THE SUNDAY NEWS

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist

September 14th, 2014

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

 

 

This Sunday at St. James’s:  

•    8am Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel 

•    10:30am Eucharist Rite II with Music

The Lectionary for Sunday, September 14th: Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 114, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

Serving on Sunday, September 14th: Presider: The Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Preacher: The Rev. Judith Atkinson; Deacon: the Rev. Reed Carlson; Acolyte: Isaac Martinez; Readers: Susan Robinson, Suzanne Hill, Intercessor: Mark Yoder; Chalicers: Anne Shumway, John Hixson, Mark Yoder; Welcomers: Anne Shumway, Mary Beth Mills-Curran; Nursery: Monte Tugwete, Donna Thompson; 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:

  • September 14th: Church School & Sunday Bible Study Group resume
  • September 14th, 3-7 PM: GBIO house meeting training (see article below).
  • September 20th at 3pm: Melissa Millner & Thomas Wohlers marriage at St. James’s; all are invited!
  • September 28th, following the 10:30am service: Holy Currencies Ministry Fair & Growing Together Fund Celebration: We celebrate the completion of our "Growing Together Building in Faith Fund" to furnish and fit out our new parish house, as we also celebrate the wide variety of "currencies" flowing in the ministries of St. James's Episcopal Church.
  • September 28th: next meeting of Book Club will take place following the Ministries Fair
  • October 4th, 2pm: John Thomas Kittredge and Charles Morehead marriage at St. James’s; all are invited!
  • October 5th: St. Francis Day Celebration and Blessing of the Animals

SUN. SEPT. 14th, 3-7 PM: GBIO Training to ORGANIZE THE PARISH FOR ACTION

Local action can lead to national change!  Help St. James’s prepare for social justice action this fall.  Get trained by the BEST in vital 21st century skills. Ready to run a house meeting of 6 to 12 St. James’s parishioners in identifying what issue we would like to GBIO to address next? 

Ready to help us discern the social concerns of the parish and prioritize the steps for addressing those concerns? Here’s where to get the training! GBIO (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) organizers are highly experienced and trained professionals. A light meal will be provided.  The session will focus on training and practice of house meeting skills, such as facilitating a group of 6-12 parishioners to elicit both ideas and commitments to explore them further.   The assumption is that people who come will be willing to run a house meeting in their parish in the near future and be willing to participate in role playing at the training session. Today, Sunday, September 14 - from 3pm to 7pm: a vital next step in our congregational discernment process for effective advocacy. We'll take a look at:  

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      • Where are we as we move from relational meetings to house meetings.  What do these terms mean?
      • What’s next: house meetings and beyond and how does this relate to a candidates’ night GBIO would do in the Governor’s race?
      • How to lead successful house meetings.
      • Location: Roxbury Presbyterian Church, 328 Warren Street, Roxbury.
      • Transportation leaves from St James’s parking lot at 2:00. Sign-up for a  ride – see contacts below.  Bring your car if you can offer others a ride.

For more information or to arrange to attend the September 14 (TODAY!!) training, contact Nick Hayes at nick.nc@gmail.com or Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or speak to them in Coffee Hour.

OUR FLOWER MINISTRY EXTENDS TO OUR COMMUNITY: TAKE ONE AND SHARE!

For years, our altar guild has carefully bundled our memorial flowers at the end of each service to give to those with special celebrations or trials that week.  It was a labor of love, but now we’re going to try something new! We’re going to spread the love! The flower arrangement will be brought down to the coffee hour and anyone and everyone may take a flower or two – whatever you need – to share with those in need of a flower in your life outside church.  Eucharistic visitors can take a flower to those they’re bringing communion.  If you have a sick relative, you can bless them with flowers!  If you yourself need to note a celebration, take a flower! That way, the gift of our flowers extends far into our surrounding community, through our hands!

 

JOIN MA INTERFAITH POWER & LIGHT @ THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, 9/21!


