April 8, 2019
Tuesday, April 9
7:00 p.m. | Vestry Meeting

Saturday, April 13
9:00 a.m. | Community Garden Clean-up
Sunday, April 14
10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist -- Passion Sunday-- ONE SERVICE ONLY
10:00 a.m. | Godly Play
11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats & Fellowship
Palm Cross Making
Saturday, April 13 | 9:30 a.m.
Join us as we make Palm Crosses to be handed out on Sunday to begin our observance of Holy Week. Easy to make and a joy to be in community.

Passion Sunday
Sunday, April 14 | 10:00 a.m. | One Service Only
Our service begins with festival trumpets, the blessing of the Palm Branches and the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ends the Passion narrative of Jesus’ betrayal, abuse, and crucifixion. New this year the Passion reading will include visual images of Jesus’ journey to the Cross prepared by Youth of St James. 

Maundy Thursday Agape Meal & Service
Thursday, April 18
6:00 p.m.—Agape Meal
7:00 p.m.—Maundy Thursday Service
You are invited to a simple supper and fellowship in reflection of Jesus’ Last Supper. After, worship together in a somber service including the stripping of the altar as we prepare for the mystery of death and resurrection of Easter.

Good Friday  
Friday, April 19
9:00 a.m.—Journey to the Cross for Children
Children aged 3-12 journey through a sensory experience—smell the Garden of Gethsemane, feel the weight of cross, and hear the ripping of the veil at the Temple. This is a great event to invite friends to—it’s active, but also represents an important aspect of our faith and ties children to our values as Christians. 

12 noon—Meditations & Communion

2:15 p.m.—Good Friday Service@ The Grove
Join us for a service of hymns, readings and prayers reflecting on the suffering and death of Christ.  

7:00 p.m.—Good Friday Taize Service
Gather by candlelight around the cross with Taize music and prayers for the world.

Easter Day
Sunday, April 21 | 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m
Joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! An Easter Egg Hunt follows the 10:00 a.m. service.
Community Garden Clean-up
Saturday, April 13 | 9:00 a.m.
All members and friends of the congregation are invited to participate in the St James the Less Community Garden Clean-up Days at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday April 6 and Saturday April 13. You not need to have a garden plot to join in this effort and all volunteers will be greatly appreciated. In case of inclement weather, the dates will be pushed back one week. For questions, please send an e-mail to: stjamesthelesscommunitygarden@gmail.com
Christian Meditation with Rev. Lisa
Monday, April 15, 29 | 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 | 7:00 p.m.
Meditation is a practice of beginning again and again. God invites us to sit still in open presences as we are. When we sit, we learn to be gentle and generous like God. We learn to soften to our distracted selves and find the place of true rest under the surface.
Clothing Drive for The Grove
Residents of The Grove sometimes arrive with only the clothes on their back. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus by donating new or gently used clothing.

Most needed are elastic waist pants, zipper or button down shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts and socks. Please drop items off in Ron’s old office. All sizes for men and women, especially larger sizes, are needed. Clothing must be able to be washed in hot water. 
Godly Play During Lent
Godly Play is offered for children aged 3-12 years old. Godly Play is a program designed to expand a child's spiritual identity through storytelling.

During Lent, we will be adding additional programming to our Godly Play schedule to appeal to our older children (ages 8-12). Each week will have a directed response (activity) that children will take part in.
 
March 10: Faces of Easter I: God's Eyes
March 17: Faces of Easter II: Prayer Scrolls
March 24: Faces of Easter III: Sacred Oil
March 31: Faces of Easter IV: Meditation Rocks
April 7: Faces of Easter V: Parable Boxes
April 14: Faces of Easter VI: Palm Crosses

Children and Youth of all ages are welcome to join us for the story and directed response. 
Sewing Club
Sunday, April 14 | 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 8 and up are invited to participate in Sewing Club. Learn the basics of sewing with experts, while making items for Days for Girls and Quilts Beyond Borders, which serve women and children around the world.
Journey to the Cross
An exploration of Jesus' last days on Earth
Friday, April 19 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Children aged 3-12 journey through a sensory experience--smell the Garden of Gethsemane, feel the weight of cross, and hear the ripping of the veil at the Temple. 

This is a great event to invite friends to--it's active, but also clearly represents an important aspect of our faith and ties children to our values as Christians. 

Over the past five years, our Beatles Mass has grown to become the most successful fundraiser for our Outreach ministries. Equally important, it has become a very successful invitation to people to visit St. James the Less.

This year, our Beatles band will be back, we will serve a delicious brunch, and hold our silent auction.

