NeverTheLess - November 26, 2017

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NeverTheLess – November 26, 2017

TODAY AND COMING SOON

Welcome To All, especially if you are visiting us today. We are delighted to have you here. Nametags are an outward symbol of radical hospitality.  If you don’t have one, please see an usher or a greeter for assistance.  If you are visiting, we also invite you to fill out a pew card and put it in the plate.

Contemplative Service, TODAY at 5 pm   Come wind down your weekend with a quiet, contemplative service of music and prayers.  All are welcome.

Advent Fair   Sunday, December 3, immediately after 10:00 church, we will gather in Brydon Hall to get ready. We will once again have a station where the kids can "shop" for a gift for their parents.  There is a box in the hallway to collect your donations of gifts.  On the day of the Fair, younger children will be matched with a middle schooler to help them through the process.  Wrapping is included!  Come spend a joy-full time preparing for this season of beauty and light! 

Advent Class – “Christmas Stories”   Come join with Father Rock as we gather to read and discuss fictional stories to help get our minds and hearts prepared for Christmas. We will have some coffee and cocoa, gather in the library, and read seasonal tales both known and new. Hope you can join us!  Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, at 11 am.

Inquirers' Class Wednesdays    Have you ever thought of becoming a member of St. James the Less, or have you wanted to be confirmed? Father Rock is leading an Inquirers' Class for those who wish to officially be a part of St. James the Less and the Episcopal Church, Wednesdays at 7 pm, and will resume the week after Thanksgiving.  The class is in 4 parts, and will be in preparation for the Bishop's visit on the morning of December 24.  Teens in High School through adults of any age can participate.  Please contact Father Rock if you have any questions.

Bible Study/Adult Formation    Come join us in Adult Bible Study — 8:45 in the rectory.  Learn something about Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and perhaps even yourself.  We are part of an old, old story.  Whether or not you have heard it before, you know it.  All are welcome!

STEWARDSHIP and FUNDRAISING

Stewardship update: 

  • Thanks to all who have pledged so generously already. We have received 101 pledges out of  200 pledge cards sent for a current total of $314,500.  These generous pledges include 16 new and 34 increased pledges.  This is a most encouraging result, thank you so much. Also, heartfelt thanks to those who routinely give generously without pledging.
  • For those of you who have not yet pledged, we encourage you to pray and consider offering your Pledge during this Season of Thanks just ahead. We have both the Thanksgiving Holiday; and the Holy Season of Christmas for God's gift to us, the gift of  His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ.

WORSHIP

Seamstresses!   The vestments that the St. Cecilia Choir children wear are the same cassocks many of you and/or your children wore. They are rather tight through the neck and shoulders and the robes can't be let out. We are exploring the possibility of having 12 new robes made, along with extras for potential new children joining the choir. If any of you are proficient at sewing new robes, please contact Joanne Robb at Joanne.robb4@gmail.com.

OUTREACH

Peter Paul Development Center   we are “adopting” a family to help them with Christmas.  You’ll find boxes at Information Central, and bios of the children with ages, sizes, and wish lists for your donations.  Please bring your unwrapped gifts by December 10.    

VESTRY MEMBERS: Yancey Jones (Senior Warden); Rebecca Cline (Junior Warden); Dawn Davis; Richard Grosse; Beth Markwood; Ricki Carson; John Hoar; George Spagna; Janet Taylor

PRAYER LIST – November 26, 2017

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Pray for all the baptized in their daily life and work

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Wad Medani - (Sudan) The Rt Revd Saman Farajalla Mahdi

Metro Richmond Cycle of Prayer:  This month, we pray for persons in financial need in Metropolitan Richmond:  For healthy marriages; for constructive, safe, and caring households for the bringing up and nurturing of children and caring for the elderly. 

