St. James Episcopal Church
1134 Columbia St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Newsletter- March 2018
Dear church family,
Irene and Kent are doing as well as can be expected, their house restoration is coming along… so this month I have written a few thoughts on Lent…
All I can say is WOW, 2018 has already been full of happenings, some good and some not so good… house fires, loss of a parishioner, surgeries, snow, hail, freezing rain, high winds…. I am not going to say what next?? But really….
We are in the church season of Lent, a time for personal reflection. What is Lent-
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
I didn’t have an early experience of lent, my parents never attended church. The churches Christie and I attended didn’t celebrate Lent. So my first real experience came from my mother-in law, who was a great woman. She always participated in Lent, giving up beer every day of Lent, except St. Patrick’s Day. That was a great sacrifice since she was a quite beer drinker. So I thought that to participate in Lent you had to sacrifice some edible, drinkable item from your diet… I never did that. I like the Episcopal practice that you can give something up, but you can also or instead of, take something on. Read an appropriate book, study some subject that would help you to understand Jesus’s sacrifice, maybe just some quiet time each day to reflect. Church each week helps us to “be in the Lent moment” with Lenten music, altar decorations, no flowers just bare branches…
We are a ‘resurrection’ people, Lent encourages us to reflect while keeping Easter in mind. The Holy week services we offer also help us to ‘experience introspection’, taking stock of our spiritual journey. If you haven’t attended some of these services in the past, I encourage you to try one or more. The Maundy Thursday service represents Jesus washing the feet of his followers… we do the same in remembrance…. On Good Friday, we follow Jesus trip to crucifiction with stations of the cross – we have two very different services – one at noon in the memorial garden and then one in the evening, at 7:00pm in the church.
Please take a quiet moment reflect on Jesus’s journey and join your church family in celebration of His life.
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.
Sally has completed the instructor requirements for “Safeguarding God’s People”. We will schedule a time for the course, look for date and time.
Month/Yr March 2018
Date Altar Flowers Reader Host Sunday Music Celebrant/ Preach
Guild/Serve Family School
March 29, Maundy Thursday service- 7:00pm
Good Friday Services- March 30 at Noon in the memorial Garden and Evening Service at 7:00pm
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR PRAYERS
Sally, eye problems
Mark, chronic headache healing
Rick, healing cancer
Jill and Carmoreau healing and strength
David – massive brain tumor.
Bob healing cancer
Chandal a new home
Russ healing surgery
Gerry, JoAnn, Christie and others healing from chemical allergies
Addy diagnosis- Burn-McKeown Syndrome- this is a good outcome.
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.
March 4- Lent 3
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
March 11 –Lent 4
March 18 – Lent 5
March 25 – Palm Sunday
Minutes of the
St James Annual Meeting
February 11, 2018
Those present: Michael, Cathy, Russ, Sally, Jacquey, Lois, JoAnn, DonDena, Hannah, Gerry.
Gerry called the meeting to order at 11:15 am and led us in prayer.
Minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting were not available for review.
Financial Report and Budget:
Gerry presented the financial report for the year ending December 31, 2017. The report shows an excess of income over expenses of $658.33. Michael raised a question about the interest income, which was budgeted at ten dollars but amounted to only 29 cents for the entire year. Gerry explained that the difference was due to the very low interest rate available last year. In that case, why does the budget for the COMING year also show ten dollars? Answer: Overall, ten dollars is a minor part of our income, and is therefore immaterial. Motion to accept the financial report and budget as presented. M/S JoAnn/Hannah. 9 yes, 1 no. Motion passed.
Gerry passed around our parochial report to the diocese. This is the report that summarizes St James activities and finances for the prior year. Motion to accept the parochial report as submitted. M/S Michael/DonDena. All approved. Motion passed.
Gerry reported that the Audit Committee reviewed the financials for 2017 and approved them. No motion is needed.
Memorial Garden Stakes – Many of the wooden stakes, with tags to identify plants and whom they honor, are rotten. Last fall Russ and Sally volunteered to find replacements but discovered that they can’t duplicate the original ones. They have found a company which makes stainless steel rods with plastic tags on which we can copy the donor information, but Gerry prefers to use the original labels because, in most cases, they were purchased by the families that donated them.
Russ responded that he could simply replace the stakes and keep the labels, or he could continue researching replacement stakes. Alternatively, Jacquey suggested asking the Wahkiakum High School shop teacher, Kyle Hurley, if his students might make replacements. Students are required to perform a minimum amount of community service to graduate. This could be a good project for several of them.
1. Election of officers – The following members of the congregation were elected to serve as vestry officers for the coming year:
Senior Warden: Hannah Booth
Junior Warden: Michael Nunes
Treasurer: Lois Nelson
Clerk: DonDena Andree
2. Election of Convention Delegates – Michael Nunes and Sally Barnes were elected to be delegates to the convention. Alternates: Cathy Patterson and Russ Barnes
3. Signatory for the safe deposit box – change signator to Irene Martin . MSP Sally and JoAnn. Irene will remove all remaining documents, close the box, and place the documents in a fireproof lockbox.
4. 60th anniversary of St James Church (of the building, itself, not the congregation) – We agreed that this milestone calls for a celebration. A good time might be in conjunction with the appearance of the Castle Rock Men’s Ensemble, which is tentatively planned for March. Even better if we can postpone that date until April, after Easter. Sally will find out about the timing. We will make more definite plans at our next vestry meeting.
1. On Ash Wednesday, Irene will preside over a short service at 7pm.
2. On Good Friday, Gerry will present Stations of the Cross at noon, and JoAnn will preside over a service in the church at 7pm.
3. Fundraisers – the following fundraisers have been proposed for the coming year:
Castle Rock Men’s Ensemble (as mentioned above)
Donations of services. Church members who are proficient at something (sewing, woodworking, cooking, whatever) might volunteer to do or make something for another member of the congregation or a member of the community at large. The person receiving the service would then make a payment to the church, rather than to the individual. The first step in this effort would be creation of a database of talents, interests, hobbies, past employment, and so forth.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:55.
Submitted by Hannah Booth