Announcements May 27, 2018
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Welcome to St. James! Two restrooms are located in the front of the church, through the double doors to the left of the altar area. There is also a baby changing table that accommodates a child up to 50 pounds. “Buddy bags” for children are available in the back of the church. Each contains soft toys, crayons, coloring paper and other materials to help little ones stay occupied during the service.
Altar Flowers no altar flowers are given today.
How to Give Altar Flowers Altar flowers usually are given in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one or for a milestone event. Flowers cost $25. Please make out a check and note on it “altar flowers.” Altar flowers and prayer shawls are available to take to someone who may be in ill health, hospitalized – or who simply needs cheer.
Change in Liturgy Eucharistic Prayer A is used during the Easter Season. The Easter Season ended last Sunday, so today we change back to Prayer B.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Our annual St. James – VFW ceremony will be held tomorrow at 10:00 am, regardless of weather. We’ll be in the corner behind the church along Cedar Street, at the gravesite of Civil War General William Montgomery.It’s a short ceremony to honor the 92 veterans who are buried at St. James and features brief prayers, a rifle salute and the playing of “Taps.” Please come and honor those who served our nation in both peacetime and every conflict since the Revolutionary War.
Monthly Dinner Our next dinner for hungry neighbors is this coming Wednesday, May 30. Volunteers are always welcome (and needed!) Set-up is at 5:00 pm, dinner service begins at 6:00 pm, and, if 5 people can stay for clean-up, all is done by 7:30 pm. If you can come and help with this important ministry, please do!
First Fridays on the Delaware These community events will be held on Mill Street, Bristol Borough on June 1, July 1, August 3, and September 7. Look for live music, beer garden, food, art walk, vendors, face painting, kids’ art classes, community mosaic project, and free family fun.
Country Buffet Grace Episcopal Church is hosting its annual Country Buffet on Saturday, June 9, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The menu is baked ham, roast chicken, scalloped potatoes, pineapple stuffing, salad bar, homemade desserts and drinks. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages six to ten, and free for kids five and under. 313 Main Street, Hulmeville.
Cemetery Census Andrew Regiec, a Grace Church parishioner who just graduated from Cairn University, did a senior year church service project here at St. James - a complete inventory of every person buried at St. James (all 2,095 of them, he tells us!)He worked for free so the vestry gave him a graduation present, and Andrew recently sent us a wonderful thank you. Here is some of it: "I sincerely hope that... adding to the cemetery's records will help in the preservation of those who are buried there and to those who hold memories of those people...I found many of the stories of those who are buried there interesting. Much of the history of Bristol can be related back to St. James."
Great News!!! Bishop Gutiérrez and the Diocesan Council have awarded St. James a $30,000 grant (not a loan, a grant!) toward the cost of putting a new roof on the parish hall. St. James was one of 47 churches that applied for a grant under a new funding initiative begun by the Bishop. Ours was one of 10 winning applications, and the only one from Bucks County. The diocesan financial officer wrote to us, "We were impressed with the quality of your application, the need and the impact that need could make." Because the parish hall is the heart of all our outreach ministries, and the roof is extremely dilapidated, it is imperative that we get a new roof as soon as possible.
Bags to Benches Did you know that for every 10,000 plastic shopping bags recycled at Giant Food, one bench is made and donated by Giant to a local organization or school district? Since 1997, Giant has donated more than 1,500 benches made from plastic bags. So if you want to make even more of a difference, drop your bags off at Giant (even if they're from another store).
Pastoral Caregiver Training A new initiative started by the Episcopal churches in Central Bucks is now being offered in Lower Bucks. The Community of Hope International (http://www.cohinternational.org/) is an Episcopal community in the Benedictine tradition that focuses on the spiritual formation and training of persons interested in being, or who already are, pastoral care givers in their church or community. The first class of over a dozen people recently completed their 14-session training, and now they meet once a month to support each other in their ministry. A printout describing the program in detail can be found on the table in the back of the church. If you are interested, even if just in attending an open meeting in June, please contact Joanne Welker (281-409-8980 or email@example.com).
Parish Ministries We are looking for new people to join our Sunday ministries of altar guild, reader, prayers of the people, Eucharistic Minister, greeter, usher, and counter. If you are interested, please speak with Marlee or Denise.
Food Donation Our latest donation of non-perishable food items to the pantry at First Methodist was 50 pounds, which brings us to a total of 7,592 pounds of food over the life of this ministry.
Seamen’s Church Institute Collection We continue to collect gently used men’s clothing for the mariners from tropical climates whose ships dock at the Port of Philadelphia.
Burial Lots Do you or someone you know need a burial lot? Why not choose our own peaceful churchyard? Our rates are extremely competitive. Please see Horace Schmidt or call the office (215-788-2228).
Pew Plaques Pew plaques are available – some have been installed on the ends of pews on the aisles. The cost is $250. Please contact the office by phone or email for more information.
Collecting Box Tops Rose Capitano works at a school for students who are on the autism spectrum. To help provide educational material, the school collects box tops. If you are not already collecting them for family, friends, or other organizations, it would be greatly appreciated if you would collect them for her school. Collection sheets and a list of participating products are on the table in the back, along with a collection box. Thank you for your help!
Prayer List St. James has two prayer lists: the one in the Sunday bulletin and another, more extensive list used by the Intercessory Prayer Group. The Sunday prayer list is for people with immediate needs and conditions. Names usually remain on this list for two to three weeks. People with long-term, chronic illnesses and issues are on the Intercessory group’s prayer list for as long as needed. If you would like someone to be on the Sunday bulletin list, please notify the office. If you would like to join the Intercessory group to pray for folks, please contact Ruth Barton at 215-736-2790.
Prayer Requests Just a reminder – when you want someone placed on the prayer list, please call the office. If you want a card sent to that person, you need to give the name and address to Jackie Keller (215-788-8271.) Jackie writes and mails St. James’ get-well and condolence cards and a card will not be sent without an address.
Pastoral Need? Please contact the parish office with your or others’ pastoral care needs, such as being placed on the prayer list, requesting a home Communion, reporting a death, alerting us to a hospital stay and so on. We regret finding out after the fact that someone was sick or in the hospital.
Eucharistic Visitors Two members of the congregation are available to provide home Communion. They are Denise Ciambrello (215-262-3841) and Betty Dougherty (215-781-5993.)
Planning Ahead Sometimes we don’t plan as well as we should for the future – especially if it involves something we don’t want to think about. I have developed a funeral planning form that allows you to select all the important elements of your church service, and gives the office information we need to be in contact with your family and funeral home. If you choose to fill this out, please give the office a copy. Forms are available on the table as you enter the church. - Marlee
St. James on Facebook and Wikipedia St. James has its own page on Facebook, the world's leading social network: http://www.facebook.com/stjamesbristol. Also, St. James has its own entry on Widipedia, the Web's leading encyclopedia.
You're Invited The Diocese of Pennsylvania now has its own closed Facebook page just for the people and clergy of the diocese. Bishop Gutiérrez says that it "...will better allow us to share our great ideas, be in prayer for one another, nurture our mutual love for ministry, promote programs and activities in our parishes, and build deeper community with one another." To join, go on Facebook and search for Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Click on "like."
Tracts A tract rack which contains a number of interesting pamphlets on the Episcopal Church is in the narthex (vestibule), to the left of the doors as you enter.