Sermon for May 28 2017

Gospel: John 17:1-11. Sermon by Rev Anna Horen.

Join us as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary by matching in the Fremont 4th of July Parade. The route is one mile in length, water and cooling mist spray bottles aplenty to keep us cool and refreshed. March, roller skate, wheelchair or bike. Wear your St. James’ tee shirts, a hat and comfy shoes. Wave a flag, toot a kazoo, and share the StJ love.

Sign-up sheet in the parish hall. Come one, come all!

~Linda Nelsen

150th Anniversary T-Shirts

150th TShirtThere will be many opportunities to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of St. James’ Episcopal Church during 2017 and just think how cool you would look in your own 150th Anniversary t-shirt! Orders will be taken from May 28th – June 11th using the order form you will be able to pick up at church or download here. Shirts are maroon with our anniversary design front and back. Youth sizes YXS-YXL will be $10 and Adult sizes S-4XL will be $15. To order, check out the table (with sample sizes) on the patio on Sunday May 28th, June 4th and 11th, drop into the office, or complete the order form available here and mail it in by June 11. Samples of all sizes will be available to try on Sunday mornings or by arrangement with the office/Jan during the week. Our order of shirts will arrive in time to be available for those wanting to walk in the 4th July Parade and in plenty of time for our St. James’ Day celebrations.

Any questions email our children’s minister Jan Scrutton at

Sermon for May 21 2017

Gospel: John 14:15-21. Sermon by Rev Lori Walton.

Sermon for May 14 2017

Gospel: John 14:1-14. Sermon by Rev Lori Walton.

Sermon for May 7 2017

Gospel: John 10:1-10. Sermon by Rev Anna Horen.

Sermon for April 30 2017

Gospel: Luke 24:13-35. Sermon by Rev Anna Horen.

Does Anyone Have AED Training?

heart-rate-ekg-ecg-heart-beatThere are many types of disasters, earthquakes, floods, fires … to name just a few.  These are the big ones that affect large numbers of people.  There is a small one that only affects one person, but can cause concern for our large community.  It is called myocardial infarction, or HEART ATTACK!  As our community gets older, heart attacks become a larger risk.

At the last Vestry meeting, Jill Buono of the Disaster Preparedness Team presented information on a device that can literally save a heart attack victim’s life.  It is called an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  They are being seen in more and more public places.  They are almost standard equipment on airliners.

While St James’ is investigating what it will take to have one onsite, we’re not going to buy one at this time.  The cost is approximately $1800, and the subject needs more study.  One concern is that though it is extremely simple to operate, the operator should be trained.  So we reach out to the congregation: if you have been trained on this device at your work please email Bud Pearson

And if by any chance you just happen to have $1800 lying around looking for a good cause, what better place than to help save someone’s life.

~ The Disaster Preparedness Team

Hands-on Ministry Opportunity… in Mexico!


It began in 1972, when a group of Orange County residents began a ministry of traveling to the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico, to assist low-income families through donations of food and blankets. They named it “Corazon,” and it soon grew into a home-building operation, all handled by volunteers.

The group designed its first “one-day house builds” in 1978. Though modestly priced and small, the shelters were safer and better than what the typical family there lived in. Homes were built by volunteers with their own tools. The enthusiasm of volunteers making the trip helped the program grow. Before long, the “Corazon House” was redesigned and was larger and had significant structural and quality improvements.

The Corazon program has the support of more than 300 sponsors, including churches, civic clubs, school groups, youth groups, families, individuals, and more.

Locally, the Southern Alameda Deanery, of which St. James’ is a part, has been participating in Corazon home-builds since 1993. Some churches in our deanery were doing separate home-builds before starting a combined deanery-build around 2011. Each year, the group of volunteers carpools down on a Friday, does the home-build on Saturday, and drives back on Sunday.

And you can join them!

In 2017, the team of 35-50 will be traveling June 23-25. Two of the dedicated local contacts are Rev. Mark Spaulding (Holy Cross, Castro Valley) and Deanery representative Jim Shiffer (St. Clare’s, Pleasanton). They will be among the many from our deanery parishes carpooling on June 23, spending Friday and Saturday nights at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chula Vista. Most will then carpool back on Sunday, June 25. Those who want to attend should go to and fill out a volunteer profile. Once it’s approved, you can then sign up for the June 24th build.

This program is structured much like Habitat for Humanity. Corazon offers an international outreach opportunity; many have never seen this kind of poverty before. Additionally, Corazon also allows teenagers the opportunity to build—Habitat for Humanity does not currently allow teens and children to actually build on a site. Children entering 6th grade in the fall of 2017 through adults are welcome to join the team. Children are welcome as long as they have a parent or guardian along. corazon1

Organizers are quick to explain that no construction skills are necessary, all you need is a “willing and loving heart and a body ready to work and serve.”

Detailed information can be found on the Corazon website (, or by contacting Rev. Mark Spaulding at Holy Cross ( Cost of food on Friday/Saturday nights, and Saturday/Sunday mornings are covered (you are responsible for your meals while on the road). You’re welcome to help chip in for gas in the vehicle you’re riding in. In 2011-2016, no one had to pay anything out-of-pocket!

Rev. Mark Spaulding says, “Experience is a great teacher, probably the best way to learn about this mission outreach is to use the Jesus method, ‘come and see.’  My prayer is that folks will come with me and try it once. Almost everyone is jumping to go again the following year!”

Along with all of our deanery’s churches, St. James’ is being asked to financially support this ministry. Most churches donate between $1,200 – $1,500. If you would like to support Corazon but cannot join the home build trip, we welcome your donation made out to St. James’ with “Corazon” in the memo line.

Our deanery has long participated in the Corazon home-builds, and members and friends of St. James’ are encouraged to consider participating.

~ Meg & John Amouroux, St. James’ Deanery Representatives

Photos courtesy of Jim Shiffer, St.Clare’s Pleasanton

Sermon for April 23 2017

Gospel: John 20:19-31. Sermon by Rev Lori Walton.