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December 19, AD 2018

WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY EVENING AT SAINT JAMES':
NO REGULAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES TONIGHT!  Wednesdays will resume on January 9th.

St. James Day School Candlelight Service - 6 PM

THURSDAY EVENING:
Hanging of the Greens at 5:30 PM - there are jobs for all ages and abilities!

Adult Choir Rehearsal at 5:30 PM

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT : 
23 December AD 2018
ONE MASS ONLY AT 10:00 AM

Christian Education Classes are in recess until January.

 
CHRIST MASSES AT SAINT JAMES' CHURCH

Monday, December 24th
CHRISTMAS EVE
Family Mass at 4:30pm
Nursery provided at 4:30pm only.
Carols at 9:30pm
Sung Mass at 10:00pm.
 
Tuesday, December 25th
CHRISTMAS DAY
Low Mass at 9:30am (Rite I)
 
ITEMS OF PARTICULAR NOTE

CHRISTMAS MUSIC SPONSORSHIPS.  We are planning to have strings at the 10pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  If you can help underwrite the music please use one of the Discretionary Fund envelopes in the pews, and clearly mark your intentions on the envelope.  You may give the gift of music in honor of someone living, or in memory of someone departed.  Names will be listed in the bulletin. 
 
GIFTS OF WARMTH AND LOVE – December 24, Christmas Eve family service, we will once again bring “gifts of warmth and love” in the form of new socks, gloves or mittens, scarves, and hats for adults and children. All donations will be taken to the Randy Sams’ Shelter.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the pews.  This special collection pays for the decoration of the church at Christmas.
 
FROM THE TREASURER:
  • YEAR END GIVING. The Parish Books will close on December 31st.  We must receive your gift in hand or postmarked no later than December 31st, in order for us to credit it to your 2018 charitable giving.  The IRS allows us to make no exception to this rule.
  • You can now make your end of year gift to the church online using a bank account, credit or debit card at Saint James' Church Giving Portal.
  • OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2019 will be available on the table in the Porch.

PARISH OFFICER NOMINATIONS
Each year, it is the privilege and responsibility of the members of our parish family to elect persons to serve as Members of Vestry and Delegates to Diocesan Convention. 
Members of Vestry, presided over by the Rector, share in the governance of the parish, with particular responsibility for the property and financial resources of the parish, and serve for a three year term. 
Diocesan Convention delegates represent our parish at the annual Diocesan Convention, and serve for a one year term.  The Diocesan Convention is usually held in November of each year.
We welcome and encourage your participation in this important part of our parish life. Nomination forms are available in the Parish Office, or we will be glad to email you one.
  
Expectations for those Nominated for Vestry
To be a Baptized and Confirmed member of this parish, age 18 or older.
To live a life reflecting the Christian faith and to strive to grow spiritually through worship, prayer and educational opportunities.
To regularly attend the public worship of the Church.  That is, absences from worship will be the exception, rather than the rule.
To attend meetings of the Vestry and any commission or board to which assigned.
To work for openness and unity amongst the clergy, Vestry and congregation. 
To contribute generously to the financial support of the parish and to make an annual written pledge of such support.
 
 
UPCOMING CALENDAR ITEMS
  • Wednesday, December 19th, SJDS Advent Candlelight Service II
  • Thursday, December 20th, HANGING OF THE GREENS at 5:30pm
  • Sunday, December 23rd, ONE MASS ONLY at 10am.
  • Monday, December 24th, CHRISTMAS EVE, Family Mass in Texarkana at 4:30pm, Mass in Atlanta at 6:30pm, Carols in Texarkana at 9:30pm, Sung Mass at 10:00pm.
  • Tuesday, December 25th, CHRISTMAS DAY, Low Mass at 9:30am (Rite I)
  • Sunday, December 30th, SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, regular schedule of 8am &10am.  Sunday School in recess.
  • Sunday, January 20th, ANNUAL PARISH MEETING, immediately following the 10am Mass.
PARISH NOTICES

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
Blake Maynard (16), Joseph Asher, Joshua Asher, Ava Jane Keyes (19), Clint Kyles (20), Jack Pappas (21).

CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: 
Michael+ & Diana Woods (19).

WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD PRAYERS:  
Greg & Junella Torrance

 

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

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
Robert Leak, 2009; Clyde Holloway, 2010; Frank Vasser, 2017; Robert Harbison, 2004; Jack Williamson, 2005; Chester Stinnett, 2010; Bette Stevens, 2014.
Did you know that you can now pay your pledge or make a gift to Saint James' Church through our secure online payment system?  

See http://saintjamestxk.org/giving/ for details.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NOTICES

Christian Education Classes are in recess until the new year.

 
LAY SERVER SCHEDULE
 
THOSE WHO SERVE December 23rd
Advent IV
Reader 8am  
C.B. 8am ONE MASS ONLY
at 10am
C.B. 10:00am Cory Floyd
Keith Maynard 
Acolytes
10:00am
Blake Maynard
Worth Matteson
Emma Burks
Norah Jordan
Jack Wulff
Rosie Jordan
Reader 10am Sharon Maynard
POP 10am Michelle Purtle
 
Ushers 10am
t.b.a.
Night Keyes
Bo Malone
Bill Griffin
Altar Guild Team 4
Household Week  Bob & Demita Torrans
Vestry
Lock Up
Philip Jordan
Tracy Jones
 
BY WAY OF REMINDER:  It is our custom to send out reminders to those serving the following Sunday on three occasions: Tuesdays (by email), Wednesdays (via the Knee Mail), then then again on Thursdays (by email, with the Bulletin).  It helps the Office to know of any conflicts sooner rather than later!
PARISH GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES

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 wpmvb@windstream.net .  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!

You can also now make your flower dedication through the Parish Website by visiting the form here.

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

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  lova@cableone.net ), Tammy Cowdery (903-277-2148 cowdery@txkusa.org ), or Gail Crisp (903-838-0942 gjcrisp@cableone.net )
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