St. James Episcopal Church
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Located on Historic Route 7A in the heart of Arlington, VT
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This Week at St. James’

December 15-21, 2014


Monday, December 15 – John Horden, Bishop and Missionary in Canada, 1893;

Robert McDonald, Priest, 1913

                Office Hours – Fr. Scott

7:00 PM – Spanish Group - undercroft


Tuesday, December 16 – Ralph Adams Cram, Richard Upjohn, Architects,

1942,1878;  and John LaFarge, Artist 1910

9:00 AM -12:00PM – Office hours

               8:00 PM – AA 


Wednesday, December 17 – Ember Day – William Lloyd Garrison and

Maria Stewart, Prophetic Witnesses. 1879

Sabbath Day – Fr. Scott

5:30 PM – Holy Eucharist in the Iona Style

6:15 PM – Vestry meeting at the Rectory


Thursday, December 18

9:00 AM -12:00PM – Office hours –  Kathleen Moore


Friday, December 19 – Ember Day – Lillian Trasher, Missionary in Egypt, 1961

              9:00 AM -12:00PM – Office hours – Sarah Smith

Sabbath Day – Fr. Scott


Saturday, December 20 – Ember Day

Sabbath Day – Fr. Scott


Sunday, December 21 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent


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.


              7:30 PM – AA 



Important Links:

               Read The Mountain E-New:        December 2

Listen to Sunday’s Sermon: 

                                                            December 7

                                                            November 30 

                                                                           November 16


            St. James’ 250th Year Video


            Diocesan Narrative Video



Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 4 PM …...Family Holy Eucharist

The Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord

Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 10 PM ….Festive Holy Eucharist

The Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord

Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day, 10 AM …................ Holy Eucharist

Nativity of Our Lord

Sunday, December 28, 3PM…………………………….…………..Messiah Sing-A-Long

Tuesday, January 6, 2015……………………………………… The Feast of the Epiphany


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; Cecelia O’Brien; Ralph and Natalia Panelli; Dot Whitley; Allan; Anita; Bruce; Dennis; Dick; Helen; Isaac; John; Judy; Kay

For the Departed:   Doug Tschorn; Helen Stock; Yvonne Sutton

For Those In Need of Our Prayers:  For John, Leyla and Vivienne; for Ken and his family; for the family and friends of Doug Tschorn; 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 nations.             

For Those Who Celebrate This Week:

     Birthdays:  12/16-Dejon Hush; 12/20-Kelly Langlais

     Wedding Anniversaries:   12/20-Debbie and Joe Roberts  

     Baptismal Anniversaries:  None this week

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

In Thanksgiving:  For the life and ministry of Yvonne Sutton; for the beginning of a new liturgical year; 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 the Administration Group and for Province 7 (Southwest): The Dioceses of Arkansas, West Missouri, Rio Grande, Western Louisiana and Dioceses in the states of Texas and Kansas.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  Please remember 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. You may also send a note to the parish office.     


Monday, December 15: Office Hours, 9AM-12 Noon

Friday, December 19: Sabbath Day; out of town

Saturday, December 20: Sabbath Day 


JOIN US FOR THE ST. JAMES BOOK AND MOVIE CLUB:  This group alternates watching movies and reading books together. All movie screenings and meetings will be in the undercroft. If you would like to read "I am Malala" with us, please contact Kathleen Moore by Sunday, December 14th, so we can order the books.

            Friday, January 30th at 5:30pm: Watch movie "The Fault in Our Stars"

            Sunday, February 1st following 10am service:

Discuss move "The Fault in Our Stars"

            Friday, February 20th at 5:30pm: Discuss book "I am Malala.”

FLOWER MEMORIALS FOR CHRISTMAS.  Flower memorial forms are included with your service leaflet and are also available on the table in the back of the church.  Please complete and return the form to Fr. Scott, Patricia Michael or the Parish Office before December 17 so that your memorials may be included in the bulletins at Christmas. A gift of flowers to beautify our worship is a special way to remember loved ones during the Christmas Season

2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES HAVE ARRIVED. Your offering envelopes for the 2015 pledge year are on the back table.  It is sometimes necessary to change the number you are assigned so please do not start to use your new envelopes until January 1, 2015. After that date, you may dispose of any remaining 2014 envelopes. If you haven't yet made a pledge and wish to do so, please speak to Sue Claro or Father Scott.  There are still envelopes available.  If you have any questions about your pledge for 2014 or for the upcoming year, please see Sue Claro or contact her at 375-9053 or by email at 

2015 FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS. The dinners are scheduled for the fourth Friday of the month, from 5:30 -7 PM as follows: January 23, February 27, March 27 and April 24, 2015. We need volunteers to chair each of the dinners. Please speak to Father Scott or Sue Claro if you would like to chair one of the dinners. 

VESTRY NOMINATIONS. It is time for nominations for persons to serve on the Vestry beginning in 2015. Vestry Member Job Descriptions and Nomination forms are available on the table in the back of the church.  Please verify with the person you are nominating that they are willing to serve on the vestry.  You may nominate yourself if you wish. Please give your nomination form to Fr. Scott or Sue Claro.


The St James’ Foundation is looking for four members to join the Foundation Board at the Annual Meeting of the Parish in January 2015.  If you are interested in serving on the Foundation Board or have any questions about that, please speak to Marilyn King, President, or any  other member of the Board. (A list of current members appears elsewhere in this issue of SJWN.)

MESSIAH SING-ALONG: Sunday, December 28, 3PM. The entire community is invited to join in the 10th annual community -wide "Messiah Sing Along". Under the direction of Scott Smedinghoff, singers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate in the informal sing-along that includes the Advent and Christmas section of Handel's choral masterpiece, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus.  Soloists include Mark Madison, Scott Neal and Robyn Madison with additional singers to be named later. The chorus/audience will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra of talented local musicians.  Bring your voice, enthusiasm and holiday spirit as we say “Farewell” to 2014 and prepare to usher in the New Year with this popular event. A limited number of copies of the score will be available on loan to singers; those who have their own copies are encouraged to bring them. Mark your calendars, please!!!


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.

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!