Pastoral Care, has, of course, changed due to the pandemic. At present, there are no home or hospital visits.
Our clergy and staff make regular phone calls to parishioners who are in need of prayer or conversation, our Sunday prayer list is updated weekly and our Vestry also stays in touch with parishioners.
Our Zoom worship services, especially Noonday Prayer and Compline give parishioners an opportunity to see each others faces and to have conversations. The altar flowers continue to be arranged for Sunday worship in memory or celebration of loved ones.
A Gift of Bread
Each Sunday a visitor, newcomer or special guest at the 10:15am is given a loaf of freshly baked bread as a friendly welcome. Parishioner Phyllis Shuppert enjoys baking and connecting with visitors.
Casseroles on Call
Casseroles on Call provides a meal (s) to individuals or families during a time of family crisis or bereavement. Arrangements are made between the assigned cook and the recipient family to honor dietary needs and schedules.
Sallie Toomey is our Casseroles facilitator.
Parish News for Homebound Parishioners
A copy of the Bell Tower Notes is mailed regularly to homebound or ill parishioners to help them stay connected to the community.
The prayer chain is a group of dedicated parishioners who honor confidential requests for prayers from/for individuals and families. The information is held in the strictest confidence.
The Rev. Dr. Tom Culbertson is our Parish Visitor. He assists Pastor Joe+ in visiting those who are ill or long-term home bound for communion and spiritual conversation. Our Lay Eucharistic ministers (LEVs) bring Communion to those who are unable to be a part of the church community on a Sunday.
It is never an inconvenience for Dr. Culbertson or our LEVs to make a visit.
A Gift of Flowers
The Sunday altar flowers are delivered each week to someone who is ill, homebound or celebrating an event such as a new baby. Community head Joan Warnsmann and her team members call ahead on Sunday or Monday to arrange delivery.
St. James has two literature resources called tract racks filled with informative booklets about the Episcopal church, prayer, personal issues such as alcoholism, divorce, etc. One rack is located on the steps leading to the parish office, the other in the front porch of the church. The brochures, including Forward Day by Day are free and we welcome suggestions for additional topics.