Latest News and Reflections
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Thank You in advance to, Tessa Eggers, Kara Woody and all who are planning to put in the hard work and preparation for the Mardi Gras Party this week! We are all so excited to attend! There is still time to volunteer! See the announcement below.
We have put out several copies of the Lenten Schedule. They can be overwhelming because it looks like there are lots of things going on and you can’t make them all. The reason for putting this calendar out is to make it easy for you to plan ahead what kinds of spiritual practice you could do different from the rest of the year so that your Spiritual Life catches on a new fire and fervor. Is it important for our spiritual life to be on fire? Yes, it is because a spiritually satisfied individual will change the world. And sure you will agree with me, we need people who are on fire with god. You may be the change that the world is waiting for. So, please pick up the lenten schedule from church or print it when you get them in an email.
A WORD FROM YOUR RECTOR
Our Hope For The Future
When we hear about endowment in church most of the time what goes into our mind is money. The church is asking for money. The church wants that and this and something else is what clouds our minds immediately. Whether we are rich or poor, hearing about money, excites everyone either positively or negatively. It makes us uncomfortable or anxious. It doesn’t matter what happens to us when we hear the word money, I am inviting you to hear something else when you hear the word money and endowment.
So, what is Endowment? An endowment is not money. We all endow something to someone everyday. An endowment is our hope for the future. It is not just a hope, it is also our commitment to the future, and that is good in the future, to those things that we believe in the present we want our children to have in the future. That is why protecting nature is an endowment project. Protecting our programs that advance the cause of compassion is an endowment project. Keeping our church, faith, and outreach is all endowment projects. It changes lives and truthfully the lives that are changed are our own and of our children and the world around them.
An endowment is an indefinite perpetuating resources. I did not know that it was such a simple thing for me to do until I heard some speakers in the past talk about it and then again I heard Amy Amason a few months ago. I want to invite you to attend Amy’s presentation on March 1st after church. It is on the first Sunday in Lent. After church Amy Amason, whose short bio is given below, will present a seminar called, “The Ultimate Gift.” Please attend. Plan for things that will benefit your children, and their world. Be knowledgeable about what it takes to make a simple action that can change the lives of those whom we love. Let the very thought of a world in which our children and grandchildren can live in peace and harmony should excite us all positively. Let us do something about it now.
CHURCH NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Legacy and Discipleship
Every Sunday After Church In Lent
Week One (03/01): The Ultimate Gift: Christian Witness at Death (Amy)
Amy has worked in nonprofit fundraising for more than 30 years. She has worked with universities, hospitals, arts organizations and social service organizations across the country. She is a cradle Episcopalian, grew up in Arkansas City, KS and has worked in the stewardship area for parishes and dioceses in Arizona, Georgia and Missouri. She also served on the TENS Board of Directors (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship). Now she is serving as a volunteer to work with parishes in the Diocese of West Missouri on planned giving and endowments.
Week Two (03/08): Death in the World: 10 things you don’t know about dying in Missouri (Mark)
Week Three (03/15): Celebrating with Meaning: How to complete your funerary packet and where it goes (Fr. Jos)
Week Four (03/22): Legacy and Discipleship: Legacy Giving: 5 win-win financial vehicles for giving (Eric)
Week Five (03/29): Planting for the Future: A new Introduction to our Endowment Program (Fr. Jos)
Mark Your Calendars!!
Mardi Gras is just around the corner!
Invite your friends, family and neighbors to come for good food, kids’ parade, fun karaoke singing, and celebration of this annual event at St. James.
To make this party another rousing success, your help is greatly appreciated to get everything ready.
Here’s how you can participate! Come for one or more of these activities.
Kid’s Sunday School, Feb 16
Children decorate shoebox floats. Please urge your kids to come for this fun time together!
Our kids’ parade kicks off our Mardi Gras evening so their participation is very important!
Saturday, February 22, 9-11
Kitchen crew to prepare food. Many hands will make this a quick preparation. Bring sharp knives, cutting boards, food processors.
Sunday, February 23, after church
Set up tables and chairs in Parish Hall.
Monday, February 24: 10-noon
Decorating Parish Hall
Tuesday, February 25: 10-noon
Final decorating with balloons 2-6 Food preparation and final set up 6 pm until Mardi Gras Celebration
SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDY THIS WEEK
Does God Punish & Reward Us?
