St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Newsletter- January 2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
As you are aware, we entered a period of discernment in 2017, looking for leadership at St. James in a variety of areas, and asking people to submit responses to a brief survey. Ten surveys were returned. Here is a summary of the comments about St. James and its future:
The most comments received had to do with appreciation of St. James smallness, intimacy and welcoming atmosphere. That says a great deal about our congregation’s recognition of each person’s responsibility in welcoming others to church. Community outreach was also mentioned by several respondents, and at least one person mentioned the “nearness of God” while another mentioned the church as a place to pray in peace.
Nearly all respondents remarked on the desire for more people, especially children. A majority had concerns regarding the future, based on the concerns about growth. There were very few suggestions regarding ways to improve, with growth being the main concern. One comment indicated a desire for more communion services. Another suggested improving our advertising in the local paper.
Various people in the congregation were named as having leadership potential. This is a great honor, and in the coming weeks those people will be notified in order to discern what kind of role they might consider at St. James.
As we move ahead, let us continue to pray for our church. We are a strange anomaly, a tiny church with a large ministry. Our clergy are unpaid. Our church is isolated and rural, in a time when small rural churches are closing down all across America. Our members are both “cradle Episcopalians” and from other denominations, who have found ways to bridge gaps and learn to love each other. Without God none of this would have been possible; with God, all things are possible.
In God’s love,
On Christmas Day, the Rev. Joan Niemann of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Elma, passed away. Some of us remember her as part of the Total Common Ministry Movement in our Diocese, and as a gracious and pleasant Deacon. Please pray for the repose of her soul.
Come and join us at 10am… children join the congregation midway through the service…..
Christie is saving manufacturer’s coupons for our service men and women. It doesn’t matter if they are expired… Please cut them out and give them to Christie, or you can put them in her mail box.
Month/Yr ___January 2018
Date Altar Flowers Reader Host Sunday Music Celebrant/ Preach
Guild/Serve Family School
Years ago our congregation decided to leave the world outside…. Carol and Gerry worked at the Family Center and had many questions and comments while at church. Esther was a County Commissioner and got questions and comments. Sometimes I felt I didn’t want to go to church because I couldn’t just relax and worship. Now Gerry and Christie are in the accounting and tax business… Heated political discussions don’t belong in church also. Just a reminder- we all need a place for everyone to find peace… Church should be for that.
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR PRAYERS
Chad healing surgery
Buck healing pancreatic cancer
Sally, eye problems
Mark, chronic headache healing
Rick, healing cancer
Bill healing breathing problems
Jill and Carmoreau healing and strength
David – massive brain tumor.
Bob healing cancer
Chandal a new home
Gerry, JoAnn, Christie and others healing from chemical allergies
Buck’s cancer treatment going well
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD SOMEONE…
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- email@example.com.
January 7- The Epiphany
January 14 – 2 Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
January 21- 3 Epiphany
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
January 28 – 4 Epiphany
1 Corinthians 8:1-13