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On Sunday, 9/11/2022, the pre-service bell ringing was done in grateful appreciation for the life of Queen Elizabeth II and with prayers in support of King Charles III at the start of his reign.
The following call changes on 8 bells were rung: Queens, Kings, Titums, and Whittington. St. James ringers included Joy Franklin, Dorothy Fantle, Martha Aldinger, Bev Ward, Don Johnes, Chris Coleman, Jim Loy, William Brackett, Bob Brackett, and Robert Aldinger.


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Sunday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the St. James Parking Lots
Calling all Goblins and Ghouls, Princesses and Superheros! We are hosting a Trunk or Treat and parishioners are invited to gather some goodies, decorate the trunks of their cars, and pass out candy to those trick-or-treating from car-to-car. 

 

All are welcome to join us for lots of FUN and CANDY! 

New Change Ringers 8.31.22

The St. James Guild of Change Ringers wishes to welcome its newest members, father and son ringers Bob and William Brackett. Bob and William were "officially" incorporated into the Guild this past Sunday when they participated in ringing before the 10:00 service. They are pictured here along with several old (sorry, "veteran") ringers.

Other new ringers are in the pipeline, including Laurie Parkerson, but there is a strong need for more learners. Watch for the Change Ringers table at the upcoming Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 18 and consider learning how to ring our wonderful tower bells.


More than Enough 2St. James' Yearlong Relief and Recovery Work in Flood-Ravaged Crus

 About a year ago, torrential rains and severe flooding in mid-August devastated the small community of Cruso, N.C., destroying homes and upending lives. 

It was hard to believe recovery could be possible. There just didn’t seem to be enough resources to go around.

Despite the odds and the near insurmountable need, members of St. James and our Outreach Commission immediately found ways to connect, act, and help our neighbors in Cruso.

Soon an entirely lay-initiated and lay-led partnership developed between St. James and churches in Cruso organizing relief efforts. St. James sent much-needed relief funds and collected goods in the immediate aftermath of the flood. In addition, St. James members, including some of our youth, sorted donated items, packed lunches, and gathered on Fridays in Cruso to help with the community fish fry. 294409010 10226014234638062 9082951887942176873 n

Perhaps the most deeply involved ministry from St. James in the ongoing disaster relief in 2022 has been our Wednesday Work Crew. Most Thursdays, over the past year, they have traveled to Cruso to offer assistance—hanging new sheet rock, building new deck railings, installing floors, doors, and trim, and numerous other repair jobs. 

Faithfully and without fanfare, time and again, they traveled, served, and built relationships, making a difference at a time when many in our region had completely forgotten the need and scope of the flooding.

By far, the crew says their favorite part has been getting to know the people in Cruso.“One day, the homeowner came by around lunch time with some great stories of the days gone by in the area,” said parishioner Kim Taylor. “We tend to enjoy those minutes we get to share with the very grateful victims of this storm.”

Similarly, Bob Chiles has enjoyed working side-by-side with Baptists on Mission. “We share tools and swap stories and jokes about our different denominations, but we are all there for the same reason,” he added.

Now that many of the repairs have been completed, going forward, the crew will be helping to build new houses, similar to Habitat for Humanity, for those whose homes were completely destroyed. 

It can be easy, in the face of terrible natural disasters or seemingly insurmountable problems, to feel defeated. But this is just one of many stories at St. James from this year that demonstrates, with God’s love in our hearts, we truly have more than enough to make a difference in the world. St. James is blessed with an abundance of gifts—time, talent, and treasure—that all work together to proclaim the good news of God in Christ in a broken and hurting world. 

What started as a call heard by St. James members to help those in needed, blossomed across our parish and its ministries, to become a yearlong partnership of love and generosity. If you’d like to help, please contact Tom Cramer, who has been coordinating the work in Cruso.

St. James's Annual Parish Picnic and Ministry Fair will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18. Find out all about the many ministries and opportunities to serve at St. James and enjoy the food and fellowship at our picnic. Sign up for a new group or ministry, meet new parishioners and serve God together. While you're browsing, have lunch at our Annual Parish Picnic, after the 10 a.m. Eucharist in the Bell Tower Courtyard and St. James ground. The Hospitality Guild will be cooking outside with hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and a special dessert. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun!

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