ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH

502 W. Montana Street

Lewistown, Montana  59457

406-538-5151

Website: stjameslewistownmt.com

Facebook:  St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lewistown


The Rev. Jean Collins, Rector

406-396-0920; jgcollins08@gmail.com


October 2019

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*WORSHIP*

ALL SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES BEGIN AT 10:00 A.M.

OCTOBER 6: HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

BOOK STUDY: Grateful at 9:00 a.m.

Blessing of the Animals: Registration at 3:30 p.m. with worship beginning at 4:00 p.m. Treats

for animals and people following worship in the Parish Hall - lower level.

OCTOBER 13: HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

BOOK STUDY: Grateful at 9:00 a.m.

OCTOBER 20: HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

BOOK STUDY: Grateful at 9:00 a.m.

OCTOBER 27: HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

BOOK STUDY: Grateful at 9:00 a.m.

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A NEW TRADITION!

Our recent history has included bringing dog and cat food for the month of October in

observance of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and our annual Blessing of the Animals

worship service.

We are beginning a new tradition which will be year-round. We are grateful to Bob and

Claudia Tate for bringing this wonderful practice to us. Beginning Sunday October 13th we will

have available ceramic piggy banks for your use at home. One pig per family. Extra change or

offerings of thanksgiving go into the family pig and when it's full comes to church where our

gifts of change will go into a larger pig - which has been wonderfully decorated by Cheryl Boyle.

The monies from the pigs will go to SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) and TOT

(Tails as Old as Time). TOT is a local senior dog rescue and SAFE works to rescue animals in

Fergus County who are destined for euthanasia if owners aren't found after three days. SAFE

has also worked diligently in offering spay and neuter clinics in our area. Our own Peggy Butler

heads SAFE and Nancy Fry-Moline heads TOT. A number of you have beloved pets from both

of these organizations. And, of course, you don't need a pig to make a donation! -Jean

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ALL SAINTS’ CELEBRATION

NOVEMBER 3rd

A PRINCIPLE FEAST

FAITHFUL DEPARTED

We will remember “all those whom we love but see no longer” on All Saints’ Day,

November 3rd. Please clearly print your deceased beloveds’ names on the list at the entrance to

the sanctuary or on the list in the Parish Hall - lower level so they can be included in our prayers

on that day.

HOLY BAPTISM

According to The Book of Common Prayer, All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All

Saints’ Day is “especially appropriate” for Holy Baptism. If you would like to be baptized on

November 3rd, please speak with Jean as soon as possible.

SOUL CAKES!

In Britain a small round cake called a soul cake was made and the cakes were given out

to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who would go from door to door on All

Hallows’ Eve, singing and saying prayers for the dead. Jane Olson continues the tradition of

baking soul cakes for our All Saints’ Coffee Hour!

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REGULAR OPPORTUNITIES:

*The Centering Prayer group meets the first Saturday in the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish

Hall - lower level. All are invited to attend!

*Sangha meets weekly on Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall - upper level. All are invited

to attend!

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50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

Tom and Marie Anderson will be observing and celebrating their 50 years of married life on

October 19th, Saturday, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at The Calvert.

All are warmly invited.

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You are invited to

Gratitude: Spiritual Practices that Nurture Joy

A mini-retreat

St. James—Lewistown

Thursday, October 24 th 10:00 AM- 2:30 PM

RSVP to The Rev. Jean Collins at

jgcollins08@gmail.com or 406-538-5151

The Reverends Jean Collins and Valerie Webster invite you to Gratitude: Spiritual Practices that

Nurture Joy, on Thursday, October 24 th from 10 am -2:30 pm. We’ll engage our whole selves:

 A Morning Meditation followed by a brief presentation on ‘our Anglican spirituality of

gratitude’ expressed through The Book of Common Prayer and The Most Reverend

Frank T. Griswold’s Praying our Days: A Guide and Companion.

 Small group discussion of passages from Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving

Thanks by Diana Butler-Bass, followed by sharing insights and inquiries as a large group.

 Fellowship over lunch.

 An introduction to intentional spiritual practices that voice gratitude and nurture joy.

Selecting a practice, and individually or in small groups, engaging this practice.

 Concluding afternoon worship in the sanctuary highlighting Taize Chant and Prayer:

Praise and Thanksgiving.

