Parish Annoucements for Week of March 1, 2015

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Nursery Care is available every Sunday starting at 9:45am until the end of the 10am service.  The Nursery Room is located in the Parish Hall.

Thank you to Arthur Yarranton for making the wooden cross  and candlesticks for our altar to mark this Holy season.

Family Services at St. James:  Welcome to our Family Service today.

Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps (parents are also invited to accompany our youngest members as well as our children who are a little shy) and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition.  They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well.  Our children are invited to remain in the Church for the whole service today.

Sunday Lenten Forums:  The St. James Sunday Lenten Forums will take place today and on Sunday, March 8th and March 15th following the 10am service in the Parish Hall.  We will look together at the Lord’s Prayer and discover the many reasons why this is such a magnificent prayer and how it can help us make our Lenten pilgrimage more fruitful.

Easter Club:  March 1st thru March 22nd an Easter club for children of all ages will be provided in the parish hall during coffee hour.  Included are Lent activities, prayer stations, making Eucharist bread and community service project.  On March 22nd prayer stations for adults will be provided.

Youth Event with Father John – Rescheduled:  The youth event with Father John has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 14th.  All youth are invited to an evening of fun and games with Father John in the Parish Hall.  The evening will include pizza dinner, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, board games and a chance for our youth to get to know our new Rector.  We will meet in the Parish Hall from 7pm-9:30pm.  If you are in 6th-12th grade we hope you will be able to make it and as always you are welcome to bring a friend or two.

Lenten Supper Series:  St. James is hosting the LMVC Lenten Supper Series this coming Wednesday, March 4th from 6pm to 8pm.  The topic, led by Fr. John will be on Mission Trips.  Nursery Care and activities for older children will be provided.  A few more volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean up.  The sign-up sheet is in the Parish Hall or speak with Kelly Bennett.

Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth: From 2pm to 4pm, the Knitting and Crochet Group will meet in the Parish Hall.  Knitting together is a great opportunity for fellowship and forming bonds.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for outreach ministries in many ways, such as fundraising (church fair items), charity (premie hats, chemo caps, helmet lines for military), and prayers/reflection (prayer shawls).  First-timers and knitters/crocheters of all levels are encouraged to join us in this fellowship and ministry.  We have the supplies necessary to get you started!  If you have any questions please contact Beth Mauch at 978-388-1942, 617-645-2181 or beth@themauchs.com.

Newcomers Ministry:  We are beginning a Newcomers Ministry at St. James in an effort to make those who are new to the parish feel welcomed, help them get to know other parishioners and become involved in the ministries at St. James. We will begin by reaching out to those in the parish who have come to St. James in the last year.

We have been brainstorming ways of welcoming new members and families and one idea we have come up with is having Mentor Parishioners.   We will pair up new members with current parishioners who can answer questions about St. James and Amesbury, invite to the Parish Hall for coffee hour, help meet other parishioners and finding ministries that excite them.

We will also welcome new members with an hors d’oeuvres evening with the other newcomers, mentors, vestry members and Fr. John and an official welcome to the parish the following Sunday at the worship service they regularly attend.

If you would be interested in being a Mentor Parishioner please contact the Church Office or speak with Fr. John or Dawn Schmidt for more information. An informational meeting will soon.

The Ministry of Hospitality:  Gathering for Coffee Hour after the 10am service is an important part of our life together here at St. James.

Hosting a Coffee Hour is an important ministry.  It is more than just feeding people, it also helps people feel welcome in our church.  Coffee hour gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to visitors and newcomers.  It also gives us the chance to catch up with other members of our parish family.

Breaking bread together—even in this very ordinary way—helps strengthen us as a parish and renew us as individuals. Could you help host a Coffee Hour?  Just one Sunday every so often and you can share in the hosting with another parish member!  Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.  

Daylight Savings:  Spring is coming!  Daylight savings begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00a.m.   Don’t forget to “spring ahead!”

Stewardship/Giving Envelope:  The Giving Envelopes for pledgers are in the back of the church and ready for you to bring home.  All envelopes are assigned and have your name on the appropriate envelope number.  If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have been assigned yet and will be within a few weeks.  If you do not remember your envelope number, there is a reference sheet (with the envelopes) sorted by last name that identifies your number.  THANK YOU all for your pledges.

