St. James Taos Weekly E-Update
January 17, 2019 
St. James Taos

 St. James Episcopal Church

208 Camino de Santiago

Taos, NM 87571


John 2:1-11

O n the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.


The disciples and the servants were the only people who knew where the good wine came from. The miracle was hidden from the sight of the ones society would expect to know, the wine steward, the bridegroom and the guests.  Jesus and the Holy Spirit most often make themselves known to the oppressed, the excluded, the "lowly" , the servant. I wonder if we who are comfortable don't feel we need Jesus in the same way those who are desperate do. 

Annual Meeting
During the St. James Annual meeting we thanked our outgoing Vestry Members, Don Simanton, Harvey Yokum and Jim Ludden.  Don, Harvey and Jim served St. James wonderfully for 3 years.
We elected Geilan Ismail, Heather Liebman and Toby Pugh for 3 year terms on the Vestry.  Toby was elected as the Junior Warden, and Bill Humbert was selected to continue as the Senior Warden.  
Our vestry is dedicated and motivated to make St. James a place of peace, worship and service.  Your new vestry is: 
Bill Humbert, Sr. Warden; Toby Pugh, Jr. Warden; Elise Olonia Waters, David Goodman, Marilyn Farrow, Bambi Sturbois, Heather Liebman, Geilan Ismail, Gary Buff.  Paul Richard continues as the St. James Treasurer and adviser to the vestry.

This newsletter is late!  The annual meeting got in the way and forced a delay.  (Really I just got behind)

Fr. Mike 
  Welcome to the
St. James
St. James
Worship Services
Sunday Eucharist:
8:00 AM & 9:15 AM

Children's Sunday School
9:00 AM

2nd & 4th Sundays
Youth Sunday Program
Grades 6-12
9:15 AM

Last Sunday of the Month
Healing Service
5:00 PM

 Wednesday Eucharist
7:30 AM

Angel Fire Eucharists
1st & 3rd Thursdays
5:30 PM
First National Bank of New Mexico

Taos Retirement Village
2nd Wednesday of the month, 11:00 AM,
Taos Retirement Village

Red River Eucharists
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
5:30 PM
Episcopal Eucharist at
St. Edwin's
Roman Catholic Church, Red River 
St. James  
Online Calendar
Please check YOUR
important events to be sure they've been entered accurately.
News & Events

If you see an error or omission, or if you'd like to add an event,
do let us know.

Click AGENDA for a tidy list of activites, times and locations. 
St. James
Prayer List  
In Thanksgiving for

Healing from pneumonia for Michael.
The life of 
Marion David Standridge.
The life of Tony Roma.
The life of 
Tommy Thomas.
Ev eryone's continued intercessions for those on our prayer list.  
Continuing Prayers
  Walter+, Elvira, Jesse, Iris, Codi,  Genie, Sandy, Terry+, John, R osemary, 
  Jimmy, Marieke, Tom, Kai, Allegra, Doug, Shelly, Trace,
Wilma, David, Bill  
  For Healing      
Mary Ann, Newell,  Rusty, Steve, Kate, Nina, Joy, Cynthia Anne, Liz, Lorry, Ken, Jean, Toby, Kelly, Bambi
    For Firefighters, Police, the Military and Those in
Harm's Way,
Joy, Andrew, Mark, Ray, Hans, Jason
For Peace, Comfort, Guidance
  Betty, Susan, Elaine, Caryle, Judy, Gloria,
The Brown Family,
For Those Who 
Ha ve Died
David  Standridge
at home in Kerrville, TX
January 7, 2018.
Tony Roma. 
Tommy Thomas
beloved step-son of Susanne Loyd.

We update our Prayer List weekly. Names remain for one month unless you request otherwise. Send prayer requests to:    
For 12-Step Meetings
and a
Complete List

of all events held at the church, visit the
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then link to Events/Calendar.
St James Office
The Office is open
Mon - Thurs
9 AM - 4 PM
Closed Fri, Sat, Sun.

