Parish Announcements for Week of September 28, 2014

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“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.
Michaelmas Evensong
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 mapickard1@verizon.net 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: theaugustas@comcast.net or call 978-834-6252.

Christian Formation
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 (dlschmidt2003@yahoo.com) or Liz Iacobucci (liz@iacobucci.net).

 

Parish Announcements for Week of September 21, 2014

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Feast of St. Francis “Blessing of the Animals”
We will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis 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.  Donations will be accepted such as small blankets, used towels, pet coats, toys, treats, etc. to bring over to a local animal shelter.
Michaelmas Evensong
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 mapickard1@verizon.net 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
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: theaugustas@comcast.net or call 978-834-6252.

Christian Formation
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

Monday, September 22nd.   All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend Street from 2pm to 7pm.

Thursday, September 25th.   Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main Street. 2pm to 7pm.

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.

Christmas Fair
Christmas Fair is Saturday, November 8th from 9am to 3pm

“Fashion Accessory Table”
Our Christmas Fair is coming up quickly…. We are in need of jewelry of any kind, purses, pocketbooks, wallets, and scarves for a new Accessory Table at the Fair….Even if the jewelry is broken, tangled or you have a lone earring…. We can always make it into something new.   Jewelry boxes (gift boxes and jewelry boxes for a bureau) – would be accepted as well, we can use them for display.   There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary for your donations.

Crafting In September
We will gather in the Parish Hall from 6pm to 8pm on Monday, September 29th.  We will provide the supplies and how-to instructions.
All ages are invited to come and help.   Bring a friend with you!
Fair Preparation
Our Christmas Fair each year is very successful thanks to all of you who donate and volunteer your time and talents to help with all the preparations.  Many thanks!

In preparation for this year’s fair, we will need….

DONATIONS.  Donations for both our traditional “Trinkets & Treasures” table and this year’s new “Fashion Accessories” table.  Please make sure your donations are clean and in saleable condition.
Electronics of any type (plug in or battery operated) cannot be accepted.

BAKED GOODS.  Pies, breads, cakes and other baked goods are needed for our bake table.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.  Please let us know what you will bake.  Baked goods should be dropped off at the church the day before the fair.  We are planning a group “Baking Day” on Saturday, November 1st if you would like to join us!  Time TBD.

SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP VOLUNTEERS.   Can’t have a fair if everything is not set-up!  So, we are looking for several people to help with the set-up of the fair.  We also definitely need people to help with clean-up.  Especially to help the folks who are working the fair all day, they are exhausted by day-end.   If you are able to help with set-up and/or clean-up, please be sure to sign up on the Sign-Up Form in the Parish Hall.

Feast of St. Francis “Blessing of the Animals”

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ALL are invited to attend our celebration of the Feast of St. Francis on Sunday, October 5th at the 10:00am worship 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 caged 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.

Donations will be accepted such as small blankets, used towels, pet coats, toys, treats, etc., to bring over to a local animal shelter.

Watch our slideshow of our 2013 Blessing of the Animals:

 

 

Parish Announcements for Week of September 14, 2014

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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: theaugustas@comcast.net or call 978-834-6252.
Fall Clean-Up Day:  The Building & Grounds Committee has schedule our Fall Clean-Up Day for Saturday, September 20th (this coming Saturday), beginning at 10am.  We will be doing all those “little chores” that make a big difference, inside and outside of our church and parish hall.  We need all the help we can get.  Many Hands Make for Light Work!
Search Committee Update
The search committee had been in discernment with a rector candidate from Connecticut. She loved all things about St. James and the Amesbury area, but accepted an associate rector position in a large parish in New York City. The candidate has an adult child and grandchildren in the city, so her decision is understandable. We give thanks that St. James was very desirable to her, and that we were in her heart during her discernment. We offer prayers for her ministry in her new parish.

The vestry and search committee voted to open the search process again and we are accepting names until at least the end of September. The Office of Transitional Ministries at the diocese is seeking an interim rector for St. James until the permanent rector is hired.
Our supply priest, Rev. Christen Frothingham will continue her ministry at St. James until at least Columbus Day, at which time the interim will begin, if a candidate has not been chosen by then.   We ask for your prayers and thoughts as our search process continues.

 

Christian Formation
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

Monday, September 22nd.   All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend Street from 2pm to 7pm.

Thursday, September 25th.   Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main Street. 2pm to 7pm.

