This Week at St. James:

July 22nd thru July 28th (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

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, July 15, 2018
Wednesday, July 4th Noon Service: N/A
Sunday, July 15th Sunday School: 12 Worship Service: 73

2017 Average Attendance
Sunday Worship Service – 95
Sunday School – 20
Wednesday Noon Service - 12

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 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 Passacaglia on Psalm 52:1 by Douglas Wagner. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me by Glynn will be the Introit. The Offertory will be On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Joncas, Barbara Harbath, Soprano. The Closing Voluntary will be The Thirty-Second Psalm by Marcello, arranged by Spong.

Flowers today are given to the Glory of God and in loving Memory of Miss Edna Reynolds and Miss Isabelle Reynolds by Dr. & Mrs. Phil Brandt.

C:\Users\Admin_Asst\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\RQW8AJ0Y\MC900203092[1].wmf Remember in your Prayers : Karen Bailey, Carolyn Brandt, Susan Caulkins, Nit Cohen (sister of Kim Strange), Crawshaw Family (passing of Shelley’s Grandmother), Joyce Diehl, Rob Easley, George & Carolinda Getz, Lee Haas, Barbara Harbath, Dean Heal, Mike Johnson-radiation and more chemo (Valerie’s brother), Judy Lessard, Tom Lovett, Art & Cindy Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Piver Family, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter, Semans Family (passing of John Kinser’s daughter-in-law’s step-father), Margaret Taylor, Judith Terry, Ruth Thompson (JoAnn Bruce & Cheryl Schmeling’s aunt) and Dale Young—lung cancer treatment (Charlotte Easley’s father).

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
Richard "Dick" Rasmussen, President
Joann Bruce, Vice President
Brian Crawshaw, Secretary
Treasurer (non-voting), Glenn Hesselbart

Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2018-2020)
Susan Caulkins
John Bogdany
Kimberly Dees

Nominating Team Members (2018-2019)
John Kinser
Ford Kamin
Ray Zeicker
Emery McElveen
Bill Ketterer

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.

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.


NOTICE: Due to less activity, the church office will be closed on Friday’s for the month of July. If anything unexpected or urgent issue comes up, please feel free to give me a call at 803-491-5853 (Valerie).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—Monday, July 23rd thru Thursday, July 26th.

Dinner at 5:15 p.m., VBS program from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening we'll have a family dinner and a short presentation by our VBS kids.

Decorating for VBS will finish on Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please come and help if you can.

Our VBS mission this year will be collecting gifts for ELCA World Hunger. If you would like to contribute loose change to help our VBS kids with their project, look for the buckets in the narthex. We will be collecting change beginning July 22-29th for ELCA World Hunger. We will be using funds collected to purchase something from the "Good Gifts Catalog" for our brothers and sisters in need. Thanks, Laura Getz

Due to Vacation Bible School and the Pastor’s vacation, there will be NO BIBLE STUDY on Thursday, July 26th and Thursday, August 2nd.

Lutheran Men’s Breakfast on Tuesday, July 24th at 8:00 a.m. at Guignard Diner. All men are welcome.

July 25th—Pastor Keith’s 9th ordination anniversary. We give thanks for his call to ministry.

ROCK PAINTING in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, July 28th at 10:00 a.m.

5th SUNDAY POTLUCK LUNCH on July 29th at 11:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Sign-up sheets in the Narthex.

PLEASE NOTE: Sunday School classes for all ages of children will resume on Sunday, September 9th.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN at the Sumter Civic Center at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7th and Wednesday, August 8th. See insert.

We need volunteers for nursery attendant. Please contact the office if you are willing to help.

Altar Flowers: We still have some open Sundays for Altar Flowers. Please sign-up on the Flower Calendar in the Narthex. Altar flowers can be dedicated to remember a loved one or to commemorate a special event, such as a birthday or anniversary. Fresh flower arrangements are a blessing to our Congregation. The cost for the two arrangements are $54.00 – if you choose, the arrangements may be shared/split between two families.

The Christ in our Home devotional books for the third quarter of 2018 (July through September) are in the Narthex. Large Print versions are also 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.

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, July 22nd : Little Lutherans/Youth Group - VBS 23-26 July

Mark your calendars for VBS …

Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dinner at 5:15 p.m. The program will follow 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday thru Wednesday. On Thursday, there will be a family dinner and short presentation.

This year for VBS, we are trying something different. We will be using the “God’s Creation” VBS curriculum provided by ELCA World Hunger. Children will gain awareness about world hunger, hope, and the work God calls us to in the world.

There are lots of ways for you to help: We will be collecting change, beginning the week before VBS (15th) through the Sunday after VBS (29th), to purchase animals from the “Good Gifts” catalog for those in need. This is a great way to show our children of St. James and the community that they are a part of something big.

We will also need supplies and volunteers for VBS (be on the lookout for information). ALL are welcome on Thursday night, July 26th. Even if you are unable to volunteer for the week, please plan to attend our family dinner and presentation. Most of all, please pray for all who hunger, our VBS volunteers and children.

There are registration forms in the narthex, in the church office, and online at (click here); e-mail or return to office).

Updated VBS Supply List—Click Here

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 2017-2018

SJLS Office (Administrator - Kristin Ross):

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

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

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

SJLS First Grade Class (Savannah Kesterson):

SJLS Second Grade Class (Kyleen Cook):

SJLS Related Arts (Jennifer Ritch):

SJLS Extended Care Program (Shantel Taylor):


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