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December 8th, 2013
Second Sunday of Advent
St. James’s Episcopal Church—Porter Square, Cambridge
BLUE = NEW ARTICLES, below!
This Sunday at St. James’s:
- 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel
- 10:30 a.m. Eucharist Rite II with Music
The Lectionary for Sunday, December 8th: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-8; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Serving Sunday, December 8th: Presider/Preacher: the Rev. Judith Atkinson; Readers: Thomas Wohlers, Iselma Carrington; Intercessor: John Hixson; Acolyte: Eric Maynard; Chalicers: Eric Maynard, Yvette Verdieu, Laverne Agard; Welcomers: Isaac Martinez, Susan Rice; Nursery: Shari Moy, Amanda Dausman; Lay Eucharistic Visitors: Anne Shumway, Yvette Verdieu; Minister of Music: Patrick Michaels
Sunday News Summary
Short on time? Here’s a quick list of the most important goings on in the next two weeks. Keep reading for more details.
- Dec 10th, 7:30 AM: PRAXIS devotional bible study, Holly’s office
- Dec. 10th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
- Dec 12th, 8:45 AM: Morning Prayer with Intercessions in the AFSC downstairs parlor.
- Dec. 12th , 4:30 PM: Women’s Meal at Friends' Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge
- Dec. 14th, 5 to 7:30 pm: St. James’s Nursery Families Dinner in Union Square
- Dec. 15th, Patrick Michaels offers a Living Epistle at the 10:30am service
- Dec. 15th, 6 to 8 PM: Young Adults’ Dinner and Spiritual Conversation at Holly Antolini’s House
- Dec. 18th, 7-10 PM: Monthly Vestry Meeting
- Dec. 24th, 4 PM: Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist
- Dec. 24th, 10 PM: Carol Sing and Holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Holy Nativity
- Dec. 25th, 10 AM: Holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Incarnation
- December 29th, 10 AM: (single service) First Sunday after Christmas, Holy Eucharist with Music
- January 5th, 10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist & Baptism for the Feast of the Epiphany
COME VOLUNTEER, SHOP AT THE ANNUAL ST. JAMES’S CHRISTMAS FAIR, DEC. 7th
Next Saturday, December 7th, from 9 AM to 3 PM, St. James's offers its Annual Christmas Fair in the rear of the church nave. Wreaths! Hot cider! Baked items! Caroling! Craft items! Get gifts for the Hildebrand House children, get them wrapped at the Rector’s Table; buy lunch; and don’t forget THE SILENT AUCTION!!! We hope you are planning to join us to see what fantastic items are for sale. You can offer a baked item also, or a craft to add to those tables. Anne Read has the young people making very clever crafts as usual.
The auction has 70 items already on the list including a Folbot Kayak, lots of gift certificates, a weekend or week in Sunday River VT, services including art lessons or piano lessons, a hand thrown serving bowl, and more, with the list still growing! (Visit Contact Judy Beers at 781 245-3846 or firstname.lastname@example.org as well as Carol Hilliard at email@example.com or 617 821-9442 to offer help or to make a donation.
INGATHERING OF GIFTS AT ST. JAMES’S ON ST. NICHOLAS’ DAY, DEC. 8th!!
We will celebrate St Nicholas’ Day on December 8 is this year, by bringing wrapped Christmas gifts to church for the children of the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center. The Hildebrand Center is based in Central Square, and offers emergency shelter for homeless families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. From the shelters, through programs and services the Center offers, families work to be placed in permanent housing. It is a busy place. This year the Center will be providing holiday presents for the 316 children who are under their various roofs. Thanks to a few generous local businesses, every one of the children has already been promised a gift. St. James’, our job will be to be to raise that number, so that many, and maybe all of the children, can have two.
Here’s how: Please bring a wrapped gift or gifts to church on December 8. This year we have been asked to place a label on each gift telling its specific contents. The service, as most of you know, could get interrupted by a good looking, wealthy, and generous traveler. And if you’re lucky and pass by him, you just might walk out of church with a gold coin in your pocket!
