Since 1991, Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) has been feeding the hungry in Loudoun County. St. James’ 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 (2,285 pounds, to be exact!) and $9,186.48. Congratulations! So far this year, we have donated 965 pounds of food and $832.68.
Thank you to everyone who contributed food, money, or time to the St. James’ Church Backpack Buddies (BPB) program this year, helping to provide over 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 over 2,600 pounds of food, and gave $4,000 in contributions for supplemental food purchases. The BPB program returns in September, so get ready for another great year! Contact Raymond Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Started in 2009, Grace to Go (G2G) has grown exponentially, thanks to all of our volunteers! Healthy meals are prepared every Sunday afternoon at Deli South, and distributed 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: helping to open Deli South on a Sunday afternoon; relaying instructions needed to prepare chicken, red potatoes, and carrots/broccoli; and after preparation, leading volunteers in cleaning and locking up. Leaders are needed July 16, July 30, and September 17. If you discern a call to leadership, please contact Anna Mitchum at email@example.com or Amanda Geary at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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; today, the ARC holds about 400 blood drives each and every day. Every pint of blood collected has the potential to save three lives. St. James’ Church hosts ARC blood drives on the third Friday of the even-numbered months; the next donation opportunity here is Friday August 18. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800)RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
This month, we are praying for, learning about, and supporting our Monthly Mission Partner, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). The recent unprecedented and catastrophic flooding resulting from the landfalls of monster storm Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana is among the worst natural disasters on record. The deadly storm, which dumped an unprecedented nine trillion gallons of rain in four days, devastated swaths of Texas, especially the greater Houston area where rainfall reached 50 inches. More than six million people in the Houston area have been affected as the storm flooded streets, homes, and businesses. Damage is estimated between $30 and $100 billion; FEMA estimates that more than 30,000 people will require emergency shelter. And now, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, is wreaking havoc across the Caribbean, heading for Florida, where mandatory evacuations have begun.
When a disaster happens, it’s common to see an even greater need for assistance a few months after the event—after the National Guard, TV cameras and many other aid agencies have gone. ERD partners with Episcopal dioceses for the long term, as they work with underserved and marginalized populations in their communities, enabling them to make a full and sustained recovery.
In the weeks, months, and years to come, the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas, West Texas, Louisiana and Western Louisiana, and other dioceses will be moving from emergency relief to long term disaster recovery and assistance with the help of ERD’s US Disaster Program. This program works with diocesan and congregational leadership to provide technical resources and connections to others around the country who have faced similar challenges, as well as access to the Ready to Serve volunteer database. For more information, go to www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program. Your support of ERD is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to minister to those whose lives have been forever changed by Hurricane Harvey. Please keep ERD in your prayers, and give generously on September 24 to support this important ministry.
Experience our liturgical variations for the season of Pentecost including these particularly appropriate options from The Book of Common Prayer: Form VI for The Prayers of the People (with our specific additions), Eucharistic Prayer II at 7:45 am and Eucharistic Prayer C at 9:00 am and 11:15 am, and the alternative and more accurate language (by translation and theology) for The Lord’s Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer at 9:00 am and 11:15 am. Special service music will complement our worship at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.
The more “modern” translation of The Lord’s Prayer (which has been adopted by The Episcopal Church) comes from the English Language Liturgical Consultation, a group of national associations of ecumenical liturgists in the English-speaking world, concerned with developing and promoting common liturgical texts, including also the “modern” Nicene Creed translation which we use every Sunday. The “modern” translation of the Lord’s Prayer is considered more accurate to the original Greek of the New Testament. Indeed, in both versions of the Lord’s Prayer that appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as translated in the New Revised Standard Version (which we use during worship at St. James’ Church every Sunday), the word “sins” is used instead of “trespasses,” and the phrase “do not bring [or simply “save”] us from the time of trial” replaces “lead us not into temptation.” Not only is “sins” a better translation, but also encompasses the broader notion of seeking forgiveness for things both done and left undone, while “trespasses” suggests our need to be forgiven only for what we do, not what we fail to do, as discussed by Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46. (Other versions of the Lord’s Prayer use the word “debts” instead of “sins,” because the original Aramaic word—the language Jesus spoke—could have been translated either way.) Likewise, while both “temptation” and “trial” are good translations, we do not believe that God leads us into temptation, but as discussed in James1:13-14, we believe God “tempts no one.”
