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 2016 St. James’ Church donated more than a ton of food (2,290 pounds, to be exact!) and $9,186.48. Congratulations! So far this year, we have donated 2,659 pounds of food and $832.68.
St. James’ Church Backpack Buddies (BPB) ministry is ready for another year! Last year we helped to provide more than 5,400 bags of food to Loudoun’s food-insecure children through the local BPB Coalition, sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools. In the last school year, the people of St. James’ Church collected more than 2,600 pounds of food, and gave $4,000 in contributions for supplemental food purchases. Contact Raymond Jones at email@example.com for more information.
Since 2009, Grace to Go (G2G) has prepared healthy meals every Sunday afternoon at Deli South, and distributed them to the hungry and food insecure in our parking lot on Mondays at 5:00 pm. To help prepare meals, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4da9ac22a20-grace. Also, share in the leadership of this important ministry by engaging in two hours of multitasking each week: open Deli South on a Sunday afternoon; relay instructions needed to prepare chicken, red potatoes, and carrots/broccoli; and lead volunteers in cleaning and locking up. If you discern a call to leadership, please contact Anna Mitchum at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Geary 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. These individuals 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. When we know each other, the perceived sense of “otherness” can be transformed into one of fellowship and mutual kinship through Christ. Every other week, on Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 2:30 pm in the Parish House, Jeremiah’s Table offers an art group. Jeremiah’s Table is collaboration between St. James’ Church, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, and the Loudoun County Community Services Board Community Outreach Program.