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Beginner Swing Dance Lesson at St. James’, Saturday, June 24
Why? Because it’s summer, it’s fun, and it’s free. Youth and adults are invited to the undercroft from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a dance lesson with Zoe Hall and Drea George. Learn to lead or to follow as you prefer, no partner needed! After the lesson, we’ll turn on some tunes and enjoy this goofy, forgiving partner dance.

Since its beginnings in 1920s Harlem, swing has made its appearances in Hollywood classics and on dance floors across the world. Come for big band jazz and a basic introduction to swing dancing. The lesson is most appropriate for ages 12 and up.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

Third Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday Worship and Programs at a Glance

8:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Eucharist and sermon
9:00 a.m. Childcare (through noon), church lower level
9:15 a.m. FaithTalk: The Bishop’s Challenge, parish hall meeting room
10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Eucharist and choir;
Sunday School and childcare in church lower level
11:45 a.m. Fellowship and refreshments; parish hall

Readings this Sunday
Readings this Sunday have been changed for the occasion of the return from work camp. Visit The Lectionary Page for the usual lectionary readings.

  • Romans 6:1b-11
  • Psalm 69:8-11, 18-20
  • Luke 24:13-35
Music this Sunday
This Sunday we’ll sing “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,” “When I survey the wondrous cross,” and “Lift high the cross.” Linda Ellis will sing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

Childcare and Sunday School, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m., church lower level
Summer Time Begins Now! This month, we will be learning all about Jesus, with a focus this week on trusting in God! We have lots of fun games and activities so be sure to come by this Sunday. Sunday School is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children age two-and-a- half to fifth grade. Childcare is offered 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the undercroft. Children may bring small change for the offering baskets.

Summer FaithTalk at 9:15 a.m.: Accepting the Bishop’s Challenge!
During our Celebration of New Ministry the bishop challenged us as a community to hear God’s voice and discern God’s call to us. Each week we will come together in the parish hall meeting room to study the Sunday readings, led by the preacher of the day. Call or email Rev. Meredith if you have any questions: 301-762-8040, or

Youth Work Camp Report
Come to both services to hear reflections about the Youth Work Camp experience. Youth are encouraged to come to the 10:30 service to hear Rev. Meredith’s reflections as chaperone on the trip.

Book Club, 6:45 p.m.
St. James’ Book Club has chosen its summer reading list. Join us at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the parish hall library, to discuss Still Life, by Louise Penney. All are welcome!


Parish Photo Directories Available
Photo directories are available at the church entrance on Sunday and in the parish office on weekdays. Your $3 donation covers the printing cost. Photo directories do not contain contact information, but will help you put names to faces. For an up-to-date directory with member contact information, contact the parish office,

Wanted: Tennis Balls for Chair Legs
The Sunday school welcomes donations of used tennis balls to place under their chairs’ legs. Tennis balls may be brought to the Sunday school on Sundays or to the church office during the week.

Thank You – Samaritan Ministry Spring Toiletries Drive
Thank you so very much to all who contributed to the Mother’s Day and Fathers’ Day 2017 toiletry drive. As of June 22, we delivered 24 bags of toiletry articles, 10 bags of food, and $250 in cash and gift cards to Samaritan Ministry.

Check Out Our New Website!
The new and improved is up and running. Send us your comments and your photos! Bright, clear, photos of web-quality-resolution may be emailed to the parish office at


St. James’ Children’s School 2017 Summer Camp!
For children Pre-K through age 7
June 19 through August 31, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
$350 a week; daily Spanish classes & weekly Fun Fit Physical Education
Download the flyer for more information: St. James’ Summer Camp FlyerTai Chi Classes at St. James’, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the undercroft for quiet, meditative movement with Dr. Douglas Pratt. All levels of ability are welcome. A freewill offering ($1-5) is suggested to help with St. James’s utilities.

St. James’ Spanish Speakers Meeting July 9
We’d like to welcome our Spanish speaking congregants. In an effort to make our worship more accessible, all Spanish speakers are invited to meet with Rev. Meredith after the 10:30 service on July 9. Contact Rev. Meredith for information,

Lunch and Learn July 11 BINGO with Prizes
Join us Tuesday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Bring your white elephant and/or gag gifts to be used as prizes for the bingo extravaganza. (We’re known for occasionally exaggerating!)

Backpack Drive Sunday, July 16, 11:45 a.m., parish hall
Bring the family for a fun and quick backpack stuffing party during coffee hour! St. James’ will donate 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to local families in need. In order to continue this ministry, please make a donation towards next year’s backpacks and supplies. On average, each filled backpack costs $30. Checks should be made payable to St. James’ Church with “M&O backpack drive” noted in the memo line. Find more information in this flyer.

Parish Picnic, Sunday, July 23
Noon at Cabin John Regional Park

Celebrate St. James Day Together! Games for kids of all ages. Bring food and drink for your family. We have reserved picnic shelters J & K (click here for a map) at Cabin John Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817. Bring your family’s meal and plan to play on the playground, ride the train, play outdoor games, or take your dog to the dog park. Find more information in this flyer.


We have been asked to publicize the following community announcements.

Legal Workshop on Domestic Violence, June 28
Transfiguration Parish in Silver Spring is hosting a workshop on Wednesday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. Come learn what to do for victims of domestic violence and what services and legal help are available. Located at 13925 New Hampshire, Ave., Silver Spring, MD. More information in this flyer.

U.S. Refugee Policy: State Department Update, July 13
Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s, 5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda 20886. St. Dunstan’s Church invites all concerned about refugees to hear a State Department update on Refugee Admissions, now and in the future. Presentation by Kelly Gauger, Deputy Director, Refugee Admissions; Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; U.S. Department of State. Questions about U.S. policy and practice on this urgent issue will be addressed. Free parking is available.


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