Week of
October 2
This Week at St. James

The Sunday announcements are printed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. All content for the coming Sunday announcements must be emailed to by 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Upcoming Events

Sept 30–Oct 2   HYC (High School Youth Conference)

October 2   Blessing of the Animals

October 9   Celebrating Deb McGarry (noon)

October 14   Moive Night (7 p.m. in Parish Hall)

October 21–22   Diocesan Convention, Hilton SeaTac Hotel

October 29   Safeguarding God's People Training (10 a.m.–2 p.m.)

Blessing of the Animals

Join us for a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2! We will hold three animal blessing throughout the day: one at 9 a.m., one at noon, and one at 5 p.m. All animals and all people are welcome: dogs, cats, mice, cattle, hedgehogs, horses, reptiles, birds, rabbits, and other creatures. We will conduct the blessings on the labyrinth on the front lawn.

Celebrating Deb McGarry – Oct 9

Please join us to celebrate Deb McGarry’s fourteen years as parish administrator with a festive coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 a.m. service on October 9.

New Movie Series: Who Am I, Really?

Movies for Kids of all ages. Bring a snack to share and a blanket or chair. Movies start at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall and conclude with a discussion.

October 14th: A boy finds his place as a guardian. (PG)
November 11th: A panda finds his father and his true calling. (PG)

Safeguarding God's People

Our next Safeguarding God’s People training will take place on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will meet in the Parish Hall. Please bring a sack lunch.

Adult Christian Religious Education (Bible Study)

Series in September/October:
The Parables of Luke: Jesus' Economy

Join Mother Joyce for this six-week study (remaining dates: October 2, 9, 16 and 23). There will be no class on September 25 due to only one service that day followed by the quarterly meeting.

Youth Donut Dialogue Every Sunday

Starting Oct. 9, 6th–12th graders are meeting every Sunday between the services from 9:30 a.m to 10:10 a.m. for a dialogue with Fr. Elias and Paul Alvenarz. Donuts will be provided.

How will you spend your drachma?

The value of a drachma in the ancient Near East might have been roughly equivalent to a skilled worker’s daily wage. What is your daily budget? Does it include a fast food meal? A couple of lattés? A car wash? Instead of the latté, please consider donating that amount—$7.12—toward our Stretch Pledge to complete our 2016 Budget at St. James. If everyone who attends church on Sundays—averaging 150 Christians—were to contribute the value of one fast food meal each week until the end of the year, we would complete our goal! Together we will celebrate at Jesus’ banquet feast, where all are welcome.

"Come and See" Weekend

This Cursillo weekend program will let you experience your faith, the love of Christ, and the church in a new way. “Come and See” will be held at Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way Oct. 28–30, with a “Fourth Day” at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kirkland on Nov. 5. For more information, visit

The Central American Refugee Crisis - Bishop Rickel (Episcopal Diocese of Olympia)
Sunday Servers

Acolytes: Avery, Phillip, Michael and Veronica

Eucharistic Ministers:  M. Stril, T. Stril, D. Gauthier, and D. Calvin

Lector: L. Green, L. Riches

Altar Guild: Kathy Capes, Karen Jones, Barbara Bailey

Altar Flowers

If you would like to celebrate a birthday, remember a loved one, or give thanks to God through Altar Flowers, please email or call the church office. The dates we have unassigned for flowers are: October 30 and November 6.


The altar flowers this week are provided by Tom and Jo Anne Zimmerman, in celebration of their wedding.


Please submit prayer requests to the office at

Kim Millager; Carolyn David; Dorothy Yantis; Jean Helmer; Ann Dona; Jack Bigford; Roger Witters; Gene Moon; Lyn Ho; Kay Ernst; Reuel Batayola; Cathryn Wilkerson, her husband, and her parents; Brenda Long and her family

For those serving in the military: Tommy Moore

If you have loved ones actively serving in the military, please send their name to and we will add them to this list.

The Sunday announcements are printed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. All content for the coming Sunday announcements must be emailed to by 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
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Kent, Wa 98030

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