We need your help with donations for the brunch and silent auction. Letters were mailed this week, and are available in the parish hall as well, with details about your participation! 
Update on our Stewardship 
 Pledges as of March 31:
    Total pledged--$257,700
    Given w/o pledge--$10,000

To date, we have pledges in hand which will cover 73% of our budget for 2019. If you have not already made your pledge to St. James the Less for 2019, it would be a help to us in our planning if you would do so.
Monday, April 15
7:00 p.m. | Christian Meditation

Thursday, April 18
5:00 p.m. | Choir Rehearsal
6:00 p.m. | Maundy Thursday Agape Meal
7:00 p.m | Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 19
9:00 a.m. | Journey to the Cross for Children
12:00 p.m. | Meditations on Christ's Sacrifice & Communion
2:30 p.m. | Good Friday Service @ The Grove
7:00 p.m. | Good Friday Taize Service

Sunday, April 21
8:00 a.m. | Easter Day Festival Eucharist
10:00 a.m. | Easter Day Festival Eucharist

Sunday, April 28
10:00 a.m. | Beatles Mass

Saturday, May 4
9:00 a.m. Communion is a Sacrament
From the Chicago Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   
We pray for Congregations in the Elgin Deanery: St. Simon in Arlington Heights; St. Michael in Barrington; St. Mark in Barrington Hills; St. Martin in Des Plaines; and in our Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk, South Sudan for San Andrés in Veracruz; St. Michael in Paloch.
We pray for Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor that they might be strengthened, renewed and refreshed on their sabbatical. We pray for all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar, especially for Assistant Bishop Sami and his wife, Holy, during Bishop Todd’s sabbatical. We pray for those struggling with food insecurity.
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.  
Dunbar Abston (friend of John Roberts)
Tom Baldwin (father of Amy Berry)
Daniel Berry (son of Miriam Berry)
Maryann Bovio (friend of Dane Cleven)
David Braun (uncle of Matthew Berry)
Liz Bruce (friend of Synek family)
Mary Burrington (grandmother of Lisa Senuta)
Debbie Carpenter (sister of David Mason)
Sandra Carpenter (sister of Shari Noble)
Mary Cato (friend of Miriam Berry)
Silvio DeBartelmaise (friend of John Roberts)
Vicky Dicks (friend of Dorothy Generes)
Connor Dolge (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Tom Fauzio (resident of The Grove)
Bill Fox (parishioner)
Samantha Friese (niece of Amy Fahey)
Andrew, Chuck and Sarah Hensel (friend of Mary Allen)
RG Heydt (friend of Katie Synek)
Walter Holt (friend of John Roberts)
E. Bradley Jones (friend of John Roberts)
Rev. David Jones (former interim rector)
Ken Killion (friend of Kathy Smith)
Courtney Koshgarian (friend of Peggy Greene)
Gail Kotin (parishioner)
Nancy Lidecker (mother of Katie Synek)
Tom Lund (parishioner)
Holly Madigan (friend of Sandy & Bert Getz Sr)
John Marquardt, Jr. (son of Judy Marquardt)
Peggy Mason (parishioner)
Karen Mills Hensley (daughter of Mike Mills)
Phil Montross (parishioner)
Joanie Phillips (wife of Gary Phillips)
JoAnn Powers (friend of John Roberts)
Joe Pryzbilla (friend of Ron Valentine)
Eric Ramos (resident of The Grove)
Donald P. Rand (friend of John Roberts)
Lucy Roe (friend of Jack & Patricia Kessie) 
Christopher Rogala (nephew of Karen Peterson)
Patti Ruff (fiancée of Barbara Stutz's son)
Mary Schwenk (wife of Henry Schwenk)
Joan Scott (resident of The Grove)
Emily Senuta (mother of Chad Senuta)
John Sivright (friend of John Roberts and others)
Brian Stanton (resident of The Grove)
Shirley Gately Straub (mother of Susie White)
Kathy Stutz (daughter-in-law of Barbara Stutz)
Libby Swift (parishioner)
Bill Tobey (friend of Denny Scully, John Roberts & Henry Schwenk)
Nancy Trevey (friend of Watson family)
Jamie Trotter (parishioner)
Scott Trumble (friend of Scott Swank)
Elena Walke (friend of Jack & Tricia Kessie)
Tom White (son of John White)
Addison & her parents, Kara & Mark, & brother, William (cousin of kClare McKellaston)
Becky  (friend of Katie Synek)
Beth  (friend of Kathleen Dewey)
Daniel  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
David  (son-in-law of Sally Neuert)
David and Cindy  (friends of Miriam Berry)
Dominic  (friend of Sarah Schneider)
Kelly & Josh & baby  (daughter & son-in-law of Carol & Scott Swank)
Sherry  (resident of The Grove)
Will  (brother of Nancy Whiteman)
Yvonne  (mother of Heather Mages)
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.

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.
Pete Berry, Father of Matthew Berry)
Kathleen Bryan, Aunt of kClare McKellaston
Charles Herndon, Sr.
And during this season of Lent, while we consider forgiveness, we pray for ourselves:
Merciful Lord, fill my heart with compassion and love, as I strive to become someone who forgives and embraces rather than someone who clings and condemns. 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 Babbs for further information.