St. James United Church of Christ
Havertown, PA 

Activities & Events




SPIRITUAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
Winter Through Summer 2017


February
28 – “Chasing the Dragon” movie, (7:30 PM)

March
4 – “The Shack”, movie time to be announced.
7 – The Life of Jesus: R & R in the Gospel of Luke, group meeting (7PM)
8 – Sam’s Kitchen Cooking (2:00 PM) and Serving (5:45 PM)
13 – Book Club (7 PM)
17 – What to Say to and Do for the Grieving” video, on website
18 - SoulCollage® Card Salon (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
20 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry (7 PM)
28 – Meditation (7–8 PM)
31 – What to Say to and Do for the Dying” video, on website

April
4 – The Life of Jesus: R & R in the Gospel of Luke, group meeting (7PM)
10– Book Club
17 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry (7 PM)
22 – Retreat: What Do I Need to Do Next? (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
23 – Potluck for Body and Soul (12:00-1:30 PM)
25 – Meditation (7–8 PM)

May
2 – The Life of Jesus: R & R in the Gospel of Luke, group meeting (7PM)
8 – Book Club (7 PM)
9 – Sam’s Kitchen Cooking (6:00-7:30 PM)
10 – Sam’s Kitchen Serving (6:00 –7:30 PM)
15 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry (7 PM)
23 – Meditation (7-8 PM)

June
12 – Book Club (7 PM)
19 – Dorcas (7 PM)

July
12- Sam’s Kitchen Cooking (2:00 PM) and Serving (5:45 PM)
16 – Potluck for Body and Soul (12:00-1:30 PM)


Book Club
Meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM.
March 13 - "Bullet" by Mary Louise Kelly
April 10 - "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" by Ben Montgomery
May 8 - "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
June12 -TBD
Coordinator: Joanne Morris (morrisjoanne16@gmailcom)


Death and Dying

"What to say to and do for the grieving" video: March 17
"What to say to and do for the dying" video: March 31,
Card Distribution: March 31
Two short videos by Pastor Lynn will be accessible on our website and on YouTube dealing with: "What to say to and do for the dying, and the grieving. In addition, all those who have a mailbox at St. James will receive a summary of that information on a laminated card in their mailbox. If you do not have a mailbox, but desire the laminated cards, please contact the office
(secretary@stjamesucc.org or 610.446.3036).


Dorcas

Meet with others on the third Monday of each month at 7 PM to crochet an knit prayer shawls and scarves which will be given to those in need of spiritual comfort.
Coordinators: Connie George (connie@cgta.com) and Joanne Morris (morrisjoanne16@gmail.com)
March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19 (7:00 PM)


Food Pantry

St. James feeds 40-50 families per month via our every Wednesday food pantry. Ways you can help are: bring food on the first Sunday of every month when we celebrate Holy Communion (or any Sunday), volunteer to work at the pantry 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th
Wednesday 8:45AM-12:15 PM, 4th Wednesday 5:45-7:00 PM), volunteer to do the every Sunday morning pick-up of bread and pastries at Giant Havertown, pack bags for Food Pantry participants, weekly water the children's vegetable garden during late spring and summer.
Coordinator: Lynne Major (lamajor1@comcast.net)


"The Life of Jesus: R (Reading) and R (Reflecting) in the Gospel of Luke"

Weekly Post on Facebook by Pastor and Group Members and Group Meeting on
the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.
Coordinator: Pastor Lynn Lampman (lplampman@comcast.net)
Feb. 28 - March 6 (Luke 9:51-62) Jesus Starts for Jerusalem and Rejected in Samaria
March 7 - (Luke 7:18-35) Parable of the Good Samaritan (Group Meeting)
March 14 - 20 (Luke 13:1-9, 31-35) Tower in Siloam, and the Fig Tree
March 21 - 27 (Luke 15:1-32) Parable of the Lost Sheep, Coin, and Prodigal Son
March 28 - April 3 (Luke 16:19-3) Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
April 4 - (Luke 18:31-19:10) Blind Man, Zacchaeus, Seek and Save the Lost (Group Meeting)
April 11 - 17 (Luke 19:29-44) Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, and Jesus Weeps
April 18-24 (Luke 22:1-27) Preparation for the Last Supper, Jesus Serves
April 25 - May 1 (Luke 23:32-47) Crucifixion
May 2 (Luke 24:1-12, 13-35) Empty Tomb and Emmaus Road (Group Meeting)


