This Week at St. James:

December 8th thru December 14th (Second Sunday of Advent)

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


“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.”


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


Office Manager ................................................................................................... Kristin Ross
Telephone ........................................................................................................ 803-934-8727
Email .......................................................................................................

Sunday, December 1st, 2019
Wednesday Noon Service, November 27th: N/A
Sunday, December 1st: Sunday School: 15 , 10:00 a.m. Service: 73
Offering 12-01-2019: $2547.50 Monthly Total: $2,547.50
Offering 11-24-2019: $4,035.00 Monthly Total: $20,344.00
Monthly Goal: $19,535.00
Offering shown are less Pass-thru, Synod and Benevolence gifts


2018 Average Attendance
Sunday Worship Service – 86
Sunday School – 17
Wednesday Noon Service - 10

Pastor Keith Getz may be reached during office hours at 803-418-0005. At times of crisis: 803-607-5956 (Cell); Email - Regular Office Hours: Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30-12:30am. Pastor Keith has discontinued their home phone (landline). 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: The Opening Voluntary will be Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence by Gilbert Martin. O Come To My Heart, Lord Jesus—Tune: Margaret will be the Introit. The Anthem will be As We Prepare for Jesus’ Birth by Dale Peterson & Charles McCarthy. The Closing Voluntary will be Hail To The Lord’s Anointed by Camil van Hulse.

Flowers today are given to the Glory of God by John and Helen Kinser.

C:\Users\Admin_Asst\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\RQW8AJ0Y\MC900203092[1].wmf Remember in your Prayers : Bailey Family (Karen’s sister-in-law Brenda passed away), Austin Bruce & Avery Shearing-vechicle accidents (JoAnn Bogdany’s grandchildren), Michael Chambers (cousin of Kim Dees), Donald Diehl-health issues (Joyce’s brother), George Getz, Hallman Family, Susan Harker (previous teacher of SJL School), Tom Lovett, Matthew Macerelli-deployment (Karen Bailey’s grandson), Betty Moore, Art Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Perry & Mary Register, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter 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.

2018 Annual Congregational Meeting Election Results:

Council Executive Team for 2019
Susan Caulkins, President
Kimberly Dees, Vice President
Brian Crawshaw, Secretary
Treasurer (non-voting), Glenn Hesselbart

Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2019-2021)
Arletta Price
Alex McLeod
Karen Hesselbart

Nominating Team Members (2019-2020)
Emery McElveen
Ford Kamin
Dick Rasmussen
JoAnn Bruce
Elton Hallman

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.

IMPORTANT Change : Pastor Keith’s day off September thru May is now on Monday.

The Christ in our Home devotional books for the fourth quarter of 2019 (October through December) 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 NOON SERVICE—due to diminished attendance, our Noon Service will now be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Property Team meets on Monday, December 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the Library.

The Hazelee Circle meets on Tuesday, December 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the FSH.

Evening Advent service on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. NO NOON SERVICE. If you plan to attend and know of a fellow church family member that does not drive at night, please consider offering them a ride to the service.

Choir Practice will be held on Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Brick Church

There will be a Service of Lessons & Carols on Sunday December 15th at 3:00 p.m. at Salem Black River Presbyterian Church (1060 N. Brick Church Rd – Hwy 527).  Reception will follow.

STAFF THANKS—If you would like to give a gift to show appreciation to our Church Staff for their dedication, leadership and professional excellence, please use the envelopes provided in the pews, mark your gift “Staff Thank You” and submit it by Sunday, December 15th.

To all of the St. James family, my humble thanks to each of you for your prayers and cards during my recent illness. Thanks to your prayers I have no lingering impact from my recent seizure and hope to be back at church soon. It is such a blessing to have my church family behind me in a time of need.

Sincerely, Perry Moses, III

Poinsettia order deadline is Wednesday, December 18th at 12:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars:
No Wednesday Noon Services in December.
Wednesday, December 11th – Advent Service 7:00 p.m. (St. Lucia’s Day)
Wednesday, December 18th – Advent Service 7:00 p.m. (Love Feast)
Wednesday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Service at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday December 22nd & 29th – No children’s Sunday School

January 12, 2020
followed by Potluck Luncheon


There are always local residents in need of a helping hand at times. Since we are approaching the season of thankfulness, please consider donating non-perishable items for this food pantry. Items such as: oatmeal & grits (instant or old fashioned), cereal, pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, etc.), canned spaghetti sauce, soups, canned ravioli, spaghetti, canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned fruit and shelf-life milk. They may be placed in the Narthex in the baskets or box or dropped off at the church office.

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.

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.

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: Thank you for your continued support of our school.

What’s going on with the Youth Next!

Youth News

Sunday, 8th of December : 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:

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

SJLS Office (Administrator/Director - Kristin Ross):

SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class Room 3 (Susan Hepler):

SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class Room 6 (Judie Lindsey):

SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class Room 5 (Susan Tucker):

SJLS First Grade Class Room 8 (Lori Forester & Candi Altman):

SJLS Second Grade Class Room 7 (Suellen Pemberton):

SJLS Third Grade Class Room 1 (Laura Ferrell):

SJLS Fourth Grade Class Room 4 (Windy Bonser):

SJLS Related Arts Room 2 (Shantel Taylor):

SJLS Extended Care Program (Margaret Jeffcoat):


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