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St. James Episcopal Church

502 W. Montana Street

P.O. Box 744

Lewistown, Montana  59457

406-538-5151

The Rev. Jean Collins, Rector

406-396-0920; jgcollins08@gmail.com

Website:  stjameslewistownmt.com

Facebook:  St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lewistown

DECEMBER  2018

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DECEMBER WORSHIP

December 2, Advent 1:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating

December 9, Advent 2:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating

            (Folks of St. James are asked to return their Pledge Cards today.)

        December 16, Advent 3: Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating

FOLLOWING WORSHIP WE WILL BEGIN TO PREPARE THE

CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS!

December 23, Advent 4:  ADVENT LESSONS AND MUSIC

FOLLOWING WORSHIP WE WILL DO FINAL PREPARATIONS

PREPARING THE SANCTUARY FOR CHRISTMAS! 

ALL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE AT 10:00 A.M.

 

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           DECEMBER 24, MONDAY:  CHRISTMAS EVE WILL BEGIN WITH A

CAROL SING AT 5:30 P.M. 

OUR WORSHIP SERVICE, HOLY EUCHARIST, WILL BEGIN

AT 6:00 P.M.

 

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           DECEMBER 25, TUESDAY:  CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP WILL BE

AT 10:00 A.M. – HOLY EUCHARIST WITH MUSIC

 

December 30, The First Sunday After Christmas:  Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Sue Eades officiating

 

*ST. NICHOLAS AND CHRISTMAS ANGELS!*

            Nicholas was born in the middle of the third century in Patara, a city in Asia-Minor, to devout Christian parents who provided him with a strong faith and education.  They taught him to be generous, but especially to those in need.  Tradition holds he was orphaned in his early teens, and his regard for the love of his parents made him a model of caring for others.  He came to see that helping others makes one rich.

            Although Nicholas is especially well-known for his charity and love for children, he used his wealth to relieve all who were in need:  poor families, widows, and especially orphans and poor children.

            By custom, Nicholas is remembered on the date of his death, December 6 – his new “birthday” into God’s nearer presence.  A perfect saint for the season of Advent.

            I was reminded of St. Nicholas and his generosity upon learning of the need for additional “Angels” for children in our own community.  To that end, I have secured information for six local children in need.  Their desires for Christmas range from pants and socks and hats and gloves to books and trucks and diapers.  If you would like to know more about specific needs, please contact me as I am handling the ‘master gift list’ for St. James.  Time is short.

Gifts must be purchased and arrive at St. James by Monday, December 10th, at 10:00 am when we will be wrapping and packing gifts for distribution.  I can be reached at 396-0920,jgcollins08@gmail.com, or in person. And yes, financial gifts are also greatly appreciated.

Checks may be made out to “St. James Discretionary Fund.”

                                                                                Blessings,   Jean

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STEWARDSHIP:

Although we most often associate Stewardship with the fall season and money, it is far more than that.  We are also called to be good stewards ofour selves – of our health and well being, of our very person and our relationships with others.  The holiday season in particular can be very difficult for many people.  All kinds of feelings and memories come into play.  As stewards of who we are, St. James is holding several events this December.

 *Suicide Prevention Workshop:  Monday December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the St. James’ Parish Hall – lower level.   This event is open to all and will be a two hour presentation about the signs and symptoms of a suicidal person and what to do next.  There will be lots of time for questions.  Presenters are Michele Stanton – Licensed Addiction Counselor; Joanie Slaybaugh – CMMC Social Worker; and Deanna Stevenson – Licensed Professional Counselor.

 

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 “In Our Own Voice”:  NAMI Lewistown is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  “In Our Own Voice” is one of NAMI’s most effective ways of educating the public about the realities of mental illness and about the possibilities for living well with such illness.  This 45-minute presentation will feature two speakers, Janette Warner and Jack Shifflett, who will share their stories of hope and recovery; there will be time for questions and feedback.

Janette Warner is President of NAMI Lewistown; she has lived in Lewistown for several years, moving here to be closer to her grandchildren from Washington state.  Jack Shifflett moved to Lewistown in October from Missoula, where he was active with NAMI since 2004 and served on the Board of Directors of NAMI Missoula since 2013.  He has been a state trainer for the “In Our Own Voice” program since 2008 and has trained dozens of presenters to share their stories; he has also trained NAMI presenters in Wyoming, Idaho, and Minnesota.

“In Our Own Voice” will be offered at St. James as a “Second Cup” on Sunday, December 9th, at 11:30 am. This event is also open to all.

