News and Events

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.




Sunday School


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.




Stewardship Calendar



Month/Yr ___January 2018



Date     Altar                 Flowers   Reader                  Host                Sunday        Music    Celebrant/ Preach

Guild/Serve                                                   Family             School

7 ????/Gerry   Michael George Christie Carol JoAnn/JoAnn  
14 Am Prayer   Lois Potluck Christie Carol Sally/Gerry  
21 Joan/Joan   Cathy ??????? Christie


Carol Fr.Richard  
28 AmPrayer   ?????? JoAnn Christie Carol Gerry/Michael  





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.






Chad healing surgery

Buck healing pancreatic cancer

Sally, eye problems

Mark, chronic headache healing

Rick, healing cancer

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 surgery

Terry healing

Linda- rehab


Winnie-breast cancer

Gerry, JoAnn, Christie and others healing from chemical allergies


Buck’s cancer treatment going well



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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 2018



January 7- The Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

Ephesians 3:-12

Matthew 2:1-12

January 14 – 2 Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1-10

Psalm 139:1-5,12-17

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

John 1:43-52

January 21- 3 Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5,10

Psalm 62:6-14

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Mark 1:14-20

January 28 – 4 Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 111

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Mark 1:21-28