Our Neighbors’ Table:  During the month of March, ONT is in need of pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter and instant oatmeal.   Personal Items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc., are always in need.

A Special Message from Our Neighbors’ Table:  “Our Neighbors Table would like to thank everyone at St. James for the wonderful friendship and generosity you have shown over these past winter months.  Your donations are so greatly appreciated by ONT and by everyone who comes to us in search of nourishing food. Your kindness means the world to us, and we are so very grateful!”

Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings to us.

Parish Announcements for Week of February 22, 2015

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Thank you to Arthur Yarranton for making the wooden cross and candlesticks for our altar to mark this Holy season.

Family Services at St. James:  Our next Family Service is next Sunday, March 1st.  Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps (parents are also invited to accompany our youngest members as well as our children who are a little shy) and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition.  They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well.  Our children will be invited to remain in the Church for the whole service on these days.

Nursery Care:   Nursery Care is available every Sunday starting at 9:45am until the end of the 10am service.  The Nursery Room is located in the Parish Hall.

Youth Event with Father John:  All youth are invited to an evening of fun and games with Father John on Saturday, March 14th in the Parish Hall.  The evening will include pizza dinner, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, board games and a chance for our youth to get to know our new Rector.  We will meet in the Parish Hall from 7pm-9:30pm.  If you are in 6th-12th grade we hope you will be able to make it and as always you are welcome to bring a friend or two.

Sundays – Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth:  Beginning Sunday, February 22nd from 2pm to 4pm, the Knitting and Crochet Group will meet in the Parish Hall.  Knitting together is a great opportunity for fellowship and forming bonds.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for outreach ministries in many ways, such as fundraising (church fair items), charity (premie hats, chemo caps, helmet lines for military), and prayers/reflection (prayer shawls).  First-timers and knitters/crocheters of all levels are encouraged to join us in this fellowship and ministry.  We have the supplies necessary to get you started!  If you have any questions please contact Beth Mauch at 978-388-1942, 617-645-2181 or beth@themauchs.com.

Sunday Lenten Forums:  The St. James Sunday Lenten Forums will take place on Sunday, March 1st; March 8th and March 15th following the 10am service in the Parish Hall.  We will look together at the Lord’s Prayer and discover the many reasons why this is such a magnificent prayer and how it can help us make our Lenten pilgrimage more fruitful.

St James Hosting – Merrimack Valley Deanery Collaborative – Lenten Supper Series:  On Wednesday, March 4th from 6pm to 8pm, St. James will host a MVDC Lenten Supper.   Our topic will be “Mission Trips.”   Nursery Care and activities for older children will be provided.  We need volunteers to help with making soup, set-up and clean-upIf you are able to help, please sign-up.  The sign-up sheet will be in the Parish Hall.  Please see the attached flyer listing the Collaborative dates for the Series.

Newcomers Ministry:  We are beginning a Newcomers Ministry at St. James in an effort to make those who are new to the parish feel welcomed, help them get to know other parishioners and become involved in the ministries at St. James. We will begin by reaching out to those in the parish who have come to St. James in the last year.

We have been brainstorming ways of welcoming new members and families and one idea we have come up with is having Mentor Parishioners.   We will pair up new members with current parishioners who can answer questions about St. James and Amesbury, invite to the Parish Hall for coffee hour, help meet other parishioners and finding ministries that excite them.

We will also welcome new members with an hors d’oeuvres evening with the other newcomers, mentors, vestry members and Fr. John and an official welcome to the parish the following Sunday at the worship service they regularly attend.

If you would be interested in being a Mentor Parishioner please contact the Church Office or speak with Fr. John or Dawn Schmidt for more information. An informational meeting will be held in March.

The Ministry of Hospitality:  Gathering for Coffee Hour after the 10am service is an important part of our life together here at St. James.

Hosting a Coffee Hour is an important ministry.  It is more than just feeding people, it also helps people feel welcome in our church.  Coffee hour gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to visitors and newcomers.  It also gives us the chance to catch up with other members of our parish family.

