NeverTheLess - May 15, 2016

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NeverTheLess – May 15, 2016


WELCOME TO ALL, especially if you are visiting us today. Please join us for coffee hour in Brydon Hall, after church.

PENTECOST Today is the feast of Pentecost. We wear red to church remembering the tongues of fire that touched the disciples, and we hear the Acts lesson in many languages as the Spirit filled the first followers of Jesus.



It’s finally here! Join St. James the Less next Sunday, May 22, as we celebrate our Sesquicentennial Anniversary. Our celebration starts with our 10 am Eucharist; our guest preacher is the Rev. Canon Patrick J. Wingo, Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. We will raise a joyful noise with guest musicians, the Festival Brass Quintet, as well as our own handbells, the St. Cecilia Children’s Choir and the adult choir. Following church, we’ll continue celebrating with a catered luncheon. Please Note: We will have only one service next Sunday, at 10 am, so that we can all worship and celebrate together.

USHERS NEEDED! We are expecting a large crowd, and extra hands are needed to welcome, guide, and seat all of our guests and visitors. If you can help, please contact Rich Holt, 368.0609 or


There are numerous volunteering opportunities to ensure our celebration runs smoothly and that we all have a good time. Sign-up sheets with job descriptions and available time slots are on clipboards at Information Central. BBQ Pick-up is on Saturday, May 21st, 9:00 am to Noon, in the Kitchen. Complete information on our Sesquicentennial celebration is on our website:

GRADUATIONS Do you have a child graduating from high school, community college, college, and/or graduate school this spring? Please let the office know his or her name and future plans if they have them settled, by May 26.

AUGUST 15 - 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm. VBS is a 3-day education program called “SURPRISE: Stories of Discovering Jesus”; the fourth night is an all-family dinner/fun night. Jesus surprised the people he met. People in the temple were amazed by the conversations and questions they had with a boy named Jesus. With each surprise, people discovered more about Jesus. Are you ready for your children to be surprised by Jesus? Everyone is welcome. The VBS educational program is designed for Pre-K - 5th Graders and we would love to have middle and senior high kids perform the dramas that are included with the program and to help with the children’s activities. And of course we need volunteers to make this a special experience for our children!
Questions? Interested in participating? Contact Jen Martin, .


PATRICK HENRY HS INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE STUDENT EXAMS We are once again hosting the Patrick Henry IB students for their final exams. They will be using Brydon Hall weekdays from Monday May 2nd, through Wednesday, May 18th. Brydon Hall is not closed to anyone, but we do ask that distractions be kept to a minimum. And please keep the students in your prayers. If you have any questions about access, contact Margaret in the office.

PETER PAUL DEVELOPMENT CENTER strives to help their participants with basic needs. Currently, they request note pads and greeting cards for the senior citizens they serve. If you’d like to contribute, there is a marked basket at Information Central.

VESTRY MEMBERS: Steve Pace (SW); Bob May (JW); Julie Ericksen; Tom Fritter; Harry Hassell; Jenny Bruce; Rich Holt; Tanya Reagan; Dawn Davis; Richard Grosse; Beth Markwood, Matt Smith

SEARCH COMMITTEE: Derrick Rosser (chair); Sandi Shirey; Rebecca Cline; Bob Hughes; Bob Chamlee; Matt Meade; Ana Bajcsi

SJTL COMMITTEES AND CHAIRS: ADULT FORMATION, Harry Hassell; CHILDREN/YOUTH FORMATION, Aleta Meyer; STEWARDSHIP, Steve Pace; PARISH LIFE, Steve Pace & Bob May; PASTORAL CARE, Stephanie Werner; FINANCE, Yancey Jones; OUTREACH, Ginny Meyer & Julie Ericksen; FUNDRAISING, Jenny Bruce & Sylvia Spagna; PROPERTY, Tom Fritter; CHENERY, Naomi Pace; COMMUNICATIONS, Dawn Davis; SESQUICENTENNIAL, Liz Chambers & Kris Holt; WORSHIP NUTS & BOLTS, The Rev. Claudia W. Merritt

PRAYER LIST – May 15, 2016

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: PRAY for the congregations and clergy of St. James's Richmond; St. Stephen's Richmond; St. Paul's Richmond; Grace Kilmarnock

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: PRAY for The Anglican Church of Melanesia The Most Revd David Vunagi Archbishop of Melanesia and Bishop of Central Melanesia

In thanksgiving for the birth: Sebastian LaRoche, born May 11. Son of Jody and Amanda LaRoche, little brother of brother Keigen and sister Innin; grandson of Dani Petitt.

For our parishioners requesting our prayers: GUS Miller, CONDÉ Hopkins, MAUD Brumback, PAT Funk, DICK Harman, HENRY Mayer, MOYA Parmele, ERIN Yagla, MEGAN Rodman, LAURIE Rodman, STEWART Dishman, TRUMAN Parmele; DON Jones; CHARLIE Thompson, JESSE, RAVEN & NATE Blaisdell, NED Stiles, TIM Holt

For those serving in the diplomatic corps and military: KEMPER Jones, HUNTER Fines, GREG Ericksen, ANDREW Walton, SCOTT & BARBARA Feeley, ROBERT Ham, MATTHEW Thomas, PHILIP Morison

Relatives & Friends: (people added this week are in italics) MAC Pace (father of Steve Pace), ANNE MARIE Fisher (friend of the Jones family), TRAVIS Williams (friend of the SJTL Parish), PATRICIA Reppert (aunt of PK Kinser; friend of the Meyer family); GINNY Walker (niece of Karl Meyer), ARLENE Davis (mother of Dawn Davis); WILL Holman (friend of the SJTL Parish), SANDIE Litsinger (friend of the Shirey’s), WILLIAM Micou (friend of Ron & Conde Hopkins), ANNE Folsom (mother of Meg Helsley and Emily Folsom), The Rev. RACHEL Lewis (friend of the Spagna family), JOHN Murphy (father of Erin Murphy), PATRICK Morris (friend of Harry & Doris Hassell), BETH Mallory (friend of Beth Markwood), JANE Markwood (mother of Tim Markwood), RHONDA Lewis (friend of the Tharrington family), NANCY Margie (friend of Aleta Meyer), ANNETTE Wisniewski (friend of Doris Hassell) MARY & JIMMY (family of Tammie & Bob May), ORIANA Hargrove (friend of Bobbi & Tom Street), ALICE Wallace (mother of Beth Markwood), The Rev. NANCY Cox (friend of the Meyer family), JUANITA Wightman (sister-in-law of Jane Howard), LYNN Forehand (cousin of Joyce Blunt), GWEN Bennett (sister of Hilda Kelly), VICKI Snelgrave (cousin of Joyce Blunt), MELANIE Watkins (niece of Bobbie Street)

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