BLUE CHRISTMAS: A SERVICE OF HOPE AND HEALING ON DEC. 9th AT 6:30 PM
A service of hope and healing for the holidays, this ecumenical gathering is particularly for those who are lonely, down, or feel the weight of loss during the holiday season. We welcome all people who want to stand together in honesty at a time when the culture presses us to be "jolly." A light reception follows. All are welcome. Service will take place at Church of the Good Shepherd at 9 Russell Street in Watertown. http://www.goodshepherdwatertown.org
SHARING A MOMENT OF TENDER COMPASSION IN OUR ADVENT WORSHIP
At the birth of John the Baptist in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, John’s old father Zechariah sings an exultant Advent song:
“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
For just these four weeks of Advent reflection, in place of the Announcements and Celebrations, we’ll take time after the passing of the Peace to offer the opportunity for you to come forward and share with us “A Moment of Tender Compassion” you have personally experienced, illuminating this dark and chilly season: some foretaste of God’s great unifying heavenly banquet prepared for us at the end of time. We’ll be passing the mike; don’t be shy; tell us what has touched you!
ST. JAMES'S NURSERY FAMILIES GET TOGETHER ON DECEMBER 14TH
The Nursery Families are having a get together on Saturday 14 December at 23 Putnam Street, Somerville (Union Square). We will plan to have dinner from 5-7.30pm but Anne says anyone who wants to come over a bit early to play is welcome to do so! It would be great if everyone could bring a dessert or a side dish to share. Please could you RSVP to Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES WITH CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
Help us beautify the church by donating to the Altar Guild for Christmas flowers in the names of those you love! Please put your donations in an envelope with your loved ones’ names written on it and slip the donation into one of the wooden pledge boxes at the front and rear of the nave.
SUPPORT GOD’S MISSION AT ST. JAMES’S THROUGH YOUR PLEDGE IN 2014
We at St. James’s are full of gratitude for all the ways in which you serve Christ’s work of love in our congregation and in the world. Now, in the crisp chill of winter, it’s time once again to make a commitment to keep the last currency – the currency we think of when we say “currency:” the currency of money – flowing too, as the new fiscal year approaches. In this 149th year of St. James’s ministry in Porter Square, we’re on the verge of beginning construction on our new Parish House! The steadfast work of our lay leaders in the Church School and Family Ministry, teaming with our new Associate Rector Judith, is already increasing the participation of our children and families in our programs. We have multiple young adults in discernment about possible ordination through St. James’s. The Spirit is abounding! Please consider your pledge from last year and pray whether God may be inviting you to dig deeper to participate in moving us steadily toward expanding into our new Parish House. You will be receiving a packet of materials in the mail next week. Those same materials are attached HERE, in PDF, and are also posted on our website, on the right hand side of the Home Page, above the “Donate” button. Please read, pray, ponder, and pledge to St. James’s as we prepare to celebrate new growth in our 150th year!
TROOP 56 HONORS CHRISTOPHER DESNOYERS AS NEWEST EAGLE SCOUT
BSA Troop 56 of Cambridge has honored the advancement of Chrstopher Desnoyers of Cambridgeport to the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America in a Court of Honor held at the First Parish in Harvard Square. Only 3-4% of boys that enter Boy Scouts continue on to earn the rank of Eagle. At the ceremony, Andres Ballesteros, an Eagle Scout and 2013 recent graduate of Harvard College, explained that to achieve that rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, hold leadership positions in his troop, fulfill more than 300 individual requirements and plan, organize and lead other scouts in completing a service project benefiting the community. Desnoyer's Eagle project focused on erosion prevention and restoration at Turtle Pond, part of Habitat Audubon sanctuary in Belmont. He worked with Sandra Vorce during the design phase of his project, and subsequently led a team of volunteers to carry it out last May. State Representative Jay Livingstone presented Desnoyers with a proclamation from the House of Representatives and a letter from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren congratulating him on his achievement.
