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Evangelism Messages 

When you visit the shut-in, the sick, the elderly, the lonely, you are sharing Christ.

We’re all greeters in a way. Here is an abbreviated version of a Newcomer’s Wish List; the full article may be viewed at the Greeters page of the church website.

You cannot know the reason why I am here this morning. It may be as simple as a move to your community or as complicated as a personal crisis that leads me to seek strength from God. In either case, I am here. And I will remain here and come back to worship with you next Sunday and the Sunday after that, and the Sunday after that . . . if you will do some things for me. Won’t you please...

- Smile at me during coffee hour…

- Tell me good things about your church and your minister…

- Notice me even if I am not a "family." …

- Talk to me again the second week when I come back, and the third and the fourth…

- Invite me to become a part of some church group or organization…

If you can find it in your heart do these things for me, I will come back . . . the second Sunday, the third, and maybe forever. I will worship with you, and I may join your choir, work at your fair, teach in your church school, contribute to your canvass, and become a highly involved member of your church, and in doing so, I will find my own life immeasurably enriched.

Abbreviated from an article written years ago by The Rev. Christopher Moore Holy Comforter Church, Drexel Hill, PA

Share Christ’s love.

In Matthew 22:39, Jesus commanded "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

We believe our neighbor to be all people, whether within the walls of our church building or in our town or anyplace in the world.

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commanded "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

So let’s proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ as we do our best to share Christ’s love with our neighbor, knowing that Christ is with us.

Evangelism – It happens when we share the peace. It happens when we listen with compassion to our neighbor (in the pew, down the street, at the store) who shares a concern. It happens when we greet someone in church or in the grocery store (whom we know or never met before). It happens whenever we let it happen. We share Christ through our words and actions.

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Welcome Experience 

Denis and Barbara Whitfill

Denis and I moved to Alexandria to be closer to family in Leesville.  We did not know a soul here except our realtor.  Our first priority was to find a church nearby where we would feel welcome, be able to worship, and become a part of a church family.  We came from a small town in Arkansas and had to commute forty-five minutes to the nearest church.  As you can imagine, we did not participate in many activities.  We visited a couple of churches in Alexandria and found St. James.  It was amazing!
When we walked into the nave and saw those magnificent windows and heard the choir and organ, we were very impressed.  After the service, we were greeted warmly by many members of the congregation. When we left that day we felt we had found our church home.  Being able to worship with a group of caring and friendly people has made our transition much easier. The Christian message to serve and give hope to all people radiates throughout the church.  We look forward to many years at St. James.

We would like to particularly thank Dave and Judy Curry for taking us on as a project.  They are fantastic!

       - Barbara and Denis Whitfill

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Worship and Lections 
Sunday - 8am, 10:30am, 5pm
(nursery provided at 10:30)

Wednesday - 5:15pm 
(worship and healing, Chapel)
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 * Psalm 111 * 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 * Mark 1:21-28
Verse of the Day 
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St. James Concert Series
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St. James Episcopal Church and School
1620 Murray Street | Alexandria, Louisiana 71301 | PH: (318) 445-9845; FAX: (318) 473-8236