Weekly Announcements, Nov. 30, 2012

Feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle: Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday Worship is celebrated on the 1st at 5pm. All are invited to this simple, intimate service of prayers, reflection, silence, and Eucharist.

The Bishop’s Visit is this Sunday, December 2nd, the first Sunday of Advent. He will celebrate Holy Eucharist at the 8:00 and 10:30 services and administer sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception. Join us after the 10:30 service for a reception in Gleason Hall.

Children’s Sunday School is meeting this Sunday at 10:15 in Gleason Hall making Advent wreaths. All children and welcome and invited.

SOCK it to Sandy! produced over 700 items of socks and underwear for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to Skip Bentley, who organized this ministry, and for all those who contributed!

A Family Spaghetti Dinner is being held this Sunday evening at 5:30 in Gleason Hall. All are welcome and invited, especially church folks, friends, neighbors, family members, and coworkers. Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, and cake are being served. Bring Your Own Wine to share at your table. Cost is $5 per person. So, come, relax and enjoy time together with friends!

The Red Cross Angel Tree is in Lanham Lobby filled with ornament tags for you to take to buy clothes and toys for needy children in Oldham County. Our church is sponsoring three families and you’re invited to help make their Christmas a little brighter. Each tag contains the child’s name, age, gender, and clothing size, along with a Family ID Code. Please bring back wrapped gifts with those tags on them back to the tree in the next two weeks! Thanks.

Christmas Baskets, for the South Oldham Interchurch Council will be put together soon, and we are collecting items for them in the Lanham Lobby. We’re in need of canned goods, boxed goods, peanut butter, jelly, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, new children’s books, tins of homemade cookies, and cash.

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 16th after the 10:30 service, open to all children. If you haven’t filled out a sign-up form, please do so on the bulletin board outside Gleason Hall.

A Community Service of Lessons and Carols will be held Sunday, December 16th at 7:00pm at the Duncan memorial Chapel in Crestwood. This service, presented by St. James’, Crestwood Christian Church, and Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, is free and open to the public. All are welcome and invited.

Pledge Forms for 2013 are still available on the credenza at the back of church for those who haven’t yet made their financial committment to St. James’. December 15th is the last day to turn them in, as we will bless them on December 16th during Sunday Worship.

Thanks to all those helping with the repair and replacement of the front church doors, the new pew cards in the sanctuary, the flower beds at the church entrance, the leaves and branches near the dumpster, the church signs advertising our Saturday Worship, and those who have returned pledge forms for 2013.

Lectors and Servers are needed for the 8:00 service on Sundays. Our roster is getting shorter for this service. If you’d like to serve in this ministry, contact Father Jim.

CALENDAR ITEMS:

Regular meetings and gatherings:
— AA and Al-Anon, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8pm
— Education for Ministry class, Thursdays at 6pm

UPCOMING:

— Saturday Worship, December 1 at 5pm

— First Sunday of Advent, December 2, with the Bishop Visitation
— Women of the Church meeting, December 2 at 9:30am
— Spaghetti Dinner, December 2 at 5:30pm. Tickets are $5 per person
— Finance Committee meeting, December 3 at 6:30pm
— Saturday Worship, December 15 at 5pm
— Christmas Pageant rehearsal, December 16 after the 10:30 service
— Community Lessons and Carols Service, December 16 at 7pm, Duncan Memorial Chapel
— Vestry meeting, December 18 at 6:30pm

— Greening of the Church, December 23 after the 10:30 service
— Christmas Eve Services: Pageant at 5pm, Holy Eucharist at 7pm, Midnight Mass at 10:30pm
— Christmas Day service: Holy Eucharist at 9:30am

Grace and Peace,
Jim+

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Blessed Thanksgiving to all!

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS

One Year Term

Joe John

Joe John retired as 2nd Vice President Marketing from Monumental Life Insurance Company (a division of AEGON USA), after spending 32 years in Sales and Marketing in the life insurance industry.

In addition to his marketing, communications and sales promotion responsibilities was working with his associate in the Marketing Support area in the creative staging, scripting and production of the company conferences and meetings. Joe was also instrumental in developing concepts for point-of-sale sales/marketing pieces for agent and customer use, both print and computer-based presentations.

When he wasn’t busy with the for profit activities, his volunteer activities included working with Volunteers of America, fundraising for the United Way (Louisville and Baltimore), the Greater Louisville Fund for the Performing Arts, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and the Baltimore Marathon. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Humane Society, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Sister Cities of Louisville, and President of the Board of Directors for Fourth and Fitness Health Center in Louisville.

He was President of Sister Cities of Louisville, when the organization was responsible for the City of Louisville hosting the Sister Cities International Conference in the mid 90’s. This international event included bringing all six mayors and representatives from Louisville’s six Sister Cities. During that same time period, he also served as co-chair of the Member Services Committee for Sister Cities International.

And now that Joe is retired, his primary volunteer emphasis has been working on the Greater Louisville YMCA Annual Campaign for the Oldham County YMCA, sitting on the board of directors for the OCYMCA (greater Louisville), Secretary and Public Relations Director for Sister Cities of Louisville, and previously served on the board of directors for the Oldham County Greenways Hike-and-Bike Project. He’s also on the Commonwealth Insurance Alumni Board, and is active in St. James Episcopal Church.

