Vestry Corner ~ June 2022
Our vestry meetings each month start with a devotional shared by one of the vestry members. We have had topics that included focusing on prayer, intentionality, and taking time to listen to God (rather than worrying about completing our never-ending to-do lists). Alex shared the book When God Winks At You with us which encourages us to look at coincidences/events in your life and how they intertwine and answer prayers. It really encourages you to be present and seek out the tangible reminders of God’s presence in our lives each day. Good advice for us all!
During the summer months as you find yourself at either our downtown Sanctuary or at Mt. Lebanon Chapel for worship services, be on the lookout for visitors! We want all visitors to feel warmly welcomed whether new to the area or simply visiting for vacation. As you walk around our block, please also make an effort to greet our neighbors and thank them for being generous with their street space during our busy day school drop-off line and Sunday services. Finally, we’d like to challenge you to greet and meet at least one person you don’t know…each Sunday! #UnofficialSummerChallenge
The fourth offering of the outstanding Episcopal Church’s racial reconciliation course “Sacred Ground” wrapped up recently here at St. James. This round included a multi-racial group and multiple folks located in other areas of our country. It was once again very powerful, educational, and hopeful and all participants expressed deep gratitude for having the opportunity to participate. We concluded with a healthy discussion on what else God is calling us to do to heal our land of pain and hurt through the process of loving all our neighbors as ourselves. Be on the lookout for future opportunities from the church for education and action in this important mission.
Finally, we want to share a joyful update with all of you in regards to the Rev. Chris Hamby and his family. Chris, Mandy and their boys (Lewis & Wilson) will be moving to Lexington, KY this summer. Chris has accepted a position with Church Pension Group (CPG) as an Account Specialist and Mandy will be teaching 6th Grade English at The Lexington School. Please continue to keep their family in your prayers as they get settled. We continue to be grateful for the impact both of them have had on our Parish family and surrounding community.
Steve Thomas (Senior Warden) & Leslie Jarrett (Junior Warden)