The residents of Springdale House are eager to reconnect with their Saint James friends! We’re in the process of making ongoing plans and forming a team for a variety of activities. Some of their suggestions are below. You don’t need to participate in all activities to be a Bridge Builder. Planned dates will likely be on Saturdays. Please sign up in the lobby or talk to Ann Patterson if interested (cell 703-407-0958, firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Another house cleaning of public areas (kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, etc.)
2. Yard work – they need help trimming tree branches and shrubs on the property
3. They could greatly use donations of a vacuum, mop and/or toaster oven
4. Field trips – picnics, museums, fishing, sightseeing (they are open to other ideas); we will need to provide all transportation to whatever activities are planned
6. Gardening – they have an area for a vegetable garden on the property and would welcome companions to spend time together planting and tending the garden this summer.
Our various centering prayer leaders are on a mission trip this week. We will resume on Tuesday, July 25. Of course, as always, you can be in centered prayer at home, too!
Saint James is partnering with Wesley Housing to provide Elementary school children with school supplies for the fall. You can be involved in one of two ways: (1) donate $26 which will buy the supplies for one child–note B2S on your check or your donation online; (2) pick up the list in the lobby or download here and purchase the items and return them to Saint James. Checks and supplies need to be received by August 20th! Questions? Talk to Linda, Linda@sjumc.net. We will need helpers to drop off at Wesley Housing on Monday, August 21st.
There are several instances in the book of Acts where the early church was praying and it shook the ground! Have we prayed as a faith community in such a way as to cause #FaithQuakes? What do do these quakes look like? Have we/I had any faith quakes recently? Let’s talk about shaking up our faith this Sunday!
Tuesday night, July 11, the young adults will gather again at the Mission House at 8:00PM to study/contemplate/discuss/challenge the book of Mark. We are still in in the first chapter so it is not too late to join us in this conversation! Does the story of Jesus in Mark apply to our lives today? How might we live and make it more a part of who we are and what we are doing? Late teens and twenty-somethings- feel free to join us.
Matthew 10:37-42. Could Jesus possibly mean he intends for us to give our all and everything including our very lives? Really? This Sunday we’ll talk about the challenges of Jesus’ call on all our lives.
Just a reminder that we will not have Centering Prayer or the Young Adult Bible Study on Tuesday, July 4. We will resume the following week.
Linda, my wife, and I recently got back from a trip to the Southwest. There was a lot of “checking in”- at airports, into hotels, with family, on Facebook. It seems like “checking in” is now an everyday part of our lives. With whom do you find yourself “checking in?” Is it on social media? Is it with family or friends? Is it with God? Just what does it mean to check-in and do we spend more time checking in or are we really spending time checking out? That is what we’re talking about on Sunday.
Men, if you are interested in the breakfast, James needs to know by Friday afternoon that you are coming to the 7:00AM breakfast on Saturday at 7:00AM at the Silver Diner in Springfield. Email James by Friday, June 23 at 3:00PM.