page1image1832960St. James’ Episcopal Church

The Rev. Paul R. Briggs II, Interim Rector

18 November 2021

Dear Beloved in Christ,

The weeks between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day is an obvious time to focus on our relationship with indigenous people, the sin of racism, and ways that we can begin to heal the breach of trust between Europeans and Indigenous peoples.  One way to begin that healing is the writing of a “land acknowledgement”, a statement that recognizes that the land on which our church is built was once inhabited by native peoples, in our case, the Lenni-Lenape.  What would a land acknowledgement look like for us?  Why is it important to compose one?  Join us for Sunday Forum this week, November 21.  We meet in the library and on Zoom at 9 a.m.

I am reaching out to past and future acolytes and readers to enlist your help with the weekend liturgies.  Please be in touch with me if you feel called to the work of a liturgical minister and would be interested in learning more.  I will provide you with training for this important work of the people of God.

Don’t forget that we are collecting 50”x60” fleece throws and winter scarfs for St. Mark’s Church gift distribution to the homeless of Philadelphia.  There is a box in the narthex for donations.  Contact the church office if you can help deliver these items to St. Mark’s.

Thank you to all who have made a Sustaining Pledge for 2022.  To date we have received $121,832 from 49 households.  Your vestry will begin the work of budgeting these projected funds for the new year.  If you have not had an opportunity to make a pledge, you may obtain a pledge form from the parish office or pick one up in the narthex.

On a retreat with friends from St. James, you can expect a time of personal refreshment.  A retreat provides a time to come away from your normal routines and environment.  It’s a time for spiritual nurture, deepening relationships, rest, good food (prepared by someone else!), new perspectives, and a few good laughs.  Our Annual Retreat at Holy Cross Monastery ( will be February 4-6.  Total cost is $220 for two nights and all meals (financial help is available).  Deposits should be received no later than December 12.  Make plans now to join us!

As always, feel free to call me or email me if I can be helpful to you in any way or you just want to chat.

Faithfully yours,


Our Parish Administrator, Joanna Magee is in the office M-F from 9-12:30. She may be contacted at 215-757-3766 or