Breaking bread together—even in this very ordinary way—helps strengthen us as a parish and renew us as individuals. Could you help host a Coffee Hour?  Just one Sunday every so often and you can share in the hosting with another parish member!  Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.

Stewardship/Giving Envelope:  The Giving Envelopes for pledgers are in the back of the church and ready for you to bring home.  All envelopes are assigned and have your name on the appropriate envelope number.  If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have been assigned yet and will be within a few weeks.  If you do not remember your envelope number, there is a reference sheet (with the envelopes) sorted by last name that identifies your number.  THANK YOU all for your pledges.

A Special Message from Our Neighbor’s Table:  “Our Neighbors Table would like to thank everyone at St. James for the wonderful friendship and generosity you have shown over these past winter months.  Your donations are so greatly appreciated by ONT and by everyone who comes to us in search of nourishing food. Your kindness means the world to us, and we are so very grateful!

Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings to us.

Family Services at St. James, March 1st at 10am

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Please join us on Sunday, March 1st at 10am for our second Family Service.

Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps (parents are also invited to accompany our youngest members as well as our children who are a little shy) and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition. They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well.

Our children are invited to remain in the Church for the whole service.

March 1st is also the start of “Easter Club” for our children and youth. On the Sunday’s in March from March 1- March 22 during coffee hour, children and youth are invited to gather in the Parish Hall to participate in a fun hands-on Lenten activity.

There will also be prayer stations set up for adults on March 22.

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday Services

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Shrove Tuesday:   Sadly, our Shrove Tuesday Dinner has been cancelled due to the recent snow storms which makes parking and access to the building limited.  Also the recent prediction of additional snow on Tuesday.  Be safe.

Ash Wednesday Services:  Ash Wednesday is February 18th.   Worship Services with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist, Rite II will be held at 7am and 7pm.  We will also continue the tradition of Ashes-on-the-Steps from 8am to 9am.

Parish Announcements for Week of February 15, 2015

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Nursery Care:   Nursery Care is available every Sunday starting at 9:45am until the end of the 10am service.  The Nursery Room is located in the Parish Hall.

Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth:  Sundays from 2pm to 4pm, the Knitting and Crochet Group will meet in the Parish Hall.  Knitting together is a great opportunity for fellowship and forming bonds.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for outreach ministries in many ways, such as fundraising (church fair items), charity (premie hats, chemo caps, helmet lines for military), and prayers/reflection (prayer shawls).  First-timers and knitters/crocheters of all levels are encouraged to join us in this fellowship and ministry.  We have the supplies necessary to get you started!  If you have any questions please contact Beth Mauch at 978-388-1942, 617-645-2181 or beth@themauchs.com.

Shrove Tuesday:   This coming Tuesday, February 17th! Shrove Tuesday Dinner with Mardi Gras theme will be held in the Parish Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  We will have eggs, waffles, pancakes, sausages, gluten free options and lots of toppings to choose from.  Donations to help offset costs can be placed in the offertory with a notation “Shrove Tuesday Dinner”.  If you have any questions or are available to help at the event, please talk with Kelly Bennett (978) 465-9567 or e-mail at bennett1996@comcast.net.

Ash Wednesday Services:  This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, February 18th.   Worship Services with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist, Rite II will be held at 7am and 7pm.  We will also continue the tradition of Ashes-on-the-Steps from 8am to .9am.

Sunday Lenten Forums:  The St. James Sunday Lenten Forums will take place on Sunday, March 1st; March 8th and March 15th following the 10am service in the Parish Hall.  We will look together at the Lord’s Prayer and discover the many reasons why this is such a magnificent prayer and how it can help us make our Lenten pilgrimage more fruitful.
Merrimack Valley Deanery Collaborative – Lenten Supper Series:  On Wednesday, March 4th from 6pm to 8pm, St. James will host a MVDC Lenten Supper.   Our topic will be “Mission Trips.”   Nursery Care and activities for older children will be provided.  We need volunteers to help with making soup, set-up and clean-up.  If you are able to help, please sign-up.  The sign-up sheet will be in the Parish Hall.  Please see the attached flyer listing the Collaborative dates for the Series.