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***SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! TWO PEOPLE OR

FAMILIES PER WEEK PLEASE. THE SIGN UP SHEET IS POSTED IN THE PARISH

HALL – LOWER LEVEL. ANNE KNERR COORDINATES COFFEE HOUR. THANK

YOU!!!***

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COFFEE, COOKIES, AND CONVERSATION

Bring your favorite craft and join with other women for a fun couple of hours on

Tuesday, October 8 th at 1:00 p.m. We will gather at Cheryl Boyle’s home at 714 2 nd Ave.

South, apt G10 (middle building, second floor).

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VESTRY MEETS: OCTOBER 16, WEDNESDAY, AT 11:00 A.M. IN THE

PARISH HALL - LOWER LEVEL.

Vestry meetings are open to all who wish to attend.

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NURSING HOME WORSHIP SERVICE:

St. James is conducting a worship service at the Nursing Home located in the Central Montana

Medical Center. The service is on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. Our

next worship service will be held on October 16th. If you can help with this worship service

by way of music, guiding participants through the service or simply by your presence, please

come!

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PINT WITH A PRIEST:

OCTOBER 29TH, TUESDAY,

5 - 7 PM

THE GOLDEN SPIKE, YOGO INN

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Bring your questions, opinions, and concerns.

Everything is fair game!

Bring yourself and a desire to meet and acquaint.

Giving Opportunities for Parishioners 70 ½ or More

by The Rev. Janis Hansen

 

If you are 70½ or older, you have a unique stewardship opportunity – called an IRA Charitable

Rollover -- that may also provide you with a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA

withdrawals.  Why might you want to consider an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to your parish or to a

Diocesan fund?

 You can avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the parish or Diocese

 These gifts can help you to meet your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year

 Gifts like these can reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions

 In this way, you can make a gift that is not subject to the 50% deduction limits on charitable

gifts

 

Here’s how an IRA Charitable Rollover gift can work for you:

1. Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift from your IRA to your parish or a fund at

the Diocese.

2. Your IRA funds will be directly transferred per your instructions to help grow the vital work of

our church.

3. Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction, since

the funds do not become part of your annual income.

 

For more information on how gifts like these are making a difference in parishes in Montana, please

contact Mary Messina, mmessina@midrivers.com, Canon Barb Hagen at finance@diomontana.com

or The Rev. Janis Hansen in Sheridan at ubicari@msn.com Here’s to a truly golden opportunity to consider as we age!

SEPTEMBER 2019

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*WORSHIP*


ALL WORSHIP SERVICES BEGIN AT 10:00 A.M. 


SEPTEMBER 1: HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

SEPTEMBER 8:  HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

SEPTEMBER 15:  HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

SEPTEMBER 22: HOLY EUCHARIST with Jean Collins officiating

SEPTEMBER 29:  MORNING PRAYER with Rosemary Kent officiating


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Semi-annual Meeting Sun 18 Aug 2019 11am – 44 present


After Rev. Jean’s summary of parish life during the Sunday Liturgy, Second Cup at coffee hour was coordinated by the Vestry with a review of the initiatives since January. Senior Warden Tom Wojtowick thanked Rev. Jean for her work and care for our church and community and reminded all that we are at mid-term in our annual budget. Mary Messina outlined the income and expenses to date and explained that about 75% of our budget covers clergy compensation and the diocesan assessment, which is common in most congregations.  Mary noted that currently we are not quite able to pay our currents bills as income from plate and pledges are slightly down given vacations and summer time, and because 2018's anonymous donation of $20,000 is included in the 2019 budget. Our deficit, as of 7/31/19, is more than we budgeted for the entire year.


Vestry members Dean Martin thanked everyone for their ongoing generosity with their pledges and other contributions to the parish and Brian Priest commented on the reports and noted that we are but about 1% behind our commitment and he mentioned some difficulties in former times with hard decisions that had to be made. Parishioner Anne Leininger mentioned planned giving and her satisfaction with our current commitments.  Randy Houck reminded all that this parish is a safe and precious place for all of us. Michael Kent spoke of his pride in the parish and the spirit of this place and Rosemary Kent talked about the importance of the eucharist to her.  

Tom reminded all that the renewal of our contract with Rev. Jean is soon due and that our hope was to offer a full time salary and compensation package instead of the three-quarter salary of the last few years.  He mentioned Marcia Gans’ recommendation of a few years ago – give a bit more each week makes real difference in a years’ time. Mary Messina suggested that even a $4 increase each week by the 52 giving unites of our church will result in nearly $11,000 for a year. All were asked to give just a bit more for the current squeeze and Tom suggested that major endowments or gifts of gold and silver or the sale of jewelry are other helps.


