Come for Coffee

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Enjoy Fellowship each Sunday after 7:45 am worship in the Janney Parlor and after 9:00 am and 11:15 am worship in the hallway outside the worship space.

 

 

Celebrate a Spiritual Summer!

Week 7 (Sunday July 31—Saturday August 6): We celebrate…Thunderstorms

The hot moist air of summer sometimes leads to afternoon storms.  Loud claps of thunder, gusty winds and hailstones can be scary as rain pours out of the sky.  Jesus never said that our lives would be free from storms if we believed in him.  Instead, his promise was that he would be our shelter as the storms raged.  He would be with us when the sun shines again.

What storms are in your life right now?  Know that Jesus is with you.

 

Read It Isaiah 25:4-5

For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.  When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdue the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.

Psalm 46:1-3 

God is our refuge and strength,  a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;

Though its waters rage and foam,  and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

Pray It

 

For Rain

O gracious Father, who opens your hand and fills all things living with plenteousness: Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world; let our Spirit go forth, that it may renew the face of the earth; show your loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and save us from selfish use of what you give, that men and women everywhere may give you thanks, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(The Book of Common Prayer, p. 828)

 

Sing It

 

“Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns

Watch the video at: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WDK7KLNX

Live It Episcopal Relief and Development (www.episcopalrelief.org) works with Church partners and local organizations in times of storms to save lives and transform communities worldwide.

Make Music in Our Children’s Choir

Children's Choirs

 

Children are invited to enhance our worship, while experiencing the joy of singing and gaining a love for church music by participating in one of our two Children’s Choirs.  One choir is for children from Kindergarten age through First Grade; the other choir is for children in Second through Fifth Grades. Children will sing at various times throughout the church year.  Rehearsals will be on Sunday mornings.  Look for more information to come, or to learn more, contact Rachel Newell at the Church Office.

 

 

Consider Serving as a Church Office Volunteer

 

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We have been blessed by parishioners Abbey Marble and Charlotte Myers-Burton who have been serving as Summer Interns in our Church Office! Abbey and Charlotte each work 12 hours per week on worship bulletins, the e-Pistle, the St. James’ website, and other special projects. A 2016 graduate of Loudoun County High School, Abbey is headed to the University of Mary Washington in the fall where she plans to major in Computer Science. Charlotte graduated from Heritage High School, and is headed to West Virginia University where she plans to major in Engineering. Abbey and Charlotte join Margaret Akers and Chris Brogan who also volunteer in the Church Office. Join with us in celebrating the ministry of our Church Office volunteers! And if you feel called to serve as a volunteer, please let Mark or Kate know.

Support Our July Mission Partner

 

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This month, we are praying for, learning about, and supporting our Monthly Mission Partner, Martha’s Table. For more than 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities in Washington DC, through four initiatives:

Healthy Start: This high quality, nationally accredited program offers full-day early childhood education to children from 3 months to 3 years of age, as well as out-of-school time programming for Pre-K and elementary-aged students.

Healthy Eating: This initiative works to ensure fresh, healthy food for those in need, and encourages children and their families to make healthy choices.

Healthy Connections: As children progress through middle school, high school, and college, Martha’s Table supports these youth with service, leadership, and work opportunities as they mature into their future as learners, leaders, and earners.

Emergency Support Services: Martha’s Table operates emergency relief programs that meet the basic, fundamental needs of neighbors in crisis, including McKenna’s Wagon, a daily mobile food truck; a 7-day-a-week emergency “lobby” market; a 4:00 pm daily meal service; and clothing services through Martha’s Outfitters, a friendly, hip and innovative community thrift store, and the Martha’s Outlet program.

On Wednesday July 27, St. James’ Middle School and Senior High youth participated in A Day of Service and Fun, served at Martha’s Outfitters, and helped to sort and organize clothes, clean the store, and assist clients.

Please keep Martha’s Table in your prayers, and give generously this Sunday July 31, to support this important ministry in our community.

Read a Letter to the Church

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On June 28, The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings issued a Letter to The Episcopal Church regarding the civil rights and full inclusion of LGBT people. The Letter provides links to resources to learn more about the stories of transgender Christians and “our church’s long journey to understand that they are children of God and created in God’s image.” Bishop Curry and The Rev. Jennings wrote, “When we are born anew through baptism, we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. Today, transgender  people and, indeed, the entire LGBT community, need  us to keep that promise. By doing so, we can bear witness to the world that Jesus has shown us another way—the way of love.”  To read the Letter in its entirety click here.

Check Out Our Vestry Corner

Vestry Corner

 

Consider these items of note from the June 23 Vestry Meeting:

 

  • The Vestry reviewed the policies and procedures for the repurchase of niches at the St. James’ Columbarium and determined that niches that have been used would not be eligible for repurchase.
  • The Vestry discussed the ongoing efforts to sell the King Street properties which have been on the market for a year, and requested the Task Force managing the sale to provide an update at an upcoming Vestry meeting
  • The Rector reported that he and the Senior Associate Rector have been actively recruiting Church School teachers and youth leaders for the upcoming year, and that the vast majority of teachers and leaders from the last year will be returning.
  • The Vestry will hold its Retreat on July 22-23.

 

The next Vestry Meeting will be Thursday July 28 at 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

Enjoy Fellowship and Outreach

Parents Group

Calling all parents of children preschool age through middle school! The St. James’ Parent Group is in gear, providing parents and children with a range of opportunities to connect and enhance our faith through fellowship and community outreach.  The first gathering is a walk through Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg on Tuesday July 12 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm; bring a snack and stop by! On Monday July 25 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm we’ll gather at Greenbrier State Park in Boonsboro, MD. Feel free to join our St. James’ Parent Group on Facebook to connect virtually with everyone! To learn more, contact Sarah Bauer at or Abby Moulton at the Church Office.

 

On Sunday Jusaint james day potluck 2016ly 24 we will celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, the Apostle Saint James the Greater, with an all-parish “pitch in” lunch after our 11:15 am worship.  St. James’ Church will provide the best fried chicken ever!  You’re invited to bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.
 

Martha’s Table:

This month, we are praying for, learning about, and supporting our Monthly Mission Partner, Martha’s Table. For more than 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities in Washington DC, through four initiatives:

Healthy Start: This high quality, nationally accredited program offers full-day early childhood education to children from 3 months to 3 years of age, as well as out-of-school time programming for Pre-K and elementary-aged students.

Healthy Eating: This initiative works to ensure fresh, healthy food for those in need, and encourages children and their families to make healthy choices.

Healthy Connections: As children progress through middle school, high school, and college, Martha’s Table supports these youth with service, leadership, and work opportunities as they mature into their future as learners, leaders, and earners.

Emergency Support Services: Martha’s Table operates emergency relief programs that meet the basic, fundamental needs of neighbors in crisis, including McKenna’s Wagon, a daily mobile food truck; a 7-day-a-week emergency “lobby” market; a 4:00 pm daily meal service; and clothing services through Martha’s Outfitters, a friendly, hip and innovative community thrift store, and the Martha’s Outlet program.

On Wednesday July 29, St. James’ Middle School and Senior High youth will engage in A Day of Service and Fun, serving at Martha’s Outfitters, helping to sort and organize clothes, clean the store, and assist clients. To register, contact Stacy Cleveland at scleveland049@gmail.com.

Please keep Martha’s Table in your prayers, and give generously on the last Sunday of the month, July 31, to support this important ministry in our community.

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