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ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH 860 N. SECTION ST.— FAIRHOPE, AL 36532

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St. James Episcopal Church 860 N. Section St. Fairhope AL 36532 251.928.2912 Phone 251.928.3889 Fax www.stjamesfairhope.org

Volume 16, Issue 8

May 16, 2012

The R ect or e Rect ector or’’s Messag Message “Love one another, as I have loved you,” Jesus says.

Please keep these parishioners in your prayers: Scarlett Ashurst, Jean & Beeman Bond, Beverly Dykes, Norman Godbold, Jake Glover, Dr. Joseph Gravlee, Brandy Haas, Nancy Henke, Joyce Hershberger, Anne Irvine, Ann Jones, Maurice Lackey, Mickey Ladd, The Rev. Jack Miller, Pam Miller, Phil Miller, Susan Nelson, Maitland Null, Mary Emma Potts, Lisa Priester, Rod Pugh, Millie Rogers, Nancy Rowe, Gorman Schaffer, Julene Shell, Rebecca Stevens, John Taber, Mary Ladd Turner, Mary Jenks Vaughn, Bob Walton, Darden Williams, Tom Yancey, Mona Yarbrough and those who care for them. Let us also pray for the needs of others: Sue Boone, Mildred “Millie” Cohen, Pamela Wilson Foreman, Rick Gariuby, Katie Hammond, Peggy Jeffrey, Debbie Kingrea, Clayton Ladd, Ronnie Lamm, Don McGriff, Terry Ogletree, Mary Moss Parker, Megan Rowe and those that care for them. To place a name on the “Needs of Others” prayer list, please email: kathyletcher@bellsouth.net or call 928.2912. Names are listed for eight weeks. Military Prayer Requests: Philip Blackwell, Jonathon Bos, Bill Cumbie, Jeff Frans, Billy Geiger, Bobby Glover, John Granlund, Teal Griffeth, Jason Hannon, Rusty Henry, Daniel Keyser, Francis Kinsey, Nate Marler, Catherine McNair, Bryan Quinn, Neil Quinn, Gary Spencer, Sulev Suvari. O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to Your servants the help of Your power, that their sickness may

WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday—7:30 AM, 9 AM—Holy Eucharist 1st Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Wednesday—7:00 AM—Holy Eucharist, Chapel Psalm: 1 Thursday—10:00 AM—Eucharist/Healing Service Tuesday—8:15 AM—Intercessory Prayer, Chapel 2nd Reading: 1 John 5:9-13 The Gospel: John 17:6-19 Choir Practice Adult Choir - Wednesdays at 7:15 PM

ST. JAMES STAFF & VESTRY The Rev. Mark H. Wilson, M. Div. ................. Rector The Rev. Donald M. Smith. M. Div.....Assistant Rector Greer Wilhelm ..................................... Senior Warden Christopher Baker ............................... Junior Warden Jim Gambill ................................................. Treasurer Betsy M. Hunter ........................... Clerk of the Vestry .......................................................................... Vestry Christopher Baker, Katherine (Katchie) Cane, James (Jim) Daniell, MD, Elaine Estefan, Dorothy G. (Dee) Gambill, Shelley Milam, Bruce B. Stone, Clay Swanzy, Jr., Gina Walcott, Eddie Webster, Greer Wilhelm, Tut Wynne Helen V.A. Rodgers ...... Assoc. for Music Ministries Meghan Fancher .......... Assoc. Children’s Ministries Katherine Seibt .................. Assoc. Youth Ministries Barbara Melton ..... Assoc. for Parish Administration Jodi Smith .................... Admin. Assistant-Reception Kathy Letcher ........... Admin. Asst. Communications Rose Collins ....................... Assoc. for Housekeeping George Blackwell ... Assoc. for Buildings & Grounds Nancy & John Falck ...... Asst. Treasurers-Receiving

