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St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Newsletter, March, 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
I write to you today regarding the weather, and how changeable it has been lately. Personally, I
love the snow. I can’t wait for it to snow each year, and a winter in Skamokawa without snow
(which occasionally happens) is disappointing for me. Except this year, when I had to drive in
snow in order to get to medical appointments and other necessities. Suddenly I was hoping for
rain, or warmer temperatures, or even just a snowplough, in order to get where I was going. I
suspect if we were to poll the folks at St. James, each of us would have a nuanced view of
snow. And of rain, and mud and seasons and a whole variety of topics, including faith or
religious belief.
While each of us has beliefs that are precious to us, and that sustain us, most of us have
probably come to them from a lifetime of experience, and have rejected some ways of
believing, and accepted others. Our religious practices may vary also, and may have changed
over time. We are traveling through time, and with new experiences, new friends, new
information, we may change our outlook, or hold a nuanced view that is hard to describe.
I think of us as being on a pilgrimage, a journey through time, led by the unseen God, who is
both at the core of our being and also present in everything around us. I think of Jesus as the
guide through the various wildernesses we experience, and I experience the Holy Spirit when
love appears in that journey.
Years ago I wrote a poem about trying to walk this journey:
I have no wisdom to impart
I told you once; my brain is dead.
Wisdom is transferred heart to heart.
We were talking religion and how to start.
Are belief and faith found in the head?
I have no wisdom to impart.
You put the horse behind the cart.
You’ll find faith in the books you’ve read?
Wisdom is transferred heart to heart.
The alternative is an instant start,
A flash conversion; a sentence said.
I have no wisdom to impart.
For me it is a pilgrim’s part
To follow the path where one is led.
Wisdom is transferred heart to heart
From Glory that I in whole or part
Experience in wine and bread.
I have no wisdom to impart,
Wisdom is transferred heart to heart.
In God’s love,
You are invitedBible 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
Sunday school 10 am … see you there..
Stewardship Calendar
Month/Yr March 2019
Date AltarG//Serve Flowers Reader Host family Sunday
School Music Celebrant/Preach
3 Joan//Joan Michael Hannah Christie Carol JoAnn
10 AMPrayer Cathy
Potluck Christie
Carol Gerry/Michael
17 Jacquey//?? Lois
Maureen Christie
DonDena Fr. Richard
24 AMPrayer ???????
DonDena Christie
DonDena Michael/Gerry
31 ??/?? ???????
JoAnn Christie
DonDena JoAnn
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.
Kent healing
Addy, eye surgery
Rick, healing cancer
John for peace
Mark T Healing
Shirley Cancer
Rachael strength
Phyliss B & husband peace
Kerrie healing from cancer
DonDena and Chace support
Chandal, Eric and children- the help for a stable family life
Marsha, encouragement peace
Ron S. healing cancer
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-
March 2019
March 3– Last Sunday of Epiphany
Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36
March 10 – Lent 1
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2,6-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:2-23
March 17 – Lent 2
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
Psalm 27
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35
March 24 – Lent 3
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 63:1-8
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9
March 31 – Lent 4
Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
St James Vestry Minutes
Annual Meeting
February 17, 2019
Attendance: Gerry Hannah Carol Irene Jacquie Joan Maureen Cathy, Michael, JoAnn, DonDena,
Lois, Kent, Christie
Hannah called meeting to order
JoAnn led prayer
Minutes accepted as presented.
Financials accepted as presented
Old BusinessFamily Center Report- Hannah- there is a need for more board members from the church, Lois and
DonDena volunteered to serve.
Handrail fix, Russ will do when the weather is better, thank you Russ
Exit lights, Gerry will have it put on Maint. Man list
New BusinessGerry presented the 2018 final financial report, after review and discussion MSP to accept report.
We ended in the black with a surplus, since we had to deplete our DIF emergency fund Gerry
proposed we transfer $ to the DIF. After discussion the vestry voted to transfer 2200.00 to the DIF
Emergency fund. MSP.
Gerry presented the draft 2019 budget from the budget committee, MSP
Parochial report- Irene explained how we report the congregation statistical report and reminded
those who serve to be sure to sign the register in the sacristy after services. Gerry went over the
parochial report financials, MSP to accept parochial report
Audit report- MSP
Elections- slate
Sr. Warden- Hannah
Jr. Warden- Michael
Clerk of the Vestry- DonDena
Treasurer- Lois
Delegates- Sally and Gerry
Alternate delegates- Russ and Maureen
MSP to accept slate of offices
Adjourned 12:10
DonDena Clerk of the Vestry
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