Raise Up MA and tips on how best to talk with your legislator. The morning will culminate with Bishop Shaw leading a march to the Statehouse at 12:30pm. Participants will then meet with their legislators to urge support for fair wages and equal treatment for all workers. For more information email Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour. In the spirit of informing people about the debate so you can decide if this is something you want to lobby for, a great summary of the economics of minimum wage increases is available from the congressional budget office (this analysis was for the national debate). The CBO is non-partisan and gives a balanced review of the subject: http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995

Thanks!   

 

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 associaterector@stjames-cambridge.org or Holly (adults) at rector@stjames-cambridge.org about this.

 

A DOLLAR A DAY IN LENT CONTINUES FOR TWO MORE SUNDAYS… 

… 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!

 

APR. 11-12th: THE 4TH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND ANGLICAN STUDIES CONFERENCE: 

“CHRISTIANITY AND CAPITALISM” 

Five years after the worldwide financial crisis, two years after Occupy Wall Street, and in the midst of widespread movements challenging the global economic system, it is an urgent moment for Christians to ask: How should we, as Christians, relate to contemporary capitalism? How should contemporary "capitalism," be understood, economically, historically, and theologically? Are there fundamental conflicts between our current economic order and our identity as Christians? If so, what can, and should, we do about them--as individuals, congregations, and institutions?  These are the questions driving this year’s New England Anglican Studies Conference. Join us on April 11-12th at Harvard Divinity School, to hear from a range of interested academics, practitioners, pastors, students, and others as they explore this topic with papers, plenary discussions, workshops and worship. You can get more information and register for the event at www.hdsepisc.org. Or ask Nicholas Hayes or Jonathan Povilonis!

 

FOLLOWING JESUS ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS IN HOLY WEEK

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

Palm Sunday, April 13thth, opens the holiest week of the church year: the week when we trace Jesus’ steps through his Passion (Suffering), Crucifixion and Resurrection.  Normally, we begin Holy Week at St. James’s with the long-standing tradition of a Pancake Breakfast, but lacking a kitchen and parish hall, we will begin instead A GREAT PROCESSION WITH PALMS at 10:30 AM.  Please gather at PINE VILLAGE PRESCHOOL, 2067 Mass Ave, just beyond the Fire House & Hess Gas Station for the Procession to begin.  From that triumphant procession, we wend our way through the dramatic reading of the Passion According to St. Matthew.  We honor the power & solemnity of that Gospel by replacing the homily that Sunday with a meditative silence and reflection, followed by the singing of “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”

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!

 

GOOD FRIDAY DANCERS: DANCE REHEARSAL ON HOLY WEDNESDAY 4/16 @ 6PM!  

The Good Friday Dancers will gather at the church Holy Wednesday, April 16th, at 6pm for a rehearsal. We’ll be dancing to the spiritual “Calvary” from Lift Every Voice & Sing, # 32. If you are interested please contact our Micah Fellow (Kacey Minnick, minnickkc@diomassintern,org) and arrange to come to the rehearsal, which should last for one hour. We are in need of more dancers and one more person to carry the cross as well, so if you'd like to help but have not done a pirouette in a while, know that we have a job for you! This will not demand high levels of skill, only deep feeling and a willing spirit.

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.

 

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.

 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.

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 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

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 

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. He’ll 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.

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 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 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. 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 – TEAM MEETING TODAY, SUN. APR , 6 – ALL WELCOME!

Are you curious about the Prison Ministry?  Come learn more at the monthly team meeting TODAY, Sunday, APR 6, in the Nursery following the 10:30 Service.  Hear a report on the latest visit by our team with Keora, our mentee at MCI Framingham.   COME LEARN WHY WE ARE SO UPSET BY WHAT HAPPENED!   MENTOR A COLLEGE STUDENT BEHIND BARS WHILE ENGAGING IN A MINISTRY OF AWARENESS AND WITNESS! 

If this were happening in any other country, Americans would be aghast. A sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for trying to sell $10 of marijuana to an undercover officer? For sharing LSD at a Grateful Dead concert? For siphoning gas from a truck? The punishment is so extreme, so irrational, so wildly disproportionate to the crime that it defies explanation.

And yet this is happening every day in federal and state courts across the United States. Judges, bound by mandatory sentencing laws that they openly denounce, are sending people away for the rest of their lives for committing nonviolent drug and property crimes. In nearly 20 percent of cases, it was the person’s first offense.  

Learn also about Partakers, www.partakers.org.  Click on “The Difference We Make” for a great video.  How does it enable our work?  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.

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. 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!

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 jlk623@mail.harvard.edu for the meeting date each month.

REDEVELOPMENT NEWS

GROWING TOGETHER, BUILDING IN FAITH

We’ve 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.

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 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

Carole Belgrade, Isaac Martinez, Nicholas Hayes, his family, and his grandmother Carmen, 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, 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 Kevin Brooks (former husband of Marian King), 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, by Carol Folkes-Youens in memory of her grandparents, Samuel and Catherine Folkes, and aunt, Iris Connell and in memory of Eleanor MacLaughlan by her daughter Barbara Butler. 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 13th: Isaiah 50:4-9a ; Psalm 118; Matthew 26:14- 27:66