MONTH OF MAY Altar Guild: Bounds 928.5924, Brady, Carpenter, B. Gaillard, C. Gaillard, Hunter, Martin, Pate, Perry, Wilcox Flower Guild: Marilyn Douglass, Ann Fargason, Jeanie Smith Acolyte Leader: Ray Clark 928.3104 Pastoral Care: Alice Webb Vestry Duty: Christopher Baker, Clay Swanzy Newcomers: Kitty Knoedler Emergency Prayer Chain: Days: Gilda Nester 928.9600/ Michele Doyle 990.9877 Nights/Weekends: Sue Ladd 928.6203 / Alicia Berner 928.6624

May 20, 2012 Seventh Sunday of Easter

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7:30 AM Celebrant/Preacher..The Rev. Donald M. Smith Parish Musician ............ Helen VA Rodgers Server/Chalice ..................... Woody Lowell Chalice .................................... Joe Rodgers 1st Reading/Psalms ............. Doreen Lowell 2nd Reading/P.O.P. ............ Betty Joe Wolff Ushers ................................................. Falck 9:00 AM

A little over two years ago, I became a grandfather. I will always remember seeing Gentry for the first time, and feeling my heart open in a way that I had not quite experienced or expected before. I had loved before. I loved my wife and children, and I had received love from them, but this was different. It was from a place deep inside. I also remember thinking that I would be the best granddaddy (or Pops, as Gentry calls me) that any child could ever have. I would show her how much I loved her. I would put aside my own needs so I could be the best Pops for her. And then a funny thing happened. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I could not do what I wanted to do. My understanding of being a grandfather – the perfect Pops – changed. I realized that if I were going to be who I wanted to be for Gentry, I would have to take real good care of myself. I could not ignore my own well being and be a good Pops at the same time. I realized that there were things in my own life that needed attention before I could be the grandfather I wanted to be, and the one God was calling me to be. If I were to offer anything good to Gentry, I had to take care of me. Otherwise, I would have nothing really good to offer her. This is why the flight attendant gives us instructions on how to place the oxygen mask on ourselves first before helping others – especially children. We cannot help anyone else if we are not breathing. In John’s Gospel, this past Sunday morning, our Lord calls us to love others. He not only calls us, he actually commands us to do so. But only after he invites us to abide in him – abide in his love. “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” Abide in Christ. Remain in Christ. He is life. Chapter 15 in John’s Gospel is the wonderful passage about the vine and the branches. Jesus is our source of life and nourishment. As we abide in him, we grow stronger and we are nourished, spiritually. We are healed and we are made whole. John also tells us that the joy of Jesus will be in us and our joy will be complete.

Celebrant ............. ...The Rev. Mark H. Wilson Preacher ................ The Rev. Donald M. Smith Parish Musician ................. Helen VA Rodgers Server ....................................... Caroline Seibt Crucifer ............................... Angie Waldrip Torch ....... Louisa Whitmire, Pelham Henry Clergy Cross ........................... Cate Kasuba Gospel Bearer .......................... Sam Phyfer Chalice ....... Jim Gambill, Barbara Stassen, ..................... Jim Merrihew, David Wilhelm 1st Reading .................. Tommy Williamson 2nd Reading ............................. Miles Jones Prayers of the People ...... Sheila Harriman Greeters ................................... Olivia, Ross ............................. & Rachel Paris-Harbison Ushers ..................... Jim Gambill, Bill May, ....................... Morgan Ashurst, Bob Gentle Home Communion ........................... Yeager Tellers .......................... Nancy & John Falck Children’s Church ............... Augusta Jones Nursery Helper .. Natalie & Georgia Smith

Professor Leon Morris notes that up to this point in John, the word joy occurs only once (3.29). But here in the upper room, it is used seven times. On the final night that Jesus will spend with his disciples, a very solemn night with a very serious purpose running through everything Jesus says, he speaks about joy.

