March 18th thru March 24th (Fifth 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
2017 Average Attendance
Pastor Keith Getz may be reached during office hours at 803-418-0005. At times of crisis: 803-607-5956 (Cell); Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Prelude in G Minor by Johann S. Bach and As Jesus Stood Beside The Cross by Samuel Scheidt. O Jesus, We Adore Thee, tune: Meirionydd, will be the Introit. The Offertory Solo will be “He That Keepeth Israel” by Schlosser with Caroline Mack-Soprano and Kay Rasmussen-Piano.
Flowers are Greenery (no flowers) during the season of Lent.
Remember in your Prayers : Ginny Aebischer (Asst. to Bishop) Carolyn & Phil Brandt, Nit Cohen (sister of Kim Strange), Joyce Diehl, Rob Easley, Judy Friend, Carolinda & George Getz, Lee Haas, Barbara Harbath, Dean Heal, Valerie Johnson & Family, Judy Lessard, Lutz Family, Art & Cindy Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Florence Piver, Sam Price, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter, Strange Family, 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.
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.
Our thanks to Mrs. Caroline Mack of Sumter for her vocal contribution to our service today.
We are saddened to see our sister in Christ, Margaret Lutz, leave us, but we give thanks to God and the Lamb for the Resurrection, rejoicing in her life and in her new life with Christ, the angels, and the saints in the heavenly Church Triumphant. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers.
LENT—The season of Lent continues. All Lenten Wednesday services will be at 7:00 p.m. The final Lenten Wednesday evening services is March 21st. To help us during our Lenten journey, we will hear from the lives and words of four Celtic saints (Columba, Brendan the Voyager, Kevin, and Patrick) and one martyr saint (Ignatius, the God-bearer and bishop of Antioch). These services will help in our journey with Christ and to God. You are encouraged to attend these services and Holy Week services, so you can be prepared for the joy of Easter. Please mark your calendars.
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 is $54.00 – if you choose, the arrangements may be shared between two families.
Council Meeting — Monday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
Evening Lenten Service — Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Upcoming Events for Holy Week:
Wednesday, March 28th – No noon service
Thursday, March 29th – No Bible Study
Friday, March 30th – 7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Service
Sunday, April 1st Easter - 7:00 a.m. – Early Easter Service
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.
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: email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support of our school.
What’s going on with the Youth Next!
Sunday, March 18th : 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 2017-2018
SJLS Office (Administrator - Kristin Ross): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class (Susan Hepler): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class (Judie Lindsey): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class (Susan Tucker): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS First Grade Class (Savannah Kesterson): email@example.com
SJLS Second Grade Class (Kyleen Cook): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Related Arts (Jennifer Ritch): email@example.com
SJLS Extended Care Program (Shantel Taylor): firstname.lastname@example.org
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