8 & 10 am Services (Church)
11:00 am Coffee Hour (Parish Hall)
6:00 pm Romeo and Juliet Outing at Muscoot Farm (Katonah)
Mark Your Calendar
July 22 Newcomer Gathering at the Rectory
July 15, 18, 22 & 25 Romeo & Juliet at Muscoot Farm (Katonah)
Rector's First Summer Memo Here
Register and pay for the Parish Retreat
Coffee Hour Sign Up
Submit Summer Hymn Requests to Matthew
ChurchTeams 101 Powerpoint
Pledge Securely Online
Who's on this Sunday?
Usher - Pam Heldman; LEM's - Chris Giattino (8 am), Neil Winward, Susie McNiff; Altar Guild - Louise Clark, Jeannette Warner, June Winward, Erica Dixon; Coffee Hour - Catherine & Neil Ritchie
Opportunities to Get Involved
Trip to Muscoot Farms this Sunday
Mother Storm and her family will be heading up to Muscoot Farms Sunday evening (July 15) to see our Office Manager, Dakota, in an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet -- an abridged and edited version. More info and a link to ticket sales at the bottom of this email. If you'd like to join in, contact her by email or just look for them there!
Host a Sunday Coffee Hour -- Hosts Needed! We are looking for volunteers to host coffee hours on the following dates: 7/22, 7/29 and beyond. Please click here to sign up. Thank you!
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!
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.
Parish Retreat October 5-7 Columbus Day Weekend CONFIRM YOUR RESERVATION NOW! Over seventy parishioners have already signed up to attend our parish retreat this fall! Be part of the fun. Go to our homepage to secure your reservation and pay your deposit. The retreat will take place at the beautiful Incarnation Camp in Ivoryton, CT. All ages are included!
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.
Other News & Reminders
Rector's Summer Memos
Through the rest of the summer, Mother Storm will be sending occasional summer memos with the goings on here at church. The first one is here, in case you didn't receive it by email yesterday.
Newcomer Gathering at the Rectory New to St. James in the last several months, or know someone who might be interested in our parish? Mother Storm is hosting an informal gathering Sunday after church on July 22. We'll have homemade sloppy joes, chips, watermelon and ice cream, good summer fare! Please contact her directly if you'd like to come.
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. Contact our director of music.
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.
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.
Dakota's Next Show! The Friends of Muscoot Farm Present Shakespeare on the Farm: Romeo and Juliet directed by Mary Roberts. Experience Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on the farm July 15, 18, 22, & 25! Outdoor performance includes a hayride to the Pumpkin Field Theater. Bring your own picnic, blankets, and/or chairs. This fresh take on the classic love story will run approximately 90-minutes with no intermission. Tickets: $15 for Members, $20 for general public, Gates open at 5:00pm, performance 6:00pm-7:30pm. Please arrive no later than 5:45 to give yourself time to take the hayride to the theater. https://muscootsummer.brownpapertickets.com/
From the Office
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.
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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