It's time for Graduation Sunday, when we hear from our amazing high school graduates at the 10 am service! Please come out to support these kids, many/most of whom have grown up right here at St. James.
Also, last weekend we announced the winners of our Wally Owen and Audrey Davies awards for outstanding service in the parish. Be sure to thank and congratulate them next time you see them.
Finally, something fun. Our very own Susie McNiff is featured on this video from the Church Pension Group (scroll to the "Your Stories. Our Work" section and you'll see it). It will soon be featured at the National Episcopal Church General Convention this summer. Thank you to Pat Rasile from the Church Pension Group (member of our choir and Matthew Lewis' husband) for seeing the Star potential in Susie!
Have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you Sunday!
Mark Your Calendar
Details for all these events can be found below
June 17 10 am Graduation Sunday
June 18 6:30 pm Finance Committee Meeting
June 18 7:30 pm Graveyard Committee Meeting
June 18 8 pm Investment Committee Meeting
June 19 7:30 pm Vestry Meeting
June 24 11:30 am Outreach Meeting (Cabaret Recap)
Coffee Hour Link
ChurchTeams 101 Powerpoint
Pledge Securely Online
8 & 10 am Services (Church)
11:15 am Coffee Hour (Parish Hall)
11:15 am Parish Retreat Sign-up (Parish Hall)
Who's on This Sunday
Acolytes - Alexandra, Siobhan, and Connor McCarthy; Ushers - Pam Heldman, Michael Cutlip; Greeters - Amber Mizerik, Valerie Wiggan; Lectors - Lorraine Hansen, Marc McCarthy; Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Chris Giattino, Cheryl Smith, Charles Gibson; Altar Guild -Louise Clark, June Winward, Jeannette Warner, Erica Dixon; Counters - Virginia Ryan, Pam Schwer
Opportunities to Get Involved
THIS SATURDAY Help us Clean the Church Yard! 10 am - noon
Have some spare time this Saturday, June 16, 10 am - noon (for any amount of time) to help us clean up the church yard? In particular, we plan to tidy up the area near the nursery school as we prepare to have a new pathway laid. Please just show up if you're able to help!
Great Opportunities for Youth Does your teenager have some spare time over the summer? There are two excellent diocesan summer programs on offer for teenagers: the Annual Youth Overnight Camp at Camp Incarnation (August 21-27), and the Annual Jonathan Daniels Civil Rights Pilgrimage (August 10-12). If you're interested in either of these, please click here to email Susie, Director of Christian Ed.
Summer Hymns Do you have a favorite hymn you would like to sing as part of a Sunday morning service over the summer? Hymns should be in the 1982 Hymnal, and seasonally appropriate (no Christmas carols in July!). Contact our director of music: email@example.com
Host a Sunday Coffee Hour -- Hosts Needed! We are looking for volunteers to host coffee hours on the following dates: 7/1. Please click here to sign up. Thank you!
Parish Retreat October 5-7 Columbus Day Weekend Sign Up Now! Over seventy parishioners have already signed up to attend our parish retreat this fall! Be part of the fun. Contact Susie McNiff to sign up. The retreat will take place at the beautiful Incarnation Camp in Ivoryton, CT. All ages are included! NOTE: A sign-up and payment table will be in the parish hall on June 17. You can pay online right on our website! Just scroll down to register.
Oh, the Places You'll Go! Stick a flag push pin into the map near the parish hall to let us know where you are traveling this summer. Bring a bulletin back from any churches you visit and leave them in the basket near the map.
Join the Finance or Buildings and Grounds Committees Many hands make light work! We are always looking for more help with finance and buildings and grounds. Committee meetings for both of these take place this week. If you're interested in learning what goes on, please come by. There are all levels of commitment when you join a committee. We will work with your schedule.
Join a Committee or Become a Lector, Greeter, or Usher St. James is always looking for more volunteers to serve on our various committees. We really rely on our parishioners to help keep our parish going. For more information, or to join, contact the office or just stop by one of our meetings! We are also looking for more people to be ushers, greeters, and lectors at our morning services. If any of these roles interests you, please contact the office.
NEW!! Interested in a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2020?
Susie and Mother Storm have recently been in contact with the tour guide who led our last (and hugely successful) pilgrimage, and are gauging to see if there is enough interest to organize a trip for January 7-18, 2020. Contact Susie if you would like to know more. She has copies of the proposed itinerary she can share, as well. Think about it!
More Details on Upcoming Events
Graduation Sunday June 17 Come hear from this year’s wonderful group of high school graduates, who will speak in the place of the sermon, following our longstanding St. James tradition.
Friendship Table for Children June 17 – August 26 During the summer, Sunday School is adjourned, but the kids through second grade are invited to join our “Friendship Table” during the first half of the 10 am service. The children are dismissed from the service by the priest after the opening prayer, and join us for Communion.
From the Office
Summer Memos from the Rector This summer we will continue keeping you informed of all the goings on at St. James in our Summer Memos from Mother Storm. If you are not on our email list, you can sign up through our website. Roughly every-other-week summer memos begin in late June and conclude at the end of August.
Looking for Office Coverage Would anyone be interested in covering the Church Office desk while Dakota is on vacation June 29 - July 8? Please contact her directly by replying to this email. Thank you!
On the Importance of Pledging: Did You Know? Did you know that every Episcopal Church relies on the annual pledges of its parishioners for everything it does, from paying the priest and staff to keeping our facilities clean? We are locally governed in this respect, with no assistance from the diocese or outside sources. If you would like to know more about pledging, we have forms you can complete online. You can also contact Mother Storm or Carol Burns our Finance Director at any time.
“I Give Electronically” E-pledge Cards Are you an online giver but miss putting something in the plate each week? “I give electronically” cards are now in all the pews. Please use them! It also helps others know that we are committed to our pledges even though we don’t put actual money or checks into the plate as before.
Ask a Warden Have a question about the church? Want to help but don't know what's needed? Ask a warden! They're here for you! You can contact Tracy McCarthy or Pam Heldman any time and they'd be happy to answer your questions.
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