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  Easter at St. James…

There was an overflow crowd for the nine o’clock Easter Service. The St. James Musicians outdid themselves. It was a joyous celebration which was followed by an ’Ice Cream Social’ in the courtyard…Here are some highlights…enJOY!

Video by David K. Smith

Our Campus…

Our Campus is always beautiful…This year: The flowers at St. James have been spectacular this season! From the azaleas to the tulips and all of the planting going on in our gardens, we have been surrounded by God’s beauty. Many parishioners have worked together to make this happen. Thanks to Doug Ames, our sexton, to Jody Stokes for her Tulip project, to the many members who helped fund the project and the ladies who planted hundreds of bulbs and pansies. Also thanks to Ted and Sharon Bowersox for their ongoing work and donations to the beautiful grounds at St. James. These are special projects that have occurred since the New Year began. We thank the E.C.W. grounds committee for their wonderful work all year round in making our landscape so lovely.  Jan Smith

Video by David K. Smith

 

The 27th Jamaica Medical Mission

The 27th Jamaica Medical Mission

The 27th Medical Mission of St. James Episcopal Church to St. Mary’s Parish Church, Port Maria, Saint Mary, Jamaica took place from January 30th to February 6th this year. More than 50 people, including several members of St. James, participated. It was another successful mission trip. Thank you Daniel Dodsworth for this great video…enJOY!

Video by Daniel Dodsworth

 

 

Elizabeth Ames’ Israel Trip

Elizabeth Ames’ Israel Trip

Sunday, February 26, I was honored to share about my trip to Israel back in May of 2016. This trip was possible because of the generosity of friends, family, and the St. James’ ECW. Thank you for letting me share this incredible experience with all of you!

 

Elizabeth also Shared her sister’s mission trip…

The Annual Family Pig Roast

The Annual Family Pig Roast

The Annual Family Pig Roast, hosted by the Men’s Club, was held Sunday, February 19th at 1:30pm at Gatorpond (The home of Ted and Sharon Bowersox).
The meat, the drinks and the desserts were provided. Parishioners brought side vegetables and salads to share. We hope that you were able to join us for some good food, fun and fellowship! If not, here are some highlights….enJOY!

 

New Leaders and Vestry Members

Danielle DeCaprio: Director of Youth and Family Ministries

 

New Vestry Members

Nathan Battle

Claire Brooks

Danny Delgado

Drew Logan

 

“Sing Noel…Christ is Born!”

“Sing Noel…Christ is Born!”

“Sing Noel…Christ is Born!”

Sunday, December 18, 2016 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary

This program of beautiful music, woven together with narration, seeks to draw us closer to the Christ of Christmas as we share together the joy of God’s promise fulfilled.  New this year! The choirs will be accompanied by keyboard, as well as strings, woodwinds, and percussion. Please come, and invite a friend to join you, for what we trust will be a Christmas blessing for you and yours.

 

“Joy to the World” by Jubilate

“Joy to the World” by Jubilate

Jubilate, under the direction of Beth Williams, presented “Joy to the World” on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Our young people presented a program designed to help us both enjoy the Christmas season and be reminded of its importance in our lives. Jubilate, along with soloists and ensembles, presented this program of beautiful music, woven together with narration, seeking to draw us closer to the Christ of Christmas as we shared together the joy of God’s promise fulfilled. It was a Christmas blessing for all…

Video by David K. Smith

 

2016 Annual ECW Fall Bazaar

2016 Annual ECW Fall Bazaar

A heart felt and sincere thanks to all who worked so hard on the E.C.W. Fall Bazaar this year. To the many volunteers, contributors , chairmen, buyers…We appreciate everyone who helped to make the Bazaar a successful one. We were able to raise over $22,000 to fund our outreach and mission work. The love and dedication to St. James and God’s work was evident throughout the event….God bless all of you!

