THE SUNDAY NEWS 

July 20th, 2014 

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

St. James’s Day Eucahrist 

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

 

This Sunday at St. James’s:  

9:30 AM: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

Holy Eucharist 

 

The Lectionary for Sunday, July 20th: Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

 

Serving on Sunday, July 20th: Presider/Preacher: Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Acolyte: Marian King, Readers: Anne Shumway, Tom Beecher; Intercessor: Michael Anthony; Chalicers: Shawn Ricketts, Mark Yoder; Welcomers: Chanta Bhan, Mary Beth Mills-Curran; Nursery: Lura Steele, Carolyn Taylor; Director of Music: Pat Michaels.


Sunday News Summary

Short on time? Here’s a brief list of the most important goings on in the next two weeks. Keep reading for more details.

 

  • Sunday, July 20th: St. James's Feast Day & picnic in our garden: Please plan to bring salads and desserts to share!
  • July 21st-August 22nd: Judith is on vacation.
  • July 28th: Book club meeting. See below for more information!
  • July 31st:Education for Ministry (EfM) registration deadline. See pages 2-3 for more information.

 

TODAY, JULY 20TH: ST. JAMES’S DAY SERVICE & PICNIC IN OUR GARDEN

We will celebrate our annual observance of St. James’s Day on July 20th, beginning at our 9:30 service and continuing with our festive picnic in our very own GARDEN!  Plan to join us and please bring salads and desserts to share with all. The nursery will be available for those who need it through the lunch.

 

REED CARLSON IS ST. JAMES'S  TRANSITIONAL DEACON

On June 26th, in St. Paul, Minnesota, our Ordinand Intern for the last year, Reed Carlson, was ordained a transitional deacon, on his way to being a priest.  Reed will serve his diaconal year at St. James.  Please pray for him in this new stage of his ministry.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS: HOLLY, THEN JUDITH

Judith departs after St. James’s Day, July 21st and returns on August 22nd.  Holly will be away another week at the beginning of August and one at the end of August, in Maine.

 

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

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Our Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/StJamesEpiscopalChurchCambridgeMa

 

BIBLE STUDY & BOOK GROUPS 

 

BOOK CLUB – NEXT MEETING WILL BE MONDAY, JULY 28 - BOOK: “THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE”

The Book Club will have its last meeting on Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, on MONDAY, JULY 28.   Please read Chapters 16, Why France, and Chapter 17, The Wisdom of Mary Magdalene, 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 Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net. We hope to see you there!

 

ACQUIRE SKILLS IN THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION:  LEARN ABOUT EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM) - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Is Education for Ministry (EfM) what you’ve been looking for?   The next session at Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown will start Monday, September 8, 6:30 – 9:00.  The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 9 Russell Street, Watertown, MA, 02742. The deadline for registration is Thursday, July 31 (in order to be sure you receive all books and materials in time for the September 8 start date).

 

EfM is NOT a preparation for seminary but rather a preparation for living.  The program is designed to help laypersons reach a deeper understanding of their faith and put it into daily practice.  Although the program covers four years, participants enroll for one year at a time.  Year One covers the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament), Year Two the Christian Testament (New Testament), Year 3 the history of Christianity, and Year 4 ethics, spirituality, and living your faith in our modern world. The cost is $350 for the entire year.  Education for Ministry is part of the theological education by extension program of the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee.   See http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/

Please contact Rev. Louise Forrest by email LouiseFor@aol.com or 617-877-8980 in order to register or to ask her questions. For more information email Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour.  

 

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, TUES. & THURS. 8:45 AM @ 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!

 

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP BREAKS FOR SUMMER 

Our informal group will meet again beginning September 14th 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).

 

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE 

 

Financial Report from the Treasurer

We are now half way through the 2014.  Total giving so far this year from the Congregation is

$121,582.31. This includes pledges and open plate offerings.  According to our budget, the amount should be $ 131,335.02, so we are running roughly $10,000 behind our goal.  If you have not yet sent you pledge payments, please do so.  And if you are not sure where you stand on pledging, we plan to send out Second Quarter statements by the end of July.  Also, if you have not made a pledge, it is never too late. Just send an email to pledgerecorder@stjames-cambridge.org or tell someone in the Finance Ministry (Lucas Sanders, Susan Harris, or John Irvine).

 

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING (LEVAS): MONEY FOR 170 NEW COPIES RAISED!

A huge “thank you!” to all who were able to donate to the replacement project for the LEVAS. We have exceeded our goal for 150 new hymnals due to your generosity and have ordered 175! Anne Read is making up the bookplates for us,  when those are put into the new books we can bring them into church. Beginning today, if you are interested in one of the replaced hymnals you may take it home. Please let me know if you are not at church and want one, I can set it aside for you. Thank you again for responding so favorably and generously. Contact me, Judy Beers, via jestbeers@verizon.net or 781 245-3846.

