Volume 1, Issue 13
March 14, 2019
2nd Sunday of Lent - March 10
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
Psalm 27
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35

Preacher: Deacon Terrance
Celebrant: Dean Ryan

Ushers: Carol Mohan & Richard Jennings
Lector: Emily Niblick
Eucharist Minister: Toni Alvarez
Preacher: Deacon Terrance
Celebrant: Dean Ryan

Lenten Worship Wednesdays
12:15 & 6:00PM - Eucharist
5:45PM - Evening Prayer
Immigration 101 Forum
Saturday, March 16 - 1PM to 3PM

Chapter Meeting
Sunday, March 17 - 11:30AM
Conference Room

"Learning to Walk in the Dark"
Lenten Supper and Study Series
Wednesday, March 20 & 27 - 6:45PM
Fireside Room

Buildings and Grounds Meeting
Saturday, March 30 - 9AM
Conference Room

Youth Gathering: Bowling
Saturday, March 30
12:30PM to 3:30PM
Bulldog Bowl (FSU Campus)
We invite you to join us for an amazing Holy Week and Easter at the Cathedral. To view the complete schedule, please click on the image below.
Saturday, March 30th + 12:30PM to 3:30PM
Calling all the youth of St. James . . . .

We invite all the junior high and high school age youth of the Cathedral and their friends to Bulldog Bowl on the campus of Fresno State, Saturday, March 30th, 12:30PM to 3:30PM. Pizza lunch and bowling will be provided by the Cathedral--it is free to participate.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 27th by emailing

If you have any questions, please speak to either Dean Ryan, Pete Cabbiness, or Kourinthia Burton.
Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, is the foundation of our Lenten Study at St. James. Remaining Wednesdays in Lent, March 20, 27, and April 10, 17. (Note: No meeting on Wednesday April 3rd) The Study begins with a light supper at 6:45PM and the program begins at 7:00PM. Prior to the Study, at 6:00PM in the Chapel, a celebration of Holy Eucharist will be offered.

Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark explores our contemporary uneasy relationship with darkness.

All are welcome at any and all sessions.
+ 12:15PM – Eucharist
+ 5:45PM – Evening Prayer
+ 6:00PM – Eucharist
+ 6:45PM – Lenten Supper and Study concludes with Compline
WEEK TWO: PSALM 104:25-30
by Deacon Terrance Goodpasture
Isaiah 104:25-30. " There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number - living things both large and small”

We are to praise and magnify God for all of God’s creation. The psalmist speaks lovingly about the great sea that God has conceived and filled with all manner of living things - great and small. Creation is the outpouring of God’s love into the universe. Creation reveals to us God’s love for us and God’s beauty which is why Franciscans call creation the mirror of God and that God has two books of creation—Sacred Scripture and creation.

Sallie McFague, a contemporary eco-theologian, has suggested that we imagine the world as God’s body as a way of vividly internalizing the truth of God’s incarnational presence in creation –a truth that has been obscured by traditional monarchical images of God as “King” or “Ruler of the Universe.” McFague reminds us that imagery is not incidental to the way we experience the Divine. The image of God as “Absolute Monarch,” for example, accentuates the distance between God and the natural world and places us in the role of passive subjects. On the other hand, if we think of the world as God’s body, we are reminded of “God’s palpable presence in all space and time.” If our worship services included images of creation as the visible expression of “God’s very being,” how would this change our relationship to trees and mountains and wolves and whales? How might it strengthen our commitment to the health of the planet? Might it, as McFague suggests, dramatically drive home to us what is at stake in the climate crisis and help us to understand that injury to the created world is, in a real sense, injury to the “incarnate God.”

Creator God, as we reflect on the mysteries of the ocean depths, we celebrate the wondrous design of the seas that surround us. Help us to discern how we have polluted our oceans and to empathize with the groaning of creation. Teach us to know the presence of God in the tides and currents of the seven seas. Teach us to care for the oceans and all our waterways. In the name of the Wisdom of God, the creative force that designs and governs all creation. Amen. 
To download the "Lenten Environmental Calendar (Less Plastic for Lent)" click on the image above.
By the end of Lent, we would like to reduce the number of programs printed by 20%. There is a real easy solution to us achieving our goal; digital programs!

