Upcoming Events


turkey-driveSharing and Caring

November is upon us and thanksgiving is not too far away!  Our “Sharing and Caring” collection for the month of November will be frozen turkeys for Stewpot.  We will be collecting turkeys on Sunday mornings (a cooler will be provided in front of the church).

Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, Nov 12, 9:50 am in Fowler Hall. The vestry nominating committee is delighted to present the 10 candidates who will stand for vestry election at the annual meeting. The candidates are: Suzie Adcock, William Box, Heather Bryan, Stephen George, Andrew Grady, Pam Helms, Jay Jacobus, Jane Roper, George Shirley, and Lea Ann Simmons. Mark your calendars to come vote for your 2018 Vestry members!


Sundays, 10 am, in Oak Ridge Hall – Soulworks will join the rest of the parish in the Annual Meeting in Fowler Hall. We will resume next Sunday, Nov 12.

Fowler Hall Speaker Series

LOOKING FOR MESSIAH WITH HOPE AND FEAR: Fowler Hall Sunday Speakers Series, Nov 19 – Dec 17.This Advent, we will be digging into what it means to look for, expect and wait for a Messiah to come into our lives. For us, right here and right now, what are we waiting for? What are we longing for? What do we think will save us? What are we afraid of? And how do our hopes and fears compare to those of the ancient Israelites who first imagined the coming of a Messiah? Speakers include Rev.’s Jamie McElroy & Ann McLemore, and Prof. James Bowley of Millsaps College.

Christmas Pageant Sign-up

Christmas Pageant 2016 1We invite all friendly beasts, rejoicing angels, vigilant shepherds, and members of that Holy Night, to take part in the Children’s Christmas Pageant at St. James’. Under the direction of Sarah Little, Stephanie Hedgepeth, and Meriwether Truckner, this year’s pageant will unfold on Sunday, Dec 17 at 5 pm. All children Pre-K 4 through 5th grades are invited to bring to life the crèche that cradled our Lord. Speaking character parts and narrator parts will be assigned to the older children. Sign up now until Nov 19 on the St. James’ website, www.stjamesjackson.com. Required rehearsals and an experiential pageant workshop will be held on the mornings of December 9 and 16 from 9 to noon. Younger children will have a reduced rehearsal schedule. Conflicts with schedules can be worked out. We want all children to be a part and will accommodate extenuating circumstances that might pose a conflict with the set rehearsal schedule. Questions? Contact Sarah Little at littlemusicstudio@gmail.com or 601-988-5872.

Dressing and Gravy and More for Thanksgiving

dressing-and-gravy2King’s Kitchen and our own Marcus Anderson are preparing all of your Thanksgiving side dishes: Dressing 1/2 pan $10 feeds aprox. 8-10 people; Dressing whole pan $20 feeds aprox 20 people; Small Gravy $3; Large Gravy $6; Half Pan Special: Dressing / Collard Greens / Sweet Potato Pie $40; Full Pan Special: Dressing / Collard Greens / Sweet Potato Pie $55. Advance Orders Only. Call the church office at 601-982-4880 or email jthornton@stjjax.org. Orders may be picked up from 9-4 Monday, Nov 20, Tuesday, Nov 21 or from 9-11 am on Wednesday, Nov 22.

Yoga on the Labyrinth

Yoga on the LabyrinthSundays at 3 pm for about an hour-ish.The class is for all levels (beginner to experienced). Bring a mat and a blanket (if you don’t have a yoga blanket any beach towel will do – it is just for sitting on and padding our knees) and some water; if you want to bring blocks or straps that is fine as well. As this is a sacred space, all are invited to bring something ‘sacred to them’ to place on the Labyrinth. If you have any questions contact Ray at 601-940-0037 or rjlewis07@hotmail.com.

M&M Class

Wednesday, Nov 15. Many thanks to Katie Hathcock, lead teacher and director of Jackson Music for Aardvarks for leading our young children, pre-K 4 -first grade in Music and Movement this fall.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Needed

It’s time to sign up to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity.Habitat Build
Sign up in Mission Crossing on Sunday Morning for one or more of the following dates:
Wednesday, November 15
Saturday, November 18
or just email Mark Eppes at markeppescpl@yahoo.com or contact the church office at 601-982-4880 or jthornton@stjjax.org.
See you there!