 

VESTRY "MISSIONS FUNDRAISING POLICY" KEEPS ORDER AT ST. JAMES'S 

St. James's congregation is a place of boundless energy for God's Mission both within the framework of congregational ministries and far outside that framework.  Individual members raise funds for school initiatives, non-profit efforts, overseas missions, environmental justice advocacy, and so much else, in addition to supporting the operating budget of St. James's and our Growing Together Fund for the furnishing of our soon-to-be new parish house.  A significant proportion of our annual operating funds -- 4.5% -- goes to support our Helping Hand Food Pantry and its 1/3-time Director, the Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman.  Another 5.5% supports a wide variety of grants through the Missions Committee to overseas missions efforts, all with congregational connections, such as the Haitian orphanages of Ministries of Aides International, with whom St. James's choir member and Lay Eucharistic Visitor Yvette Verdieu is active, or Kenya Self Help Project, with Hospitality Committee member Sarah Forrester a founder, which helps Kenyan girls stay in school. 1% of our budget supports our membership in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. Still more goes to the diocese through our assessment.  All together, a total of 16% of our annual budget goes to mission outside the congregation.

 

Because we fund so substantially missions outside our pastoral life within the congregation, our Vestry has adopted a policy that specifically requests that public fundraising at Announcements & Celebrations or through the Sunday News be limited ONLY to initiatives already formally adopted by the Vestry or our diocese - such as the Walk for Hunger or the Life Together Micah Fellowship.  We do allow individuals in the congregation to solicit other individuals privately for funds for individual mission efforts (though not for personal financial difficulties, for which we have a Rector's Discretionary Fund).  But in order to prevent subjecting the congregation to a confusing plethora of funding requests, we ask that any individual member hoping to fundraise for an individual mission initiative obtain permission from the Rector and Vestry before soliciting the congregation publicly.  The Vestry's Mission Fundraising Policy is on our website under Missions Committee, and can be accessed here: http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/storage/Mission%20Fundraising%20Policy.pdf 

 

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.

 

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;

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 – COOL IN SUMMER! - 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.

 

JUDITH’S 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 Friday afternoons 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 our Office Manager at 617.547.4070 or email office@stjames-cambridge.org or download your own copy from our website 

 

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 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

 

ON THE GROUND IN BURUNDI COMING TO A GRACIOUS ENDING

Funded in part by a Missions Grant from St. James's, Jodi Mikalachki has been working in Burundi, a small nation neighboring Rwanda in southeast Africa, on behalf of the higher education of girls and of Twa children - a persecuted minority in that country - in one way or another since 2008.  Beginning in 2011, she founded On the Ground in Burundi to pursue these goals, and St. James's members Liz McNerney and Jennifer Schley Johnson were among those on the board of that organization. Now, as Jodi moves to take a new position with the Mennonite Central Committee in Kenya, she writes:

 

"I'm writing officially to inform the Missions Committee that, after three years of service to students and teachers in Burundi, we have decided to close down On the Ground in Burundi. As you know, I will be moving to Kenya to begin a new assignment with the Mennonite Central Committee in July, and it didn't seem possible for us to continue without my oversight, "on the ground," in Burundi. 

 

On behalf of the board and our beneficiaries, I'd like to thank St. James's for your generous annual support of our work since 2011. We have used it to pay tuition, board, uniforms, supplies and travel expenses for six high school students (five girls and one Twa boy), all of whom are boarding away from home. We will leave enough money in Burundi to pay for them to complete their current cycle of studies (junior high school for two of the girls, and senior high school for the other four). We are arranging now with a religious order who will manage these funds for us over the next two years. Please keep them - Aline, Bélise, Claude, Diane, Gertrude, and Thérèse - in your prayers. 

 

None of these students, who are all from poor rural families,  would have been able to continue their studies without our support. Thank you for making it possible for them to continue to develop and equip themselves to serve their country.  

 

We will also be distributing our capital before leaving Burundi. Our main contribution will be to Lycée Bududira, a new boarding school for girls that opened this year in Bururi, a small town in southern Burundi, near the Monastery at Buta that I've written about on my blog. The school is owned and run by a women's religious order, the Disciples of Christ, which is known for its high standard of education. The principal, Sr. Marie-Goretti Nizigiyimana, has a doctorate in philosophy from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome, and stepped down from her position as General Secretary of the National Office of Catholic Education in Burundi to found the school. She is an experienced education administrator, and a serious intellectual who continues to teach philosophy part-time at universities and seminaries in Burundi. I have known her since 2009, and have a great regard for her personal integrity and judgment. She has been one of my main advisors in Burundi, particularly on the complex question of how to support the education of adolescent girls in a post-conflict country. 

 

Lycée Bududira is one of two senior high schools pioneering a program in social work. The program trains students in theoretical and practical social work, including courses in sociology, law and human rights, psychology, languages, nutrition and cooking, and accounting and other office skills. It is a four-year program following junior high school. Graduates will be qualified social workers, and may work in the court system, hospitals, schools, other government services, and NGOs. Lycée Bududira has already found it to be a popular major. The head of this program at the school (who is also the superior of their religious order) has a doctorate in sociology, and so is well-qualified to develop the program and mentor its teachers and students. 

