This Week at St. James the Less
Fourth Sunday of Easter & Holy Baptism
Mark Your Calendar
Details for all these events can be found below
April 21 7 pm RMM Coffee House
April 22 6:30 am Breakfast Run
April 22 11:15 am Property Tour and Walkabout
April 22 5 pm Cub Scout Pack 1 Meeting & Den 1 Activation
April 27 Family Fun Night
April 27-28 Senior High Lock-in
April 29 Parish Finance Forum
May 1 6:30 pm Altar Guild Annual Meeting & Potluck Supper
May 6 Holy Communion Sunday & Rogation Day
May 6 11:15 am Rogation Day Parish-Wide Tree Planting
May 6 Organ Tour (See paragraph below)
May 10 7:30 pm Ascension Day Service & Reception
Coffee Hour Link
Breakfast Run: Sign-up to donate food and clothing
ChurchTeams 101 Powerpoint
Pledge Securely Online
RMM Coffee House Tickets
Cabaret Night 2018 Tickets
Services at 8 am & 10 am
Coffee Hour at 11:15 am
Youth Choir Rehearsal at 11:15 am
Sunday School at 11:15 am
Who's on This Sunday
Acolytes - Frances Mizerik, Sophia Dugan, Drew Hallowell; Ushers -Amber & Frank Mizerik; Greeters - Janet & Sandy Darlington; Lectors - Janet Darlington; Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Aderonke Coker, Geoff Loftus; Altar Guild - Andrea West, Ruth Brooks, Catherine Ritchie, Pam McCarter, Erica Dixon; Counters - Alice Herman, Ken Bohringer
Opportunities to Get Involved
Breakfast Run April 22 We will meet in the Great Hall at 6:30 AM to prepare food and clothing and leave for NYC at 8 AM. We usually return by 10:30 AM. Please sign up online or call 914-391-8352 if you plan on attending. On April 21, we will be joined by a group of students from Denmark.
New: "Reconstituted" St. James Garden Club!
Did you know that St. James had, for many decades, an active Garden Club? This group of (back then, mostly) women met for fellowship, had the occasional guest speaker, and most of all, rolled up their sleeves and planted! Our archives contain lots about them, and it would be fun to revive the group after many years dormant. Open to men, women, teenagers, young, old, new to St. James or not -- anyone willing to pitch in, lend a hand, and learn. Contact Mo. Storm or parishioner Lisa-Marie Hatcher email@example.com
Festival Choir Concert Singers Join us for an exciting performance opportunity on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 PM. An augmented core of professional singers, along with the Parish Choir and singers from the greater Scarsdale area, form this community chorus in a concert of 20th-century masterworks including Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mystical Songs and Maurice Duruflé: Requiem. This concert is open to singers of all types! But, it would be better enjoyed by singers who have the ability to read music and have some basic knowledge of musical terms, and even some choral experience. Not sure if this is for you? Please contact Dr. Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Fair Volunteers Needed It looks like we have the interest we need to go ahead with plans to host a Christmas Fair this year at St. James. Now we need a few more people to help organize it. We're looking to get a small number of vendors – we’re thinking artisanal goods and products – to set up their wares and so dovetail with the annual and very successful Breakfast with Santa event. If you’re interested in helping out in any way, even just to brainstorm, please contact Dakota Martin in the office. 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!
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.
More Details on Upcoming Events
Rural and Migrant Ministry Coffee House on April 21 at 7 pm Tickets are on sale online and will be at the door. This event was very successful last year, as we joined together with Hitchcock Presbyterian to raise money for Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. We anticipate another fun evening this year, featuring the talent of Drew Hallowell, Danny Rodriguez, Dakota Martin, Emily Hansen, Wyatt Coleman, Marshall Tilden and more! If you would like to help decorate the hall at Hitchcock or bring a baked good, please also get in touch with Dakota.
Property walkabout April 22 Take some time after the service April 22 to walk around and learn more about our beautiful church grounds. Members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee will lead the tour, which will include our graveyard, all buildings, along with general discussion and Q&A. Get to know fellow parishioners and your church better!
Cub Scout Pack Meeting Sunday April 22 at 5 pm Our Cub Scout Pack meets every first Sunday of the month, but will have a special meeting on April 22 to officially activate Den 1. Join us!
Senior High Lock-in Friday April 27 – Saturday April 28, 8 pm – 8 am Again, the kids have spoken! The senior high youth are having a “lock-in,” or overnight at the church on April 27. Kids, look for more details via email or talk to Susie.
Family Fun Night Friday, April 27 St. James the Less is excited to invite you to a family fun night on April 27th from 7 to 8:30pm in the parish hall. Join us for a light dinner and fun & games. All ages welcome. Please come in comfortable clothes. This event is open to all parishioners and friends. Please sign up so we can have enough supplies and food by clicking here or pasting: https://goo.gl/forms/B4KSkM6SQy4BzQru2 In your browser.
Sunday April 29 Short Inquiry Meeting for Adult Confirmation Interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church? Please plan to meet with Mo. Storm after the 10 am service on April 29 for a brief check-in. Listen for details at the service that day. Being “received” means you’ve already been confirmed in another tradition but want to be received by the bishop as a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church. The bishop will be here on June 3.
