THE SUNDAY NEWS

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist

October 19th, 2014


St. James’s Episcopal Church-Porter Square, Cambridge
BLUE = NEW ARTICLES, below!
 
This Sunday at St. James’s: 
•    8am Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel
•    10:30am Eucharist Rite II with Music

Readings for Sunday, October 19th: Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22. 

Serving on Sunday, October 19th: Presider: the Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Preacher: the Rev. Reed Carlson; Acolyte: Eric Maynard; Reader: Donna Thompson; Intercessor: Mark Yoder; Chalicers: Anne Shumway, Shawn Ricketts, Sylvia Weston; Welcomers: Isaac Martinez, Mary Beth Mills-Curran; Nursery: Monte Tugwete, Carol Hilliard; Eucharistic Visitors: Anne Shumway & Yvette Verdieu; Minister 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 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:
   Oct. 19th: Our annual pledge campaign begins! Kate Hornstein offers a Living Epistle; The Rev. Reed Carlson is our preacher.
   October 21st, 7:30 AM: PRAXIS lectio divina group at 2161 Mass Ave., open to all
   October 21st & 23rd, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions at 2161 Mass Ave.
   October 21st. 7:00 PM: Monthly Vestry meeting at 2161 Mass Ave.
   Oct. 26th: 10:30 service: a special worship service led by our Church School children
   Oct. 26th: Book Club meeting. Read below for more information.
   Nov. 8th: Annual Diocesan Convention, St. Stephen’s in Lynn
   Nov. 16th: Ingathering Sunday for the Pledge Campaign!
Nov. 23rd: “Considering Worship,” a fresh perspective on our weekly Eucharist, sponsored by a Worship Commission leadership team
Nov. 27th, 10 AM: Thanksgiving Day Eucharist, seminarian Didi Millien our preacher
Nov. 30th: First Sunday in Advent: Happy New Year, everyone!

INVEST IN GOD’S MISSION AT ST. JAMES’S WITH YOUR 2015 PLEDGE!
This Sunday, October 19th, we begin our fall pledge drive at St. James’s, seeking to build the budget on a firm foundation of congregational investment in 2015. Two years ago, St. James’s achieved a longed-for goal. Through our shared commitment as a parish, we increased our giving sufficiently to support an Associate Rector for Church School & Family Ministry. It is worth remembering how hard all of us worked to make this happen, finding the resources among ourselves to hire another clergy person to support our rector.  In the Rev. Judith Atkinson, our offering was rewarded and blessed with a remarkable leader. As Judith now prepares for her next call in Australia, the work she has done in her time here speaks for itself. Under her leadership, the number of families with infants in the Nursery and children in the Church School has increased, and our ability to provide spiritual nourishment to young families has grown in many other ways. Meanwhile, St. James’s has maintained its missional outreach to our community and communities around the world, remarkable for a church of our size. It is the many offerings so many of us make beyond money—of our time, our homes, our wisdom, ourselves—that keep these ministries not only surviving, but thriving. Because of that generosity, our community enjoys many blessings.  
But though we needed to give of our money in 2014 as generously as we had in 2013, we did not. We also have not fulfilled all that we pledged. In 2015, even to sustain our ministries without a clergy associate, much less find someone to continue Judith’s ministry, we will have to increase our pledges. More of us will need to pledge, and those who have already pledged may need to pledge more. In this financial challenge, however, God is also offering us an opportunity to recommit to our relationship with each other. This is perhaps the most important “currency” in our congregation. It is an opportunity to recognize that we are a community, and that what we set our minds on together, with the grace of God, we can accomplish. We did that in 2013. We did it in supporting our “Growing Together Fund” to furnish and fit-out our new parish house and restore our historic church roof. We can do it again. But we must be all in it together.
Beginning with our Pledge Campaign launch this Sunday and ending on Ingathering Sunday, November 16th, we ask that you re-commit—or commit for the first time—to your financial support to St. James’s. You will receive a packet of pledge materials in the mail, including a graph of our giving in recent years.  The same materials, if you prefer, are on our website at http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/stewardship/, together with a version of the pledge form that you can submit electronically. Before deciding what you can give of your money, discern why you are giving. Ask yourself, What is it that I love about this congregation, such that I want to give to it? Why am I invested in St. James’s? What more could we do together at St. James’s, such that it would give me joy to invest more?  During our pledge campaign, we will have opportunities to share with each other what moves us to invest in St. James’s. By listening deeply to what draws our hearts to this community we can attend to the Spirit’s life and guidance in our midst. Let that life now animate, and inform, our giving. And let our giving be as one body, together. 
Your Currency of Money Committee, Nicholas Hayes, Jeff Zinsmeyer & Lucas Sanders

