St. James Episcopal Church
Friday, November 28, 2014
Located on Historic Route 7A in the heart of Arlington, VT
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This Week at St. James’

November 10-16, 2014



Monday, November 10 - Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461

            Office Hours – Fr. Scott

7:00 PM – Spanish Group - undercroft


Tuesday, November 11 – Martin, Bishop of Tours, 397;

Veterans’ Day – Office Closed

9:00 AM -12:00PM – Office hours – Office Closed – Veterans’ Day

            8:00 PM – AA 


Wednesday, November 12 – Charles Simeon, Priest, 1836

5:30 PM – Historic Liturgy commemorating the Consecration of Samuel Seabury,

First American Bishop

            6:30 PM – Celebrate Abundance! Dinner


Thursday, November 13

9:00 AM -12:00PM – Office hours

6 PM – Marriage Rehearsal


Friday, November 14 –Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American

Bishop, 1784

            9:00 AM -12:00PM – Office hours – Vivian Lacy


Saturday, November 15 – Francis Asbury and George Whitefield, Evangelists,

1816, 1770

            Sabbath Day - Fr. Scott


Sunday, November 16 – Pentecost 23, Proper 28


 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I – The 8:00 am worship is a simple, quiet service. The

service begins with the Liturgy of the Word (scripture, prayers, and sermon) and ends

with the Liturgy of the Table (Holy Communion). There is no music at this service,

and it lasts approximately 45 minutes.


10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II –  The 10:00 am service includes hymns and music.

This service usually lasts about 75 minutes. Following the service there is a time of fellowship and refreshments.


            11:30 AM – Meetings – Free Community Dinner planning and

Hospitality/Kitchen renovation team – all are welcome




Important Links:


              Read The Mountain E-New:  November 7


              Listen to Sunday’s Sermon:  November 9

                                                                   October 26


            Diocesan Convention Address 2014– The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely


            Diocesan Narrative Video


Annual Appeal PowerPoint and discussion from the October 12 Kickoff Brunch




Looking Ahead


Wednesday, November 12, 5:30PM..…Holy Eucharist followed by Abundance    

                                                                                 Celebration and Parish Potluck Dinner

        The Eucharist will Commemorate the Consecration of Samuel Seabury in 1784


Thursday, November 13, 7PM………....Meeting of St. James’ Foundation Board


Friday, November 14..Commemoration of the Consecration of  Samuel Seabury,

                                                first Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States,

                                                                              November 14, 1784, Aberdeen, Scotland

Sunday, November 16, 8 AM and 10 AM………………………………Holy Eucharist

                  11:30 AM ……..Meetings – Free Community Dinner planning and

                                 Hospitality/Kitchen renovation team – all are welcome


Wednesday, November 19, 5:30 PM…………Holy Eucharist in the style of Iona

                                                         6:15 PM …………………………………….Vestry Meeting


Friday, November 21, 5:30PM……………………………………………Book discussion:

                           Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale


Saturday, November 22 Kid’s’ Night 5-7PM……………………….all are welcome

                                    For more details click here


Thursday, November 27………………...………………………………...Thanksgiving Day 

The Prayers of the People


For the Sick:  Ken Blackler; Garrett Brewer; Janet Burch; John Clancy; Joseph Eppink; Peter Garneau; Pamela Harris; Marie Hauck; Esther Jaffee; John Jaworski; Bruce Keene; Joyce Klugewicz; John Laughrey; Darrell Longtin;  Jack Michael; R. Moore; Cecelia O’Brien; Ralph and Natalia Panelli; Susy Schott; Yvonne Sutton; Dot Whitley; Allan; Anita; Bruce; Dennis; Dick; Helen; Isaac; John; Judy; Kay,

 For the Departed:   John Aromchak; those in whose memory the flowers are given today.  

For Those In Need of Our Prayers:  For Anita and the Aromchak family; Charles; Anna, Sherri; Alyce; Curtis and his family; Sara; John and Katie; Joan; Cathy; Alex; Sofia; the victims of natural disasters around the world; the people of Iraq and in all of the Middle East; the children of Syria and all children affected by conflict and turmoil; refugees around the world; pray for peace among all the nations of the world.             

 For Those Who Celebrate This Week:

     Birthdays:  11/10-Sebastian Durfee; 11/13-Alma Graham, Dianne Horton, Mark Langlais, Noelle Langlais; 

                              11/14-Phil McQuade, Jordan Werner;

    Wedding Anniversaries:   None this week 

    Baptismal Anniversaries:  None this week 

For Those Who Serve in the Armed Forces:  Gary Marckres; Amy;Willow Bucckieri-Sibley

 In Thanksgiving:  For the lives and dedication of all who work behind the scene on St. James’ Altar Guild; for the abundance of this season; for this parish family; for our children and grandchildren; for the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit; for the gift of faith; for the hope of peace.

