Make Your Donation Now for Candlemas 2021

The Outreach Commission is sponsoring a Live Virtual Performance by Americana/Bluegrass Singer-Songwriter AARON BURDETT Saturday, January 30th at 6:30 PM.

This 31st annual Candlemas Concert will again benefit Hunger in Henderson County by supporting IAM, The Storehouse, and The Hendersonville Rescue Mission. Due to COVID19, the need is not only as great, but even greater this year. You have surely seen on TV the long lines of cars waiting for food at various food pantries throughout the United States. Henderson County is no different. We simply cannot let our supporting agencies down this year.

We are designating this concert as a memorial/thanksgiving for the life of Frank Byrd, one of the original Candlemas founders. Frank worked tirelessly for this effort and nothing would please him more than to see the 2021 Candlemas fundraiser a success.

We believe we can make an even greater contribution this year due to the fact that the cost of the fundraiser has been underwritten anonymously. Due to this generous gift, 100% of the proceeds will go to support the three agencies since there will be no cost for the musicians, nor for a reception.

Click here to register and make your donation.  Candlemas


A letter from the Rev. Dr. Carol Jablonski to the people of St. James

Nov. 18th, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,
     So many of you have said to me, these past few months, “This is sure not the interim you thought you were signing up for.” No one could have imagined in August 2019, when I started as your interim, that we would only be in church together for seven months before we would be limited to livestream worship. No one could have imagined early this fall when we started to regather that we would return to livestream worship so soon. I am sorry that we haven’t gotten to know one another better!
     When the vestry decided to put the search for a new rector on “pause” earlier this year, the question, “How long will Carol be able to stay?” came up. Canon Augusta told the wardens not to worry—St. James could call a second interim if needed, and now that time has come.
     I will be concluding my work with you at year’s end. I wish I could have stayed longer, but the uncertainties of the pandemic, and the length of time it may yet take for St. James to prepare to welcome a new rector, make it necessary for this “first chapter” of your transition to come to an end and a new “chapter” to begin. You aren’t “starting over,” but turning the page to a new chapter.
     This new chapter will build upon the work we shared. You can look forward to a time none of us has yet imagined, but all of us can hope for—a time of blessing and grace—a time for the church to re-member, re-gather, and re-build. For me, it will also be a new chapter, as I retire from active ministry and take time to listen to some of the nudges God has already put in my heart.
     Thank you for your support and the kindness so many of you have shown me during our time together. I am especially appreciative of the countless hours your wardens and ministry leaders have spent working with me to assess and improve the way things work at St. James. My hope is that the work we did together, and the work you will be doing in the coming months, will help St. James discover and celebrate what God is doing in this place, and where God may be calling you in the future.
     My last service at St. James will be December 25. I thank God for the time I had with you, and for the many graces we have shared. You can be sure that I will keep all of you and St. James in my prayers!
     God’s peace,


Response to Rev. Carol from Vicki Wright, Sr. Warden

The St. James Vestry thanks Carol for all she has done as our interim rector during the last 15 months. Under her leadership, we identified and addressed several processes that needed to be changed and some that needed to be eliminated. She has encouraged us to think “outside the box” and approach our mutual ministry from a fresh perspective. She has empowered and supported the ministry leaders of the church. We wish her much happiness and fulfilment in her retirement.

St. James will be beginning a new phase of our interim process. For this next month, we will be saying goodbye to Carol and helping her complete the tasks that she has begun. The Discernment Committee will continue their work with their current timetable. The Vestry and staff will begin to assess the workload for the next 6-8 months to determine the duties and skills we need for our next interim rector. The Bishop and Canon Augusta will be working alongside us in all this. We ask the St. James community to support the staff and leadership with your prayers and talents.

Our Interim Rector has asked that the bishop's address to the 2020 WNC Convention be made available to St. James parishioners.  Click on the button to access that message.  Bishop's message

Judi Frame has sent the following announcement about the annual IAM coat drive:

"Our neighbors need our help!  IAM (Interfaith Assistance Ministry) has been serving record numbers of people this year due to Covid-19.  In preparation for the winter months, they are requesting gently used or new warm coats and jackets, for children/youth sizes 8-18 and adults of all sizes.  The two dates for drive-by drop offs at St. James are Sunday, November 29th, 11:00 AM-Noon (during the drive-through Eucharist; look for the Hospitality Table) and Monday, November 30th, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (in front of the church).  If these dates and times aren’t convenient for you, donations can be taken directly to IAM; please let them know it’s from St. James.  Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!"

November 12, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,
     The governor’s announcement restricting indoor gatherings to 10 people (down from 25) from November 13 to December 4 has caused us to reassess the advisability of continuing our in-person worship here at St. James until things start to look better. Because the governor’s order is only in effect from November 13 to December 4, our bishop is leaving it up to us to determine whether we feel we can safely continue our current practice of allowing up to 25 at worship and other indoor gatherings. The bishop will announce new restrictions in the coming weeks if the numbers start going the wrong way.