The next Anchor Lines will be published May 30th

“Abide in me,” Jesus says. Come to Jesus, wherever you are or wherever you have been. Place your energy in your relationship with Him. For it only from this place that we can love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Jesus wants his disciples to experience joy. Now this joy is different from what we call happiness. Happiness depends on what happens to us day by day. If things go well for us – if we have a good day – then we are happy. But if things go badly, then we are not happy, we are sad. Are we experiencing joy??? Joy goes much deeper. It is possible, I believe, that even when things go badly, we can have a deep sense of joy and peace, if we abide in Jesus. Jesus knew that life would not be easy for his disciples, or that things may not go so well with us. So he speaks about love and joy. But before we can experience love and joy we must abide in him. It is impossible to love like Jesus and experience joy in its fullness without being close to Jesus. “This is my commandment,” says Jesus, “that you love one another as I have loved you.” And so we ask, how does Jesus love us? We look to the cross and we love like that. It is there we find the kind of love that does not ask if we qualify or belong. It is there that we find love that is not calculated. It does not look for rewards, it gives. This love has no bounds. It is self-giving and it is radically different from the self serving kind of love that we see so much of today. Look to the cross and love like that. Now seriously, how can anyone love like that? The truth is, we can’t. That is, we can’t in our own strength. We can only by God’s grace. The cross is not simply a pattern; it is power. Jesus is alive, and the Spirit of Christ can live in us. But we must stay close to him. We must abide in him, for it is his life living and working in our lives that makes the difference. It is from this place, centered in Christ, that we are able to love as Christ loves us. He is our source of life; not anyone or anything else. If I place loving Gentry or loving my wife before abiding in Christ, then I am setting myself up for failure. As I have done so many times, and I have been disappointed, exhausted and left empty, and I suspect that many of you have experienced the same.

MHW

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Sunday, May 27 after 9:00 service

Fried chicken, salads, and desserts all provided by the Church and the Adult Christian Education Classes. Please RSVP by May 23rd to the parish office or sign up sheet is available in the Green Hall.


The Rite 13 Liturgy was celebrated with a rehearsal dinner for the 8th graders and their families Friday night. Thank you Fr. Mark for leading the rehearsal, Meghan Fancher, Allison Graves, Cathy Keyser, Swain Byrd, Bryan and Kathy Seibt and the parents who served food and cleaned up afterwards. Many thanks to Mary Pilcher for hosting The End of the Year Party in Orange Beach. The weather held up nicely and the fellowship was amazing! Thanks to all those who participated.

Dear St. James Family:

Congratulations to our St. James Kindergartners! Sunday, May 6 the children were given a special blessing and were presented with their own Bible. Please pray for these children as they read their new Bibles so that they will be blessed by God’s word. Pictured top row: Cade Meyers, Braden Baker, Lily Frailie, Lucy Frailie, Alexandra Brousseau. Bottom row: Madison Johnson, Isabelle Martin, Cooper Middleton, Gus Mills, Skylar Spinks, Noel Turner, Katherine Anderton, Anna Bowler Conyers, and Julia Hall.

Lastly, a big thank you to Meghan Fancher for all her support over the past few weeks and everything she did to help the celebrations run smoothly. Have a great last week of school everyone!! Blessings,

SHALOM

Br other hood of S t. Andr ew Bro herhood St. Andre

I want to thank everyone who made these last few weeks possible for the youth. A special thanks to the 8th grade retreat chaperones, Corey Fancher, Fr. Don Smith and Mary Mullins.

Katherine

ONCE AGAIN…… The Brotherhood of St. Andrew wishes to thank you all for your support and attendance of our recent fundraiser…the 3rd Annual Wine About Your Taxes Night. The weather was perfect, the crowd was large, the food incredible, the music relaxing, and the silent auction was once more a tremendous success! As a result of your support, it appears that over $2,500.00 in net proceeds was raised. This year, these funds will be allocated for both the St. James Seminary Fund and the Camp Beckwith Scholarship Fund. The event was a tremendous success. There were many volunteers that worked long and hard to bring the evening together that deserve special recognition, including the Silent Auction Committee of Betsy Hunter, Lloyd Smith and Leslie Guilian. Special thanks also to Katchie Cane and Beverly Clark, who graciously provided the beautiful floral arrangements, and once again to Gina and Mac Walcott for providing the Windmill Market.

