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Coming up:
Loaves & Fishes RI
December 14 & 15
10:30 am

Advent Workshop
December 8

Senior Holiday Luncheon
Wed, December 18
12 noon

Loaves & Fishes RI
December 18
4:30 pm

Christmas Pageant
December 22
9:00 am

Merry Christmas!
December 25
 
 
**Office Closed
12/25/19 - 1/2/2020
 
Happy New Year!
January 1, 2020

December 2, 2019
Christmas Eve Services at St. James
 
Mission of the Month - December


Mission of the Month
December


Throughout the month of December St. James will be gathering new underwear for people of all ages. We will donate and/or use these for the many ministries that we partner with throughout the state. We invite you to purchase new underwear in any size and bring them to church with you. Children's underwear are especially needed. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we will use the funds to purchase underwear at the end of the month. Thank you!
Advent Worship Last Call:  An Invitation to Share!!

Our worship during Advent will take a slightly different shape this year as we explore three themes together:
 
Advent 1:  "Do Less"
Advent 2:  "Hold on to Hope"
Advent 3:  "Experience Wonder"
 
With that in mind, we are inviting you to share a few things that will help bring these themes to life.
 
December 1-Doing Less:  We will share in an interactive exercise in worship to help center ourselves at the beginning of this season of wonder.
 
**December 8-People of Hope:  Identify someone who embodies what it means to be a person of hope.  This can be someone you know/have known or not.  Please share a photo of this person and a brief (1-2 sentence) reflection that communicates how/why they inspire hope.
 
**December 15-Inspiring Wonder:  Identify something that inspires wonder for you.  This could be something in nature, something creative, something from art/music/etc., something from a culture that is not your own.  Feel free to be creative and share photos, verses, etc.-anything that communicates why what you have chosen inspires wonder for you.
 
December 22-Children's Pageant:  We will close our Advent worship with a special presentation of the story of Jesus' birth.
 
**Please send your submissions for 12/8 and 12/15 to Pastor Andrew at asimon@stjames-ri.org by TODAY!.  We will compile images, reflections, etc. into unique presentations for Sunday worship during Advent.  If you have questions, or need help with images, etc. feel free to speak with Pastor Andrew any time.  
 
Thank you in advance for sharing!
 
Peace,
 
Pastor Andrew
Advent Workshop




Our annual 
Advent Workshop 
will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 12 pm.  

Please join us for refreshments, crafts for the children and a service project.  We will also decorate the church for the holidays!

Bags of Hope-THANK YOU!




Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Mission of the Month for Bags of Hope.  Together, we raised $3,850 and an additional $1250 through Thrivent Action Cards!

Kalanchoes
Please remember to order your Christmas Kalanchoes in memory of loved ones!
Cost:  $16
Order envelopes can be found in the pew pockets.
 
**Please order your kalanchoes by
December 8, 2019. 
Photo Directory Update
Sundays in December 
10-11 am 
in the Community Room

Sheri Dumas and Rachel McBride are coordinating new photos of members of St. James for our pictorial directory.  Stop by and have your photo taken!
Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon
Christmas Pageant & Children's Holiday Party

St James  Annual Christmas Pageant 
& Children's Holiday Party
Sunday, December 22
Contemporary Service
9 am
 
*Christmas Party is immediately following the service. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters RI :  Our Partnership


For the past several years we have partnered with Big Brother Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BBBSRI).  We have served as a collection site for donated clothing and household goods.  These items are then sold and the proceeds go to help support the BBBSRI vision that all youth achieve their full potential.  This is achieved  through the creation and support of one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.  In return for serving as a collection site, St. James also receives a portion of the proceeds collected from donated goods which supports our ongoing mission programs here at church.
Winter Worship Sign Up!
     
 
Click on the link above to access the Winter 2019 - 2020 Worship Volunteer Sign-up!!

Anyone can sign up for any of the worship volunteer roles. It's easy to do! Just click on the link above and follow the Signup.com directions. If you prefer, there is also a paper & pencil sign-up sheet in the community room.  Just fill in your name and the email address where you want your reminder to go!  

We always welcome new volunteers!  
Attention Thrivent Members!  Time is running out!

Please remember to designate your choice dollars to St. James.  Also see Pastor Andrew or George Bowen for ideas on the use of your actions cards ASAP!

Church Office Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

*unless otherwise noted on monthly calendar
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