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THIS SUNDAY, November 3, 2019: Pentecost 20 - All Saints
Worship and Programs at a Glance

One 10:30 a.m. Service for All Saints

Instead of worshiping together at 8:00 a.m., we encourage our 8:00 a.m. worshipers to join with the entire St. James’ family as we welcome Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde for a service of Holy Baptism and Confirmation at 10:30 a.m. Our 8:00 a.m. service will resume next Sunday, November 10.
10:30 a.m.
All Saints Day Holy Eucharist, Baptism, and Confirmation
Sunday School and childcare, church lower level
11:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Fellowship and refreshments, parish hall
Vestry lunch with Bishop, parish hall meeting room
  • Are You Serving at Worship This Sunday? View the current worship schedule on our website, in Parishioner Resources.
  • Sermons and Worship Service Videos: View past sermons or entire services online, on the St. James' Vimeo page.

Readings this Sunday

  • Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 44:1-13
  • Psalm 149
  • Luke 6:20-31

Visit The Lectionary Page (Track 1) for the text of the readings each Sunday.

Music this Sunday (From Newton Lewis, Music Director)
This week the St. James’ Ringers will play “Praise Ostinato” by Kevin McChesney. We will sing “Blest are they,” “I sing a song of the saints of God,” and of course “For all the saints.” The service will close with “When the saints go marching in” accompanied by the Dixieland sounds of Doug Elliott and friends.

For more information about our music, read About Today’s Music in the Sunday worship bulletin and on our website.
Sunday School and Childcare at St. James’

Join us for chapel, Bible readings, discussion, and fun activities as we learn about God‘s love and presence with us at all times.

Parents, Please Note: On All Saints Sunday, November 3, childcare will be offered from 10:15 a.m. to noon, because we will have only one service at 10:30 a.m. and no FaithTalk. 

Parents and volunteers, please check the teaching sign-up list regularly: 
Please sign up here

On regular Sundays:
  • Sunday School is offered10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children toddlers through sixth grade in the undercroft (church lower level)
  • Childcare is offered 9:00 to 12:00 noon, also in the undercroft.
Our curriculum is from For more information contact Sunday School Director Marisol Castro at or

The Bishop, Baptism, and Confirmation! All Saints Day
One service only at 10:30 a.m.

Bishop Mariann will be with us on All Saints Day, when we will join together for one service of Confirmation and Baptism at 10:30 a.m. Please join us in the parish hall for a festive reception following the service. PARKING: Additional parking is available at Beth Sholom Congregation, next to St. James' at 11825 Seven Locks Rd.

No FaithTalk this Sunday. FaithTalk Resumes November 10.

Daylight Saving Time Ends this Sunday - Set Clocks Back!
Avoid the horror of being early for church. Set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night, November 2.

Do We Have Your 2020 Pledge? 
Thank you to all families and individuals who have sent a 2020 pledge, planting the seed for God’s harvest at St. James’. If you haven’t yet pledged, you still (always!) can. Pledge forms are available in the narthex or from the office, and you can pledge online at:


Lunch & Learn Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m.
Promoting Good Balance and Preventing Falls

Our speaker Lynn Isackson is a retired occupational therapist. She teaches a seven-week fall prevention program and co-leads a Bone Builders exercise program. To attend is free; to reserve the $10 lunch please contact Sarah Padgett.

FaithTalk Program, Good Listening: A Pathway to Improved Relationships
9:15 a.m. November 10 and 24, in the parish hall 

Active listening is a vital skill that enhances our ability to walk alongside those who need spiritual support. Each session of this three-part series will consist of a DVD presentation followed by discussion (and hopefully practice!). Our training materials were developed by Michael Lash and Dorothy Welsh, former parishioners who served in the St. James’ Prison Aftercare Ministry. The skills presented in the “Good Listening” series can enhance relationships with friends and family, as well as aid in important conversations with others. Workbooks will be provided to all who attend.

Annual Parish Meeting, November 17 - Breakfast by St. James' Youth
Mark your calendar! We’ll elect vestry and diocesan delegates and hear about the news and future of the parish at 9:00 a.m. in the parish hall. Breakfast will be served by St. James' Youth Group with a freewill offering to support their summer mission trip. Ministry leaders: annual reports are due to the parish office by October 31.

Potomac Interfaith Communities Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 20
With Service Project for Manna Food Center and "Action for Creation" Stations

Bring the family at 7:30 p.m. to Saint Raphael Catholic Church, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville MD. Worship is followed by fellowship and "Action for Creation" through art, along with opportunities for service and contributions for Manna Food Center.

