“Blessing of the Animals”
We will celebrate the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 5th at the10am service. Bring your pets, their pictures or your stuffed furred, feathered or scaly friends to the 10am service for their annual Blessing! Small pets should be in carriers and larger pets should be on leashes. If your pet is particularly rambunctious, we will happily join you in the Narthex or on the steps. We will also pray for all creatures and especially for endangered species.
Be sure to invite your friends, family and neighbors who would like their pets blessed.
Donations will be accepted such as small blankets, used towels, pet coats, toys, treats, etc. as well as monetary donations to bring over to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.
TODAY! The Lower Merrimack Valley Episcopal Ministry Collaborative invites all to participate in a Michaelmas Evensong at 4pm on Sunday, September 28th at St. Paul’s in North Andover (390 Main Street). The Sisters of St. Margaret will be there as special guests. The Episcopal Church Women of St. Paul’s North Andover will host a fellowship reception immediately following worship. Singers, readers and worshipers are welcome to participate.
If you are interested in reading one of the lessons, leading part of the worship, greeting/ushering, sharing in the reflection/message/homily or in participating as a choir member, please contact Helen Pickard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 978-681-9915.
Hospitality at St. James
We are looking for more sign-ups for our Sunday Hospitality in the Parish Hall. If you are able to help, please see Joan Augusta or sign-up in the Parish Hall.Women of Faith
Women of Faith
The Women of Faith program will be led by Joan Augusta every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm in the Nickerson Library.
The 6-8 week study program is planned with reading and discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s Worship Readings. Everyone is encouraged to share during the classes. The program will be fun, interesting, enlightening and an opportunity to discuss our interpretation of the readings. Come join us in our fellowship as we grow together spiritually! For additional information contact Joan at: email@example.com or call 978-834-6252.
The St. James Montessori – based Christian Education “Godly Play” program is held on Sunday morning at 9:45 am. All children grades K through 8 are invited. Each scheduled Sunday your K-8 grade child will learn about the Christian Faith and participate in fun and educational activities.
Child Care is available from 9:45 until end of service.
If you are interested in Confirmation classes for grade 9 and up, see Jenn Collins or Kim Potts today in the Parish Hall after service. For additional information check our website at www.stjamesamesbury.org or call the Parish Office at 978-388-0030.
Amesbury Community Blood Drives
Friday, October 3rd. Amesbury Senior Center Bloodmobile at 68 Elm Street. 11am to 4pm.
For appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
Our Neighbors’ Table
During the month of August, ONT is in need of canned fruit, cereal and peanut butter.
Also, as always, personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. are always needed.
OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AT ST. JAMES
Our October Newsletter will be released on Wednesday, October 1st. Be sure to check it out for more announcements and upcoming events. If you do not currently receive the newsletter, be sure to contact the office or visit our website to sign-up.
2014 Village of Church Fairs
Mark your calendars! This year’s Amesbury Village of Church Fairs will be held on Saturday, November 8th. This year, St. James is earmarking all Fair proceeds for our Youth Ministry – including mission trips, Diocesan events and retreat scholarships.
We need everyone’s help to make this year’s Fair a success. Here are some ways you can help:
Please set aside donations for the “Trinkets and Treasures Table” and our new “Fashion Accessories” table. Please make sure that donated items are clean and in good condition, so we can sell them. There is a basket in the Parish Hall for donations of jewelry and small accessories. We will start taking larger donations for the “Trinkets and Treasures” table on October 19th through November 2nd.
Plan to join us for a “Baking Day” on Saturday, November 1st, to make breads, pies and dough for cookies to be sold at the Fair.
Join us at one of our last “Crafting Nights” on Monday, October 13th and Monday, October 20th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. You don’t need any special talent or supplies. Just come – and bring a friend, if you can.
We will need donations of ingredients (or money to buy them) for the lunch menu items.
Fair setup will take over the Parish Hall, starting November 6th.
We will need “fresh hands” for cleanup after the Fair ends at 3:00 pm.
Please sign up to let us know how you will help! There are signup clipboards in the Parish Hall. Please add your name to one (or more) of them.
Questions? Ideas? Please contact Fair Committee co-chairs Dawn Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Liz Iacobucci (email@example.com).