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August 23, 2019
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We are a community anchored in Christ, seeking God, sharing His love and serving others.

ANCHOR LINES update
WORSHIP
We return to 3 Sunday Worship Services

SEPTEMBER 22

7:30 am, in the Chapel
9:00 am, in the Church
10:15 am, Christian Formation for all ages
11:00 am, in the Church


(nursery available at 9 & 11 am)
NEWS & EVENTS
Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture:
St. James to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing
this Sunday, August 25 at 2 pm (3 pm EDT)

This Sunday, August 25, we join churches of all denominations across the nation to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling our bells for one minute at 2 pm (3 pm EDT).

 “The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and remember that landing and the bringing of those first enslaved Africans to this country by ringing bells,” said Curry. “I’m inviting us as The Episcopal Church to join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation. … We can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all.”

Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message  by clicking the image above. 
St. James' Social Gatherings
at The Mill
85 N. Bancroft Street
Fairhope, AL 36532


3:30 - 5:30 pm

Meet other St. James parishioners in your age group!

The ice cream is on us!
Beer and wine available for purchase.

Sunday, August 25 for adults in their 40s & 50s 
Sunday, September 22 for adults age 60 and up


Bring your children. Casual attire. No need to sign up.
St. James' Supper, Brunch & Restaurant Groups

Signing up now through Rally Day - September 8

Detailed information is on the sign-up form. Forms are in Green Hall and the Parish office. Drop off your form or mail it to the church, (ATTN: Supper Clubs) by September 8. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Questions? Contact Bruce Stone by clicking the image above.
RALLY DAY
SEPTEMBER 8
Following the 10 am service

The new Ministry Guide is now available.

Pick up your copy so that you will be prepared for RALLY DAY.
Copies may be found in the Parish office, Green Hall and the Narthex.
The guide is also available on our website by clicking the image above.

 
ACOLYTE TRAINING
for new and returning acolytes

If you did NOT come to the training last week, please choose one date:

Sunday, September 15
Following the 10 am service - Meet in the church at 11:15 am.


or 

Sunday, October 20 
Following the 11 am service - Meet in the church at 12:15 am.

 
Attention all parents who have college freshmen:

Please send your child's college mailing address to Anne McEniry at christianformation@stjamesfairhope.org so that she can keep in touch with them this year.

Thank you!
The SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE is now available on the MSP website and App.
We have decided to postpone creating the October and November schedules so that new servants who sign up on Rally Day will have an opportunity to be scheduled sooner.

Click the "M" above to go to the Ministry Scheduler Pro website.
If you have forgotten your username or password, contact the Parish office at (251)928-2912.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION
St. James' Small Groups
Study & Fellowship

St. James currently has 3 small groups--one for adults in their 20s & 30s, one for adults in their 30s & 40s, and one for adults in their 40s & 50s. These groups meet in the home of their group leader once a month for study and fellowship. We are looking for people who are interested in starting additional groups and/or being a group leader. Email Anne McEniry by clicking the image above, if you are interested in joining a small group.
On Sunday Mornings beginning September 22, Christian Formation for all ages will be held between the 9 and 11 am services. Grab your cup of coffee or water and a snack and head to class. Classes will begin at approximately 10:15 and end at 10:50 in order to give people time to get to the 11 am service.

Children and youth will go the Christian Education Building and will be divided by age group.

Adults have 3 options:
  • Rector's Forum will meet in the Chapel
  • A study of the book of Exodus, led by Evelyn Garrett and Bruce Stone, will meet in the upstairs classroom
  • The Lectionary Study, led by Jim Daniell, will meet in the front lobby of the parish office.
The Sun Does Shine
A new bible study for adults on Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm, led by John Olson
Beginning September 10

The Diocesan Prison Ministry Commission at the request of Bishop Russell has prepared a Bible study for parish use to help parishioners better understand the Bible's general request to "Remember those in prison as if you were bound up with them," (Hebrews 13:3), and Christ's specific request in Matthew 25:34-46 to minister to those in prison.

The Bible study uses the autobiographical book The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton, a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. 

Emphasis is placed on Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." The study will discuss how God's love works within the prison to create a Christian community fostered by those both within and without.

For questions, or if you would like to attend the class, email John Olson by clicking the image above.
Galatians
Men's Monday Night Bible Study
Beginning September 9 at 6:30 pm

The Monday Night Men's Bible Study will be studying a dangerous book, Galatians.  It exposes a popular substitute for spiritual living that we have in our church and most churches today--legalism.  Many people believe that because of what they do or don’t do that they are “spiritual “ or saved.  The Lord shows us in Galatians how wrong we are. Please join us for this liberating and simple study of the fundamentals of Christianity. It's like the start of football season. First we have to once again learn how to block and tackle. We will meet on Monday night at 6:30 and finish sharply at 7:30.  Refreshments will be enjoyed afterwards.  All men are welcome to attend.
 
SCHOOL NEWS
CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS!
The school is collecting old cell phones, dress-up clothes, and old purses.
Bring your items to the collection bin in Green Hall.
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