From the Rector – Advent in Darkness and Light ~ A Series Exploring the Season

My favorite season of the church year is Advent.  I love that just as the world around us speeds up, the Church in her wisdom created a season that invites us to slow down and pay attention to what’s really important.

This year’s Advent series will use the images of darkness and light to explore the season.  The first session will look at the history and use of the Advent wreath.  The second session will delve into how the scripture passages for the season bid us to wait for the second coming using artwork and images.  The final session will examine the ways in which the season invites us to prepare for the incarnation.  We will close each program with prayer using a Litany of Darkness and Light.

The sessions will meet from 11:45-12:45 in the sanctuary on December 3, 10, and 17.

Please join us for any or all of the series!

Yours in God’s peace,


Thrift Shop

Ho, ho, ho from Saint James Thrift Shop!

The shop is busy, busy this holiday season.

Thrifty Thursday was a great success, thanks to many employees and volunteers.

In October we had 19 volunteers who donated 178 hours and 3 new volunteers jumped on the sleigh. We are always in need of volunteers, so come to the shop and see what it is all about. The more the merrier.

Believe it or not, only 31 days until Christmas. The Thrift Shop is stocked with plenty of holiday decorations; from ornaments to Christmas trees to kitchen items and even ugly Christmas sweaters for that special party. J Need Christmas gifts:  We also have a lot of new and gently used ones for everyone. So stay on budget and come shop at St. James’ Thrift Shop!

We are so looking forward to this special time of year.

Saint James Thrift shop would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I know myself I have a lot to be thankful for and this shop is one of them!

“Thrift with a purpose”

Santa Sandy  and the Thrift Shop Elves: Becki, Andrew, Sergio, and Heather



Calling all Acolytes!

The acolytes are in great need of altered or new robes.  We are currently gathering heights of each acolyte to make sure we have appropriate fitting robes for them.  If you have not sent me your height, please make sure to send it ASAP.  Also, please look at your calendars for the upcoming holiday services.  I will send out an email for dates you are able to cover for holiday services.

Any youth who are interested in learning to acolyte, please let us know!  We would love for you to join us!

Calling for Alteration Assistance!

Also, if there is anyone in the congregation who is adept at altering and has a sewing machine, please let me know if you are open to assisting with the alterations of the acolyte robes.  Any assistance will be most appreciated!



Breakfast with St. Nick at St Andrew’s Church, Glenwood
Saturday, December 2 from 9 to 11:30 am at 2892 State Route 97, just south of Glenwood middle School.  Free crafts and fun for the kids!  $1.00 Christmas Shop for kids to buy and wrap gifts.  $8 for those 10 and older.  $6 for children under 10.  Bring your camera to capture your visit with St. Nick.  To reserve a table, email Hannah at hgrahamstandrews  Tickets are available at the door.


Prayer Rotation
Please join the Daughters of the King in praying for each parishioner in rotation during 2017 by taking this notice home and by posting it where it will remind you to pray on a daily basis for the needs and blessings of:

Bill and Lynda Ellis
Bob and Carolyn Etzler
Jonathan and Joan Fader

A member of the Daughters of the King will be contacting  you this week for special prayer requests.