Meditation

Each session will begin with a short teaching about meditation or a guided meditation, and then be followed by 20-30 minutes of mindful meditation.
Coordinator: Pastor Lynn Lampman (lplampman@comcast.net)
March 28, April 25, May 23 (7:00-8:00 PM)


Mission Trip: Global Gateway Heifer Farm (Rutland, Massachusetts)

Grade 6 - Adult
Global Gateway participants experience the daily struggles people in poverty face every day. Participants are given little-just some simple ingredients and before they can eat, they build a fire and cook their own meal. The challenge continues into the night as they sleep in simple housing, such as a Peruvian clay house. Through this two-night, three day program participants gain a deeper
understand of sustainable agriculture and life on the farm by participating in evening chores and enjoying a farm dinner on their first night. By living the lessons of poverty first-hand, participants come to understand the complications surrounding hunger and poverty and see their connection in creating change that brings possibility and hope to millions around the world. Scholarships are
available. Each participant will be required to help with one of the two fundraisers planned in before the trip. If interested and desire more information including the date of the mission trip, please contact the coordinator.
Coordinator: Pastor Lynn Lampman (lplampman@comcast.net).


Movies

"Chasing the Dragon"-
(Feb. 28, 7:30 PM) Haverford High School. See the movie and then hear our Havertown stories.
This film is designed to show the tragic consequences that come with abusing opiates and heroin, and in hopes that it may aide teenager and adults to think twice before becoming its next victim. Immediately following the movie will be a panel discussion to look at how the heroin and opiate epidemic is affecting our area. Come and learn from the parent of an addict, a young person in recovery, and leading experts in the field. This film is appropriate for adults and teens.

"The Shack"-
(March 4 - time to be announced via email to the congregation)
Movie, discussion and a bite to eat.
The Shack is a faith-based drama adapted from William P. Young's bestselling novel of the same name. After his daughter is abducted and killed, Mack Phillips starts to question his faith. He falls into a deep depression until he receives a strange summons to go to a deserted shack in the woods of Oregon. There he meets a mysterious trio who transform his life: God, in the form of a woman who calls herself Papa, Jesus Christ, in the form of a Middle Eastern carpenter (Aviv Alush); and the Holy Spirit, in the form of a woman named Sarayu (Sumire Matsubara). Though the movie's themes of death and depression might be too heavy for younger kids, it may ultimately be uplifting for older tweens (8- 12 years).


"Potluck for Body and Soul"
A potluck supper will immediately follow worship for the purpose of getting to know one another better, incorporate more fully those who are new to St. James, and making time for caring conversation about faith.
Coordinator: Lynne Major (lamajor1@comcast.net)
Sunday, April 23 (12:00-1:30 PM)
Sunday, July 16 (12:00-1:30 PM)


Prison Ministry: Letter Writing, Teaching Decision-Making, and Post-Release Support
If you would like to write to a man or woman in Montgomery County Correction Facility and/or volunteer on Monday afternoon and/or evening to teach decision making to the men and women there, and/or support one of the men to whom we write, who will be released this spring.
Coordinator: Bobbie- Lou Krok (roberttakrok@yahoo.com)


Retreat: "What Do I Need To Do Next?
Learn how to decide what is needed for any time and situation in your life by exploring how to center down, clear out, listen in, and rise up.
(Saturday, April 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM). Registration deadline: April 16th
Coordinator: Pastor Lynn (lplampman@comcast.net)


Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center
Is an opportunity to help cook a meal for homeless men, women and children at the Life Center (63rd and Market Streets) and low-income people from the neighborhood. If interested in cooking and/or serving, please contact the coordinator.
Coordinator: Joanne Morris (joannemorris16@gmail.com)
March 8 (2:00 PM) – Cooking (5:45 PM) Serving
May 9 (6:00-7:30 PM) – Cooking
May 10 (6:00-7:30 PM) - Serving
July 12 (2:00 PM) – Cooking (5:45 PM - Serving


SoulCollage® Card Salon Make your own cards or work on your spiritual autobiography
Making cards of people who were/are important in your spiritual journey, phases of your spiritual journey, archetypes that identify your type of spirituality: mystic, seeker, skeptic…
(Saturday, March 18, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)