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From the Rector
Dear Friends, 
I keep wanting to believe that we will get the announcement tomorrow that we can safely go back to the way things were. That isn't so, and we might not need to return to all of our ways. The beginning of Acts 8 tells of how the early church was scattered and then immediately declares that those who were scattered shared the Good News wherever they went. 
As we are scattered, don't forget that we can share the Good News of God's presence with us. I know that many of you are doing that by keeping in touch and offering care. We can indeed share love and care even as we are scattered.
In this email, you will again see opportunities to connect in prayer, study, and generosity. I am particularly excited about our Neighbor Day preparations. Are you sharing some talent? I am practicing my drums. 
As we are scattered, know that we are also joined together as the Body of Christ. Like those early believers, we can share the Good New wherever we may be. 
John Mark
The Rev. John Mark Wiggers
St. James Episcopal Church
Knoxville, TN

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 Days 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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Meeting ID: 833 9867 1256
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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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Fourth Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. Race Relations Discussion Series
Once again, the divisions and disparity along lines of race have been clearly revealed. There is a different quality to the response this time. At St. James, we have launched a discussion series about racism and how we can faithfully respond. We have three sessions scheduled on Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. through August.
On June 24, Fr. John Mark led a discussion of a video that can be found on YouTube. It is an interview with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist. Click on the title and please watch the video before the discussion.
On July 22, Brian Austin led a conversation about the book Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson.
On August 26, Margaret Bickley will lead us in a discussion of I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown.
You must register to be part of these Zoom meetings. Click here to register. This registration will get you signed up for all the meetings, even if you can’t make them all. You will receive a link and password once registered.

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
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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 more information!

Education for Ministry (EfM) still has spots open for you to join others in study and reflection. This long-established course from the School of Theology at the University of the South offers a 4-year group study of scripture, Church history, theology, and mission. The St. James EFM group meets on Sunday evenings and is welcoming new students. Contact Fr. John Mark or Fr. RJ by August 28 for more information. Scholarships are available. 

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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