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.
Christmas Fair
Christmas Fair is Saturday, November 8th from 9am to 3pm

“Fashion Accessory Table”
Our Christmas Fair is coming up quickly…. We are in need of jewelry of any kind, purses, pocketbooks, wallets, and scarves for a new Accessory Table at the Fair….Even if the jewelry is broken, tangled or you have a lone earring…. We can always make it into something new.   Jewelry boxes (gift boxes and jewelry boxes for a bureau) – would be accepted as well, we can use them for display.   There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary for your donations.

Crafting In September
We will gather in the Parish Hall from 6pm to 8pm on Monday, September 15th and Monday, September 29th.  We will provide the supplies and how-to instructions.  All ages are invited to come and help.   Bring a friend with you!
Fair Preparation
Our Christmas Fair each year is very successful thanks to all of you who donate and volunteer your time and talents to help with all the preparations.  Many thanks!

In preparation for this year’s fair, we will need….

DONATIONS.  Donations for both our traditional “Trinkets & Treasures” table and this year’s new “Fashion Accessories” table.  Please make sure your donations are clean and in saleable condition.
Electronics of any type (plug in or battery operated) cannot be accepted.

BAKED GOODS.  Pies, breads, cakes and other baked goods are needed for our bake table.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.  Please let us know what you will bake.  Baked goods should be dropped off at the church the day before the fair.  We are planning a group “Baking Day” on Saturday, November 1st if you would like to join us!  Time TBD.

SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP VOLUNTEERS.   Can’t have a fair if everything is not set-up!  So, we are looking for several people to help with the set-up of the fair.  We also definitely need people to help with clean-up.  Especially to help the folks who are working the fair all day, they are exhausted by day-end.   If you are able to help with set-up and/or clean-up, please be sure to sign up on the Sign-Up Form in the Parish Hall.

Women of Faith

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The Women of Faith program will begin with an informational night on Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm in the Parish Hall, Nickerson Library.

The 6-8 week study program to be held on Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm is open to all women and 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 stjames.clergy@verizon.net or call 978-388-0030.

Parish Announcements for Week of September 7, 2014

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Welcome
Please welcome The Rev. Peter Greenfield who will serve today as our Celebrant and Homilist.  On Sunday, September 14th we will resume our 8am and 10am worship schedule with The Rev. Christen Frothingham.

Christian Formation
After today’s service, we will have a welcome gathering and registration for our 2014-2015 Christian Formation Program.  In addition, our YLA children will share their mission experience and photos, as well as share a delicious pupasas dish.

Blessing of the Backpacks
The “Blessings of the Backpacks,” will take place today during our Announcements & Blessings.   We invite all students, teachers, school workers and drivers to come forth for a Special Blessing.
Women of Faith
The Women of Faith program will be led by Joan Augusta beginning with an information night on Wednesday, September 10th 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: theaugustas@comcast.net or call 978-834-6252.

Holiday Fair
Our Holiday Fair is coming up quickly…. We are in need of jewelry of any kind, purses, pocketbooks, wallets, and scarves for a new Accessory Table at the Fair….Even if the jewelry is broken, tangled or you have a lone earring…. We can always make it into something new.   Jewelry boxes (gift boxes and jewelry boxes for a bureau) – would be accepted as well, we can use them for display.   There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary for your donations….We welcome your ideas!!    Please see Dawn Schmidt or Barbara Gould if you have any questions.  THANK YOU!!!

Christian Formation
The St. James Montessori – based Christian Education “Godly Play” program will begin on Sunday, September 7th at 9:45 am.   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.

YLA Mission Trip 2014
The YLAer’s  arrived home safe and fully charged to share their experiences.  They are so very thankful and blessed they were able to have this opportuntiy.  Today in the Parish Hall, they will share their mission, photos and delicious pupasas with all.  Here is a quote to share and feel free to ask them what it means.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)
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.

St. James Newsletters

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September 2014 Happenings

August 2014 Newsletter

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June 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Happenings

April 2014 Happenings

 

 

Christian Education K-8 and Confirmation Classes

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main Street, Amesbury, MA, Montessori – based Christian Education “Godly Play” program is held each schedule Sunday starting at 9:45a.m.

It’s never too late to register your child to attend our program.

Click this link: Christian Education Enrollment Form 2013-2014 to print out the Registration Form.

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 to 11:30a.m.

If you are interested in Confirmation classes for grade 9 and up, please contact the church.

For additional information please check our website at www.stjamesamesbury.org or call the Parish Office at 978-388-0030.

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