Phone: 417-881-3073

2645 E. Southern Hills Blvd | Springfield | MO 65804 

News Notes January 23, 2020

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Father Jos can be reached at:


Thank you to all who are faithful in worship and ministry. Without your committed time and talent, and of course treasure we wouldn’t be here. So thank you.

Thank you to the vestry, and the finance committee who met for a couple of hours to sort things out for 2020 and calk out a plan for smooth functioning of our church in the years to come.

New Send Out Day For Email Announcements

This email announcement will now be sent out every Thursday morning. We print this email and send it by mail to people who do not have internet access and would like them to be able to receive it before Sunday. Also, the office is now closed on Fridays, with our new hours being Mon-Thurs. 9 am-2 pm.


This week we will celebrate St. James’ entry into the 61st year and launch ourselves into the possibilities of 2020, a new vision, a new dream, and commitment to being a vibrant church. If I don’t know where I am going, I may not get where I want to go or if we got there by chance we won’t know why we are there! So, it is important for us to be fully awake and be aware of our journey. It is very important for us to design our path with God just as much as we plan for everything in life.

In my opinion, we plan for everything, except our spiritual life. Spiritual life is the last choice when there are no other plans. For example; on Superbowl Sunday, February 2nd, many people will stay home to prepare to watch the game on TV, and skip the church which is their time with their community and God. On regular Sundays, schools have started planning sports, pancake breakfasts, fund raisers and more and forget all about their commitment to be with their community. Yes, God is everywhere. But sadly the faithful community that we practice God with is not. In a fragmented world it is important that we build our community of faith so that when tragedy hits us there is someone to hold us with love, and care.

So as we are entering into our 61st year in this community of Springfield, let us be intentional and be fully awake. Let us open the doors of our hearts and extend our hands to all people. Let us walk humbly with God, and do justice and show mercy at all times and to all people. Let us plan to be authentic. Make a commitment in this new year to attend church faithfully and regularly, and keep everything else in life after God is given the prime spot and let no one and nothing take that away from you. Plan to be with God and God’s community of faithful, and all else will fall in place.

Fr. Jos+

Annual Meeting!
Don’t miss it!

St. James’ Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, January 26th after the church service. Please bring a dish to share and get in on the what’s new for St. James. There will also be an election of three new vestry members and every member’s vote counts. We hope to see you there!


January is a Crosslines Month!

What a fantastic job our parish does through our donations and in providing volunteers to Crosslines in our outreach ministry! Crosslines expects this next year to serve more than 60,000 Greene County residents. The need for emergency food assistance to help the elderly, young families with children, people with special needs is even greater than before. In November, even a struggling college student who had just moved into an apartment was grateful to be able to put some food in her refrigerator and kitchen cabinet!

So bring in those food items and/or sign up to volunteer! Your help is greatly needed and appreciated by those you serve!

Deadline for food items to be brought in is Tuesday, Jan. 28. Our Crosslines Day when volunteers are needed is Thursday, Jan 30th, from 8:45 to around 2:00.

Thank you, St. James!
Nancy Terry

If you haven’t visited “Crosslines of Springfield” FaceBook page, check it out for up to date news from Crosslines

Elaine Atkinson

Not Too Late

It is a new year and a new semester at Eugene Field Elementary School. Please prayerfully consider joining this rewarding ministry. If you can read and enjoy children, you qualify. It is for an hour, one day a week. You choose the day, time, and grade that suits your schedule. Then your are assigned a teacher and are under her supervision. No homework and no supplies but lots of hugs! If interested contact Marge Francis at 883-7642.


If you would like a poinsettia to take home you may take your pick! They are located in the Narthex.

Children’s Bulletins

There are now children’s bulletins available every Sunday that follow the Lectionary! They are divided into age groups so there is something for everyone! Please feel free to pick one up and share with the children in your life! This is a great way to share God’s love with the ones we love the most.

Altar Flowers & Candles

The Altar Flowers Fund supports bringing the Glory of God into our worship space with flowers. St. James d displays flowers every Sunday. Your contribution designated ‘Altar Flowers Fund’ are always welcome and encouraged, for any amount and at any time. For reference information, the flowers costs are $40 a week plus delivery charges. To acknowledge contributions to the Flower Fund the church provides an opportunity for donors to request a dedication of their gift to the Altar Flower Fund to appear in the bulletin. There can be multiple dedications for any given Sunday.

