Parish Narrative

This Parish Narrative presents a story of who St James is and the ministries we accomplish. In presenting a picture of the income and expenses, the percentages you see are based on the operating and the total budget. We hope you take the opportunity to understand, question, and discuss what we do with the resources you have entrusted to St James. Through our nine ministry areas we serve the community and world, grow in faith and understanding, worship together, provide hospitality and pastoral care. Each of you is important and we thank you for your participation and contribution to the work of our parish.

Beginning with August 2019, sermons at St. James are being posted online.  Interested readers should click here.


By Brad Gee, Director of Music/Organist

It is hard to believe that 2019-2020 is the 20th anniversary of the installation of the Harrison & Harrison organ. The instrument is a wonderful example of what is possible when a beautiful organ is installed in a great space. The organ is a constant reminder of the importance of supporting God’s people in hymns and songs of praise!

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