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The Messenger October 20, 2021
St. James-Santee Episcopal Church
A Weekly Newsletter to keep you informed on the happenings and events in the life of St. James-Santee Church.
This Sunday’s Service, October 24 – some things you need to know: We are returning to “inside worship”! See details in The Priest’s Portion.
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Altar: Betsey Geer / Marsha Purvis
Lector: Aaron Baldwin
Server: Robert Hopkins
VOD: Bill Bates
Birthdays in October Anniversaries in October
10/1 – Doug Hurteau Russell and Wendy Weeks – 10/11
10/13 – Katie Lewis Roy and Betty Hills – 10/14
10/18 – Addie Bates
10/22 – Jim Grayson
10/22 – David Baldwin
10/27 – Billy Baldwin
- November 5, at 5:00 p.m. A “meet and greet” our new Diocesan Bishop, Ruth Stanley-
Woodliff. More information will follow.
- November 12-13 The Diocesan Convention is being held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial
Episcopal Church at Pawley’s Island, S. C. Our delegates to this convention are Paula
Mellichamp and Bill Bates. You may attend any part of this convention on zoom
(see Diocesan website).
And now… a few words from Father Roy
THE PRIEST’S PORTION
Dear Members and Friends of St. James Santee Episcopal Church:
WORSHIP INSIDE THIS SUNDAY: Come to church! Covid cases, deaths, and the positivity rate are at a point, and our parish is almost fully vaccinated, so that we think we can safely return to our Chapel for worship. I think most of us agree that inside worship is preferred. Along with mask-wearing for those who want to and social distancing in the church, and as long as Covid continues to decline, we hope and pray that we can worship safely in our church for the foreseeable future. Influenza may try to raise its ugly head now
that Covid is declining, so please get your flu shot…now is the time. Pray that Covid variants remain dormant and that more people become vaccinated.
NAMES TO BE REMEMBERED ON ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY: On Nov. 7, All Saints’ Sunday, we will again read out the names of those that the congregation wants to remember……in thanksgiving…..in memory….in love. We will offer the Eucharist on that day for all the names submitted and ring a bell for each one. There are two ways to get these names to us: 1. Fill out a slip with the names over the next two Sundays, or 2. Contact Carol Koontz, our parish administrator, and provide her the names.
- Mark your calendars for Friday, November 5, at 5:00 p.m. when we will “meet and greet” our new Diocesan Bishop, Ruth Stanley-Woodliff. Plans are being considered for her visit with us. This is a “get to know each other” kind of visit, not a worship service. More on this on Sunday.
- The Diocesan Convention is being held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church at Pawley’s Island, S. C. on Nov. 12 and 13.
BRICK CHURCH ON NOVEMBER 21: Plans are under way for our Thanksgiving service at Brick Church. We are hopeful that by then Covid positivity will be very low and guests may feel welcome. We are planning for the weather to be good and for people to enjoy safe family groups and “pods” on the grounds if they want to picnic. Again, we will not be doing a potluck or community meal. But, stay tuned because exciting plans are under way.
- Do a Will and outline your advance directives. It is a great courtesy to those you will leave behind. And, remember your church in your Will.
- Is it time for you to take your place in the life and governance of St. James? Why not stand for vestry? Think about it.
All good wishes to you and yours. Roy Hills+
“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You”