March 9, 2020
This Week at St. James the Less
Monday, March 9
1:00 p.m. | A Courageous Spirit: A Lenten Bible Study

Tuesday, March 10
7:00 p.m. | Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, March 11
2:00 p.m. | Prayer Service at The Grove Nursing Facility

Thursday, March 12
7:00 p.m. | Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 15
8:00 a.m. | Eucharist with Traditional Language
9:15 a.m. | Thirty Worthy Minutes
10:00 a.m. | Eucharist with Contemporary Language
10:00 a.m. | Godly Play
11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats and Fellowship
11:00 a.m. | SongPlay Choir Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. | Confirmation Class
6:15 p.m | North Shore Meditation Community
A Courageous Spirit: A Lenten Bible Study
Mondays in March | 1:00 p.m.
Christians are part of a great lineage of spiritually courageous people. Rev. Lisa will highlight five biblical witnesses during the Month of March who display all the colors of God given courage as they faced their foes. 
Women's Retreat
Saturday, March 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
St. Andrews, Downers Grove
Episcopal Church Women invite all the women of the diocese to a one day Lenten Retreat facilitated by the Rev. Lisa Senuta.

Whole Self, Whole Heart
Our lives are divided into many parts. We feel the push and pull of all we ask of ourselves and others expect of us. We fail ourselves and others too often. When we confess, “I have not loved you with my whole heart” what is it that we are saying? 

Bren é Brown an Episcopalian and research professor of Social Work and author of many New York Times bestselling books offers an answer to the question of how to live with a whole heart. During a day long retreat, The Rev Lisa Senuta will integrate Bren é’s work with contemplative practices, large group learning, personal reflection and small group conversation to guide you toward the transformative compassion of God. 

The cost of the retreat is $30 and includes a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.
Praying with Courage
Saturday, April 4 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
If you find yourself wishing you would pray more regularly or better you are not alone. If you get frustrated with unanswered prayers, if you wonder what you are really expecting to happen when you pray, you are not alone. Prayer takes courage because to open our hands to God is to be willing to change. 

Rev. Lisa will teach on prayer as an act of courage. You will walk away with some practical ways to cultivate a prayer life full of compassion and power. 
A Just Harvest
Tuesday, April 7 | 3:45 p.m.
Meteorological spring is on it's way, yet the snow and cold continue as does the need. Please sign up NOW for our April A Just Harvest. Our confirmation class will be servers this month. Please sign up to donate food in support of their service.
Job Postings Now Live:
Do you Know a Good Candidate?
St. James the Less has recently posted opening for two lay positions in our parish. Can you help us find the right people? If you know someone who, please pass the information along and encourage them to apply.

Parish Outreach Coordinator -- Part Time

In a vibrant parish with a vision to serve and invite neighbors into creating a healthier more loving society we need organizational support. Assisting the Rector and joining a strong part time staff, the Program Coordinator will excel at event planning and community organization. Understanding that spiritual formation is the goal of all parish programming, this new position will be highly collaborative with parishioners to coordinate existing programming and establish new programming in the areas of Outreach and Community Events.

Inquiries regarding necessary qualifications, further information about current programs, and list of responsibilities contact  the Rev. Lisa Senuta .

Director of Children and Youth Formation -- Part Time

In a suburban, vibrant, pastoral size parish we seek an experienced, creative, and organized individual with a passion for Christian Formation in young people. This individual would join the Rector and volunteers in organizing and implementing programs for a variety of ages to learn the stories of Christ’s love and form spiritual practices that support faith development. Understanding of liturgical year, sacraments, valuing the significance for outreach as formation, and a desire to form community of love and acceptance would support this individual as they bring new ideas and also sustain continuity in programs. Working closely with the Rector this individual would join a strong part time staff together enjoying the dynamic work of parish ministry.