 

OUR OWN JANET HOBB’ WATERCOLORS FEATURED AT THE CAMBRIDGE YWCA! The YWCA Cambridge in Central Square welcomes a new artist, Janet Hobbs, for the month of October. Janet Hobbs, a Cambridge resident and community watercolor teacher, will be displaying her beautiful watercolor paintings in the lobby. To see more of her work, visit http://www.noca-arts.org/Janet_Hobbs.html and visit the YWCA Cambridge! #CambMA

SPONSOR THE SUNDAY FLOWERS IN THE NAME OF YOUR LOVED ONES

Every Sunday, the fresh flowers are a testimony to those we love, whether or not they have gone before us into the land of light and life.  All Saints is approaching, Nov. 2nd, inviting us to think thankfully of the whole communion of saints throughout time. If you have an important anniversary coming up – the birthday of a loved one; a wedding or graduation you’d like to acknowledge; your appreciation for your parents or other mentors; the anniversary of a loved one’s death; a feast day for a saint you particularly revere – giving flowers for worship can be an outward and visible sign of our inward feelings of love and thanksgiving, “the poetry of Christ,” as poet Christopher Smart called them.  We have plenty of dates open!  Honor someone you love with flowers!  Call Carolyn Taylor at 617 623-2631 or email her at carolyngeorgetaylor@gmail.com and she’ll tell you what days are open.

 
Confirmation Class for St. James's High Schoolers
We are starting a youth confirmation class on October 5th. Classes will be early Sunday evenings every second Sunday in Cambridgeport (kindly hosted by Anne Read).  Pizza will be served! We will follow an eleven session curriculum and next year take part in the Holy Week services and  a weekend trip focusing on Christian service / mission, leading up to confirmation in May. Our high-schoolers will be accompanied by Lauren Zook and Julia Schuster from our young adult group, and many of the sessions will be delivered by members of St. James.  It will be a special journey for the young people who choose to join it.
Please contact Judith on associaterector@stjames-cambridge.org if you (or your young person) may be interested in this and you would like to know more. 

A NEW PROTOCOL FOR DISTRIBUTING COMMUNION ON SUNDAYS
This fall, beginning on Sunday October 5th, we are going to begin administering communion differently than we have until now, both to communicate to the all in the congregation their priority in receiving the bread & wine of Eucharist and also to keep the energy moving forward in our worship. All our ushers, chalicers, assisting clergy & acolytes will gather for a brief rehearsal of the new choreography that Sunday morning, Oct. 5th at 10 AM, to learn how this will work. Up until now, we have administered communion to the clergy, acolyte & chalicers at the altar first before dispatching everyone to serve the congregation. Now, instead of administering communion to the altar party first, we are going to move from the fraction anthem immediately to the rail of both the high and chapel altars to the serve the congregation.  As soon as the presider has pronounced “The gifts of God for the people of God,” chalicers will receive their chalices without having partaken, as paten-bearers will also receive their patens, and all will proceed to their stations to distribute the communion to the congregation. Ushers will assist the congregation in moving promptly to the railing at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer. Only after having fed all who approach the rail will those at the high altar return to the altar to share communion.  Those at the chapel altar will finish distributing communion to those at the chapel rail and proceed into the congregation as usual to offer communion to those who cannot come to the rail, as well as to the nursery and to Pat, before returning to the high altar, where they will communicate each other at the last. If their distribution has taken more time than that at the high altar, the chapel altar party will return to the high altar via the baptistry, as the rest of the high altar party will already be assembling at the front of the chancel.
All will then join the presider at the front step of the chancel for the post-communion prayer and blessing, and the final recession. Bearing the processional cross, the acolyte will station themselves on the nave floor at the bottom of the chancel steps, at the center, facing out to the congregation for the post-communion prayer and blessing. The presider will stand at the center of the top step, with any assisting clergy on either side, and chalicers will line up behind the assisting clergy for the post-communion prayer and blessing.  As soon as the congregation begins to sing the recessional hymn, the acolyte will begin to move forward down the aisle with the cross and the clergy & chalicers will follow.  As the chalicers reach the pews, they may peel off and rejoin their companions in the pews if they wish, while the clergy and choir will continue to recess to the rear of the nave for the dismissal.
Thanks in advance to all who join us for the training at 10 AM on October 5th, and for assisting us in making this new procedure for the distribution of communion a smooth and positive experience for everyone. And deep thanks to all who participate in the service of communion at St. James’s!  Yours, Holly
 
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!

