DESCRIPTIONS


ADULT MISSION TRIP: PUERTO RICO   March 7 -14
Adult trip for those who want to provide disaster relief after hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.  If interested, contact Cheryl Haley at Cmhaley57@comcast.net.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET   Sundays, December 1 and 8
Want to know what to give someone who seems to have everything or doesn’t want a “present” this Christmas?  We have some ideas for you at the Alternative Gift Market.  There will be four organizations/causes (local, United States, International, St. James) you can give to in someone’s name.  We will provide you with a gift card to give to them which will tell them what work the organization is able to do, because of your gift in their name.

BIBLE STUDY
Harmony Hall at Elwyn (Media)  First Wednesday of each month (9:30-10:30 AM)
Each month we will be exploring what we must cultivate and let go, if we are to live wholeheartedly.
Way of Life:  Bible Study, Reflection, and Discussion
September 8, 15, 22, 29 (9:00 – 10:00 AM)
This study will be based on scripture and the book The Great Spiritual Migration: Discovering a Better Way to Be Christian, by Brian McLaren. It is time for Christianity to migrate from a system of belief and a guarding of those beliefs to a way of life where we are moving toward and with a loving God of liberation for the common good.

Four Sunday mornings in September (9:00 – 10:00 AM)    
Sept. 8 - “A Better Way to Be Christian"
Sept. 15 – “From a System of Beliefs to a Way of Life"
Sept. 22 - “Toward a Loving God of Liberation"
Sept. 29 - “For the Common Good”
Registration is required by August 25.  Contact Pastor Lynn if you plan to attend (text: 610.733.1502,email: mailto:lplampman@comcast.net)


BOOK CLUB  Second Monday of each month (7:00-8:00 PM)
Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8
Sept. – The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
Oct. – The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Nov. – What She Left Behind by Ellen Maria Wiseman
Dec. – Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA   Saturday, December 7 (9:00-11:30 AM )
Fun for all ages!  Proceeds benefit 2020 Adult Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.  Let Cheryl Haley know if you would like to assist, Cmhaley57@comcast.net

CENTERING PRAYER  1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of each month
Sept. 5,19, Oct. 3,17 (not meeting Oct. 31), Nov. 7,21, Dec. 5,  Jan. 2,16,30, Feb. 6,20, March 5,19, April 2,16,30, May 7,21, June 4,18 (7:00-8:30 PM)
Whether you have been a practitioner of centering prayer or not, you will feel at home with those who meet to share their experiences with centering prayer, encourage one another in this spiritual practice, and do centering prayer together.  How to do centering prayer instruction (easy to learn) is given at each meeting, as needed. 


CANCER CARE 
We have 30 more cancer care packages we need to deliver to Penn @ Radnor Cancer Treatment Center by early October.
If you would like to help in the packing of the bags or delivering them, please contact Pastor Lynn (text 610-733-1502) or email lplampman@comcast.net). 

DORCAS YARN MINISTRY   Third Mondays of each month 7:00 PM
Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar16, Apr 20, May 18
Meet with others to crochet, knit prayers shawls and scarves which will be given to those who are ill, grieving or have a new baby.  Coordinators: Connie George, connie@cgta.com and Joanne Morris, morrisjoanne16@gmail.com.

Activity Calendar directly below.  

Activity Descriptions below to the left.

FOOD PANTRY  1st and 2nd Wednesdays (9:00-11:00 AM)
Sept. 4, 11, Oct. 2, 9, Nov. 6, 13, Dec. 4, 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, 12, March 4, 11, April 1, 8
4th Wednesday (6:00-7:00 PM) Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Jan. 22, March 25, April 22
St. James feeds 20-25 families per month via our food pantry.  Ways you can help include:  bring food on the first Sunday of every month, pack bags for food pantry participants, volunteer to work at the pantry (1st and 2nd Wednesday of each month (9-11 AM), and the fourth Wednesday of the month (6-7 PM).  If interested contact Lynne Major, mailto:lamajor1@comcast.net.