There was appreciation all-round for this gathering and the transparency of financial matters.  We ask those not present on the 18th to join us in discernment and in helping-out a bit more if able.  Thank you to all members of the parish for our share in this good endeavor. 


          Notes by Tom Wojtowick, Senior Warden

 

From the Treasurer:

 

Thanks so much to the folks that answered the call to give a little more that was made at the Semi-Annual meeting August 18th. Your generosity has helped us divert a difficult situation. The positive comments from our Vestry and congregation were very uplifting. St. James’ is a wonderful community that does so much for so many and we are truly blessed with God’s gifts and the talents of all of us. Thank you so very much for your generosity.

 

                                                                       -Mary Messina

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MOVIES RETURN!

"We plan to resume Movie Night at St. James this coming month with two films in the line-up, both have themes about trying to help people who are resistant or unable to accept help.  On Thursday, September 19 at 7:00, we'll see an award winning French film "The Dream Life of Angels", made in 1998, which won Best Actress awards for both leading roles and Best Picture awards at both the Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards festival.  The film has English sub-titles.


This is the story of two young working class women who meet and share an apartment for the summer -- one an optimistic wanderer and the other a pessimistic, rebellious soul.  For a time, they become best friends, living day to day in short-time jobs, until events and their underlying personalities begin to draw them apart and ultimately leads to both tragedy and hope. 


As always, popcorn and other refreshments will be served.


In October, we plan to show "A River Runs Through It", a film made by Robert Redford in the Livingston - Bozeman area in 1992, which won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography"


-Brian Priest

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COFFEE, COOKIES, AND CONVERSATION


Bring your favorite craft and join with other women for a fun couple of hours on Tuesday, September 10th at 1:00 p.m.  We will gather at Sherry Boyle’s home at 714 2nd Ave. South, apt G10 (middle building, second floor).


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VESTRY MEETS:  SEPTEMBER 19, THURSDAY, AT 10:00 A.M.

IN THE PARISH HALL - LOWER LEVEL.


Vestry meetings are open to all who wish to attend.


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NURSING HOME WORSHIP SERVICE:

St. James is conducting a worship service at the Nursing Home located in the Central Montana Medical Center.  The service is on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  Our next worship service will be held on September 18th.  If you can help with this worship service by way of music, guiding participants through the service or simply by your presence, please come!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Are you interested in assisting with our Christian Formation for Children, Godly Play?  We meet most Wednesdays.  Snacks are from 3:15 to 4:00 and the story begins at 4:00 pm and concludes at 5:00 p.m.  We need someone to coordinate weekly treats, folks to bring treats, doorkeepers, and storytellers.  

All volunteers must be willing to take "Safeguarding God's Children" training and get a background check.  This is to protect all involved in activities with children.

If you can help, please contact Judy Marxer at 366-0701 or Jean Collins at 396-0920.


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BOOK STUDY!


We will begin discussing Grateful:  The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks  by Diana Butler Bass on Sunday, September 15th, at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall - lower level.  Please read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for the 15th.  


AND, mark your calendars for October 24th, Thursday, as the Rev. Valerie Webster returns to St. James from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for a teaching on gratefulness.

IT'S BACK!


What is Godly Play?

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!


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Godly Play

at

St. James' Episcopal Church

 

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BEGINS THIS FALL:

 

September 18, Wednesday, at 4:00 p.m.

in the

Parish Hall - upper level

502 W. Montana Street

Lewistown

 

Snacks and supervision are available following school

beginning at 3:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall - lower level.

 

Questions? Contact the Rev. Jean Collins at 396-0920 or jgcollins08@gmail.comor Judy Marxer at 366-0701

The Rev. Jean Collins, Rector

406-396-0920; jgcollins08@gmail.com




JUNE AND JULY 2019 

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*ALL SUNDAY WORSHIP IS AT 9:00 A.M. DURING THE MONTHS OF

JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST.*

June 2:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating at 9:00 a.m.  

June 9:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating at 9:00 a.m.

Day of Pentecost!  Wear something red to worship.

June 16:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating at 9:00 a.m.

*Father’s Day!  

June 23: Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Canon Gary Waddingham officiating at 9:00 a.m.

June 30:  Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Sue Eades officiating at 9:00 a.m.

July 7:    Holy Baptism (Finleigh Perryman) and Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Sue Eades

July 14:  Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Canon Gary Waddingham 

July 21:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins 

July 28:  Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Sue Eades

 

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Pat Sweeney Burial Service and Luncheon:

Our beloved Pat will be buried on June 8th, Saturday, with worship at 11:00 a.m. and a luncheon following.  Both will take place at St. James. If you can assist with the luncheon, please contact Jennifer Downey at 535-7048.

