St. James will participate in a nationwide bell-ringing ceremony as part of a Day of Healing sponsored by the National Park Service. Our church is one of hundreds of locations that will sound its bells for four minutes on Sunday afternoon, August 25th. The ceremony marks the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America. They disembarked at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of Fort Monroe National Monument, NPS.

In 2018, Saint James implemented a preventative maintenance program. Kim Kramer began this endeavor from scratch and we now have a functioning system in place. Map Con software was selected which gives us the ability to archive repairs, replacement dates of components, serial numbers, vendor identification, costs, and much more. Kim has separated the church into specific sections for clarity and simplicity. Regular inspections and maintenance are now scheduled for the entire building and property. Rather than reacting to a problem after the fact, Map Con affords us the ability to identify and often minimize adverse issues in their infancy, thus saving money and prolonging the service life of a specific component.

We are now seeking a successor for Kim, who plans to retire once a qualified replacement is found. Kim will stay on and train this person and at the appropriate time will step down but remain available as a consultant. This job is computer-based and will not involve labor. Our Sexton, Wednesday Work Crew and professionals such as HVAC, electricians and plumbers will perform the work. Construction knowledge is not necessary, just average computer skills. Kim has done all of the “hard work” and it’s a matter keeping the system up to date and maintained.

This preventative maintenance program is vital to the preservation, welfare, security, and safety of Saint James and will positively impact our future. Interested parties should contact Kim with questions at (269) 760-3024.

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Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, August 6, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I urge you to read the following statement from me and the other members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

Sincerely, The Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin VII Bishop of Western North Carolina

Beth de Bona has assumed the role of ministry leader for Public Relations and she urges parishioners to send her news items to be disseminated. Information about events, milestones, and stories illustrating the spirit and ministries of St. James are all welcome. Beth's email address can be found under About Us/Publications/Public Relations.