St. James’ Episcopal Church, Potomac

St. James’ mission is to bring people together to be transformed by and to proclaim Christ’s love through worship, spiritual formation, and service.

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Thursday July 28, 2022

Connecting with St. James’

Vacation Bible School is Coming!

August 8 - August 12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
for children in grades 1-5.

St. James' Episcopal Church, in conjunction with St. James' Children's School, invites children in grades 1-5 to attend Vacation Bible School, August 8 - 12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Join Rev. Meredith for this exciting elementary school-aged program as we learn about caring for God's creation!

Cost: $0. Children and staff are required to wear masks while indoors.

To register, sign up here by Wednesday, August 3.

Questions? send email to, or call 301-762-8040.

This Week at St. James'
Staying Connected this Week 

Our Parish News and Events Calendar is available on our website!

Today, Thursday

  • “Exploring our Faith” Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.
    We're exploring Luke’s Gospels using the book: Luke: Twenty-Six Studies for Individuals and Groups, by N.T. Wright. Join us by conference call: 1-202-926-1201, access code 454165. All are welcome! To prepare, read chapter 13.
  • “Stronger Together” discussion group, 7:00 p.m.
    Join us for support and discussion of the mental health topic of the week. Here's how to connect with the group: 
This Sunday (Find links to worship and Zoom gatherings in your Sunday email)
Scheduled to serve at worship? Check the schedule here!
  • FaithTalk by Zoom, 9:00 a.m. Each Sunday through August, we will study the biblical texts assigned for each week. When worship moves to the parish hall next month, FaithTalk will meet in the parish hall meeting room while also on Zoom. Watch for announcements of any location changes.
  • Worship with Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.
  • Summer Sunday School, 10:30 a.m.
    Sunday School is held during the worship service in the undercroft, for children preschool through grade 5. Masks are required to keep everyone safe. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. Volunteers are always appreciated! 
  • Coffee Hour fellowship after worship, food outside when weather permitting.
  • Book Club by Zoom, 6:45 p.m. We're reading Euphoria, by Lily King. Next book, August 28: The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich.

Next Week...

Tuesday: Tai Chi, 7:40 p.m. 
Join us Tuesday evenings 7:40 to 8:40 p.m. in the undercroft (lower level of church, enter from back parking lot). Read more on our parish calendar here.

Wednesday: Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study Group by Zoom, 7:30 a.m.
The St. James’ Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study Group meets virtually on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Connect by Zoom or phone. 
Stronger Together Tonight

Economic Woes, Inflation, and Our Mental Health Outcomes
By Alex Trouteaud

Economic ups and downs are part of life, and we are blessed to live in a country with so much opportunity and support. Nonetheless, economic hardship can be devastating to endure, including for our mental health. With soaring inflation, a battered stock market, and layoffs on the rise, we need to be thinking about and planning now for how we’ll bolster our own mental health as well as for our friends and family if financial crises hit. An expert quoted in the article sums up the likely impact succinctly:
“[Inflation] decreases the power of the money you have, which can increase stress around finances. Financial stress can create chronic anxiety, exhaustion, strained relationships with partners, and prevent a person from getting housing, education, or healthcare,” says Nassour. “Poverty itself can be traumatic.” These issues can be further exacerbated for single-parent families and others facing a significant drop in their standard of living.
And so, in this evening’s conversation we’re going to talk about money...not money itself, but the ways in which our finances are linked (or not) to our mental well-being. I’m sure that many of us have stories to share, and concerns for the imminent future. Please join the discussion tonight to share your perspectives, learn from others, and be part of a supportive caring community!
Musical Moment Encore: Entrance of the Shades

Our Music Director, Newton Lewis, is away this week, so today we are sharing a musical moment from last year. 

After hearing Newton's introduction to the piece in the first link below, enjoy the musical piece in the second link.

Listen to Newton's Introduction to the Pick of the Week

'La Bayadère' – Entrance of the Shades (1994)
Performed by Laurent Hilaire, Agnés Letestu, Clotilde Vayer, Nathalie Riquel, and the corps of the Paris Opera Ballet
If you have questions or would like to share your music with the parish, please contact Newton Lewis at
Connecting with St. James'

Requesting Prayers

Send prayer requests that you would like lifted by the St. James’ community to or use this prayer request form. Prayers will be shared in Sunday's worship; late additions will be shared the following Sunday. Confidential prayer requests should be directed to Rev. Meredith,
Call or text 988, or chat at, for yourself or a loved one in need of crisis support.

Parish Office Hours

Monday, Noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Phone/voicemail: 301-762-8040
Address: 11815 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD 20854
Ways to Give to St. James'
Thank you for your continued support of St. James'.

Give or Pledge Online: Use the Ways to Give/Donate Online link on our website. Credit and debit cards accepted! All online gifts go to operating expenses. For designated giving, use mail or the offering plate.

Mail: Send your offering to St. James' at 11815 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, Maryland 20854, and note whether the gift is for a specific fund or ministry. Undesignated gifts will go to operating expenses.

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