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Casseroles and Soups and Stews!

Next Sunday, June 2nd, we will be delivering casseroles and soups and stews to Laura and Angus McMillan.  Please contact Jean at 396-0920 or jgcollins08@gmail.com if you can contribute. Laura can freeze portions of our large dishes for future use.  Laura is experiencing undiagnosed heart and lung issues and she and Angus need our prayers and our food. Isn't that what we do? Pray and eat. Or in this case, pray and provide food.

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RUMMAGE SALE:

If you are doing any “Spring Cleaning", we are having a Rummage Sale - Saturday, June 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  This sale is being organized by the groups who meet in the church for various classes.  Bring any items in good working condition to the church Parish Hall anytime before June 1st.  All funds will go to help with the cost of heat and utilities for the Parish Hall. NO CLOTHES PLEASE!  Set up is on Friday, May 31st, beginning at 9 a.m.  If you need to drop items when the Parish Hall is locked, please contact Anne Knerr at 538-8435.

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ROGATIONTIDE

The Rogation Days, the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day – this year May 27 - 29 - originated in Vienne, France in 470 AD after a series of natural disasters including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes caused much suffering among the people. Archbishop Mamertus proclaimed a fast and ordered that special litanies and prayers be said as the population processed around their fields, asking God's protection and blessing on the crops that were just beginning to sprout. The Latin word rogare means "to ask", thus these were "rogation" processions. 

In an agricultural society, closely connected with the soil and highly vulnerable to the uncertainties of nature, this was an idea that took root quickly, and the custom spread around Europe and over to Britain. The medieval church continued to observe these rites, but in the first wave of the English Reformation, they were tossed out as too pagan. Elizabeth I, who always liked a good parade, reinstituted them when she became queen. You can still find them carried out in some English villages. The Sunday before the Rogation Days came to be considered a part of Rogationtide (or "Rogantide") and was known as Rogation Sunday.

The route of the procession was around the boundaries of the parish. The processions were useful in teaching people, particularly the young, their parish boundaries and was known as "beating the bounds."

A procession around our whole parish is not a possibility. We would be walking for days and many, many miles!  So this year we will go to the home of Tom Wojtowick and Paul Huff and bring water, seeds, soil, tools, and plants from various places in our large parish and ask God’s blessing upon all of these plus all of our fields and pastures, orchards, animals and gardens.


We will gather at Tom and Paul's around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd  We will ask – rogare – ask God to bless our land and our resources and our people.  And then we will eat. This is what we do. We pray and we eat! The church will supply hamburgers and hot dogs.  We will bring the rest. Please email or phone Jean if you plan to attend so we will have a guess-timate of numbers.  (jgcollins08@gmail.com or 406-396-0920)

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Final countdown for Grace Camp Quilts!

Blessing of the quilts will be on Pentecost Sunday, June 9th. Please turn in your quilts by Sunday, June 2nd, or make arrangements with Mary Messina, 538-3213 or mmessina@midrivers.com for late delivery. Don’t miss this Pentecost Sunday ‘cause it’s always joyful, uplifting, and a feast for the eyes!  Current quilt count is 42!


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VESTRY MEETS ON JUNE 13TH, THURSDAY, AT 10 A.M. IN THE PARISH HALL - LOWER LEVEL.

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CENTERING PRAYER:  CHANGE OF DATE! In June we will meet on Saturday, June 15th, at 10:00 am.

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NURSING HOME WORSHIP SERVICE:


St. James continues to conduct a worship service at the Nursing Home located in the Central Montana Medical Center.  The service is on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  Our next worship services will be held on June 19th and July 17th.  If you can help with this worship service by way of music, guiding participants through the service or simply by your presence, please come!

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REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE  AT ST. JAMES!

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NEXT PINT WITH THE PRIEST: JULY 30TH, TUESDAY, AT THE GOLDEN SPIKE IN THE YOGO INN FROM 5:00 - 7:00 PM.



APRIL 2019

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APRIL WORSHIP

April 7: Sunday, Lent 5: Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins celebrating

April 14: Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist with

Jean Collins officiating

April 18: Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist

April 19: Good Friday, Noon, Ecumenical worship at St. James; 6:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Day

at St. James, No Holy Eucharist, Jean Collins officiating

April 20: The Great Vigil of Easter; 7:30 p.m.

