page1image1832960St. James’ Episcopal Church

The Rev. Paul R. Briggs II, Interim Rector

23 December 2021

Dear Beloved in Christ,

Your safety is of our utmost priority.  I encourage you to come to church only if you are vaccinated and boosted.  Face masks should be worn while inside the building; hand sanitizer is available.  Though the Bishop has authorized reinstating use of the common cup, I, with agreement of the vestry, do not feel this is the season to resume this practice.  (I continue to review our protocols each month with our vestry and discuss both our comfort level and what science says).  As a reminder, our 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be available on Facebook as well as our regular Sunday service at 10:15.  This provides an alternative opportunity to worship with the rest of the St. James’ community if you are able to be physically present.  In addition, please wear a face mask when entering the church offices; we need to be especially vigilant about precautions over the next few months as we spend more time indoors.

Remember that there will be no 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist (Dec. 25 & Jan. 1 or 8 a.m. Sunday Eucharist (Dec. 26 & Jan. 2).  We will conclude our Christmas celebrations with an Epiphany Party on Thursday, January 6 at 7 p.m. replete with Magi, a corny skit, and maybe some poems and stories too.  (Kudos to our young people, adults, and especially Amy Pfluger, for the beautiful pageant on Sunday afternoon)!

Contact Mary Ann Bursk if you would like a name tag made.  Name tags are a helpful way to connect with shy Episcopalians and visitors and imagine how helpful it would be to wear a name tag when your new rector arrives!

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. May the peace of Jesus Christ, born of the blessed Virgin Mary, abide with you, in your heart and in your home, this day and always.  Merry Christmas!

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