Pack, Troop, Crew and Post 56 is an inclusive, co-ed Scouting program which does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, or faith tradition. We believe in youth leadership and outdoor adventure. The Troop and Crew meet at the Church every Thursday at 7 p.m. We invite all youth and adults who are interested to drop by to meet our youth and adult members. More information about the Troop and Crew is available at www.troopcrew56.orgor by contacting our Troop Committee chair, Dr. Michelle Holmes (email@example.com), our Scoutmaster, David English (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Venture Advisor, RobinBonner (email@example.com). - Richard Klibaner
DO YOU KNOW OF A GOOD MISSION WE SHOULD SUPPORT?
Each year St. James’s supports 10 missions/ministries through our Missions fund, which receives 5.5% of congregational giving. We consider a few new missions each fall. Do you know of a good mission we should consider? We are looking for ministries which:
- have an existing connection with our parishioners
- are smaller ministries where our contribution can make an appreciable difference
- allow us to maintain a balance between ministries with different emphases
- are explicitly Christian (or sometimes inter-faith) in motivation
If you have a recommendation (and can vouch for the ministry,) please contact Nancy McArdle at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see a description of our current missions at: http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/missions-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 email@example.com 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
ST. JAMES’S BOOK CLUB MON., DEC 9 - “THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE”
The Book Club has chosen Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, as its current selection. Our next meeting will be on MONDAY, DEC 9. Please read Chapter 1, “Mary Magdalene in the Canonical Gospels.” Was Jesus’ most important disciple a woman? “A remarkable invitation into the origins and wisdom of Christianity, through the apostolic witness of Mary Magdalene. Expect a challenge, perhaps more than you are ready for. This book should change something, as it invites you to deepen you capacity for love, through the witness of Jesus’s beloved disciple.” -The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
We meet in the first floor conference room at 2161 Massachusetts Avenue from 6:00-7:30 in the evening on the second and fourth Monday of each month. For more information contact Saskia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Come join our informal group to discuss the Sunday scriptures in the hour before the main Sunday worship service. We will share our questions, knowledge and ideas as we consider what each passage means in its historical and Biblical contexts and then what we hear the spirit saying to us in our present liturgical, social and personal contexts. We meet at 9:15 in the vestry room, to the left of the sanctuary, and finish by 10:15 so that people can set up for the nursery. For more information contact us at 617-547-0838 or email@example.com -Judy and John Gay
PRAXIS LECTIO DIVINA BIBLE STUDY GROUP ON TUESDAY MORNINGS
On Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am, we gather in the church office at 2161 Mass Ave. on the corner of Milton St., for an hour of "spiritual practice" or "praxis." After opening with a brief time of prayer and praise, we focus on an exploration of the coming Sunday's Gospel lesson. We use the technique of lectio divina, or spiritual reading, letting God’s Word address our lives and listening to each other share what God’s Word says to them. This is a drop-in event; no preparation is necessary.
MORNING PRAYER WEEKLY, TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 8:45 AM AT THE 2161 MASS AVE. OFFICE
Following the PRAXIS bible study group every Tuesday morning, and on Thursday mornings as well, a small group reads the office of Morning Prayer and offers intercessory prayer in our downstairs Parlor at the American Friends Service Committee. Come join us for this ancient Anglican rite of common prayer!
A PASTORAL INTRODUCTION TO WORSHIP IN ADVENT
What is Advent, adventus, the season of The Coming, the new year in our discipleship of Christ?
