“Blessing of the Animals”
On October 5th we celebrated the Blessing of the Animals and we also pray for all creatures and especially for endangered species.
Donations were accepted such as small blankets, used towels, pet coats, toys, treats, etc. as well as monetary donations and brought over to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.
October Vestry Meeting
Our Vestry will meet on Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm in the Nickerson Library. All are invited to attend any of our meetings, where we reflect and take action upon the many important aspects of Parish life.
Invitation to Grafton House
The Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist invites you to the Grafton House on Sunday, October 26th. Open House with Refreshments is at 2pm, Blessing at 4pm. The Grafton House is located at 914 Main Street and is the new home for Monastic Interns at the Emery House in West Newbury, made possible in partnership with the sisters of the Holy Nativity. Please park across the street at All Saints, 893 Main Street in West Newbury.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-834-6252.
Hospitality at St. James
We are looking for 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.
Our Neighbors’ Table
During the month of October, ONT is in need of Instant Oatmeal, hearty soups 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 was released on Wednesday, October 1st. Be sure to check it out for more announcements and upcoming events. If you did not receive the newsletter via e-mail, be sure to contact the office or visit our website to sign-up.
2014 Village of Church Fairs
Mark your calendar: This year’s Village of Church Fairs will be held on
Saturday, November 8th from
9am – 3pm.
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:
*Donations for both our traditional “Trinkets & Treasures” table and this year’s new “Fashion Accessories” table (costume jewelry, scarves, etc.). Please make sure your donations are clean and in good condition so we can sell them. Jewelry can be brought to church, and left in the basket on the back table. Please start setting other things aside; and we will announce when and where those donations will be collected soon.
*We will start taking larger donations for the “Trinkets & Treasures” table on October 19th through November 2nd. No electronics or clothing. All items must be cleaned and in good condition to be sold.
*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.
*We will need donations of ingredients (or money to purchase them) for the lunch menu items.
*Fair setup will take over the Parish Hall starting November 6th.
*Help with after-Fair cleanup. It always helps to have “fresh hands” to put our Parish Hall back in order, the afternoon/evening of the Fair. The fair ends at 3pm.
*Pies, breads, cakes and other baked goods. We are planning a group “Baking Day” on Saturday, November 1st – but if you prefer to bake things for the Fair in your own kitchen, that would be great too!
Please sign up to let us know how you will help. There are sign-up clipboards in the Parish Hall. Please add your name to one (or more) of them!
October Craft Nights
We will get together in the Parish Hall from
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 13th and Monday, October 20th
Please plan to join us! We’ll provide the supplies and how-to instructions (if you need them). All ages and talent-levels welcome. Bring a friend with you!
Questions? Ideas? Please contact Fair Committee co-chairs Dawn Schmidt (email@example.com) or Liz Iacobucci (firstname.lastname@example.org).