When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere.
When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.
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Church Service on DVD. If you had been listening to the radio service of St. James Lutheran Church for years, you may have noticed that we are no longer on the radio. Instead we have been making DVD's of the church services each Sunday, and copies of the services have been distributed to friends and members who would like one. We are currently only recording the Sunday worship services, but recordings can also be made of special services as well. If you would like to have a copy of the services, please let Ann in the church office know, and it can be provided.
St. James Lutheran Church
Whether you are a new member or just visiting, we want to let you know how excited we are in having you here. Our web site contains helpful information about the varied ministries and programs of St. James Lutheran Church.
St. James membership is comprised of individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds. We faithfully preach and teach the living word of God to help you further develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, we nurture Christian lives by meeting spiritual needs and make disciples through our witness. We are, by the grace of God, the St. James Lutheran Church.
Please consider yourself an important part of the St. James Church family. Here you will find a church in which you will be welcomed, greeted, loved, and cared for, in the name of Jesus the Risen Savior. There is a very special place for you at St. James, and if you haven't already, we hope you will consider making St. James your church home.
Together thus far, we have traveled through the final quarter of 2016, and are four weeks into the new liturgical year which began with Advent! It is said that the mythical two-headed dog Janus sits at the gateway between the old and new year. From there, Janus examines both the past and the future. It is a good practice.
Looking back on the frenzied pace of the past four months, I am amazed at how busy we all have been. In the name of St. James Lutheran, I have officiated at 5 funerals, 1 wedding and 1 baptism. The 2017 calendar shows a wedding and a baptism in the near future. The “guys with ties” tradition of cantors has been re-established. A children's choir and a children's bell choir have enriched our services. Acolytes carry in the light signifying God's presence to begin each worship. At the end of the service, they lead us forth – a symbolic reminder that the light of Christ is carried out into the world by our actions and words. The confirmation program is up and running. We have a steady 7 in the 7th and 8th grade class which meets on Wednesday afternoons. For Christmas, the students created luminaries featuring a symbol important to our Christian story. Three 9th graders established relationships with mentors and are in the process of “listening to God's urgings as they invest their talents in God's service.” We will hear of their experiences in worship on February 12. The 7th and 8th grade classes will be studying “why we do what we do in worship.” They will design worship for that weekend. Through John Skogberg's efforts, students shopped for personal care items and delivered them to the Compassion Cupboard. And that recounting excludes the activities mentioned in last month's column.
The year, 2017, will be a year of questions. The Call Committee took the first step on your journey to a permanent pastor by answering the “Who are we?” questions. Other questions to be considered are: Who are we becoming? Who and where do we plan to be in ten years? Some have asked questions about the role of your pastor and the role of St. James in addressing the issues of daily life in our current era and current cultural and political climate. Actually, those doing the asking have been direct (but in no way offensive) in asking, “Why are pastors reluctant to address these issues from the extremism, AND the material to justify compassion, coexistence and kindness. She says that we need to be in conversation and to work together across the lines of denominational and faith traditions. January will find our meditations focused on the question: what scriptural passages offer us a roadmap for living in this time of polarization. No, I will not tell you what to think. I will – hopefully – lead you to passages that speak to these issues. Then, your job will be to study those passages and join the conversation by saying, “What I hear these teachings directing me to do is . . .” We will next look at the question: “Why do we do the things we do?” Through exploring these questions, may we all grow in faith and in spirit.
Blessings and a Happy New Year, Jean/SAM
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Pastor Jean Helmer
The annual meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017, immediately after the church service. Please get your year- end reports to the office by Sunday, January 15, 2017. If you would rather email your report, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alter Guild Members Needed
The Altar Guild could use a couple new members for the month of January. If you are hesitating because you don’t feel you can dedicate a month of your time to this, please be assured that if you need assistance, there will be someone to help you. The Altar Guild is in charge of filling the candles and setting up for communion each week. The work is not difficult and takes about half an hour to set up and half an hour to clean up after the services are over. If you are interested in becoming a member, please speak to Ann in the office.
Faith Fest 2017
Augustana University Campus is hosting a Faith Fest from February 11-12, 2017 for middle school youth. Faith Fest is a weekend retreat opportunity for 6th - 8th graders hosted by students at Augustana University. This year's theme, “The Whole World in God's Hands,” is based on Psalm 96:1-3. Together we will explore faith expressions around the world. Music will be provided by a dynamic team of ELCA Glocal Musicians, or international musicians. The schedule includes service projects in the Sioux Falls community, interactive workshops, games, crafts, and more. Registration deadline is January 20 and costs $50 per student. For more information contact Pastor Ann Rosendale at email@example.com or 605-274-4603.