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Where charity and Love prevail, God is always found. We have witnessed so many acts of love, outreach and kindness since the beginning of this crisis that I know God is at work among us during this very difficult time. Church is more than an architectural structure, it is who we are together. We are called to be people of love and compassion, especially in times of trial and suffering. Thank you for being THE CHURCH for so many others.
Please check out service times and opportunities below followed by an important letter from our senior warden.
WEEKLY ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS are forming for members of our parish. We will talk, pray and support one another. If you would like to join a group, please email Rev. Anne at email@example.com.
The clergy and members of our Prayer Team are available to meet and pray with you by phone. Please call (626) 799-9194 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up a time to talk by phone.
Online AA meetings for those that can no longer host a group.
We will be gathering on Monday night for Centering Prayer at 7:00 p.m.via Zoom to quiet our minds and hear God’s word in the stillness. We open our time with a reading, then 30 minutes of silence to let go of all of the thoughts, feeling and other distractions to listen to the voice of God. We then follow our silent period with prayer and a reading. Email email@example.com to join the group, or you can directly sign up at https://zoom.us/j/849622483 (Meeting ID: 849 622 483).
Forward Day by Day Daily Meditation is available here.
Reflectionary Bible Study will meet online via Zoom on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Join this group led by Rev. Michelle to consider our Sunday scriptures. To join, please go to https://zoom.us/j/548113869 (Meeting ID: 548 113 869).
An Online Men’s Lenten Retreat with Strategic Monk, Greg Richardson will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To participate, RSVP to Rev. Gethin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, April 2.
For children three-and-a-half to 3rd grade, see this YouTube video for Godly Play, The Mystery of Easter. Mary Chalon, our Director of Children’s Ministry suggests that parents watch the YouTube video and after watching, ask what your child thought about it and what was their favorite part? Remember that there are no right or wrong answers! Your children may draw or make their own puzzle of what they saw in the Godly Play presentation using drawing or painting materials you may have at home.
Meals Available are available for Seniors in South Pasadena. Although the South Pasadena Senior Center has closed its doors and shut down programs, its employees are continuing to provide a vital service for seniors to help them weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Center employees will continue delivering hot lunches to patrons Monday through Friday and also provide Dial-A-Ride services for priority trips: doctor’s appointments, pharmacy pickups and grocery store excursions. Residents wishing for a lunch delivery or Dial-A-Ride service should call the Senior Center at (626) 403-7360. Deliveries of the hot meals are made between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and are made on a scheduled basis, rather than on-demand. Please call by 12 noon the day prior if you would like a meal the following day. Meals are $3 each and are billed monthly.
The AYSO soccer league is organizing volunteers to shop for seniors and deliver to their door. (So South Pasadena residents only.) Please call the Senior Center at 626-403-7360 if you want groceries left at your door (no contact). For more information click here.
Food Locker Ministry continues each Friday, from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. The Food Locker ministry is continuing in the significantly modified format we began a few weeks ago. We are following the health guidelines set by national and local health authorities concerning social distancing in order to ensure the safety of all who come for food as well as our volunteers. We are currently in need of volunteers for assembling “Go-Bags” of food for distribution, from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. on Friday mornings. Contact Lisa Markus at email@example.com if interested. Additionally, we need volunteers who can distribute bags in St. James’ parking lot from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.. If interested, please contact Rev. Gethin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For their own safety and for that of others, all volunteers MUST be healthy and under 65.
St. James School and Community offering: Our school is beginning an early childhood distant learning program beginning April 6. The program is open to current school families and community children ages 3 to 5 years old and will include Daily Virtual Meet-ups for 30 minutes complete with Circle Time, Music & Movement, Storytime & Share Days. FEES: Tuesday/Thursday: $80 per month. Monday/Wednesday/Friday: $120 per month. Monday - Friday: $200 per month. This program will also be offered to any children in the community who wish to join. For further information Contact Christine Ramirez at email@example.com.
