In this Email: Saturday guest lecturer, Sunday parenting discussion, healing service, cub scouts, senior youth rectory dinner, vestry nominations, Midnight Run, Mardi Gras tickets, Lenten book groups, pledging and online giving, parish retreat
From Mother Storm
Hello Parishioners - Hope you're staying safe and warm! This weather sent me trudging over to the church (very quiet here today) to look at our Hyatt Windows in the south transept, which contain the great hymn to creation in our Prayer Book, the Benedicite. Here's the panel praising the ice and snow. (Apologies - it seems to insist on appearing sideways.)
And then there's this from Psalm 148: "Praise him, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, praise him you stormy winds that obey him." Amen to that ... at least if you're looking out from the inside, as I hope all are.
This Sunday we'll be celebrating the Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord, both at the 10 am service. And it's a Youth Sunday, so expect to see our three kings in the opening processional. Below is the current news to start, followed by more information about what's going on this month and beyond. See you Sunday!
After Church This Sunday Healing service, Sunday school all ages, coffee hour, parent discussion "Parenting and Politics," Youth Choir (6th-12th grade), Boy Scouts (5-6 pm), Senior Youth Rectory Dinner (6-7:30 pm)
This Saturday Lecture on Milton at St. James The fall Scarsdale Adult School class on Milton's Paradise Lost is having a reunion and everyone is invited! We will be hosting Milton Scholar Peter Herman (not our Peter Herman), author of several books on Milton and friend of one of our participants. He has a short lecture prepared (starting at 11 am), followed by a delicious lunch with a roaring fire in the Parish Hall. Reply to this email if you'd like to attend. The more the merrier!
Parenting and Politics: An Informal Discussion This Sunday How much news do your children take in? Do you discuss politics at the dinner table? Are your political views different from your children's? How do you handle difficult topics at home? These are some of the questions we'll informally explore this Sunday after church in the Isom Room. Astrid will facilitate a ranging, friendly, and casual discussion. Parents of all ages and stages in life are encouraged to take part. We'll begin at 11:15.
Healing Service This Sunday
Our monthly healing service takes place this Sunday immediately after the 10 am service. We will meet in the chapel. Please note: the Samaritans' meeting has been moved to the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Cub Scouts Meeting This Sunday 5 pm The St. James Cub Scout Troop 1 meets on the first Sunday of the month, 5-6 pm. This group is open to all boys grades 1-5. Join us! For questions, contact Scoutmaster Andrew Wood at email@example.com.
Senior Youth Rectory Dinner This Sunday 6 pm All senior high youth and their friends are invited to our chili cook-off this Sunday evening at the rectory (behind the church). We also have a short Eucharist at the end of the dinner, so it counts for church, too!
Vestry Nominations 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.
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.
Midnight Run Sign up here.
Our next Midnight Run is January 28. Midnight Run supports people in need in NYC by providing food and clothing. For more, or to learn how to take part, contact the Church Office.
Online Giving and Pledge Payment set-up
Did you know you can make pledge payments online through our website? You can even make your payment recurring -- weekly, monthly, or annually. If you need help, contact the office.
Parish Retreat October 6-8 - SIGN UP NOW!
We are gearing up for our parish retreat next October! This is going to be a great time at a beautiful spot in Ivoryton Connecticut. Sign up now, with details to follow!
Maybe interested in a 3-week Lenten Book Group? Survey coming soon!
We're reviving the tradition of Lenten Book Groups this March. We'll run the groups for three Wednesdays, March 7, 21 & 28. You'll have a chance very soon to take a survey and sign up, so we know there's sufficient interest. Mark your calendars now!
Samaritans' Meeting moved to Second Sunday
The Samaritans will continue their brief monthly check-in meetings this year, but we will now be having them on the SECOND Sunday of each month. Interested in learning more about the Samaritans and being part of the group? Contact the church office.