Father James T. Yarsiah, Priest - In - Charge
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIEST-IN-CHARGE - January Newsletter
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
My family and I wish each and every parishioner a Blessed, Healthy, Happy, and Spirit-filled New Year, 2023!
Reflecting on the year 2022, we give thanks to Almighty God for His many blessings bestowed upon us, and we offer prayers/intersessions for those who suffered loss, illness, and other challenges. On a personal note, I wish to thank several persons, organizations, and committees for their help in making our Mission, ministries, and programs a success. I extend sincere gratitude to Fr. Paul Chalakani, my colleague, for the priestly and pastoral services he continues to render to our affiliated parishes and parishioners. Fr. Chalakani and I have developed and maintained a very cordial working relationship. I also wish to thank Greg Dodd, for his role as Senior Warden for the past ten years. As Senior Warden and a dedicated parishioner, Greg has served this parish in a meaningful leadership role and has helped to make our work as smooth as possible. Greg is expected to retire from his role as Senior Warden at the end of the Annual Parish meeting on January 22nd. I must thank Sherry Lang, our current Junior Warden, for her hands-on approach and repairs at the church and our office. I extend special thanks and appreciation to Kathy Ward, President of the Altar Guild. Kathy has served as head of the Altar Guild for the last twenty years and has decided to step down effective December 31, 2022. I am grateful to Chuck Katten, our Treasurer, and to all vestry members for their leadership role and support to our parish. Please join me as we recognize the work and ministry of Chrissy Oppegaard, who is expected to retire from the vestry, after six years of service. Thank you, Chrissy, for all that you have continued to do for our church community. On a wider scope, words are insufficient to express our gratitude to the heads and officers of all parish organizations, committees, programs, etc. As leaders of our organizations, committees, and programs, you and your members have continued to keep the wheels of St. James turning. Thanks to all parishioners and volunteers for your support towards the ministries we offer to our parishioners and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally. To God be the glory!
At the beginning of each New Year, many people make resolutions, but only a few will keep them. Below, research shows the following: 43% of all people expect to fail before February, and almost one out of four quit within the first week of setting their New Year's resolution. Most people quit before the end of January, and only 9% see their resolutions through until succession. 9% successfully keep their New Year's resolutions (https://www.google.com/search?q=what+percentage+of+new+year%27s+resolutions+are+kept&rlz= ).
For the year 2023 and beyond, I have a few goals that I hope our parish can pursue and bring to fruition.
That our parish will increase the use of our website (www.saintjamesbb.com) and social media platforms.
That we will publicize and visualize many of our activities and programs (take photos, videos, etc.) and place them on our social media platforms, website, and/or the local newspapers.
That we invest more in marketing our church in Monmouth County, via the internet. Recently, we upgraded our google location and the ministries we offer, including the Food Pantry. Our church should pop up if someone online was in search of places of worship or seeking assistance in Bradley Beach, NJ.
That we make our website more user-friendly and inviting to visitors and parishioners, alike.
That we encourage parishioners and donors to use our online giving (VANCO), located on our website.
May the Lord bless and keep us. Happy New Year!