How would you like to have breakfast and/or lunch with other children and youth during the summer? Are you ever hungry or bored or just looking for a place to beat the heat? Well, you’re in luck! On weekdays from June 12 through July 14 breakfast AND lunch will be served at Leesburg Elementary School…for FREE! All children and youth up to age 18 can enjoy a free breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and a free lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm each and every weekday. Parents may accompany children. No income requirements. No questions asked. Leesburg Elementary is located at 323 Plaza Street NE.
If you are looking for some practical ways to take your faith with you wherever you go, explore some wonderful options at www.buildfaith.org/home-practices, sponsored by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. This free online resource offers theologically sound, effective, and doable ideas for faith formation for children, youth and adults. No one should be surprised to learn that the most important context for faith is one that is formed and nurtured outside of Sunday worship. Whether you are single, coupled, or in a family, you can build your faith in so many ways, like praying before meals, studying the Bible, offering blessings, and creating sacred spaces. So check out some “any time” or “seasonal” practices, and let us know how they help you build your faith.
St. James’ Preschool is offering tours and accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We provide classes in the following age groups: 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, 4 and 4 1/2 (Pre-K). We also offer Extended Day classes. And, we are looking for part-time Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers in our fun, loving, Christian environment. If you, or anyone you know, would like more information or a tour, are interested in filling out an application, know of a prospective teacher, or feel called to assist at our Preschool, contact St. James’ Preschool Director, Janet Stayrook, at 703-777-8439 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at stjamespreschoolleesburg.org.
Last Saturday’s morning of Reflection and Discernment was inspiring, dynamic and fruitful. We saw many specific and common themes emerge from our conversations. God’s vision for St. James’ Church is being revealed to us! Many thanks to all who participated in the Reflection and Discernment morning, and to everyone since January who contributed to the visioning process, through the survey, emails, and small group discussions.
Over the summer, the Visioning Committee will digest all the information gathered and prepare the final visioning document. Stay tuned for our presentation planned for the early fall. If you have any questions or comments about the visioning process, please contact one of our Committee members: Ara Bagdasarian, Chase Banks, Art Blakeslee, Carolyn Briles, Lyndsay Chamblin, Stacy Cleveland, Wendy Glorioso, Heather Gold, and Worth Hawes. And please remember to keep St. James’ Church and the visioning process in your prayers.
Sunday morning Church School , which meets from 10:10 am to 11:00 am, has concluded for the program year. Come to our Church School “Open House” on August 27. Classes resume on September 10.
Children are invited to enhance our worship, while experiencing the joy of singing and gaining a love for church music, by participating in our Children’s Choir. Children Pre-K through Fifth Grade sing at various times throughout the church year. While our Children’s Choir is on break for the summer, you can learn more by contacting Rachel Newell at email@example.com.
Let’s make some music! If you are in Middle School or Senior High and like singing and/or playing music, then St. James’ Joy and Music (JAM) is for you! JAM offers some “modern” Christian music for our 9:00 am worship, and we always welcome new singers and musicians. Although JAM is off for the summer, for more information, contact Ara Bagdasarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning later this month, we will be experimenting with gathering together members of St. James’ Church who are neighbors (people who live in close proximity to each other) for conversation and connection-building (and of course food). We are calling these get-togethers “Neighbor Gatherings” – focusing on the Biblical admonition to “Love Your Neighbor.” If our initial efforts in developing relationships in this way are successful, we hope to invite everyone to such a gathering (in your neighborhood as best we can) in the coming year or so. Let us know if you are interested in attending, and do come if you are invited, as we get to know each other better and continue to create a caring community of God’s people.