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New Comer's Dinner - October 9
The vestry is excited to announce a dinner for those who are new to St. James Episcopal Church on October 9th at 5:30 pm.
We are blessed to have several new people in the St. James community. We would love for you to join us for this dinner so that we may know each other better. The leaders, along with the members of the church and the rector, will provide the food for the gathering. Please click on the link if you would like to join us as our honored guest or welcoming member of St. James so that we have an accurate count of people attending the dinner. It will be held at Mike's house right across from the church. (If you have already responded to the email, you do not need to respond here.)
Spiritual Habits - 17
Labor Day Weekend! Why?
This is labor day weekend, an annual holiday, to celebrate the achievements of workers, meaning you and me. (It's also my 24th year in the United States.) This weekend is a reminder of how important it is for us to work hard, play hard and rest well. This weekend is to honor the eight-hour discipline of life to work, rest, and play. But in this definition what is missing is "prayer." When do you then pray? There is no time allotted to prayer. Why is that?
I would like to address that in the words of St. Paul. "Pray unceasingly." Pray always, meaning prayer should be all the time, through all that happens and through good and bad. Prayer should be the thread that unites work, play, and rest. We are to make our work a prayer, play into a prayer, and so should the rest be prayer. How to do that?
There is a workshop I give on "Welcoming Prayer", a method of turning your daily life into prayer. I encourage you to take lessons on Welcoming Prayer or read up on it. They are very simple to follow and easy to implement. But of course, as is in the case of anything, if you want something to grow you have to nurture it. If you want your prayer life to grow, nurture it. If you want your children to grow, nurture them. If you want your life to be meaningful, nurture life carefully. There is absolutely no magic formula that makes prayer happen. It is time given to God intentionally and regularly, meaning EVERY DAY.
Invitation to Fellowship!
Please note these events and services.
  1. Early service at 8:30 am. Starting September 12th we will move our early service time to 8:30 to make room for Sundays schools between services. So, if you would like to come to church for a shorter and less crowded service, please join at 8:30 am.
  2. We will begin Sunday Schools for all ages on September 12th. Sunday schools for adults and children will be at 9:30 am. Adults class will be held in the Parish Hall. I hope you can join these classes.
  3. Sunday School for Children and Youth! Since our children and youth are back in school, I am sure parents are comfortable sending their children to Sunday school and youth events in church as well. So, please wear a mask when you come. I encourage all parents to encourage their children to attend regular Spiritual Formation classes and I wish you, please, do so yourself by being there.
Fr. Jos+
Adult Sunday School - Ladder to the Light!
Our Sunday school study, starting on September 12th, will be a book study. It is a great book by a wonderful author. Bishop Steven Charleston. Here is the link to buy the book - Ladder To The Light - before September 12th. You can get a Kindle copy or paperback of the book through Amazon. You can also get this book as part of your unlimited subscription through SCRIBD App on your mobile device. If you are not familiar with SCRIBD, it is an app that gives you unlimited books and audiobooks, and more for a monthly subscription of 9:99. (Once you have the book, please read the first chapter, The Rung of Faith before September 12th.)
Weekly Summer Reflections
Youth and Children
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
The rich and the poor have this in common:
the Lord is the maker of them all.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of anger will fail.
Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor.
Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate;
for the Lord pleads their cause
and despoils of life those who despoil them.
Let’s break this down. What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet? William Shakespeare If a rose was not called a rose would it still smell the same? It would. It could be called pickle and smell the same and you’d never know the difference. So, it’s all in the reputation of the rose, not in the name itself. All to say the integrity and reputation of a person is what a person will be known by, not just their name. If a person is unjust, they will be met with injustice and a person who is generous will be met with generosity. We are called to share what we have. To feed the poor and be good to one another. Below is just a few of the scriptures that talk about what some like to refer to as karma . That when we do good in this world, good will come to us and if we choose to do the opposite, we reap what we sow. The video today talks about the books of wisdom in the bible and how we can learn from these books how to be better follows of Jesus. Let us build a reputation that reflect the love and sacrifice of Christ. Let us show the world what it truly means to be called Christian.
Ms. Kimby
Cross Reference Scriptures: Proverbs 22:9, Proverbs 19:17, 2 Corinthians 9:6, John 3:16. Proverbs 11:24-25, Deuteronomy 15:10, Acts 2:44-45, Philippians 4:19, Malachi 3:10, Malachi 3:8, Proverbs 3:9-10, Matthew 23:23, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Deuteronomy 16:17, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, Leviticus 27:30, 2 Corinthians 9:11, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, 1 Timothy 5:8, Galatians 6:6, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Mark 10:30, Proverbs 28:27, Luke 6:30, Deuteronomy 8:18, Hebrews 7:1-28, 2 Corinthians 9:10, Luke 11:42, Leviticus 27:32, 1 John 3:17-18, Hebrews 6:10, Ephesians 1:3 , 2 Corinthians 9:13, 2 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 8:12, 2 Corinthians 8:10-11, 2 Corinthians 8:7, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15, Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 6:19, Matthew 5:42, 1 Chronicles 29:9, 2 Peter 3:1-18, Hebrews 13:15, 1 Timothy 5:17-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 2 Corinthians 9:5, 2 Corinthians 8:5, Romans 12:13, Romans 12:8, Romans 9:23, Acts 4:36, Acts 4:34-35, Mark 12:41-44, Matthew 19:29, Matthew 13:23, Matthew 10:42, Matthew 10:8, 2 Chronicles 31:12, 1 Chronicles 29:17, Numbers 18:24, Numbers 18:21, Revelation 3:18, Revelation 2:1-29, James 2:15-16, Hebrews 7:8, Hebrews 7:5, 1 Timothy 6:17, 1 Timothy 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:9, 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Philippians 4:15-17, Ephesians 4:28, 2 Corinthians 9:12, 2 Corinthians 9:1, 2 Corinthians 8:20-21, 2 Corinthians 8:11-12, 2 Corinthians 8:10-12, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 8:2-3, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 15:26-27, Romans 8:32, Acts 20:33-35, John 14:30, John 1:1, Luke 22:19, Luke 18:22-25, Luke 18:12, Luke 12:33, Mark 12:41, Mark 4:19, Mark 4:8, Matthew 25:35-40, Acts 20:35, Galatians 6:8-9, Luke 6:38.
Important Announcement!
EKC (K-5th) and EYC ( 6th-12th) will be back on Sunday, September 12th. EKC will meet at 9:30 am. EYC will meet directly after the 10:30am service. We will end EYC at 1:00pm. Snacks will be provided.
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The Book of Proverbs
Happy Birthday
Braydon Garza: Sept. 4th
Bryan Lynch: Sept. 5th
Mark Ibrahim: Sept. 11th
Jayme Trader: Sept. 11th
Vivian Ibrahim: Sept. 12th
Fred Allen: Sept. 13th
Yona Ramsfield: Sept. 15th
Michael Bishop-Jones: Sept. 18th
Collin Larimore: Sept. 19th
Karli Zook: Sept. 20th
Donna Haratyk: Sept. 22nd
Bob Lanning: Sept. 22nd
Jim Parmentor: Sept.22nd
Gerald Snow: Sept. 23rd
Micah Miller: Sept. 23rd
Lon Stuckey: Sept. 30th
Happy Anniversary
Jim and Judith Colwell: Sept. 5th
Bill and Lisa Pruitt: Sept. 10th
Lon and Jennifer Stuckey: Sept. 30th.
Prayers for Families This Week
Hendricks, Holder, Hopper