NeverTheLess – May 29, 2016

Newsletter file: 


Welcome to All, especially if you are visiting us today.  Please join us for coffee hour in Brydon Hall, after church. 

Ushers Needed!  Summer is a popular time to “church shop” and one of the most important roles in being welcoming to visitors is our ushers.  Responsibilities include handing out bulletins and smiling!  Currently, all weeks in June and July are open.  Being an usher is not a difficult job, but it is vital to the worship experience on any Sunday morning.   If you can help, please contact Rich Holt, 368.0609 or


REMINDER:  Next Sunday, June 5, is Claudia’s last Sunday with us.  There will be a reception for her in Brydon Hall following 10:00 church.  Please contribute a finger food, preferably on a glass platter. 

Graduations   Do you have a student graduating from high school, community college, college, and/or graduate school this spring?  Please let the office  know his or her name and future plans if they have them settled, by June 7. 

Vacation Bible School   AUGUST 15 - 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  VBS is a 3-day education program called “SURPRISE: Stories of Discovering Jesus”; the fourth night is an all-family dinner/fun night.  Jesus surprised the people he met.  People in the temple were amazed by the conversations and questions they had with a boy named Jesus. With each surprise, people discovered more about Jesus. Are you ready for your children to be surprised by Jesus?   Everyone is welcome.  The VBS educational program is designed for Pre-K - 5th Graders and we would love to have middle and senior high kids perform the dramas that are included with the program and to help with the children’s activities. And of course we need volunteers to make this a special experience for our children!  Questions?  Interested in participating?  Contact Jen Martin, .


CARITAS – CARITAS is one of our area’s best ministries, providing shelter, food, and community to a group of homeless people, church by church, one week at a time.  This is an opportunity for community-based hands-on ecumenical outreach.  Our neighbors at St Ann's will host CARITAS guests from June 4 - June 18.  As a collaborative effort, Duncan Memorial and St. James the Less will partner to provide St. Ann's CARITAS guests transportation to the YMCA and laundromat.  Van Driver & Rider Volunteers are wanted, Monday - Thursday evening of each week, June 6 – 9 and June 13 - 16.  Each church will donate their own van with a volunteer driver and rider.  It involves approximately two hours of your time on a night of your choosing. We are seeking 1 driver and 1 rider to wait for our very appreciative guests to wash their clothes or to shower.  One evening, 2 hours, and you go home knowing you helped an appreciative person on their difficult path of getting their life back to normal.  You will get more "Thank yous" in two hours than you'll get the rest of the day! Please consider volunteering.

SJTL CARITAS Week July 9-16:   This year St. James the Less will host our ~40 CARITAS men the week of July 9 - 16.  Volunteers are needed as overnight chaperones, transportation drivers and helpers to shuttle our guests, food service providers, and liaisons supporting neighboring churches with navigating the church.   If you’d like more information, or to volunteer, please contact Erik Helsley at (434) 760-1111 or or Ricki Carson (food service coordinator) at or 798.1782.   Sign-up sheets are at Information Central.  

Seeking CARITAS Donations:  In the hallway will be multiple donation stations for CARITAS.   We are seeking gently used (or new) pillowcases and towels and washcloths for the guests’ use during their stay July 9 - 16.  Also, we are accepting donations for travel size soaps, lotions, deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoos, and conditioner (no mouthwash, please.).

Peter Paul Development Center   strives to help their participants with basic needs.  Currently, they request note pads and greeting cards for the senior citizens they serve.  If you’d like to contribute, there is a marked basket at Information Central. 


Many, many thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make our celebration so wonderful.  If you have photos you’d like to share, please send them to the office.

Congratulations to Daniel Ellithorpe being named Teacher of the Year at Gandy Elementary!

Vestry Members:  Steve Pace (SW); Bob May (JW); Julie Ericksen; Tom Fritter; Harry Hassell; Jenny Bruce; Rich Holt; Tanya Reagan; Dawn Davis; Richard Grosse; Beth Markwood, Matt Smith

Search Committee:  Derrick Rosser (chair); Sandi Shirey; Rebecca Cline; Bob Hughes; Bob Chamlee; Matt Meade; Ana Bajcsi

SJTL Committees and Chairs:  Adult Formation, Harry Hassell; Children/Youth Formation, Aleta Meyer; Stewardship, Bill Harrison; Parish Life, Steve Pace & Bob May; Pastoral Care, Stephanie Werner; Finance, Yancey Jones; Outreach, Ginny Meyer & Julie Ericksen; Fundraising, Jenny Bruce & Sylvia Spagna; Property, Tom Fritter; Chenery, Naomi Pace; Communications, Dawn Davis; Sesquicentennial, Liz Chambers & Kris Holt; Worship Nuts & Bolts, The Rev. Claudia W. Merritt

PRAYER LIST – May 29, 2016

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  PRAY for the Military service men and women serving around the world and the Chaplains that support them

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  PRAY for the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome

For our parishioners requesting our prayers:  GUS Miller, CONDÉ Hopkins, MAUD Brumback, PAT Funk, DICK Harman, HENRY Mayer, MOYA Parmele, ERIN Yagla, Megan Rodman, Laurie Rodman, STEWART Dishman, TRUMAN Parmele; DON Jones; CHARLIE Thompson, JESSE, RAVEN & NATE Blaisdell, NED Stiles, TIM Holt

For those serving in the diplomatic corps and military:  KEMPER Jones, HUNTER Fines, GREG Ericksen, ANDREW Walton, ROBERT Ham, MATTHEW Thomas, PHILIP Morison

Relatives & Friends:  (people added this week are in italics) MAC Pace (father of Steve Pace), ANNE MARIE Fisher (friend of the Jones family), TRAVIS Williams (friend of the SJTL Parish), PATRICIA Reppert (aunt of PK Kinser; friend of the Meyer family); GINNY Walker (niece of Karl Meyer), ARLENE Davis (mother of Dawn Davis); WILL Holman (friend of the SJTL Parish), SANDIE Litsinger (friend of the Shirey’s), WILLIAM Micou (friend of Ron & Conde Hopkins), ANNE Folsom (mother of Meg Helsley and Emily Folsom), The Rev. RACHEL Lewis (friend of the Spagna family), JOHN Murphy (father of Erin Murphy), PATRICK Morris (friend of Harry & Doris Hassell), BETH Mallory (friend of Beth Markwood), JANE Markwood (mother of Tim Markwood), RHONDA Lewis (friend of the Tharrington family), NANCY Margie (friend of Aleta Meyer), ANNETTE Wisniewski (friend of Doris Hassell) MARY & JIMMY (family of Tammie & Bob May), ORIANA Hargrove (friend of Bobbi & Tom Street), ALICE Wallace (mother of Beth Markwood), The Rev. NANCY Cox (friend of the Meyer family), JUANITA Wightman (sister-in-law of Jane Howard), LYNN Forehand (cousin of Joyce Blunt), GWEN Bennett (sister of Hilda Kelly), VICKI Snelgrave (cousin of Joyce Blunt), MELANIE Watkins (niece of Bobbie Street), LOISANNE Rockwell (sister of Ginny Meyer), BETTY White (friend of Karl and Ginny Meyer) JANE Moser (friend of Ron & Conde Hopkins)

The flowers on the altar today are in loving memory of David Anderson.


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