Greetings from St. James
The mission of St. James Episcopal Church is to be the Body of Christ by coming together in community to worship in the richness of the Episcopal tradition, empowering us by the Holy Spirit to seek and serve Christ in all people.
Worship with us.
St. James Episcopal Church
Holy Eucharist: Rite II
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
or join us remotely though our Facebook Live feed:
The first Sunday of each month is Pantry Sunday for the Community Action Committee (CAC). Currently there is a special need for peanut butter, soups, and tuna.
Please give generously and know your donations are deeply appreciated! Groceries that are helpful include: dried beans, pasta, rice, canned vegetables and fruit, tuna fish, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned soup, and canned beans. Also donations of shampoos, soaps, and other personal care products are also needed and paper grocery bags. Donations of food or checks to CAC may be left in the narthex or delivered to the CAC office at St. Mark's, St. Paul's (formerly Otey Parish). Thank you!
Gather with us.
The Lenten Book Study this year is going to offer us an interesting change on the typical book study.
The title says it best as to what this book is all about:
How to Be: A Monk and a Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship.
The book is a collection of letters between a Trappist monk (Brother Paul Quenon) and a journalist (Judith Valente) written during 'the dark days of Covid', musing about the big questions of existence.
It has great reviews and because it is a collection of letters between two friends, it hopefully won't be freighted with lots of heavy academic theology (Sorry, seminarians:)
The book can be purchased from Amazon at this link:
For our first gathering, I'm going to suggest we read the forward, the introduction, and their first correspondence on letter writing.
If you don't have the book in time, don't worry, I think the book will serve more as a springboard for our talks on universal questions.
Our first meeting will be Wednesday March 1st at 5:30 in the parish hall. And we will meet every Wednesday at that time during the month of March (the 5 Wednesdays in Lent).
In the past, we have done a soup-based meal. And while it started out as a simple meal, it seems like it - in good Episcopal tradition -- got away from the simplicity of just soup and bread.
I'd like to suggest that we commit to making this a truly Lenten meal, mindful of the world's poor (also America/Tennessee) who go to bed hungry each night. Let's stick to one soup pot, one plain loaf of bread, and water. Our sauce may simply be gratitude. I'll start off with the first week and we can sign up for subsequent weeks.
Hope to see you all.
The Beloved Community Committee
The St. James Beloved Community Committee recently was formed to promote racial justice education in our community. If you would like to learn more or if you would like to serve on the committee, please contact Chris Colane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book study group grew out of the Beloved Community series last fall. We meet over Zoom for exactly one hour every other week. This book, subtitled "The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism," should take us 6 sessions at most. We'd love to have new members! For more information, contact Margaret Stephens at email@example.com.
Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King will meet on Sunday,
April 16th at 10:15 a.m. at St. James. The Daughters of the King’s Rule of Life includes prayer, service, being and seeing Christ in ourselves and one another. For more information, please contact Pixie Dozier at 931-598-5869.
Serve with us.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
People who share their talents of knitting or crocheting by making shawls for those who will be wrapped in prayers.The Prayer Shawl Ministry primarily provides comfort and peace through a tangible gift of a handmade prayer shawl, mantle or lap robe, regardless of the need. Any requests are honored and can be directed to Barbara Hart at (931) 636-8281 (and leave message) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone interested in participating in this rewarding ministry should also contact Barbara. Experienced knitting/crochet welcomed.
Daughters of the King
A religious order for lay women who take vows to live a rule of life that includes prayer, works and study. DOK meets the second Tuesday of every month. Daughters also coordinate special church celebrations and arrange for food to be taken to those who have been ill or have suffered traumatic life events.
Community Action Committee
CAC serves those in need who live in our community. Please support the CAC with your gifts of non-perishable food items. Their current hours of operation are 9-11 am Monday through Friday at The Episcopal Parish of St. Mark & St. Paul on the Mountain in Sewanee. The CAC phone number is 931-598-5927.
James Stephens is the CAC board representative for St. James.
The Mission Council of St. James meets every third Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in the parish hall. These meetings are open to anyone.