St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Newsletter- December, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
December 2 brings in the season of Advent, our waiting time and preparation time for the Nativity of Jesus, commonly known as Christmas. I often think of it as a time when we prepare for and expect the coming of Christ in our lives. How does Christ appear to you during what the secular world thinks of as a season of shopping? I am writing this on Black Friday, which may explain my point of view on this particular day! But the size of the Thanksgiving newspaper ads and the barrage of TV commercials and social media activity contrast sharply when we realize that this season is about a homeless child born in poverty in a family of migrants fleeing persecution and death in their own country.
That story continues and we see it in the news nightly. It is the old, old story that Jesus preached about and devoted his life to. Poverty, disease, hunger still exist in our world as they did in his time. There are still people who are homeless and hopeless, outcasts and victims of violence and injustice. And we wonder, during this season of Advent and Christmas, what our place is in all of this.
I believe that our place is to open our eyes and see what is going on, and take what steps we can to alleviate the suffering that is there. Whether that is by contributing to charities that care of those less fortunate than ourselves, or by speaking out against these social evils, or taking time to work in clothing or food banks, all of these are a response to God’s call for justice and kindness and charity towards all. And always to be on the lookout for where Christ will appear to us, suddenly, unexpectedly, sometimes in “his most distressing disguise” to quote Mother Teresa.
Focusing on Advent as a time for preparation and waiting for Christ is a way to re-align our lives with God’s purpose for us. A most blessed Advent to you all,
Irene+A reminder that we have medical equipment such as walkers, canes and other items that may be borrowed for anyone’s use. They are housed in the closet in the church lobby, and can be a real boon in case of an accident or surgery.
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- email@example.com. We will be passing the budget at our annual meeting in February.
You are invited-
Bible Study- We will have an Advent Bible Study starting November 25 at 11:30 and every Sunday with the last group meeting on December 16. 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..
Christmas Eve Services- Dec 24 at 5pm
Festival of Carols and Lights
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
Kerrie M, cancer treatment
Addy, eye surgery
Christie, sinus surgery
Sally, eye problems
Lois healing broken arm
Rick, healing cancer
David – massive brain tumor.
Bob healing cancer
Chandal medical issues
Gerry, JoAnn, Christie and others healing from chemical allergies
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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2– Advent 1
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
December 9 – Advent 2
Canticle Luke 1:68-79
December 16 – Advent 3
Canticle Isaiah 12:2-6
December 23 – Advent 4
Canticle Luke 1:46-55
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 30 – Christmas 1
Isaiah 61:10- 62:3
St James Vestry Minutes
November 11, 2018
Attendance: Irene, Gerry, Hannah, Sally, Jacquey, Carol, George, Cathy, Michael, JoAnn, Lois, DonDena, Maureen
Hannah called meeting to order
Irene led prayer
Minutes accepted as presented
Financials accepted as presented
memorial garden needs weeding again will contract again in spring
Bazaar moving along Friday evening set up at 4pm, Sat door open 7am for vendors, baked goods proceeds go to Church by donation. ? music…. Need cash boxes
New Business- proposed 2019 budget see below… we will vote on it at annual meeting in February.
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