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St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612

Newsletter- January, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,
I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve, the day when it is customary to make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve been thinking about what resolutions a person could make in order to deepen our relationship with God. What is it about our spiritual lives that needs attention? Are there ways to change things that might help us gain insight? Are we frustrated when people ask us to pray for them, but we forget? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Would keeping a personal prayer list help? It doesn’t need to be a prayer journal or anything fancy. A sticky note with names on it in a place that you see daily is a doable option for many people. Put it on your computer screen, bathroom mirror, or wherever you are likely to see it as a reminder of people who have asked for prayers, and pray when you see it.
2. Do you have trouble organizing your prayers into something that is meaningful? Many years ago I was told about the acronym, ACTS. It stands for Adoration; Contrition; Thanksgiving; Supplication. These four are the foundation of daily prayer, and this simple reminder as we are praying can be very helpful.
3. Read a book about religious practices, a saint, or any other spiritual topic you’ve always wanted to explore. No need to buy one – there are many in the church library that can be borrowed. You could decide to read the Bible in a different translation from the one you are accustomed to. There are several in the church library.
These are just suggestions to consider for possible ways to pay more attention to our spiritual lives during 2019. I’m looking at the sticky note on my computer screen right now.
A blessed Epiphany season to you all,
In God’s love,

Another reminder: Everyone at St. James has a mailbox in the mailing case next to the church office door. Please check it periodically to see if you have mail.

A copy of our proposed 2019 budget is at the end of the newsletter. Questions, comments- email to the budget committee at Gerry’s email- We will be passing the budget at our annual meeting in February.

You are invited-
Bible Study- We will have an Lent Bible Study starting March 10 at 11:30 and every Sunday with the last group meeting on April 7. You may come to any one or all, we will cover the lessons for the coming Sunday. No need to sign up, just come.

Sunday School
Sunday school 10 am … see you there..

Stewardship Calendar

Month/Yr January 2019

Date AltarG//Serve Flowers Reader Host family Sunday School Music Celebrant/Preach
6 Maureen//Sally Michael DonDena Christie Carol Fr. Richard
13 AMPrayer Cathy Potluck Christie Carol Michael
20 Joan// Joan Sally Ella & Zoe Christie Carol JoAnn
27 AMPrayer Lois JoAnn P Christie Carol Sally/Gerry

Starting January 1, 2019 we will start over with a new prayer list. In the future we will want the name, reason, date submitted and person submitting prayer request.. that way we can keep this list current.

Addy, eye surgery
Christie, sinus surgery
Lois healing broken arm
Rick, healing cancer



Name of person Reason Person requesting How long to keep on the list

Let’s also pray for peace and for all of our men and women in the service at home or abroad, and for our veterans. If you have added someone to the list above please let me know when they can be dropped from the list at my email-

January, 2019

January 6– Epiphany
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
January 13 – Epiphany 1, The Baptism of our Lord
Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17,21-22
January 20 – Epiphany 2
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 35:5-10
1 Corinthians 122:1-11
John 2:1-11
January 27 – Epiphany 3
Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

St James Vestry Minutes
December 9, 2018

Attendance: Gerry, Hannah, Sally, Jacquey, Cathy, Michael, JoAnn, Lois, DonDona,
JoAnn, Marilyn

Hannah called meeting to order
JoAnn led prayer
Minutes accepted as corrected, George and Carol did not attend last meeting
Financials accepted as presented

Old Business-
Bake Sale for Bazaar
Front door light fixed
Handrail fix, thank you Russ
New Business- Christmas Eve service at 5pm Decorate church after services Dec 23
Adjourned 11:30
Clerk of the Vestry
St. James Church
1134 Columbia St. Budget Worksheet 2019
Cathlamet, Wa 98612
Donations 125
Fundraising 500 Concert ? Book sale
Interest 1
Plate Offering 3000
Pledges 13000
UTO & Others 250 this is a wash see below
Building Inspection 500
Advertising 100 Christmas
Altar Guild 50
Assessment 2184 14.5% 2017
Convention/meetings 400
Garden Maintenance 200 and garden maint.
Gifts 100
Insurance 2200
Janitor 2340 paid quarterly
Maintenance Man 50 paid quarterly
Mileage 744 Gerry going to Seattle etc
Music 185 tune piano
Office Exp 50
Property Tax 18
Repair 200
Secretary 1675 paid quarterly
Sunday School 50
Supplies 480
Telephone 300 paid quarterly
Utilities 4800
UTO & others 250