  For The Church:  For Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Katharine, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas, our Bishop; for the people and mission of this Diocese; for this parish of St. James’, its mission, and for Scott, our priest; for the Rev. Keith F.  Patterson, priest; for the Rev. Sean Lanigan, priest; in the Diocesan Prayer Calendar we pray for St. Paul’s Church, Windsor and Province 2: Dioceses in New York and New Jersey.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  Don’t forget to send us any updates about people you may have added to the list of those for whom we pray.  Forms are available on the table in the nave after the last row of pews.   


Monday, November 10: Office hours 9AM-12 noon.

Tuesday, November 11: Veterans’ Day holiday; office closed

Friday, November 14: Sabbath Day

Saturday, November 15: Sabbath Day


A REMINDER: We are entering heating season so please be mindful that the doors at the foot of the stairs into the undercroft should be kept closed in order to conserve as much heat as possible.  Thank you. Fr. Scott



We alternate watching movies and reading books together. Do not feel you must participate in each book or movie discussion - you can decide as we go along. All movie screenings and meetings will be in the undercroft. You may also watch the film at home if you prefer.  

Friday, November 21st, 5:30PM: Discuss book "Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale"

Friday, January 30th: Watch movie "The Fault in Our Stars"

Sunday, February 1st: Discuss movie "The Fault in Our Stars"

Friday, February 20th: Discuss book "I am Malala"

For more information, please check with Kathleen Moore.




The Bennington County Choral Society concert will be on Saturday, December 6, 7:30PM not Sunday the 7th at 3.   The Bennington Choral Society, now directed by Cailin Marcel Manson, will present the second of its December concert performances of “The Majesty of Music”at St. James. (The Sunday concert is at St. Peter’s Church, Bennington.) The program will include two of Handel's coronation anthems, which were composed for the 1727 crowning of England's King George II and Queen Caroline, and other works by American composer Dominick Argento and British composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter.



THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR TODAY are given to the greater glory of God and in loving memory of Mary and George Gordon, Rita Klugewicz and Elizabeth and Leon Klugewicz by Patricia Gordon Michael.

ST. JAMES’ FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING is Thursday, November 13 at 7PM in the Undercroft. Laurie Bennett, our representative from Prentiss-Smith will be present to discuss our portfolio, review the year’s activity and answer questions. Board members: Please let Marilyn King, President of the Foundation, know if you are planning to attend.

2015 PARISH DIRECTORY. A draft copy of the 2015 Parish Directory is on the table at the end of the last row of pews on the Epistle side. Please review your entry and make any necessary corrections or additions. If you are not included and would like to be, please add your information on one of the green forms on the table. If you have any questions, please see Sue Claro or speak with one of today’s greeters.   


Make your car and our Parish Discretionary Fund happy at the same time. Midas Muffler has a company foundation that gives money back to the communities they serve.  Buy an oil change-tire rotation for $44.99, fill out a coupon, and the St. James’ Parish Discretionary Fund will receive $10.00 from it at the end of the month in which the service is performed. You must mention St. James for them to give you the coupon and the credit. You may also take a flyer from the church with “St. James Parish Discretionary Fund written in the appropriate space. It doesn't cost you anything above the cost of the oil change-tire rotation and it helps us. If you have any questions, please see Mary Ann Mento.

PLANNING MEETING FOR 2015 FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS AND KITCHEN AND HOSPITALITY IMPROVEMENTS. On Sunday, November 16 at 11:30 a.m. there will be a two-part meeting: Part One will initiate the planning for the 2015 schedule of Free Community Dinners at St. James. Part Two will initiate the planning for the kitchen renovations and improvements in our hospitality initiatives and programs, projects made possible by the generous grant we received recently for this purpose. The meeting is open to all who are interested in working in either or both of these exciting endeavors. If you have any questions about the meeting in advance, please see Sue Claro. Or just come to the meeting on November 16 and find out what others are thinking and offer your own ideas. Everyone is welcome to participate. 



At its October 15, 2014 meeting, the vestry voted to use Fair Trade coffee and sugar at all parish functions. 

            A "fair trade" company works to ensure that raw materials used in its products (e.g. coffee or sugar cane) are purchased at fair prices from operations that respect  the dignity of its workforce, providing a living wage and safe working conditions. Buying fair trade coffee and sugar helps us respect the dignity of human beings around the globe. It costs us a little more, but it ensures that more people will be able to enjoy God's abundance.  This coffee and sugar will be purchased by the parish and will be available in the kitchen for use whenever needed. 

