News from St. James' Episcopal Church, Austin
Ministry Highlight: Altar Guild
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
Come into his courts with praise.

The St. James' Altar Guild constantly works behind the scenes, caring for holy things and ensuring that our worship is filled with the beauty that bears witness to God's creativity and ours. They help us to mark the passage of sacred time, assisting us in transitioning from season to season, as, with delight, we notice the changes happening around us. Altar Guild members are men and women, young and old, who seek to care for the community through service. Want to learn more? Contact
From the Rector's Desk:
From the depths
This Sunday, we take the celebration of the Baptism of our Lord as an opportunity to reflect on our own baptisms and God's work of new creation.
This Weekend
January 11: Liturgical Ministry Training
January 11: Safeguarding God's People
January 12: Community of Hope Commissioning at 10:15 and 5:30
January 12: Voting on the Vestry Nominations Slate
Save the Date
January 17, 7 pm: The Ordination of Jim Harrington to the Priesthood
Jan 19: MLK Sunday with guest preachers
January 19: Peace Through Pie
January 26: Annual Parish Meeting
Learn and Serve
Last chance to sign up for Connections!
This round of Connections groups will go from Epiphany, Jan 6, through Pentecost, May 31.
Spring Journey Group
Wherever you are on your journey of faith you are welcome at this table. Hoping to dive deeper into exploring your own faith? Would you like to get confirmed or received? Want to gather with a group of other adults seeking to learn more about the Episcopal and Anglican way of life?
2020 Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Trinity Center Dates
January 20, MLK March

Join us for a Sunday Forum Series on the Sermon on the Mount!
The series starts on Jan 12, Sundays, at 9 am in Founders Hall.
February 2, 9:30 am - 11 am: Join the Vestry Administration Committee for a Campus Walk Through. We will walk through and assess current and future buildings and grounds issues.
For the St. James' Family
News from the St. James' Family
News from the Larger Community
This Sunday we vote on the Vestry Slate. Do you know what the Vestry does?
If you haven't made your 2020 pledge yet, consider doing so before our Annual Parish Meeting, Jan. 26.
Prayer List
PRAYERBOX: Prayer requests from the e-news and the website will be auto-forwarded to clergy, the pastoral care ministry lead and the office. To add a name to the prayer list, email

We pray for (3 weeks list): Lawsen family.

We also pray for those with long-term needs: Nina Toland, Mark McCrary, K é si Anderson, Rev. James Palmore, Cleo B. Jason A, Reed B, Angelina, Mike C., Shelia, Yvonne King, Lisa, Gene Kruse, Jewell Gunn,Diane Hoffman, Justin N, Brian M,Joyce, Ganelle, Noah,Thor, Troy, Allissa, Janice R,Charlene Moore, Eugenia Hayes,Tim and Shalmah, Pablo, Beverly, Carol Daughtry, Rachel and Daniel, Rebekah, Diane Neill, Wayne Maner, Sandra Little, Cecile, Mildred Grimble, Margie Lawson, Melvin Alfred, Amy and Chad Carroll, Natrice Harding, Paul Pleasant and his family, John and his family, Anne Osbourne, Lucinda, Antonia Brunelle Nusser, Joffrey Harris, Pablo Machado, Richelle Easley, Shirley Gordon, Julius Gordon, Rosey Watley, Jeffrey McGuire, Johann Williams, Patricia Harding, Patrick Simmonds, Maria and her extended family, Daniel and his family, Susan Moore, Evelyn Taylor, Tony, Brenda Lumsden, Jerry, Dick Peterson, Frances and Sumner Patch, Ricky, Brandon Williams, Joey Ramirez, Esperanza Herrera, Frank, James, Paul, Marvin Sykes, Max and his mother, Paul Gill, Mary Graf, Samuel Kraemer-Dahlin, Jacquelyn Ferrell Mccadden, Ursula Ferrell Jackson, Simone Monique Barnes, Pinky Cotton, Anne Sapp, Joan Khabele, Lazaro Ortega, Dave, Virlin Blue, Susan B. Peters, Arlene, Marvin, Christina, Ronnie Yarmuck, Bertha Malone, Samah Al Adawi, Bill and Peggy Clark, The Rev. Ed Hartwell, Earl and Hazel Livingston, Arthur Shelton, Sammie Eppright, Dorothy Orebo, Caren Bradshaw; and for all who are incarcerated and for their families, and all the refugees throughout the world. God of hope, comfort and restore all who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
We pray for all who have died including Shirley Davis and Margie Lawsen.