VOLUME 1, ISSUE 43
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19
8:00AM SERVICE
Preacher: Deacon Terrance
Celebrant: Dean Ryan
10:00AM SERVICE
Usher: William Patterson & Richard Jennings
Lector: Emily Niblick
EM: Katherine Nelson & Pete Cabbiness
Preacher: Deacon Terrance
Celebrant: Dean Ryan
FOOD BANK
2nd-4th Wednesdays @ 2:30PM

THE COTTAGE SHOP
Wednesdays 12:30PM - 4:30PM
1st-3rd Sat. @ 9:00AM-1:00PM

CHOIR REHEARSAL
Thursdays @ 6:30PM

FOOD BANK: TJ FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Sundays after 10AM Service (White Room)
ORDINATION OF TOM HAMPSON
SUN. NOV 16 @ 11:00AM
St. James Cathedral

CHAPTER MEETING
SUN. NOV. 17 @ 12:00PM-2:30PM
Conference Room

CATHEDRAL THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON
SUN. NOV. 24 @ 11:00AM-1:30PM
Zoe Eden

ADVENT WREATH MAKING
SUN. DEC 1 @ 11:15AM
Fireside Room

ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS
SUN. DEC 8 @ 4:00PM
St. James Cathedral

ECW MEETING
SAT. DEC. 14 @ 11:30AM
Thai Royal Orchid
WELCOME ELEANOR TO THE ST. JAMES FAMILY
Eleanor was born to Kimberly and Aaron Stillmaker on September 2 and joins her big sisters Lauren and Margaret. You can find the family often on Sundays enjoying the kids space in the back of the church!

With Aaron back to work and Kimberly caring for all of the girls until she goes back to work, the family could use some extra hands in the late afternoons/early evenings on Thursdays, December 5 and 19. If you are interested in helping on these days, or in providing a meal for the family, please contact Kimberly at kstillmaker@gmail.com
GUEST ACCOMPANIST THIS SUNDAY
Arlene Steffen, M.M. has been teaching piano since 1982. With a Bachelor of Arts in piano, piano pedagogy, and music education from Goshen College and a Masters of Music in piano from Wichita State University, she possesses broad experience in teaching students at all levels. She currently teaches privately in her home studio and is the primary piano instructor at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California.

Mrs. Steffen maintains a professional career as Chair of the Committee for Independent Music Teachers for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and has published articles in Clavier Companion and Pacific Journal. An active member of Music Teachers' Association of California, she served as president of the Fresno County Branch from 2011-2015 and regularly travels around Northern California each spring as an evaluator for Certificate of Merit.

Students of Mrs. Steffen regularly participate in competitions and festivals as well as their school and church music programs. Her students have gone on to professional music careers as performers, music educators and church musicians.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN MEETING
December 14
The Episcopal Church Women Group is meeting on Saturday, December 14th.

All women are welcome to join for lunch and fellowship. Sign-ups will begin November 24th.

LOCATION
Thai Royal Orchid
6735 N. 1st St. 
(Southerwest corner of 1st St. and Herndon)

TIME:  11:30AM

FOOD:  A vast number of choices to meet all budgets and dietary restriction. The restaurant is gracious in allowing for individual checks.

Look for more information starting November 24th.
HELP WANTED!
St. James seeks Onsite Event Manager
St. James' Zoe Eden Hall has become one of Fresno's most popular rental halls. In 2019, Zoe Eden will have been rented out 48 out 52 weekends--the other four weekends were held aside for St. James events. Some weekends, we have events both Friday and Saturday nights.

Due to the demand and St. James' needs, we are looking to hire someone ASAP as the "Onsite Events Manager." This is a part-time position at St. James and 95% of the work will be directly related to supporting rental events that occur on the weekends. During the Holiday season, there will be additional days and hours required.

