Father James T. Yarsiah, Priest-In-Charge
9:00AM Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Choir *Zoom Remote Worship is Available During the 9 AM Service*
Meeting ID: 883 7738 3368
MESSAGE FROM THE PRIEST-IN-CHARGE
❤ FEBRUARY ❤
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
At the Annual Parish Meeting, held on Sunday, January 28th, our parish experienced several transitions. We elected Greg Dodd as Senior Warden, to serve and complete a one-year unfinished term. We also elected two new vestry members, Gayle Garrabrandt, for a three-year term and Christine Knight, for a two-year unfinished term. Two incumbents, Sherry Laing and Aimee Bramley were re-elected as Junior Warden and Vestry Clerk, respectively. Congratulations to our newly elected officers! Though Chuck Katten rolled off the vestry, he was re-elected Treasurer, a position he has continued to serve with dedication. Marilyn Krampert, an incumbent, decided not to run for a second term. Our parish family is grateful to Chuck and Marilyn for their time and service on the vestry.
As of August 4, 2023, the Bradley Food Pantry has been in transition to relocate from the St. James campus and operate as an independent 501 c3 entity, separate from St. James Episcopal Church. The vestry and Pantry officials have agreed that the Pantry has outgrown its current space/location in a residential neighborhood. This is due to the increased volume of traffic and the number of families served on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis (see BFP monthly reports).
In anticipation of the Pantry’s relocation soon, the vestry began to make plans for the use of the Bea Shaffer Outreach Center to implement new and viable outreach ministries that would benefit the needy in our community and beyond. During this time of transition, vestry members and the clergy have brainstormed and listed a few possible ministries to succeed the Food Pantry. We are also seeking suggestions from parishioners on ministries that could be implemented by parishioners and volunteers on a much smaller scale. During her meeting with the vestry and clergy in early August 2023, Bishop Sally French assured us that we could apply and receive grant money from the Episcopal Community Services New Jersey (ECSNJ) to launch our new ministries in the current building, occupied by the Pantry. Our plan is that as soon as the Pantry departs, we should be prepared to launch our new outreach ministry. The vestry and I are seeking volunteers to help us plan and lay the foundation for our new ministries. Please come see us at the office, email, or call the office if you are interested.
I pray that during this period of transition, the Lord will continue to bless our parish and the ministries entrusted to our care.
Blessings and peace! The Rev. Canon James T. Yarsiah