Youth Event with Father John:  All youth are invited to an evening of fun and games with Father John on Saturday, March 14h in the Parish Hall.  The evening will include pizza dinner, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, board games and a chance for our youth to get to know our new Rector.  We will meet in the Parish Hall from 7pm-9:30pm.  If you are in 6th-12th grade we hope you will be able to make it and as always you are welcome to bring a friend or two.

Men’s Group at St. James:  The Men’s Group at St. James meets Saturday mornings to read aloud and discuss appointed selections in the Holy Bible and related resources.  They learn about the circumstances of biblical events, their significance and the people involved.

We encourage men of St. James and their friends to join the group. Meetings are held either in the parish hall or hosted at member’s homes. Call Arthur Yarranton at 978-364-4749 or Mort Gilbert at 978-388-3831 to confirm meeting location, time and if you need a ride. Regardless of location, morning beverages and baked treats are provided.

Newcomers Ministry:  We are beginning a Newcomers Ministry at St. James in an effort to make those who are new to the parish feel welcomed, help them get to know other parishioners and become involved in the ministries at St. James. We will begin by reaching out to those in the parish who have come to St. James in the last year.

We have been brainstorming ways of welcoming new members and families and one idea we have come up with is having Mentor Parishioners.   We will pair up new members with current parishioners who can answer questions about St. James and Amesbury, invite to the Parish Hall for coffee hour, help them meet other parishioners and finding ministries that excite them.

We will also welcome new members with an hors d’oeuvres evening with the other newcomers, mentors, vestry members and Fr. John and an official welcome to the parish the following Sunday at the worship service they regularly attend.

If you would be interested in being a Mentor Parishioner please contact the Church Office or speak with Fr. John or Dawn Schmidt for more information. An informational meeting will be held in March.

The Ministry of Hospitality:  Gathering for Coffee Hour after the 10am service is an important part of our life together here at St. James.

Hosting a Coffee Hour is an important ministry.  It is more than just feeding people, it also helps people feel welcome in our church.  Coffee hour gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to visitors and newcomers.  It also gives us the chance to catch up with other members of our parish family.

Breaking bread together—even in this very ordinary way—helps strengthen us as a parish and renew us as individuals. Could you help host a Coffee Hour?  Just one Sunday every so often and you can share in the hosting with another parish member!  Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.

Stewardship/Giving Envelope:  The Giving Envelopes for pledgers are in the back of the church and ready for you to bring home.  All envelopes are assigned and have your name on the appropriate envelope number.  If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have been assigned yet and will be within a few weeks.  If you do not remember your envelope number, there is a reference sheet (with the envelopes) sorted by last name that identifies your number.  THANK YOU all for your pledges.

Family Services at St. James:  Our next Family Services will be held on Sunday, March 1st and Sunday, May 3rd.

Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps (parents are also invited to accompany our youngest members as well as our children who are a little shy) and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition.  They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well.
Our children will be invited to remain in the Church for the whole service on these days.

We are hoping that starting in October these services will also include our children as well as our youth taking on different aspects of the service as well.  We hope you can join us on these Sunday’s and yes there may even be questions posed to the congregation as a whole as well!

Church Fair Committee Update:  Yes, it’s time to start planning for the 2015 Church Fair!  Mark your calendars now: the next Amesbury Village of Church Fairs will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

Our Neighbor’s Table:  During the winter months, ONT is in need of instant oatmeal, hearty soups, pasta sauce, pasta and peanut butter.  Also, personal items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. are always needed.  Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings to us.

Parish Announcement for Week of February 8, 2015

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Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth:  Beginning on Sunday, February 15th from 2pm to 4pm, the Knitting and Crochet Group will meet in the Parish Hall.  Knitting together is a great opportunity for fellowship and forming bonds.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for outreach ministries in many ways, such as fundraising (church fair items), charity (premie hats, chemo caps, helmet liners for military) and prayers/reflection (prayer shawls).  First-timers and knitters/crocheters of all levels are encouraged to join us in this fellowship and ministry.  We have the supplies necessary to get you started!.  If you have any questions please contact Beth at 978-388-1942.

