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St. James Welcomes a New Rector!
Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews
 
St. James joyously welcomes the Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews to be our new Rector! Rev. Mathews has been serving on the staff of the Presiding Bishop as the Partnership Officer for Africa, and he has previously served Episcopal parishes in Long Beach, California and in Milton, Massachusetts.
 
To learn more about Rev. Mathews, click here.
 
Upcoming Events and Activities
 
 Note that our office email address has been changed to:  st.jamesnl.office@gmail.com. 
 
Appointments of new Region Missionaries announced:  The Episcopal Church of Connecticut has announced the names of the missionaries appointed to facilitate the work of the six diocesan regions (replacing the former deanery organizations).  For the Southeastern Connecticut region, our missionary will be the Rev. Rachel Thomas. 
 
Southeast Region: The Rev. Rachel Thomas 

Rev. Thomas' statement:  I am honored to be serving as the new SE Region missionary.  I love this region.  I know God's mission is too big for any one of us, and have found great joy in sharing it with others.
 
Seeking God and God's path for my life has led me from Georgia to Connecticut; from being a Methodist to becoming an Episcopalian; from recreational ministry to campus ministry, to parish ministry and interim ministry.  Along the way, I received three different graduate degrees, and was ordained into the priesthood (in 1991).  God's continual creating Spirit always amazes and humbles me.  My husband Eric is a dermatologist with practice in Middletown.  A gift to me, as I love beaches and sitting in the sun.  I also enjoy swimming, cycling, and walking our Brittany Spaniel, Coleman.  Whenever we can, we see Eric's three grown children and three grandchildren, who live in Manhattan, Brooklyn (NY) and Southington, CT.  Eric and I live in Deep River.
 
Ascension Day is Thursday, May 25.  Holy Eucharist is at 5 PM in the Hallam Chapel.
 
Save the Dates:
 
Benjamin Henderson of the American guild of Organists (AGO) will give an organ recital on Friday June 2 at 7 PM in our church.
 
Shoreline Ringers Concert - Saturday, June 3 - Music on Whale Oil Row will present a return engagement of the Shoreline Ringers, bell choir extraordinare, on Saturday, June 3 at 7 PM in our church.  Read more about this group at their website, www.shorelineringers.org.
 
Free Spaghetti Dinner, Friday June 9 from 3:30 PM to 7 PM at St. James' Church, 95 Rt. 2A, Preston.  Free will offerings will be accepted for the mission trip to Puyo, Ecuador this summer to help our friends in Ecuador rebuild their community and church after flood damage.
 
New London Community Orchestra Spring Concert, Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 PM at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London.  Monies raised will support free strings lessons for kids.
 
Southeast and South Central Regional Confirmation will be on Saturday, June 17 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Christ Church in Guilford.