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 September 17, 2020 edition of The Newsletter



The Newsletter 
Saints James and Andrew
Greenfield, Massachusetts

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another

with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1 Peter 4:10


Dear People of Saints James and Andrew,

Who could have imagined that this year would look so unlike any other in our lifetime. It has been a year ripe with disruptions, losses, and anxieties, forcing us to reimagine what it means to be the Church.   While the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

This has been a year focused on prayer and service. When we were suddenly forced to halt our in-person gatherings, our parish took a leap of faith and began to explore other meaningful ways to worship, pray together, and serve our most vulnerable neighbors. It has been a liminal space for us to discover, hone, and put to use the gifts we have received from our Creator God and to serve one another.

We have witnessed the countless ways that you have used your resources for the mission of the Church and to help each other. We have found it inspiring and hopeful. During this fall’s pledge drive, we will explore the way that our generosity is inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationships with each other as we share our gifts with the world.  How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As we look at each family, each individual in our community, we realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received. 

This year, your stewardship team will be sending you a packet with your pledge card and an appeal. We invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received.

In the spirit of generosity and love,

Rev. Heather & Rev. Molly

Happenings

Digital Blessing of the Animals:  Please send us a picture of your beloved creatures, whether they be stuffies, pets, or farm animals by September 30.  We will be putting together a digital blessing of the animals, and will release the video on our website and facebook on Sunday, October 4, better known as St. Francis Day. You can send us your pictures by email at office@saintsjamesandandrew.org or by mail.  
-Rev. Heather
Grow in Faith: Becoming Beloved Community
Please consider this invitation to Grow In Faith, as we examine how our Baptismal Covenant may guide us in our exploration of the nature of our Christian faith in relation to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice. Join us on Sunday, October 18 at 11:30 a.m. by zoom, using the coffee hour link found on our website.
We were sad when our yearly Mistletoe Mart Craft Faire was cancelled due to Covid, but we put our heads together and figured out a way to do a smaller virtual version. We are so excited to offer you this opportunity to help others by shopping our new online catalog.  

We hope you will enjoy the Mini Mistletoe Mart To Go! 

All proceeds go to our Mission Fund which enables us to continue providing free meals and personal items to our community.

Here’s how it works: 
  1. The online catalog will be open from Monday, November 9 to Monday, November 16.
  2. Browse through our amazing products and click to buy whatever you like.
  3. Pick up your item(s) at the prearranged time(s) at our drive up windows at Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts
Di Kurkulonis, for the Fundraising Team
dkurkulonis@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Vestry and the Mission Team

Notices and Announcements

Reopening Status Update
All COVID-19 & Reopening Updates (view here)

Please note our application to the diocese has been approved.


Next steps required before reopening include:

  • The diocese will need to announce we have entered Stage 3. 
  • ​​We will have an adequate number of volunteers to safely carry out our reopening plan.

Creation Season 2020

The Diocese has once again designated from September 1 to October 4 for the observance of Creation Season: "We observe this special season in the hope that caring for Creation will increasingly be woven into every aspect of congregational life. Through preaching and prayer, and in sacrificial acts of generosity and bold public witness, we hope to strengthen our Christian response to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
- Rev. Molly

Here's another exciting Creation Season resource:  The Northfield Authors and Artists Festival is sponsoring a series of speakers next year, in February 2021, on the theme of Honoring Nature, including several addressing the intersection of nature and faith.  In preparation for the Festival there is a free online reading group meeting monthly beginning this Sunday, September 6.  You can find details at www.authorsandartistsfestival.wordpress.com.

August-October Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings.  We typically have these booklets available for free at church. During this time of social distancing, here are some ways you can still access this rich resource. 

Mission and Ministry

The Survival Center Food Pantry is accepting one bag per person on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The donations are isolated for 3 days before distribution. Donations are needed now more than ever!”
-Ella Ingraham 
Please donate plastic and paper grocery bags.   Our to-go food and pantry ministries need donations of clean, sturdy plastic or paper shopping bags. You can place them in the marked bin near the parking lot entrance to the parish hall on Sundays between 10:30 and 12:30 or Mondays between 3:00 and 6:00.  No produce bags please.  Thank you!  
-Maggie Sweeney and Doris MacLeod for the Mission Team
SsJA Outreach Programs

Sunday Sandwiches Program:
Each Sunday four volunteers (who are not experiencing any cold like symptoms) prepare bagged lunches to be handed out from the takeaway window in the Whiteman Room from 12-12:30 PM.  Three Ways to Help: 

  1. Donate items:  individually-wrapped granola bars, trail mix, plastic sandwich bags and brown paper lunch bags--which can be dropped off at a bin near the elevator in the parish hall  between 11 and 12:30 on Sundays.

  2. Volunteer:  To help with preparing, distributing and cleaning up from Sunday Sandwiches, contact Nancy Maleno and she will add you to the schedule (413) 772-0678  or nkmaleno@gmail.com.

  3. Donate money:  You can send donations to the church with a note marking it for ‘mission’.


Weekly Bible Study:
Join us on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to whenever we finish, usually 8: 15 p.m. 
Via Zoom.
Call Charlie at 413-522-7914 to get on the notification list.


Second Helpings To Go:
On Mondays starting at 4:30 p.m., our volunteers package and distribute a nice hot meal for our neighbors in need! Our “customers” respectfully keep social distance as they pick up their dinner at the Whiteman take-out window.
-Contact Maggie, magsween10@yahoo.com  or Erin, erin.donnally.drake@gmail.com for more information.

Weekly Spiritual Reflection:
Join us on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to around  8:15 p.m. 
Via Zoom.
Call Charlie at 413-522-7914 to get on the notification list.

Whitney’s Pantry:
From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m, on the last Monday of the month, a dedicated group of volunteers pack bags of personal essentials for our neighbors in need. The bags are then distributed free of charge at our Whiteman take-out window to very grateful recipients.
-Contact Doris dorismcl219@gmail.com for more information.
Vestry Points
  1. We’re contacting families to learn what might be helpful for spiritual formation /community for our youngest members.  

  2.  We’re also exploring how to provide worship experiences to those without internet access. 

  3. We are cutting a dead tree and trimming branches on a couple others that are touching the rectory and bank.

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Prayer List:  Names are on the list for 4 weeks, then removed. Feel free to add a name again.
The Clark/Perry family, Tammy, the Miner family, John, Anne, Jacob, Elle, Ann, Adri, Ronel, Kelsey, Robert, and Donna.

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Our Mission:  
We believe God is calling us to cultivate a community of love, joy, hope, and healing. Jesus is our model for a life of faith, compassion, hospitality, and service. We strive to be affirming and accessible, welcoming and inclusive; we seek to promote reconciliation, exercise responsible stewardship, and embrace ancient traditions for modern lives.

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