Almost everyone listens to the music. When listening to music, do you feel yourself being lifted? Do you feel a Divine connection? Not just with “religious music” but all music? Like visual art, music has the potential to take us to a different place, to connect with God. This weekend we will talk about and listen to music as an entryway in the experience of God.
Hunger Free Alexandria is launching a new Lazarus West End Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard Street. The grand opening is Monday, October 24th. The West End Lazarus Food Pantry will be open Mondays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. We need volunteers to: Paint and build shelves on Friday October 21st 9:00am – 2:00pm in partnership with Rebuilding Together, no skills required; Help provide lunch for the team of 10 – 15 volunteers on October 21st; Stock shelves and organize on Sunday October 23rd.
Volunteers are needed to work at the pantry on an ongoing basis, minimum of once per month is preferred. This will include helping to register guests and being hosts to people as they select their food. Volunteers will be needed to pick-up gleaned food from donors and the Capital Area Food Bank weekly. Training will be provided.
There are many additional opportunities to volunteer in a variety of capacities! Please contact Phyllis Johnson 601 880-4117 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.
Saint James has 15 team members for Complete the Circle on Sunday, November 6th, 1-2:30pm. This event is designed to raise awareness of hunger in our community and to bring food to feed our See Linda Patterson, or email her, Linda@sjumc.net if you’d like to help out!
Can’t be there? Bring dried beans, canned beans or bagged rice to donate!
Springdale residents may need rides for Election Day. Anyone able to help our neighbors? Email Linda@sjumc.net if you can help out!
Mark 4:35-41. A new series begins this week and I’m really excited as we look for God and a connection to the Eternal in various forms of Beauty. What is beautiful for you? Begin to imagine how beauty might be a window into God’s heart for you. This week we’ll look at beauty in the artwork of Rembrandt van Rijn. Will this piece of art help us see something in Jesus we didn’t before?
Luke 15:1-10. This is the story about how lots of folks were drawing near to Jesus (Yeshua in Aramaic/Hebrew) and religious folks were miffed. Jesus tells several parables about finding that which is lost. What do you think these stories are about? We will talk about it on Sunday!
Matthew 6:25-34. Learning to live in the moment, this very moment, is a very challenging undertaking. It seems even more so today since we can be sitting at the dinner table while perusing our email, our Facebook feed, our twitter feed, or our texts- maybe even all of them simultaneously! Yet we only really have this moment- what is past is past and what is yet to come isn’t here either. Now. Be here now. But how do we do that? Sunday we are going to look at the benefits and challenges of living in the moment with hints about how to do it. Join us.
Luke 11:2-4. “And lead us away from temptation…” This weekend we closeout our series on The Lord’s Prayer with a look on what it means to not be led into temptation. What tempts you? What does it mean when we pray not to be tempted? This series has really been a challenge to our sometimes-mumbling-together the prayer Jesus taught the disciples (heads up: “disciples” includes us!). Join us Sunday in person, or if you’re out of town, join us online for a message about temptation!
We were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Michael A. Smith, a former member of Saint James and of our pastoral staff. More information regarding the arrangements will follow; Michael was serving in the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. He is survived by Kristen, his wife, and Brice, his son. Please pray for the family.