The Great Vigil, when observed, is the first service of Easter Day. The service consists

of four parts: The Service of Light, The Service of Lessons, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows,

and The Holy Eucharist. It is a beautiful service! Worship begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be

followed by a reception of “milk and honey”.

*You are encouraged to bring a bell or noisemaker to celebrate the resurrection at the

Great Vigil service. As we sing the Gloria in excelsis for the first time since the

beginning of Lent, let’s make “a joyful noise unto the Lord”!*

*Also, if you have an Easter halo from a previous Easter celebration,

please wear it toworship.*

April 21: Easter Day, Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating at 10:00 a.m.

– IN GATHERING OF OUR LENTEN HOPE CHESTS FOR

EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

Festive Coffee Hour follows worship

*You are encouraged to bring a bell or noisemaker to celebrate the resurrection at the

Easter Day service. As we sing the Gloria in excelsis let’s make “a joyful

noise unto the Lord”!*

*Also, if you have an Easter halo from a previous Easter celebration, please

wear it to worship.*

April 28: Easter 2, Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins officiating

ALL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE AT 10:00 A.M.

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April 7th Coffee Hour: The ecumenical bell choir will be performing at the

beginning of Coffee Hour. Mary Helen Spoja and Peggy Butler are part of

this musical group. We will also have a “Second Cup”; during Coffee Hour.

The Vestry is eager to briefly share about a brick and mortar

grant we are seeking.

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Holy Week services planned for St. James:

Maundy Thursday: For thousands of years faithful Jews have celebrated God’s

deliverance of their people from slavery in Egypt into the freedom of the Promised Land by the

Passover meal called the Seder. Our Seder meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 18 th . We

will have an instructed Seder, with particular emphasis on the Passover Jesus observed with his

disciples in the upper room on the night before he died and the crucial connections between the

Jewish Passover and the Christian Eucharist.

After dinner we will move next door for the Eucharist at 7:30 p.m., which concludes

with the stripping of the altar and preparation of the sanctuary for Good Friday. This is a great

experience for the entire family! As we need to know how much food to purchase and prepare,

sign-up sheets are located in the Parish Hall - lower level or contact Jean. If you can help with

set-up, food preparation or clean-up, please note that on the sign-up sheet.

On Good Friday, April 19 th , an ecumenical service will be held at Noon at St. James

and the traditional Good Friday Liturgy with the reading of the Passion Gospel and Sermon will

be held at St. James’ at 6:00 p.m.

I invite your continued observance of a holy Lent. -Jean

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EASTER FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS

If you want to give Easter altar flowers and decorations in memorial or in thanksgiving, please

fill out the form below and place it with your check (made out to St. James’ Church and Easter decorations) in the offering plate with the memo: (Easter decorations.)

Name:_______________________________________________________________________________

In memory of:_________________________________________________________________________

In thanksgiving for:_____________________________________________________________________

If you want your memorials and thanksgivings to be listed in the bulletin, this form must be

received by Sunday, April 14 th . Please list in bulletin: Yes __ No ________

LENT AT ST. JAMES

BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY:

THE WORK OF RACIAL RECONCILIATION

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Soup and bread suppers begin at 5:30 pm each Wednesday in the Parish Hall - lower level.

Program begins at 6:15 pm. Our evening concludes with Compline.

OUR FINAL LENTEN PROGRAM:

April 10: Racism and the Native American - Bringing it home.

“ALL INJUSTICE IS A BREACH WITH GOD”

-Gustavo Gutierrez

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**EASTER DAY DINNER**

We are switching things up this year! Instead of going to Jane Olson’s home, we will be going to

the Yogo Inn for their Easter Buffet. We have a reservation for 2:00 pm on Easter Day.

Cost is $19.95 for adults and $ 17.95 for seniors. If the expense is a problem, please contact Jean

for financial assistance. You must sign up by April 15th, Monday, in the Parish hall - lower level

or contact Jean directly at 396-0920 or jgcollins08@gmail.com.

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Blessing in Homes at Easter

&

Celebration for a Home

The Fifty Days of Easter is a customary time for the blessing of homes. If you would like

to invite Jean to officiate at this celebration in your home, please speak with her (406-396-0920

or jgcollins08@gmail.com).

