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You are invited to the ordination of Collin Kenneth Larimore to The Sacred Order of Deacons, Saturday, April 2, 2022, 11 am. Christ Episcopal Church, 601 E. Walnut St. Springfield, MO
Collin Larimore. The time is here for us to celebrate his call. St. James has brought up a wonderful young man for ministry. Before I came here as your rector in 2017, when I met Collin, I said to myself that he was called to a ministry at the altar. Every day since then, I was convinced of his call more and more. The more I talked to him, the more I was even affirmed that he felt the same and was ready to accept the call and explore the path. What a delight and how wonderful I feel that he will be ordained before I leave St. James.
So it's my distinct privilege and honor to invite you to join the Larimore's and St. James family to celebrate Collin's Ordination to Transitional Diaconate on April 2nd, the invitation above.
Also, The Rev. Deacon Collin Larimore, the New Deacon in the church, will officiate the Baptism of his niece, Hazel, on April 3rd at the 10:30 am service. So, please celebrate Collin's first official sacramental ministry on April 3rd.
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Next Two Months - LENT
Upcoming Celebrations at St. James!
Dear Saint,
We have some exciting days ahead. Don't forget to attend the ordination of Collin Larimore on April 2nd.
The Holy Week and Easter are around the corner. Please mark your calendar with the events that are coming up. One of the important events right before the Holy Week, April 9th, Saturday, is the retreat in preparation for the Holy Week and Easter by Brother Andee Book, a member of the Order of Preachers. So, please make plans to attend this event with Br. Andee who is a wonderful spiritual, energizing, and funny teacher you will ever meet.
Then we have Easter Activities with an Easter Vigil Baptism on April 16th, and then the festivities of Easter Day, Flowering of the Cross, Celebration of Easter, and Easter Egg hunt following the service on April 17th. That's not the end of the celebrations at St. James in this season. We are just starting.
The following week, April 24th, we will baptize Raegan, the youngest member of St. James, who is just a few months old. Please join and celebrate her baptism and welcome her and her parents Rachael and Sara to St. James.
Now you would think that's the end of the events in the coming months for St. James. NOPE. We will welcome Bishop Diane Bruce on June 19. We will have several confirmations on that Sunday. The journey we are on will continue with new confirmations, new members, and new energy going forward. Let us praise God for the wonderful blessing we have in each other. Here are a few things to remember as we go through these events in the coming weeks and months.
When people see you living what you believe they are inspired by it. The church grows from the ground up, meaning, through each of you, not from top-down, meaning not because of the clergy. But because of loving, caring, and inviting laity supported by selfless clergy. I invite you to be a loving, caring, and welcoming community in the coming months and years so that St. James becomes a model for other Episcopal Churches.
Fr. Jos+
Graduation Celebration
Join us in celebration of our 2022 Graduates on May 15th after the 10:30am service with cake and gifts.
We want to honor all of our graduates, so please let us know by emailing office@sj.church and include your graduate's name and from what grade/degree they will be graduating with/from. Please submit your request by April 15th so that gifts can be ordered and received in time for the celebration.
Easter Lily Dedications
peace lilies
If you would like to make a donation in honor or celebration of a loved one or event with a gift of Easter flowers, you can email your request to office@sj.church and drop your donation of $12 per plant in the offering plate or go online to www.sj.church and make your donation there by clicking on the "give" tab at the top of the page.
Seder
St. James Seder Ceremony and Meal
Please join us for a special Seder ceremony and meal on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 pm. This will be a very unique experience commemorating our Jewish heritage for this Christian Holy Week. It will start with a special Passover celebration service oriented for our Christian faith, led by members of our congregation. This service includes congregation participation and special music. We will have a limited number of Kippot (Yarmukas) as optional headgear for male attendees. Following the Passover service, we will share a catered meal of Mediterranean design with choice of lamb or chicken (volunteer donation). Please let the church office know if you plan on attending, how many, and meal choice. It is very important that we get an accurate head count for how much of each food choice to provide. 
March is Crosslines Pantry Month!
Donations and Volunteers needed for March 31st!
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. With inflation and high gas prices, families are in even greater need.
There are two ways you can help. You can help with donations by mailing a check to St. James or by bringing a check marked “Outreach” to Sunday service. 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 the 29th. Another way to help is by volunteering from 8:45 to 1:30 March 31st to fill carts with needed food. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated by those you serve! 
Do you wish to volunteer but can’t because of job or school? Crosslines is now open Wed evenings as well! Let a member of the Outreach Committee know if you are interested in volunteering for this evening time slot sometime in the future.
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 31st at Crosslines.
Outreach News
 The Ukraine is on everyone's heart and mind. What can we do? How can we help? You can pray and give!  
The Lenten offering this year will benefit the people of the Ukraine. Traditionally our Lenten offerings go to an international concern. Episcopal Relief and Development is already helping thousands of refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. 
We can help! All Outreach giving during Lent and all donations at the Lenten Soup Suppers will be earmarked for "Ukraine"
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Youth and Children Sunday School
This week we learn about the parable of the lost son. Who is this guy? Find out on Sunday at 9:30am.
Celebrations & Prayers This Month
Happy Birthdays
Daniel Redding, March 1st.
Jim Colwell, March 3rd.
Tammy Larimore, March 4th
Sam Breid, March 4th
Carter Stuckey, March 5th
Dorothy Kaiser, March 6th.
Chris Rayl, March 7th.
Fr. Jos Tharakan, March 8th
Asha Tharakan, March 8th
Kathleen Jackson, March 9th
Joanne Ibrahim, March 19th
Robert Jackson, March 21st
Addison Stuckey, March 23rd.
Happy Anniversary
N/A
Prayers for Families This Week
Hendricks, Holder, Hopper
Flower Dedications
No Flowers in Lent
Altar Schedule
Altar Guild
Tessa Eggers, Terry Abshire
Celebrant & Preacher
Fr. Jos Tharakan
Deacon & Gospel Proclamation
The Rev. Suzy Lynch
Eucharistic Minister 1
Eucharistic Minister 2
Chris Dodson
Matt Hopper
1st Reading
Psalm
2nd Reading
Lisa Pruitt
Lisa Pruitt
Chris Dodson
Prayers of the people
Lisa Pruit
Acolyte (s)
Lisa Pruitt
Usher
Greeter
Hospitality
Eric Atkinson
Dottie K
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