Vestry Corner ~ September 2023
Dear St. James Parish Family,
It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to another wonderful summer season at Mt. Lebanon Chapel. Mt. Lebanon Chapel is such a unique setting to worship God and enjoy the beauty of His nature. We are truly blessed with this treasure. The Mount Lebanon committee, led very capably by Frank Hamilton, is earnest in overseeing the property while maintaining its sereneness. Mt. Lebanon Chapel is well positioned for the future.
While we see the close of one season, we are excited to once again be back together as one community. As Reverend Craig noted recently, the Church is about “our” journey together, not alone. So it is with much anticipation that we start this Church season with one main service on Sunday mornings, beginning with Welcome Sunday on September 10th. It will be fun to see so many smiling faces. With concern over parking, we have reconfirmed with our generous neighbors the use of their available parking, on Sunday mornings: First Bank, Wells Insurance, First Citizens Bank, and Hogue-Hill Law Firm. Also, city meters for street parking are free all day Sunday.
Congratulations to the coordinators and volunteers for our Vacation Bible School. It was a huge success with over 75 youngsters learning, playing and dancing. If you haven’t already, please enjoy the pictures. Keep an eye on our emails for the expanded link. You must see Bill Calder dancing!
If you want to get more involved in the life of St. James, now is the time. The next several months are packed with opportunities for participation and involvement. To remind you of some of these, we have: Rise Against Hunger, Jazz and Race Symposium, Parish Retreat at Trinity Center, Diocesan Revival with Bishop Curry, a Habitat Unity Build, and more. Please refer to your this Special Edition Grapevine for a listing of times and dates.
The Vestry held its summer retreat in early August. The retreat is an opportunity to reflect on things that are going well, and to discuss improving things that need help. As always, please communicate your concerns to any member of the Vestry.
See you downtown.
Leslie Jarrett (Senior Warden) and Alex Murchison (Junior Warden)