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Growing in God's Mission, SC Synod

No Messenger Newsletter UFN (see News Section)

ELCA Disaster Response Fund
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We offer two in-person worship services each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Mask are required entering/exiting the Narthex and Nave. Once seated, those members fully vaccinated may remove their mask during the service. Each non-communion service will be approximately 35 minutes long.  Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. Families may commune together.


Opportunity to participate in a Joint Assembly of God and St James Lutheran Church blood drive on June 26th.

Click on News Section Link (click here or menu item above) for details and for online Donor Sign-up Link & Donor Questionnaire Link

Digital Offering/Giving Option Feature

Introducing SJLC's Secure Online Offering Link
to the ELCA endorsed host Tithe.ly Website (click here for access)

- Use Signup in upper right corner to create a personal, secure account.
- Login on subsequent visits.
- Use the "To:" pull down menu to select from the four SJLC primary fund options.
- Optionally, create a recurring offering using either:
- Credit Card (Card Number, Expiration Date & CVC) or
- Bank Account ACH fund transfer (Routing & Account Number)

See "News Section" for expanded details regarding this new option


Season of Pentecost

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God . . . ? It is like a mustard seed."
(Mark 4: 30-31)

Third Sunday after Pentecost

The Parable of the Growing Seed

Mark 4:26 He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,
Mark 4:27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.
Mark 4:28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.
Mark 4:29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Mark 4:30 He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?
Mark 4:31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
Mark 4:32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

Jesus' Use of Parables

Mark 4:33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
Mark 4:34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes


Readings for week of June 20th
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
First: Job 38: 1-11
Psalm 107: 1-3, 23-32
Second: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13
Gospel: Mark 4: 35-41


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SJLC's Weekly Audio Sermon Archive
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St James Lutheran Church, Sumter SC ELCA Pastor Keith Getz

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Sunday Worship Services at 9:00am and 11:00am (see News Section for details)
Adult Sunday School 9:45am to 10:30am Classroom 5
Youth Sunday School Suspended UFN

Tuesday & Thursday Bible Study (Academic Bldg, Rm 5 & Online) at 10:30 a.m. (see News Section for Details & Online Instructions)
Wednesday Holy Communion Service (Sanctuary) Noon [
Suspended UFN]

1137 Alice Drive • Sumter, South Carolina 29150 • Tel: (803) 773-2260
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