St James exists to be the Heart and Hands of Christ in our community, all year long, in many ways. Below you’ll find some areas we are currently involved in. Want to learn more or get involved? Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Episcopal Church Women of St James have been hard at work on an ambitious project they’ve titled “The Children’s Emergency Clothing Closet”. We operate in cooperation with the Otter Tail County Child Protection Services. The “children” are those being removed from their homes for any number of reasons, abuse, neglect, parental drug or alcohol use or incarceration. Many or all of these situations constitute an “emergency” in a child’s life, and often they are removed without proper “clothing”. The aim of The Emergency Closet is to give these children the small security of being fully clothed during the time of removal from their homes and their arrival at their next destination. The “Closet” provides whatever clothing the children need during this transition time.
Interested in giving to this Ministry? Email: email@example.com
In the Past…
‘Saturday, June 22, 4:15pm 100 Year Cyclone Commemorative Ceremony.
Meet at St. James Episcopal Church, 321 S Lakeside Dr., Fergus Falls.
Join us for a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 1919 Cyclone. At 4:45 church bells will toll around town, and including those at City Hall, to recognize the time that the storm began and those that died in the storm or of injuries sustained in the storm.’
The June 22nd AM Tour of Lake Alice was very well attended, and the lunch provided by St James afterward was much enjoyed! There were several who took the time to tour the church at this time as well. The 4:15 St James Commemorative Service went great! Many were here from across the country to honor the 100th Anniversary of family tragically lost in the Cyclone, and truly appreciated the service and the Bell Toll after. There were 45 recorded in attendance at the service, and 60 outside for the bell ringing.
We at St James are welcoming a new Senior Warden with this new year! Kristin Tuel served so faithfully for 9+ years, and finally hung up her hat this January. Mark Helland has accepted the role and responsibility for the year to come, and more we hope…
Another change of seasons is upon us. At St. James we continue to work to be in relationship with our neighbors. Relationships are ever evolving, not always easy, but yet not always hard, challenging, messy, rewarding, opportunities for growth individually and as a community. The Episcopal Church in Minnesota will continue this year with the mission: Engaging in God’s mission of the Beloved Community, looking through a new lens: responding to the invitation. What does this look like, or could this look like in the faith community at St. James?
Being in relationship with our neighbors is essential to the St. James faith community. Building authentic relationships in our Beloved Community is knowing our identity, context, and sustainability. Meaning we know who we are individually and collectively, building relationships from a place of abundance. We are not trying to fix ourselves or fix someone else, but coming from a place of clarity and self-knowledge, working alongside our neighbors not for our neighbors. We notice who we are drawn to, and we step towards relationship. This is often messy, uncomfortable, and we may hesitate. As we have witnessed, when we understand who we are and what we have to offer, we can push through our own discomfort and hesitation to step toward relationship and the transformation that God has planned for us.
You are invited to join with the faith community of St. James as we continue to grow and take risks in building relationships with our neighbors.
In 2018 our Episcopal Church Women (ECW) inspired us to move forward in the area of informing ourselves and our community in: A Human Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation Series. January 16th – “It’s Happening Here,” March 6th – “What Can We Do?”, April 24th- “Men as Peacemakers” here from Duluth, MN featuring the “Don’t Buy It Project”, and “A Survivor Speaks,” April 25th. This series brought people to us personally with deep needs, a child sex abuse victim now in her 60’s, a couple with a child in a trafficking ring, another young woman wanting to retrain her brain from being trafficked.
In the winter/spring of 2017/2018 our community also suffered several tragedies, a murder/suicide of a well known couple with children in our local school , 2 murders of young children through abuse, the murder of a mother/son by a mentally unstable young man whose own mother had cried out for help.
In 2018 and forward we hope to move ahead in working with our community to bring one another together to fight issues that currently separate us… seeing one another through the eyes of “what has happened to us” in our lives, rather than “what is wrong with us.” The viewing of the documentary films “Resilience” and “Paper Tigers” has begun the dialog. This fall our School District #544 will be using the film “The Mask You Live In” to help their staff and coaches, teach our kids, among many other things, the value of “One Caring Adult.” We as individuals will strive to be those caring adults.