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Kneemail from Saint James Church

January 23, AD 2018

FROM THE RECTOR:
I’ve been encouraged to begin adding brief coffee hours into our Sunday schedule after the 10am Mass.  Old timers remind me that many moons ago, this was the practice at St James’—it seems to have stopped in the days before the Randy Sams’ Shelter was built, and we had a Sunday lunch for the homeless.  In any case, I would like us to resume a coffee hour for two reasons.  First, because people are always telling me that “we don’t spend enough time together as a parish family,” and secondly, because coffee hours are an important entrance point for newcomers to the congregation, allowing them to mix and mingle with us.   
 
I am fully aware that one of the benefits of being an Episcopalian in Texarkana is an earlier start and efficient use of worship time so that we can be at lunch before the Baptists, but if you can give a few moments after Mass to visit with your fellow parishioners and any newcomers, you will be enriched, and I will be thankful.  I will have more to say about this in the coming weeks.  
 
You can start this coming Sunday, when Fr Richard Daly will be in town house-hunting.  He will be celebrant at the 10am Mass, and there will be a coffee hour afterwards.
 
Yours with every blessing,

Rev. Douglas Anderson, Rector
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT SAINT JAMES':
Low Mass at 5:30pm
Supper at 6:00pm— Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Classes, activities and adult choir at 6:30pm.

Tonight in the Adult Class: Ancient Heresies for Modern Christians


THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
27 January AD 2019
Low Mass at 8am.
Christian Education for all ages at 9 am.
Sung Mass at 10am
Nursery provided from 9am onwards.


IN THE SUNDAY MORNING ADULT CLASS: Lauren Hehmeyer, a St. James’ parishioner and history professor at Texarkana College, is offering a series on Sunday mornings (Jan 27, Feb. 3): “What a Christian Needs to Know: Hinduism and Buddhism.  
 
ITEMS OF PARTICULAR NOTE
 
ELECTION OF PARISH OFFICERS.  The following were elected to Parish Office at the Annual Parish Meeting last Sunday:

Vestry:                             Convention Delegates:
Julie Huntley                      Erika Delk
Shari Keller                       Chuck Firmin
Jack Pappas                      David Warrick
Mark Storey

The Rector appointed Brian Purtle as Senior Warden, and the Vestry elected Jack Pappas as Junior Warden for 2019.  Congratulations to all.


THE SCHEDULE OF MINISTERS through the beginning of March will be available on the website, with printed copies in the porch.


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN AN EVENING CHAPTER OF THE D.O.K.?  If so, please speak to Lova Wile or the Rector.


YOU CAN HELP: CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD.
  I am STILL in need of adult helpers with the Sunday morning LOTW for children in March.  This is a simple way you can support our youngest members.  I will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and set you up for success.—DEA+

 
UPCOMING CALENDAR ITEMS

Thursday, January 24th: SJDS BOARD MEETING
Thursday, January 31st: ATLANTA VERSTY MEETS at 5:30pm
Saturday, February 2nd: ATLANTA MASS at 4pm
Sunday, February 3rd: EYC SUPERBOWL PARTY
Thursday, February 7rth: Pub Theology - See Details below.
Friday, February 8th: CORNERSTONE MASS at 10:30am
Monday, February 18th: ST JAMES’ VESTRY MEETS at 5:30pm.
Wednesday, March 6th: ASH WEDNESDAY, Masses at 12:05pm & 6:00pm
 

Thursday, February 7th, 6:00pm
Pecan Point Brewery & Gastropub
 
The Rev’d Frank Hughes , PhD
Topic: Will you be St Paul’s neighbor? 
 
The Rev’d Dr Frank Hughes is a son of the parish, having entered the Episcopal Church under the Fr Richard Allen in 1971.  Father was ordained in 1981, and has largely served parishes in Louisiana.  He was for a time lecturer in New Testament at Coddington College, Barbados.  
 
21+, please.  Childcare and supper for children will be provided in the St James’ nursery, but you need to notify the parish office to reserve a space: 903.794.9224 or sandrak@stjamestxk.org

 
PARISH NOTICES

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
Marcia Collins, Charlotte Fullerton (20), Jack Hehmeyer, Ella Crouch, Marie Duch (21), Keelynn Bagby (22), Josh Burks, Lela Rampy (24), Tom Coleman, Ana Kulak (26).

CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: 
None Listed

WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD PRAYERS:  
Alan & Bobbie Trimble
 

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

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
 Ellen Crow, 2006; Morris Allen, 2009; Basil Hoag Jr, 2010; Mike Barber, 2008; Dean Hardy, 2013; Mary Catherine Patterson, 2015; Corinne Hunter, 2010.
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
 

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.
 

 
LAY SERVER SCHEDULE

 
THOSE WHO SERVE
This schedule includes recent changes.
January 27th
Epiphany III
Reader 8am Lauren Hehmeyer
C.B. 8am Scott Bruner
C.B. 10:00am Clint Kyles
Chuck Firmin
Acolytes
10:00am
(C) Blake Maynard
(S) Norah Jordan
(S) Emma Burks
(T) Jack Wulff
(T) Keelynn Bagby
Reader 10am Russell Allen
POP 10am Jane Bruner
Sunday School Teachers Monica Bruner
Children’s LOTW Jessica Plant
S.S. Snacks Cathy VanHerpen
 
Ushers 10am
Bill Griffin
John Delk
Steve Douglas
Bill Miller
Altar Guild Team 4
Household Week  Gene Turner
Vestry
Lock Up
Collins Bruner
Julie Huntley
 
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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