Vestry Meeting:  Our Vestry will meet on Tuesday, February 10th at 7pm at the Briggs Mill Apartment Complex in the club house located at 20 Cedar Street in Amesbury.  Entrance is on Poplar Street.

Shrove Tuesday:  Save the date:  February 17th, Shrove Tuesday Dinner with Mardi Gras theme will be held in the Parish Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  We will have eggs, waffles, pancakes, sausages, gluten free options and lots of toppings to choose from.  Donations to help offset costs can be placed in the offertory with a notation “Shrove Tuesday Dinner.”  If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Bennett at 978-465-9567.

Ash Wednesday Services:  Ash Wednesday is February 18th.  Worship Services with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist, Rite II will be held at 7am and 7pm.  We will also continue the tradition of Ashes-on-the-Steps from 8am to 9am.

Sunday Lenten Forums:  The St. James Sunday Lenten forums will take place on Sunday, March 1st; March 8th and March 15th following the 10am service in the Parish Hall.  We will look together at the Lord’s Prayer and discover the many reasons why this is such a magnificent prayer and how it can help us make our Lenten pilgrimage more fruitful.

Youth Event with Father John:  All youth are invited to an evening of fun and games with Father John on Saturday, March 14th in the Parish Hall.  The evening will include pizza dinner, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, board games and a chance for our youth to get to know our new Rector.  We will meet in the Parish Hall from 7pm to 9:30pm.  If you are in 6th-12th grade we hope you will be able to make it and as always you are welcome to bring a friend or two.

Newcomers Ministry:  We are beginning a Newcomers Ministry at St. James in an effort to make those who are new to the parish feel welcomed, help them get to know other parishioners and become involved in the ministries at St. James.  If you are interested in more information or in helping in this ministry, please contact the office or talk with Fr. John or Dawn Schmidt.  An informational meeting will be held in March.

Family Services at St. James:  Our next Family Services will be held on Sunday, March 1st and May 3rd.  Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition.  They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well.  Our children will be invited to remain in the Church for the whole service on these days.

 

 

 

Merrimack Valley Deanery Collaborative Lenten Supper Series Begin on Wednesday, February 25th…

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The Merrimack Valley Deanery Collaborative’s Lenten Supper Evening Programs will be held on Wednesday Evenings in Lent beginning February 25th at 6:00pm, as we gather for fellowship and dinner and will end around 8:00pm with Compline.

The theme this year is Tourist, Missioner or Pilgrim.  The sessions do not build on each other so if you can only make one or two that is fine.

We invite all to join us as we make our pilgrimage through these 40 days.

The Lenten Supper programs will be host at the following locations:

February 25th, 6:00pm:  St. James in Groveland.  Topic:  TBD

March 4th, 6:00pm:  St. James in Amesbury.  Topic:  Mission Trips

March 11th, 6:00pm:  St. Paul’s in Newburyport.  Topic:  Peace in the Suburbs

March 18th, 6:00pm:  Trinity in Haverhill.  Topic:  Family Feast at the HUB

March 25th, 6:00pm:  All Saints, West Newbury.  Topic:  A Matter of Justice

The March 4th supper at St. James in Amesbury will provide Nursery care as well as activities for older children.  Please contact the respective churches directly to see what child care options are available on their host night.

Parish Announcements for Week of February 1, 2015

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Family Services at St. James:  Welcome to our first Family Service at St. James.

Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps (parents are also invited to accompany our youngest members as well as our children who are a little shy) and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition.  They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well.
Our children will be invited to remain in the Church for the whole service on these days.

We are hoping that starting in October these services will also include our children as well as our youth taking on different aspects of the service as well.  We hope you can join us on these Sunday’s and yes there may even be questions posed to the congregation as a whole as well!

Family Services will also be held on Sunday, March 1st and May 3rd.

Safe Church Training:  One of the programs the Episcopal Church engages in to help safeguard its members is Safe Church Training.  This training is designed to increase awareness regarding sexual misconduct and abuse of power; to outline steps toward abuse prevention; to offer intervention strategies when misconduct occurs; and to guide parish leaders in the ministry of healing and rebuilding the body of Christ as a whole.