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SAFE: Saving Animals From Euthanasia

As I informed everyone at church, it is going to cost us $350 a day to put on this spay/neuter

clinic. I’m happy to report that we have two day’s worth of money already! We have been

assigned a vet from the Task Force and she will be giving us further instructions as the time

draws nearer. She brings a team of vet techs with her and we provide the space (which we have

already secured) and lots of volunteers. Thanks again to all who have already donated to this

worthy cause. For monetary donations to the clinic, you can go on our Facebook page (Saving

Animals From Euthanasia Lewistown MT) and there is a donate button that will take you

directly to PayPal. If you would like to donate cat food (dry/wet) or cat litter, Jean is graciously

letting us use the church as a drop off point. --Peggy Butler

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BLUE MONTH: Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is child abuse prevention month, and the blue pinwheel has been designated as

the symbol to bring awareness for child abuse prevention. April 28th is “Blue Sunday,” the

day to make a religious show of support for child abuse prevention in our community. Most

professionals list child abuse as 1. physical abuse; 2. sexual abuse; 3. neglect and abandonment;

4. emotional  and psychological abuse.

Here are some astonishing facts according to the nonprofit organization “From Darkness to

Light”. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the time they are eighteen. 22% of

all abused children are under 8 years old with average age being 9 years old.

Most of us understand what physical, sexual abuse and abandonment is. The lines get a bit

more blurred when defining neglect and emotional and psychological abuse. Neglect includes

not providing adequate nourishment, clothing and safe shelter.   Emotional & psychological

abuse is withholding love and emotional support as well as terrorizing, belittling, threatening or

constantly criticizing a person or child. 

Child abusers may include the drunk that was thrown out of the bar for disorderly conduct or

the person sitting next to you in church.  The homeless people relying on others for comfort or

the people living in that lavish castle like home in the best neighborhood.   It could even be me

or maybe you. As hard as it is to believe someone we know is capable of these acts, it should not

be a surprise that only 1 in 10 reported cases are reported by the victim.

Have we as a society, church, and as individuals done all we could to reach out to those that

would report that abuse?  Do we ignore, trivialize, or justify the action of the people we can’t

imagine could do such a thing, thereby proving to these innocent victims they aren’t worthy of

being heard? Are we complicit in not providing nourishment, safe shelter, clothing and adequate

medical care? I challenge you to think about this not only on April 28th or the month of April,

but every day. Become the blue pinwheel in your neighborhood. This could be the answer to

“what is wrong with our society today”. Let us stop this cycle of abuse. 

We will observe Blue Sunday at St. James on Sunday, April 28th. Our “Second Cup”

will include a sharing of information on child abuse by local professionals. Lewistown is far

from immune when it comes to child abuse.  Preventing child abuse will be our Service

outreach in April.  Buttons are available at St. James for those wanting to make an

outward and visible statement of their support for child abuse prevention.  Needs are great

too locally.  Items such as backpacks, toothbrushes and paste, underwear, clothing, comfort

articles such as baseballs, dolls, and blankets and other items are part of our local need.  If

you would like to contribute financially to this need, you may write a check to St. James

with 'child abuse prevention' on the memo line or give online through St. James Realm.

-Dean Martin, Vestry/Service Committee

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Attention all quilters!

It’s time to turn our thoughts to quilts for Grace Camp! The really important thing is to make

them as close to 48” x 60” as possible so that there aren’t any ‘mine’s bigger’ issues. Otherwise,

go creative with bright colors and designs. Ages 8 to 13, boys and girls. It’s your decision

whether to make the quilt top and provide backing for our professional to finish, or whether to do

a complete quilt yourself. Machine stitching the binding is very good since it makes the quilts

more durable. For more information, contact Mary Messina, 538-3213, 366-9841,

or mmessina@midrivers.com.

Currently we have 30 quilts!!!!

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*GODLY PLAY CONTINUES EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE MONTH OF

APRIL. Snacks and supervision from 3:15 to 4 pm. Story from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Upcoming Stories:

***April 10th: Jonah, the Backward Prophet***

***April 17th: Daniel in the Lion's Den***

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*We will gather to polish silver and brass and clean for Easter on

Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:00 am in the Parish Hall - lower level.

All hands greatly appreciated!March 2019 Newsletter

ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH

502 W. Montana Street

Lewistown, Montana  59457

406-538-5151

Website: stjameslewistownmt.com

Facebook:  St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lewistown

The Rev. Jean Collins, Rector

406-396-0920; jgcollins08@gmail.com


LENT AT ST. JAMES

BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY: 

THE WORK OF RACIAL RECONCILIATION

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Soup and bread suppers begin at 5:30 pm each Wednesday in the Parish Hall - lower level.