April 29 Parish Meeting at 11:15 am Join us for this quarterly parish meeting at which we review discuss our finances and answer any questions about that (or anything else) you'd like to ask! All are welcome!
Organ Tour with our Director of Music, Matthew Lewis May 6 We have just three slots left for any parishioners who are interested. Learn the history of our new Klais organ, how it works, and the journey of installation. The tour will be held after church on Sunday, May 6, around noon, and led by Dr. Matthew Lewis. Please email Dakota if you are interested. Tickets are $50 each.
Rogation Day Planting & Holy Communion Sunday May 6 Rogation Day, from the Latin “rogare” meaning “to ask” is on May 6 and, following a longstanding custom at St. James and the wider Anglican Communion, the Sunday school children will plant a tree in the church yard! Everyone is invited to take part right after the service that day.
Healing Service May 6 & June 3 A brief healing service takes place the first Sunday of every month in the chapel, immediately following the 10 am service. Stop by any time.
May 6 Senior High Dinner at the Rectory The final Senior High Rectory Dinner until next fall takes place Sunday evening May 6, 6:30 – 8:30. Please RSVP to Susie.
Mo. Storm’s Next Scarsdale Adult School Class Mondays May 7, 14 & 21
For three Monday afternoons in May (1-2:30 pm), Mother Storm will be leading an introductory class on the Anglican metaphysical poet and priest John Donne. Sign up through the Scarsdale Adult School website or contact Dakota in the church office. The class is here at St. James.
Scarsdale-Hartsdale Women's Interfaith Council Luncheon May 10 at 11:30 am The Scarsdale-Hartsdale Women's Interfaith Council warmly invites you to its 89th Annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 10th at Scarsdale Congregational Church. A sanctuary talk will begin at 11:30 am, followed by a luncheon and lecture at 12 noon. The program will be on Raising Our Children: Culture and Religion with speaker Dr. Mehnaz Afridi. All are welcome! Space is limited. Tickets: $20. Reserve your tickets today by contacting Ruth Boser (email@example.com), Nancy Stratton-Crooke (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Pam McCarter (email@example.com).
Ascension Day Thursday Service and Reception This year we will be celebrating the Ascension with a service and light reception. Mark your calendars now!
Newcomer Class May 12 at 10 am New to St. James or just want to learn more about us? This short introductory class is a great way to get acquainted with the Episcopal Church, St. James, and some of your fellow newcomers. Led by Mo. Storm. Contact Dakota in the church office if you’re interested.
Episcopal Charities Sunday May 13 Along with Episcopal churches throughout our diocese, St. James will be taking up a collection for Episcopal Charities on Sunday, May 13, followed by a forum led by board member Richard Pell. Episcopal Charities supports food banks, pantries and kitchens throughout the Diocese of New York.
Concert for Choir and Organ Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7 pm The Klais organ is featured with the Parish Choir of St. James the Less. Vaughan Williams: Mystical Songs, Duruflé: Requiem. David Enlow, Juilliard faculty member, is the guest organist. Peter Kendall Clark, baritone soloist. The choir for this program is a Festival Chorus, where singers can join the Parish Choir for the rehearsals and concert.
Tag Sale to Benefit Edward Williams School May 18-19 St. James will be hosting a community tag sale, the proceeds from which will benefit children’s programs at the Edward Williams School in Mt. Vernon. Please save the date and plan to drop by!
Adult Forum May 20 at 11:15 am Join us as we host Chester Johnson, author the new book Auden, the Psalms and Me. Dr. Johnson will discuss his book and his work as the designated poet and successor to W.H. Auden on the revision committee of our Book of Common Prayer in the 1970s and 80s. Don’t miss it!
Afternoon Adult Forum Sunday May 20 at 4 pm Several area parishes are teaming up to host Marty Brownstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few, A story of Courage in the Holocaust. Don’t miss this fascinating lecture about an ordinary Christian family in Europe who helped dozens of Jewish children survive the Holocaust. The story has an interesting personal twist, and is well worth coming out to hear. Hosted with the Scarsdale Congregational Church, Hitchcock Presbyterian, and the Scarsdale-Hartsdale Women’s Interfaith Council.
Cabaret Night! June 9 at 7 pm Join Dakota Martin and Keiji Ishiguri on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 7-10 pm for an evening of song, as they perform standards from the American Songbook including works of Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin and more! Hors d'oeuvres, a light supper, wine and soft drinks will be served during the performance, followed by coffee and dessert. Tickets can be purchased on the homepage of the church's website: www.stjamesscarsdale.org.
Online Statement Reminder Remember that your online statements can be viewed any time by signing into your Church Teams account. You should have received an email from our Finance Director Carol last month explaining how to create and access that account. If you didn't (or lost it) please contact her directly and she'll be happy to help.
NEW! “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.
And Did You Know … that last week we partnered with Hitchcock Presbyterian, Scarsdale Congregational Church, and several Scarsdale synagogues to provide clean water to families in Flint, Michigan? Our Outreach Committee oversaw this endeavor. Also, our Sunday School children (with your help!) raised over $500 during the season of Lent for Episcopal Charities. They voted to purchase a goat, chickens and a pig for families in the developing world. And our junior youth raised almost $700 at their Bowlathon to benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. Thank you for your generous donations!
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