Each week, there is a special group of folks whose support makes it possible to extend hospitality and greeting to all those who come to worship. Not only that, but they work behind the scenes to make sure that communion is set up, we have enough bulletins, assist latecomers to find a seat, and help perform a host of other tasks. They are our WORSHIP TEAMS and I'm grateful for their many efforts. Because of our WORSHIP TEAMS and the TEAM LEADERS who guide them, we are able to create an environment on Sunday that is welcoming to newcomers and those who have claimed St. James as their church home for many years.
On Monday, August 20, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Doreen and I will host a THANK YOU WORSHIP TEAM BBQ to share the appreciation of the whole St. James community. All who have served on a WORSHIP TEAM this past year are invited to attend. PLUS... those of you who are interested in serving in this way are invited to attend. Mark your calendars if you are in either group. For the purpose of having enough food - please use the sign-up form below if you are able to join us.
We will share a meal and appreciation. Following dinner (which the church will provide), we will look ahead at the coming year. There will be an opportunity for conversation about how we welcome folks and a chance for feedback and suggestions on how we can do even better.
I am always pleased when someone who is new to St. James comments on the friendly reception that they have received when they came through the front door. Welcoming is truly the work of all who worship. I am grateful for our WORSHIP TEAMS and the good witness they give to us all in the welcoming department.
Look forward to seeing you in worship either on Sunday or on Wednesday. This Sunday we share Godspeed Prayers with Seminarian Sherri Lawrence and her daughter Emily as they leave for a Pastoral Internship.