Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple
February 2, 2020
Worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
Celebrant/Preacher The Rev. Kim F. Capwell

Here are the Bible Readings for Sunday, 2/2/2020

and the January/February 2020 Newsletter

Message from Lola Michael Russell

It is with mixed feelings that I say goodbye to the St. James' family. I have enjoyed my three years here and I thank you for making me feel welcome and at home. As some of you may know, I have also been working part-time at the Mission Support Office of the Episcopal Church in Delaware as part of the communications team. As I will be continuing my work there, I feel I am not leaving you altogether. The people and parish of St. James' will always hold a place in my heart and I shall miss working directly with you. Many thanks for a wonderful three years!

Lola Michael Russell
Message from Sister BJ

It is with a bit of fear and trepidation that I try to step into Lola's shoes... but my feet are much smaller than hers!. I will be in the Office for the interim period... Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 1 PM. Please be patient with me as I endeavor to learn all the details of this office. I seek to serve this congregation and my Lord, to the best of my ability.

Sister BJ
Message from the Vestry

Concerning the Growth and Vitality Conference on Feb 8... Free childcare will be offered on Saturday, Feb 8 th so that parents/family can attend the Vitality workshop. If you are in need of childcare for the 8 th , please call or text Carolyn Joynt at (302) 438-3224 with the names and ages of children needing care so that we can staff accordingly. Thank you

Thank you,
The Vestry 
Start the New Year with the Good Book Club
and the Gospel of John!

Published by the Forward Movement, this is a wonderful daily online resource. You may read about it here.
The Episcopal Church in Delaware

The January/February 2020 edition of the online Delaware Communion Magazine has been published.

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Upcoming Events

Growth and Vitality Workshop with Bishop Brown
The Vestry would like to make the congregation aware of an important upcoming event. On Saturday, February 8, Bishop Brown will be visiting us to present a Growth and Vitality Workshop. The purpose of the workshop is “to help parishes make the best decisions about their future growth by studying and discussing essential data.”
Basic facts include:
·      Studying the nature of growth and vitality
·      What are the essential vital signs that every parish should know about themselves?
·      What are the vital signs for the Episcopal Church overall?
·      What are the models of “being church”?
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. We want to show the Bishop that we are a vital congregation and have important ministries to share with each other and the community.
When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 10:00 am-2:30 pm (with 30 minutes for lunch)
Where: St. James’ Parish House
Lunch will be provided
Please register on the sign-up sheet posted on the notice board in the Parish House lobby, or RSVP at the Soup and Bread Luncheon, or contact the church office at (302) 994-1584 so we can plan accordingly for lunch.

Annual Visitation of the Bishop!
The annual visitation of Bishop Brown is Sunday, March 22, 2020. At that time, he will be the celebrant and preacher! Also, at that time he will Confirm, Receive, or bless Reaffirmations of faith. Simply put, Confirmation is for anyone not previously confirmed by a bishop, Reception is for anyone was confirmed in another Christian denomination who wishes to join the Episcopal Church, and Reaffirmation is for those who wish to reaffirm their baptismal vows before their community of faith. If you are interested in any of these possibilities please speak with Fr. Kim right away.

Save the dates!
February 25 th (Shrove Tuesday) – Pancake Supper 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Tuesdays in Lent – (March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) – Adult study
-           6:00 – 6:30 – Supper
-           6:30 – 7:30 - Program

Upcoming Services

Sunday, February 2, 2020
8:00 am            Holy Eucharist
9:00 am Choir Rehearsal
9:15 am Pastoral Care Team Meeting
10:15 am          Holy Eucharist with music
11:30 am Hospitality in Parish Hall
11:30 am          Prayer Group

Monday, February 3, 2020
7:00 pm Property Committee Mtg - Parish Hall Lounge

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:00 am Bazaar Group

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 am - 2 pm Growth and Vitality Conference - Parish Hall
Sunday, February 9, 2020
8:00 am            Holy Eucharist
10:15 am          Holy Eucharist with music
11:30 am          Hospitality hour in the Parish Hall

Monday, February 10, 2020
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting - Parish Hall Lounge

St. James' Mill Creek
2106 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808