Many of our August Bible readings in worship will center around the theme of Jesus as the Bread of Life. Each Sunday this month we will sing a theme hymn (ELW 485) of the same title. Focus on how you are given spiritual food for your faith journey.

St. James Welcomes Front Office Assistant Elsa Dougherty
Some may remember Elsa Dougherty from her work as a St. James Choral Scholar from 2017 to 2020. Elsa is a recent graduate from Lewis & Clark College and the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Institute for Contemporary Performance. She looks forward to getting more involved with the St. James community and ministries. Stop by and say “hello” weekdays from 9-2:00 and Sunday mornings.

Jazz Vespers at St. James — We Gather In Person
August’s Jazz Vespers will be the first in person Vespers service since March 2020. Click here to find out more about Jazz Vespers and our August guest artist, Dmitri Matheny. See you August 15th, 2021 at 5:00pm.
Here is the list of guest artists for the next Jazz Vespers 2021-2022 season. You will see familiar names, as well as some new performers added to our growing family of jazz artists who have joined us in these Jazz Vespers:
Sep. 19th, 2021 – Lars Campbell, trombone
Oct. 17th, 2021 – Charlie Porter, trumpet
Nov. 21st, 2021 – Mieke Bruggeman, baritone sax
Dec. 19th, 2021 – Allan Mair, flute & alto flute
Jan. 16th, 2022 – John Stowell, guitar
Feb. 20th, 2022 – Noah Simpson, trumpet
Mar. 20th, 2022 – Lee Elderton, woodwinds
Apr. 17th, 2022 – Ryan Meagher, guitar
May 15th, 2022 – Kevin Deitz, bass; Laurent Nickel, cello; Mike Horsfall, vibes
June 19th, 2022 – Haley Horsfall, vocals & percussion
July 17th, 2022 – David Evans, woodwinds
Aug. 21st, 2022 – John Moak, trombone

St. James Visual Artists’ Group Show — On Display In Person
The Visual Artists’ Group will be presenting the art of Margie Lee in our Pioneer Chapel Gallery. Click here to find out more about the Visual Artists’ Group and the current exhibition on display from August 1st through September 10th. Join us for a reception to honor Margie’s memory on August 15th at 6:00pm after the Jazz Vespers service.

Music Notes: Invitation to Trebles to Sing in Worship on August 22nd
If you have choral experience and want to sing with the summer women’s choir, you are invited. There will be two Thursday evening rehearsals, August 12th at 7-8:00pm and August 19th at 6:45-9:00pm. The second rehearsal will include a party with food. We will then rehearse before worship on Sunday, August 22nd at 8:30am. Contact Susan McBerry or Colin Stave for more information.

St. James Choir Returns
All interested church choir singers are invited to get acquainted with our new Director, Colin Stave. Come to the Choir Kick-Off first rehearsal and potluck on Thursday evening, September 9th to prepare to sing in worship on Sunday, September 12th.

St. James Trivia Night 2021
We’re having a fundraiser for the St. James Child Development Center on Saturday, September 11th at 5:00pm at Oaks Park. Please click here in order to link to the St. James Trivia Night 2021 webpage for more information and registration for the event.