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    { We're Glad You've Visited }

    We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at St. James' Church on Madison Avenue at 71st Street invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. We hope you will join us.

    The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector

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    { Sundays }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m.  |  Choral Eucharist (Church)

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    WEEKDAY WORSHIP
    Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m.  |  Morning Worship

  • { Getting Here }

    LOCATION: Madison Ave. between 71st and 72nd Streets

    GET DIRECTIONS: Click here to get directions via Google Maps

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    OFFICE PHONE: (212) 774-4200

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    { First Time Families }

    We've found that St. James' mix of rich Anglican tradition and innovative, fun family worship and programming is just the right recipe for helping kids know God's love.

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    When you come to church at St. James', you can expect to find...

    SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.

    SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at St. James' come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or stop by the Welcome station on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.

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Vestry

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Wolcott Dunham

Senior Warden (2016 - 2018)

Dick Dunham has been Senior Warden since 2012, and also serves as a member of the Partners-in-Mission Advisory Council. He assists in leading worship as a lay reader and chalice bearer. He is actively involved as a member of the Stewardship and Budget Committees and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the parish’s For All the Saints capital campaign. As a longtime member of the parish, Dick has served St. James’ in many ways through the years. He was formerly Chancellor (the parish legal officer) and from 1987 to 1995 served as a Vestry member, Junior Warden and Senior Warden, as well as having served on a variety of parish committees through the years. The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, an agency serving the needs of our homeless neighbors, was founded at meetings at St. James’ in 1982. Since its inception, Dick has served on its board, and his law firm has provided pro bono counsel. Dick’s faith has also led him to serve the wider Church: as a Trustee of the Diocese of New York, Co-Chair of its Adjustment Board, and a member of its Canons Committee. Until 2012, he was on the board of Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York, the outreach arm of the Diocese. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Union Theological Seminary, an interdenominational Christian seminary in New York City, and pledges support to the Church of the Regeneration, Pine Plains, New York, where he is historian, and to the Parish of St. Andrew & St. John, Southwest Harbor, Maine. As committed as he is to the life of the Church, Dick is also passionate about the life of the world. He is on the board of Dutchess Land Conservancy, and through 2014 he was on the members committee of Terrafirma Risk Retention Group LLC, a non-profit insurer for land trusts that hold conservation easements. He is President of the Fund for Astrophysical Research, a volunteer for the Harvard College Fund, and a former reunion gift chair for Harvard Law School. Dick, a lawyer, is Of Counsel, and former global co-chair, financial institutions group, of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He and his wife, Joan Findlay Dunham, were married at St. James’; their adult children are Mary and James.

 
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Sam Hutcheson

Junior Warden (2017 - 2019)

In our very sophisticated New York culture, Sam notices that we are usually unwilling to discuss and deeply explore our most valuable gifts (no, he's not talking about money!) He's talking about relationships, with each other and with God. “To share the love of Jesus Christ…” is the mission of St. James’. If we can’t talk about it, how can we share it? Our recent emphasis on small groups and spiritual development is definitely the right direction for this church at this time. Sam believes that if we learn to talk more freely about our spiritual lives we may even learn to talk about our stewardship!

 
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David Andryc

(2016 - 2019)

David is currently the Vestry liaison to the Music Committee and sings in the Canterbury Choir at the 9:10 a.m. service. Previously, David was a member of the Vestry from 1998 - 2001 and has served as a lay Eucharistic minister, lay reader and chalice bearer, and a volunteer for our meal programs. Prior committee service includes Worship Committee, Adult Education Committee, and Search Committees for the Sixteenth Rector and the Music Director. David is a former member of the Board of Resurrection Episcopal Day School.

 
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Gerlinde Brixius

(2017 - 2020)

Gerlinde was first drawn to St. James’ because she needed a church home, and the sanctuary reminded her of the churches in the Austrian Alps near where she grew up. Before she knew it, Gerlinde was drawn into a range of community services and was amazed with how much energy serving returns. She believes in life-long learning and that the ongoing spiritual direction received at St. James keeps her “out of trouble”, and a productive member of the community. She believes that being part of the Vestry is one important way to give back, and support our thriving community.

