HURRICANE RELIEF  and RECOVERY

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St. James continues to receive monetary donations to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Vestry has agreed that all funds collected thus far – with the exception of some that have already been spent for storm-related relief – will be directed to Conroe’s Crisis Assistance Center to be used to help storm victims in Montgomery County.
Also, parishioners Ken and Beth Gunn are steadily taking much-needed supplies to the many storm victims served by the Oak Meadows Community Worship Center, 6501 Allendale, Pasadena. This collection center continues to be overrun by storm victims and is in dire need for continued support. Needs are very specific and change daily, so to find out what is needed please contact Ken and Beth at gunnsintexas@outlook.com.
RECEIVING MONETARY DONATIONS:
  • Crisis Assistance Center (donations strictly help immediate needs of storm victims)
  • Montgomery County Community Foundation Long-term Disaster Recovery Fund (donations help long-term needs of storm victims)
RECEIVING DONATIONS OF SUPPLIES:
  • Crisis Assistance Center (serving Conroe and all of Montgomery County)
  • Mission Northeast (serving east Montgomery County)
  • Interfaith of The Woodlands (serving south Montgomery County)
INDIVIDUAL HOME MUCK-OUTS

2018 Holy Land Tour!

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November 6-16, 2018
Gaze across the Sea of Galilee. Touch the Wailing Wall. Stroll the ancient marketplace, and celebrate Holy Eucharist at the Empty Tomb. Join Fr. Jerald and other members of the St. James family on this sacred pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Along with visits to many of the most holy and historical sites of our Christian legacy, this once-in-a-lifetime tour also includes a balance of “free time” to explore on your own. We will enjoy luxury accommodations, fine dining, and — most of all — the experience of being there, where Jesus walked, where our Church was born, where it all happened.
Limit of 40 passengers. To secure your ticket, go to: www.stcecilia.co/registration
View the tour brochure here.

CONNECT Sunday

 

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 tjohnson@stjames-conroe.org.

Sunday Forum

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COEXIST:
In this four-Sunday series, we hear directly from area experts and members of the world’s four primary faith traditions outside of Christianity — Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

 

rabbi Gideon EstesJUDAISM with Rabbi Gideon Estes
CANCELLED due to Hurricane Harvey
No better place to begin stepping beyond our ecclesial doors than the somewhat familiar territory of our closest religious neighbor – Judaism. And yet, even though we have much in common with this ancient monotheistic faith, its rich traditions and practices still remain much a mystery for many Christians. Rabbi Gideon Estes paves thepath to better understanding with good stories and good humor. Head rabbi at Congregation Or Ami in Houston, Estes was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he served as the coordinator of the Interseminary Dialogue, one of the oldest continuous Christian Jewish Dialogues in the country.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Estes graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 2003 with a BA in Jewish Studies with concentration in Jewish History. He also has studied at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, The Hebrew University and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Currently, Rabbi Estes is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Houston Rabbinical Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of Houston Hillel and the Board of Representatives of CanCare.

 

Dr.+Ali-Khan+2ISLAM with Dr. Mujtaba Ali-Khan
Sunday, September 10
As we learned in our Faithful Neighbors series earlier this year, Islam is among the fastest-growing faith traditions in the Houston area. We welcome again Dr. Mujtaba Ali-Khan of the Woodlands Mosque to provide more information about the Muslim faith and reflect on his community’s growing relationship with St. James. As well, he will have just returned from his first pilgrimage to Mecca and will share his experience.

Ali-Khan is a member and interim leader of the mosque (Masjid Al-Ansaar) just north of FM 1488 near Kuykendahl Road. Through Interfaith Ministries of Houston, Ali-Khan has participated in dinner dialogues, forums and other events geared to bringing together people of different faiths for several years. Recognized as a leader in the field of internal medicine and a champion in the area of patient experience, Ali-Khan has served as Chief Medical Officer of Conroe Regional Medical Center since May 2016. He previously served as vice president of Hospital Docs, a practice offering services to several regional hospitals, and president of Streamlined Medical Solutions, during which he invented and developed software that has reengineered the patient admission process for hundreds of medical facilities.

 

glen duval of houston zen centerBUDDHISM with Glen Duval
Sunday, September 17
With 300 million followers around the globe, Buddhism emerged 2,500 years ago as a tolerant belief system more concerned with wisdom and understanding than religious labels. Leading us into the deep waters of this ancient religion is Glen Duval, Head Of Practice at the Houston Zen Center. Along with providing guidance and leadership for the center, Duval teaches the central tenants of Buddhism: The Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight Fold Path, and The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts, as well as, important texts for Soto Zen Buddhism.

Growing up in Houston, Duval attended Christian Sunday school and Hebrew school, and was Bar Mitzvah’ed at Temple Emanu El. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in cognitive psychology from the University of Houston and is retired from a 30-year career at Bechtel Corp. Known by his Dharma name, Kogen, Duval also is a member of Jewish Congregations Emanu El and  Sh’ma Koleinu.

