March 19th thru March 25th (Third Sunday of Lent)
PLEASE NOTE: Our Sunday Worship schedule:
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“Called by God, centered in the Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we rejoice in the Lord,
OUR STAFF AT ST. JAMES
Pastor ............................................................................................................The Rev. Keith Getz
ST. JAMES LUTHERAN SCHOOL
Office Manager ................................................................................................... Kristin Ross
ATTENDANCE AND FINANCIALS
2016 Average Attendance
Pastor Keith Getz may be reached during office hours at 803-418-0005. At times of crisis: 803-607-5956 (Cell) or 803-607-9056 (Home); Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular Office Hours: Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30-12:30am.
Welcome to worship! This bulletin is designed to be inserted inside the back cover of the hymnal so that the order of worship is visible for ready reference. We thank you for worshipping with us today and welcome you to St. James.
Visitors, if you’ve been baptized and wish to receive Holy Communion, you may come forward and participate. Also, please sign the attendance booklet and then place the completed sheet in the offering plate. Thank you! Feel free to take home a welcome folder which is found in the pew rail.
Small children are welcome in the worship! Busy Bags are available in the Narthex. Scribble pads are available in the back of the church. If your children become restless, we have a nursery where they will be cared for with love. An usher can help you find it.
Today’s Music: The Opening Voluntary will be Meditation from Choral Number One by Cesar Franck. My Song Is Love Unknown by Crossman/Ireland is the Introit. The Anthem will be Beneath The Cross of Jesus by Hal Hopson with Mrs. Barbara Rearden—flutist.
Flowers for the Lenten Season is greenery arranged by Jane Hart.
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.
2017 Annual Congregational Meeting Election Results:
Council Executive Team for 2017
Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2017-2019)
Nominating Team Members (2017-2018)
Greeters—There will be extra monthly newsletters on the table in the Narthex to give to visitors when they sign in or identify themselves as visitors. The SJLC website address is posted in the newsletter as a reminder we have a way of reaching both members and guests with up to date events happening at St. James.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pastor Keith’s day off is now Monday instead of Friday.
We extend a special welcome to Mrs. Robert Rearden who will accompany the Choir for the Anthem.
NO HANDBELL PRACTICE TODAY.
Choir Practice will be held Wednesday, March 15th at 8:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class will be held today at 2:30 p.m. in the Library.
Council will meet on Monday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
SJLS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be on Tuesday, March 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Broad Street. Don’t forget to mention the school’s name.
LENTEN SERVICE will be held at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd.
Evangelism/Outreach Ministry Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor.
ORDINATION: You are cordially invited to join us as we celebrate the ordination of Christopher Metze on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Reception following the service.
Thank you for the food, cards, telephone calls and the visits while I was recovering from my surgery. They really brightened my days. I finished my physical therapy this week and I am doing really well.
We will be collecting candy for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt starting on March 5th. A large basket will be placed in the front foyer of the Narthex for your donations. The candy must be “individually wrapped” pieces so they will fit into the eggs. More info in coming weeks.
NEW MEMBERS’ INSTALLATION
In a few weeks, we will be installing new members during our worship service. If you haven't requested to join St. James but have a desire to be installed as a member or want more information about membership/Lutheran Church, please contact Pastor Keith. It is not too late to become a member in the upcoming installation.
The Christ in our Home devotional books for the first quarter of 2017 (April through June) are in the Narthex. Please pick up your copy today.
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.
Remember in your Prayers : Jeanne Bessel, Helen Bultman, Nit Cohen (Kim Strange’s sister), Kimberly Dees, Rob Easley, Judy Friend, George Getz, Lee Haas, Gary Harbath, Margaret Lutz, Dee Osborne, Florence Piver, Ann Reynolds, Judith Terry, Jenny Wagner and Trish & Dave (Karen Bailey’s daughter & son-in-law).
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 DRF link on home page): Lutheran Disaster Response
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: email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support of our school.
What’s going on with the Youth Next!
Sunday, March 19th : Little Lutherans/Youth Group - none scheduled
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St James Lutheran School (SJLS) office & teacher e-mail accounts, SY 2016-2017
SJLS Office (Administrator - Kristin Ross): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class (Tiffany Saarheim): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class (Jennifer Ritch): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class (Judie Lindsey): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class (Kyleen Cook): email@example.com
SJLS First Grade Class (Suellen Pemberton): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Second Grade Class (Tammy Strunga): email@example.com
SJLS Third Grade Class (Susan Tucker): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Fourth &Fifth Grade Class (Susan Hepler): email@example.com
SJLS Related Arts (Eileen Cuddy): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Extended Care Program (Shantel Taylor): email@example.com
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