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EFM Summer 2020

 ARE YOU SENSING A CALL . . . to learn more about our Christian tradition . . . to deepen your faith and your commitment to serve others?  Come learn more at a ZOOM online info session on Tuesday, July 21 at 2 pm. EfM will help to increase your knowledge of scripture, church tradition, [...]
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St. Joseph is the patron saint of Father’s Day

St. Joseph, husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus, is the model of fatherhood. His faith and obedience to God inspired his devotion to his family. As we celebrate Father's Day this Sunday let St. Joseph’s attributes serve as a helpful guide. In "Five Lessons from St. Joseph," author Randy Hain points out attributes that serve as a [...]
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Juneteenth2020

All the Stuart Circle Parishes have been invited to join St. John's UCC for a commemoration of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the official end of slavery in the U.S. This event will be at noon on Friday, June 19. What is Juneteenth?    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth   Webinar Registration https://ucc.zoom.us/webinar/register/4815917343021/WN_YpCy68HwSgCUihy32xNjxQ?fbclid=IwAR0SKCp4ACDruGWaMloDwifGzXnFWXvILjNIGd_Ulh78UXhd3kkhpcTzBJk
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50th Anniversary of Mark Cooper Ordination

Mark Cooper celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination this June! He is a man of many talents and St. James’s is blessed to have him as part of our clergy.  Mark was born into the Lutheran Church as his father was a Lutheran pastor. He received his Master of Divinity is from Lutheran Theological [...]
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Ordinary Time

The late Robin Williams once created a top-ten list for reasons to be an Episcopalian. “Pew aerobics” and “No snake handling” always evokes chuckles from clergy and laity alike, but the reason that strikes me this time of year is “the Church year is color-coded.”  December to April or May is a rainbow of colors: [...]
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Helping Latino Families

Helping Latino Families Would you and your children like to pack a gift bag for Latino parents and children?  If you speak and write Spanish, perhaps you can add a prayer card with it. South Richmond’s Sacred Heart Center offers food assistance and more to the local Latinx community during the pandemic. It is accepting [...]
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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though this holy day is not recognized by all Christians, the Pentecost was a monumental turning point in Christian history, considered by many to be [...]
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Our Calling as Followers of Christ

Dear Fellow Church Members, As the Clergy and Wardens of St. James's, we have all been grieved by the death of George Floyd, the latest in a long and devastating history of violence against people of color, and the subsequent violence that has spread across our nation. We have seen peaceful and legitimate protests spill [...]
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Class of 2020

Blessing for Graduating High School Seniors & Their Parents Mary Beth: Good morning and welcome to our Senior Blessing Milestone. My name is Mary Beth Abplanalp and I am privileged to direct the youth ministry at St. James’s. Today we recognize our graduating high school seniors and their parents as they approach a new season [...]
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Pentecost

The Christian holiday of Pentecost, which is celebrated the 49th day (the seventh Sunday) after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). The holiday is also called "White Sunday" or "Whitsunday" or "Whitsun", especially in the United [...]
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Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship 2020

Funding for the Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship is given through the generosity of Mrs. Thomas Branch Scott, Jr. and Lucy Nelson Taliaferro in memory of their parents and grandparents, and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Michaux. Created to provide financial aid to the undergraduate college education of St. James’s members, the scholarship is awarded based on need and [...]
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Church Facilities Master Plan Survey

Are you looking forward to the day when COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror, when we can gather again on our West Franklin campus and in our beautiful spaces? When you think about our church facilities, what do you miss most? What have you always wished we could change about the campus and buildings? What [...]
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