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July 20, 2009


Thanks to Meg Graham for submitting the winning name for our newsletter.

Senior Warden Tom Gemmill and Father David at July 19 Mid-Year meeting

Parish Hears Good News

More than 80 people gathered Sunday to hear Father David's state of the parish mid-year report. He presented measurable progress on the goals set for 2009 and provided some exciting glimpses into the vision emerging for 2010.

Treasurer Monica Coffey called the parish "strong and resolute" as she reported the success of the Ministries Growth Offering and the overall financial health of the parish. 2009 pledges increased by13% and projected giving by 24% over last year. photos

Carlie Wetzel

Carlie Wetzel Wins Contest

Parishoner Carlie Wetzel has won first place in a Peace Essay contest at Hempfield High School. Contestants were asked to write about how to promote peace in their communities.

Carlie, daughter of Joe and Debbie Wetzel, taught church school last year. She is an acolyte and served on the Rector Discernment Committee that called Father David to St. James. Click here to read her essay We Want Peace, Understand? or contact the church office for a copy. Congratulations Carlie!

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

This summer Saint James is sharing VBS with our Duke Street neighbor Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. It will be held Monday through Thursday, August 10 - 13 at Holy Trinity, 31 South Duke Street. Each night dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program from 6:00 to 8:15. Children, grandchildren friends and neighbors are all welcome. For more information and/or registration forms contact the church office at 397-4858 or click here.

Seeing Things?

Look for several new icons in the back of the church in coming weeks. We also are looking for a pricket stand to place near the baptismal font, similar to the one now in the rear of the chapel. These small and non-permanent modifications are meant to enhance the worship, prayer, and meditative experience of those entering the building.

Any proposed changes to the church interior will be shared with the parish in the coming months. Your feedback will be invited and welcomed prior to any permanent physical changes to church buildings.

Scholarships Awarded

The St. James Scholarship Committee, chaired by Father John, has awarded nearly $13,000 in grants to support the educational goals of 15 parishioners. The money comes from generous contributions to the Endowment Fund.

Receiving scholarships were: Julie Bailey, Chris Bruce, Jonathan Bruce, Katie Fry, Matthew Fry, Izzy Hoffer, Julianne Keys, Ryan Keys, Andrew Killough, William Kumer, Henry Linder, Abigail Pease, Ben Pease, Julie Salvano and Hurst Renner.

Pastoral Letter

To read Father David's July 18 letter to the congregation following the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church click here or contact the church office at 397-4858 for a copy.

Save The Dates

Potluck Supper To Honor Pilgrims - In honor of the pilgrimage to Taize France, the July 21 potluck supper will have a French theme. Music Director Ron Barnett will teach Taize music at 6:00 and the food will be served at 6:30. Going on the trip are youth Maggie Dunn, Sophia Fast, Brenna Gibbon and Noble Stultz, as well as Henry Linder and staff members Mother Lynn Hade, Emily Killough and Father John Symonds.

July 24-26 Weekend Celebration of Our Patron Saint - Saturday, July 25 is the feast day set aside to honor our patron, Saint James. We will begin the weekend on Friday noon, July 24, with a send-off worship service for our Taize pilgrims. Regular services that weekend will feature special music and the unveiling of our new St. James icon in the back of the church.

Mark Your Calendar - St. James will be hosting a Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 a.m. All committees and volunteer teams are invited to sponsor a table to exhibit their work. All parishioners and friends are invited to join us to learn about the myriad ministries and volunteer opportunities offered at St. James. More information to come.

Final Summer Potlucks - July 21 and August 18 mark the final 2 Tuesday night summer potlucks.

Father Tom Purdy To Preach - On August 9 Father Tom Purdy will be preaching at both the 8:00 and 10:15 services. On that day the parish will officially receive an icon of St. Cecilia donated by the Purdy family.

The Lord Be With You

Grant O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart,
That barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease;
That our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.