Father Douglas Anderson's weekly KneeMail to parishioners and friends of Saint James Church, Texarkana
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Kneemail from Saint James Church

October 3, AD 2018


Dear Parishioners and Friends of St James’,
Just to bring you up to date on a few things:
You have—or will soon receive—your third quarter statement of financial giving.  With it is a letter from the Treasurer.  Please read, learn, mark and inwardly digest the contents of his letter!
I am in active exploration of bringing an additional priest on staff in the coming year. I think we are all agreed that St James’ is a two priest parish. (If you are not, you are welcome to follow me around for a day!)  The responsibilities of the clergy not only include the church, but also work at the day school, the Randy Sams’ Shelter and All Saints’, Atlanta. 
Since Fr David’s departure, there has been no diminution of activity at any of these entities.  Everything continues in the same way as if there were two priests here.  I thank those who have stepped up to keep our mission and ministry going, and going strong.  And to be clear, I am in no way complaining—I will continue to be a happy warrior and give my best to God and you.  But in the long term, this pace is not sustainable for one priest.
The process of calling a second priest involves the Rector, the Vestry, the Bishop, and the priest in question.  One of the things the Diocese will be looking at is the financial sustainability of creating such a position.  Thus, this year, in light of our need of a second priest, both the number of signed pledged cards received and the aggregate amount of giving on those cards will be very important.  Please be thinking and praying about this over the coming days.
Apropos of this, on Sunday, October 13th, The Rev’d Michael Gilton, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Dallas, will be visiting St James’. (The “Ordinary” is the Diocesan Bishop, meaning that Fr Gilton is the Bishop’s Canon, or right-hand man, akin to the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese.)  He is here to get the lay of the land, and he and I will be talking about our needs in Texarkana.  He will preach at both Masses on that Sunday; I will be celebrant.  It would be nice if he encountered a full church on that day, underlining the fact that St James’ is in need of two priests!  Something else to be thinking of ...
Finally, you will note on the (very full) calendar below, that we have scheduled a Ladies’ Wine & Cheese for the evening of Tuesday, October 9th.  Please bring your beverage of choice, as well as something to nibble on. I hope you can join us.
Yours with every blessing,

Rev. Douglas Anderson, Rector

Low Mass at 5:30pm (Feast of St Francis)
Supper at 6:00pm— Chicken Spaghetti
Classes, activities and adult choir at 6:30pm.


Lay Eucharistic Visitor Orientation at 5 pm. 

OCTOBER 7, AD 2018

Low Mass at 8am.
Christian Education for all ages at 9 am.
Sung Mass at 10am
Nursery provided from 9am onwards.

Blessing of the Pets at SJDS Rec. Center at 3:00pm.   
Please bring a donation for dog or cat food for the animal shelter.
  • Tuesday, October 9th:LADIES’ WINE AND CHEESE in the Great Hall at 6:30pm.
  • Friday, October 12th: CORNERSTONE MASS at 10:30am
  • Sunday, October 14th: GUEST PREACHER Canon Michael Gilton, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Dallas.  The Rector is celebrant at Mass.
  • Thursday, October 18th: ATLANTA VESTRY MEETS
  • Saturday, October 20th: ATLANTA MASS at 5:00pm
  • Sunday, October 21st: EYC SERVICE PROJECT, 4:30pm (note change of date).
  • Thursday, October 25th: SJDS BOARD MEETS at 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 31:NO MASS, MEAL or CLASS
  • Saturday, November 3rd: SJDS 70th ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI HOMECOMING & GALA.  Details and registration information is here:  

    That weekend also happens to be the Feast of All Saints’, and we will have our customary Mexican lunch in the Great Hall after Mass.The preacher at the 10am Mass will be Fr David Madison, Executive Director of the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools.
  • Sunday, November 4th, The Feast of All SaintsGUEST PREACHER Fr David Madison, Executive Director of the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools at the 10am Mass (part of SJDS 70th Anniversary Celebrations).  Mexican lunch to follow in the Great Hall.
  • Saturday, November 10th: ATLANTA MASS at 4pm.
  • Wednesday, November 7th: SJDS Veterans Day Observance at 8:30am.
  • Sunday, November 11th, Remembrance Sunday and commemoration of all faithful departed.
  • Wednesday, December 12th: LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT before Christmas recess.
  • Tuesday, December 18th, SJDS Advent Candlelight Service I
  • Wednesday, December 19th, SJDS Advent Candlelight Service II

You can also view the Parish Calendar online at

Lee Davis, Jennifer Jordan, Zoe Montano (30), Sarah Storey, Casper Thompson (1), Chesley Walker, Trent Chambers (3).

Greg & Junella Torrance (30), Tom & Ann Coleman (6).

Mary Nell Short

Rest Eternal grant unto them, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
Sue Hawkins, 2016; Mary Delk, 2015.
Pentecost XX

Reader 8am

Chayta Mills
C.B. 8am Al Williams
C.B. 10:00am Nick Williamson
Billy DeLoach
Blake Maynard
Camden Robertson
Elle Floyd
Ian Robertson
Ian Delk
Reader 10am Pam McCoy
POP 10am David Rodgers
Children’s LOTW Carter Adams
S.S. Snacks Cathy VanHerpen
Ushers 10am
David Rodgers
David Warrick
Dave Williamson
Ben Wulff
Altar Guild Team 1
Household Week Candy Stevens Smith
Lock Up
Brian Purtle
Sharon Maynard
In the Wednesday night adult class:  LESSER KNOWN BOOKS OF THE BIBLE—This week: John 3
6:30 pm in the Parish Hall (following Wed. night Mass and supper). 

In the Sunday morning adult class:   THE SUPPER OF THE LAMB—Reading the Book of Revelation through the Church Fathers.
Strange beasts that rise out of the sea, clouds of incense, horsemen, plagues, a killer lamb (!)—how are we to make sense of the Apocalypse, the final book of Scripture?  This course will read the Book of Revelation through the eyes of the Church Fathers, exploring the rich tapestry and prophecy, history and allusion found in the book and explore the profound link between the Mass and the eternal reality of heaven.

EACH SUNDAY CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD. Children ages 4 through grade 3 are invited to attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the first portion of the 10:00 service. The children process to the chapel for a service conducted by a lay adult. The Liturgy of the Word is a “child friendly” service with prayers, singing and a reading of the gospel followed by a short homily. The children rejoin their parents at the Peace.

THE FLOWER DONOR CHART is in the Narthex (porch) to sign-up to give flowers in memory or in thanksgiving of a loved one, or you may call or e-mail Martha Bean at 903-547-6911 – e-mail .  The cost is still just $35 per donor, per Sunday.  What a great way to honor or remember those who are important in our lives!

THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String.” Come join us.  For more information, contact Lova at

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING is an Order for Episcopal women founded in 1885.  We are a prayer and service group who meets once a month.  We regularly take part in worship, study, and aid our Clergy as asked.  If you are interested in more about us, please call or e-mail Lova Wile (903-832-2533 ), Tammy Cowdery (903-277-2148 ), or Gail Crisp (903-838-0942 )
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