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.
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Worship on Sunday is at 8 and 10:30. The Adult Forum at 9:15 is discussing Brian McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Even if you’re not reading along – join the group for coffee, conversation and fellowship in the Canterbury Room following the 8am service.
Church school and child care for the 10:30 service begins at 10:15. Church school begins downstairs in the chapel; infants through age four are in the Canterbury Room.
Soup and Bread with the Rector — Beginning in Lent, the Rector invites you to come to Sunday Supper at her house (aka the “Rectory”). Sign-up sheets in the parish hall will be up for you to choose which Sunday evening you can come. We hope to include the whole parish before Pentecost.
Holy Cow! Consulting – The members of the church will soon be receiving an invitation to complete the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an on-line instrument that will help leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our congregation and our community. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping the clergy and vestry of St. James as they make decisions about the future of St. James.
Special Collection for the Oso mudslide—Your prayers are invited, and your compassionate response to those affected by the March 22 mudslide in Oso. Funds received April 6 will be sent to the discretionary fund of the Rev. Janet Lloyd, vicar of the Church of the Transfiguration in Darrington. She knows the community, and can supply immediate needs more quickly while waiting for relief funds. Your check may be made payable to St. James with “Oso” in the memo line.
For other ways of helping, go to the Episcopal Relief and Development website to learn more about making donations to support relief efforts in Oso and around the world.
You may also donate through WSECU to the “Bowerman-Ruthven-Vandenbburg Fund” to support those from the Spokane area who have suffered multi-generational losses.
Holy Week and Easter at St. James
- Good Friday Offering – supporting the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, this collection unites Anglicans world-wide with our church’s ancient congregations. You may write a check payable to St. James with “Good Friday” in the memo line, or you may send your donation directly to DFMS/Protestant Episcopal Church US / PO Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195-8983.
- Easter flowers—On Easter Day we surround the altar with donated live plants (no lilies please). If you can lend us some flowers for the day, please bring them on Saturday morning, April 19, for the altar guild to set out.
- On Easter Day we also are invited to place flowers in a wooden cross at the door of the church, which is then brought in procession to the altar at the 10:30service. We’ll have bunches of daffodils, but if you can contribute cut flowers (long stems to anchor the blossom) your offering is welcome.
April 13—The Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday— Interested in reading a part in the Passion according to Matthew? Contact the rector or one of the deacons to let them know of your interest.
April 17 — Maundy Thursday — At 6pm, we welcome our neighbors from Trinity Lutheran Church this year to share a potluck meal, the Institution of the Lord’s Supper, Footwashing, and Stripping of the Altar. At St. James, we gather in the parish hall for a simple potluck of Mediterranean-themed foods (pita bread, salads, hummus, lamb stew — recipes available on request) and as supper concludes, we hear the scripture for the night. We invite one another to imitate Jesus’ example of washing one another’s feet (or hands) as John’s Gospel tells us he commanded us to do saying “A new commandment I have given you, that you love one another.” Then we share the Eucharist together and process silently into the sanctuary for the stripping of the altar. The combined choirs of St. James’ and Trinity Lutheran Church will lead our singing and provide a choral anthem for the evening. A vigil at the altar of repose begins at the conclusion of the service — with the invitation to watch with Christ overnight until morning. (Sign-up shifts for watch in the church or at home.)
April 18 — Good Friday — Read the Solemn Collects for Good Friday at evening prayer at 5:30; or come up to Trinity Lutheran Church at 7 for a joint Good Friday worship service of music, prayer, and contemplation. The combined choirs of St. James and Trinity Lutheran Church will lead us in singing
April 19 — Holy Saturday — Begin the day with our Altar Guild at 9:30 am for the Holy Saturday liturgy. At sunset, the Easter Vigil begins with the lighting of new fire, and reading the stories of salvation as we sit around the baptismal font. Savannah Cross will be baptized during this service, which concludes with the Easter proclamation and celebration of the Eucharist.
April 20 — Easter Day — Celebrate the resurrection at 8 and 10:30, with a special Easter egg hunt following the 10:30 service. All parish potluck for the coffee hour.
Easter lasts 50 days — concluding on Pentecost, June 8, when we greet the rush of the Holy Spirit with a special dramatic reading of the Pentecost story in the second chapter of Acts. Doug Adams will be seeking those willing to read in languages other than English.