SERVICE SCHEDULE AT ST. JAMES’
Sunday - 10am - Holy Eucharist
Masks are not required for vaccinated people.
Social distancing and contact tracing are still in effect.
April 11 - June 27, 2021
A NOTE FROM THE OFFICE
Week 65 of "work from home" has been quiet. With the beautiful weather we've had, I work my three hours in the morning and the rest of the day is spent in the pool or poolside. The water temperature is 81 on top and 80 on the bottom. It's very refreshing and when it's breezy, the air is almost chilly :D
The vestry has changed the in-person meeting date for Sunday, June 27. At this time, a decision has not been made if the time will be after the 10 a.m. service or 7 p.m. I will post the time in next week's newsletter.
We want you to remember, ALL are welcome to God’s table for communion. Receiving in one kind (spiritually, host and/or wine) is communion. We want everyone to feel comfortable when receiving, therefore, before receiving communion, we ask you to use the hand sanitizer provided. Those using intinction (dipping the wafer) will receive first. Those who wish to share the common cup will receive last.
Stay healthy and get the vaccine when you can.
St. James services are Sundays at 10 a.m followed by coffee hour.
Tuesday night five of us gathered for our St. James' ZOOM social hour. Summer is a busy time for folks and now we can gather for visiting following the service so the question was raised as to whether we keep meeting virtually every three weeks for conversation or if we want to suspend our gathering for the summer and resume in the fall. Gin welcomes input from you by email and we can discuss it on June 20th when she is at St. James.
The Diocese of Northern Michigan has a live service Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofNorthernMichigan The service is available for viewing any other time on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGV-u4HHBVutJkJU3BHvMFA The National Church also offers a Sunday Service at 11 a.m. on their website www.cathedral.org/worship/service
It is important that you remember, pledges are still needed to keep the church operating. If you would like to keep your pledge up to date and are not comfortable attending services at this time, you can mail checks to either the church (church mail is forwarded to my home) or directly to my home address, 508 Sheridan Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.
St. James’ main concern is that you all stay safe and healthy. Please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, and socially distance.
If you have questions or concerns or need pastoral care, please do not hesitate to contact the church, Vestry, or MST."
The church will continue to be closed to everyone. No one is to be in the building any other time. I will continue to work from home and will check the answering machine on regular basis.
Dave will continue to do a daily check on the building and I will continue to check the answering machine.daily, so feel free to call the church, (906) 632-2451, and leave a message.
If you would like to include any family news in the weekly newsletter, let me know by Friday morning. Pictures are welcome as well. It would be great to keep up on family news.
Hopefully you get a chance to use the "Prayers of the People" and "St. James Prayer List" in your prayers. If you want to add someone to the prayer list, email the church, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church (906) 632-2451 and leave a message. You can find the prayer list and the weekly prayers of the people below.
I am still in the process of changing computer programs for our membership and finances (something our auditors suggested). If you have changed phone numbers or email addresses recently, please email the church, email@example.com with the changes. This also includes changes or additions for birthdates, anniversaries, family info. This has been more involved than I expected, but it is slowly getting done.
The diocese sends out emails with links to services and diocesan news. You can sign up for their UPCHAT information by contacting Jane Cisluycis.
ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELED AT ST. JAMES UNTIL FURTHER DIRECTIVE FROM THE EPISCOPAL MICHIGAN BISHOPS.
Office hours are suspended until further notice. The answering machine is on and will be checked on a daily basis.
Many thanks to those who contribute returnable cans and bottles to our recycling container at the church. Contributions really add up during the year and the proceeds go towards helping area families purchase gifts and food during the holidays. Please remember to remove all caps from bottles and make sure that the bottles you leave are clean and returnable for a deposit refund. Susan Harries would like help taking the cans and bottles back to stores so that they don't pile up near the trash receptacle. If you can help with this project, please contact Susan at (906) 322-1793 as to the procedure to follow to document the number of bottles and amount of money taken in.
Please update your email address with St. James:’ firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep Up-To-Date on Happenings around St. James & the Sault, go here and click on the link to sign up for the weekly newsletter. To add news, the office needs it by 11am Friday.
Rainbow Recovery (RR) and the group “One Day At A Time of Alcoholics Anonymous” (ODAAT-AA) meet virtually until further notice. Call Mike D. (906) 259-0203 with any questions.
The “Soo Women's Recovery Group” is canceled until further notice. Call Brenda at (906) 259-2976 for more information.
ST. JAMES’ CHURCH DISCRETIONARY FUND
The Vestry and the Ministry Support Team have been in conversation regarding St. James’ Discretionary Fund.
The Discretionary Fund has always relied on the ECW, weddings, funerals, and donations for its funding. As those are now not as frequent, it was suggested to designate funds collected on the fourth Sunday of each month to be placed in the Discretionary Fund. These funds will be used by our Priests in order to assist others in time of need or crisis.
A collection plate will be placed by the font on the fourth Sunday of the month for donations to help the members of St. James to “Reach Out and Celebrate the Love of Christ.”
“Discretionary Fund” envelopes for loose offering will be next to the collection plate. If you would like to place a check in the Discretionary plate instead of cash, make it out to St. James Church and remember to put “Discretionary Fund” on the memo line.
Thank you for helping achieve our goal.