For information regarding needed qualifications and a list responsibilities inquire to  the Rev. Lisa Senuta.
From the Chicago Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:     
We pray for Congregations in the Chicago-South Deanery: Nuestra Senora de las Americas in Chicago; St. Alban in Chicago; Holy Nativity in Chicago; and in our Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk, South Sudan: La Transfiguración in Oaxaca; Jarbanat Sub-Parish.
For the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar:  
We pray for Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor, Assistant Bishop Samy and his wife, Holy, and all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar.  
For those who are sick: 
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers; mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servants the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  
Steve Baine (friend of Hope & Jim Martin)
Lee Beadle (friend of John Roberts)
Daniel Berry (son of Miriam Berry)
Wes Betsill (parents of Kathleen Dewey)
Mary Blair (friend of John Roberts)
Frank Blunt (friend of John Roberts)
David Braun (uncle of Matthew Berry)
Rev. Hugh Broadbent (friend of Simon & Sue Babbs)
Mary Burrington (grandmother of Lisa Senuta)
Debbie Carpenter (sister of David Mason)
Sandra Carpenter (sister of Shari Noble)
Mary Cato (friend of Miriam Berry)
Kathleen Cleven (parishioner)
Norman & Cathleen Corfield (parents of Yvonne Watson)
Katie Cramer (friend of Glen Tracy)
Chase Curtis (friend of John Roberts)
Silvio DeBartelmaise (friend of John Roberts)
Connor Dolge (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Bill Fox (parishioner)
Peggy Greene (parishioner)
George Hartnett (friend of John Roberts)
Chip Herndon (parishioner)
RG Heydt (friend of Katie Synek)
Tom Hoffman (friend of Josh Langhoff)
Walter Holt (friend of John Roberts)
Jack & Tricia Kessie (parishioners)
Ken Killion (friend of Kathy Smith)
Chelsea & Bill Kivland & family (relative of Colleen Schipfer)
Pearl Klein (friend of Ginny Baynum)
Courtney Koshgarian (friend of Peggy Greene)
Gail Kotin (parishioner)
Piper Lefferdink (granddaughter of Judy Lefferdink)
Nancy Lidecker (mother of Katie Synek)
Jon Lind (friend of John Roberts)
Judy Marquardt (parishioner)
John Marquardt, Jr. (son of Judy Marquardt)
Peggy Mason (parishioner)
Warren Meyers (friend of Katie Synek)
Karen Mills Hensley (daughter of Mike Mills)
Meredith Montross (parishioner)
Tom Nekola (friend of Josh Langhoff)
Bruce Newman (friend of Ginny Baynum)
Bob P (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Eric Ramos (resident of The Grove)
Donald P. Rand (friend of John Roberts)
Lucy Roe (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Mary Schwenk (wife of Henry Schwenk)
Emily Senuta (mother of Chad Senuta)
Brian Stanton (resident of The Grove)
Kathy Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Patti Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Jay Tanel (brother-in-law of Anita Ruesch)
Nancy Thompson (sister of Dorothy Generes)
Jamie Trotter (parishioner)
Scott Trumble (friend of Scott Swank)
Katherine Van Pelt (parishioner)
Elena Walke (friend of Jack & Tricia Kessie)
John White (parishioner)
Tom White (son of John White)
Yuanda Zhang (parishioner)
Fred Zweifel (son of Diane Sawyer)
Addison & her parents, Kara & Mark, & brother, William  (cousin of kClare McKellaston)
Becky  (friend of Katie Synek)
Daniel  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Dominic  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Marie  (friend of Marilee McGowan)
For those who have died:  
O God of grace and glory, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer. Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will.
Alexandra Griggs Bishop (who died recently, sister of Dan Griggs)
David (who died recently, stepfather of Judy Mariato)
We thank you for giving them to us to know and to love as companions on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by the call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers may be added to this list by completing the Prayer Request Card, which can be found in the pews and Parish Hall, or by emailing Sue Babbs at suebabbs385@gmail.com 

We invite you to join the Prayer Network which receives email notifications and prays for needs as they are shared with us. Contact Sue for further information.