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THIS SUNDAY, August 4, 2019: Pentecost 8

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THIS SUNDAY, August 4, 2019: Pentecost 8
Worship and Programs at a Glance
This summer we're using our Book of Common Prayer during worship, and a shorter printed bulletin. 
8:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Eucharist 
9:15 a.m. FaithTalk: scripture-based discussion, parish hall meeting room
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Childcare, church lower level (until 10:30 service ends)
Worship with Holy Eucharist
Children's Activities, church lower level (until Communion)
11:45 a.m. Fellowship and refreshments, parish hall

Readings this Sunday

  • Hosea 11:1-11
  • Psalm 107:1-9, 43
  • Colossians 3:1-11
  • Luke 12:13-21

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

Music this Sunday (From Newton Lewis, Music Director)
This week we will sing “God of grace and God of glory,” as well as “One bread, one body” (10:30). Lori Minasian and Cheryl Stafford will sing a beautiful early French Impressionist setting of the “Ave verum” text by Gabriel Faure.

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

Summer Children's Activities: While Sunday School is on summer break, on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. our children will be exploring the F.R.O.G (“Fully Rely On God”) program, and learning about the first three Commandments. Meet us in the undercroft as usual! 
  • Summer Children's Activities are offered today from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children 2.5 years to sixth grade in the undercroft. Sunday School returns in the fall.
  • Childcare for infants and toddlers is offered 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the undercroft.
For information contact Sunday

Guest Celebrant and Preacher This Sunday 
We welcome The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, at our Celebrant and preacher while our rector Rev. Meredith and Asst. Rector Rev. James are away on vacation this week.

FaithTalk, 9:15 a.m.
We'll gather in the parish hall meeting room for Scripture-based discussion, led by the preacher of the day.

Call for Mental Health Ministries Reflections; Submissions Due August 31
The Mental Health Ministries leaders are inviting people in the congregation to reflect on their experiences of our recent initiatives, so we can keep the living Spirit present in the congregation and maintain our positive momentum. A working group of the leaders will compile and organize these new reflections, and share them with the congregation. For information on how to share your reflection and how reflections will be shared with others, please read our Call for Reflections


Office and Church Closures August 6 and 10: Cleaning and Waxing Floors

  • Tuesday, Aug. 6: parish office, church, and parish hall closed for carpet cleaning 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 10: church nave, flower room, and sacristy closed for floor waxing 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Tai Chi at St. James’, 6:00 p.m. Through August 26
Find restoration and balance this summer on Monday evenings 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the undercroft. There's no verbal instruction—just copy the movements of the leader, Douglas Pratt, M.D. There is no charge, but there’s an opportunity to give a dollar or two if desired to cover the cost of St. James’ utilities. The class is broken into three 15-minute identical segments; come for some or all of them.

Sunday School Parents Meeting, Sunday, August 25
12:00 - 1:00 pm, parish hall meeting room

Parents who have volunteered to help lead Sunday School classes this year are asked to attend a training with the rector and other Sunday School leaders. Learn about our new curriculum and how to use it with ease and effectiveness. Pizza will be provided!

  • Need childcare? RSVP to the parish office so adequate childcare can be provided in the undercroft. Tell us the number and ages of children who needing care, and please note any dietary restrictions.
  • If you are unable to attend, please reach out to Rev. Meredith to arrange a time to review the material together, at
Book Club Returns August 25
Book Club takes a break in July. We will meet again on Sunday, August 25, when we'll discuss Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated. All are welcome in the parish hall at 6:45 p.m.

Lunch & Learn Tuesday, September 3: BBQ and Bingo
Save the date: Tuesday, September 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the undercroft for the next meeting of Lunch & Learn. Barbecue with appropriate sides is on the menu, and the program will be White Elephant Bingo, so save your “treasures” to bring for prizes. All are welcome.

Rally Sunday and Parish Barbecue Lunch, September 8
With Blessing of the Bags and Backpacks. Enjoy lunch from Mission Barbecue on the church back lawn. RSVP by September 5 to the parish office, so we’ll have enough food for YOU! Here's a flyer.

FaithTalk Book Study Begins September 8
Join Book Order by September 1

We’ll delve deeper into the spirituality of our Mental Wellness Ministry with discussion of the book Becoming a Healing Presence, by Albert S. Rossi, Ph.D. To reserve a book at $13.95 per copy, please contact the church office by September 1. All are welcome. More information to come in the August issue of The Pilgrim.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Resumes September 12
Kerygma Study—Sign Up and Join Book Order by September 1

All are welcome to this small-group study of Isaiah from 10:00 to 11:30 Thursday mornings in the parish hall meeting room. Experience the word of God through the faithful witness of the prophet as he reveals God's message with reverence and compassion. Please contact the office to sign up by Sunday, September 1. The Kerygma study guide cost is $23—contact the office at to join the group order and save on shipping.

Quarterly State of the Parish Address, September 15
Save the date for Rev. Meredith's report after the 10:30 service.
Confirmation Classes Begin September 29; Sign Up by September 22
We have two opportunities for those who would like to be confirmed in or received by the Episcopal Church. The first is on November 3 when the Bishop will visit St. James’. The next will be in May at The National Cathedral. Come have fun and learn about what it means to make a mature commitment to Christ.
  • Classes for Adults and youth: Those who are interested in being confirmed or received in November are expected to attend our Confirmation class series this fall. (Confirmation classes for the May event will take place in the spring.) We will meet for five Sundays, beginning on September 29, after the 10:30 service. Pizza will be provided!
  • Sign up with Rev. Meredith by September 22:
Fall Community Sale, Saturday, September 28
Click here for the flyer. Setup is September 26-27. More information to come.

Summer Office Hours: This summer the parish office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Do You Love Working With Children? Volunteers needed
Are you passionate about sharing the love of God? We are in need of Sunday School volunteer teachers and assistants to be part of our program in the fall. Commitment is flexible, simple and easy lesson plans are provided, fun and blessings are guaranteed! Contact the church office for more information, or 301-762-8040.

Celebrating and Remembering with Altar Flowers
Altar flowers are a way to remember, celebrate, and give thanks. Altar flower funds come only from donations.

  • Reserve your altar flower dedication date using the flower schedule on the narthex wall.
  • Donate using the white envelope in the pew, or send your check to St. James’ with “Altar Flowers” in the memo. Any amount is welcome, but flowers for a full arrangement usually cost about $50.
  • Please include a dedication, by email if possible to

Fall Preschool Spaces Available at St. James’ Children’s School!
St. James’ Children's School still has a few openings for children between ages 2.5 and 4, starting September 1. We offer a full day (7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) year-round preschool program children in our Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Threes, Fours, and Pre-K classes. We also offer additional Spanish, Art and Music lessons, with specialized instructors that are all included in the monthly tuition. Please call the school at 301-762-3246 to schedule a tour or visit

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.

Episcopal Church News: Traveling the Way of Love Episode 4: Turn
The latest installment of a new video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication is now available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website (click on Turn) and on The Episcopal Church Facebook page

We have been asked to publish the following community announcements.

Ride On's New Flex App Available for Download
Ride On Flex, Montgomery County’s first microtransit service mobile app, is available for free download. Ride On Flex is an on-demand transit pilot program that operates in Rockville and Glenmont/Wheaton areas. Click here for more information.
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