Announcement from St. James Worship Commission
December 29, 2019
Dear St. James Friends,
I am writing as chairperson of St. James' Worship Commission to let you know why we are having a six month trial of combined services on First Sundays. After our Stewardship Sunday combined service and Baked Potato Bar, someone commented on how nice it was to worship all together and have fellowship time together too. That person suggested that we do that more often. The Worship Commission was listening and agreed.
We worked out a trial period on first Sundays with the changed time of 9:00 in order to have it be an equal change for everyone. With the intention of equality, we plan to alternate the services between Rite I and Rite II, with the possibility of trying an alternate service at some time in the future.
The following are the dates of the combined services on first Sundays during the trial period in 2020:
January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7.
February 2 is also our Annual Meeting; plan to come to the Combined Service and stay for lunch. We invite you to come to as many first Sunday combined services as you can in this trial period and then let us know what you think and make suggestions.
Lucy Simola, Worship Commission
St. James Fundraiser Supports ECHO
St. James members Ed Railsback, Joe Chouinard, Diane and Michael Coffin, Liz Hastings and rector Rev. Barbara Miller presented a check for $6,900 to El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) president Wendy Lewis on December 14, 2018.
St. James Expands Local Food Bank Distribution
Lucy Simola, Karen Granstrom and Marilyn Gerber are members of our growing team who participate in local Food Bank distributions
At the start of 2018, one of our stated goals was to expand food deliveries for Food Bank. Thanks to a concerted effort by junior warden Lucy Simola and other members of St. James, we expect to exceed our goal for this year.
Track our progress toward this and other goals by clicking here to visit our 2018 Vestry Goals & Objectives dashboard. Working together, we are feeding bodies and souls in our local community, and making a difference. Thank you for your support!
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St. James is . . .
- — An historic church
- — A spiritual foundation
- — A place of welcome and acceptance
- — A conduit of beauty, joy, and grace
- — A center for community life
Come and be part of St. James! You are welcomed here. St. James has been part of the Paso Robles community for more than 125 years. It is both a place of welcome, prayer, and growth and a vibrant community of people seeking to grow spiritually through prayer and worship, to proclaim the good news of God made known in Christ Jesus, and to promote justice, peace and love.
We seek to do this through . . .
- Worship is at the heart of our life as a parish faith community. The sacramental life nourishes us week by week and common prayer strengthens us day by day. St. James' Sunday and weekday services provide a variety of worship opportunities for members, friends, and visitors.
- Our parish community provides a strong center for our lives and we seek always to expand our boundaries through involvement in the greater community. St. James supports People's Kitchen and the Saturday Lunch Bunch, the SLO Food Bank, and Loaves and Fishes.
- We believe that Christian formation is a life-long process that nurtures us intellectually and spiritually, equipping us to live out our baptismal promises. St. James hosts both one-time and on-going educational opportunities.
- parish Life and pastoral care
- The fabric of our life as a community of faith is maintained and nurtured through pastoral care and fellowship opportunities. We seek to support each other in the life of faith: in joy and in sorrow, in good times and in bad.
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- We are blessed with a beautiful church and a patio and garden area that provides an oasis of calm in the midst of our bustling downtown area. Church facilities are used by a variety of community groups.
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