Since 1991, Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) has been feeding the hungry in Loudoun County. St. James’ Church is one of Loudoun Hunger Relief’s faith congregation partners who assist with food collection, monetary donations, and volunteer service. In 2017 St. James’ Church donated more than two tons of food (4,079 pounds, to be exact!) and $6,417.68 in monetary donations. Congratulations!
St. James’ Church Backpack Buddies (BPB) ministry is ready for another year! Pick up a BPB Bag any time, and return it on the second Sunday of each month with one or more food items. In 2017, the people of St. James’ Church provided 3,000 pounds of food donations and $8,000 in monetary donations to Loudoun’s food-insecure children through the local BPB Coalition, sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools. These two sources of donations translated into 2,200 BPB bags providing 22,000 weekend meals. Contact Raymond Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grace to Go invites you to cook! Volunteers from St. James’ Church and the wider community meet at Deli South on Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm to prepare food for distribution on Monday evenings in the St. James’ Church parking lot. Sunday January 28 is the next available date. Sign up online at www.signupgenious.com/go/20f0d4da9ac22a20-grace or contact Anna Mitchum at email@example.com
Compassionate Friends, a support group for members (or friends) of a family affected by the death of a child, meets in the Janney Parlor at St. James’ Church at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Bernard and Bev Elero at 540-882-9707 for more information.
St. James’ Church hosts three Alcoholics Anonymous groups which meet in the lower level of the Rittenhouse Building: Sunday 5:30 pm “Happy Hour Group” (discussion for those who have a desire to stop drinking), Monday 7:00 pm “Room for Growth Group” (for women only who want to learn more about and pursue the Twelve Steps), and Thursday 8:30 pm “The Leesburg Group” (discussion for those who have a desire to stop drinking,
Capital Caring offers Drop-in Grief Support at St. James’ Church at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Janney Parlor. For more information contact Jamie Kent at 703-957-1787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and elections, and influences public policy through education and advocacy, welcomes all voters to meet at 10:00 am in the Janney Parlor on the first Saturday of every month. Formed in 1946, the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County is the first rural League of Women Voters in Virginia. For more information contact parish member Kathleen Hughes or go to loudoun.va.lwvnet.org.
Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? Since 1940, the American Red Cross (ARC) has collected blood donations at community centers throughout the country; and today holds about 400 blood drives each and every day. Every pint of blood collected has the potential to save three lives. On Friday August 18, 12 pints were collected, saving 36 lives. St. James’ Church hosts ARC blood drives on the third Friday of the even-numbered months; the next blood drive will be held on Friday December 15. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800)RED-CROSS(800-733-2767).
Jeremiah’s Table ministers to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and intellectual disabilities – persons who are often the recipients of fear, stigma, and misunderstanding, which can leave them isolated and marginalized in the community. The prophet Jeremiah was bitterly rejected and an outcast in his time, unrecognized as one chosen by God to speak God’s word. Once each month on selected Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm in the Parish House, Jeremiah’s Table offers an art group. Jeremiah’s Table is a collaboration between St. James’ Church, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, and the Loudoun County Community Services Board Community Outreach Program.