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Update 11/23/2022

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 Weekly Update from St. James' - Nov 23, 2022

A Message from Debbie O’Donnell, Sr. Warden 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


I wish each of you a good Thanksgiving in whatever configuration you will be celebrating it.  I’ve been reflecting on all the different ways and different locations

I’ve celebrated Thanksgiving over the years.  I suppose those differences were influenced by the different stages of my life. I remember the three of us driving a turkey and many of the sides to Columbus, Ohio when it was clear that the holiday was getting to be too much for my Mom. This can be a wonderful holiday but it’s not always easy. I think I work hardest at trying to get everyone to just appreciate being with and thankful for each other. And, isn’t that God’s hope for us?

On Sunday, we celebrate the beginning of a new church year. Advent begins this Sunday. Thank you to Marie and Clint Dixon for lighting the first candle of our Advent wreath. One of our new families, Mary and Patrick Boggs and their 3 children, will light our second candle next week on Advent 2.  Many thanks to Caryl Donovan and her Flower Guild crew for starting to put up the Advent/Christmas decorations this weekend.

Our Vestry shared brunch with the Vestry of St. Luke’s of South Glastonbury last Sunday. We thoughtfully shared our thoughts, worries, and hopes with each other. It was a special gathering which we will repeat on a regular basis. 

Advent 2 is particularly special as St. Luke’s will reinstate their annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 3 and St. James’ will hold a traditional service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 4. The annual Lessons and Carols service is, I believe, unique to the Anglican and Episcopal Church and maybe my favorite worship service.  Ours is very similar to the service held on Christmas Eve in Cambridge, England.

I encourage you to get in the habit of checking our rebuilt website for up to date listings of all our St. James’ events.  Gail Lebert, Janice Davis, and parish administrator Dawn Hardwick are working very hard to keep it current. Although it’s still a work in progress, it is very helpful these days.

Have a Peaceful Thanksgiving,

Debbie O’Donnell

Senior Warden


Dear Siblings in Christ:


A Message from Don Hamer+


Last evening, I was honored to participate – along with fellow parishioners Marie Dixon and Debbie O’Donnell and others from our congregation– in Glastonbury’s Town-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving service. It was held at South Congregational Church and sponsored by Glastonbury Links Together, an interfaith program that serves families in Glastonbury who experience food insecurity. St. James’ is a founding member. Marie was the featured speaker,

Debbie took part in leading a Litany of Thanksgiving, and I was asked to read a portion of Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of the first national Thanksgiving in 1853. Earlier in the day, I was privileged to offer the blessing at the Glastonbury Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner, where over 120 Glastonbury seniors enjoyed a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving feast.


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: A quintessentially American holiday, cutting across every line of religion, race, ethnicity, language, culture and – dare I say it – political affiliation. It is notable that it was first proclaimed at a time when the country was fighting a civil war. It is always a good time to give thanks.


Thanksgiving is a time for us to remember the source of life and light, the source of all that we have and the foundation of all that we dream of. I pray that each of you has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


                                                            Your brother in Christ, Don+



Stewardship Campaign - Gentle Reminder:  Thank you to all who have returned your Intention of Giving Card for our Fall Stewardship Campaign. If you have not already done so, please take some time to think and pray about your financial offering to our ministries.

Then, complete your card and return it to the church before December 4th.  Thank you.  Jeannette L. Brown, Stewardship Chair


Music Notes:

 Our service music changes this Sunday to reflect the season of Advent.  This year we use Advent Mass by Robert Lehman (b. 1960). The setting is based on the familiar 17th century French melody, Picardy (The Hymnal 1982, #324). Lehman taught Fr. Don about chant while he was in seminary, and Jim has conducted many of his compositions and commissioned a setting by him of O sacrum convivium.

Advent Lessons and Carols on December 4 will focus on music by women composers. Come, thou long-expected Jesus was composed in 2021 by Marty Wheeler Burnett. Since 2020 she serves as the Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music at Virginia Theological Seminary, and was recently appointed to the Standing Commission on Liturgy & Music.




Toy and Sports Collectibles Auction - Golden Gavel Auctions in East Windsor is having a Toy and Sports Collectibles auction on December 3rd. We have several items leftover from our Spring Fling Tag Sale e.g. vintage train sets, Wii, Xbox, Star Wars role play books, etc., and I plan to take them to the auction so they can be sold for us. If you have any toys or sports collectibles e.g. action figures, baseball cards, video games, marbles, etc. in good and working condition that you would like to donate for the auction, please drop them off in the bin located in the atrium no later than November 27th - Valerie


Men’s Group Dinner

The next dinner gathering is Tuesday December 6th.  Arrive at the church hall at 6:00PM and we will dine at 6:30PM.  Advent is upon us!




Adult Bible Study – Will be reading Chapter one of The  Revelation to John in the Bible for the November 30th Session. (The Revelation to John in the Bible is divided in three parts; chapter one is the first, chapter two and three are the second, and chapter four through twenty two are the third.)  Elaine Pagels book ‘Revelations’ has been suggested as a good accompaniment this study.


The Zoom link is below. 


Carol’s Closet – Is in need of small and medium size women’s incontinence briefs.  Please place them in the Carol’s Closet donation bin near the door of the Atrium.


Church Directory – You can now access the Parish Directory on the St. James’ website.  It is password protected.  If you are having difficulty signing in, pleas call the Church Office.


Facebook users - visit our Facebook page often to keep informed about events. Two new events have been posted, with more to come.

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Sunday Live stream on YouTube – Sundays at 10:00 am



Adult Bible Study 

Time: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.



Thursday Book Group


Time: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.





Dawn Hardwick
Parish Administrator
St. James' Episcopal Church
2584 Main Street
P.O. Box 206
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Telephone: 860-633-8333