Upcoming Events and Activities
Grocery Coupon Donations Request
The Lord's Pantry distributes food coupons from the newspaper on Tuesdays to help our community shop for groceries.  Please bring the weekly newspaper circulars with manufacturers' coupons and place them in the "Coupons" box in the Parish Hall on Sundays for the coming week's distribution.
Help Needed for Women Transitioning from Prison
New Life Ministry of Southeastern Connecticut offers housing and support to women coming out of York Correctional Facility in Niantic.  We have two apartments and our first graduate will be leaving us early in October.  Three other women are working towards independence.  Mentors check in with them regularly.  We help them get bus passes, make appointments with the services they need and look for employment.  We use gift cards for food and clothing. Our organization began as a joint effort of 8 parishes east of the CT river and now hope that the other parishes in our region will join us in this effort. We would appreciate your parish supporting our effort at this time by adding to our supply of gift cards.  They can be for any of the stores local to the New London area. Thank you and please keep us in your prayers. If you have cards for us to pick up or would like further about helping women make their way following prison, please contact Deacon Ellen at or call at 860-374-3537.
Supper Club Returns for a Dinner Out on Friday, October 20
Join a growing group of the St. James community for a fun and relaxing dinner out on Friday, October 20 at 6 PM at the Mirch Marsala Restaurant, next to the Ramada Inn at 156 Gold Star Highway in Groton.  Rides are available and encouraged!  RSVP to Lori Sarkett at 860-701-0481 by Wednesday, October 18.
Evensong with the Anglican Singers on Sunday, October 22
The first Evensong service at St. James this season will be held at 5 PM on Sunday, October 22.  Simon Jacobs will direct the Anglican Singers, who completed choir residencies this summer at both Truro Cathedral in Cornwall and Exeter Cathedral in Devon, England.  See more about this service at the website at
New Environmental Committee Meeting - Wednesday, October 25
An organizational meeting of this new committee will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 25 in the parlor.  If you aren't able to come to share ideas but would like to be involved, please contact Judy Benson at
Open House - Drop In Learning Community & Resource Center - Thursday, Oct. 26
You are cordially invited to attend an open house for the Drop In Learning Center program located in our parish hall on Thursday, October 26 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.  Come learn firsthand about this valuable children's program.  Visit with staff, parents and students, and enjoy a meal prepared by the Lion's Club of New London.
Parish Cleanup Day - Saturday Morning, October 28
Our annual fall parish cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 from 9 AM to noon.  Donuts, coffee and pizza for all volunteers!  Assignments inside and outside the church are available.
Hats, Mittens, Scarves and Gloves Collection
The above items will be collected from now through November 26, in a collection basket located in the Parish Hall each Sunday.  Please bring new or handmade items, or, if you'd prefer to have an "elf" shop for you for this cause, monetary contributions will gladly be accepted.  Make checks payable to St. James Church, with "Hats" in the memo line.  For questions, call Sue Chojnacki at 860-440-3427.
Many Ways to Join God's Mission Listed in The Net

The October edition of our parish newsletter, The Net, describes several ways to help advance God's mission through the activities at St. James, including year-round Stewardship, Ecuador Mission, Jumble Shoppe, Knitting Group, Environment Committee, Hats Mittens Gloves Scarves Collection, and Faith in Action Committee.  If you are not receiving the Net in the mail, please contact the parish office at  You can always find the Net at our website at

Installation Service for Fr. Ranjit

We will celebrate our new ministry with the Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews at the 22nd rector of St.James parish at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 28, with Bishop Ian T. Douglas officiating.