Pastoral Callers continue to call members of our Church. We will be holding your needs before God in prayer.
The Church Office is available by phone. Do not hesitate to call to update us regarding your health or needs you may have. We are Church and will do our best to help. Calls are being forwarded to the parish administrator. There is a waiting period as calls are forwarded.
May the Lord bless and keep you this week. Let us know how we can help. You are in our prayers. I ask that you keep St. James in yours.
Since my last letter sent midweek, much has changed. As we shelter in place, we will follow the guidelines requiring all businesses and churches to be closed. Behind the scenes, we are busy with so many needs. Please read the following letter, aware that I have changed information regarding church services.
May the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to be with you in these incredibly challenging times. Steeped in the grace of God, we will walk through whatever is ahead of us, together. While the future is unknown, God is not.
Take time to call loved ones and reach out to care for others. Church is more than a building, it is who we are!
May God bless you throughout the days ahead, and may you be a blessing to others. And again, remember: Nothing can separate us from the love of God that we know in Jesus Christ.
To the Beloved Members of our Community:
May the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in these incredibly challenging times. We have arranged for a large sign to be placed on the front lawn of St. James’ that reads:
God Is Not Socially Distant
Let’s Stay Connected
Steeped in the grace of God, we will walk through whatever is ahead of us, together. While the future is unknown, God is not.
While stress is in the air and we are all learning new ways to live together, it is important to minimize anxiety. Psychologists are suggesting that it is best not to watch the news 24 hours a day. Pick a time to watch the news to stay informed, but then turn it off. Stay connected to God, the source of all hope, through a practice of daily prayer. Routine is important during chaotic times. Take time to call loved ones and reach out to care for others. This is what followers of Jesus do.
Beloved Member of St. James',
What a challenging Lenten journey. Who would have known on Ash Wednesday that Lent would unfold in this way. As a church and prayer community rooted in faith, we will face this crisis together.
While we are aware that new cases of COVID-19 are being diagnosed in the Pasadena area, we are currently unaware of any cases of the virus in our community, youth center, school or church. We pray that this continues to be so. Our vestry met via teleconference this afternoon and is determined to be proactive in protecting the health of all who tum to our church, school and youth center. Given this, the following will be in effect:
Sunday, March 22: We will suspend our usual Sunday services. The Church will be open for private prayer. Clergy will be available to pray with you while maintaining safe health practices. Resources for Sunday morning prayer, contemplative music and meditations will be posted online.
Future Sundays: We hope to return to the Lord's Table together soon but we must proceed on a week to week to week basis. We will post notices weekly.
Looking ahead and in keeping with health guidelines:
Food Locker: While we are in a significant health crisis, we must continue to serve the least among us. The Food Locker ministry will continue in a significantly modified format designed to protect our volunteers while providing food to those in need.
Church Office: The staff and office will remain available to you by phone or email. While home visitations will not take place, clergy and volunteers are available to pray with you by phone.
St. James' Parish Day School will be closed from Monday, March 16 until April 13. We will re-evaluate the date of re-opening the school on Friday, April 3, 2020.
The Youth Center at St. James' will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday April 3. We will re-evaluate the date ofre-opening the Youth Center on Friday, March 27.
Indeed these are difficult times but God is still God and we do not walk through this alone. St. Paul summed it up this way in his letter to the Church at Rome:
"For I am CONVINCED that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor ANYTHING else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Please continue to hold one another, our community, this country, and indeed our world, in prayer before the love and mercy of God. Please remember to pray for all the workers of mercy tirelessly serving patients in hospitals and clinics. Remember the scientists attempting to resolve this issue, all police and first responders serving on the front lines, the isolated who find themselves frightened and alone, and the members of our St. James' community. Together with the grace of God, we will walk through this together. Walk in strength with hope knowing that the Center we have in Christ Jesus will continue to hold our lives.
With Love and Prayer,
The Rev. Canon Anne Tumilty