Did you know every week by Friday, on the St. James website, a digital version (PDF) of the service program is available for download. The digital service programs are also in color and include the "Gold Sheet."

We are strongly encouraging our St. James Family to download the Sunday service program onto their mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Kindle, etc.) in an effort to minimize our environmental footprint. A download link is available each week in the Midweek Missive under the "This Sunday" section. In addition, the Sunday program can be downloaded by visiting: https://stjamesfresno.org/programs/

If you try out the digital program in March during Sundays, please show your device to one of the clergy and we will enter your name into a drawing on Sunday, March 31 for a $25 Starbucks card.
You are invited to Immigration 101 Forum!

On Saturday, March 16, SJ Raise (aka, the Immigration Task Force) will sponsor an introduction to immigration issues - Immigration 101 - to be held at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Fresno.

Immigration 101 will provide you with a basic understanding of immigration law presented by an experienced immigration attorney, as well as a human perspective a DACA recipient impacted by immigration policy and practices. There will be time for your questions following the presentations.

We will begin the conversation with a brief history of The Episcopal Church's policies on immigration and immigration law since the 1990's. In general, The Episcopal Church has consistently passed resolutions asking for just immigration policy to be enacted by the US congress, as well as affirming the contributions of immigrants beginning with the birth of our country.

Please join us on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 at St. James Episcopal Cathedral from 1PM to 3:00PM for this informative event! Refreshments will be served.
A March for Immigrant Rights from Fresno to Sacramento
In the winter of 2017, the clergy and lay leaders began to dream of a pilgrimage...one where we, along with other faith communities and friends, would walk the diocese, engaging in formation and prayer along the way regarding the needs and concerns of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Now we are ready to make this dream a reality.  

Beginning May 4th, following Eucharist and a blessing at St James Cathedral in Fresno, pilgrims will begin their walk to Sacramento where they will converge with other faith communities, immigrants and concerned citizens on May 20th at the state capital to celebrate the gifts and contributions that our immigrant brothers and sisters bring to our communities, and to champion and advocate for immigrant rights. 

This will involve sixteen consecutive days of walking, praying, and reflecting. At stops along the way, walkers will gather with the local faith community to share the purpose of the walk, learn about local concerns of immigrants and pray together.

We invite you to join us in any way you are able:

Additionally, we ask you to consider making a financial contribution to help us make this pilgrimage possible. We are keeping our costs to a minimum, but do have some necessities to provide for our walkers and supporters: food, water, support for drivers who will travel with us, and educational and liturgical materials/resources for each hospitality stop in the evening.  
Thanks to the generosity of the St. James community, our Food Bank guests are now enjoying peanut butter, oatmeal, and jelly.

Throughout Lent, we are asking our Cathedral Congregation to bring Bisquick. Thank you!
St. James is blessed with an impressive campus! Maintaining and enhancing the beautiful buildings and grounds of St. James can be a daunting endeavor. However, this work is not a burden, but a blessing given to us by God. 

At February’s meeting, Chapter voted unanimously to establish a Buildings and Grounds Committee. The Buildings and Grounds Committee will ensure the Cathedral’s buildings and grounds are fit for the exercise of the worship, mission, ministry and outreach programs.

The newly formed Buildings and Grounds Committee will need a total of 5-7 people to serve. The group will meet regularly (about every 1-2 months) and report to Chapter.

The first meeting of the Buildings and Grounds Committee will be Saturday, March 30 at 9:00AM in the Conference Room.

If you feel you might be called to serve on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, please speak to Dean Ryan or Pete Cabbiness.
Please join us at the Adult Forum for the conclusion of the five-part discussion on the formation of the Anglican church on Sunday, March 17 at 9:15AM in the Fireside Room. the Elizabeth’s reign.
Some members of the Cathedral Choir are also members of the Fresno Community Chorus. FCC has two upcoming performances:
If you have any feedback, comments, or questions for the Midweek Missive Editors, please email us . Submissions to the Midweek Missive are welcomed and must be submitted to midweek@stjamesfresno.org by Tuesday at noon.