--Advent is a time of quiet pulling away from the fuss and craziness of secular “Christmas” preparations, but that’s not all; it’s also a time to re-adjust our perspective from close-up preoccupations to the long view of history and our small but important, God-given place in it…
--Advent is a call for reflection (in the midst of busyness), but that’s not all; it’s also a call to action (to “wake up,” to get ourselves sorted out)…
--Advent is about being prepared to coo over baby Jesus, but that’s not all; it’s about getting ready to face Christ in judgment. For early Christians, the increasing severity and austerity of Advent sprang from the sense that our lives have value and meaning and moral impetus and should not be frittered away self-indulgently, in distinct contrast, and witness, to the Roman Saturnalia festivals from December 17, which were marked by debauchery, excess and abandonment, …
--Advent is about prophecy & judgment, about being held to account for our decisions and their impacts on others, but that’s not all; it’s a celebration! It is the start of the new year, liturgically. In this new year, as well as hearing the words of patriarchs and matriarchs and prophets et al, we start to be especially immersed in Matthew’s memory and proclamation of the good news…
--Advent may involve a journey of self-examination, but that’s not all; running through it is always the good news that along the way we hear the word of mercy and of promise, again and again, as we turn to greet the coming – of a vulnerable immigrant child in a manger; of a mighty Alpha & Omega come to bring us home into God’s Commonwealth; of a savior …
This Advent at St. James’s, beginning on Sunday December 1st, we return to the Eucharistic Prayer A from the Book of Common Prayer, and to our beloved Trisagion in the Archangelsky setting – Holy God, Holy & Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us! – to open our worship. We’ll sing some of the great Advent hymns – “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying,” “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
We’ll also set a pace and a volume for worship that invites a quiet and reflective spirit amid all the “holiday cheer” that so incessantly surrounds us in our everyday life. Our service music, like the Archangelsky, will be chant-based. We will say the Creed. Instead of our usual open prayer, we will use Prayers of the People Form II, which opens a space of silent meditation between petitions. The children and their parents will lead us in a prayerful Advent wreath-lighting.
At the birth of John the Baptist in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, John’s old father Zechariah sings an exultant Advent song:
“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
For just these four weeks of Advent reflection, in place of the Announcements and Celebrations, we’ll take time after the passing of the Peace to offer the opportunity for you to come forward and share with us “A Moment of Tender Compassion” you have personally experienced, illuminating this dark and chilly season: some foretaste of God’s great unifying heavenly banquet prepared for us at the end of time.
(Because we will be sharing our “Moments of Tender Compassion” during this month of Advent preparation, you can send your written announcements to Claire, our Office Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org before 2 PM Tuesday for inclusion in the back of the next bulletin.)
And, reflecting the both/and nature of the Advent season, we’ll close each service with a blessing from Craig Groeschel that both disturbs and heals, as this season is meant to do:
“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen.”
CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE DURING COFFEE HOUR
To celebrate the diversity of our congregation and learn a little more about the cultures of our members, we’d like to feature our church families through food during some of our coffee hours. Last year we featured the cuisine of members from the south, Haitian members, as well as those from Pakistan and Costa Rica. We have made latkes (a traditional Jewish dish for the holidays), we tasted Irish soda bread, and Chinese noodles, to name a few.
We would like to honor each member or cultural group at our church as we learn more about each other, so please let us know how we can celebrate your culture and you. – Marietta Sbraccia
MEET OUR ORDINAND INTERN REED CARLSON!
Reed Carlson is a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Minnesota and a Doctoral Student in Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School. He's passionate about teaching the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) in a way that is theological, thrilling, and thought-provoking. Reed enjoys traveling overseas, cooking, pursuing the perfect cup of coffee, and biking in the city. He is engaged to be married to Britta Meiers, a candidate for ordination in the ELCA. He’ll be assisting Judith in the Church School and serving at the altar during his time with us.
We are delighted that Holly has returned to us from her sabbatical, safe and rested! With Holly's return, Judith properly takes up her role as Associate Rector for Church School and Family Life at St. James. Judith will be working 1/3 time and her office days will be Tuesday and Wednesday for the rest of this year.
END-OF-LIFE PLANNING BOOKLET AVAILABLE ONLINE
At our website, under the “About” section, you can download a copy of the End-of-Life Planning Booklet. It includes information on funeral and burial, medical directives, forms for financial and legal information and even a form to help you prepare to write a will and designate your beneficiaries.
We’re happy to assist anyone who would like our help. You can leave copies of your medical directive and funeral and burial plans with us in our secure file in the Rector’s office, in addition to sharing them with relatives, friends and your doctor, so that we can be an effective part of your support team. Please call Claire at 617.547.4070 or email email@example.com. or download your own copy from our website
KACEY MINNICK IS OUR 2013-2014 MICAH FELLOW!
