St. James Episcopal Church
The February Connection

Rev. John A. Satula

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
with Choir & Christian Education
Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 10th in the Parish Hall immediately following the 10am service. Please join us to hear all that happened at St. James in 2018 as well as to cast your vote for new vestry members, Convention delegates and Deanery delegates. Brunch will be provided by our Vestry Members.
Church Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather
Throughout the winter season, we will change the voicemail greeting on the church phone to reflect cancellations or delays in Sunday services due to weather conditions and parking bans. We will also send out an e-mail and update our website, if able. Our telephone number is 978-388-0030. Website: www.stjamesamesbury.org
Pledge Envelopes
If you submitted a pledge card for 2019, your Pledge Envelopes are in the back of the Sanctuary. If you did not pledge and wish to, please complete a Pledge Card and place in the offertory or deposit it in the lock box outside the Parish Office. Once received a Pledge Envelope will be assigned to you and we will have it available for you to use. If you have any questions pertaining to pledging, please talk with Valerie Gates, Treasurer.
Vestry Meeting
The St. James' Vestry will meet on February 13th at 6:30pm at Fr. John's apartment Club Room. All are welcome to come and observe our Vestry in action. Please call the office for the address if you plan to attend as an observer.
Women on the Journey
Women on the Journey will meet on Saturday, February 16th in the Parish Hall. Fellowship at 9:30am, meeting from 10am-12pm. All women are welcome and feel free to bring a friend. If you have questions for our WotJ leaders, send them an e-mail at womenonthejourney@gmail.com

On Saturday January 26th the Women on the Journey met to create Vision Boards for 2019. All had a great time and some wished to share their Vision Boards with you, and here they are!
Children and Youth
DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Children learned of a Bishop's life through the visitation of Diocesan Bishop Alan Gates and surprise visit from Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.

  • Youth Christmas party featuring scavenger hunt, charades, and gift swap!

  • Annual Christmas Pageant at the 4pm service. Performed by our children with Ally, Joe and baby Logan as Jesus and narrated by our youth. Written by Kim Potts.
 
Thank you to all who served at Christmas Eve Services.
 

Dear Youth,
 
Here is what's coming up for Youth Events. Be sure to mark your calendar. You are welcome to bring friends to any of these events and scholarships are always available. Times TBD unless otherwise noted.
  
February - May 2019


February 8th - 10th: High School Retreat at BCH.
 
March 2nd: Ice Skating at Graf Ice Rink

March 29th - 30th: Middle School Lock-In
 
April 5th - 6th: Nightwatch at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
(NYC).

 April 18th - Maundy Thursday Event
 
May 17th: Middle School Event - Woburn "Breakout" Room.

May (date TBD) High School Event 
Cherub Church

Join in the fun! Cherub Church on Tuesday, February 12th and the 26th beginning at 3:30pm in the Parish Hall. Weather Permitting!

Playful worship time for infants-preschoolers and their caregivers; simple and fun prayers, games and togetherness!

Come join us anytime your schedule allows.

Questions? Reach Linda at stjames.christianeducation@gmail.com
Lectors & Greeters
Lectors
Have you thought about serving as a Lector or Prayer Leader? Being a lector is a great way to deepen your appreciation of Sacred Scripture, and assist your fellow parishioners at Service to clearly and prayerfully hear the Word of God. Do you enjoy reading the bible? Would you like to help others hear clearly the Word of God? Lectors receive their readings the week prior to the Sunday they are serving. This gives Lectors time to read and understand the lesson as it should be spoken, as it is your voice being heard but it is God's word being spoken.

Greeters

Welcoming people as they enter our church is a joyful and inviting ministry.

The ministry of the greeter is to offer hospitality to those who enter our doors. This can consist of handing out service bulletins, collecting the offering, guiding the movement of people during Holy Communion and providing assistance as required throughout the service. A subsidiary mission of the Greeter is tactfully to maintain good order throughout the service, and to help with emergencies that may arise. Our Greeters normally arrive about 20 minutes prior to service.
Are you interested in either or both of these fulfilling ministries? If so, let us know.
Ways to Donate
Yes, we offer Pledge Envelopes and have our weekly Offertory but did you know we also offer the convenience of electronic donations through PayPal to make a one-time donation or to have a single or recurring donations count towards your annual pledge commitment?

It's easy - just click the donate button below and donate through a credit card (no PayPal account needed) or through your own PayPal account. You will be redirected to the PayPal website to complete the donation, then back to the St. James' website afterwards.
 
During the PayPal payment process, when reviewing the donation you will have the option of specifying whether your donation is a general donation, a special donation for a specific purpose, or a donation that you would like counted towards your annual pledge commitment.
 
Thank you for your donation!
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St. James Episcopal Church
120 Main Street, P.O. Box 25
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-0030
E-Mail
stjames.frjohn@verizon.net
stjames.office@verizon.net
stjames.christianeducation@gmail.com