October 15th thru October 21st (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
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 - 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 Voluntary in A Major by William Selby. O Love of God, Most Full by Aylesbury will be the Introit. The Anthem will be Thy Will Be Done by Mendelssoln, arranged by Dressler with Dick Rasmussen-baritone and Kay Rasmussen on piano. The Closing Voluntary will be Psalm XVIII by Benedetto Marcello.
Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Mr, & Mrs. Ron Kersten.
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)
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.
Dear St. James family,
TODAY—YOUTH EVANGELISM PROJECT: St. James youth will be painting rocks from 4:00—5:30 p.m. Wear old clothes and bring a snack to share. While this is a youth event, ALL are welcome to come and paint and show your St. James love.
Council Meeting will be held on Monday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
New Members: SJLC receive new members on October 8th.
Brian & DeAnna (Dee) Bahret are a military (Air Force) family of almost 22 years. They came to Sumter from Ramstein, German where they lived for 5 years. Their two children (son and daughter) graduated from high school there and are now in college in Virginia. “We are now empty nesters and in a new season!” Over the years they made their home in Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, Guam, Georgia, Germany and now South Carolina.
John Bogdany retired from the City of Sumter. He has a son, John Kevin, who lives in Lexington with his wife and 3 children. A few of John’s hobbies are sports, fishing, eating out and traveling.
Richard Collins and wife Valeska came to Sumter from New York via Henderson, North Carolina. He worked at Pan Am and Delta Airlines for 37+ years. Prior to that, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoys walking, reading and woodworking.
Judy Friend comes from Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Davis Station (Santee area). She is a Critical Care Paramedic, on the National Registry of Paramedics and is also a trainer in various health care fields. She enjoys playing the piano and singing. Judy has one son who is also a paramedic.
Gilbert & Amanda “Mandy” Harris are from Alabama and Wisconsin. Gilbert is an active member of the Air Force currently serving a one year tour in Korea. They relocated to Sumter in June from Columbia to be closer to their support system. Mandy is working for Builder’s First Choice in Blythewood, SC until the delivery of their first child in the next few weeks. They are also raising their 17 year old nephew, Kenny.
We welcome each of you to our Saint James Family!
SJLS Spirit Night at Moe’s on Thursday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m. When placing your order, remember to say you are with Saint James Lutheran School.
Member Information: Mr. Carl Leonhirth is now at Covenant Place (room 2212) due to issues caused by a brain seizure. His mailing address is 2825 Carter Rd, Unit 124, Sumter, SC 29150.
REFORMATION SUNDAY—Wear Red—October 29th @11:00 a.m. potluck luncheon in FSH. School choir and musicians will be invited to stay for lunch so please plan on bringing extra food.
The Christ in our Home devotional books for the fourth quarter of 2017 (October through December) 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 : Carolyn Brandt, Sara Terry Bryan-niece of Judith, Nit Cohen sister of Kim Strange, Rob Easley, Judy Friend, George Getz, Lee Haas, Dean Heal, Judy Lessard, Margaret Lutz, Dee Osborne, Florence Piver, Sam Price, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter, Margaret Taylor and Judith Terry.
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, October 15th : Little Lutherans/Youth Group - none scheduled; See Youth announcement above for all church members
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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