Welcome to Kacey Minnick, our Micah Fellow, who will be with us through June 2014! Kacey comes from Tennessee via North Carolina and Guilford College. She will be working in the areas of Food Ministries and our Welcome Ministry, under Holly’s supervision. If you’d like to learn more about Kacey, check out the link to her Living Epistle at http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/_resources/category/living-epistles. Or better yet, introduce yourself to her on Sunday morning and make a date for coffee!
JOIN THE ST. 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 Alandra Merrithwait at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
ST. NICHOLAS FESTIVITIES ON DECEMBER 7th AT ALL SAINTS’ BELMONT
All Saints’ Church will host a St. Nicholas Exhibit from 10am to 4pm on December 7th in the Parish Hall – 17 Clark Street, Belmont MA. Displays include photos, icons, St. Nicholas traditions in other countries and hands-on activities for children of all ages. Refreshments will be served throughout the day; hot lunch will be served from 11am to 2pm for a small fee in our special “St. Nicholas Café”. St. Nicholas himself will be on hand all day for photos, and there will be a special presentation of the All Saints’ Christmas Pageant featuring St. Nicholas and the children of All Saints’ at 11am. Don’t miss this fun, festive, and educational event for the whole family Admission is a pair of mittens or warm hat for a needy child (just one per family). Ample parking is available and the Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 617-484-2228.
MAII (MINISTRIES OF AIDES INTERNATIONAL) GALA ON SATURDAY, DEC. 14TH
You are invited to the 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala to benefit the education of underprivileged children in Haiti, through the Ministries of Aides International, a Christian organization supported by a St. James’s Mission Grant. The event will take place from 6-10PM at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville. Tickets are $50 regular price, $55 at the door, $25 for children and include a formal dinner of Haitian food, live performances, at DJ, and raffle. For more information contact fundraiser@ministriesofaidesinternational/617-250-8516/ http://www.ministriesofaidesinternational.org/ or speak with Yvette Verdieu at church!
THE OUTDOOR CHURCH MOVES IN TO WINTER
The Outdoor Church departs each Sunday at 9am to hold worship in Pigeon Park and to distribute sandwiches once a month. For more information and to find out how you can help the ministry, please visit http://www.stjames-cambridge.org/outdoor-church/
ST. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, food donations from St. James's parishioners are ALWAYS appreciated! Just bring them to the big baskets below the chancel steps and we’ll make sure they get to the Pantry!
TAIZE SERVICES AT HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL ONCE-A-MONTH ON MONDAYS
A group of Christian students at Harvard Divinity School has begun a monthly Taize-style service at Harvard, which is open to all who would like to worship with us. Services take place at 7pm in Andover Chapel, 45 Francis Avenue in Cambridge. Based on the worship of the ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taize, France, "Taize at Harvard" seeks to create contemplative, Christ-centered worship through songs, chants, Scripture readings, prayerful meditation, and silent renewal. Contact Joseph Kimmel at email@example.com for the meeting date each month.
WORKING OUR WAY TOWARD CONSTRUCTION!
Beginning in the summer of 2011, the Redevelopment process had effectively been on hold while a lawsuit wended its way through the Commonwealth’s court system. This case had been filed by a small number of neighbors who opposed the project as it had been approved by the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Historical Commission and the MA Historical Commission. In late August of 2013, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts dismissed their case. (Judge Dickey's dismissal is posted on our website.) The formal appeals period has passed and nothing has been filed. In all likelihood, this legal avenue is closed. This means that the developer for the Redevelopment Project – Oaktree Development LLC –with St. James alongside, have leapt over another hurdle. We hope to see progress soon and will report it here and on the website.
KEEPING THE PARISH HUMMING
WORSHIP SERVICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As the St. James’s family grows, we find ourselves needing more Sunday volunteers; welcomers, chalicers, intercessors, acolytes and readers. If you’ve just joined St. James’s, this is a great way to get to know people!
Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those unable to attend church, to extend the blessings of our communion and community to include them. The Diocese provides the training and St. James’s must provide a CORI check. The cost for training is $40, but there are scholarships available if necessary.
If you are interested in participating in the Eucharist, or would just like more information about training, please contact Claire Raphaelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY NEWS TRIES SOMETHING NEW!
