Welcome to St. James


The people of St. James are a community of faith rooted in God’s unconditional love, seeking to express that love to one another, our neighbors and the world.

More photos are posted regularly in our Facebook group. Look for us on the web, and ask to join the group.

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We return to regular worship schedule of 8 and 10:30 on August 17.

St. James’ Vestry meets Tuesday, August 12, at 7pm in the Canterbury Room. This is the regular monthly meeting of the people elected by the congregation to manage the physical and program needs of the parish. Vestry meetings are open, and usually last about two hours.

 

With the return of our two services we start planning for classes and activities for all ages. An informal group gets together between the two services to share coffee and conversation and, after Labor Day, start working on a book they’ll share for the season. Choir practice will get underway after Labor Day, with choir members arriving at 9:15 to warm up and review all the music for the day. Our choir is open to all skill levels, all voices, all ages. We just ask your enthusiasm as you lift your voice in praise to lead the people in song and offer the gift of music, a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. More details to be revealed – remember to say “Here I am” when you are called!

 

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Week of Welcome at WSU: We’re staffing a table to provide water and brochures for the incoming students on Friday, August 22. If you can be part of the welcome team that day (only 4 more people needed!)  please let us know by signing up on the following form:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v7M9h62VhsVhcnrlZ1p-UMvh94Zc_9XKHqJ5LkC6y-8/edit

Support for those affected by the fires in Central Washington: The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has an online donation link to provide support to agencies on the ground in need of assistance in this fire season. Follow this link http://www.cfncw.org/cfncw-fire-relief-fund/  and note that you can provide St. James as the organization you’re representing. As the fires die down, we will have more information from Episcopal Relief and Development regarding resources for rebuilding homes lost.

The Diocese of Spokane has also created a Disaster Relief Fund. Checks payable to the Diocese of Spokane can be sent to 245 E 13TH Ave., Spokane, WA 99202. Credit/debit card donations can be made by calling (509) 624-3191. Or you can use the DONATE button on the diocesan webpage at spokanediocese.org.

Support for refugee children on our borders: You can read more about how Episcopal Relief and Development and Episcopal Migration Ministries are providing relief on the ground for refugee children on our borders – and follow links to provide financial support: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2014-press-releases/responding-to-central-american-migrant-crisis

St. James’ in the Community:  St. James has a commitment for Meals on Wheels the last 2 weeks of August.  Catherine Ritchie needs 4 (four) volunteers/day from Saturday, August 16, through Sunday, August 31, to deliver meals to homebound people.  Meals are picked up at Bishop Place about 11:15 am & delivered to recipients on either of 2 routes.  The empty food containers are then returned to Bishop Place. Depending on the number of deliveries for the day, a volunteer should plan to spend a little over an hour.  Volunteers need to fill out background check paperwork every 2 years, which Catherine Ritchie can provide. For more information, and to volunteer, contact Catherine Ritchie: 334-3132 or car6191@frontier.com

Our next hosting opportunities for Family Promise are the last week of August (24-31) and the last week of November (23-30). We share our hosting with Trinity Lutheran Church – ELCA (which provides the space) and Concordia Lutheran Church – LCMS. Follow this link to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0844A5A92CA1FB6-family2 and find out what hosting opportunities are still available, choose your hosting slot, swap responsibilities, receive emails – and receive instructions on your specific responsibilities. If you have not ever attended the training for participating in Family Promise, please plan to attend the next one scheduled – Sunday, August 10, from 12-2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 420 East 2nd Street, in Moscow. Volunteer training gives you a clear presentation of a typical day, a chance to get your questions asked and answered, and an opportunity to meet the many others who are lending their hands and their hearts to this venture.

 

Upcoming Events:

Gaia Trio — Elena Panchenko and her musical companions Becky Miller, violin, Sheila Kilcoyne, cello, will perform Friday September 5 at 7:30pm. [Note the date change, and see their Facebook page.] More details coming soon — but mark your calendar now! Besides being an evening of rich musical offering, and a reception offering rich food, this is also a fund-raising event supporting local food banks. We’re looking for those who want to organize the reception, and those who want to contribute a treat to welcome the people

Habitat for Humanity building in Genesee – Concordia Lutheran Church has invited us to join them in their build dates. If you’d like to join in – let the rector know or contact Pastor Tim Bayer at Concordia. Dates are:

Friday, September 5 from 1 pm – 4 pm (4-6 people possibly working interior)
Friday, September 26 from 1 pm – 4 pm (4-6 people working on landscaping and interior detail)
Saturday, September 27 from 9 am – 2 pm (up to 20 people working on landscaping and interior detail)
Friday, October 10 from 1 pm – 4 pm (4-6 people working on landscaping)
Saturday, October 11 from 9 am – 2 pm (5-10 people possibly working on a retaining wall)
Friday, October 17 from 1 pm – 4 pm (4-6 people working on interior detail)
Saturday, October 18 from 9 am – 2 pm (5-10 people working on interior detail and possibly painting)

Football parking — September 13, September 20, October 4, October 25 (Dad’s Weekend), November 1 and November 29 are the home games for WSU football played in Pullman. (The home game against Rutgers on September 6 will be played in Seattle.) The donations that come in from people attending these games go to targeted projects. The accumulated money we have from the past two seasons will pay for the re-flooring and replacement of the center island in the kitchen—providing a safer environment for the daily preparation of meals for the children who attend the Community Child Care Center, as well as for our weekly coffee hour events. We don’t get the start times for the games until the week prior — but we’ll keep you in the loop and invite you to share in the fun. Since we’re likely to have a number of night games, we’ll have the same policy as last year: no alcohol on the premises for night games.

Parking for games? If you’d like to purchase a season ticket for the home games ($20/game) please send a check payable to St. James Episcopal Church, and include your name, address, phone and email contact information, and likely car information. We’ll mail you a season pass if you send your check by August 31. Your reserved spot will be marked off for you prior to each game. Please be aware that our volunteers may leave after the rest of the parking lot has filled up. Our experience is that others are generally respectful of your reserved parking space – but we suggest you arrive early to claim your spot.

Parking during the week  – St. James’ hosts the Community Child Care Center, which uses the two lower lots every weekday for staff and parent parking. Volunteers and others having business with the church park in the upper lots. There are a very limited number of spaces which can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the office for more information.