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From the Rectors:

Dear People of Saints James and Andrew,

It’s a new year, and you know what that means, right? Time to try something new! 

One of the things we cherish most about the community of Saints James and Andrew is our increasingly agile and adaptable nature. We believe it keeps us spiritually healthy and open to seeing where the Holy Spirit is moving in our community’s midst. Where will she call us next?

This year we will be offering our first hybrid Community Sunday & Annual Meeting on January 22 at 9 a.m. After two years of completely virtual meetings, the Vestry is excited to offer the community a hybrid format.  This means parishioners can choose to attend the meeting in-person or they can join the Zoom meeting using the login information below. 

The Vestry has changed the time of our meeting so it takes place before our Sunday morning worship. This is to allow volunteers serving at Sunday Soup and Sandwiches to attend much of the meeting and it means our morning together will culminate in community worship. We anticipate being able to transition into our worship at approximately 10:30 a.m. The theme of our worship will be a celebration of our community and we hope it will kick off a year of enlivening our faith (more details about that at the meeting!)

Please note a few housekeeping details about the Annual Meeting:

  • Once again this year we will not print hard copies of the Annual Report, rather it will be made available on our website and in the January 19 Newsletter.  If you do not have access to a computer and need a printed copy, please contact the office. 

  • The Vestry will be providing coffee and light refreshments by the choir loft stairs. They will also offer child care assistance in the Littles' Corner. 

  • At the meeting we will have the opportunity to accept the minutes from last year’s meeting and annual reports; elect vestry members and delegation to diocesan convention; hear a presentation of the approved 2023 budget, updates on our property’s deferred maintenance and vestry priorities, and share a few pieces of exciting news. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and share concerns. 

  • Those who attend in-person will vote with voice and raised hands, while those who attend the Zoom meeting will use their virtual ‘raised hand’ to vote. The digital ministry team will ensure any questions shared in the chat are raised at the meeting when appropriate.

  • Please note the meeting will not be broadcast to our Facebook page, but our community worship following the meeting will be livestreamed as usual to that page.  

  • Should we have bad weather scheduled for Sunday morning, or the CDC has labeled Franklin County in the red (see flexible mask policy) we will transition the meeting to a virtual Annual Meeting on Zoom using the same link information below. An email blast would go out to the parish by 7 a.m. on January 22 if that change needs to be made. 

We look forward to seeing you at Community Sunday and Annual Meeting. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have about the meeting. 


Rev. Heather & Rev. Molly,

On behalf of SsJA Vestry

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Time: Jan 22, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Parish Life

Pictured: From Christmas - the chancel lovingly decorated by our Flower Guild (top photo); Phil Bonaiuto, his daughter, and Princy Stotz gather each year to ring our bells along with other churches at noon on Christmas Day (middle and bottom photos).

Upcoming Events

January 8 at 10 a.m. - Blessing of Chalk and of Homes *NEW*
It has been a tradition in various Catholic churches to bless chalk at Epiphanytide and use the chalk for the blessing of homes for the New Year.  We will bless chalk for you to bless your home this Sunday in worship. 

January 8 at 11:15 a.m.  - Coffee & Conversation
Join us in the Whiteman Room after worship for fellowship. 

January 13 at 10 a.m. - Kitchen Deep Clean 
Our two feeding ministries, our recovering coffee hour, and the appeal of the facility to community renters all keep the kitchen busy and demonstrate how vital it is to the parish's mission and our greater community. We are looking for some volunteers with strong scrubbing hands, and maybe weak noses, to put the kitchen through a deep cleaning on Friday January 13th, from 10 to 2 PM. Cleaning supplies and lunch provided. Let Steve Hussey know if you are interested in helping at

January 15 at 11:30 a.m. - Great New Year's Resolution *NEW*
Read Bill Gates' How to Avoid a Climate Disaster and join a Green Team discussion on January 15, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. with a brown bag lunch. This book is widely available new and used. Read it all or just part of it.  Snacks available. Contact any of us with questions.