We’re going to try to help make the Sunday News a bit more readable to newcomers and long-timers alike: we’re going to put time-sensitive articles in BLUE for anyone reading the Sunday News in e-format, and keep the basic information needed by newcomers – things like our policy on Facebook, how to become a liturgical minister, and our redevelopment basics – in black. If you are a long-timer cruising through to pick up the most urgent or fresh items, look for the BRIGHT BLUE ARTICLES!
WARNING: WATCH YOUR BELONGINGS IN CHURCH
Sadly, several of us had items stolen during worship recently, right in the church. Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected, and to the desperate person who used our Holy Thanksgiving ("eucharist") as a time to steal from others. Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence in urban churches. Please protect your belongings carefully, even when you are in church!
OUR COMMUNITY PRAYERS…
PARISH PRAYER LIST
Prayers for loved ones near and far are very important. Sometimes, however, people forget to update us in the office about those on our weekly prayer list. Holly and Claire will update the prayer list on the first Sunday of every month. If you wish your loved ones to remain on the list for the next month, please let us know by noon of the last Thursday of the previous month that you wish us to continue our prayers, and we will keep their names on our list. THANK YOU!
We Pray for Those Who Have Asked for Our Prayers
Delia Machore, Shari Moy, Eliza Petrow & Henry, Warren Huber, Denise Yambra (daughter of Kathy Udall), Thomas Butler (John Butler's brother), Hugh T. Owen (brother of Cynthia Owen), Dan and Shannon Beers (Judy Beers' son and daughter-in-law) and Shannon's mother Pam, Ed Humphrey, Christine Chevoor (Aunt of Hong Chin’s wife Susan), Phil Benson, Leslie Chandler, Eva Arnott, (friends of Carole Belgrade), Mateo Torres, our bishop, Tom Shaw; Erinn Phelan, Simon Shapiro (husband of Mardi Moran), Tom, Mary Lou, and Daniel Lowe (family of Lee Ann Lowe), Anne Holmes (daughter-in-law of Ken & Mary Holmes and wife of David), Arne Nystrom, Sarah and Andrew Taylor Peck, Jessica Sollee, Peggy, Margaret, Bill Reeves and his wife Jane (parents of Hannah Reeves), Emilienne Jules, Ken Holmes, Cynthia Owen, Kurt McGee (David McGee’s father), Olga Best (Aunt of Elaine Agard), Paige Mercer (friend of Esther Won), Dennis Moore (Michael Walters Young’s friend), Teresa Primrose (Eric Maynard’s friend), Kathy Udall, Roger Shumway, Michelle Holmes, Vida Carrington, Susan Robinson, Joan Hawkesworth, Lynne Campbell, Sue Ritze (friend of Sarah Read), Arthur Oxenberg (Richard Oxenberg’s father), John Carlton & family, Lanell Smith (friend of Joan Jordan), Trevor DeCourcy-Dawe and Grace Dawe (Mabel Moore Pollard's nephew and sister), Pamela Bergquist; Maya DeBorst, Emily Sunderland, Frances Williams (Bob Estes’ mom), Susanne Carrington, Pat Haynes, Bob Massie, Ebert Agard, Marie, Constance, & Lydge Lahens, Florence Stanley, Barbara Butler, Lisa McDonnell. We pray for the Afghanis who have been injured in the past week but whose names have not been recorded, and all soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and veterans who are recovering from physical and mental harm sustained in the wars.
We Pray for Those Who Have Died
We pray for those who have died and for all those killed in conflicts in the Middle East, and for US servicemen who have been killed in Afghanistan.
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Michael by his mother Carol Folkes-Youens and his sister Jennifer Folkes, and in memory of Adelaide and David Hancock and George MacAskill by the Hancock and MacAskill families. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an addition or correction to the prayer list? Email the office by Wednesday at noon.
REMINDER: Parish office hours are just Monday through Thursday from 10AM-2PM. If you email or leave a voicemail after 2pm on Thursday, Claire will not receive it until Monday morning.
Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11; Psalm 146:4-9