NeverTheLess - July 31, 2016

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NeverTheLess – July 31, 2016


Welcome to All, especially if you are visiting us today.  We are delighted to have you here.  Please join us for lemonade in the garden after 10:00 church.

Ushers Needed!  All you need to do is hand out bulletins and smile warmly!  Currently, we have openings for individual weeks in August, and the whole month of September.  Being an usher is not a difficult job, but it is vital to the worship experience on any Sunday morning.   Please sign up at Information Central or contact Rich Holt, 368.0609 or


Tax-Wise Giving   As you consider your gifts to St. James the Less, you may want to consider making your gift from your IRA if you are 70½ and older.  IRA Charitable Rollover – Each IRA owner over age 70½ may make a transfer of up to $100,000 per year to a qualified charity.  IRA charitable rollovers are tax-free and not included in adjusted gross income. An IRA charitable rollover may fulfill part or all of your required minimum distribution (RMD).  If this is of interest to you there is a brochure on this type of gift at Information Central, near the choir room

 Walk In Love –:  He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts in the Lord.                                                                                                         Proverbs 16:20


It's time to think about our Annual Parish Retreat at ShrineMont!  Save the date! September 23-24-25. A sign-up sheet will be posted soon at Information Central!


Peter Paul Development Center    During summer months, the children of PPDC are given snacks to take home, snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, raisins or other dried fruit, and other non-perishable finger foods.  If you'd like to contribute, there is a marked basket at Information Central.  


Supper Club 2016-2017   We’re really excited about Supper Club for this year.  It’s a great way to get to know more people in the church in a smaller setting.  With summer waning, we are beginning to work on setting up Supper Club.  We will again be forming an adult-only and a family-with-children Supper Clubs with a substitute list for each.  Dinner groups will be made up of someone to serve as host, bring an entrée, bring a vegetable and/or salad, OR bring a dessert on a rotating basis for responsibility and group.   As a guideline, we are suggesting the second Saturday of each month for the groups to meet, but this is only a suggestion and can be changed according to the needs of the host and members of that month’s group.  Everyone participating in Supper Club (adults, families and substitutes) will have Potlucks in Brydon Hall on:  Saturday, September 17 at 6:00 pm (unit assignments, contact information and substitute lists and guidelines will be distributed); Sunday, December 11 at 12:00 noon; Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 pm.  Suggested Supper Club dates: October 8, November 12, January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 8.

Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board at Information Central.  Please be sure to add your contact information.

Education for Ministry   EfM, Seriously? No and Yes

And then there was the time when Jesus sat down with the crowd and said, "Okay everyone, now listen carefully. I don't want to end up with four different versions of this!" Education for Ministry is not nose to the grindstone. It's not Bible study. It's not group therapy. It's not a gripe session about church. It's not about turning anyone into a priest. EfM is an opportunity for close fellowship in a small group. EfM is about asking questions and learning to listen for answers. EfM prepares lay people for their baptized ministry. EfM is a way to discern how we're doing on the journey to where our gifts and passions align with the world's great need. (Some humor is nearly always in order!) Registrations for Year One of this academic study administered by the University of the South/Sewanee are being accepted through August 15.Contact Stephanie Werner at or (804) 986-2953.

Vacation Bible School   AUGUST 15 - 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  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.  Are you ready for your children to be surprised by Jesus?   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, .

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; Worship Nuts & Bolts, TBA

PRAYER LIST – July 31, 2016

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  PRAY for the clergy & congregations of Ware, Gloucester

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  PRAY for Province de L'Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda The Most Revd Dr Onesphore Rwaje Archbishop of L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda and Bishop of Gasabo

For the repose of souls:  The Rev. Rachel Lewis

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, KIM Gillis

For those serving in the diplomatic corps and military:  KEMPER Jones, 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); 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), 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), VICKI Snelgrave (cousin of Joyce Blunt), MELANIE Watkins (niece of Bobbie Street), JANE Moser (friend of Ron & Conde Hopkins), BROOKSIE Kuhl (friend of the SJTL Parish), JANICE Halloran (friend of Pat Jordan), HAMILTON family (friends of the Roberts family), SUSAN Falbo (friend of Karl & Ginny Meyer), JIM Wightman (brother of Jane Howard), JIM Brown (friend of the Shirey’s), DAVID Smith (brother of Mary Helen Williams), DELORIS Shubert (friend of the SJTL and Fork Church parishes), MARK Smith (friend of Betty Moore), BETTY FAY Thomas (sister of Mary Lou Brown), CAROL Brown (sister of Bob Brown), BETH Vannais (cousin of Bob Brown), CARLENE Hockett (friend of Ricki Carson)

The flowers on the altar today are given by Joyce Blunt, in celebration of her birthday.



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