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Consecration Sunday is Coming
Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our congregation’s Stewardship committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year. New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship.
New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?” During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily
by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.
We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship. We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and governing board members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
Terri Parmenter and Astry Rivera-Amigon
*In the past we have offered a Consecration Sunday Luncheon immediately following Sunday service. Due to the pandemic, we have changed this up to offer 3 separate catered dinners over the weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, based on your Church Family group. This will ensure that we can be together in a safe environment. Please look for your invitations in the upcoming weeks.
Terri Parmenter & Astry Rivera-Amigon
Leading Stewardship Ministry - 2021
Spiritual Habits - 20
Generosity!
“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
― Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam
I love this quote from the great poet Rumi. It is about self-awareness. Only those who know themselves can practice this. It is about being generous just as much as loving oneself. It is in the balance of the two one can be truly generous.
As yourself the question: Do you give away more than you can?
Fr. Jos+
Wednesday Healing Service
Wednesday Healing Service - 10 am
@ Holy Spirit Chapel
Take a midweek break and anchor your spiritual journey on God. Join us for a Holy Eucharist with healing Service at St. James on Wednesdays at 10 am. Next Wednesday service is on September 29th.
Newcomers Dinner - Oct 9
The vestry is excited to announce a dinner for those who are new to St. James Episcopal Church on October 9th at 5:30 pm. Childcare provided.
Adult Sunday School -
Ladder to the Light!
Our Sunday school study, starting on September 12th, will be a book study. It is a great book by a wonderful author. Bishop Steven Charleston. Here is the link to buy the book - Ladder To The Light.
Youth and Children
EKC: Queen Esther was brave. She saved her people by telling the truth even if it meant giving up her own life. Join Asha Tharakan on Sunday to learn more about this brave Queen!
EYC:
EYC will not be meeting after church on Sunday. However, if you would like to explore the Gospel study for yourselves, lesson handouts are available below or pick one up before the service on Sunday morning at 10:30 am.
EKC will meet at 9:30 am.
We would love to hear from you! Share pictures, video, thoughts or questions with on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StJamesSpringfield
Blessing of The Pets
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Sr. James Episcopal Church
2645 E Southern Hills Blvd, Springfield, MO
@ 4:00 pm on the Parking Area (weather permitting)
Phone: (417)881-3073 Email: office@sj.church
Human Guidelines:
Wear a face mask
Stand at least three (3) feet apart
Stay home if you are feeling sick
Owners of all faith are welcome with their animals. If your pet does not feel comfortable around other animals, or cannot attend in “person”, please bring a picture or an item such a collar, leash, favorite toy, etc. to be blessed.
Trunk or Treat!
St. James will be hosting a Halloween Trunk or Treat this year on October 31st. 6-9pm. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served and children will be able to trick or treat the trunks. A costume contest (by grade k-5, 6-12th and adults) will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the announcement of the winner of the "Best Trunk Award". You can sign up to decorate a trunk, bring hotdogs, buns, chips, drinks and candy, or volunteer for set-up and clean-up by contacting Kimby Tharakan by text 479-747-3757 or email stjamesspringfield@gmail.com. We will need all hands on deck for this one! Let's make memories together with our neighbors!
Crosslines Pantry Month!
St. James dedicates itself to help others through Crosslines whenever there is a 5th Thursday in the month. September is one of these months! Help support our community by helping those who need food assistance in the Springfield area. Many families rely on Crosslines for fresh produce, canned and boxed food, milk, eggs, diapers for their children, plus much more.
There are two ways you can help. You can help by mailing a check to St. James or by bringing a check to Sunday service. Mark the check “Outreach.” Or you can bring food or hygiene items to the front foyer of the church. Please bring in your canned foods, shampoo, boxed meals, etc. before Tuesday, Sept. 28th. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated by those you serve! 
Thank you, St. James! Please call Nancy Terry at 417-860-6879 if you have any questions or are willing to volunteer on Thursday the 30th at Crosslines.

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