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The Shell Newsletter – October 19, 2017

by Parish Office

From the Rector – Summer 2018 Service Trip! I am thrilled to announce our Summer 2018 service trip!  Mark your calendars for the week of July 22-28, 2018.  We will be joining folks from St. Andrew’s, Glenwood for a week of service in Kentucky at St. Timothy’s Outreach Center, which is a part of Episcopal […]

The Shell Newsletter – October 12, 2017

by Parish Office

From the Rector – Parish Vision Update As we settle into the fall and the hubbub from our amazing Basket Raffle quiets down, I want to share an update about the parish vision work we announced at the Annual Meeting last January. The Vestry spent time on retreat in February delving deeper into core values […]

The Shell Newsletter – September 21, 2017

by Parish Office

From the Rector – Sabbath in the Daily Life One of the most counter-cultural things I think religion has to offer our over-scheduled and over-stressed world is the practice of sabbath.  It is a foundational part of our faith found in the first creation story in Genesis:  after six days of work God rested, and […]

The Church Does Not Need Volunteers

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

Over the summer at our Vestry meetings, we began taking a few minutes each month to reflect on a brief article or resource about congregational life.  One that really struck a chord with all of us was an article written by Erin Wathen about volunteering at church. The point she makes, and you can read […]

Celebrating 10 Years on North Main Street

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

This Sunday, as we kick off another program year, we will also be celebrating that 10 years ago St. James’ made the move into this “new” building on North Main Street.  In honor of this anniversary we are asking everyone to bring 10 items for the Mt. Airy NET Food Pantry.  And to mark a […]

Launching the NEW Shell Newsletter

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

I am excited to share that we are in the final stages of planning for the launch of the NEW digital Shell Newsletter.  We stopped our monthly paper newsletter at the end of last year, and have been relying on our This Week at St. James’ Thursday news emails in the interim as we’ve dreamed […]

Food for the Poor

by Parish Office

This Sunday, August 13,  please welcome The Rev. Robert Deshaies as our visiting clergy while Kristin+ is away.  Rev. Deshaies will share his personal witness about Food For The Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another as the provide direct relief to […]

Welcome Our new Nursery Care Attendant

by Parish Office

I am excited to share that we have found our new Nursery Care Attendant for Sunday mornings!  Please join me in welcoming Katelynn Marshall.  Katelynn comes to us with experience as a professional nanny and glowing recommendations.  Her first day with us was last Sunday and some of you had a chance to say hello […]

Taking a Share in the Councils of the Church

by Parish Office

This slightly odd phrase – to take your share in the councils of the Church – is actually a part of the ordination service for a priest.  It is an admonition to remember that community is not just the parishes we are called to serve with, but the wider body of Christ as well – […]

Prayers and Thanksgivings

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

At the beginning of every Vestry meeting we open with prayer and our norms.  This month we began a new prayer practice, and it’s one I’d like to invite our whole parish family into.  Each month three Vestry members are volunteering to choose one of the prayers from the Prayers & Thanksgivings section at the […]