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News Notes 02/06/2020

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Shout Out and Thank you to the Crosslines serving team, Eric A, Marge F, Mark & Linda S, and Nancy T. They helped 75 families shop for 171 people. That is almost double the numbers from a year ago. St James provided $2290 worth of food and hygiene supplies in addition to the $600 cash pledge. (Crosslines has raised the value of the amount per pound to reflect today’s costs) Your generosity is greatly appreciated!



Since I have been here, we have done a soup supper and some sort of a spiritual study in Lent. This year I have chosen the book “Ragamuffin Gospel” which was introduced to me about 8 years ago. When I first read it, I didn’t quite like the book. Because it challenged some of my traditional understanding of Jesus and the way of looking at Spirituality. However, as I grew in my spiritual life, I began to like the book more and more. I now understand it much better and am excited by what it says.

Spiritual life is painful many times. Because it challenges us to be better without expecting a standing ovation for it. It is an internal process through which we become better people. Spiritual life is not necessarily Sunday Worship or reading of the Bible every day. Yes, they are very important to maintain spiritual life as long as we put into practice what we read and learn, as long as we live what we worship and learn.

I want to invite you to buy this book and read it slowly. Let us visit more about what you have read on Wednesday evenings in Lent. Please find the link here below if you want to buy a hard copy from Amazon or get a cheaper version on your kindle device.

Also please join me for The Red Door conversation this evening at 7 pm. This show will go live at 7 pm on YouTube. You can click on the link here and set a reminder to alert you around 7PM. Share it with your friends and family on facebook and share your comments. See you online at 7.

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The Red Door Conversation

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
by Brennen Manning
Click here to buy The Kindle Version or Paperback Book directly from Amazon or sign up for it at church on Sunday.

Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet.

Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.”


“Brennan Manning does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God’s grace to do what only God’s grace can do—amaze.”
-Max Lucado, Bestselling author of The Gift for All People

“I found deep comfort in realizing that Jesus loves even me, a ragamuffin, just as I am.”
-Michael Card, Musician, recording artist, and author of A Violent Grace

“This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good.”
-Eugene Peterson, Author of The Message

Buy The Book Ragamuffin Gospel

Christian Skate

You are invited to Springfield Skateland 02/15 for Christian Skate. Times are 5:00-6:30. Click Here For Their Website

Outreach News

This is Outreach Sunday. The loose offering and all checks marked “Outreach” will be designated for upcoming projects benefiting our world and our community.

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.


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.

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.




09:15 AM: Sunday School
09:15 AM: Adult Sunday School
09.30 AM: Choir
10.30 AM: Holy Eucharist


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

February 9

Celebrant: Tharakan, Fr. Jos
Preacher: Trader, Josh
Deacon: Lynch, Dc. Suzy
Subdeacon: trader, Josh
Eucharistic Minister: Hopper, Matt
Lector: Breid, Anne
Crucifer: Pruitt, Lisa
Acolyte 1: Tharakan, Asha
Acolyte 2: Tharakan, Amrit
Usher 1: Canales, Roberto
Usher 2: Lynch, Jim
Greeter 1 Hendricks, Shirley
Greeter 2
Hospitality: Michelle
Prayer Partner: Odom, Minuen
Organist Chesman, Jeremy
Altar Guild: Eggers, Tessa

Children’s Ministry Schedule

9th: Valentine’s Day
16th: Mardis Gras Floats
23rd: Getting Ready for Lent

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