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*WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

 When:  FRIDAY EVENING DECEMBER 21, 2018

What time:  6:00 PM

Where:  HOME OF BIL AND CATHY HOLMES

Address:  112 Moccasin Mountain Drive – Bil has a cross of lights on the barn visible as you drive up Valach Road to the right

Bil and Cathy are planning on providing a simple meal of soup to accompany solstice prayers and poems and music.

Please bring a stick of wood (if available to you) and a Christmas treat to share.  Also, please bring what you would like to drink.

From Jean:

Winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. On this night we gather together in anticipation of the birth of Jesus – the light of the world – and also, to be honest, to rejoice that days now begin to grow longer in our part of the world. (-:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1: 1-5)

Hope to see you at Bil and Cathy’s on the 21st!

 

***BRASS AND SILVER CLEANING:  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 10:00 A.M. IN THE PARISH HALL.  YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!  MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!***

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VESTRY MEETS:  10:00 A.M. ON DECEMBER 13TH,

LOWER LEVEL OF THE PARISH HALL

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COFFEE, COOKIES, AND CONVERSATION

 Bring your favorite craft – or not – and join with other women for a fun couple of hours on Tuesday, December 11th, at 1:00 p.m.  We will gather at Cheryl Boyle’s home at 714 2nd Ave. South, apt G10 (middle building, second floor).

 Questions?  Contact Cheryl Boyle at 535-6693 or sherry@midrivers.com.

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 Salvation Army:  Ringing the Bell!

 St. James’ will once again ring the bell for the Salvation Army.  We are scheduled for December 18th, Tuesday, at Albertson’s from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  If you are able to help for an hour or so, please contact Dean Martin at 366-2790 or sign up in the Parish Hall – lower level.  All monies from the kettles remain in our area and are used to provide temporary lodging for transients and locals suffering from domestic abuse or great need, utility bills, medicine, rent support, transport to Great Falls or Billings, and so many other needed services.  Your help, ringing the bell or financially, is greatly appreciated!

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 CHRISTMAS DINNER

December 25th, 3:00 p.m.

 If you are interested in participating in a church family Christmas Day dinner, please contact Jane Olson at 535-4926.  We are anticipating dinner at 3:00 p.m.   Jane Olson has once again graciously offered her beautiful home and she will provide a roast, Yorkshire pudding, stuffed mushrooms, tomato aspic salad, and pie.  We’ll supply the rest:  mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, and additional dessert.  Friends and family, of course, are always welcome!  Need a ride?  We can do that too!

-Jean

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REMINDER ABOUT END OF YEAR

DONATIONS TO ST. JAMES:

All donations for 2018 must be received or postmarked by 12/31/18.

We must report donations for IRS purposes in the year they are received.

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CMMC SKILLED NURSING:

St. James continues conducting a worship service at the Skilled Nursing unit at Central Montana Medical Center.  The service is on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  Our next worship service will be held on December 19th.  We will read the Christmas lessons and sing Christmas carols.  We also will celebrate Holy Eucharist.  If you can help with this worship service by way of music, guiding participants through the service or simply by your presence, please come.

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REGULAR OPPORTUNITY:

*Sangha meets weekly on Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall – upper level.  All are invited to attend!

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THIRD ANNUAL

SANTA’S SECONDS SALE

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library

December 1, 2018

9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

 Upstairs in the library

If you have gently used Christmas items that are looking for a new home to grace for the holidays, please drop them off at the front desk of the library no later than Friday, November 30th at 3:00 P.M.  The sooner, the better so we can gauge how many volunteers we will need to set up for our sale on the following day. The event has been hugely popular and successful the past two years.

 

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS

 If you want to give Christmas altar flowers and decorations in memorial or in thanksgiving, please fill out the form below and place it with your check (made out to St. James’ Church and with the memo:  Christmas decorations) in the offering plate.

Name_________________________________________

In memory of___________________________________________

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In thanksgiving for__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

For names to be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletin, they must be received by Sunday, December 16th.

 

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Welcoming Statement

Welcoming

Statement

St. James is an affirming and inclusive parish celebrating life through worship, love, and service to welcome all just as created by God.

We strive for justice and peace among all people, and we respect the dignity of every human being.

Wherever you are in your spiritual journey you are welcome at St. James.  Whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, world view, or economic condition, our welcome knows no boundary.

Welcome to our community – a sanctuary of faith.

We believe God strengthens our diverse world by unity and love.

All are welcome at God’s Table.