The 2021 Annual Meeting will take place this Sunday, January 24th, at the end of the 10:00 AM service (available via Facebook). Attached please find this year's agenda, 2020 Annual Report, last year's Minutes, the 2020 Financial Report, and the 2020 Outreach Gifts.
From our Interim Rector, the Rev. Christie Olsen:
As we continue to process all that occurred yesterday in Washington, DC, I ask you to join me and the St. James staff as we pray for this nation, its leaders and people. And as we move further into the season of Epiphany, may we keep ourselves focused on the light of Christ in our midst and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. Blessings, Christie+
For Social Justice
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In Times of Conflict
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For All in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant to all in authority wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Members of the Stewardship Committee—Jamie Blount, Janet Doyle, Ginny Faust, Elizabeth Henry, Tom Marshall, and Vicki Wright—thank everyone who pledged financial support for the upcoming year. Because of your generosity, the St. James Vestry will be able to plan a year full of ministries dedicated to helping the community and supporting the operations of our beloved church family. For those who have not pledged support and would like to do so, we welcome your pledge now. The commitment card can be downloaded by clicking the button below and this link will remain on the St. James website throughout the year. Pledge card
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