For the repose of souls:  Alex Pickett; Patricia Meade; Marie Byrnes

For our parishioners requesting our prayers:  GUS Miller, MAUD Brumback, PAT Funk, DICK Harman, HENRY Mayer, ERIN Yagla, STEWART Dishman, DON Jones, CHARLIE Thompson, NED Stiles, JOANIE Burgoyne, GAYELLEN Wagner, SALLY Ellithorpe, JOHN Hoar

For those serving in the diplomatic corps, the military, and as missionaries: KEMPER Jones, GREG Ericksen, ROBERT Ham, MATTHEW Thomas, PHILIP Morison, JAMES Ashley, ANDREW Brunson, AUSTIN Price

Relatives & Friends: (people added this week are in italics) MAC Pace (father of Steve Pace); ANNE MARIE Fisher (friend of the Jones family); PATRICIA Reppert (aunt of PK Kinser; friend of the Meyer family); WILL Holman (friend of the SJTL Parish); JOHN Murphy (father of Erin Murphy); MARY & JIMMY (family of Tammie & Bob May); ORIANA Hargrove (friend of Bobbie & Tom Street); LYNN Forehand (cousin of Joyce Blunt); VICKI Snelgrave (cousin of Joyce Blunt); HAMILTON family (friends of the Roberts family); BETTY FAY Thomas (sister of Mary Lou Brown); CAROL Brown (sister of Bob Brown); BETH Vannais (cousin of Bob Brown); EARL May (brother of Bob May); GINNY Walker (niece of Karl and Ginny Meyer); JANET Cobb (sister of Jim Cobb); KATHERINE Anderson (friend of Katherine Tinker); KATHY Balducci (friend of Jenny Bruce); BILL May (brother of Bob May); WIL Lawrence (son of Ann & Wilbur Lawrence); DONNA Hoffman (friend of Karl and Ginny Meyer); CONNIE Barney (friend of the Pace family); LELIA Moran (friend of the SJTL parish family); PAM Whittaker (friend of Beth Markwood); AUDREY JO Weaver (mother of Tammie May); SUSAN Adams (sister of Steve Pace); MARK Longaker; SHARON Hooper (friend of Dawn Davis); BILL Russell (friend of Margaret and Chris Belyea); RUTH Syman-May (friend of the SJTL parish); SAM Hulsey and Family (friends of Lula Hopkins); DAVID & TRACEY (family of Ricki & Jim Carson); ERIN Carroll Cullather (friend of Aleta Meyer); SAVANNAH Wood (friend of Beth Markwood); SHELBY; BETSY (sister of Jim Carson); JODY May (aunt of Bob May); ANDY Roberts (friend of Mary Lou & Bob Brown); TERRY Shaw (friend of Sandi Shirey); JOANIE Watkins (sister-in-law of Bobbie & Tom Street); STEVE (family member of Fran McConnell); JP Temple (nephew of Alice & Jim Cobb); MELANIE V. (friend of Ruth Savino); DUFF Green (brother of Melissa Hoar); AUBREY Fletcher (friend of Ann and Wilbur Lawrence); TOM Slaughter (brother of Ann Lawrence); SCOTT (friend of Doris Hassell); DAN Brummitt (uncle of Margaret Rush); SUZANNE Huff (friend of the SJTL parish); JUDY Sledd (friend of the Jones family); LEROY and JOSEPHINE (friends of Pat Jordan); KAREN Fetty (friend of Doris and Harry Hassell); BILL Turpin (friend of Teva Rittenhouse); ANNE Taylor (friend of the SJTL parish); DAVID Willis (friend of the parish and the Ashland community); CAMILLE Loya (friend of Aleta Meyer); DARLENE Swinson (friend of Ginny Tweel), DENISE Buxton (sister of Sylvia Spagna), LOISANNE Rockwell (sister of Ginny Meyer), MOLLY Harrison (daughter of Beth and Bill Harrison); KATHY Luten (family of Keith Redington); JACKIE Redington (family of Keith Redington); KIM Redington (family of Keith Redington); JAKLYN Redington (family of Keith Redington), the Rev. JEANNE Pupke (friend of Margaret Rush)

The altar flowers today are given in loving memory of Bernard & Lillian Lawrence, and Thomas & Mildred Slaughter, by Wilbur and Ann Lawrence;  and in loving memory of Jose Juan Morales, and Patricia Meade, by Alex and Matt Meade.

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