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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

January 22nd, 2023


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Sunday Bulletin (January 22nd)

After being tempted by the devil in the wilderness and waited on by the angels, the first news Jesus hears is that his cousin John has been arrested. From there, he heads to Galilee, swings by his hometown of Nazareth to pick up a few things, and then heads to Capernaum, where his public ministry begins in earnest.

 

He begins by calling out the same words that John the Baptist did: “Repent! Repent! The kingdom of heaven has come near!” As he walked by the sea, he calls out to two brothers, Simon and Andrew, who drop their nets immediately and follow him on the way. Then, he calls out to James and John, who leave their poor dad out in the boat to mend the nets from the day’s haul all by himself.

 

It’s almost comical to think of this scene of an itinerant preacher crying out for repentance and the four grown men leaving behind their family and livelihood to follow Jesus. It was in this moment, though, of living their everyday life that they experienced Jesus and had their lives changed. How do we find ways to experience Jesus in the lives we live everyday so that our own lives might be changed for the sake of the Gospel?

Soup and Bread Luncheon ~ January 29th


Soup and Bread returns on January 29thth following the morning service. You may bring soup or bread or just yourself to enjoy fellowship and a great meal!

If you bring a crockpot of soup or bread, please drop it off in the kitchen before the service. Please make sure the soup is WARM as the crockpots will not heat cold soup in time for lunch. The "soup ladies" in the kitchen will be sure the soup is nice and hot by lunch time.


We look forward to a warm and wonderful time with all the St. James' Family!

New and More Secure Mailbox Installed!    

 

Thanks to Dave Perry and Dick Prettyman for providing and installing our new and improved mailbox! This new mailbox allows us to receive all kinds of mail with the assurance that the contents are safe and secure until we’re able to check it the next day. If you see them around, thank them for their handiwork and their attention to detail in helping to make sure all parts of our life here are well-tended to.

Gentle reminder to the folks that have left any Christmas decorations or special mementos that were left to a loved one in the cemetery, you have some time to pick them up. If you are unable to pick them up in person please call the office at 302-994-1584 and we can make arrangements for them to be picked up at a later time.

A generous donation of two transport chairs (wheelchair type devise that is light and foldable) will be arriving within the next two weeks and available for anyone to use. One will be kept in the church sacristy, and one will be in the hall closet of the parish hall.

St. James' Mission and Outreach updates

 

Sharing God’s gifts with others

Reaching out to those in need

And serving them with dignity and respect…

 

A heartfelt THANK YOU!!

to all who helped in our outreach at the end of the year and start of 2023.


Your generosity provided many blessings to many adults, seniors, and children.


Adopt-a-family – We adopted a family of five and we were able to provide them with their Christmas dinner, new warm outfits, coats, gloves, and hats, and each child received a new bike! The children were so excited that they can now ride all around.


Adopt-a-grandparent – We adopted 24 individuals who live at the Coral Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. We provided each person with much needed and appreciated person items, sundries, headphones, games, hats, scarves, and gloves and a fun photo holder. Each person received their own calendar as well.


Emmanuel Dining Room – We were able to serve our guests a festive meal of lasagna, green beans, fruit cup, roll, milk, and homemade cookies on New Year’s Eve. And, to start their new year off in warmth, guests were able to take a gift or two of donated new socks, hat, gloves, and scarves.


Friendship House/Hope Center - We continue to take in your donations of sundries, individual meals, person items for the Hope Center and clothing that is distributed through the Friendship House Clothes closet.


And, starting off the new year serving families in the Family Promise network – We offered nutritious meals and hospitality to two families with children. These families were very appreciative of their meals, spending time together, and sleeping in warm beds, without the fear and worry of wondering where their next meal would come from and where they might find shelter.


Prayer Team Updates


The prayer team continues to lift up prayer requests shared by parishioners through emails or calls to the church office at 302-994-1584, to individual members of the prayer team, or requests left in the prayer basket in the church foyer. We collect the prayer requests and other concerns of the parish, community, and world. They are compiled weekly and then these requests are lifted up in the daily prayers of the team members. All are welcome and encouraged to share their prayers.


For those who have an immediate prayer need, we invite you to email your prayer needs and request to Carolyn Mack at cdmack37@gmail.com or call 302-565-8675

St. James' Pastoral Care Team


St. James' Pastoral Care Team continues to support our parish family and our community.

If you or someone you know is in need, we: 

·        send cards, make phone calls, and pray with you and/or for you.

·        Make home, hospital, and Eucharistic visits.


Please call the office (302-994-1584) and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. Messages are retrieved daily, seven days a week.


Please let us know if you need us or someone you know needs us. We will not know if you do not tell us.

“Blessful” Meditations


We all know that life can be a little stressful and hectic sometimes. We hope that by reading this short bible passage and watching a relaxing video will help you take a moment and reflect on God’s gifts.  


John 15:12


My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Prayer for Sunday from A New Zealand Prayer Book


God our creator,

yours is the morning and yours is the evening.

Let Christ the sun of righteousness

shine for ever in our hearts

and draw us to that light

where you live in radiant glory.

We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

Amen.



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2106 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

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