HARMONY HALL QUARTERLY GATHERINGS
Monday, September 23 (10:00-11:00 AM) - “Re-enactments” with Dave and Joanne Morris
December – Christmas Party, date to be announced
March – to be announced

LENT SERIES: DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL HABITS OF PURPOSE
Tuesdays, Feb 25, Mar 3,10,17 (8:00-9:00 PM) via Conference Call.  To participate, call 604-475-3220 and put in participant number “650222#” when requested.
Each week we will discuss the daily and weekly habit for the upcoming week and share with one another how our daily and weekly habit experience was from the previous week as outlined in The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley. Join us in transforming from frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor.
Habit 1 – Daily: Kneeling Prayer at Morning, Midday, and Bedtime
                Weekly: One Hour of Conversation with a Friend
Habit 2 – Daily: One Meal with Others
                Weekly: Curate Media to Four Hours
Habit 3 – Daily: One Hour with Phone Off
                Weekly: Fast from Something for Twenty-Four Hours
Habit 4 – Daily: Scripture Before Phone
                Weekly: Sabbath

NEW TO ST. JAMES GATHERING Sept 29, Nov 10,  Jan 26, Mar 1 (9:00-10:00AM)
Those who have become members or started attending St. James over the last year or so will meet four times throughout the academic year to get to know each other better, be introduced to a spiritual practice that can help us grow in faith and learn about one of the outreach or missions of St. James.

PET THERAPY
As a program and training site for PAWS for People we offer both visitation with a pet therapy dog to those with mental health issues and a reading program for ages 5 through 6th grade in which children read to a certified pet therapy dog.  If interested in assisting with the programs, contact Pastor Lynn, lplampman@comcast.net.
Reading – 2nd Tuesday of each month (4:30-5:30 PM) Sept -        April  Sept. 11, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar 10, Apr 14,
               – 3rd Tuesday of each month (6:30-7:30 PM) Sept – April Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21,Feb. 18, Mar 17, April 21
Harmony Hall  - 3rd Wednesday of each month (2:30-3:30 PM) September - April
Sept.18, Oct.16, Nov. 20, Dec.18, Jan.15, Feb.19, Mar,18, Apr. 15


PRISON MINISTRY
If you would like to write to a man or woman in Montgomery County Correction Facility and/or volunteer on Monday afternoons and/or evenings to teach decision making to the men and women there, or support returning citizens upon or after their release, please be in touch with Bobbie-Lou Krok, mailto:roberttakrok@yahoo.com.

RAISING WHITE KIDS  Sunday, January 12 (9:00-10:00 AM)
We will gather to hear a summary and have a discussion of the book, Raising White Kids in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey, which explores how parents of white children should navigate the topic of race in the United States.

RETREATS
(Fall): “Social Justice: Taking Action”
Saturday, October 26 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
We will be utilizing scripture, and the movie “Woman at War” for reflection and discussion.  “Woman at War” is about a woman who appears to lead a life filled with quiet routine, although she is secretly raging a one-woman war against the local aluminum industry.  This film is inspiring, funny, and quite provocative.  Our aim for this retreat is to give some time to thinking about our own activism or our need to become more socially active in the living out of our faith.  Registration is required by October 20.  Please contact Pastor Lynn at 610.733.1502 (text) or lplampman@comcast.net(email),if you plan to attend.


(Winter): “Finding the Presence of God in Silence”
Saturday, January 11 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Come and join us for the chance to enjoy silence, find time for reflection, and experience the presence of God.  Whether you have attended a silent retreat before or not, we will be sure to usher you in gently and God will be sure to make it worth your effort.      Experience a significant way to deepen your faith and enliven your spiritual growth.  Registration is required by January 5.  Please contact Pastor Lynn at 610.733.1502 (text) or lplampman@comcast.net (email), if you plan to attend.

