SUNDAY FORUM: Meals on Wheels


with Jilian Lennon & Colleen Hyche
Sunday, November 19

IMG_6176 2Committed to our seniors since 1973, Meals on Wheels Montgomery County continues to provide home delivered meals, safety checks, and transportation services to homebound seniors living in Montgomery County. With these services, Meals on Wheels Montgomery County’s 550 clients are able to remain safe and happy in their homes, avoid the high costs of nursing home care, and alleviate the stress of caregiving often felt by their family, friends, and neighbors. As our local aging population consistently grows at exponential rates, Meals on Wheels Montgomery County strives to meet the growing demand for services with support from people like you.

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.

As Client Liaisons, Colleen Hyche and Jilian Lennon visit and assess the needs of Meals on Wheels applicants  throughout Montgomery County.

SUNDAY FORUM: Faith Matters


Sundays, November 26, December 3 and 10
from 9:15 to 19:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Deeply held and conflicting religious conviction has challenged the conversation about the meaning of the gospel in the age of Google. If the message of Jesus was reconciliation in heaven and earth, why does the world look the way it does?  Because what we sincerely believe to be true of God matters.

Linda worked as President and General Manager in network television at CBS in San Antonio, Texas; ABC and NBC in Jacksonville, Florida; and NBC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband Larry also owned and operated an independent television station in St. Paul, Minnesota where she served as President and General Manager and hosted a public affairs talk show for seven years. She is the author of 9 books including the best selling fiction series Reluctant Demon Diaries (winner USA Best Book religion/fiction 2010) and Lucifer’s War (winner USA best book religion/nonfiction 2012.)  She has served as head of the department of evangelism for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas; deacon and adult Bible education teacher at North Heights Lutheran Church and board member and frequent speaker at the International Lutheran Conference on the Holy Spirit in Arden Hills, Minnesota. She also served as teaching pastor at Covenant Center International in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  As author of “LifeWorks: The search for meaning and purpose through vocation,” “What the Bible really says about women,” and “Relevant Faith” Linda has travelled to New Zealand, Korea, Canada, Guatemala, Aruba and other countries as well as in the United States as a conference speaker. Larry and Linda have been married for 37 years and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren and live in Montgomery, Texas. They have been members of St. James since January 2017.

Blessing of the Animals 2017



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.



St. James parishioners — newcomers and long-timers alike — kicked off the new program year with a Connect Sunday unlike any before. Members found their names in the Hall of Saints and followed the Spiritual Path to the Wonder Wall of Ministry, where they placed their name on any number of ways to serve at St. James. Top-hatted Ministry Geniuses roamed the room to help folks find their way, and of course fellowship and refreshments — and face-painting! — were enjoyed by all.

If you missed it, no worries — there’s still ways for you to step up to volunteer, recommit to ministry you’re already doing, or suggest something new! Simply click HERE to view our list of ministries, then contact Lay Ministry Coordinator Thomas Johnson at

Art Camp VBS 2017

A look at each day of Art Camp VBS 2017.







Pentecost Sunday 2017

Easter 2017

Annual Easter Egg Hunt and other highlights from Easter Sunday April 16, 2017.


Palm Sunday 2017

Confirmation 2017

Sunday, February 26


‘Let’s Go To The Hop’

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 9 2016

Youth Summer Mission Trip

Youth Mission Trip with Cathedral Urban Service Experience, downtown Houston.

Easter Sunday 2016

Photos by Ori Kuper

Dayspring Women’s Bible Study

dayspring-logoParish Hall
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.

Choir finds home in – that’s right – the choir loft!

choirloftishAfter 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.

Easter 2015

Caring Partners

Meets the third Monday of each month
NEXT meeting, March 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Parish Hall

cpCaring 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.

80th Anniversary Photos