Thank you for participating in this ministry to bring the Glory of God to the Altar.

There are three ways to sign up for altar flowers.
Click here for the link to our online forms.
The flower chart located in the hall outside the chapel.
Form available under the flower chart in the hall outside the chapel can be filled out and dropped in the offering plate.

You may also contribute to the candle fund by giving a donation designated to ‘Altar Candles”. You can dropped your donation in the offering plate, mailed it or give it to a staff member in the church office.

Wrapped in Prayer

The Wrapped in Prayer group will NOT be meeting on these dates in 2020.

Feb 26 – Ash Wednesday
Apr 8 – Passover
Nov 25 – day before Thanksgiving
Dec 23 and Dec 30 – holiday break

During inclement weather, we encourage people to put safety first. If anyone wants to know the status of the parking lot or Springfield streets, we want them to call the church office.

If the power is out or there is some other reason to cancel the meeting, feel free to call me at 882-6721 and I will contact the regular attendees and any guest that might be coming.


Called To Care For Kids

We are excited for the 8th annual Called to Care for Kids Conference!

Note the change in location. We are pleased to host this year’s event at Campbell United Methodist Church.

NEW ! This year instead of pre-purchased box lunches, FOOD TRUCKS will be available during lunch in the parking lot with seating available inside.

We will once again have conference t-shirts available to purchase!

The most exciting announcement is that we are bringing Conscious Discipline to town! Our keynote is Velda McKenzie, a certified Conscious Discipline Instructor, who will be presenting Triggered and Terribly Tired: The Secrets to Managing Our Emotions.

We hope to see you on March 7th! Thank you!

For full event details: Called to Care for Kids Conference Brochure

Bringing together Sunday School Teachers, Child Care Providers, Foster Families, VBS Teams, Children’s Ministers and Community Volunteers who Support Children and Families.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Campbell United Methodist Church
1747 E. Republic Rd.
Springfield, MO 65804


February 9, 2020

St. Johns Church @ 3 PM
515 E. Division St. Springfield

Bring Finger Food Snacks
Worship, Songs, and Fellowship

Everyone Welcome!

Victim Center’s
Volunteer Needed

The Victim Center in Springfield, Missouri, is holding a training for those who would like to be Volunteer Victim Advocates. It will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. An alternate date of Saturday, February 29th has been chosen if the weather prohibits the training on the 22nd.

An Open House has also been scheduled for those who would like to ask questions and learn more about The Victim Center this coming Saturday, January 18th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 819 Boonville. Park and come into the building through the back.

The Victim Center serves all types of crime victims, all ages and genders, in Southwest Missouri by responding to those who call for help through the agency’s 24-hour crisis line, provides counseling, assists with emergency ex parte orders of protection, etc. We never charge a fee for any of the services offered.

The Victim Center’s Volunteer Victim Advocates need to be at least 20 years-old, required to attend trainings, monthly meetings, and choose their own shifts (2-4 each month is standard). Calls received come through the Professional Answering Service. An advocate’s personal information is never disclosed.

Interviews are underway now are necessary before the training. For an application packet and more detailed information, please contact Paula Tindell, Victim Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator, or (417)863-7273, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 26th:
Sunday School: Matthew 4: 12-23 (Guess who game, discussion, acrostic poems)
Youth Group: Annual Meeting



09:15 AM: Sunday School
09:15 AM: Adult Sunday School
09.30 AM: Choir
10.30 AM: Holy Eucharist
After church Potluck and Annual Meeting


9:00 AM: Yoga with Penny Childress


10:00 AM: Healing Service
12:30 PM: Wrapped in Prayer


9:00 AM: Yoga with Penny Childress

January 26

Celebrant Tharakan, Fr. Jos
Preacher Tharakan, Fr. Jos
Deacon Lynch, Dc. Suzy
Subdeacon Pruitt, Lisa
Eucharistic Minister Hopper, Matt
Lector LeCompte, Louanna
Crucifer Gourley, Greta
Acolyte 1 Tharakan, Asha
Acolyte 2 Tharakan, Amrit
Usher 1 Parmenter, Jim
Usher 2 Larimore, Larry
Greeter 1 Abshire, Terry
Greeter 2 Atkinson, Eric
Hospitality Atkinson, Elaine
Prayer Partner Odom, Minuen
Organist Chesman, Jeremy
Altar Guild Gillogly, Julie
Altar Guild 2 Smith, Becky

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