January 14th thru January 20th (Baptism of Our Lord)
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: 803-607-9056 (Home); Email - email@example.com. 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 Chorale Prelude on “Munich” by Andrew Clarke. O Come and Sing Unto The Lord by Irish will be the Introit. The Anthem will be God Is Wisdom, God Is Love by Gaul/Barker. The Closing Voluntary will be Celebration by Robert Hughes.
Flowers are given in Memory of Nancy’s Mother, Elizabeth Hill’s Birthday and in Honor of Mrs. Hazalee Hallman’s Birthday on January 19th by Emery & Nancy McElveen.
Remember in your Prayers : Carolyn Brandt, Sandra Chandler-health problems (sister-in-law of Harold & Susan), Nit Cohen (sister of Kim Strange), Joyce Diehl, Rob Easley, Judy Friend, Carolinda Getz, George Getz, Lee Haas, Dean Heal, Judy Lessard, Margaret Lutz, Art & Cindy Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Florence Piver, Sam Price, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter, Margaret Taylor and Judith Terry.
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 2018
Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2018-2020)
Nominating Team Members (2018-2019)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pastor Keith’s day off is now Monday instead of Friday.
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.
**New** Amplified Hearing Assistance System—We 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.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TODAY: Please plan to attend the meeting and potluck lunch following our Worship Service this morning.
Council Meeting will be on Monday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
SJLS Moe’s Spirit Night will be Thursday, January 18th from 5:00—8:00 p.m. Remember to mention you are supporting Saint James Lutheran School. 20% of the sales will be donated to our school.
SHAW AFB DESSERTS—Monday, January 22nd: Remember to bring your desserts to church on Sunday, January 21st. We also need military security cleared drivers to take the serving crew to Shaw on Monday night. Call JoAnn Bruce at 803-869-4303 or 313-580-1575 to volunteer or if you have questions. Sign up sheet is in the Narthex.
DAVENPORT PRINTS: Most of you are aware, Mr. Ray Davenport did a painting of the Saint James Lutheran Church that was located at 13 North Washington Street in Sumter (it is in the Narthex). If anyone is interested in having a print of this painting (no charge), submit your name by email or phone to Valerie. If we have more than 9 people interested, all names will be put in a hat and the first 9 names drawn will receive these prints. Names MUST BE submitted by January 28, 2018.
The Christ in our Home devotional books for the first quarter of 2018 (January through March) are in the Narthex. Large Print versions are also now available. 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.
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.
Monetary Donations for Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria Relief
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
or use the following webpage link:
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of our school.
What’s going on with the Youth Next!
Sunday, January 14th : 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: email@example.com.
St James Lutheran School (SJLS) office & teacher e-mail accounts, SY 2017-2018
SJLS Office (Administrator - Kristin Ross): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class (Susan Hepler): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class (Judie Lindsey): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class (Susan Tucker): email@example.com
SJLS First Grade Class (Savannah Kesterson): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Second Grade Class (Kyleen Cook): email@example.com
SJLS Related Arts (Jennifer Ritch): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Extended Care Program (Shantel Taylor): email@example.com
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