This Week at St. James:

April 5th thru April 12th (Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter)

PLEASE NOTEOur Sunday Worship schedule:
              9:00 am – Sunday School
            10:00 am – Worship Service

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“Called by God, centered in the Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we rejoice in the Lord,
Proclaim his gift of Grace through liturgical
worship and service and share Christ’s love and forgiveness in all we do.”

OUR STAFF AT ST. JAMES

Pastor ............................................................................................................The Rev. Keith Getz
Director of Music and Organist .......................................................................................Bill Scobee
Administrative Assistant ......................................................................................... Valerie Johnson

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN SCHOOL

Office Manager ................................................................................................... Kristin Ross
Telephone ........................................................................................................ 803-934-8727
Email ....................................................................................................... sjls1137@sc.rr.com

ATTENDENCE
Sunday, April 5th thru 12th, 2020
Wednesday, April 1st Lenten Evening Service: Suspended COVID-19 Mtg Protocol
Sunday, April 5th: Sunday School: N/A, 10:00 a.m. Service: Online only (recorded)
Offering 03-15 & 03-22-2020: Not Available Monthly Total: $8,431.00
Offering 03-08-2020: $2,811.50 Monthly Total: $8,431.00
Monthly Goal: $20,074.00
Offering shown are less Pass-thru, Synod and Benevolence gifts

 

2019 Average Attendance
Number of Members: 139
Sunday Worship Service – 81 (58%)
Sunday School – 10
Wednesday Noon Service – 5

2019 Special Services
Wednesday Lent – 26
Easter – 192
Wednesday Advent –31
Christmas Eve – 106

Pastor Keith Getz may be reached during office hours at 803-418-0005. At times of crisis: 803-607-5956 (Cell); Email - revgetz@yahoo.com. Regular Office Hours: Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30-12:30am. Please call his cell phone if you need to contact him.

Welcome Visitors: If you’ve been baptized and wish to receive Holy Communion, you may come forward and participate. Those unable to come to the altar will commune in the pews first. If you are a first time visitor, please take home a welcome coffee mug located in the back of the Sanctuary. We thank you for worshipping with us today and hope you will come again. Small children are welcome in the worship. Busy Bags are available in the Narthex and scribble pads are in the back of the church. If your children become restless, we have a nursery available where they will be cared for with love. An usher would be happy to direct you.

Amplified Hearing Assistance SystemWe now have Hearing/Hearing Aid amplification devices (using wireless telecoil technology) available for those that are hearing impaired that can pair to compatible hearing aids or using a free loaner headset. Please speak to one of the Ushers. They will assist you obtaining a compatible loaner kit.

Today’s Music: N/A

Flowers today is Greenery (Magnolia leaves) through the 40-day Lenten Season.

C:\Users\Admin_Asst\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\RQW8AJ0Y\MC900203092[1].wmf Remember in your Prayers : Getz Family, Tom Lovett, Matthew Macerelli-deployment (Karen Bailey’s grandson), Norman McLeod (Alex’s brother), Art Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Perry Register, Ann Reynolds, Sheila Rucker (mother of Joel Getz’s fiancee), Stan Salter, Family of Bob Uhler (friend of Getz Family) and Shirley Viens.

Announcements: Reminder - Please remember to coordinate with the Church Office prior to scheduling events so that Valerie may reserve the date and include your event on the Church Calendar.

2020 Annual Congregational Meeting Election Results:

Council Executive Team for 2020
Susan Caulkins, President
Karen Hesselbart, Vice President
Kimberlt Dees, Secretary
Treasurer (non-voting), Glenn Hesselbart

Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2020-2022)
Dick Rasmussen
Elton Hallman
Mike Stewart

Nominating Team Members (2020-2021)
Emery McElveen, Chair
Bob Bessel
Eric Hutchinson
Tony Myers
Dot Weisuhn

2020 Congregation Synod Assembly Representative (May 14-16, 2020; Columbia SC)
Alex McLeod

The Church Office will be open on Monday thru Thursday 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  If anything urgent comes up on Friday, please feel free to call the church Administrative Assistant (Valerie) at 803-491-5853.

Please Note : Pastor Keith’s day off September thru May is now on Monday.

The Christ in our Home devotional books for the second quarter of 2020 (April through June) are in the Narthex. Large Print versions are also available. Please pick up your copy today.

Confirmation Classes: If your child is a 7th - 9th grader and has not been through Confirmation classes, please contact Pastor Keith. Classes continue during Sunday school class, for students interested and eligible.

CHANGE IN Wednesday Noon Service—due to diminished attendance and the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our Noon Service is suspended until further notice .

No Meetings or Worship Services in month of April due to Coronavirus "Stay at Home" directive.

SJLS School Closed thru 30 April per SC Governor directive . Updates/Revisions to this schedule will be provided as the Coronavirus situation dictates. Check the school website for most current information.

