Greetings in God’s Name!
In response to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Saint James is a community that strives to be inclusive, sustains faith in God, and challenges its members to affirm that faith is action. Saint James’ mission priorities are to minister to children and their caregivers and to utilize our beautiful campus.
Service of Light
song, reading, and meditation
–to lighten the burden
–to enlighten the heart
Sunday, November 2nd
at 4 p.m.
Saint James Episcopal Church
“Trust in the Lord with confidence and hope and God will give you your heart’s desire.”
All are welcome to attend and take part in the service.
2014 Mistletoe Mart & Craft Faire
Saint James Episcopal Church is providing an opportunity for area crafters to participate in our MISTLETOE MART and CRAFT FAIRE to be held for one day, Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is our 4th Annual Mistletoe Mart and Craft Faire and it is Saint James’ major fundraising event. We are delighted to present this opportunity again for area Crafters and Artists. Mistletoe Mart has 30 + spaces available that will be offered to crafters.
Hooping Class at Saint James
We hope you will join us for a HOOPiVerse Class on Friday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Saint James Parish Hall. It is for new beginners to established hoopers. A series of 11 classes from September 12 to December 5 (except 10/31 and 11/21 for Halloween and the day after Thanksgiving). There are hoops to share, you do not need to have your own hoop to take the class. Open to hoopers of all ages, that is, well-behaved, participating children welcome with a supervising adult (generally children 8 years and older do well in class). Open to the public but first preference to Saint James parishioners. Prepay 10 classes for $49.99 and get one free class and a discount on your hoop! (or only $5.00 per class) Space is Limited. Pre-registration suggested, but not required. To sign up call Suzanne or Lani at (855) MY HOOP-5 or (855) 694-6675;
- October 12, 2014 : Directory Update
During the Month of October, we will keep a 2013-2014 Directory on a table outside the office. Please make any corrections, or additions that you may have to your contact information and check off that your information is up to date. Forms are for those who are not in the [More...]
- October 6, 2014 : Be part of the labyrinth conversation
Is the cloister area of St. James a good place to install a community labyrinth? Reaching out to our neighbors and making our campus a vital part of community life have been high on the parish priority list recently, and building an outdoor community labyrinth could be a good way [More...]
- October 1, 2014 : Gardening & Grounds
It is time for some autumn color and we are looking for donations of mums or funds to purchase these to add to our grounds. Other items on the wish list include, natural colored brown mulch and black mulch, hose holder or reel and plant stakes for next year. There [More...]
- August 27, 2014 : Guest Preacher & Presentation
On the weekend of October 18-19th we will welcome our Missioner for Creation Care, the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, as our guest preacher at all three services. On Sunday, October 19th at 11:30 a.m. in the Whiteman Room she will make a special presentation, "God So Loved the World", followed by a conversation. We hope [More...]
St. James Journal
- October 16, 2014 : Diocesan Council by Steve Houghton
As I continue my second term on the Diocesan Council, Heather asked me to write an article on what the Diocesan Council is in response to an inquiry by our Vestry. Canon 8 of our Diocese of Western Massachusetts begins by defining the Diocesan Council as: “The Council shall represent the Convention [More...]
- October 1, 2014 : Second Helpings: Challenges and opportunities for the future by Maggie Sweeney
Since April of 2000, a wonderful partnership between Deerfield Academy and St. James Episcopal Church has provided a hot meal in our parish hall to 45 – 80 individuals each Monday night throughout the year. As the person who has coordinated the meal, I feel responsible to assure that the program will continue [More...]
- October 1, 2014 : Climate Change March by Maggie Sweeney
On Sunday, September 21, I had the great privilege of traveling to New York City to take part in the largest climate march in history. With several hundred thousand of my closest friends – and sent forth with your blessing – I helped raise awareness of the dire emergency planet [More...]
- August 4, 2014 : A sermon by Mr. Jason Burns on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Over the last few weeks we have been exploring the story of Jacob. Early in the story we learn that Jacob has schemed to gain his father's blessing, which in his eyes is the continuation if God's promise to Abraham, which was then passed to Isaac and will now be [More...]
Rev. Heather’s Blog
- October 16, 2014 : Praying the Hours
What is your most beloved spiritual practice? There are many different ways to encounter the Holy Living God; all are wonderful in their own manner. I would like to share with you about one of my own beloved spiritual practices: daily liturgical prayer or ‘praying the hours’. More commonly known [More...]
- October 1, 2014 : Holy Chaos
Dear People of Saint James, Holy Chaos! You have heard me say it before, and always with a big, goofy grin on my face. The week of August 17-23 was absolute, holy chaos. We gathered over the course of five evenings for an ecumenical Vacation Bible School (VBS) with our friends [More...]
- August 27, 2014 : Oppression: Then and Now
Rev. Heather's sermon on August 24, 2014 It seems appropriate that we are beginning our study of Exodus this Sunday, after a week of a Vacation Bible School that focused on Moses and the Israelite Wilderness Escape. Our first lesson opens Exodus with an explanation as to how the Israelites shifted [More...]
- May 11, 2014 : Painting Vibrant Dreams for Tomorrow
A sermon from the Fourth Sunday of Easter In the last line of today’s gospel, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” What does it mean to have abundant life? Abundant life is the promise of eternal life in Almighty God. It’s also a life well [More...]