In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

Mass. Interfaith Power & Light will be joining folks from around the country at the People's Climate March, on Sunday, September 21st to demand a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. If you're wondering whether you should go, check out this video. The march is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM, and leave from just north of Columbus Circle near 59th Street and Central Park West. This will be a family-friendly event. The tone will be dignified, fun, and empowering, and the organizers are committed to making sure that it is peaceful and safe. For more details and updates, sign up here. Bus transportation from four locations in Massachusetts is being organized by Better Future Project. For details and to buy a bus ticket, go here.

 

WEDDINGS AHEAD, AND ALL THE PARISH IS INVITED TO JOIN THE BLESSING

Thomas Wohlers & Melissa Millner will be married at 3 PM on Saturday September 20th, and JT Kittredge & Charles Morehead will be joined at 2 PM on Saturday October 4th.  All are invited to come and join the blessing & celebration of these wonderful couples!

 

JUDITH ATKINSON, STEPHEN BURNS & SON DOMINIC HEADED TO AUSTRALIA!

Judith Atkinson, our beloved Associate Rector for Church School & Family Ministry has an exciting new chapter ahead, even if it breaks our hearts to release her into it.  Her husband, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns, will become Associate Dean & Director of Ministerial Formation at Trinity College Theological School in Melbourne, and Judith will likely become the Vicar of a redeveloping parish there.  Thank God we have these gifted ministers with us through Christmas!  Read all about it at this link on our website: http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/meet-the-associate-rector/

 

Financial Report from the Treasurer: WE NEED YOUR OFFERINGS NOW!

As the summer draws to an end, we have several developments to report.  First, if you have pledged or donated to either the General Fund or the Growing Together Capital Campaign, you should have received a statement reporting on contributions received up until the end of June. We are working to correct a number of problems with the database, so if you find errors, please let us know. THANK YOU & BLESS YOU, those of you who have sent catch-up contributions in response to the statements!  And SPECIAL THANKS to the many who have fulfilled their whole Growing Together pledge! This brings us to the state of our operating budget, as summer winds down: the General Fund is lower than expected, largely because over-all donations have fallen behind the expected level, especially from pledgers. This often happens in summer, but as we move into the fall and reflect on the Holy Currencies, including the Currency of Money, we NEED to make sure that the resources are available to support St. James's many missions. Remember the wonderful stretch we made to cover the Rev. Judith’s 1/3-time salary.  She still needs to be paid for her excellent work!

 

LIGHTS IN THE CROSSING MOVING TO COORDINATED SWITCHES
For years, we have been plugging in extension cords and switching switches to put light in the crossing at the head of our church nave.  This summer, the Sound & Light Committee - Peter Merrell, Steve Clark, Mardi Moran, Andrew Rohm & Sr. Warden Sylvia Weston - have coordinated all those different light sources on one timer, as the first step toward moving them to a single switch.  They also reoriented the lights so that they don't dazzle the Choirs and liturgical ministers as directly as before.  For the time being, those holding meetings in the church do not need to switch off these lights when they leave the building, as the timers will turn them off.  THANK YOU, Sound & Light Committee! 

 

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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BIBLE STUDY & BOOK GROUPS 

 

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP RESUMES SEPTEMBER 14th 

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

 

BOOK CLUB –PLEASE JOIN US IN READING A HISTORY OF GOD

The Book Club has a new book to read, A History of God: The 4,000 -Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong.  If you have already read it a long time ago we invite you to look at it again and come join our discussion.  We feel it is an extraordinarily thought-provoking and timely book. Our new time is the fourth Sunday of each month after the 10:30 service. Our new place will be the church nursery. Our next meeting will be Sunday, September 28, following the Ministries Fair.  Please read Chapter 2, “One God.”  During the Fair we will staff a table and recruit additional members to Book Club. “A Brilliantly lucid, splendidly readable book. Armstrong has a dazzling ability; she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”  The Sunday Times (London) Questions: Please note passages that struck you as particularly helpful or provocative in thinking about your own spiritual journey and be prepared to share about one of them with the rest of the group. For more information contact Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net.  

