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- firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 10 am … see you there..
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.
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR PRAYERS
Addy, eye surgery
Christie, sinus surgery
Lois healing broken arm
Rick, healing cancer
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 6– Epiphany
January 13 – Epiphany 1, The Baptism of our Lord
January 20 – Epiphany 2
1 Corinthians 122:1-11
January 27 – Epiphany 3
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
St James Vestry Minutes
December 9, 2018
Attendance: Gerry, Hannah, Sally, Jacquey, Cathy, Michael, JoAnn, Lois, DonDona,
Hannah called meeting to order
JoAnn led prayer
Minutes accepted as corrected, George and Carol did not attend last meeting
Financials accepted as presented
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
Clerk of the Vestry
St. James Church
1134 Columbia St. Budget Worksheet 2019
Cathlamet, Wa 98612
Fundraising 500 Concert ? Book sale
Plate Offering 3000
UTO & Others 250 this is a wash see below
Building Inspection 500
Advertising 100 Christmas
Altar Guild 50
Assessment 2184 14.5% 2017
Garden Maintenance 200 and garden maint.
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
Secretary 1675 paid quarterly
Sunday School 50
Telephone 300 paid quarterly
UTO & others 250