page1image1832960St. James’ Episcopal Church

The Rev. Paul R. Briggs II, Interim Rector

30 September 2021

Yesterday, US wildlife officials declared the ivory-billed woodpecker, along with 22 other species of birds, fish, mussels, and other wildlife to be extinct and removed them from the endangered species list. This alarming trend, reminds us to be witnesses that “the earth is the Lord’s” (Ps. 24) and that you and I are the stewards of this “fragile earth, our island home.” (Eucharistic Prayer C). Grounding our spirituality in caring for all that God has given us, we will meet at Core Creek Park this Sunday for Blessing of Pets, Eucharist & Picnic at 10:15 a.m. Bring your pet, stuffed animal, or photo of your pet. Our site is 2B near the entrance from Tollgate Road (Core Creek Park map is attached). Restrooms and picnic tables are available at our site. Everyone should plan on bringing their own picnic and lawn chairs. In the event of rain, we will meet in the Great Hall at St. James. Members of Incarnation, Morrisville will be joining us and the Rev. John Connor will be the preacher. Please note: We will have the Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. Eucharist as usual this weekend but there will be no Sunday Forum or livestream this week.

The Sunday Forum at 9 a.m., October 10th- the “Doctrine of Discovery and Ramifications Today”, on October 17th–“Writing a Land Acknowledgment,” October 24th– “Update on Rector Search.” Join us in person in the library or on Zoom.

Our first try at livestreaming our worship seems to have been a success, thanks to Nick Toth and Dan Davis. Beginning October 10, the 10:15 Eucharist will be livestreamed on St. James’ Facebook page, This means that you can participate in our worship “live” at 10:15 even if you cannot be physically present and/or you can view it at a later time, once the video is posted. In order to sustain this ministry, we need to train at least two more people. Interested? Speak to Nick or Dan.

A reminder that I welcome your participation as a reader, intercessor, acolyte, usher, altar guild, or camera operator. If you are new to any of these ministries, I am happy to answer questions and provide training; choosing a date to serve is convenient at sign up genius:

Don’t forget that Linda Scammell is responsible for scheduling altar flowers. Feel free to call Linda directly, you can contact Joanna for her number, to designate flowers as a memorial or thanksgiving for an individual or life event.

Ready or not, our Craft Fair is happening October 23! Be in touch with Roanna Burnell of how you can help, contact Joanna for Roanna’s contact information.

I have reserved a fifteen single rooms at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY for the weekend of February 4-6. More information next week.

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