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Deacon Suzy, Our Deacon!
We are blessed with people who care, and share; people who work hard and give their talents as much as they can. How blessed it is to have people who are committed to their ministries and committed to their communities. Thank YOU to each of you for your commitment to St. James. Thank you to Deacon Suzy for her hard work, her ministries, and her love of the Lord! Deacon Suzy will lead and preach on June 20th. Thank YOU
Spiritual Habits - 6
Our Truest Self
The movement towards the Truest Self
Spiritual formation, I have come to believe, is not about steps or stages on the way to perfection. It's about the movements from the mind to the heart through prayer in it's many forms that reunite us with God, each other, and our truest selves. Fr. Henry Nouwen.
What are the many forms of prayer that move from the mind to the heart, have you wondered? The many forms are emotions of joy, pain, sadness, anger, disappointment, failure, fear, loss, and you can put into that list whatever your mind can think of. Then give it time to let them sink into your heart's rhythm. Then they become prayer. They become the uniting element of grace.
What unites us with God are those raw realities that make us authentic human beings. None of us a perfect and none of us have the joy of perfection. What we have the joy of imperfection that is perfected in Christ when these painful and joyful moments pass through our hearts into the heart of God.
God knows the raw moments of our life. The beauty of a God-ward journey is that we will be able to let lose our hearts strings to tie into God's heart to fly above them all. It is then we become our truest selves.
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+