Our Visioning Committee has compiled and analyzed our Vision Survey responses, which offered a great deal of thoughtful and insightful information, and led to the creation of this beautiful word cloud of frequently-mentioned, inspiring words:
Next, the Visioning Committee will be hosting small group gatherings with members of the congregation to discuss questions related to our parish culture. Join in these conversations (two different questions each week) after 7:45 worship and at 10:10 am in the Fellowship Hall on the three Sundays after Easter: April 23, April 30, and May 7. In addition, our Day of Discernment (where we, as a congregation, will discuss all the visioning data gathered) will be held on Saturday June 3. Please save these dates so that you can continue to participate as we “Capture God’s Vision for the Future of St. James’ Church.”
Join us on Tuesday April 4 at 7:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall for the Ninth Annual Loudoun County Pet Remembrance Candle Lighting Ceremony, as we celebrate and honor all beloved pets and companion animals who have passed on, are lost, or have been separated from their families. All human family members are invited to attend, but please leave any four-legged friends at home! Whether you attend or not, participate in the ceremony of the Roll of Honor, a slide show with the reading of the names of our pet angels, by submitting a jpeg image of your pet to be included to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday March 29. Contact Bill Tyrrell with any questions at email@example.com.
St. James’ Preschool will join historic Leesburg as the spring season kicks off with the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival! On Saturday April 22 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Sunday April 23 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, St. James’ Preschool will offer face painting at their booth located on Cornwall Street, right across from the St. James’ Church belltower. Volunteers are invited to help staff the booth on both Saturday and Sunday; if you can lend a hand, please contact Deb McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the Third Annual BBQ Fundraiser for St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Saturday May 13 from 12 noon to 4:00 pm in the St. James’ Church parking lot! Enjoy great food, live music, face painting, a raffle, and more! Buy your tickets at the door ($25 for adults and $10 for children and youth age 6 to 15 years old) or online at saintgabriels.net. Tickets are also on sale this Sunday after worship!
Back by popular demand is Communion instruction–This Bread & This Cup, a three-part Episcopal series especially created for children and their families. Children will learn about the Sacrament of Holy Communion while they’re having fun! From a guided tour of the church, to hands-on time with the elements of Communion, to unique activities that explore the Eucharistic worship from The Book of Common Prayer, children will thoroughly enjoy these experiences designed to help them to join more fully with their parish community and the larger communion of saints. This Bread & This Cup is designed for children age 6 to 10 and is offered at 1:00 pm on Sunday April 23, Sunday April 30, and Sunday May 7. Our first meeting will be held in the Janney Parlor. Contact Mark or Kate for more information.
Persons of all ages will be baptized on April 15 (The Great Vigil of Easter), May 14 (the visit by Bishop Ted Gulick), June 4 (Pentecost), July 23 (when we will celebrate the feast of our patron, Saint James), and November 5 (All Saints’ Day observed). If you are interested in being baptized (or having your child baptized), contact Mark or Kate for more information.
Some of the most meaningful music composed for use in corporate worship is that written especially for the church season of Lent, including the monumental Passions and Oratorios of Bach and Handel as well as the great hymns of the Anglican tradition such as “Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church.” On Wednesdays during Lent at 12:30 pm, immediately following the 12:00 Noon Eucharist, St. James’ Director of Music Dr. Steven Cooksey leads a special program, “Reflecting on Lent Through the Lens of Music,” a musical exploration of the themes of Lent—preparation, self-examination, and repentance. The program will be held in the Fellowship Hall and will conclude by 1:45 pm. Come for any one or all of the sessions. While soup will be provided, participants are asked to bring bread or salad for four persons. Please RSVP to Kay Gregg at email@example.com or 703-777-1124 so that we can know how much soup to prepare each Wednesday.
This month, we are praying for, learning about, and supporting our Monthly Mission Partner, The Paxton Campus. For 90 years, the historic Paxton Campus, located in Leesburg, has provided underprivileged families and children with a safe environment, served people with disabilities and their families, and helped children of all abilities thrive in our community.
The Aurora School, a private day school teaches students with special needs, including autism. Open Door Learning Center provides preschool and kindergarten. Supported Training and Employment Program (STEP Up) offers transition services to help adults with disabilities live and work independently. ALLY (“A Life Like Yours”) Advocacy Center supplies free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them. For more information go to www.paxtoncampus.org.
Please keep The Paxton Campus in your prayers, and give generously on the last Sunday of this month to support this important ministry in our community.
St. James’ Book Club meets on Thursday April 13 at 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room to discuss Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind. Even if you are not able to read the book, you are welcome to share in the conversation and fellowship!
Seasoned Saints from Leesburg United Methodist, Leesburg Presbyterian and St James’ will travel to Sterling on Thursday April 6 for a very special talk and tour of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Participants will gather at noon for those who wish to enjoy a brown bag lunch, fellowship, and the adjacent Claude Moore Park. At 1:00 pm Bill Harrison, President of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum and Leesburg United Methodist Church member, will talk about Loudoun’s rich agricultural heritage, and lead an interactive tour of the Museum. We will learn how members of our churches provided tobacco, wheat and oats for what was once the most populous county in Virginia, and discover why the market changed to producing milk at award-winning dairies, raising turkeys (40,000 once raised at Morven Park), growing corn (Temple Hall Farm was once the largest producer of popcorn in the east), and raising cattle and fine horses. The tour will conclude by 2:30 pm. Admission is $4.00 for seniors. Please RSVP to Kay Gregg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-777-1124 by 5:00 pm on Monday April 3. and thanks to St. James’ parishioner Jean Brown for organizing this event. And you won’t want to miss our May gathering! On Thursday May 4, we will visit Rockland, the historic home of the Rust family, members of St. James’ for generations, with St. James’ own John Rust as our guide.