In addition to his volunteer activities, Joe is “active” in retirement. He is Senior Public Relations Counselor for Business Consulting Group (www.BC-Group.net) and also consults, trains, and speaks for his company Off the Wall Marketing, LLC.

 

Three Year Term

Tim Beamer

Jeff Mushkin

I live in Pewee Valley with my wife Julie and my two children Katie and Zack.  We recently moved from La Grange and are excited to live closer to St. James.  We are originally from California, where Julie and I grew up and where both Katie and Zack were born.  I work as a physical education specialist for a company called SPARK, where I write curriculum and present professional development workshops for teachers.

We have been attending St. James regularly for a year and a half and really enjoy the people, services, and activities.  Everyone has welcomed our family and been very supportive of us during our time here.  This is why I would like to give back and help be a part of building our church community.

 

Skip Bentley

 

David Gleason

I am a businessman and gentleman farmer.  My primary business is based in Middletown, Ohio and my farm is Waldeck Farm in Crestwood where we raise approximately 500 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat.  I live with my wife, Helena and 19 animals at Tanglewood next to St. James’ Church.  I first became a member of St. James in 1951 when my family moved to Pewee Valley and purchased Tanglewood.  My father, Grove Gleason took us to St. James while my mother was an organist at several other churches.  He served on the Vestry and taught Sunday School.  Although there were periods of time when I was away from St. James, I always returned so I consider myself a 60 year member.  I have never served on the Vestry, but I would be interested in a three year commitment.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: November 1

Collect for All Saints’ Day:  Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.
Amen.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
Fall Parish Clean-Up Day is Saturday, November 3rd at 9am.  We’ll be tackling indoor and outdoor projects to spruce up our wonderful campus for the upcoming holidays.  Please bring rakes, gloves, tree trimmers, and whatever else you might have for the good of the cause.  This is an important task for the ministry of this church, so please plan to be there.
 
Saturday Worship is celebrated on the 3rd at 5pm.  All are invited to this simple, intimate service of prayers, reflection, silence, and Eucharist.
 
This Sunday, November 4th, is 23rd Sunday After Pentecost and as celebrated as All Saints’ Sunday.  
—  Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 8am and 10:30am.
—  The dearly departed will be remembered.
—  ALL Pledge Forms should be received by the church today!
—  Sunday School for preK – 7th grade starts at 10:15am.
—  Healing Blankets will be blessed and available on the altar.
—  Loose offerings and special designations will go towards the Rector’s Discretionary Fund to aid those in need.
—  Confirmation Classes begin after the 10:30 service in Board Hall for those wishing to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church.
 
Thanks to all who helped with and organized the Halloween Party and Chili Potluck last Sunday, especially the Coartney and Scheve families, and the Parish Life Ministry!  Fun was had by all.
 
Donations to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy can be made to Episcopal Relief and Development.  Please visit the website, 
www.er-d.org to donate and for more information.
 
Lectors and Servers are needed for the 8:00 service on Sundays.  Our roster is getting shorter for this service.  If you’d like to serve in this ministry, contact Father Jim.
 
The Rev. Canon Amy Coultas, a priest of this diocese at the Cathedral and University of Louisville, is a nominee for Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of North Carolina.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
 
CALENDAR ITEMS:
 
Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day.  Vote!
 
Regular meetings and gatherings this coming week:
— AA and Al-Anon, Tuesday and Saturday at 8pm
— AA, Wednesday at 6pm
— Education for Ministry class, Thursday at 6pm
— Finance Committee, Tuesday, November 6th at 6:30pm
 
The Parish Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, November 11 with ONE service at 10:00am.  We will celebrate Eucharist, elect Vestry members, be presented a 2013 draft budget, and hear of various ministries over the course of the past year!  This will be followed by a Potluck in Gleason Hall.  No Conformation Class this Sunday.
  —  Children’s Chapel begins this Sunday after the Collect of the Day for preK – 3rd graders.  This will be held on Sundays when there is no Sunday School.  Also, Nov. 18 and 25.
 
UPCOMING:
 
—  Daughters of the King meeting, November 11 at 9am
—  Saturday Worship, November 17 at 5pm
—  Women of the Church meeting, November 18 at 9:30am
—  Confirmation Classes, November 18, 25 and December 2 after the 10:30 service
—  Community Thanksgiving Service, November 18 at 6:30pm at Crestwood Christian Church
—  Healing Blanket Sewing Ministry, November 19 at 9am in the Board Hall Undercroft
—  Vestry meeting, November 20 at 6:30pm
—  St. James’ Thanksgiving Eucharist, November 21 at 6:30pm
—  Christ the King Sunday, November 25, the last Sunday of the Church Year
 
—  First Sunday of Advent, December 2
—  Bishop’s Visitation, December 9 at 8am and 10:30 services
—  Community Lessons and Carols Service, December 16 at 7pm, Duncan Memorial Chapel
—  Greening of the Church, December 23 after the 10:30 service
—  Christmas Eve Services: Pageant at 5pm, Holy Eucharist at 7pm, Midnight Mass at 10:30pm
—  Christmas Day service:  Holy Eucharist at 9:30am