(Canceled) The Woman’s Afternoon Music Club will present “An Afternoon of Sacred Music” on Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (9 W Calhoun St). It will be presented in the fashion of a “prism concert” and featuring selections for the organ, viola and piano. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

(Canceled) All women of St. James (and a guest if you would like) are invited to a Salad Luncheon on Saturday, March 28th at 11:30 a.m. We hope you will make plans to join us in the Fellowship Hall for Lunch, Fellowship, and Fun. Food will be provided by members of the Hazelee Circle. Please complete the reservation form and place it in the offering plate.

The 2020 Altar Flower calendar is up in the Narthex. Please take a few minutes to reserve your date(s). Altar flowers can be dedicated to remember a loved one or to commemorate a special event, such as a birthday or anniversary. Fresh flowers are always a blessing. The cost for the two arrangements are $54.00 – if you choose, the arrangements may be shared/split between two families.

If you would like to have a visit from Pastor Keith, please give him a call or send an email.

During worship, we will be standing for the Hymn of the Day which is after the sermon.

Distribution of Holy Communion—We will be distributing Holy Communion to those who are unable to come up to the Altar first, followed by the rest of the Congregation.

When folding the kneelers back up, please try to do it quietly.

NURSERY: We have a nursery available during the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to assist with this much needed ministry. The primary attendant will be Shantel Taylor, who is the Related Arts and Extended Care Teacher in our school.

Silence (in the Nave): We enter the church in silence, being respectful of God’s house and mindful of those who are already there praying. Also, during the distribution of Holy Communion, we sit in our pews in silence or in silent prayer, acknowledging the sanctity of the moment and being respectful of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of His Body and Blood.

Prayer and Meditation Time—Prior to the service, only the altar lights will be on for a time of prayer and meditation.

As part of our mission to proclaim Jesus Christ in word and deed, the Evangelism team encourages you to be on the lookout for those in your community who are in need and see how you can help make their day a little better. This random act of kindness can be anything from paying for someone’s meal behind you at the fast food drive-through to opening the door for someone. The important thing is to be aware of someone in need and show them the love of Jesus Christ. We have cards located in the narthex that say: “This random act of kindness has been passed on to you by St. James Lutheran Church. Baptized to Serve.” The card also has our church’s physical address and email on it. This is an easy way for us to help those in our community and to show others that St. James and Jesus Christ cares about them. Please pick up some cards after worship if you wish to participate.

ELCA Disaster Relief Fund - If you would like to make a donation to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund you may do so by sending your check to (or use the Internet DRF link on home page):

Lutheran Disaster Response
39330 Treasury Center
Chicago, IL 60694-9300

St James Lutheran School News:

Change for SJLS - The SJLS School Board has decided to use the green Change for SJLS jugs for specific projects needed for the school. Our first project will be for a safe to put in the school office. Please donate your extra change by dropping it into the jugs. We will keep you updated on our progress. We invite members of the congregation to visit the school anytime and we thank you for your generous support! 

SJLS has joined up with Food Lion for their classroom rewards program.  You can help the school when you use your MVP Customer Card.  Applications are available on the school table in the narthex.   If you have any questions, please call the school at 934-8727 or email: sjls1137@sc.rr.com. Thank you for your continued support of our school.

What’s going on with the Youth Next!

Youth News

Sunday, 5th of April : Youth Group - None

Evangelism News: St. James Lutheran Church Car Window Clings with our sword and shell symbol are now available for $1.43 each and may be purchased from any member of the Evangelism Team.  Team members will be located in the Library after each worship service and in the Fellowship Hall before Sunday School.  This is not a fundraiser as the clings are being sold at cost.  We just want to give everyone an opportunity to show that St. James is a vibrant part of our community!

St. James Lutheran Church E-mail addresses:  The Church Administrative Assistant Ms. Valerie Johnson can be reached at Office: 773-2260 or E-mail: stjamesoffice@sc.rr.com.

St James Lutheran School (SJLS) office & teacher e-mail accounts, SY 2019-2020

SJLS Office (Administrator/Director - Kristin Ross): sjls1137@sc.rr.com

SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class Room 3 (Susan Hepler): sjlsi-cans@sc.rr.com

SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class Room 6 (Judie Lindsey): sjlsgraciousgiraffes@sc.rr.com

SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class Room 5 (Susan Tucker): sjlsdo-bees@sc.rr.com

SJLS First Grade Class Room 8 (Lori Forester & Candi Altman): sjlspromises@sc.rr.com

SJLS Second Grade Class Room 7 (Suellen Pemberton): sjlsbelievers@sc.rr.com

SJLS Third Grade Class Room 1 (Laura Ferrell): lauraeferrell@yahoo.com

SJLS Fourth Grade Class Room 4 (Windy Bonser): windybonser@yahoo.com

SJLS Related Arts Room 2 (Shantel Taylor): sjlsrelatedarts@sc.rr.com

SJLS Extended Care Program (Margaret Jeffcoat): sjlsecp@sc.rr.com

 

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