Next week, on the 22nd of May, on Saturday, at 8PM we will gather at Deacon Ted and Julie Thurber’s home for a first time ever PENTECOST VIGIL! Just as the Easter Vigil honors Jesus, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, so the Pentecost Vigil honors the Holy Spirit.
Why would we want to do that? The answer is that the Holy Spirit, whom we received into our hearts at our baptism, is the third Person of the Holy Trinity who makes it His job to make us God’s sons and daughters, to makes us holy, to empower us to hear the voice of God in our hearts and do His will. He is the One who enables us to declare Jesus as Lord with integrity, to pray and speak with authority, to do the works that Jesus did until His return.
Generally we pay very little attention to the Holy Spirit and that is one of the reasons the Church today is lacking in power and love and in transformation and holiness. It is why we do so few things truly “guided by the Holy Spirit” or “in the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit personally connects our humanity with God’s divine nature and makes us “partakers of the divine nature.”
Join us for Holy Eucharist Service to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus!
Place: Campus Bible Church sanctuary at 222 E. Fountain Way, Fresno CA 93704
Registration Required: Sign up here to reserve your seat.
Masks will be required for this indoor service and social distancing will be in effect. Communion is prepared in advance of the service in a sanitary manner. No common cup is administered in this service. Read how we prepare communion here.
Arrive early to check in and be seated! Please stay home if you are not feeling well and join us on livestream.
Waiting to be all together again feels like living in Alaska waiting for the Spring Thaw! A warm spell can cause the ice on the river to begin to soften and hopes for Spring arise when suddenly the sky darkens, the wind rises and the temperature drops and people are huddled back in their houses and cabins fighting off the cabin fever and waiting for the next tantalizing hopeful appearance of the sun.
According to the Fresno County Health Department we now can be indoors and, if wearing masks, can even sing. My heart rejoices in that even as I anxiously in my mind begin to wonder when the winter of our discontent will return with a vengeance! So we aren’t (this time) going to rush anything, but I will begin to speak with my staff and see what we can do to return to the Great Indoors while watching for signs of a back-draft (to mix metaphors!).
Pray for us to have wisdom and patience in making this happen for the benefit of all our people.
-by Fr. Carlos Raines
St. James will meet together every Sunday beginning January 3, 2021 in the courtyard of Campus Bible. We welcome all who would like to join in celebrating the Lord together live and in person! Remember to bring your mask and dress warmly as weather can be cool during the winter. Services will also be live streamed for those who cannot attend. Digital service booklets are available on our website right here.
Serving opportunities are available too, including set up, tech team, greeting, hospitality, children's ministry and more. Contact us at 559-222-3721 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
We look forward to seeing you in January!
The Companions of St. Stephen provides individual outreach for St. James Anglican Church through financial, spiritual and emotional assistance. Our outreach is to members of the church as well as the Fresno community.
Anyone in need may contact the church. In the event of a financial need, the request is reviewed by members of the Companions of St. Stephens and Fr. Carlos. All requests and decisions are confidential.
Since the outbreak of COVID 19 and the inability to meet in person, the Companions of St. Stephens has expanded and included the SOS (Servants of the Savior). SOS includes a periodic newsletter of hope to the St. James community as well as a phone and food outreach. The goal of SOS is to maintain a ‘physical touch’ with every member of the congregation, reminding them they are still a part of the body of Christ. SOS has expanded its call through food deliveries and phone and card outreach to the St. James community.
“You Always Belong to Us” is the latest project of SOS. It is a card and small gift card outreach to our children and grandchildren who have lost contact with St. James, designed to provide a word of encouragement and hope.
In the immediate future, the Companions of St. Stephens hopes to video oral histories of some of the senior members of St. James. It is our hope that a record of their history and experiences will encourage all of us in our walk with God.
We invite you to joyfully celebrate with us the advent of our Lord Jesus' coming into the world, with Stations of the Incarnation featuring our own artists, a night of singing and fellowship. Dress warm and invite your friends and neighbors!
Join us on Friday, November 20th and/or Saturday November 21st to share God's love with our Fresno neighbors in need for Thanksgiving!
We have partnered with Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pastor Ed Lee of Mount Olive Baptist, and Dr. Nzash Lumeya's School of Evangelism to be part of a city-wide, multi-church compassion and evangelism outreach. Thanksgiving dinner boxes full of turkey and trimmings, with a bible for each household will be distributed them to over 300 families throughout the city. Details below!
Friday November 20th: Join us from 8:30am to 12:30pm at Fresno Westside Seventh Day Adventist Church at 2750 S Martin L King Jr Blvd, Fresno, CA 93706 to pack boxes with Turkeys and trimmings. We will distribute to Our Lady and St. James families afterward. Trucks are needed to deliver boxes to local churches for distribution also!
Saturday, November 21st: Meet at 11:00am at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 101 W Clinton Ave, Fresno, CA 93705. We'll pray, team up, and distribute turkey dinners to families at four apartment complexes surrounding Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Campus Bible Church area.
The organizers are making personal safety and COVID prevention a high priority in this outreach. Please bring and wear your mask.
To sign up, call Mark Zalky at 559-294-1309, or just arrive at the locations at the times above!
Corona Virus Times
Are you ever pleased and delighted to have your grown children encourage you with a gift of spiritual insight? After all those years of being the adult, it is such a delight to have one of them suddenly turn to you and give you deeply spiritual encouragement. Every time it happens to me, I feel such an upwelling of joy. Wow, my children are returning some of their spiritual learning - tempered and filtered through their own lives, coming fresh from their experience with God. It is so humbling. My son has done that on a regular basis, as an outgrowth of his own journey.
St. James Anglican Church, Fresno, CA invites you to join our live stream service Sunday, May 31st, to worship God and ordain Anthony Velez to The Sacred Order of Deacons in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Bishop Eric Menees will celebrate our service, our rector Fr. Carlos Raines will preach the message. Rejoice with us as Anthony answers his call to serve the Lord first as a deacon and on his way to the priesthood. Live stream Sunday, May 31st at 1:30 pm at stjas.org also on Facebook.