Youth Service Work Day:

Hope House LogoSunday, November 12 – immediately following the 11:05 service- Service Work Day at Hope House, eat lunch together, then drive over to work at Hope House, a house of hospitality for folks from out of town who are receiving cancer treatment here in Jackson; pick up at St James’, time TBA

5 pm Sundays at St. James’

PLAINSONG EVENSONG TONIGHT – 5 pm. Come and chant simple Evensong this Sunday at 5 pm. We will use a simple (easy) acapella form of the service. Curious beginners and seasoned veterans are all welcome! Come and let us chant our evening prayers together to Almighty God.

Greenwood CemeteryEpiscopal Luncheon

Thursday, Nov 16, at noon in Fowler Hall. Cecile Wardlaw, Executive Director of Greenwood Cemetery will be our guest speaker. Everyone Welcome!

No Church School for Children and Youth

Sunday, Nov 26 – let us give thanks for those who work with our children and youth each week!

gingerbread-houseGingerbread House Decorating Party

Wednesday, Dec 6, 5-6:30 pm in Fowler Hall. Order a gingerbread house now and join us for a decorating party. Houses are $15 and must be pre-ordered. We will have them be pre-assembled for your child to decorate. Now is the time to call the church office, 601-982-4880, to place your order! Pre-payment is encouraged and can be made at the church office prior to the event.

Children Needed to Help with Stewpot Christmas Party

On Sunday, Dec 10, 5-7 pm children 1st -5th grade are invited to help with crafts, singing, hospitality and clearing tables at the Stew Pot Christmas Party. Children will serve, enjoy a Christmas meal, and participate in the festivities between 5 and 7 pm. Parents of children volunteers are asked to stay for the Stewpot party. Upon arrival, children will check in with Cami Stone-Hill.

Women’s Bible Study

Women's Bible StudyWomen’s Wednesday Bible Study (9:30 am in the Moyer Room) is stretching us out of our comfort zone for the next 40 weeks as we look at the Bible from eyes of social justice. The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, Episcopal priest, acclaimed by The Episcopal Church for his getting the Bible into hands, being read, and taking it out into the world has edited a new book, The Social Justice Bible Challenge.  Small, it is powerful and packs thought-provoking discussion as each of the 40 sessions has reflection, questions, and prayer by different theologians, clergy, and academics from around the world.

The book is available from Amazon in hard copy of electronic option.  Scripture readings for each session are included in the book.  If you have any questions, contact Ann:  769-257-2377 or amclemore@stjjax.org=

Soul Sounds

Thursday, Nov. 9, at noon in Fowler Hall.
SOUL SOUNDS—on the second Thursday of each month, with a noon recital in the church followed by a 12:30 meal in Fowler Hall.  Join us for musical and then culinary sustenance! Second Thursday lunchtime recitals continue on  Nov 9: Shawn Leopard and John Paul, duo harpsichords Music of J.S. and J.C. Bach to Isaac Albeniz and Scott Joplin.
Feb 8, 2018: “Organ Ruminations”, with Michael Beattie, organist
March 8: “Preludes et chanson”, with Elizabeth Buyan, soprano, and Don Messer, piano
April 12: “It Might as Well Be Spring”, with Seth Walley, tenor, Ouida Holland, Mezzo, and Don Messer, piano.
Don’t miss these spectacular “Soul Sounds”!  Everyone Welcome!

 Wednesday Evening Youth Group

On Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 pm, the youth of St. James’ – 6th graders and up – are invited to grab a free meal in Fowler Hall (just sign your name on the youth sign in sheet), and then join our Rector, the Rev. Jamie McElroy, along with Stephen George, Tommy Little and other adult mentors in the Youth Wing. We will eat dinner, take some time for spiritual reflection, play games and then the Rev. Seth Walley will help lead us in a short, sung prayer service. Hope to see all our youth there!

