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Topic: Sunday Morning Prayer
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From the Rector
Back in March of this year, I recall making jokes about not being sure what day of the week it is. Somewhere along the way I have had actually had to check and remind myself what day it is and what comes next. We all need things that ground us and orient us along the way. This is only highlighted by this intense disruption on global, national, and personal levels. 
The Episcopal Church and our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, have been promoting The Way of Love. You may have seen some brochures at St. James about that. The Way of Love calls us to a pattern of living: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. I encourage you to take a look at The Way of Love website. I see this pattern as a way to ground ourselves in this times of uncertainty. 
Most of us practice a few of these things well. I am grateful for your generosity in blessing the ministries of St. James with your prayers, money, and time. Your commitment to pray and study together encourages me. I know that such things give us strength in our faith. I again want to encourage you consider these and other practices outlined in The Way of Love. Look for some virtual opportunities to discuss The Way of Love in the weeks to come. 
There are many opportunities listed in this email for you also to consider. Act now to register to be part of our Neighbor Day auction. Also, consider who you might want to nominate for vestry and let me. You might not believe me on this next one. If you just need to talk and pray with someone, please reach out. I would be glad to be as present as we can be in these times. 
John Mark

Church Office. For the immediate future, the office continues to be closed. Emails are checked throughout the day, so please feel free to reach out. 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 and
  • 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 August-October are 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 A parishioner has volunteered to meet you there to open the gate.

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. 

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)

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Meeting ID: 813 3584 8679
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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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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
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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
St. James
Neighbor Day Celebration
Nearly 100 years of
Neighbors helping neighbors
The time to ACT is NOW!
Check out tomorrow’s email for information!

Rental apartment needed. A colleague of Mary Nelle Osborne is looking fora  safe rental apartment. Their current landlord is selling their building.  They do have an elderly cat, no smokers , no drama.  Please contact Mary Nelle,, or 865-865-567-2849.  Preferably North, South or East Knoxville.
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, following the link,, St James 4079.
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