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.

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BIBLE STUDY & BOOK GROUPS

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP EVERY SUNDAY AT 9:15 AM: JOIN US! 
Our informal group has begun again to discuss the Sunday scriptures in the hour before the main Sunday worship service. This year, it will be led collaboratively by the Rev. Judy Gay, the Rev. Reed Carlson, and Didi Millien. 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 – NEW BOOK, NEW TIME, & NEW LOCATION: 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. We feel it is an extraordinarily thought-provoking and timely book. 

Our new time is the fourth Sunday of each month in the sanctuary following the 10:30 service.   Our next meeting will take place, Sunday, October 26.

 Please read Chapter 3, A Light to the Gentiles  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!

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE 


OUR NEW SEMINARIAN INTERN IS DANELIE “DIDI” MILLIEN 

Didi Millien, Student at Episcopal Divinity School, originally from Haiti is canonically resident from the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut as an Apsirant to the Holy Orders. Didi will be serving at St. James's as Seminarian until May 2015. Didi has been part of this congregation since Fall 2013. She currently serves as usher and is a member of the Prison Ministry. Her leadership at St James' as a Seminarian will include co-leading Adult Bible Study with Judy Gay and Reed Carlson, being involved in the Healing Ministry, Anti-Oppression team.  Didi will also take various responsibilities as a crucifer, acolyte, reader, intercessor, chalice bearer and will serve at the altar regularly. On several occasions, Didi will have the opportunity to preach. She is looking forward to sharing her gift, talents and working in solidarity with the Clergy and lay members at St. James's.


SEPTEMBER VESTRY UPDATE
On September 16, your Vestry met for its regular monthly meeting. Reed Carlson, St. James’s transitional deacon, discussed his upcoming activities, including participating in Sunday liturgy, sharing in the leadership of the Sunday morning Bible Study and a pastoral care practicum.  We committed to participating in Anti-Oppression training in November, discussed the Holy Currencies Ministries Day & Growing Together Campaign Completion on Sept. 28, reviewed leadership for the Nominating Committee and Currency of Money Committee, and received the financial report.  Steve Clark gave an update on the good progress of the Sound and Light Committee, and we discussed continuing issues around financing the Rose Window restoration and the parish hall redevelopment. We voted to approve the Good Samaritan School for missions funding and heard more about the St. Nicholas Festival (Dec. 5th) and Cambridge Symphony Benefit for the Food Pantry (Dec. 12th).  Holly reported on plans regarding Judith’s departure at the end of the year, staff evaluations,  Did Millien--our new seminarian intern, increased lay preaching, and several St. James’s weddings. As always, please don't hesitate to contact any of us with any questions.

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!

Scouting Collective 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 Mt. Baldy in Philmont, NM this summer.

ZOE McNERNEY ELECTED YOUTH PRESIDENT OF SCOUT TROOP: CURRENCY OF GRACIOUS LEADERSHIP! 
After an exciting and challenging hiking trip with Scouting Collective 56 in Philmont, New Mexico this summer, Zoe McNerney, long a member of the Greenleaf Choir/Gospel Schola and Church School participant at St. James’s as well as member of the wonderful Scouting Collective 56 we charter at St. James’s, Zoe stayed on in New Mexico, the only girl among a group of boys from Scouting Collective 56, an extra 10 days to participate in NAYLE (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience).  True to this training, last Tuesday, Zoe got elected youth President of the Troop for the fall term!  Liz will be “Parent Coordinator” (in addition to continuing to teach in our Church School!).  And Gwei-Gwei Strong-Allen and Christina Millien, also Gospel Schola members and Church School participants with us, have been meeting with the Scouts and went canoeing last weekend with them on Cape Cod.  Any boys out there who’d like to sign on?  This is a troop that raises up Eagle Scouts every year: two young men, Jacob Klibaner & Brian Zick, will be made Eagles at a Court of Honor over Thanksgiving weekend. This is a truly vibrant and wonderful Scout troop.  Don’t miss the chance for your child also to grow in leadership and love and  stewardship of the created world!

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/

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.

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

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!  

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

 
GBIO –GREATER BOSTON INTERFAITH ORGANIZATION – IT’S YOUR TURN!!!
If you could meet with the next Governor, what issue would you raise with her/him?
Please add your issue to the lists on the card table with the flowers during the coffee hour.   Every voice makes a difference!  OR send me an email at the address below.
For more information, contact Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or speak to him in Coffee Hour.
 
EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION(ECM) OPPORTUNITIES THIS FALL
Episcopal City Mission is a faith-based ministry that promotes social and economic justice working through congregations, community-based organizations and people within the Diocese of Massachusetts, with special emphasis on the urban poor and oppressed.
I VOTE TO BUILD THE BELOVED COMMUNITY—ECM is excited to join the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in supporting the "Beloved Community Campaign," led by the Youth Jobs Coalition. The Beloved Community Campaign is a campaign to increase voter education and participation in low income communities. The Youth Jobs Coalition is offering to train teams of volunteers to help build this effort. Join us at St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester on Wednesday, October 15th from 6pm to 8pm to learn from teens of the Youth Jobs Coalition about how to do voter engagement and to actively participate in the canvassing efforts. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to our new Emmaus Fellow Lydia Strand (Lydia@EpiscopalCityMission.org), by Thursday, September 11 or ASAP!
FAITH AND THE BALLOT—The Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition is hosting several forums on the four questions that will appear on the November 4th ballot. Come hear what each question proposes, as well as both sides of the discussion—on gas tax, recycling, casinos, and sick time for employees. Join us at one of three locations:  Boston (Old South Church, 645 Boylston St) on October 22All events will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, with dinner provided. Register to attend at www.EcumenicalAdvocacy.eventbrite.com and follow us online #faithandballot. Consider, explore, and share how your faith will influence your vote this November! Please contact Lydia Strand with any questions: Lydia@EpiscopalCityMission.org
For more information email Tom Tufts at thomastufts@comcast.net or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour.

“ONE LIGHT MANY CANDLES” AT FIRST CHURCH CAMBRIDGE
The First Church in Cambridge Stewardship Committee invites us to join their congregation on Sunday October 26 at 3pm for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the popular “One Light, Many Candles” program by Betty Stookey and her husband Noel Stookey (of Peter Paul and Mary). “One Light Many Candles” is a multi-faith program in word and song reflecting the diversity and integrity of individual faith seeking a global spiritual community. 

The embrace of 'God' is vast, able to exceed all our definitions and expectations. Can we unlock our certainties and open a way within for acceptance of differences? -Betty Stookey.  All seats are reserved -- Adults $20, Students/Seniors $10. There are some limited view seats in the balcony and behind the pillars for $10. Tickets are going fast. Be sure to reserve yours today! http://www.firstchurchcambridge.org/worship-music-spiritual-life/one-light-many-candles-event. Please feel free to contact Moana Bentin if you have any questions: 617-429-4282 (mobile)

 

THE HEET NATURAL GAS LEAKS FORUM WILL BE ON CCTV!
Tuesday night September 30, St. James’s hosted the Home Energy Efficiency Team’s Squeaky Leaks Forum on natural gas leakage in the City of Cambridge with a panel of three speakers, HEET’s own Audrey Shulman, Joel Wool of Clean Water Action, and Bob Ackley of Gas Safety, Inc.  They explained how, using technology supplied by Boston University professor Nathan Phillips, they mapped all the leaks in Cambridge and can show them in terms of the amount of methane escaping in each location.  The visuals were stark, and the dangers to trees, humans, and global warming, striking. See for yourself: the whole panel will be on CCTV on Channel 9: -Sat, Oct 25 - Sat, Nov 15, 2014 @ 7 PM; Sun, Oct 26 - Sun, Nov 16 @ 9 PM; & Wed, Oct 29 - Wed, Nov 19 @ 10 AM.  

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 ownlunch. 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 have recently been married: 
Gwen Crevensten & Guibenson Hyppolite, Kazue Murata & Guy Evans, Michael Proscia & Susan Tweed, Thomas Wohlers & Melissa Millner, Jason Sparapani & Carolyn Doyle.

We pray for those who had their relationship blessed:
J.T. 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 Grace Dawe (sister of Mabel Moore Pollard); Matt & Molly Dolan (Hannah Reeves’ sister and brother-in-law) and Jane & Bill Reeves (Hannah’s parents), grieving the loss of Hannah’s baby nephew Zackary Reeves Dolan;  for Mona Millien (mother of Didi), Barbara Butler, recovering from surgery; Joan Hawkesworth, recovering from a fall; Mabel Moore Pollard, recovering from a toe infection; 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 Jeff Klein (friend of the Walters-Youngs), and for those who are dying of Ebola or in war in Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria & Libya.We pray for the troops who were recently killed in Afghanistan: Major Jonathan D. Walker and SFC Andrew T. Weathers.

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of the Milton family by the Constance Milton fund and in honor of dedicating the tombstone of Ebert Agard by Elaine Agard and children. 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, October 19th: Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22.