2018 Hello Parishioners, and Merry Christmas! It IS still Christmas in the church, for nine more days. This weekend we celebrate the first Sunday after Christmas, and next weekend (January 7) is the Feast of the Epiphany. Parents, note: we need volunteers for Youth Sunday on the 7th. Look for an email from Susie or Dakota. Also parents, I will be hosting an informal forum/discussion that day called "Parenting and Politics" to discuss how we handle (or not) political news in our homes with our kids. Several people have expressed interest in discussing this topic, so please come by the Isom Room after church on January 7! Hope everyone is having a restful Christmas break and staying warm. See you Sunday! -Astrid
After Church this Sunday December 31
Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall. There will be no Sunday School and no Youth Choir. Sunday school resumes on January 7.
Pledging for 2018
If you haven't yet submitted your pledge, you can definitely still do that. You can pledge online here or call the office and we'll be happy to send you another pledge card.
2018 Pledge Envelopes
If you requested Pledge Envelopes, they are now available on the table in the church near the cloister doorway.
2017 Pledge Fulfillment
Need to know where you are on your 2017 pledge? No problem! Contact Carol in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we rely on your pledges for everything we do!
Text to Give - Pledge with a Text!
You can now give with your phone! Text "give" to 914-222-5082. Please offer feedback if you use this feature. We'd love to hear how it's going.
Mardis Gras Tickets - Last Chance for a Discount
Mail in your checks or buy them online at a discount until December 31.
Know of someone who might make a good vestry member? Please pass along names to our Junior Warden, Tracy McCarthy, or to Mother Storm by January 7. New vestry members will be voted in at our Annual Meeting on January 28.
Wednesday Eucharist & Bible Study
Wednesday Eucharist and Bible Study continue this week.
The office will be closed next Monday January 1.
Parent Discussion Forum: Parenting and Politics Sunday January 7 at 11:15 am
Interested in discussing with fellow parents the fraught topic of politics in the home? How much news do you expose your children to, and do you even have that control? What is it like when your kids have different political views than you? How much of your own views do you share? Join us for this completely informal discussion on Sunday January 27 at 11:15 in the Isom Room. Everyone is welcome!
Newcomer Events Coming in January
Newcomers! We'd love to welcome you more formally to St. James. Please save these dates in your calendars: Saturday January 20, 10 am - noon Newcomer Class, Thursday January 24 6:30 - 8:00 pm Dinner at the Rectory, and Sunday January 28, 10 am Welcome at the Church Service.
Rector's Book Group Sunday January 21 at 11:15
The Rector's Book Group is Back! Our next book is "How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds" by Alan Jacobs. Books are available in the Parish Hall for $15. Join us, whether you get a chance to read the book or not!
Annual Meeting January 28 at 11:15 am
Our Annual Meeting takes place in four weeks. Don't miss it! More details to come.
Annual Meeting Reports Due July 21
Chairs of Committees: Please begin working on your annual meeting report! Dakota will send out a separate email with details and reminders.