St. James the Less
Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist - Sunday, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.  - Saturday 5:00 p.m.     411 West Due West Ave., Madison TN  37115     615-865-4496

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The Saint of the Month


King Kamehameha IV and his wife Emma were Christian rulers who encouraged the building of Christian schools and hospitals, and who contributed greatly to the spread of Christianity among the Hawaiian people. The King was worried by the growth of American political influence, directly connected with the work of American missionaries, many of whom openly favored annexation of the islands by the United States. He accordingly invited the Church of England to send missionaries and to establish a presence in Hawaii. (While touring England as a prince, he had attended worship services, and had been favorably impressed.) But, although the King's support of the Church of England was perhaps politically motivated, his support of Christianity was not. He and his wife were earnest in their devotion to both the material and the spiritual welfare of their  people. The King personally translated the Book of Common Prayer and much of the Hymnal into Hawaiian. Their only son died in 1863, and the King died, apparently of grief, on 30 November 1864. The Queen devoted the remainder of her life to charitable endeavors (Queen's Hospital, the largest civilian hospital in Hawaii, is largely her doing). She died in 1885.

From the Loft

This month there is musical news for young and old! YOUTH

Since Christmas is right around the corner, the St. James youth are already beginning to think about their annual Christmas pageant.  This year’s presentation is called “Joseph and Mary” and features a conversation between the two as they journey to Bethlehem.  It concludes with a lovely carol called “In a Stable”.  Both the script and the carol come from Puerto Rican folk songs.

All youth are invited to participate.  Since all boys are “Joseph” and all girls are “Mary”, there’s no jockeying for roles!  Practices are on Sunday mornings during their regular Sunday school time with Lisa Cate.  The presentation will be the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

ADULT (HIGH SCHOOL AND UP) Have you noticed how small the adult choir has become?  Having lost several members over the last year or so (O.C. Hays to greater glory, George Mickle to Clarksville, Jean Posey to Florida, Denise Kem to Texas), we seem to have become an ensemble.  Can you help us begin rebuilding our numbers?

We practice on Sunday mornings at 9:30, but if that is a problem (for example, if you attend Father Courtney’s class which meets at the same time) that’s not a deal-breaker.  Our choir is nothing if not flexible!  Can’t read music?  News flash – most current choir members can’t either!  We have a great leader in Bob Weisen and he can teach a deaf and blind armadillo to sing the Doxology!!! (but please don’t bring one to practice)

Last year we made the decision as a church to purchase a magnificent new organ.  It is glorious and adds much beauty to our worship.  We have a fine organist who plays our organ with great skill and artistry.  But now we need voices to lend their strength to the ensemble as we grow our choir.

We are praying about this matter daily.  If you cannot join us in the loft, please join us in our prayers for choir growth. JANE EMERY 

Bruce's Recipe of the Month Taco Spaghetti

8 oz spaghetti

1 1/4 pound ground beef

1 package taco seasoning

2/3 cup water

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies, untrained

1 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed

Preheat oven to 3:50. Lightly spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, Set aside.

In large skillet cook ground beef over medium high heat until no linger pins. Drain fat. Return meat to skillet. Add taco seasoning and water. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in soup, Velveeta and Rotel. Reduce heat to low and cook until the cheese melts, stirring constantly. Stir in cooked spaghetti and pour into prepared dish. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Membership Quiz

Whose terms expire on our Vestry in January?   David Gaines, Joe Reese, and Harry Spain

Who is a retired firefighter?   Steve Womack

Who rents cars and vans?    Lisa Cate

Who are our current high school seniors?   Alex Magnis and Lauren Coppersmith