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Thank YOU, Outreach Committee!
We received a note from Episcopal Relief and Development, as they regularly do, thanking us for our contribution of $4,000 towards their ministries and projects. We are also informed that our contribution has been assigned to the "Care for Children", which is in their Gifts for Life program.
I want to thank Elaine Atkinson and the outreach committee members for their hard work in making sure our outreach ministries continue no matter what happens in the world around us. It is a commitment that I absolutely value, and believe in my heart is the right thing to do. Thank YOU for your ministry.
Fr. Jos+
Spiritual Habits - 5
Walk God-ward
Living Spiritually
To live spiritually, we seek to breathe with the Spirit's rhythm and move in a God-ward direction on the long walk of faith. Fr. Hendry Nouwen.
We wake up in the morning and move towards something better than yesterday. If not, we have a problem. The problem for a lot of people is to live in the past and thus going backward. Life is to live forward, not backward. Life is to look towards something ahead than something behind.
It is only possible for us to live forward if we take in the life of the Spirit of God who has the knowledge of the future. When we breathe God into us, our rhythm changes and our direction takes a positive dimension. Our forward movement is propelled by our God-ward walking.. It is that which gives us a positive outlook of the world to realize that today is far better than yesterday and tomorrow will be even better. What matters is to be aware that everyday we are waking up into a new and better world God has made.
Fr. Jos
The Nature of Friendship
Unearthing a Frienship with God
School is Out!
Vacation and Travel plans are underway!
At St. James, planning is underway for Vacation Bible School for Saturday, August 14th!
To make this the biggest and The Best V.B.S, we need everyone at St. James to get involved.
Teens and adults can volunteer in one or more of the following ways:
  1. The Decoration Committee (Setting up and tearing down)
  2. Station Leader and assistant leaders. (Adult 18 or older. Stations will include: Story telling, activity and/or craft. Take a paper tent from the Narthex and contact Kimby to sign-up.)
  3. Den Leaders (Age 13-18 years. Following the daily schedule for their group and getting them from one station to the other as well has helping the station leader with the activities in each station.Take a paper tent from the Narthex and contact Kimby to sign-up.)
  4. Kitchen Staff, aka. "The Grub Masters" (prepping, serving, and clean-up for three meals and a snack.)
  5. Donation Angels (We need supplies, which we will be collecting over the next six weeks! There will be lighting bugs hung up in the Narthex with supplies written on them. Some things can be collected over the next 6 weeks, others will need to wait until closer to the date. We will also be collecting camping gear for decorations that will be returned after the event. And as always, cash or check donations will be greatly appreciated.
Mark your calendars and contact Kimby Tharakan for more information or with any questions. If you are not sure what you should donate or how you can help just give Kimby a call or email. 479-747-3757.
Adult, Youth, and Children Programs and Events Canceled for June!
Sunday School Program and Times
Starting this Sunday, June 6th, I am canceling all adult, youth, and children classes and activities until the end of June. The reasons for the cancellation being the new variant of COVID affecting younger people, especially if they are not vaccinated, some conflicting appointments and events, and my own personal family vacation time in June. Even though almost all in our congregation is vaccinated, we want to reduce the risk knowing the COVID currently spreading in Green county is the deadly variant from India, which has killed a lot of people. While I believe our church community is very safe, prudence and caution is a good gift of the Holy Spirit. We will reevaluate the situation as we go into July and keep you posted.
Fr. Jos+
Birthdays, Anniversaries, Prayers for Families and Flower Donations!
Happy Birthday
Deacon Suzie Lynch,1-Jun; Margaret Alderfer, 3-Jun; Sonia Bird, 7-Jun; Saad Ibrahim, 7-Jun; Jan Hutcherson, 8-Jun; Clay Stuckey, 8-Jun; Amanda Morrison, 9-Jun; Judith Colwell, 12-Jun; Anita Lynn Harper, 12-Jun; Tatum Trader, 12-Jun; Landon Rayl, 14-Jun; Stacy Stuckey, 17-Jun; Sandy Duffey, 17-Jun; Janice Carney, 18-Jun; Hannah Redden, 19-Jun; Cynthia Rutledge, 19-Jun, Leslie Duffey, 20-Jun Joyce Haberman, 25-Jun; Minuen Odom, 26-Jun; Alonzo Ibrahim, 28-Jun.
Happy Anniversary
Fr. Ross and Paula Stuckey, 1-Jun; Liz and Josh Trader, 1-Jun; Anne and Greg Breid, 5-Jun; Sue and Roger Palmer, 15-Jun; Kimby and Jos Tharakan, 15-Jun; Nancy and Andy Terry, 16-Jun; Roberto Canales and Jeremy Chesman, 17-Jun; Suzy and Jim Lynch, 27-Jun; Mary and Greg Rajek, 28-Jun, Minuen Odom and Bob Lanning 29-Jun.
Prayers for Families This Week
Vargas, Woody, Wright
COVID-19 Variant Precautions for Worship
  • Mask wearing is still required.
  • You can sit in every row. Leave the center chair free.
  • After the service please greet others outside the church.
  • In the end, care for and protect the other.
Fr. Jos+