The Onsite Events Manager will be on campus during all major event rentals; typically, Saturdays from about 4:00PM to 1:00AM, and occasionally Friday evenings too. The Events Manager will be the onsite point person for renters; providing entry into the facility, addressing needs and any concerns, providing general oversight and hospitality, coordinating with Pete Cabbiness, Dean Ryan, and security officers, supervise the renter's breakdown and cleanup of the venue, and lock-up of all campus venues following events. The starting pay rate for the position is $17.00 per hour and will likely include some overtime pay.

This person will need to be 21 years old or older, very responsible, reliable, able to problem-solve and make sound decisions, excellent communication and people skills, and demonstrates good and kind hospitality.

If you are interested or might know someone who might be interested, please contact Dean Ryan for additional information. A resume and letter of interest may be submitted to Dean Ryan.
The Cathedral will be providing a Thanksgiving lunch the Sunday before Thanksgiving in Zoe Eden following the 10AM service on November 24th.

Members of the congregation are invited to bring side dishes and desserts. Members of the Chapter will bring the main dishes (aka proteins). All are welcome to attend.

A sign-up list is available in the Chapel after the 8AM and in the Fireside Room following the 10AM service. If you have any questions or need additional information, please speak to Kathy or Pete Cabbiness
OPTIONS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
AT ST. JAMES
It’s time for The Second Annual Cabbinness Family Thanksgiving at St. James!!! All are welcome to come Thanksgiving Day to St. James for a home cooked meal. Games including basketball and volleyball starting at 2:00PM. Dinner will be served at 3:30PM, everything included, just bring your appetite! Following dinner, the movie “It Happened on Fifth Avenue” will be shown at 5:30PM. This event is open to all who have nowhere to be on Thanksgiving, or just want to spend Thanksgiving with a group of people. No need to RSVP—just drop in!
AT ECCO
Join ECCO in celebrating Thanksgiving without the hassle. Let their expert kitchen staff prepare a variety of turkey, prime rib, and ham plus all the trimmings. A delicious variety of desserts, beverages, and much more are included at a reasonable price; $40 adults, $20 children 4-11, free for children under four years old. The day begins with Holy Eucharist at 11:00AM with Bishop Rice presiding. Appetizers will be served at 12:15PM and the meal will begin at 1PM. Reservations are required! For more information and/or to reserve a spot please either call (559) 683-8162 or visit the ECCO website
ADVENT EDUCATION SERIES
Four-part series explores the Gospel Stories of Advent
St. James will be hosting a four-part “deep dive” Scripture study on the Advent Gospel lessons. The class will meet on Monday evening starting November 25th and conclude on December 16th. Co-facilitated by the Dean and the Deacons, the class will look ahead to the upcoming Gospel reading for Sunday. Each session will explore in-depth the Gospel reading and its overall connection to the themes of Advent. The group’s questions and discussion will be instrumental in shaping the sermon for Sunday.

Mondays will begin at 6:00PM with Eucharist in the Chapel. Followed by a light dinner being served at 6:30PM in the White Room. The class will begin at 7:00PM in the White Room and conclude no later 8:30PM.

We are asking for participants to pre-register for the education series. You can register online or there will be a sign-up sheet at the entrance of the Chapel/Cathedral for the next couple of Sundays.

SERIES OUTLINE

November 25th: Watchfulness 
Matthew 24:36-44. Jesus reminds the Disciples about the necessity for watchfulness.

December 2nd: Repentance
Matthew 3:1-12. John the Baptist preaches repentance as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.

December 9th: The Messenger and the Messiah
Matthew 11:2-11. John the Baptist presses Jesus on his identity.

December 16th: Prelude to the Birth of the Messiah
Matthew 1:18-25. An angel foretells of Jesus’ birth
CHRISTMAS 2019 SCHEDULE
Cathedral adds a Children's Service
This Christmas at St. James will feature a new service--a 4:00PM Children's Service. The Children's Service is designed to support families who want a Christmas worship experience accessible to the whole family, especially for the youngest kids.