It is required for all parishioners whose ministries involve working with children or youth, including, but not limited to, Church School teachers, Youth leaders, and Confirmation leaders and sponsors.  It is also strongly recommended for Wardens, Vestry members, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Pastoral Visitors, Acolyte Leaders, Choir Directors, volunteers working in the congregation on a regular basis and all employees of the parish.
The training sessions take place on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $40 (scholarships are available).

The next sessions will be held on February 28th at Trinity Church, Haverhill and March 28th at St. John’s Church, Holbrook.  A group of St. James parishioners are attending the training on February 28th.

Please sign up two weeks prior to the event on the Diocesan website:

http://www.diomass.org/inside/learning/safe_church

An internet course is also available, free of charge.  If you are unsure if you need Safe Church training, please see Fr. John.  Thank you for your continuing dedication to the many vital ministries at St. James.
Shrove Tuesday:   Save the date, February 17th! Shrove Tuesday Dinner with Mardi Gras theme will be held in the Parish Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  We will have eggs, waffles, pancakes, sausages, gluten free options and lots of toppings to choose from.  Donations to help offset costs can be placed in the offertory with a notation “Shrove Tuesday Dinner”.  If you have any questions or are available to help at the event, please talk with Kelly Bennett (978) 465-9567 or e-mail at bennett1996@comcast.net.

Ash Wednesday Services:  Ash Wednesday is February 18th.   Worship Services with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist, Rite II will be held at 7am and 7pm.  We will also continue the tradition of Ashes-on-the-Steps from 8am to 9am.

Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth:  Beginning on Sunday, February 8th from 2pm to 4pm, the Knitting and Crochet Group will meet in the Parish Hall.  Knitting together is a great opportunity for fellowship and forming bonds.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for outreach ministries in many ways, such as fundraising (church fair items), charity (premie hats, chemo caps, helmet lines for military), and prayers/reflection (prayer shawls).  First-timers and knitters/crocheters of all levels are encouraged to join us in this fellowship and ministry.  We have the supplies necessary to get you started!  If you have any questions please contact Beth Mauch at 978-388-1942, 617-645-2181 or beth@themauchs.com.

Youth Event with Father John:  All youth are invited to an evening of fun and games with Father John on Friday February 27 in the Parish Hall.  The evening will include pizza dinner, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, board games and a chance for our youth to get to know our new Rector.  We will meet in the Parish Hall from 7pm-9:30pm.  If you are in 6th-12th grade we hope you will be able to make it and as always you are welcome to bring a friend or two.

Men’s Group at St. James:  The Men’s Group at St. James meets Saturday mornings to read aloud and discuss appointed selections in the Holy Bible and related resources.  They learn about the circumstances of biblical events, their significance and the people involved.

We encourage men of St. James and their friends to join the group. Meetings are held either in the parish hall or hosted at member’s homes. Call Arthur Yarranton at 978-364-4749 or Mort Gilbert at 978-388-3831 to confirm meeting location, time and if you need a ride. Regardless of location, morning beverages and baked treats are provided.

Stewardship/Giving Envelope:  The Giving Envelopes for pledgers are in the back of the church and ready for you to bring home.  All envelopes are assigned and have your name on the appropriate envelope number.  If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have been assigned yet and will be within a few weeks.  If you do not remember your envelope number, there is a reference sheet (with the envelopes) sorted by last name that identifies your number.  THANK YOU all for your pledges.

Host Families for International High School Students:  Sparhawk School in Amesbury has partnered with gphomestay’s residential program! Together, they are offering an incredible opportunity to families in Amesbury and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in making a positive impact on the life of an international student and live within 30 minutes of Amesbury, you may want to consider becoming a host family. You may learn more at our website: www.gphomestay.com

Host families will receive a monthly stipend of $1200 and have access to ongoing support from local Residential Coordinators who can help with coordinating meeting your student upon arrival, keeping you connected with the school community, and mediating issues if they arise.

Students come with their own insurance and spending money and stay for the academic year. There are also short-term hosting opportunities available.

