News and Events

St. James Episcopal Church

1134 Columbia St.

Cathlamet, WA  98612






Newsletter-  September, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

I’m downstairs in our house that’s built into the hill, where the temperature always stays cool. Lucky us, as it’s 94 degrees outside. We don’t normally see much of this kind of weather in the Pacific Northwest, any more than Houston, Texas sees several feet of rain in a couple of days. It’s easy to lapse into warnings about climate change, and we certainly should be careful about our interactions with the planet. But in looking at the Houston situation, I recall a time not so long ago that we here in Wahkiakum County also went through severe flooding. It took several days before we got help, and several of the churches banded together in order to coordinate assistance.

And it’s on assistance that I want to focus. What can we do to help our neighbors in Texas? Lest you think that you don’t have neighbors in Texas, remember Jesus’ response to the lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Our neighbor is the stranger in need. And I must tell you that many of you know someone in Texas, Larry Reese, who, with his wife Pat, were generous supporters of the St. James Family Center. Pat died several years ago, but Larry lives in Rockport, Texas. Yes, the same Rockport that is in all the news programs as a scene of devastation. I have not been able to reach him, but will keep trying, and ask for your prayers at this time, for him and for the rest of the folks in Rockport.

Additionally, if you are willing to help your neighbor, may I suggest donating to the Red Cross, or Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058, specifying that your check is for Texas flood relief. We all have the opportunity to be Good Samaritans. Episcopal Relief and Development was a Godsend to St. James and Wahkiakum County when we were flooded. We now have a chance to pay back and help those in real need and continue God’s work in the world.  Thank you for considering this request.

In God’s love,    Irene+




Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join us in prayer and support for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Episcopal Relief & Development is working with dioceses in the hurricane’s path to best support responses and address needs as more information becomes available. Local churches and partners are assessing damage, confirming the safety of members and others in their communities and using available facilities and resources to respond to immediate concerns.

Your contribution to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund helps Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance.

To help care for those affected by this crisis, please fill out the coupon below and mail it in with your check or credit card information. You can also contribute online at

Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are healing a hurting world.

A word from the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us?” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God’s children, then we are all brothers and sisters.

As you know, our brothers and sisters in Texas now need our help. Our support of Episcopal Relief and Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, not just in the short term, but for the long haul. Thank you for whatever you can do for together we are the human family of God.





Enclosed is my gift to the Hurricane Harvey Fund to assist those who are in need.

o $50 o $100 o $250 o $500 o $1,000 o $2,500 o $5,000 o Other $______

Please make checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development.Mail to P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield VA 22116-7058.

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We could use another Sunday School Teacher backup; Music backup and if anyone is interested the newsletter editor job …. We could use a volunteer to coordinate pastoral care- keep track of prayer list and send out prayer requests. Any questions see Gerry



Sunday School will Start Sunday, October 8



Sunday School


Sunday school will start October 8









Stewardship Calendar



Month/Yr ___September 2017



Date     Altar                 Flowers   Reader                  Host                Sunday        Music    Celebrant/ Preach

Guild                                                           Family             School

3 AM prayer Hannah Hannah Carol Michael/Michael
10 AM prayer Potluck Carol Sally/Gerry


** Cathy Sunday Carol Fr Richard
24 Maureen Sally JoAnn School Starts October 8 Carol JoAnn




Cheree successful life changes

Sally, eye problems

Mark, chronic headache healing

Sean encouragement

Bill healing breathing problems

Linda Healing

Joan’s Dad-Peace

Jill and Carmoreau healing and strength

David – massive brain tumor.

Bob healing cancer

Chandal a new home

Russ & Sally healing

Terry healing



Winnie-breast cancer

Cathy healing Chemo and radiation


Gerry, JoAnn, Christie and others healing from chemical allergies





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-

September 2017





September 3 – Pentecost 13

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 26:1-8

Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28

September 10 – Pentecost 14

Ezekiel 33:7-11

Psalm 119:33-40

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20

September 17 – Pentecost 15

Genesis 50:15-21

Psalm 103:1-13

Romans 14:1-12

Matthew 18:21-35

September 24 – Pentecost 16

Jonah 3:10-4:11

Psalm 145:1-8

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16




No Vestry meeting, church picnic