St. James Episcopal Church

Sunday Morning Prayer, Connecting and Growing


Join Zoom Meeting: Every week on Sunday, until May 31, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time 
Meeting ID: 849 0239 1104
Password: Alleluia
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Morning Prayer Liturgy, please click here.
Prayer list, please click here.

From the Rector
Blessed Ascension Day to all.
Today we remember the ascension of the risen Christ 40 days after the resurrection. It was then that Jesus told his followers that they would soon receive the Spirit.
We share in the Spirit even though we are socially distancing. We are still united in one body. I hold to that during this time. 
I can't yet name a date for gathering again in person. We are forming a committee to consider how we can safely gather. That will involve taking many precautions to protect each other. Things will look different. We will still be worshiping. 
Even when our streaming worship has glitches, the Spirit is there and God is praised. I appreciate those times together and your flexibility in joining in. We are learning some things about technology that we will carry forward. 
Thank you again for your generosity during this time. Many of you have given online or mailed in checks. Your gift makes a difference. 
I also appreciate hearing how many of you are reaching out to others. Keep up that ministry to each other. If you have a special need or concern please reach out and let someone know. 
Fr. 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.
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. 

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion
Every week on Tuesday, until July 28, 2020 10:00-11:00 AM Eastern Time
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Tuesday Evening Prayer
Every week on Tue, until May 26, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time 
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Meeting ID: 967 5164 2130
Password: BCP

Wednesday Morning - Zoom Cafe
Drop-in, say hello! Just a time to fellowship and chat.
Topic: Zoom Cafe
Every week on Wed, until Jun 24, 2020, 09:30-10:30 AM Eastern Time
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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.
 Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 968 8005 8612
Password: Golden

Summer Bible Study: Romans
Fr. RJ and Pastor John Tirro will be leading a study on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. This Summer Bible Study is offered through Tyson House, but anyone and everyone is welcome to join in! Please email Fr. RJ for the weekly course material distribution ( - Sent on Fridays. Here is the Zoom link for the Bible Study:
Every week on Sun, until Aug 9, 2020, 4:30-5:30 PM Eastern Time
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Meeting ID: 862 5372 6089
Password: Romans
Parish Care

Our phone tree is helping 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! 
More phone tree callers are needed. If you are willing to make several phone calls each week to parishioners, please send an email to Fr. RJ ( Several volunteers need to take a break and would like to be switched out for a while. Currently each volunteer is getting 8-9 folks to contact each week, but the more callers, the lighter the load, and greater the connections. Thank you!!
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.

Join the fun - become a nursery volunteer. If you would like to join the fun in the nursery please contact Theresa Ann DeRosa ( or Carol Yates ( This is an opportunity to minister to our youngest parishioners in a fun setting. And we have two new infants to cuddle. ALL adult cuddlers welcome! Thank you.

 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.
From the Diocese

The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee COVID-19 Task Force:  Guidelines & Questions for A Return to In-Person, Public Worship. Please click here for the complete report.
Grace Point Summer Camps have been cancelled. Please click here for a message from The Rev. Brad Jones, Executive Director, Grace Point Camp & Retreat Center.
St. James Episcopal Church

St. James Episcopal Church
The Rev. John Mark Wiggers, Rector


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