Our last two months of giving to support our Monthly Mission Partners has exceeded all expectations! We have contributed to ministries in our local community. Many thanks for everyone’s incredible generosity!
January St. James’ Preschool $3,733.00
February Theological Education $2,321.50
At its March 23 Meeting, among other things, the Vestry:
Reviewed the Fall Giving Campaign, and discussed extensively the desire of the Vestry to move toward an ongoing program of year-round financial stewardship.
Received an update from the Visioning Committee, including the proposed Visioning Sessions to be held on the Sundays of April 23, April 30, and May 7 at 10:10 am in the Fellowship Hall.
Approved Back Pack Buddies, Grace to Go, Highland Education Project, and Episcopal Relief & Development as recipients of the Easter Offering.
The Vestry will next meet on Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 pm.
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 Reflection and 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.
This Easter, we are praying for learning about, and financially supporting our Easter offering recipients Backpack Buddies, Episcopal Relief and Development, Grace to Go, and The Highland Education Project
Backpack Buddies (BPB) connects our resources, congregation, and community to provides more than 1,200 bags of food each week to the one in six Loudoun County school children who are food-insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food. St. James’ Church helps to meet the nutritional needs of 250 food-insecure children at Evergreen Mill and Frances Hazel Reid Elementary Schools. On weekends, every child receives six meals so students are not distracted from learning due to hunger.
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) partners with Episcopal dioceses for the long-term as they work with the underserved in their communities, helping them to make full and sustained recovery. South Sudan and Sudan remain torn by political instability; millions of people have fled or have been internally displaced within the country. ERD assists with refugee resettlement, and serves some of the 4.9 million in urgent need of food, nutrition and agriculture assistance. In the U.S., ERD provided assistance to victims of the catastrophic flooding in Louisiana last fall. Following Hurricane Matthew, ERD supported disaster response in Haiti and the U.S. last October.
Grace to Go (G2G) provides approximately 200 nutritious meals to the many members of our civic community who are food-insecure. Volunteers assemble and cook meals at Deli South on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The meals are then distributed on a first-come, first-served basis each Monday at 5:00 pm in the St. James’ parking lot to anyone who is hungry. Started by St. James’ in 2009, the ministry now involves St. David’s Episcopal Church in Ashburn, Leesburg Evening Rotary and Daybreak Rotary, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, and the Knights of Columbus.
The Highland Education Project (HEP), a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, serves residents in one of the poorest regions in the U.S., just six hours from Leesburg. HEP’s programs include distributing donated clothing year-round, assisting with home repair and maintenance, and help with medical costs and heating bills. Started as an educational ministry in 1940, HEP has evolved into an outreach agency; HEP’s Premier Learning Center, assists many people in Welch and surrounding communities.