Vestry Corner ~ April 2022
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! "
If you are around the church grounds on a Wednesday evening you will hear so many joyful noises! Starting near the Great Hall and Sanctuary you hear over 30 youth in conversation as they prepare for their upcoming
(Save the Date: May 1st at 9:00 a.m.)
. Then laughter is heard from parents gathering for fellowship nearby. As you continue towards the Children’sChapel, you hear children ‘breaking forth into joyous song and singing praises!’ There are nearly20 at Children’s Choir practice preparing for their upcoming offering during worship
(Save the date: Palm Sunday - April 10th)
Lent is such a meaningful time to focus on who we are in Christ and how our lives reflect His grace and love. We are grateful for those who have shared just that through the “This is Us” series. Thanks to the lecture series team for bringing us an exciting speaker this past month! We were able to hear insightful thoughts from Rev. Pamela Conrad who has merged an exciting life of science, space and faith. Furthermore, women of the church will spend time reflecting on who we are in Christ during the
IF Gathering (April 22-23)
hosted virtually from our parish!
With all the excitement and joyful events occurring, it can be a hard contrast to the pain, terror, and loss our neighbors in Ukraine are experiencing. It is hard to ‘see’ the coverage and feel at a loss for how to help. As you continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, remember you have available the Book of Common Prayer to help when words are hard to come by. Try the Collect for Peace(BCP pg. 258) or the Collect for Social Justice (BCP pg. 260). If you feel led to financially support humanitarian efforts for Ukrainians you can donate through Realm to the Episcopal Relief and development Fund (https://onrealm.org/StJamesParish/-/form/give/ukra...).
Steve Thomas (Senior Warden)
Leslie Jarrett (Junior Warden)