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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

Easter 2016

Easter 2016

Easter at St. James 2016…First there was a Beautiful Service that included wonderful music as usual thanks to Deb, the choir and LHS trumpeters, a good sermon by Fr. Trees and Holy Communion.  Then the parishioners enjoyed fellowship, an Easter egg hunt for the kids and food.  This years food menu included ‘Hot Crossed Buns’ and other goodies as well as the usual ’Ice Cream Social’.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

 

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The night before Lent began St. James held it’s annual ‘Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper’.  Sponsored and put on by the Vestry.

 

 

 

ANNUAL FAMILY PIG ROAST

 

ANNUAL FAMILY PIG ROAST

The Annual Family Pig Roast, hosted by the Men’s Club, was held Sunday, February 7th at 1:00pm at Gatorpond. The meat, the drink and the desserts were provided.  Wonderful salads, vegetables and other delicious items were brought by those who attended…For those who missed here is a video of good food, fun and fellowship!

Photos by Gary Gregory and David K. Smith.  Video by David K. Smith

 

 

 

 

Annual Parish Dinner 2016

ANNUAL METING / NEW VESTRY SELECTION

The 129th Annual Parish Meeting at St. James was held on Thursday, January 21st at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. We began with a Pot Luck supper followed by the meeting. New Vestry members were elected to serve for three years.  The new vestry members are: Meredith Kirste, Chris Northcott, Kay Oestreich, and Bob Tindall. (See Vestry Updates Page)

 

 

 

The Nature of Islam

 

The Nature of Islam

Recent events in the news involving the rise of ISIS and other terrorist have led many to questions about the nature of Islam and its various facets.  Many Christians in particular wonder what our outlook on Islam should be, and how we should relate to Muslims we meet.  That is why I have invited my friend, the Rev’d Fred Farrokh, to share with us about the relationship between Islam and Christianity for a special Sunday School session on December 20th. -Fr. Tom Trees

 

 

 

St. James’ Children’s Annual Christmas Play:

  ‘Journey to the Center of Christmas’

 

  ‘Journey to the Center of Christmas’

 What an amazing journey we had searching for the center of Christmas! We searched beneath the layers of all that’s red and green, beyond the tradition, the busyness, and even buying gifts. We found that Jesus is the heart of all we do! Well done, crew!  – Beth Williams

Thank you to Deb Carraway, our pianist, Liz Ames, backstage director, Paul Carraway for sound, Doug Ames for stage set-up, Kristen Dailey for lights, video by Gary Gregory, edited by David Smith

 

 

The Mens’s Steak Cookout 2015

The Mens’s Steak Cookout 2015

ST. JAMES’ MEN AND BOYS (PLUS GUESTS): enjoyed fun, fellowship and steak with all the fixins’. Hosted by the Men’s Club, held at the Knowles Ranch (Bugs Spring Rd, Okahumpka) on Sunday November 15th at 3:00pm
Special thanks to Scott Daley, David Knowles, Macky McCabe, Ted Wolf, and all who helped make the function another success…
Music: Will The Circle Be Unbroken by Dulcimer Dan and the Blue Skies Band
Video by David K. Smith

 

ECW Annual Fall Bazaar 2015

ECW Annual Fall Bazaar 2015

Bazaar 2015 is now a very pleasant memory. Thank you to everyone for the help and hard work in all areas. Our ECW will have over $25,000 (less $3000 expenses) to assist so many agencies. We could not have done it without the crafters, the cooks, the men who willingly helped with setting up, the cashiers, the donators, the artists, the”antiquers”, the book worms, and the plant ladies. A special thank you to Doug, Diane and Pat for everything you did that was not in your job description. To Evy Stark and Don Lindskoog, a huge thanks for being in the sanctuary for anyone who wanted to see our beautiful windows and hear the organ. Thank you to Rita for the publicity. This could not have happened without ALL our helping hands.

Photos by Gary Gregory and David K. Smith.  Video by David K. Smith

 

Consecration Sunday

Consecration Sunday

Fr. Tom:

“Our stewardship program, chaired by Dan Robuck, began again this month, culminating on Consecration Sunday on October 25th. There was a catered meal after both the 8:00 and 10:00 services.This year we had a very special guest as our speaker. He was the Rev’d Guido Verbeck, retired rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It was at St. Paul’s where Kathleen and I made our journey into the Episcopal Church, and Fr. Guido was instrumental in guiding me through the ordination process. Fr. Guido has visited us every place we have lived since we moved from Shreveport, and was the preacher at my ordination to the priesthood in Ilion, New York”…

 

 

 

A TASTE OF ST. JAMES

“THE TASTE OF ST. JAMES”:

Was held on Friday, September 25th, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  It is a Fundraiser for supplies and medical needs for the Jamaican Medical Mission.

