Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday Services

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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.

Parish Announcements for Week of January 25, 2015

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Annual Meeting:    Our Annual Meeting was held on January 25th in the Parish Hall. We reviewed our financials, reviewed committee communications of all that has happened at St. James this past year and our plans for the coming year.  We will voted for vestry members and delegates.

Family Services at St. James:  Next Sunday February 1 and on March 1 and May 3, the 10AM our service will feature a children’s sermon to engage our younger members with our liturgy.

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!

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 your appropriate envelope number.  If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have yet been assigned and will be within a few weeks or less.  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.

Nursery Care Update:  A new reservation system has been set up for our Nursery Care during the 10am service.  Please e-mail Jenn Collins at stjames.christianed@verizon.net by the Friday before the Sunday you will need nursery care.  We will make sure the nursery is open and staffed!

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.

The next three sessions are January 31st at Christ Church, Plymouth; 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.
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 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 share in the hosting with another parish member!  Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.

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 2014 Church Fair raised almost $3,000 for St. James’ youth ministries.  The economy clearly affected how much we raised, particularly through the raffle.  Two of our raffle items were won by people who had said they could only afford to purchase one ticket.

But despite unseasonably cold weather, we were able to welcome several hundred people to our parish hall – and we fed lots of them lunch.  (Special thanks to Andy Harlow for heading up the Kitchen!)  Our new “Fashion Accessories” section was a fabulous success.  And there were far fewer leftover “Trinkets and Treasures” than in past years.

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

Donations for Fire Victims:  As many of you may of heard, the Singleton family who lived on Spindle Tree Road, loss their home and all belongings to a fire last week.  If you would like to help them, the Pettengill House is accepting monetary donations on behalf of the family.  100% of all donations will be used directly in support the family.  Donations should be made directly to the Pettengill House Inc., 21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913.  All donations are tax deductible.  Donations can also be made through the Pettengill House Paypal account on their website at www.pettengillhouse.org.  Be sure to note that your donation is for the Amesbury Fire Victims.

Family Services

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Family Services at St. James

Beginning, Sunday February 1 and on March 1 and May 3, the 10AM our service will feature a children’s sermon to engage our younger members with our liturgy.

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!

Super Bowl Challenge!

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Massachusetts and Olympia bishops issue Super Bowl giving challenge

“Deflategate” isn’t the only late-breaking Super Bowl news that sporting Episcopalians in the Diocese of Massachusetts have to contend with.

As the New England Patriots prepare for their Super Bowl match-up with the Seattle Seahawks, the bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and Olympia today issued a challenge to their respective dioceses to a competition of their own–this one charitable. “As many of us prepare to cheer the New England Patriots on to victory in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, we have before us an opportunity to remember those in need around the world,” the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, wrote in a message to the diocese (see text below). “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. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern).  I hope the people of Massachusetts will give generously,” Gates wrote. To join the challenge, donors can go to www.episcopalrelief.org and click the “Donate Now” button.  Enter the donation amount under the “Global Needs” section.  After following the check-out prompts and entering address and other information, look for the option “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.

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Dear Friends,

As many of us prepare to cheer the New England Patriots on to victory in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 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. 1 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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