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The Importance of Being a Welcoming Church

Twenty years ago I started attending St. James’ and I knew nobody.  During coffee hour after the 9am service I did strike up a conversation with 2 nice guys and they were easy to talk with.  The gentlemen were George Vlastelica and Hank Wessel.  In fact, George told me there are a lot of former…

2018: A Busy Year for the TCIC

The Tri-City Interfaith Council (TCIC) is a grass-roots organization made up of  people of diverse religious beliefs from Fremont, Newark, and Union City. The council’s mission is to promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many faith traditions and spiritual paths within our community. St. James’ has long been a member, participating in the…

Praying for a Time of Healing

Dear Parishioners of St. James’, We are compelled to reach out because this week has been a harrowing one for many. The public display of one woman’s trauma and one man’s anger tells a broader and deeper story. The fabric of our nation has been shredded, and with it, the carefully crafted scabs over the…

In the Midst of Chaos

As soon as we walked out the door, it was immediately evident that we were in a place quite different from our home.  It was after 3:00 in the morning, and while at that hour, one might expect the quiet solitude of the middle of the night, there was nothing sleepy or quiet about the…

Why Regular Worship is Important to Me

Our lives are a journey, from day to day and through the years. There are hectic times and slow times, but we always move on – through the work week, the weekend break, family activities and obligations. Where do we fit in God? When do we experience his love? I get the most out of…

A Prophetic Witness

On May 20th, the Christian Church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, the “Birthday of the Church,” in which we bring to mind our essential unity as the Body of Christ and our charge as followers of Jesus to proclaim the Good News to the world.  The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost equipped Jesus’…

City of Fremont Services for Seniors and Caregivers: Did You Know?

At the September Tri-Valley Interfaith Council Meeting, we heard a presentation from Mandy Zamani, M.S., a Case Manager from the Aging and Family Services division of the City of Fremont’s Human Services Department.  Mandy described an impressive list of multi-lingual services provided to Seniors in the Tri-City Area that is unmatched in Southern Alameda County. …

Diocesan Resolutions

Please join us in the Education Room on Sunday, September 17 @ 9:15am.  EJ Hilliard will present the resolutions that will be up for a vote at our next Diocesan Convention in October.  Come and learn about what is going on in our Diocese! You may preview the resolutions at http://diocal.org/2017-resolutions.

Vestry Report – April 2017

April Vestry Meeting Notes After sharing a delicious meal, prepared by Jill Buono, we shared God moments. Penny Trant was unable to join us. The treasurer’s report was given by Lynn Locher and we voted to renew the Building account CD and Special Interest CD for 3 year terms. We agreed to spend $1,000 from…