 

Deepak kotecha hinduismHINDUISM with Dr. Deepak Kotecha
Sunday, September 24
Forged from a variety of Indian cultures and traditions over several millennia, Hinduism is considered by many to be the oldest religion in the world. Also known as Sanatana Dharma, or “the eternal way,” cherishes the inseparable marriage of mind, body and spirit through meditation and yoga. Dr. Deepak Kotecha embodies his faith’s holistic approach as not only an expert on Hinduism but also as a medical professional and master in the martial arts as much as he is meditation.

A University of Houston graduate and optometric glaucoma specialist, Kotecha and his wife together have published two books on Hinduism for their children and are working on a new book aimed at a broader audience. In his presentations on Hinduism nationally, Kotecha emphasizes spirituality while attempting to explain in simple terms the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ of Hindu beliefs.

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linda sheltonStand Up For Refugees,
with The Rev. Deacon Linda Shelton

Sunday, October 1
Of the more than 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world today – the highest level ever recorded – 21 million are refugees, and more than half of these are children. Texas leads the nation in refugee resettlement, so this global challenge hits close to home. The Rev. Deacon Linda Shelton serves as the Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ Liaison for Refugee Ministry, advocating for greater support of refugees and migrant people through sharing facts and local opportunities to reach out in Christ’s love and welcome.

Episcopal Migration Ministries, The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement agency, is dedicated to saving lives and restoring hope for refugees resettled to the United States every year. To learn more about EMM and its Stand to Support Refugees campaign, visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org.

 

pres-vintage-ballotVestry Election
Sunday, October 8, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Parish Hall

Please make plans to attend this parish meeting in which we will elect four new Vestry members to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2018. All active members of the parish 18 and older are eligible to vote. Come, listen, vote, discuss! A continental breakfast will be served.

 

michael rinehart500 Years of Reformation, Bishop Michael Rinehart
Sunday, October 15
Lutheran Bishop Michael Rinehart joins us to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which divided the Church between Catholics and Protestants and transformed the way millions of people understand their relationship with God. Bishop Rinehart the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a community of more than 100 congregations, campus ministries, retreat centers, and other agencies. Before becoming bishop in 2007, he served 10 years as pastor of Grace Lutheran, Conroe. An accomplished organist as well as published theologian, Bishop Rinehart also will preach at the 10:30 a.m. service. He and his family live in Montgomery.

 

dr pamela ferry lone star health clinicHelping Where It Hurts, with Dr. Pamela Ferry
Sunday, October 22
If there is a way for St. James parish to connect with the deepest needs of our neighborhoods, the Lone Star Family Health Center could be it. Passionate about providing health care for Texas’ underserved populations, Dr. Pamela Ferry will provide an overview of the center’s services and begin our conversation about potential ways parishioners can help.

A native of Houston and having served on the center’s faculty since 2014, Dr. Ferry graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, where she received the DeBakey Scholar Award and was a Pisacano Leadership Foundation Scholar. Intensely interested in international and community health, she is fluent in Spanish, and participates in a variety of international medical activities, including an annual medical mission trip to Bolivia.

 

Celtic-CrossCeltic Worship
Sunday, October 29, ONE SERVICE at 10:30 a.m.

As Episcopalians, we worship in an Anglican tradition whose roots are tangled in Celtic knots, that intricate weave of faith and life born over centuries in the British Isles. On this Sunday, we celebrate our rich Celtic heritage in words and music as we worship, but also as we always do on these Fifth Sundays — followed by food, fun, and fellowship.

 

Art Camp VBS 2017

A look at each day of Art Camp VBS 2017.

DAY 5

DAY 4

DAY 3

DAY 2

DAY 1

 

Pentecost Sunday 2017

Easter 2017

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

 

Palm Sunday 2017

Art Camp VBS 2017 Registration

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Please be sure to fill in ALL fields of the registration form.

Pay close attention to the field asking for names of campers your child would like to be in the same group with. We will try to honor these requests but cannot guarantee them.

EMAIL is the main way we communicate so please be sure to give us your email address if you want to receive Art Camp VBS 2017 pertinent communications.

In order to ensure your child is registered for Art Camp VBS 2017, payment must be completed by following the link after you click submit registration form. Once payment is completed you will receive an email verifying your child’s registration is complete. Registration fee is $35 per child with a family max of $85. This includes a t-shirt!

Your child’s registration is not complete and space reserved until payment is made. No refunds given after July 1, 2017.

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Our main communication is via email, so please provide an email address.
Name of friend your child would like to be with
(NOTE: The Church DOES NOT provide insurance in case of injury or illness.)
Please list any allergies, including food allergies.
In Case of Emergency (if parent cannot be reached)
THESE PEOPLE ARE AUTHORIZED TO PICK UP MY CHILD: Your child will not be released to anyone other than those listed here without a note or call from the parent.
Photo Release: I grant permission for St. James Episcopal Church to possibly reproduce the photographs take of my child for the purpose of publication, promotion or advertising in any manner or medium.

After Submitting this form you will be directed to the page that will allow you to register another camper or complete payment. Your child’s registration is not complete and space reserved until payment is made. No refunds given after July 1, 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.