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This year, our Session has been reading Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. In the course of this reading, we were reminded of the importance of clearly stating our vision, and of having each committee work to support and encourage the shared vision of the church. After discussing our vision for a number of months, the following vision was selected at our July Session meeting… “Saint James Presbyterian Church: Called to Serve God through Faith in Action.” You will be seeing and hearing about this vision much more in the coming months.
Secondly, I have a meaningful announcement for you regarding our mission efforts in the surrounding community. Later this summer, Western Solar, Itek Energy, and Saint James are teaming up to help Interfaith Coalition reach their goal of providing solar power on the new triplex for homeless families in Ferndale. Western Solar will be donating labor and equipment at cost. Itek Energy will also be contributing by donating five of the ten panels that will be installed on the upper half of the south facing roof. Saint James contribution is to pay for the at cost expenses incurred. The estimated energy savings that the panels will provide once installed is approximately 2,435 kWh per year. That is equivalent to a reduction of CO2 emissions from 189 gallons of gasoline and 1,803 pounds of coal!
Saint James’ contribution is possible as a result of our positive financial balance from 2013. Many of our year end surplus dollars were earmarked for mission. After deliberating between many worthy causes, our church chose to support this earth care project, along with a number of other helping agencies in Whatcom County. Thank you for your continued support and for ensuring that we will lead by example and fulfill our vision to “serve God through faith in action!”
Saint James Presbyterian Church is a beacon on the hill where the people respond to the opportunities that God sets before us. We celebrate our rich past as we continue our journey into the future together. We worship the triune God in our beautiful, traditional sanctuary with music, prayer and learning from the word of God. We joyfully welcome youth and young families into our intergenerational and loving community of faith, nurturing relationships that bridge our differences. We are witnesses to God's presence and the grace of Jesus Christ as we address social justice issues locally and internationally through education and action. We are open and affirming, welcoming all to join us in discipleship.
Our Sunday morning church service and sermon lessons are made available on the web for the home-bound as well as for those who are curious about the living teachings of Saint James Presbyterian Church.
We hope that you will join us in worship on Sundays whenever you can.