            At its September 17, 2014 meeting, the vestry decided that coffee hour is really about fellowship.  Vestry members felt that food items are a gift provided by members of the congregation and are an expression of God’s abundance in their lives.  If for some reason no one has signed up to provide food items on a particular Sunday, someone will make the coffee but no other food items will be provided.   This will eliminate the frantic rush to provide something to eat that potentially draws that person or persons out of worship.

                                                                         St. James’ Vestry Members

BCCH COLLECTION BIN.  The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless publishes a "wish list" each Wednesday of items that they need.  Each week, we will print out that wish list, tape it to the bin in the narthex, and deliver whatever we have collected. They are always in need of non-perishable food items, warm clothes, coats and gloves (particularly men's sizes). Please contact Fr. Scott with any questions.

 UTO SUNDAY is Sunday, November 23. On that day, we will make a joyful noise and empty our blue boxes of the coins of thanksgivings.  We will send this offering off to the United Thank Offering (UTO) office to be redistributed to support the ministry and mission of the Episcopal Church. UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving begin when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT 75TH ANNIVERSARY MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE. In honor of Episcopal Relief & Development’s (ERD) 75th Anniversary Celebration, a group of generous donors has pledged $750,000 in matching funds for the organization’s 2014 Matching Gift Challenge. Any donation to the organization between October 30 and December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to the total match amount.  This includes contributions through Gifts for Life, ERD’s alternative giving catalog, and monthly donations scheduled during the Challenge period.   The matching amount for all donations will go to the 75th Anniversary Fund, which enables the organization to respond to needs where they are greatest.  The overall fundraising goal of the 75-week-long celebration is to secure $7.5 million to support programs that touch the lives of more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries.   To make a donation go to the website or write a check to St. James’ and put ‘ERD’ on the memo line.


CHARITY NAVIGATOR. As we approach the season of giving thanks and of gift giving I invite you to consider making donations to charitable organizations that make a difference in our world.  Always check out the organization with the Charity Navigator on the web at Thank you.


ST. PETER’S CHURCH, BENNINGTON, OFFERS WORKSHOP SERIES ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER.  The series is entitled “Intimacy with God: Transforming the Obstacles of the Mind & Heart:  Contemplative Prayer.”  Fr. Justin Lanier, Rector of St. Peter’s, will be the principal teacher and guide for the sessions. The dates for the workshops are Wednesdays November 12 and December 3 and 11.  Each session begins with dinner at 5:30PM with the workshop from 6-8PM. Childcare will be provided. For more information, call the parish office at 802-442-2911 or send an email to 

THE CLERGY CAUCUS OF VERMONT INTERFAITH ACTION INVITES YOU. Clergy from all over Vermont are coming together to create a movement for a moral economy in our state. The Clergy Caucus of Vermont Interfaith Action invites you to join them at one or both of these Legislative Breakfasts to meet with newly-elected legislators and start a “Movement for a Moral Economy,” where all Vermonters are treated with dignity and justice.

            Monday, November 17 from 8 to 9 am, Federated Church of East Arlington (102 Ice Pond Rd), Bennington County legislators.

            Thursday, November 20 from 9:30 am to 11 am, Christ Episcopal Church (64 State St, Montpelier) with members of the administration and House and Senate leadership.

To read the theological framework that the caucus has written, check the VIA website: To RSVP for the events, please contact Alison, or 802-651-8889.


NIGHT OF FUN TO SUPPORT PEACE QUILTS: Saturday, November 15, 7PM at the Bennington Museum. Dance music by The Prescription with the Side Effect Horns. Hors d’oeuvre; cash bar. Buy Haitian Art, Quilts, Crafts. Bid at the Silent Auction. Sponsors: David and Shirley Dayton, Art Carlucci & Son, Jacobs Brothers. Tickets: $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Available at Bennington Book Shop or 800-838-3006 or


Messiah Sing-Along – Sunday December 28, 3 PM

Mark your calendars today!!!

VESTRY CONTACT INFORMATION.  Don Brown, People’s Warden (375-6697); Sue Claro, Rector’s Warden (375-9053); Ed Gust (375-9311); Kathleen Moore (768-8027); Sandy Preble (375-6939); Yvonne Sutton (375-2603); Joanna Taylor (375-9330)

 THE ST. JAMES’ FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS: Marilyn King, President;  Nancy Boardman; Dot Closs; David Durfee; Jutta Hush; Vivian Lacy; Evan Lawrence; Patricia Gordon Michael; Jill Roosma.    

A REMINDER: INFORMATION FOR SJWN is due no later than Wednesday of each week by 4PM.  E-mail to submit your information. Thank you!