The service will be simple, relaxed, family-friendly, and will run about 35-40 minutes. Eucharist will be celebrated at the service. Dean Ryan will offer a children-focused message.

Additionally, per tradition, we offer Christmas Eve Services at 6PM and 11PM that will include music and all of the beautiful Christmas traditions. The late service will begin at 10:30PM with a Carol Prelude--we will sing a collection of our favorite Christmas hymns.

On Christmas Day, we will offer a service at 9:00AM in the Chapel.
ACOLYTE SUNDAY
Sunday, December 8th, St. James will be holding an Acolyte training following the 10:00AM service. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
BLANKETS NEEDED FOR DOG SHELTER
The blankets will be given to the Fresno County Humane Animal Services—the only City/County no-kill shelter in the area. On Sundays, blankets can be dropped off at the entrance of the Chapel/Cathedral. During the week, blankets may be delivered to the Cathedral Office.
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON
The St. James community is invited to attend and Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 24 at 5:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E Alluvial Ave, Fresno, CA 93720, sponsored by The Interfaith Alliance of Central California.
BIBLE STUDY- THE BOOK OF REVELATION
The mid-week Bible Study has returned. The study is led by Emily Niblick and meets weekly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00AM to 11:00AM, in the Fireside Room.
CHAPTER MEETING
The November meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 17th, 12:00PM - 2:30PM in the Conference Room.
CONSTRUCT AN ADVENT WREATH
You are invited to an Advent Family Activity! Following the 10AM service on Sunday, December 1st, in the Fireside Room, start the season together building an advent wreath for your home. St. James will provide metal advent wreath forms, ribbon, wire to attach greens to forms, greenery and a handout for suggested advent prayers. Advent Candles will be available for a small donation. Bring your clippers or older scissors and start the season with your very own handmade wreath. Reserve your space—a sign-up sheet is available in Fireside Room on the bulletin board.
MEN'S GROUP
The next breakfast gathering is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 7:30AM at Yosemite Falls Cafe (across from the Cathedral).
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
The next meeting will be Saturday, December 7th, at 9:00AM in the Conference Room.
At one point in the mid-19th century, almost all of the residents of Villaescusa, a tiny village in the north of Spain near Santander, were Episcopalians. It started with one villager who traveled 200 miles to the town of Fuentesaúco, where he bought a Bible, carried it home and began reading it. Then he brought the Bible to his Roman Catholic priest.
At its annual convention on Nov. 8 and 9, the Diocese of New York established a task force to examine how it can make meaningful reparations for its participation in the slave trade and committed $1.1 million from its endowment to fund efforts recommended by the task force.
Old North Church is a living witness to one of the most significant chapters in American history. Immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” the white spire rising above the narrow streets of Boston’s North End is where two lanterns were hung to signal the approach of British troops that started the Revolutionary War.
Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller was among a handful of Wisconsin gun safety advocates who spoke Nov. 7 at the state Capitol in Madison in favor of pending legislation – two bills that state Republican leaders promptly ignored before closing the day’s brief legislative sessions without debate.
Morning commuters traveling on Wyandotte Street outside the Cathedral Church of the Nativity received a pleasant surprise last week: free cookies, coffee and a reminder of God’s love.
The Archbishop of York has called for urgent action to stop the oil spills that are devastating communities in Nigeria’s Bayelsa state. Following the release of an interim report of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission, which he chairs, the Archbishop, Dr John Sentamu called the actions of oil companies operating in the Niger Delta as “nothing less than environmental genocide”.
Prayers and other expressions of gratitude may hold significant potential in making people feel less lonely, a small study by a B.C. priest suggests. Last summer and fall, the Rev. Eric Partridge, rector at the Anglican Church of St. Andrew in Sidney, B.C., paired six research volunteers from the church’s pastoral care team with six senior parishioners.
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.