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE 

 

Scout Troop & Crew 56 BEGINS A NEW YEAR AT ST. JAMES’S

After a busy summer of cooking lessons, canoe rescue training, summer camp, and a 12-day backpacking trip in New Mexico, Troop/Crew/Post 56 (aka "Scouting Collective 56") began the new Scouting year on Sept. 2. Meetings are every Tuesday at 7 pm at St. James Church. Scouting Collective 56 serves youth ages 11 to 21 and welcomes families to come to a Tuesday night meeting to learn more about our program that offers outdoor experiences, personal and leadership development, and friendship. Every month during the school year, we take one weekend trip, and the September trip will be canoeing near Falmouth, MA, the weekend of Sept. 13-14 -- an excellent trip for new-comers and prospective members.
For more information, contact Robin Bonner, Crew Advisor, at 617-497-8463.

Reaching the 12,441-foot summit of Mount Baldy in Philmont, NM this summer

REED CARLSON OUR TRANSITIONAL DEACON AT ST. JAMES'S
Reed Carlson is the Transitional Deacon at St. James's and a Doctoral Student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School. He's passionate about teaching the Bible 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 married to Britta Meiers Carlson, a candidate for ordination in the ELCA and a Mission Developer with Latino communities in the New England Synod.

REED CARLSON OUR TRANSITIONAL DEACON AT ST. JAMES'SReed Carlson is the Transitional Deacon at St. James's and a Doctoral Student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School. He's passionate about teaching the Bible 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 married to Britta Meiers Carlson, a candidate for ordination in the ELCA and a Mission Developer with Latino communities in the New England Synod.

 

JULY VESTRY UPDATE

Your Vestry met on July 22nd and approved the 2012 and 2013 financial audits, the 2013 Parochial Report, and the Safe Church Guidelines and Policies.  We heard from the Sound and Light committee about cost effective ways to improve our sound and lighting situation in the sanctuary and approved a small budget for those items.  We discussed the Holy Currencies concept geared toward making the parish both sustainable and missional and voted to re-form the Holy Currencies and Currency of Money committees. We heard a report on possible Christmas Fair alternative ideas and voted to move forward with a Dec. 5th St. Nicholas’ Eve intergenerational celebration at the church. We heard reports concerning property issues (repair of Rose Window and portion of parish hall roof) and finances (statements will be going out soon).  We affirmed all those responsible for a successful and joyous St. James’s Day parish picnic.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact any of us with any questions.

 

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;

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.

 

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

 

OUR WEEKLY WOMEN’S MEAL NEEDS FALL 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 GETS READY FOR FALL

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 Karen at 617.899.6682 or email at foodpantry@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! 

 

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

EUCHARISTIC VISITORS TRAINING @ GOOD SHEPHERD WATERTOWN OCT. 25th
Eucharistic Visitors offer the holy ministry of "extending the table" to those who are homebound or ill. EVs offer word of God's love and a healing presence on behalf of the congregation to people who may feel lonely or uneasy. EVs are trained and licensed by the Diocese, then commissioned by their parish. St. James's has a strong team engaged in this ministry.  If you might be interested in joining them, please make an appointment to talk it over with Holly at rector@stjames-cambridge.org.  Eucharistic Visitor training will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 25th at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown. The training runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch. Parking is on the street (Russell Ave.). Please note that CGS has a wheelchair accessible ramp into the building but does not have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Please mark your calendar now and watch for registration information soon atwww.diomass.org and in FYI.
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 Holy Orders:
Nicholas Hayes, Mary Beth Mills-Curran, and Isaac Martinez, nominated as postulants to the priesthood.
We Give Thanks for the Consecration of our new Bishop, Alan Gates, Saturday September 13th !

We Pray for Those Who Have Asked for Our Prayers:
For victims of Ebola virus, for children caught in the conflict over illegal immigration, for Julian and Elaine (Alan Aukeman’s parents), for Cheryl Price (friend of Kathy Udall), Julie O’Connor, Ruth Schriber & her 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, 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, Hugh T. Owen (brother of Cynthia Owen), Phil Benson, Leslie Chandler (friends of Carole Belgrade), Mateo Torres, our bishop, Tom Shaw, 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, 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
We pray for those who are dying of Ebola in West Africa or in war in Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria & Libya. 
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Edward and Peg Humphrey. 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, September 21st: Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16.