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

January 30, AD 2019


Dear Parishioners and Friends of St James’,
This coming Sunday we will keep the ceremonies of Candlemas at the 10am Mass.
Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of her Son.  It also marks the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple.  Christians were observing this holy day in Jerusalem at least as early as the 4th Century AD. 
Jewish law required a woman to go to the Temple forty days after the birth of a son, and sixty days after the birth of a daughter to be purified.  The idea was not that a woman was somehow unclean after childbirth, but rather that the new mother was now prepared to resume observance of the Law, the strictures of which had been relaxed during her pregnancy and the days immediately following the birth of her child.  It also signified that the new mother was ending her “confinement” and resuming her public life. 
The Feast of the Presentation of Christ or the Feast of the Purification BVM (both are historic names for the feast) is called Candlemas because that was the day on which the year’s supplies of candles for the church were blessed.  Candles are blessed to symbolize that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.  We will light and bless candles at the 10am Mass today.  In the Eastern Church, the feast is called “The Meeting,” emphasizing the role of Simeon and Anna.
Finally, Candlemas is a cross-quarter day, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  Many northern European pagans celebrated the quarter days and cross-quarter days with various festivals.  The early Christians made a big celebration out of Candlemas to give new Christian converts something else to do when they might otherwise be tempted to backslide.  This is a very old tradition.  For instance, we celebrate Christmas on December 25th because the early Church wanted its flock to have an alternative to the pagan celebration to Saturnalia.  We might say that these feasts were “baptized” into Christ, and raised from the level of nature to supernature.
Yours with every blessing,

Rev. Douglas Anderson, Rector

Low Mass at 5:30pm (Feast of St Francis)
Supper at 6:00pm—  Chili and all the fixin's
Classes, activities for children, and adult choir at 6:30pm.
Tonight in the Adult Class: Ancient Heresies for Modern Christians

February 3, 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 three part series on Sunday mornings (Feb. 3): “What a Christian Needs to Know: Buddhism. 

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

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+

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

Thursday, February 7th, 6:00pm
Pecan Point Brewery & Gastropub
The Rev’d Frank Hughes , PhD
Topic: Won’t 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
Thursday, January 31st: ATLANTA VERSTY MEETS at 5:30pm

Saturday, February 2nd: ATLANTA MASS at 4pm

Sunday, February 3rd: EYC SUPERBOWL PARTY, Home of John & Susie Stanley, at 5pm.

Wednesday, February 6th: NO MASS, MEAL OR CLASS.  Come to Pub Theology on Thursday, Feb. 7th

Friday, February 8th: CORNERSTONE MASS
at 10:30am

Monday, February 18th: ST JAMES’ VESTRY MEETS at 5:30pm.

Tuesday, March 5th: SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKES.  EYC cooking and serving from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Wednesday, March 6th: ASH WEDNESDAY, Masses at 12:05pm & 6:00pm.  No meal or class this night.

Charles Cook, Walter Forehand, Jessica Jones, Kaleyah Bagby (27), Megan Schroeder (29), Tabitha Collins (30), Richard Wright, Smith Morris (31), Willard Delk (1), Isaac Collins (2).

None Listed

Gene Turner


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

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
Sharon Siefert, 2009; Dixie Splawn, 2011; Howard Davis, 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 for details.
THOSE WHO SERVE February 3rd
Reader 8am Chayta Mills
C.B. 8am Joe Doss Phillips
C.B. 10:00am Cory Floyd
Wade Fowler
(Th) Cædmon Kyles
(C) Blake Maynard
(T) Maddie Anderson
(T) Henry Kyles
(S) Will Burks
(S) Isabelle Collins
Reader 10am Caty Burks
POP 10am Emily Cutrer
Sunday School Teachers Ben Wulff
Children’s LOTW Caty Burks
S.S. Snacks Suzanne Davis
Ushers 10am
Herbert Huntley
Julie Huntley
Mike Jones
Night Keyes
Altar Guild Team 1
Household Week Mark & Cathy VanHerpen
Lock Up
Ann Coleman
Shari Keller

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!

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

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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