For more information, contact David Brown at:  dbrown@gphomestay.com or call their host coordinator at 781-996-0429.   If you are ready to take the next step and fill out an application please visit:  http://www.gphomestay.com/Application4.html”

David Brown is an Outreach Specialist at The Cambridge Institute of International Education | gphomestay.  1025 Main St, Floor 3, Waltham, MA 02451.  Direct Line: 781-996-0793.  Fax: 909-614-8888.   Email:dbrown@gphomestay.com.  Website: www.thecambridgeinstitute.org | www.gphomestay.com

Church Fair Committee Update:  Yes, it’s time to start planning for the 2015 Church Fair!  Mark your calendars now: the next Amesbury Village of Church Fairs will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

The Ministry of Hospitality:  Gathering for Coffee Hour after the 10am service is an important part of our life together here at St. James.

Hosting a Coffee Hour is an important ministry.  It is more than just feeding people, it also helps people feel welcome in our church.  Coffee hour gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to visitors and newcomers.  It also gives us the chance to catch up with other members of our parish family.

Breaking bread together—even in this very ordinary way—helps strengthen us as a parish and renew us as individuals. Could you help host a Coffee Hour?  Just one Sunday every so often and you can share in the hosting with another parish member!  Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.

Our Neighbor’s Table:  During the winter months, ONT is in need of instant oatmeal, hearty soups, pasta sauce, pasta and peanut butter.  Also, personal items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. are always needed.  Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings to us.

A Message from Bishop Gates

Dear Friends,

As many of us prepare to cheer the New England Patriots on to victory in the Super Bowl on February 1st, we have before us an opportunity to remember those in need around the world.

Bishop Greg Rickel of the Diocese of Olympia and I are challenging our respective dioceses to see which can donate the most to Episcopal Relief and Development before kick-off on Sunday, Feb. 1st at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern).  I hope the people of Massachusetts will give generously.

People who want to donate should go to www.episcopalrelief.org and click “Donate Now,” then select “Global Needs” and enter the amount they wish to donate.  After entering their address and other information, there is an option asking “Would you like to dedicate this donation?”  Click “Yes, in honor of” and type in “Super Bowl Patriots.”  Episcopal Relief and Development will announce the results after kick-off.

Go Patriots!

Blessings,

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates

 

St. James Welcomes The Rev. John Satula

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The Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury is very excited to welcome our new Rector, The Reverend John Satula.

 Fr. John will be joining us this Sunday, December 21st – and we hope you will be able to join us!  

 The 8:00 am service will be held as usual, with Holy Eucharist, Rite 1.

 The 10:00 am service will be held with Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Music and Choir.  After service, we will meet in the Parish Hall for a special coffee hour brunch to welcome Fr. John, then followed by our annual “Greening of the Church.”  If you can, please plan to stay awhile to meet Fr. John and to catch up with old friends.  

Fr. John graduated from Elmira (NY) College with a degree in Theater.  He received his M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary; and a Master’s Degree in Church History, Biblical Studies and Christian Education from Duke University.  He has previously served congregations in Wilton, CT; Gainesville, FL; and Newtown, CT.  He was unanimously recommended by the Search Committee, and the Committee’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Vestry.

Blessings – and our heartfelt thanks – to all the members of the St. James Search Committee, who have met, prayed, traveled, questioned, considered, discussed and discerned for the past two years, as we waited with God to call a new Rector to succeed Rev. Susan Esco Chandler.  Our Search Committee was co-chaired by Cindy Janik and Jenn Sanborn; and included Jilleen Collins, Laurie Dawe, Paul Fenner, Valerie Gates, Jamie Grant, Beth Mauch and Linda Davis Siess.

We are grateful to all the clergy who have been with us during this two-year journey, including: Rev. Suzanne Colburn; Rev. Dee Woodward; Rev. Christen Frothingham and Rev. Jonathan MacKenzie. 

Thanks, also, to Diocesan consultant Carol Kingston, the Diocesan Office of Transitional Ministry, Rev. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa and Bishop Alan Gates for their assistance in the process of calling our new Rector.

We plan to have a formal ceremony of installation with Bishop Gates in the near future.

 

 

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