Sunday, January 28
ONE SERVICE only at 10:30 a.m.
Potluck lunch after the service!
For our combined service we will have a ‘Jazz Mass.’ A jazz ensemble, made up of some of Houston’s finest musicians, will join the congregation and choir for inspired improvisation in worship and music. A potluck lunch will follow in the Parish Hall, please bring a side dish to share. Pork loin, chicken and tea will be provided.
We’ve been waiting all year long, and finally stewardship season is here! Alleluia! By now we hope you have received in the mail your official stewardship letter from Fr. Hyche and accompanying 2018 pledge card…if not, let us know so we can update our records, or if you need another one, please take one from the racks in the pew or the tract racks near the church doors. Stewardship season is a season, officially beginning today and continuing through Sunday, October 29. That’s when your pledge for 2018 is due — and when we will celebrate the faithfulness of God expressed by all who pledge. Read a letter from the Rector about stewardship to the congregation here
You also may submit your pledge card by placing it in the offering plate on a Sunday or by mailing or delivering it to the Church Office.
Or you can quickly and discreetly online by going to
and clicking on the red ‘Pledge Now’ button.
For more information, please call the Church Office
at (936) 756-8831.
A look at each day of Art Camp VBS 2017.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt and other highlights from Easter Sunday April 16, 2017.
Youth Mission Trip with Cathedral Urban Service Experience, downtown Houston.
Photos courtesy of Ori Kuper www.houvideographers.com
Is the Holy Spirit nudging you to step out in faith in a new way? Join this Bible study where women of every age come together in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere to grow in faith and experience Christian fellowship, all are welcome! For more information contact the Church Office (936)756-8831.
NEXT study: The Gospel of Luke: Good News For All
Course books are $23 and must be ordered by August 16.
After years of sharing space for rehearsals and storage with other church groups scattered across campus, all things St. James Parish Choir finally has been brought together in one place – in the church’s original choir loft, of all places! The choir soon will begin using the loft for rehearsals and for robing. Further uses have not been finalized, but Fr. Jerald and Music Director Eric also are exploring the feasibility of the choir using the loft as intended during worship services.
This exciting move will be a great improvement for the choir and potentially for the whole congregation in a variety of ways, but it wasn’t planned. The catalyst was St. James School’s growing enrollment, which demanded reclaiming the former classroom that in recent years has been used as the Music Director’s office. The Music Director’s office has been moved to what was the choir robing room on the ground floor of the Keeling Building.
The church choir loft, which has been used for little more than storage for years, came to mind as the logical solution for accommodating not just choir robes, but also music files and instruments, as well as serve as the most acoustically appropriate space for rehearsals. In short, the choir loft provides the choir with the suitable, permanent home we’ve needed for quite a long time.
Plans are under way to install choir risers, chairs, and track lighting to make the space functional by mid-August. Also in the works is the possibility of installing a small pipe organ in the loft to accompany rehearsals and services. More to come on that later.
Change isn’t always easy, but again we have seen here how God can turn what seems like a problem into a wonderful blessing. These changes no doubt will lead to even more improvements in the way we live and worship together in the months to come.
Meets the third Monday of each month
NEXT meeting, March 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Caring for an ill or disabled spouse or an aging parent is a labor of love, and often a challenge. St. James’ Caring Partners group provides resources and support for those in this situation. If you would like to join this group or for more information contact Deacon Phyllis Hartman at (936) 520-0803.
Sunday, January 21 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Please make plans to attend St. James’ annual Parish Meeting where we will hear annual reports from the Rector and other key ministry leaders and generally celebrate God’s tremendous work at St. James over the past year. A continental breakfast will be served.