  • Please bring a non-perishable food donation for Manna. See the flyer here for a list of needed foods.
  • Children and teens ages 8-18 are invited to be part of an interfaith choir that will sing “All Things Bright and Beautiful” during the service. Choir rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m., before the worship service. Sign-up information (and more) is in the flyer here
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Women’s Movie Night, Friday, November 22

At 7:00 p.m. in the undercroft, we’ll view and discuss WADJDA, a film about a young girl living in Saudi Arabia, determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Bring your snacks!

Book Club Sunday, November 24, 6:45 p.m.
All are welcome to the parish hall library at 6:45 p.m. to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Samaritan Ministry Thanksgiving Food Drive
Once again St. James’ is seeking donations for Samaritan Ministry’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Express your gratitude this year by providing a meal for a family in need. Gift cards for $25 from familiar grocery stores are especially needed, so participants can purchase a turkey.

  • Support Samaritan and St. James' at the same time by buying $25 Giant gift cards from the church office for Samaritan Ministry Thanksgiving donations.
  • Samaritan Ministry shopping lists are in the church narthex, or click here for the flyer
  • Grocery bags will be available in the narthex November 10 and 17.
  • PLEASE bring items to church by Tuesday, November 19. You may also deliver to Samaritan Ministry directly on Wednesday, November 20.

2020 Teen Mission Trip to Imperial, PA: June 20 - June 27
Registration Due Sunday, November 17

Help wanted! Ideal candidates will possess a positive attitude and a desire to serve God, along with the good people of Imperial, PA (Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan area). Students who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 school year and their parents should contact Ms. Rachele or the parish office. 
Mission Description
Work Camp Information Form
Work Camp Registration Form (Due with deposit by November 17, 2019)

Earn Stars in Your Crown by Serving Only 30 Minutes Once a Month
The St. James' Altar Guild needs one or two people to help to clean up the altar after the 10:30 service on the second Sundays the next few months. The commitment is only about 30 minutes once a month. No experience needed. You'll join a fun couple who will show you the ropes. Sign up now for any or all of November through February by contacting the parish office, or 301-762-8040.

Results of our Building Visioning Reflections
Thank you to the many St. James' parishioners who toured our church facilities and offered their input for our Building Vision initiative. The results of our survey and reflection sessions were presented to the congregation on Sunday, October 13, by facilitator Jeff Hensley. His presentation slides are available for download here. We'll hear more at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 17.

Photo Directory Picture Updates: Show us Your Smile!
St. James’ will publish an updated parish photo directory for our annual meeting on November 17. If you would like to update your household photo, please send a personal digital photo or print (not from a professional photographer) to the parish office by Tuesday, November 5, along with the names of the individuals pictured.

New Video in Series: Traveling The Way of Love Episode 6: Go
Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 6: Go, the latest installment of the first season of  the Way of Love video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, is now available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website and on The Episcopal Church Facebook page. Read the complete message here.

Responding to Wildfires in California
The Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) US Disaster Fund helps communities prepare for and respond to crises such as the wildfires in California. Give to ERD online at, or make your payment to St. James’ with “ERD Disaster Relief” in the memo line.

Your Used Printer Ink Cartridges Help St. James’
Recycling your ink cartridges is not only good for the environment, but the credit we get from Staples helps us save money on our office supplies. Please drop off your used ink cartridges in the basket in the church front office or give them to an usher on Sundays.

We have been asked to publish the following community announcements.

MCPS Mental Health Fair, Saturday, November 9
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gaithersburg High School
101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Learn about community and school resources that support students’ physical, social, and psychological well-being. Download the flyer here for complete information.
St. James’ has discerned a call to mental health ministries. If you are ever in crisis, a 24-hour response is offered at the Montgomery County Crisis Center: 240-777-4000.
It Costs You Nothing Extra!
But it means a lot to St. James'

Support St. James’ by shopping online or with gift cards

  • Amazon Smile: Go to the St. James' Amazon Smile page and log in to your Amazon account as usual. Any eligible purchases you make will automatically earn a donation for St. James’. Bookmark the Amazon Smile page as your go-to for Amazon shopping. 
If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Saint James' in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device!
  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device. (If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.)
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
  • Giant Grocery Gift Cards from St. James': St. James’ sells Giant grocery gift cards on Sundays in the parish hall and weekdays in the office. A $100 gift card from Giant earns St. James’ $5. Cards are available in various denominations. Please purchase some cards for your family's shopping or to donate to those in need.


We occasionally take pictures at Sunday worship services and parish events. If you do not wish to have photos of you or your children appear on our website or in any of our publications, please email the church office to opt out: We do not publish the names of individuals depicted on the website, or the names of children depicted in any publications. 

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St. James' has established these guidelines for using St. James' social media. 

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