SAM’S KITCHEN/LIFE CENTER  2nd Wednesday every other month
4:30 PM Cooking,  6:00 PM Serving
Sept. 11, Nov. 13, Jan. 8, March 11, May 13
This is an opportunity to help cook or serve a meal for homeless men, women and children at the Life Center (63rd and Market Streets, Upper Darby) and low-income people from the neighborhood.  If interested in cooking and/or serving, please contact Ed Hart, hartedwardm@gmail.com

WHITE FRAGILITY  Sunday, January, 19 (9:00-10:00 AM)
We will gather to hear a summary and have a discussion of the book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism 

GROWING IN FAITH

AND JOINING TOGETHER IN SERVICE

September 2019 - June 2020

Activities & Events

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ACTIVITY CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER

4 – Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
      Food Pantry
5 – Centering Prayer
8 – A Better Way to Be Christian
9 – Book Club
10 – Pet Therapy Reading
11 – Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center
        Food Pantry
15 – From a System of Beliefs to a Way of Life
16 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
17 – Pet Therapy Reading
18 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
19 – Centering Prayer
22 – Toward a Loving God of Liberation
23 – Harmony Hall Quarterly Gathering
25 – Food Pantry
29 – For the Common Good
        New to St. James Gathering  

OCTOBER
2 - Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
      Food Pantry
3 – Centering Prayer
8 – Pet Therapy Reading
9 – Food Pantry
14 – Book Club
15 – Pet Therapy Reading
16 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
17 – Centering Prayer    
21 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry 
23 – Food Pantry
26 – Fall Retreat: “Social Justice, Taking Action”


NOVEMBER
6 - Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
     Food Pantry
7 – Centering Prayer
10 – New to St. James Gathering
11 – Book Club
12 – Pet Therapy Reading
13 – Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center
        Food Pantry
18 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
19 – Pet Therapy Reading
20 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
21 – Centering Prayer
27 – Food Pantry

DECEMBER

1 – Alternative Gift Market
4 -  Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
      Food Pantry
5 – Centering Prayer
7 – Breakfast with Santa
8 – Alternative Gift Market
9 – Book Club
10 – Pet Therapy Reading
11 – Food Pantry
16 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
17 – Pet Therapy Reading
18 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall

JANUARY
2 – Centering Prayer
8 - Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
     Food Pantry
8 – Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center
11 – Winter Retreat: “Finding the Presence of God in Silence”
12 – Raising White Kids in a Racially Unjust America
13 – Book Club
14 – Pet Therapy Reading
15 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
16 – Centering Prayer
19 – White Fragility
20 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
21 – Pet Therapy Reading
22 – Food Pantry
26 – New to St. James Gathering
30 – Centering Prayer
 
FEBRUARY
5 - Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
     Food Pantry
6 – Centering Prayer
10 – Book Club
11 – Pet Therapy Reading
12 – Food Pantry
17 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
18 – Pet Therapy Reading
19 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
20 – Centering Prayer
25 – Developing Spiritual Habits of Purpose

MARCH
1 – New to St. James Gathering
3 – Developing Spiritual Habits of Purpose
4 – Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
      Food Pantry
5 – Centering Prayer
9 – Book Club
10 – Developing Spiritual Habits of Purpose

        Pet Therapy Reading
11 – Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center
        Food Pantry
16 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
17 – Developing Spiritual Habits of Purpose
        Pet Therapy Reading
18 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
19 – Centering Prayer         
25 – Food Pantry


APRIL
1 - Bible Study at Elwyn with Harmony Hall in Media
     Food Pantry
2 – Centering Prayer
8 – Food Pantry
13 – Book Club
14 – Pet Therapy Reading
15 – Pet Therapy Harmony Hall
16 – Centering Prayer
20 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
21 – Pet Therapy Reading
22 – Food Pantry
30 – Centering Prayer


MAY
6 – Food Pantry
7 – Centering Prayer
11 – Book Club
13 – Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center
18 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
21 – Centering Prayer​

JUNE
3 – Food Pantry
4 – Centering Prayer
8 – Book Club
18 - Centering Prayer