Social hour starts at 6:00 pm

Tastings are from 6:30 until 8:30 PM

“Celebrating 26 years of Mission Work in January 2015”

 

Lucienne Marie Trees’ Baptism

Welcome Lucienne Marie Trees

On August 30th, Lucienne Marie Trees was baptized at the 10:00 service. Our guest speaker was Fr. Rob Longbottom, rector of St. Luke and St. Peter in St. Cloud. He and his wife Amee will be godparents to Lucienne (Fr. Tom and Kathleen are godparents to their oldest daughter Rose, and Fr. Tom preached at her baptism).

Tradition holds that Lucienne needs one other godmother, so we have asked our secretary, Pat Schaefer, if she would be willing to take on that important responsibility. She has been a tremendous blessing to our family and we know that she will happily pray for and look after Lucienne Marie Trees.

 

 

 

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

This summer St. James welcomed some of our new members with a dinner given by the vestry at Fr. Tom and Kathleen Trees’ house.

 

VBS 2015

Vacation Bible School

JOSHUA & JERICHO
Both our volunteers and kids have had a wonderful time learning about the promise God gave Joshua and the Israelites in this year’s VBS. Their lessons, taken from Joshua 1-6, included Rahab and the Spies, Crossing the Jordan, and the Battle of Jericho. Our theme verse is from Joshua 1:9, which the kids learned in the form of a song: “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Kristen Daley adds her special THANKS to:

Thank you to the Kathleen Trees, Sharon McCabe, Liz Ames, SethPeter Trees, Carmen Rebusmen, the ladies in the kitchen Nancy Young, Jan Smith, Iris Robuck, and Chris Meade, Leah Delgado, Lisa James, Katie Van Beek, Doug Ames and to all the teenage helpers this year.

 

OUR STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

St. James is Blessed to have some beautiful stained glass window.  ENJOY…

 

 

 

 

MAYS 2015

 

St. James hosted the Summer Music Camp for the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony (MAYS)
the week of June 15-19. Right here on OUR campus!
We hosted the music camp for the first time last year, and it was so successful
that they came back this year! All girls and boys between the ages of 5 -18 are
welcome to participate in this great opportunity to join others from all around Lake
County for 5 days of music instruction, group performance under outstanding leadership, and a whole lot of fun.

 

 

 

Bishop Greg Brewer Visits

On Pentecost Sunday, May 24th , Bishop Greg Brewer visited St. James for both the 8:00am and 10:00am services. He confirmed or received several of our parishioners. A reception in the Parish Hall followed afterward.

At the 10:00 service Bishop Brewer confirmed or received fourteen members of St. James. Pictured above, from left to right are: David Lossing, Fr. Trees, Charles Witsman, Carmen Rebusmen, Seth Peter Trees, Isaac Trees, Joel Trees, Bishop Brewer, John Hill, Charlene Smigel, Paul Smigel, Natalie Christensen, Teresa Neuman, Patricia Schaefer, Gary Neuman, and Christine Northcott.

 

 

 

Our Annual Parish Picnic

On Sunday, May 3rd, at 1:00pm at the Leesburg Boat Club in Venetian Gardens our Annual Parish Picnic was a success.  The afternoon was spent enjoying great food and a relaxing time of fellowship.  Enjoy these highlights…

 

 

 

The Men and Boys Fish Fry!

A wonderful time was had by all at:  70 men and boys (more than were expected) were present at the home of Jim Logan on Tuesday, April 14th at 5:30 pm:  Fun, Fellowship, and Fish!  Tickets were $10 each while boys were FREE.

Thanks Scott Daley for all you do!

 

 

 

Easter at St. James 2015

Easter at St. James was a grand celebration with wonderful music, a packed church, another fine sermon and Eucharist….Following the nine o’clock service everyone enjoyed an ‘Ice Cream Social’ and the children hunted Easter eggs in the garden…Enjoy the video…

 

 

 

Jamaican Medical Mission 2015

 Matthew 25……”for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me”……..

Thank You to Geoff Hunt for the Video!

Latest Video of the 25th Jamaican Medical Mission. Awesome group of people and super video. Join us next year, January 25 thru Feb. 1st, 2016!! Contact St. James and leave your name and number if interested, 352-787-1981. Thanks to such a wonderful mission team it was a fantastic year!!!

 

 

 

FAMILY PIG ROAST

Once again the FAMILY PIG ROAST was a huge success…

The Annual Family Pig Roast, hosted by the
Men’s Club, was held on Sunday, February 8th
at 1:00pm at Gatorpond, home of The Bowersox. The meat, the drink and the desserts were provided. Folks brought side vegetables or salads to share. It was food, drinks, music, fun and fellowship for all ages. Thanks again to all who helped…