 
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Tristan Bultman

(2017 - 2020)

Most important to St. James’, Tristan believes, is building a sustainable future to ensure all the ministries, community, opportunities, and resources remain available to this generation of parishioners and many to come. The spirited family and youth programs and homeless outreach, such as the Friday Night Dinner Program and Overnight Shelter, is the cornerstone of our community. Tristan believes that our mission ministries are vital locally, nationally, and globally and must continue to be engaging. To do so, he encourages the generosity of each parishioner while nurturing new members to enrich our ministries. His leadership is motivated by his believe that it is important that we take steps now, large and small, to secure a bright future for all who come here to worship, and invest their participation in our mission.

 
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Jennifer Charrington

(2015 - 2018)

Jennifer Charrington is a member of the Children’s & Families and Boys’ & Girls’ Choir Parent Committees, Secretary of the Altar Guild, and Tuesday Morning Small Group Leader. Mom to two boys and wife of Peter, she is also a Parent Representative at Saint David’s School, a Parent Volunteer at the “Welcome to Winward” Mentor Program, a member of the New York Weill Cornell Medical Council, and a substitute pre-school teacher at Park Avenue Methodist Day School. She is a former member of the American Women’s Club, London, the Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club, London, and the Fundraising and Organizing Committee of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Christmas Party for Children. She previously worked for Citibank and Citi Private Bank. Jennifer believes each of us has a call to continue to grow spiritually. No matter where we might find ourselves on our journey, together the Vestry, the clergy, and the staff of St. James’ need to ensure that members of our congregation have the support and tools to take the steps that are needed to deepen our relationships with God, our neighbors, and the world. Of particular interest to her is how we can continue to support the many parents of children of all ages in our midst.

 
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Stephen de Francesco

(2017 - 2020)

Stephen's leadership at St. James' is motivated by his sense that we are called to live in love, not fear, and to stand as a community. He takes joy in seeing the wide diversity of new faces in the pews every week, the increasing number of baptisms and confirmations, and the growing interest in exploring what scripture really has to say about how we are to live in the world and to treat each other. Now more than ever, he believes we must strengthen these commitments, stand with all “the others” who are unjustly persecuted, and declare unequivocally that in Christ -- and in our nation -- there is no division and we are all created equal. Stephen proclaims St. James’ admirable history as a “mission” church, a progressive leader in expanding God’s domain, through feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, sick and elderly, and advocating for social justice in our city and our world, to name just some of our programs and activities. He pledges to continue that mission in his service on the Vestry.

 
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Katharine Fleming

(2015 - 2018)

Katharine Fleming serves as liaison to the meal programs and to the Community Festival. She also serves as Coordinator of Healing Prayer Ministry, Co-Chair of the Christmas and Easter Pastoral Eucharists and Holiday Luncheons, member of the Pastoral Committee, volunteer at the Friday Dinner Program, and as a Sunday Greeter. Active at St. James’ for many years, she previously served as the Chair of the Mission, Pastoral, and Planned Giving committees, as well as serving in ministries as diverse as the Africa Action Study Group, the Rejoice! capital campaign, the Third Age Council, Stephen Ministry, the Altar Guild and the Tuesday Lunch Program. Committed to seeing how faith is lived out in a variety of contexts, Katharine also participated in pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to Italy and also served as part of the exploratory team of parishioners that traveled to Malawi to see how a partnership between St. James’ and the Diocese of Southern Malawi might be developed. Katharine’s service extends to the wider Church and to the institutions that have nurtured her throughout her life. She is a member and serves as Treasurer of the New York Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. She is her Class Representative for the Chapin School and is a Smith College Class Officer. Until 2008, she worked closely with her neighbors through her work as Secretary and Treasurer of the Rental Board at 200 East 66th Street.

