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Kneemail from Saint James Church

April 5, AD 2018

FROM THE RECTOR:
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St James’,
 
My sincere thanks to all who made our celebration of the Triduum and Easter Day such a wonderful experience.   Many, too many to list, gave of their time and energy to the Queen of Feasts.  If you were away from Texarkana at Easter, no worries!  We keep the feast for the entire forty days of Eastertide—lots of chances to sing the great Easter hymns.
 
While we are on the topic of the Triduum and Easter, some great photos are available on our newly redesigned website, which you may view at www.saintjamestxk.org.  While it still a work in progress, one of the features of the new site is the ability make online pledge payments, as some of you have asked.  Please take a moment a check it out!
 
Yours with every blessing,

Rev. Douglas Anderson, Rector
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK


THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Thomas Sunday

 
Low Mass at 8am.
Christian Education for all ages at 9 am.
Sung Mass at 10am
Nursery provided from 9am onwards.
In the Sunday adult class: Explore! Anglican Essentials.  Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an Anglican Christian?  This is our annual inquirer’s class for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, and refresher for everyone else!  In the Great Hall at 9am.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ITEMS OF PARTICULAR NOTE

SCHEDULE OF MINISTERS WILL BE PUBLISHED early next week.  As always, I will be thankful if you let me know in advance if you will be away on a given Sunday.
 
NEW ACOLYTE TRAINING.  I am very much looking forward to those children who received their First Holy Communion to join our cadre of altar servers.  This training will take place on Sunday, April 29th after the 10am Mass.
 
A casual evening for the women of St James’: LADIES’ WINE AND CHEESE in the Great Hall on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30pm. Please bring something to share, and feel free to invite a guest to introduce them to St James’ in a stress-free, friendly way.  Questions: Summer Floyd.
 
CAMP ALL SAINTS’, the Diocese of Dallas summer camp is an affordable, Christian summer opportunity for children of all ages.  More information can be found here: http://www.campallsaints.com/summercampschedule/parent-information-letter.html
Scholarships may be available.  Please speak to the Rector.

A WORD ABOUT PANHANDLERS.  Being a downtown church, from time to time, panhandlers may approach you after Mass, looking for money.  In such a case, it is best that you refer them to the clergy.  We have the ability to respond to their needs in an appropriate way, and oftentimes can identify those whom we have already helped.  St James’ gives generously to those in need in our community, but it is best that we do this in a systematic way.
 
 
PARISH NOTICES

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
Christy Worsham (1), David James (2), Sue Hagen, Shane Malone (5), Chris Williams (7).


CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: 
 Glenn & Alice Crowder (2).
 

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

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
Betty Lloyd, 2000; Jerry Loveall, 2002; James Gallman, 2001; Stacy Jordan, 2002; Malcolm Wilkins, 2004.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NOTICES

BACK ON SCHEDULE. Sunday School and Children's chapel is scheduled for the entire month of April. We had a great group of children here to enjoy the Resurrection buns and the Easter egg hunt.  Thank you for bringing your children so we could share in their joy.
 
A SCHOLARSHIP is available for the benefit of youth in our parish wishing to further their education. When considering your memorials, please consider giving to the Scholarship fund for the benefit of our youth and their future.  For youth interested in applying, guidelines and application forms are available from the church office. Deadline for completed applications is June 1.  More information, speak to Mary Nell Short.
 
RECOGNITION OF GRADUATES, Sunday, May 13th.  We wish to honor those students of our parish who will be graduating from either high school or college. If you have a high school graduate, please let me know from which high school and the future plans.  If you have a college grad, please let me know which college and the degree. It is always such a pleasure to honor these students who have reached a major milestone in their lives. –MNS
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!

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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