Program begins at 6:15 pm.   Our evening concludes with Compline.

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March 13:  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers four video presentations addressing different aspects of racial injustice.  They include: *Conversation  *Spirituality  *Healing  *Responsibility

March 20:  Race:  the power of an illusion

The Difference Between Us

"Researchers have proven, scientifically, that humans are all one people.  The color of our ancestor's skin and ultimately my skin and your skin is a consequence of ultraviolet light, of latitude and climate.  Despite our recent sad conflicts here in the U.S., there really is no such thing as race.  We are one species - each of us much, much more alike than different.  We all come from Africa.  We all are of the same stardust.  We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space.  We have to work together."     Bill Nye

 

March 27:  TRACES OF THE TRADE:  A Story From The Deep North  (Documentary)

"First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery - her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.  She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade:  from the family's historic hometown in Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba.  Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery, while also stumbling and stretching their way towards greater awareness on issues of race/racism."

"This is more than one family's painful reckoning.  This is the nation's story..."

                                                                        -Cecelia Goodnow, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

 

 

April 3:  Green Book  (Movie)

"In 1962, Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America's appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other's talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives."

                            This video is 130 minutes long so we will conclude closer to 9 pm this evening.

 

April 10:  Racism and the Native American - Bringing it home.

 


MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER:


March 3:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins celebrating

March 6:  Ash Wednesday, Ecumenical service at:

Noon at the United Methodist Church and

6:00 p.m. at St. James with imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist.

March 10:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins celebrating

March 17: Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins celebrating     

March 24:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins celebrating

March 31:  Holy Eucharist with Jean Collins celebrating

*ALL SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE AT 10:00 A.M.


  FROM DIOCESAN COUNCIL:  EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF MONTANA

Dear Tom and Jean,

As a new member of the Diocesan Council, I wanted to reach out with a collective Council thank you to the leadership and members of St. James.

In a time of great transition and a Diocesan budget that called for additional prayer and response, you said yes – yes to supporting “above and beyond” your standard assessment with additional financial support.  We recognize the sacrifice you made on behalf of the greater church and all who benefit from Diocesan programming.  With your help, we were able to meet nearly half of the anticipated need, and to address nearly all the goals outlined in the 2018 budget.  We wanted you to know how grateful we are for your investment in your brothers and sisters across the state. 

 Thank you again for your support, and your participation in the life of the Diocese.

 Gratefully,

The Rev. Dorcie Kafka Dvarishkis

Deacon at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Missoula


CENTERING PRAYER!

 WHAT:  Centering Prayer Gathering

 WHEN:  Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 am         

 WHERE:  St. James - Parish Hall, lower level

Are you looking for a way to deepen your relationship with God?  At this gathering we will learn more about a prayer method in which we sit in silence with God, opening our mind, heart and whole being to the Ultimate Mystery - beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.  At the Saturday gathering, we will receive instruction as well. 

 There will be refreshments and time to meet and greet one another.  We will be finished no later than 11:30 am.  This will be a regular gathering on the first Saturday of every month. 


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PANCAKE SUPPER

SHROVE TUESDAY

MARCH 5TH

 On Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, it was the custom to use up all milk, eggs, and fat in a household since these were not allowed in the strict fasting of Lent.  The ingredients were made into pancakes, a meal which came to symbolize preparation for the discipline of Lent. 

 During the Middle Ages, on Shrove Tuesday it was customary to make a confession and be absolved by the priest - “to shrive” means absolve in Old English. A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and was the signal for housewives to prepare their pancake batter for lunch. The bell also released children from school and adults from work so that everyone could join in the festivities.

This year we will once again be having a Pancake Supper inviting the community.  It will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and includes all the pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs you can eat!

This year's event will benefit LOCAL ADULT AND CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

Tom Petranek is once again coordinating this event.  If you can help with set up, cooking, serving, clean up, or providing a griddle, please sign up this Sunday in the Parish Hall.


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ASH WEDNESDAY:  March 6

 In the solemn and penitential season of Lent we are called to more intentionally seek God.  We are called to honest examination and repentance of our sins, and the renewal and strengthening of our spiritual lives both personally and within the community of the Church.  Lent is a time of reflection and contemplation.  Let us make a right beginning on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. Our Ash Wednesday services on March 6th will be held at Noon at the United Methodist Church - our ecumenical service -  and 6:00 p.m. at St. James’.  The imposition of ashes will be offered.  Lenten devotional literature will be available in both the church building and in the Parish Hall. Please help yourself!