 
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Marcy Sendax

(2016 - 2019)

I believe that the purposeful dedication of the clergy and the vestry to deepen the spiritual lives of our parishioners so that together we can become more faithful followers of Jesus, is crucial to the good health and continued growth of St. James’ Church. The opportunity to participate in an on-line assessment of the vitality of our spiritual lives has been a blessing for both the church and the parishioner. With the information from this survey, we will be able to take the measure of our success as disciples of Jesus. Together with the great gift of God’s loving spirit, we will develop opportunities that will continue to engage and delight us as we come to understand His abiding love for all of us, and with that, to discern what God has called us to do and how we will do it.

 
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Lisa Smith

(2016 - 2019)

Lisa currently serves as Vestry liaison to the Children and Family Ministries and Youth Ministry committees. Lisa and her family are actively involved in many areas of St. James' life. Lisa serves on the Stewardship Committee, is a longtime member and former Chair of the Children and Family Ministries Committee, and helped develop the Family Fridays program, which combines service with monthly family activities and dinner. She also volunteers for the Gingerbread House Workshops, Homecoming Sunday, and Second Time Around Thrift Sales. On Sundays, she serves as a Greeter, welcoming new families and helping them find their way. In 2013, she and her husband Baker co-chaired the 2013 Community Festival. Her three children are highly and happily involved in St. James’ programs including choir, Sunday school, as acolytes, and in the Christmas Pageant. In all of her pursuits at St. James’, Lisa never loses sight of our mission: to share the love of Jesus Christ with each other, the city and the world. "In every task I take on, I remember that each task is — and we all are — part of something big . . . I believe, ultimately, that it is our nature to give, and that the parishioners of St. James’ do this from their hearts each day."

 
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Gordon Smith

(2015 - 2018)

Gordon is liaison to the Lilly Committee and the Ushers’ Guild. He also ministers as an Usher Captain, Youth Group Advisor, Career Day Coordinator, Friday Dinner Program volunteer, and member of the Stewardship Committee. His past involvements have been equally wide-ranging, including service on the St. Jamesians Planning Committee, as a Sunday Greeter, and as Chair of the Welcome Committee. His service in the wider community has led Gordon to active involvement as a volunteer for Princeton University’s Annual Giving campaigns. He also served as chair of the Budget Committee at the Church of the Epiphany, where he was a parishioner. Gordon is a commercial banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 
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Anne Strassner

(2017 - 2020)

Anne serves as liaison to the Grants and Adult Education Committees. She was the Chair and Volunteer Coordinator of the Tuesday Lunch Program for several years, and is also a past Chair of the Mission Committee. Anne participates in PIM-Children activities and has made several trips to accompany children on visits to their mothers at Albion Correctional Facility in upstate New York. She has traveled to Malawi with PIM-Africa and participated in the 2007 and 2014 St. James' pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. She has also volunteered at New York Common Pantry and the Children's Storefront School in Harlem. Anne and her husband, Sandy Feldman, have two children, Julia and Samuel. Anne feels fortunate to belong to a parish filled with thoughtful, spiritual, kind and dedicated people.

 
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George Wade

(2016 - 2019)

George is active in the church at the local and national level. At St. James’, he serves as a Youth Confirmation teacher, Bible Study Group Leader, and member of the Personnel, Adult Education, and Lilly Committees. He is also an Usher Team Captain. George has previously chaired the Worship, Stewardship, and Christian Education Committees and served on the Nominating, Search & Profile, and Partners in Mission - Africa Committees. George was a member of an earlier Vestry. He also serves currently as the Chancellor and Trustee of the Diocese of New York, and as a member of the Committee to Elect a Bishop, and the Canons and Convention Planning Committees. Prior to this, George has served the Diocese on the Search and Nominating Committees, Special Committee on Assessments and Budget, and the Committee on the Future of the Cathedral. At the national level, he is on the Property Litigation Advisory Committee and the Council of Advice to the Presiding Bishop’s Chancellor. St. James’ has long been a wonderful church home for George, providing an excellent liturgy, extensive Christian education program, a variety of opportunities for mission work and, perhaps above all, a vibrant, warm community of committed Christians.

 
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