The Canterbury and Whitby Choirs finished the singing year with Moses and the Freedom Fanatics by Hal Hopson. I want to express my gratitude to our choirmoms Julee Howard and Sally Geiger. Each parent should personally thank these giving people who make it possible for their children to be a part of choir. Sally and Julee quietly take care of numerous details for me. A special thank you for the slave costumes that were created by Sally Geiger, and slave makeup done by Miriam Willis. The last time we did Moses (about 7 years ago) Roberta Billie helped us with the dances! Roberta is now 95! Wow, it was exciting for me to hug her after the service, we used her wonderful ideas again and she was so complimentary of the children. Maybe we can all use a dose of Roberta’s keep giving attitude as we march to the promised land!

This year, even more special recognition goes once again to the children of St. James’ Youth Program, who donated their beautiful individually made and hand-crafted ceramic “Fish” ornaments for the Silent Auction. GREAT JOB KIDS!!!! Of course, our gratitude and appreciation goes well beyond the Committee Chairs and volunteers to include all of the donors who contributed to the Silent Auction, as well as all of the “bidders” who participated.

Vacation Bible School Pictured back row: Patrick Brock, Michael Erwin, McClean Gonzalez, John Mason McCormick, Winton Blount, Mac Sternenberg; front row: Mackenzie Ross, Carolina Groom, Elizabeth Weller, Natalie Smith and MareLouise Cunningham

The St. James Ringers blessed our worship April 29, 2012 under the direction of Georgia Huckabay. Ringers are: Verna Johnson, Faith Winston, Patty Brock, Sherry Stabler, Laura Gamard, Carolyn Gamard, Catherine Gamard, Carolyn Koch, Bettie Speck, and Ellen Huckabay. The selections were from Folk Hymn Suite arranged by Dale Wood and harpist was Helen VanAbbema Rodgers.

Dive into the water at Operation Overboard Where Kids Dare to go Deep with God!

Last, but of course not least, thank you to all fellow “Brothers” of St. Andrew who gave of their time, talent, and labor for the many dedicated hours of service time required to make this year’s event another huge success. Again, thank you for your support and we look forward, of course, to “SAME TIME NEXT YEAR”. Sincerely,

Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28

Bruce B. Stone

3rd Annual WAYT Chairman

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Moses: Ashton Green, Pharoah: Mary Kathryn Sternenberg, Aaron: James Marlowe, Miriam: Helen Deakle, Rachel: Anna Kate Hallford, Ben: Anna Turner

A lot of attendance winners this year!! Whitby Choir tie for the 2nd place: Sydney Baugh, Cecelia Howard, Olivia Howard, Jordan Marlowe. 1st place: Stephen Laraway. Canterbury Choir 2nd place: James Marlowe tie for 1st place: Catherine Gamard and Ashton Green. Have a safe and blessed summer. See you right after Labor Day, same time, same place!!!

Volunteer opportunities available - Registration deadline June 15

Shalom,

Ms. Helen

Flower Guild Meeting NEWS & EVENTS

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

* Fellowship Coffee Hour - Sunday, May 20 - Please bring a snack if M-R is the beginning letter of your last name.

St. James Episcopal Church, Green Hall Please join the flower guild as they meet to discuss the summer schedule and an innovative idea. Everyone is invited to attend including anyone interested in joining the flower guild. Be sure to bring your calendars as there are many open dates in the chapel to be filled. They will also present ideas on choosing flowers in terms of endurance, color, and shape. For more information, please contact Marilyn Douglass at 929-0892.

Pictured: Bruce Stone, Teddy Faust, Jim Daniell BOSTA Upcoming Event Thursday, June 14, 6:30 pm - BOSTA quarterly St. James Men’s Night at the home of Dr. Jim Daniell ALL Men of St. James invited and welcome!

* Church Office will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. * Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on Sunday, June 3 during 9 am service. * Father’s Day Boston Butt Sale - Family Promise of Baldwin County. Pick up Saturday, June 16. Tickets $30. You must reserve your order prior to pickup. For more information contact Jimmy Conyers 251-767-2889.

Anchorlines - May 16, 2012  

Newsletter of St. James Episcopal Church - Fairhope, AL

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