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St. James Episcopal Church

1134 Columbia St.

Cathlamet, WA  98612






Newsletter- August , 2018





Dear Friends in Christ,


After nearly 6 months of waiting, we are almost back in our newly rebuilt home. Yes, there are things to finish, some of our furniture has yet to arrive, and my garden is one big mess, but the end is in sight. At this time I’m using this space to say thank you to so many of you who fed us during this long interval, kept us in your prayers, provided necessities, encouraged us, and helped me retrieve email addresses and other information when I got my new computer.

There have been many blessings along the way. We will have a house that is almost new, our furniture that has been refinished has never looked so good, and we were able to salvage most of my historical documents. The first blessing, of course, was that we and the cat got out alive. Tiger has spent quite a bit of time in a boarding kennel, but is now home and hanging around his old haunts, hoping for a mouse to stroll by. Among our other blessings we count the Fire Departments, neighbors who helped us, and relatives who did a lot of communicating for us and took on the production of the annual family reunion normally held at our place. I also have a great deal of gratitude towards the insurance company who treated us well  and made it as easy as possible and our contractor, Ken Gomes, and crew, who worked so hard to get us in as quickly as possible.


This may seem like an Oscar award speech, but I now understand why people go on for a while thanking others. We all live in various  communities—town, church, family — and sometimes those communities come together during an emergency and do their best. We have now experienced that coming together, and thank both you and God for all your good will and assistance.

In God’s love,





Sunday School

Sunday school is closed for the summer come and

join us at 10am in September











We need altar guild on Sunday Aug 19 and

a reader for Sunday Aug 26??








Stewardship Calendar



Month/Yr    August 2018



  Date Altar/Serve Flowers Reader Host family Sunday School Music Celebrant/Preach              
  5 Jacquey/ Carol Michael George ******** Carol JoAnn/JoAnn              
  12 Picnic at the park 11am     Picnic @ the park ********* Gerry Sally/Michael              
  19 **** Carol Lois DonDena ******* Carol JoAnn/JoAnn              
  26 Morning Prayer   ????? Gerry ****** Carol Gerry/Gerry              


Remember picnic in the city park August 12

service at 11am potluck to follow








Prayers for our family and friends in fire danger areas… for those especially who have had to evacuate their homes.


Sally, eye problems

Mark, chronic headache healing

Rick, healing cancer

Bill healing

Linda Healing

Jill strength

David – massive brain tumor.

Bob healing cancer

Terry healing


Winnie-breast cancer

DonDena healing

Chandal and family

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-



August 2018


August 5 – Pentecost 11

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15

Psalm 78:23-29

Ephesians 4:1-16

John 6:24-35

August 12 – Pentecost 12

1 Kings 19:4-8

Psalm 334:1-8

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

John 6:35,41-51

August 19 – Pentecost 13

Proverbs 9:1-6

Psalm 34:9-14

Ephesians 5:15-20

John 6:51-58

August 26 – Pentecost 14

Joshua 24:1-2a,14-18

Psalm 34:15-22

Ephesians 6:10-20

John 6:56-69




St James Vestry Minutes

July 8, 2018


Those present:  DonDena, Chandal, Irene, Sally, George, Cathy, Michael, JoAnn, Maureen, Lois, Gerry, Joan, Bill, Hannah.


George called the meeting to order at 11:25 am.  JoAnn led us in prayer.



Minutes of the June 10 vestry meeting were distributed via e-mail.  There were no comments or corrections.  Minutes were accepted as distributed.



Gerry presented the financial report, which was accepted as presented.


Old Business:

Garden Maintenance – JoAnn pulled weeds recently.  George volunteered to weed-eat the back area, but Maureen suggested that we hire someone to do an over-all cleanup, and then church members can volunteer to take care of routine maintenance.  JoAnn will ask her gardener if he’s interested at $25/hour, or we might get Chandal to do it for the same rate of pay.


Gerry’s Ordination Process – The paperwork is still in the works, and the bishop is working on it.  Stay tuned.


Garage Sale – As decided at our June vestry meeting, we will hold a garage sale to coincide with Bald Eagle Day on July 21, from 9 am till 4 pm.  It will take place in the Sunday School room.  The primary focus will be used books, but congregation members are encouraged to donate other items to the sale, as well.



Gerry will help with setting up and taking down.

Sally has a folding A-frame, which we can place at the corner of SR-4 and Columbia Street, to notify people on their way to or from the Bald Eagle parade.

Lois will place an advertisement in this week’s and next week’s Eagle.

Cathy will create flyers, using an online template.

Sally will take left-over items away.

JoAnn and Maureen will help sort, arrange, and price items next week.

JoAnn will ask the library if they want the extra books.  Or, maybe the Fair Foundation?

George and Sally will staff the sale on July 21.  JoAnn and Gerry will be able to help part time that day.

DonDena will add a notice to Cathlamet Buy-and-Sell.


Front Porch Paint – Gerry has been in touch with the contractor, who will come when he has time.  Sally reminded the group that the handrail along the handicap ramp needs to be checked out.


NOTE:  After the meeting, an informal group DID check the handrail, and George promised to reinforce the portion that concerned Sally.


Protecting God’s People – Sally will conduct a session, scheduled tentatively for October 21, after our regular church service.  Everyone who has a key to the premises must take the course.  After the first session, we will determine how many additional people need it, and then schedule one or more sessions as required.


Picnic – JoAnn has reserved the covered area in the town park for our use on Sunday, August 12.  Sally will lead us in morning prayer, beginning at 11 am, rather than our usual 10 am.  JoAnn will put a notice in the Eagle to invite other churches to join us.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:53 am.


Submitted by,


Hannah Booth