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St James Has an 
Online Telephone Directory. 
If your email is registered in the office of St James, you can access this directory. 
On your phone:  Go to the app store or play store and find the free app for Instant Church Directory. Follow the prompts for establishing your personal password.  
On your computer: Using your search engine, search for Instant Church Directory.  Follow the prompts for establishing your personal password.  
If your picture is not yet in the directory
 you will be approached by one of the Vestry members
 to take your picture in the weeks ahead.  
David Standridge
Former St James member, David Standridge, 
died at home on January 7, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
His wife, Judy Standridge, may be reached at
514 Fairway Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028      
Kerrville Funeral Home is handling all the services and a visit to  
will have information regarding his arrangements.
Bible Study Friends  
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
Meetings will continue for Bible Study Friends 
in the Santiago Room.
 This bible-study allows you to listen at home then discuss the lesson with family or parishioners. 
January 15th will feature "Spirit of Truth."  
For info or a USB drive:     
First Parish Meeting for 
New Rector Search 
 Rescheduled for 
Saturday, January 26, 9 AM-1 PM
The Reverend Canon Colin Kelly will come to St James to conduct our first parish discernment meeting as a make-up for the earlier meeting cancelled due to snow. This will be a brown bag lunch session to help us each give input to the documents we need to prepare as part of our process of finding a new rector.    
Potluck Parish Meeting for New Rector Search Sunday, February 17, 10:45  
This will be a Potluck Brunch after church.  If you're unable to addend the first meeting to help us prepare the documents required by the diocese in our search for a new rector, please attend this second meeting which will be facilitated by Canon Raney. The 12 questions we must answer are posted in the parish hall and in our January email newsletters. Also look for a paper version available soon at the back of the church. Information: Colin Nicholls,

12 Questions Required for 
                      Diocesan Survey: 
         for your prayerful consideration         1) Describe a moment in your worshipping community's recent ministry which you recognize as one of success and fulfillment.
2) How are you preparing yourselves for the Church of the future?
3) Please provide words describing the 3 gifts and skills essential to the new rector.
4) Describe your liturgical style and practice for all types of worship services.
5) How do you practice incorporating others in ministry?
6) As a worshipping community, how do you care for your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being?
7) How do you engage in pastoral care for those beyond your worshipping community?
8) Describe your worshipping community's involvement in either the wider church or geographical region.
9) Tell about a ministry that your worshipping community has initiated in the past five years.  Who can be contacted about this?
10) What is your practice of stewardship and how does it shape the life of your worshipping community?
11) What is your worshipping community's experience of conflict and how have you addressed it?
12) What is your experience leading/addressing change in the church? When has it gone well?  When has it gone poorly? And what did you learn?
Search Committee   
The members of St James Search Committee are 
Angela Pacheco, Cissy McCrary, Elizabeth Halley, 
Jim Glenn, Lili Barger, Seymour Wheelock 
& Colin Nicholls, acting Committee Chair.
Annual Parish Meeting 
and Potluck Lunch
Sunday, January 20, 11 AM
Elect new vestry members and diocesan representatives.
Find out about our financial situation.
Sign up on the flower chart.
Bring food to share.

