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.

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St. James Day In the Park July 27 at 11am – Let’s celebrate the end of the summer road work – and rejoice in our life together at St. James. The official feast day of St. James is Friday, July 25. Evening Prayer on Friday at 5:30 will have special readings for the day. On Sunday, July 27, we gather the entire community for Holy Eucharist in McGee Park at 11am, followed by an all parish potluck picnic. Bring enough for your family and enough to share with another person. And wear RED.

If you show up at church at 9am – you’ll be welcomed with Morning Prayer, the daily office of the church, with readings from scripture, prayer, and reflection.

McGee Park is just a hop-skip-and jump behind St. James. An easy walk from the church – or park directly in the McGee Park lot just to the north of the church on Lybecker Road. There’s a great playground there for you and your children to enjoy!

Summer Sundays – Our Worship is at 9am in the summer, beginning on June 15. For two months, we take advantage of early light, and try to beat the heat by gathering as one congregation for worship at 9. Childcare will be available during the service. Older children are welcome to participate in worship – and we’ll have an art project for them to work on while they’re listening to the preaching…. We return to regular worship schedule of 8 and 10:30 on August 17.

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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, please let us know by signing up on the following form:

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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.

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’ll be sending out a SignUp Genius chart soon, but go ahead and look at your calendars and see when you might be available in those weeks to prepare a meal, visit with families, spend the night, or do some of the heavy lifting of shifting equipment in for new guests arriving on Sunday afternoons. On August 3, we will welcome Martin Buehler, who is a member of the Family Promise council, who will make a brief presentation about Family Promise –and will be available to answer questions.

Upcoming Events:

Gaia Trio — Elena Panchenko and her musical companions Becky Miller, violin, Sheila Kilcoyne, cello, will perform Saturday, September 6 at 7:30pm. 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 that will support one or more agencies traditionally aided by the annual rummage sale. Bakers — get planning!

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 these events until the week prior — but we’ll publicize the parking 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.