If God is all loving, does He reward and punish us according to our actions? In this presentation, the notion of justice is discussed. Is sin fun or does it punish us on its own? Please join us for this provocative discussion about the role and mystery of the Father and His all-encompassing love for us.
ONE THOUSANDS DAYS OF LOVE is a grassroots church-wide campaign of the The Episcopal Church. It is dedicated to increasing funds and increasing services to vulnerable children globally.
Research shows that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are foundational, affecting their capacity to grow, learn and thrive over their lifetime. It is vital that every child have access to health and developmental support during this period. The first few years form the basis for future well being. If we miss this critical 1000 days, a child will never catch up and fulfill their God-given potential.
During the 2020 Lenten season, St James will spend 40 of those days putting our faith in action and join this campaign to make a difference in the lives of children world wide. Episcopal Relief and Development will receive all our Lenten Outreach offerings. Besides strengthening THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE, these offerings will qualify for matching funds later in the church year.
Our children and youth will also be participating in special ways you can support. Watch for more details as Lent approaches!
The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
by Brennen Manning
Click here to buy The Kindle Version or Paperback Book directly from Amazon or sign up for it at church on Sunday.
Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet.
Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.”
“Brennan Manning does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God’s grace to do what only God’s grace can do—amaze.”
-Max Lucado, Bestselling author of The Gift for All People
“I found deep comfort in realizing that Jesus loves even me, a ragamuffin, just as I am.”
-Michael Card, Musician, recording artist, and author of A Violent Grace
“This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good.”
-Eugene Peterson, Author of The Message
Buy The Book Ragamuffin Gospel
A Cursillo Gathering in the Southern Deanery
February 9th: St. John’s
March 8th Christ Church
Empowered To Connect Conference
Presented By: Show Hope
Experience practical teaching designed to encourage, educate, and equip families, caregivers, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoptions and foster care.
Featuring presentations on Trust-Based Relational Intervention methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU to help bring attachment and connection in families. This is a televised REWIND 2018 conference.
Northside Christian Church
4902 State HWY H, Springfield, MO 65803
Registration in $5
Register at www.casaswmo.org
Event updates will be on CASA of Southwest Missouri’s Facebook page.
Training certificates will be available.
CEU credits are available to professionals at showhope.org/ceu
Last Week of The Epiphany
02/23/202, Sunday 10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist/Food For The Poor Inc.
02/25/2020, Tuesday 6:00 PM: Mardi Gras
02/26/2020, Ash Wednesday 10:00 AM: Service of Ashes & Healing Service
Ash Wednesday 6:30 PM Holy Eucharist with Ashes
Week 1 of Lent
03/01/2020 Sunday 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist
Sunday 11:45 AM Legacy and Discipleship: The Ultimate Gift: Christian
Witness at Death (Amy)
03/04/2020 Wednesday 5:30 PM Soup Supper – Ragamuffin Gospel
Wednesday 6:30 PM Evening Prayer
09:15 AM: Sunday School
09:15 AM: Adult Sunday School
09.30 AM: Choir
10.30 AM: Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM: Yoga with Penny Childress
10:00 AM: Healing Service
12:30 PM: Wrapped in Prayer
9:00 AM: Yoga with Penny Childress
Celebrant: Tharakan, Fr. Jos
Preacher: Ostlund, Rev. Holly
Deacon: Lynch, Dc. Suzy
Subdeacon: Millsap, Mark
Eucharistic Minister: Lanning, Bob
Lector: Redden Daniel
Crucifer: Hopper, Matt
Acolyte 1: Pruitt, Lisa
Acolyte 2: Tharakan, Asha
Usher 1: Lynch, Jim
Greeter 1 Abshire, Terry
Hospitality: Mike B-J
Prayer Partner: Odom, Minuen
Organist Chesman, Jeremy
Altar Guild: Snow Gerald
Children’s Ministry Schedule
23rd Getting Ready for Lent
1st Learning About Parts of Mass
8th Learning About Parts of the Mass
15th No Sunday School (Spring Break)
22nd No Sunday School (Spring Break)
29th Easter Sunday Craft