Jan Smith and Becky Binneveld, Co-Chairwomen

Photos by Paul Motto

Video by David K. Smith

 

Parish Wide Dinner

Parish Wide Dinner

Stewardship and Ministry
This year our stewardship program will provide fresh opportunities to become involved in ministry at St. James. We kicked off our program with a parish wide dinner on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Venetian Gardens. Many members came and enjoyed food and fellowship, learned about our program, and got to visit with some of their fellow parishioners. The dinner was catered and free of charge.

 

47th Central Florida ECW Annual Meeting

47th Central Florida ECW Annual Meeting

As the 47th Central Florida ECW Annual Meeting opened with a continental breakfast, St. James Episcopal Women began their hostessing from 9:00 am in the morning throughout the morning into  a luncheon and a  business meeting.

There were 130 women (from 17 churches) who had travelled from points throughout the state to attend “Building Bridges of Peace and Reconciliation” within ourselves and our families.  The Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer (Bishop of the Central Florida Diocese) provided the service and a sermon  along with the Prelude Hymn, “God of the Women” sung by the women.  Our St. James organist and our women  choir members from St. James provided inspiring music during the service.  The Installation of Officers of the Diocesan ECW and the Blessing of the Book of Remembrance set the leadership stage for the 2017 year.  After the Post-communion Prayer and dismissal, the hymn “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” was sung, and  The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin S.Holcomb, Canon for Vocations delivered an inspiring message about our youth and women’s’ involvement in our communities striving for peace.

Our Prayer for the Episcopal Church Women:  Almighty God, we pray that you will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world.

Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently, and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son, Jesus.

Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future, Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts, as we reflect your light throughout the world.

Rita Clements

 

Taste of St James 2016

 

Taste of St James 2016

The Jamaican Outreach Committee would like to thank all who participated in “The Taste of St. James” on September 30.  A VERY BIG THANK YOU, OUR BEST YEAR EVER!

Through all your support we raised a little over $8,400 dollars.  We thank the special people that bought tickets for the event and all the generous folks that donated items for the Silent Auction.  The auction raised approximately $2,000.

Thank You,

Sharon McCabe

Video by David Smith

 

Confirmation Sunday 2016

Confirmation Sunday 2016

On Pentecost Sunday, May 15th, Bishop Dan Herzog from the Diocese of Albany, New York confirmed Alex Northcott, Sydney Johnson, Avery Brooks, Terri Folker, Ella Kate Daley, Trey Waddell and
Ginny Cleaves, and received Jean Hogan. The confirmation service was followed by a Resection in the Parish Hall.

Photos by David Smith and Gary Gregory

Video by David Smith

 

2016 Annual Parish Picnic

 

 

The Annual Parish Picnic was held on Sunday, May 1st, at 12:30PM at
the Leesburg Boat Club in Venetian Gardens (on Rt. 44, “Dixie Ave.”).

There was chicken, sausage, beans, salads, and the famous corn on the cob!

Parishioners brought a dessert to share. It was a time for good food, fun and
fellowship!

Photos by David Smith and Gary Gregory

Video by David Smith

 

Flip Flop Lemon Drop 2016

Flip Flop Lemon Drop 2016

APPLAUSE ….
For the Ladies of St. James and the Community. Your support for the Flip Flop Lemon Drop event was greatly appreciated. Your participation created a donation of $2500 to the ECW to further our Mission work.
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH !!!!
Flip Flop Lemon Drop Charity Fundraiser was held Friday, April 8th, 2016 at the Leesburg Boat Club
All proceeds go to Episcopal Churchwomen, who donate to ministries throughout the world…
Hostesses: Sharon McCabe, Nancy Young, Bonnie Binneveld, Rita Clements, Patti Wolf and Becky Binneveld…. Video by David Smith

 

An Oral History of St. James Episcopal Church

An Oral History of St. James Episcopal Church

Here is an Oral History of St. James Episcopal Church:  George Kramer, Kathyrn Knight, Shirley Howard and Jody Stokes tell stories of St. James going back more than eighty years.  Enjoy this fifty minutes of ‘good story telling.’…Video by Fr. Tom Trees