 THE WAY OF THE CROSS:

 “The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation to local

usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering

of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with

our Lord’s passion and death.

 The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed

at fourteen. Of these, eight are based directly on events recorded in the

Gospels. The remaining six (numbers 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 13) are based on

inferences from the Gospel account or from pious legend.”

(The Book of Occasional Services)

 We will observe the Way of the Cross each Friday in Lent at Noon

in the upper level of the Parish Hall.  This service is approximately

30 minutes long.  We begin on Friday, March 8th.


  LENT MADNESS 2019:  Who will win the Golden Halo?

 No one knows which saint will be crowned with the coveted Golden Halo in Lent Madness 2019.  Use a Saintly Scorecard.  Read the saintly biographies of the thirty-two saints in this year’s bracket and decide who your favorite saints are.  Then, if it suits you, go on-line and vote.  Sound like too much fun during Lent?  The Supreme Executive Committee says this:

 “Yes, Lent is a sacred time of preparation, penitence, self-reflection, and renewal, but there’s no reason a Lenten discipline need be dreary as we ‘prepare with joy for the Paschal feast.’  Take our faith yet not ourselves too seriously is the essence of Lent Madness, and as it continues to grow and evolve, what won’t change is the opportunity to meet some amazing people who have come before us in the faith.  What we learn from the saints is that they, like us, are flawed human beings through whose lives Christ’s love shone brightly.  If this love can shine brightly in their lives, perhaps we too can be beacons of the Good News.”

 ERD Coupon Books, Hope Chests, Lent Madness Saintly Scorecards, and additional Lenten booklets will be available on the back pew and in the Parish Hall.


 LITURGICAL NOTES:

 *PUTTING AWAY THE ALLELUIA

 The Church has the custom of not speaking or singing the word “Alleluia” during Lent.  Expressing joy, putting it “away” for Lent is like putting away a favorite toy or possession for a while – to appreciate it better later.  Churches often take banners down and eliminate flowers in the sanctuary.  St. James takes on an austere appearance in the sanctuary.

 *KYRIE

 We will be singing a Kyrie for the Lenten season.  Tremendous thanks to Mary Helen Spoja, Brian Priest, Tom Wojtowick, Tom Petranek, and Vernie Sweeney for their wonderful music ministry at St. James!


 VESTRY MEETS AT 10:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY,

MARCH 21st,

IN THE PARISH HALL - LOWER LEVEL

 Everyone is welcome!

 

PINT WITH THE PRIEST:

MARCH 26th, TUESDAY,

5 - 7 PM

THE GOLDEN SPIKE, YOGO INN

(Always last Tuesday in the month)

 Bring your questions, opinions, and concerns. 

Everything is fair game!


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What is Godly Play?

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!


  Godly Play

at

St. James' Episcopal Church

 Wednesdays, at 4:00 p.m.

in the Parish Hall - upper level

502 W. Montana Street

Lewistown

Refreshments and supervision available weekly

at 3:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall - lower level

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Questions?  Contact the Rev. Jean Collins at 

396-0920 or jgcollins08@gmail.com


 NURSING HOME WORSHIP SERVICE:

St. James is conducting a worship service at the Nursing Home located in the Central Montana Medical Center.  The service is on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  Our next worship service will be held on March 20th.  If you can help with this worship service by way of music, guiding participants through the service or simply by your presence, please come!


LENTEN PROGRAM FOR 2019:

 BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY:  The Work of Racial Reconciliation

            We will introduce our Lenten Program on Sunday, March 10th, at Coffee Hour with a short video of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, addressing Becoming Beloved Community and the work of racial reconciliation.

             We will once again gather on Wednesdays, beginning March 13th,  for a soup and bread supper and program.  Supper begins at 5:30 pm and our program will start at 6:15 pm. Our evening will conclude with the brief service of Compline.

 A sign up is available for help with set up, soup, bread, and clean up.

Please feel free to invite your friends!


Attention all quilters!

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It’s time to turn our thoughts to quilts for Grace Camp! The really important thing is to make them as close to 48” x 60” as possible so that there aren’t any ‘mine’s bigger’ issues. Otherwise, go creative with bright colors and designs. Ages 8 to 13, boys and girls. It’s your decision whether to make the quilt top and provide backing for our professional to finish, or whether to do a complete quilt yourself. Machine stitching the binding is very good since it makes the quilts more durable. For more information, contact Mary Messina, 538-3213, 366-9841, or mmessina@midrivers.com.