 

On the Ground in Burundi is granting our major remaining capital to Lycée Bududira to build a teaching kitchen to support courses in cooking and nutrition, and to prepare meals for the boarders, who will grow by one class a year. We are also funding a laundry as part of the kitchen building, along with a store room and lodging for the cook. 

 

We are very glad to be able to support the development of Lycée Bududira and its social work program, which is providing excellent, job-related training to girls who will then be able to work for the development of their region and the country. This is the kind of project we had hoped to undertake ourselves, and so it seems fitting to leave our capital in the capable hands of the Disciples of Christ. 

 

In closing, may I express my deep personal thanks to the Missions Committee and the whole parish for the wonderful support you have offered me in so many ways as a missionary since 2008. May God richly reward you for all you have done to encourage me in my vocation, and to encourage young people in Burundi. 

In Christ,  

Jodi 

 

We wish Jodi well as she departs for Kenya, and we also thank Liz and Jennifer for helping to make this work of hope and reconciliation possible in Burundi.  God's time is the best time, and the time has come to bring On the Ground in Burundi to an end. I have invited Jodi, however, to continue her blog from Africa on our Outreach page on the St. James's website under "On the Ground in Burundi" until she has a new title for her new mission in Kenya, as we have much still to learn from her experiences as we have been learning throughout her time as Executive Director of On the Ground in Burundi.

OUR WEEKLY WOMEN’S MEAL NEEDS SUMMER COOKS & HELPERS

Every Tuesday, from 4:30-6:30, St. James's provides a wholesome meal and good company to 10-15 women and children at Friend's Meeting House in Cambridge. The women who come are all low-income, often with mental health problems; they tell us that our meal is the best in town!  Volunteer cooks from St. James's and the community provide the food. Volunteers are always needed from St. James's, to help with the meal and sit and chat with the women.  We would love to have you join us in providing this service;  if interested, please talk to Carolyn Taylor or Anne Shumway after church on Sundays, or call either one of us:  Carolyn- (617) 623-2631 or carolyngeorgetaylor@gmail.com , or Anne- (617) 491-7986. 

 

THE OUTDOOR CHURCH GREETS THE SUMMER

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/ for more information.  

 

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 associaterector@stjames-cambridge.org Of course, food donation 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

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. 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: www.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 our office manager 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.  We 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 preparing for / have recently been married:  

Gwen Crevensten & Guibenson Hyppolite, Kazue Murata & Guy Evans, Michael Proscia & Susan Tweed, Thomas Wohlers & Melissa Millner, Jason Sparapani & Carolyn Doyle, JT Kittredge & Charles Morehead.

 

We Pray for Those Who Are Nominated to Postulancy for Holy Orders:

Nicholas Hayes, Mary Beth Mills-Curran, and Isaac Martinez.

 

We pray for Reed Carlson,  ordained Transitional Deacon on June 26th, and for his new wife Britta Meiers Carlson, being ordained Lutheran pastor in Minnesota.

 

We pray for our Bishop-Elect Alan Gates, to be consecrated on Saturday September 13th.

We Pray for Those Who Have Asked for Our Prayers

Ruth Schriber, husband David, and family (Marian King’s son Stephan’s in-laws), Tarai (Anne Shumway’s granddaughter), Zoe Fowler and her husband Nathan & daughters Maya & Iola, the Luc family as they mourn the death of Jeanne’s sister Yolanda, Eliza Petrow, Amber Sarpy-Lora and Roberto Lora & their son Mateo, John Ogden (friend of Holly Antolini),  Margaret Ferry (grandmother of Thomas Wohlers), Arne Nystrom, Mabel Moore Pollard, Carole Belgrade, Romy Verdieu (Yvette Verdieu’s daughter), Asher Lipson (friend of the Massie family), Maria Barao, Cheryl Etorinu (friends of Eric Maynard), Delia Machore, Shari Moy, Warren Huber, Hugh T. Owen (brother of Cynthia Owen), Christine Chevoor (Aunt of Hong Chin’s wife Susan), Phil Benson, Leslie Chandler (friends of Carole Belgrade), Mateo Torres, our bishop, Tom Shaw, Simon Shapiro (husband of Mardi Moran), Anne Holmes (daughter-in-law of Ken & Mary Holmes and wife of David), Jessica Sollee, Bill Reeves and his wife Jane (parents of Hannah Reeves), Emilienne Jules, Ken Holmes, Cynthia Owen, Olga Best (Aunt of Elaine Agard), Kathy Udall, Roger Shumway, Vida Carrington, Susan Robinson, Joan Hawkesworth, Lynne Campbell, Sue Ritze (friend of Sarah Read), 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, Florence Stanley, Barbara Butler, Lisa McDonnell, Helen Stott.  We pray for 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 

Denise Yambra (daughter-in-law of Kathy Udall) who passed away recently. We also pray for the troops who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

The flowers are given in memory of Michael by his mother Carol Folkes-Youens and his sister Jennifer Folkes and in memory of Margaret Emily Lowe by Lee Ann and Daniel Lowe. 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 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 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 9AM-1PM. If you email or leave a voicemail after 1pm on Thursday, the office will not receive it until Monday morning.

 

 

Readings for next Sunday, July 27th: Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33,44-52.