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St. James Episcopal Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sunday Morning Prayer
Time: 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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From the Rector
Dear Friends, 
I hope that you are reading these emails all the way through. There is lots of information about things that are going on. Of course, if you aren't, then you won't read this. 
We had Holy Eucharist outside this past Sunday afternoon. We will do it again this Sunday at 4:00 pm in the courtyard. Bring a chair if you can. We are asking that folks register as we are keeping the number down to 15 people. Click this link to register or email me at
Do take a look at the other options to join your community in prayer and study. I know that the virtual connection is different, but I believe it is real. I am grateful that we have tools to help us connect and folks willing to lead gatherings. Take note that we are starting a Sunday morning offering this week.
We do have some activities coming up. We are getting ready for Neighbor Day. Sign up at the link below and look for things you want to bid on. Also share the link with friends and neighbors. You will also get information about pledging for 2021. Please prayerfully consider what you can give.
St. James continues to serve our neighbors and to provide ways to grow closer to God. Thank you all for your support of each other. That is what we are doing when we give to support our ministries. We are supported when people come together to tend our grounds, record music, and pack grocery bags. You are doing ministry when you call that friend and check in when they are in need or just because you want to see how they are doing.
Thank you for being the Body of Christ. 
John Mark

Church Office. Staff members are in the church office, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 am-2 pm. If you need to come to the office, please call ahead.  As always, in the event of a pastoral emergency, you may call the church office, 865-523-5687, select Option 4. 
Please note: In the interest of keeping everyone safe and healthy:
FACE MASKS are required when you are in the church buildings
Everyone must SIGN IN when entering the building.
Wheelchairs are needed at the church. We like to have 3-4 wheelchairs in the nave and one in the office/education building, in case of emergencies. Somehow, our supply has dwindled. If you have a wheelchair or small transport that’s not in use, please consider allowing the church to use it. Please contact Marilyn, 865-523-5687,
Forward Day by Day for November-January is available. Please send an email to Marilyn,, if you’d like a booklet mailed to you. You may also go to and click on Forward Day by Day, Today’s Meditation.
Memorial Garden. If you would like to visit the St. James Memorial Garden, please let contact the church office at

Connecting and Learning

Fr. John Mark is blogging on the Website at with short commentaries on different subjects.  And people can even have a discussion on that subject, since comments can be left. 

9:15 am Sundays, Beginning Sunday, Sept 27, we’ll begin using a curriculum published by the Episcopal Church called Sacred Ground.

Sacred Ground is a film-and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  We will walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
 Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 5319 1598
Passcode: Broadway

Sunday Afternoon Eucharist, 4:00 p.m.
A socially-distanced celebration of The Holy Eucharist in the courtyard. Bring your own folding chair, and please wear a mask.
A socially-distanced celebration of The Holy Eucharist in the courtyard.Bring your own folding  

Monday, Centering Prayer, 6:00 p.m.
St. James Centering Prayer group is studying Joy Unspeakable by Barbara Holmes.

St. James Episcopal Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Centering Prayer
Time: 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
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Meeting ID: 813 3584 8679
Password: Pray

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion, 10:00 a.m.

Topic: Tuesday Book Discussion Group
Time: Every week on Tuesday, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 833 9867 1256
Password: Love

Tuesday Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m.
Topic: Tuesday Evening Prayer
Time: Every week on Tue, 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 890 0688 8019
Password: Jesus

Tuesdays, October 6-November 14, 5:30 PMThe Soul of the Indian, Deacon Ron Morton.
The Soul of the Indian is a book that describes from a personal perspective, the relationships between Western Europeans, Native American Indians, spirituality and what these things mean in terms of being bi-cultural.  Deacon Ron Morton will discuss his personal perspective on bi-culturalism and its connection to a significant Native Ceremony called the Sun Dance and how that has interacted with his sense of service to the Episcopal Church and the community.  All classes will be done via zoom and with an introduction to Native Music used throughout and among many tribes in the US.
Deacon Ron can trace his ancestors back to the Revolutionary War.  He is enrolled in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and appears on the rolls of the Creek and Choctaw tribes. Deacon Ron was the Executive Director of the San Diego American Indian Health Center and also the President of the National Council on Urban Indian Health.  Ron is also a member of the Society of Indian Psychologists and has been connected spiritually and professionally with members of tribes throughout the US and Canada for a long time.  Ron participated in the Sun Dance for 24 years and is still connected to families on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
To all of those who want to participate in Soul of the Indian Book Study, you may want to peruse a couple of other books: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown and Black Elk Speaks, by John Gneisenau Neihardt. I will likely refer to them from time to time. Anyone wishing to join the class may contact Ron at or on Facebook.

Thursday group, 10:00 a.m. 
Join us for an hour and 15 minutes of sharing, discussing, laughing and praying. Topics vary from week to week. If you have never attended the Thursday morning group, perhaps you’d like to give it a try. 
We welcome everyone.
Topic: Thursday Morning Circle
Time: Every week on Thursday, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 846 9311 7334
Password: Joy

 Parish News
Please click here for our October birthdays!
 St. James
Neighbor Day Celebration

Nearly 100 years of
Neighbors helping neighbors

Register NOW to BID in the Auction!
Check out tomorrow’s email for information!

And take a look at this from Community Television!

Our beautiful church gardens are faithfully maintained by the St. Francis Guild, a hearty band of folk who lovingly hoe, plant, pull weeds, and so much more. More hands are needed to join the fun. From an hour a week to as much time as you’d enjoy, the Guild welcomes you. Please contact or (865) 591-7880.
Our phone tree continues to keep us all in touch. You may have received a call from the person with your name. It’s a great way to visit and you may even make a new friend with your conversation! 
If you or another parishioner needs help going to get groceries or medicine, please contact the church office by, if possible. We have people who have offered their services to help. 

Parish Care Committee.  If you or someone you know has need of a meal, transportation, or assistance due to illness or other situation, please contact the church office, 865-523-5687 or Bea Emory, . If you are willing to help on occasions when needs arise, please contact Bea Emory.

St. James on TV! Did you know that if you miss a Sunday sermon or you want to hear one again, you can catch it Thursday, 11:30 a.m. on CTV, at:
 The link is case sensitive.  The S and the J must be capitalized.


Episcopal Church Women
36th ECW Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Please stay tuned for an invitation to this virtual meeting.



Reconnect with the Happening Community

🦋Happening 4th Day🦋


How to participate:

Open to all youth who have previously attended Happening. 
Sunday, September 27th, 2020
ZOOM link below.
CLICK HERE or visit
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