March - June 2020
A NOTE FROM THE OFFICE
As I finish my third week of "work from home," I wanted to fill you in on things I've been working on. Pledges are starting to come in. I try to make the deposits once a week on Monday or Tuesday, so if your check hasn't cleared immediately that is why. The Post Office is forwarding church mail to my home address or you can mail things directly to me, 508 Sheridan Drive, SSMarie, MI 49783. I also check the answering machine daily, so feel free to call the church, (906) 632-2451, and leave a message.
I am in the process of changing computer programs for our membership and finances (something our auditors suggested). This is turning out to be very time consuming, but I think will be worth while for processing directories, giving records, and bookkeeping in the long run. I am thankful for the time to finally work on this. If you have changed phone numbers or email addresses recently, please email the church, firstname.lastname@example.org with the changes. This also includes changes or additions for birthdates, anniversaries, family info.
I am aslo trying to post as much information that the City, War Memorial Hospital, and the County Health Department release. There are new posters below.
The diocese will be mailing booklets this week on how to celebrate Holy Week. If you don't receive it by Sunday, I have placed a link in the diocesan information below. There is also a link to their April "Crossroads" newsletter. They are both helpful.
Information can also found in our latest newsletter,
Please "Stay Home, Stay Safe."
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.