January 6, 2020
This Week at St. James the Less
Tuesday, January 7
3:45 p.m. | A Just Harvest

Wednesday, January 8
2:00 p.m. | Prayer Service at The Grove Nursing Facility

Thursday, January 9
7:00 p.m. | Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, January 11
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Marriage Enrichment Workshop

2:30pm | Celebration of the life of Sarah (Sally) Ash

Sunday, January 12
The Baptism of the Lord
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 & Fellowship
Marriage Enrichment Workshop
Saturday, January 11 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(change in date and time)
The grass is not greener in a different yard, it is greener where you water it.

 Our marriage relationships often fade to the background of our lives as we attend to our many responsibilities. We don’t think that much about it until it needs attention. However, as the saying goes what we water, grows.

Using a program, Rev. LIsa will guide you through a three hour workshop to enrich your primary relationship.

We have five couples already signed up, join them and start 2020 off well on Saturday, January 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Over the course of three hours Rev. Lisa will guide you through several enriching exercises in a lighthearted way. These are meant to increase your awareness of each other, give you some simple communication methods to integrate into your daily life, and remind you of what you already know and want from this primary relationship.

Expect time for personal couple reflection, small group conversation and large group learning.

You will walk away feeling better that you stole some time to focus on each other.

Sign up below, on our website,or by emailing Rev. Lisa.
January A Just Harvest
Tuesday, January 7 | 3:45 p.m.
A New Year brings new opportunities for service. Please sign up NOW for our January A Just Harvest. We need servers as well as people to donate food.
Christian Meditation
Monday, January 13 & 27 | 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28 | 7:00 p.m.
Silence is God’s primary language. Beginners or long time meditators are welcome to this circle. We meet in the East Room at the church. Expect a short creative instruction followed by a guided time of silent prayer with others. 
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, January 26
Following the 10:00 a.m. Service
Save the date for our Annual Parish Meeting—your opportunity to have a voice and a vote in the governance of St. James the Less. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
Leap into the "Way of Love"
Saturday, February 29 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Techny Towers
ou may recall the famous sermon Presiding Bishop Curry gave at the Royal Wedding. In it he spoke about love in a memorable way you might recall he said, “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”

The Way of Love is a ‘rule of life’ developed by the presiding bishops staff to support spiritual growth toward the transformative love he proclaimed. 

What to expect:
The keynote speaker from the office of the Presiding Bishop Chris Sikkema. He was one of the original architects of the Way of Love program. He will 
explain the history and teach us more about the seven principles of the Way of Love: Turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. 

This event is particularly special because it invites the clergy and parishioners of the Evanston Deanery to come together for a pre-Lenten spiritual program. 
Cost $45.00

Sign up at https:// leapintowayoflove.eventbrite.com
Women's Retreat
Saturday, March 14 | 8:15 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? 

Brene 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 Brene’s work with contemplative practices, large group learning, personal reflection and small group conversation to guide you toward the transformative compassion of God. 

Register with Joanne Schupbach jsch111014@aol.com
From the Chicago Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:     
We pray for congregations in the Aurora Deanery: St. David in Aurora; Trinity in Aurora; Calvary in Batavia Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk: San Juan Evangelista in Acayucan; St. Matthew Cathedral in Renk, South Sudan.
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.  
Sally Ash (parishioner)
Steve Baine (friend of Hope & Jim Martin)
Lee Beadle (friend of John Roberts)
Daniel Berry (son of Miriam Berry)
Mary Blair (friend of John Roberts)
Frank Blunt (friend of John Roberts)
Maryann Bovio (friend of Dane Cleven)
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)
Joan Cleven (daughter of Dane & Kathleen Cleven)
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)
George Hartnett (friend of John Roberts)
Chip Herndon (parishioner)
RG Heydt (friend of Katie Synek)
Walter Holt (friend of John Roberts)
Rev. David Jones (former interim rector)
Jack & Tricia Kessie (parishioners)
Ken Killion (friend of Kathy Smith)
Chelsey Kivland, & her husband, Bill, & family (cousin of Colleen Schipfer)
Jenny Kokonas (friend of Yvonne Watson)
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)
Allen Liss (companion of Pam Hardy)
John Marquardt, Jr. (son of Judy Marquardt)
Peggy Mason (parishioner)
Karen Mills Hensley (daughter of Mike Mills)
Meredith Montross (parishioner)
Bob P (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Dick Peterson (parishioner)
Joanie Phillips (wife of Gary Phillips)
JoAnn Powers (friend of John Roberts)
Eric Ramos (resident of The Grove)
Donald P. Rand (friend of John Roberts)
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)
Libby Swift (parishioner)
Nancy Thompson (sister of Dorothy Generes)
Jamie Trotter (parishioner)
Scott Trumble (friend of Scott Swank)
Elena Walke (friend of Jack & Tricia Kessie)
John & Linda White (parishioners)
Tom White (son of John White)
Katherine Van Pelt (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.
George Ash
Elizabeth Bowman
Norman Hasch
Mac Patterson
Carole Bora
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.