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A note from the Rector: Update from parish pandemic Task Force

Back in the Spring, the Vestry appointed a Task Force to oversee the parish’s response to the pandemic. The group met last week to consider what we should do as the weather changes and we head into what is rather comically known here as “winter.” We now know that moving inside the church is not an option due to current State and Diocesan regulations. However, we have been pleased with how well the patio services have been going. We considered moving the services an hour or so later, but we’re mindful that the recent change in the clocks had the effect of moving the services an hour later. So, whilst we may do this at some point, we decided against it for now. We also discussed the possibility of getting some heaters for the patio. We are planning to trial a heater and see if it makes an impact. We ruled out getting tents for various reasons. There is now a procedure for cancelling services, which may well need to be used as we head into the rainy season. If the forecast is inclement, we may make the decision to cancel on Saturday night, otherwise it will be made by 7:15 on Sunday morning. It is a great help if people sign up online for the services as then we can easily send an email to let people know that the service has been cancelled, and we will also update the website with this information. We are committed to continuing the online service for the foreseeable future, so there is always an alternative to an in-person service. The Task Force will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation. Please feel free to pass on any of your comments or concerns to a member of the Task Force, who are the Wardens, Lorraine Benton, Bruce Ray, Alison Lee and Katherine Gordon.
Wednesday Noon Prayer
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:00 pm

Please join us on Zoom for our Wednesday Noon Prayer service.

Click HERE to enter the Zoom meeting
Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 pm
Session Six: Americans, Not Foreigners: Exploring Asian/Pacific American History

The clergy of St. James invite you to join them in participating in a powerful curriculum by the Episcopal Church to discuss race and faith. In this 10-part series we will read materials and view videos online which could transform our hearts and enlighten us as fellow human beings. Each month, starting June 24, we will meet in “Dialogue Circles” to discuss what we have read and viewed on zoom. To sign up or learn more go HERE
Monthly Requiem
Friday, Nov. 20, 12:00 pm, on Zoom
This Friday will be our monthly Requiem, in which we remember those who have died in the month of November. Click HERE to join.

Please note the change from the regular 4th Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Advent Wreath Making to be In-Person Activity
Sunday, November 22, 10:00 -11:00 am, in the Courtyard
Come together and start the Advent season well by crafting your wreaths for home.

Greens, candles and Advent devotionals available. Donations encouraged. All ages welcome.
All required health precautions will be observed
such as wearing masks and keeping safe social distance. Register HERE
Advent Carol Service by Candlelight
Sunday, Nov. 29, 5:00 pm
An Advent Service of Prayer and Music
Start off the Advent season with this simple and beautiful Advent Carol Service by Candlelight, led by the Schola Cantorum of St. James. We'll be celebrating this service on the patio of the church with appropriate social distancing. Space is limited and facial covering will be required.
Music Moment with Alex
Antiphon from Five Mystical Songs

Let all the world in every corner sing,
"My God and King'' Listen to Alex explain where we are in the church year, and the history behind this treasured hymn. Then hear our wonderful choir sing!

View the video on the St. James Community blog and see all the lyrics HERE
St. James in the News
Peace Vigil Featured in the San Diego Union Tribune
Mo. Rebecca was noted for organizing the Interfaith Vigil of Prayer for Election Integrity in San Diego.

Read the article HERE
Fr. Mark Interviewed on NBC Channel 7 News
Fr. Mark was interviewed by Channel 7 NBC News for his perspective on Christmas without inside services.

See the video HERE
Thanksgiving Day Eucharist Service
Due to the current restrictions for Covid-19, the Thanksgiving service has been cancelled.
Support ECS and their Thanksgiving Meal Kit Drive
Each year ECS's Recovery Centers provide many essential services for their clients in a safe and supportive environment. This Thanksgiving consider adopting a Recovery Residence, or sober living home, and gift groceries to a community of 10+ men or women, so they can prepare a meal together.
For more information, please see the attached Fact Sheet HERE or call ECS at 619.694.9892.
Sermons Online
Sunday, Nov. 15

"Investing to Banish Fear"

The parable of the three servants, their talents, and what they do with them can be seen as a study in fear, and how we might act under those circumstances. The Rev’d D. Rebecca Dinovo examines the real fears swirling around us today and challenges us to make the investments in love, peace, justice, service, generosity, and in others “and see what God will do to multiply it.”

Read, watch, or listen HERE
Community events
An Organ Concert for COVID-19 Times with Alison Luedecke
Live Streamed on Sunday November 22, 2020, 4:00pm
St. James' organist Alison Luedecke will be performing a live concert on November 22nd dedicated to all who lost their lives during this pandemic from Covid-19 or other causes.
Tune in to the livestream link being performed from the Chapel at The University of Redlands:  Click HERE to view.