Advent Wine & Cheese Party

Advent Wine and Cheese 2017Thursday, Dec 7, 6 – 9 pm at the home of Mary Scott and Tommy Shepherd. This beautiful event, sponsored by our ECW, is open to all adults. Donations will be given to the Episcopal Relief Fund. The needs are so great now with continuing recovery efforts from hurricane devastation. Contact Joanna Hunt at jhuntchoirs@hotmail.com or 601-672-7409 to provide an hors d’oeuvre or for more information.

Small Church Gathering

Nov 11 and 12. Please join us for a special small church retreat weekend at the Episcopal Church’s Camp Bratton-Green.Bring your family and friends for two days of relaxation, fun, worship, and fellowship with your fellow local church members and Episcopalians from small churches across Mississippi. In addition to fellowship and worship together, we will have a host of optional activities available, including: boating and fishing on our beautiful lake, ping pong, aerial four-square, hiking, zip-lining on our challenge course, arts & crafts, and visiting with our goats and chickens. The fee for the weekend is just $30 per person and includes overnight lodging in camp cabins and all meals from Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch. Camp Bratton-Green is located at the Duncan M. Gray Camp and Conference Center in Canton, MS.

Walking the Mourner’s Path

walking the mourner's path imageAn eight-week course designed for those mourning the loss of a loved one. This is a ministry designed by an Episcopal Church in Arizona. St. James’ has 10 trained lay leaders, and two trained priests in this bereavement ministry.
We have an upcoming sessions scheduled:
Sundays, 3-4:30,  Jan. 7 – Feb. 25.
For more information, contact the Rev. Ann McLemore, cell: 769-257-2377 or email: amclemore@stjjax.org.

Shop Kroger & Help our Outreach Programs!

Kroger Receipt HighlightedWith every purchase made at your favorite Kroger store, Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase to St. James’, where we have designated those funds to be used for our outreach to the community. Last year we collected $1700 with minimum participation and we want to triple that amount this year.

This does not effect your pricing, gas points, coupons or any other perks you receive from your Kroger card, but certainly helps out fellow citizens in the Metro area.

Please click on this link for information and registration. The NPO number for St. James’ is 81615. Remember even if you signed up in the past, it is probably time to renew your commitment!

Art for the Soul

Come visit our display in Fowler Hall!The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is excited to begin a new ministry: Art for the Soul. Each month different artists will display their artwork, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. This program allows the artist to showcase and sell art to the members of St. James’ as well as others who attend various programs throughout the month. DOK will use its proceeds from Art for the Soul to support outreach ministries. Our featured artists for Oct are Mary Margaret Hickman and Winki Allen. If you have any questions, special requests, or would like to make a purchase please contact Helen Graham at 601-953-6111 or by email at dok.st.jamesjxn@gmail.com.

Labyrinth Workshop at Gray Center

On Monday, Nov 13, a day-long workshop, Walking the Path of Blessing, will be offered as a part of the Liturgical Arts Conference at Gray Center. In the workshop, you will hear a brief story of the labyrinth’s history, then move into the day’s experiences on the labyrinth. The tuition for the one day labyrinth workshop, is $80 plus a $34 commuter fee. For more details or to apply for a Labyrinth Guild scholarship, please contact Carolyn Ray at (601) 896-1639 or at crayms@mac.com. You can learn about this and other offerings during the 2017 Liturgical Arts Conference at liturgicalartsconfernce.com.

Journey Partners

JOURNEY PARTNERS, SPIRITUAL DIRECTION TRAINING – APPLY NOW FOR 2018. A joint offering of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and the Center for Ministry. Director: Richard Robbins. A Two-Year Training Program in the Christian Tradition of Spiritual Direction. Next Class Begins: March 2018. Application Deadline: December 1, 2017. For more information visit: http://www.centerforministry.com.

Join Our Pastoral Care Teams

These teams are the heart and soul of the Pastoral Care Commission. There are 5 teams consisting of 8-10 persons with a captain. Each team alternates weekly and is responsible for taking Wednesday night supper: sending cards to parishioners who have been released from the hospital or who are at home recovering from illness; host visitations, or are just in need. Teams provide support for families in times of sorrow or crisis. If you are interested (no experience necessary!) in joining our Pastoral Care teams, please email the Rev. Ann McLemore, amclemore@stjjax.org; Kathy Stephens, kstephens@stjjax.org, or call the church office, 601-982-4880.