Vestry Biographies
The following people were elected to  our vestry at the annual meeting, Sunday, January 20, 11 AM.
Ismail, Geilan (Jill)
BS Biochemistry, Indiana University; M.D., Indiana University; MBA,  The George Washington University.
Professional Leadership Experience: 
Indiana University Campus Undergraduate representative to Disciples of Christ Higher Education Leadership Ministries; Chief Fellow, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; President-Medical Executive Committee, Home Hospital Lafayette, IN; Chief of Staff, Holy Cross Hospital; Board of Directors (2 terms, Chief of Staff and Ad Hoc representative of the medical staff), Holy Cross Hospital; Practice Manager, Taos Medical Group PA; Program Director-Apogee Physicians, Holy Cross Hospital; Medical Director of several Holy Cross Hospital outreach programs and the echocardiography laboratory.
Living a Christian life:
I grew up in a multi-religion family.  My mother was Christian and my father was Muslim.    My father did not actively practice Islam but ensured that we knew about his religion, beliefs and its practices.  He encouraged his children to pursue a spiritual life and to attend Church with my mother.  When I was 13 having been exposed to many different denominations and beliefs, I proclaimed my faith by being baptized.   Knowing God's love is never ending and he sent Christ to save me (and all who believe) has guided my life.  It led me to become a physician and move to a rural area.  We are called as Christians to live that love and faith, by loving our neighbors as God loves us.  "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John13:35) (In short, you will know we are Christians by our love.)   However, love and faith without action is hollow, "...I will show you my faith by my works." (James 2:18) and "...a person is justified by works and not by faith alone" (James 2:24).  When I moved to Taos, St James became my church home in part because the congregation and church acted on its faith by filling needs in the community.  St. James has enriched and grown my faith and the congregations, through its opportunities for fellowship and learning. Putting my name forward to serve on the Vestry is one way I can use my education and skill set to act on my faith and (hopefully) contribute to the "health" of St. James.
Liebman, Heather 
A lifelong member of the Anglican/Episcopal Church. Born into a family long associated with, and leaders in, the Scottish Episcopal Church. In fact, a great grandfather was Primus of Scotland.
My early education was in an Anglican convent school. I next had a wonderfully broad education at my boarding school which was in England and was associated with the Anglican Church. My higher education was in History at University of Edinburgh.
I have attended, and been active in Anglican/Episcopal churches in all the countries In which I have lived. Before coming to Taos, I was, for many years a member of St.Luke in the Fields Episcopal Church in New York. A high church, actually Anglo-Catholic and most active in the community.  I worked mostly on our programme providing care for AIDS patients, and with the Rector on various projects. In fact, I developed, and led, Memorial Services for deceased with no church affiliation but whose  family needed a final service. I have been an active member of St James since 1995, at first, part time but full time since 2005. I have previously served one term on Vestry.
I have been Actively involved in many areas of the church.  I served on the diocesan search committee which brought us our wonderful new Bishop. I served on Pastoral Care Committee and am still active in pastoral care. I am on Flower Guild and Empty Bowls, which I chaired one year.  I've organized Agape groups, and worked on various other activities as they came up, and as I have been needed. Recently, I envisioned and worked with Fr. Mike to create a World War One commemoration service. I am a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a reader at St. James.  I completed all four years of Education for Ministry. I have extensively studied the history of the Anglican/Episcopal Church and taught a course on the three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
I care deeply about the Episcopal Church and what its needs may be in order to survive in the 21st Century. I have successfully run an institution and have managed many charity/fund raising events. I am a decisive and clear thinker, and able to cut through the rubbish to get to the point In question. I think I would be an asset on the vestry and hope you do as well.
Pugh, Richard (Toby)
Toby is a life-long Episcopalian and has served in various vestry positions on 4 different occasions.  Most recently he was vestry liaison to the Building and Grounds Committee at All Saint's Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA.  Over his lifetime, he has also enjoyed singing in various choirs and serving at the altar, both as a youth and as an adult.  His youth experiences near the altar have played a significant part in his continued church activities as an adult.  
Toby is a somewhat retired Architect.  He has given advice to Common Grounds about disabled-access to their house.  His home was recently one of those featured on the St. James Christmas Home Tour.  He's an active skier, golfer and fly-fisher.  He moved to Taos with his wife, Elizabeth Baker, in the fall of 2017.
                                      CALENDAR                                         Thursday, January 17
   7:30 AM     Men's Bible Study / Home of Wes Patterson 
   9:30 AM     Food Pantry Prep / Kitchen, Parish Hall
   2:30 PM     Food Pantry Distribution / Parish Hall until 4:00 PM
   5:30 PM     Choir Rehearsal / Choir Room
   5:30 PM     Holy Eucharist in Angel Fire / First National Bank of NM
   F riday, January 18
   Saturday, January 19
   Sunday, January 20                   
   8:00 AM     Holy Eucharist, Rite I / Nave
   9:00 AM     Nursery & Sunday School / Parish Hall
   9:15 AM     Holy Eucharist, Rite II / Nave 
   10:45 AM   Annual Parish Meeting & Potluck / Parish Hall
   Monday, January 21
   9:00 AM     Food Pantry Bagging / Parish Hall
   Tuesday,  January 22
   3:30 PM     Bible Study Friends / Choir Loft
   6:00 PM     Common Grounds / Santiago Room
   Wednesday, January 23  
   7:30 AM     Holy Eucharist / Nave
   12:30 PM   Brown Bag Theology Book Study / Santiago Room
   4:00 PM     Monastery of the Heart / Santiago Room
   5:30 PM     Holy Eucharist in Red River / St. Edwin's Church
   7:15 PM     Teen Talk:  A Safe Space / Santiago, Kitchen
   Thursday, January 24
   7:30 AM     Men's Bible Study / Wes Patterson's home
   9:00 AM     Food Pantry Prep / Kitchen, Parish Hall
   12:30 PM   Food Pantry Distribution until 4:00 PM / Parish Hall
   5:30 PM     Choir Rehearsal / Choir Room 
For 12-Step Meetings and a complete list of all events held at the church, visit the St. James website,, then link to News & Events / Calendar.

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