Pledge Notice - Missions Offering *NEW*
On Sunday, January 8 we invite those whose finances allow, to consider making a special donation to our parish's mission and outreach efforts.  For those who use pledge envelopes, please use the ‘Missions Offering’ envelope; otherwise please donate on our website or by check, noting ‘Missions Offering’ in the memo line. Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Terrazza Gift Cards
Support Sunday Soup & Sandwiches
Local restaurant, Terrazza at Country Club Greenfield, is sponsoring 10 meals at Sunday Soup & Sandwiches each week for a year!  They have chosen to do this by giving the church $1,300 in gift cards to their restaurant. Each gift card is worth $50. The church will sell these cards and 100% of the profit will go to Sunday Soup & Sandwiches.  If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Kathy Maleno or the office. Checks made payable to SsJA with 'Terrazza - SSS' in the memo line. So far we have sold $550 of $1300.

Prayer Corner

We invite your prayers for those on our prayer list: 
Barbara, Edward, Vicki, Jennifer, James, Donna, Ed, Craig, Ann, Janet, Rose, Andrea, Andy, Ann, and John.

This week we invite your prayers for parishes throughout the Episcopal Church who will gather for their annual meeting in the coming weeks. Annual meetings are both a time of business and to reflect on where God might be calling a parish in the coming year. Below is a Prayer for the Church from the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 815:

Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it
with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt,
purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is
amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in
want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake
of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.

Add a name to the prayer list by submitting this form

Giving Gratitude

Pictured: Andy Levchuk
We give thanks for the ministry of Vestry member, Andy Levchuk. This month Andy will complete his term on Saints James and Andrew Vestry. Over the years, Andy has humbly shared his legal expertise whenever we have needed his guidance, and it has been a helpful and important contribution to our work as a Vestry. Andy has a deep and abiding faith that shines through at each meeting, and he is a champion of our parish's mission and ministry to the wider community. We will miss his good humor and presence at our meetings, and are grateful for Andy's continued leadership and participation in other aspects of parish life. 

Beyond the Parish

Updates from our ministry partners, our diocese, and the wider Church
Register for Bending Towards Justice: 
On our diocese's annual day of prayer and discernment, you are invited to come and meet others who are passionate about Gospel justice.
Listen to the Word and discern how the Spirit is calling the Church to action. Join others across our diocese for our annual day of prayer and discernment. Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, South Hadley. Register Here.
  • 9:00 AM Registration opens; Coffee, etc., available in the Parish Hall
  • 9:30 AM Eucharist in the sanctuary; The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, presiding
  • 10:30 AM Keynote Address given by The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows via Zoom
  • 12:00 PM Lunch ($15 fee covers lunch, space rental)
  • 1:00 PM Affinity Groups 1
  • 2:00 PM Affinity Groups 2
  • 2:50 PM Renewal of our Baptismal Vows
  1. Building Creation Care Justice
  2. Episcopalians Against Gun Violence
  3. Becoming Beloved Community
  4. Poor People's Campaign MA/WMA
  5. Shrinking the Racial Wealth Gap
  6. Welcoming the Stranger

Friendly Reminders

Calendar - View the SsJA Calendar

Contribute to The Newsletter - by emailing the office the Monday prior to the first and third Thursdays of the month. The Newsletter is published at 12pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month. 

Memorials and Thanksgivings Submit Your Memorials and Thanksgivings to sponsor a Sanctuary Candle, Altar Flowers, Christmas & Easter Flowers, and other Memorial Gifts.

Office Hours - Our office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our church sanctuary is open daily for those in Franklin County to stop by to pray, rest, and be. Closed Holidays

Pledge your Support -  Fill out our Online Pledge Card to become an ongoing supporter of SsJA's mission and ministry. Learn more about Legacy Giving on our website.  You can also Give Online or text "give" to (978) 525-0712.
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.
Please contact us if you are looking for information about:
  • Our weekly worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. In Person & Livestreamed. 
  • Contact information for our Vestry. We no longer post it here due to information being misused for spam or phishing efforts. 
  • Looking for a space to hold a meeting or event.
  • Learning how to support SsJA with the purchase of a Big Y or Stop & Shop Card
  • Anything else! 
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