December 9th thru December 15th (Second Sunday of Advent)
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
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 - email@example.com. 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. If you’ve been baptized and wish to receive Holy Communion, you may come forward and participate. If you are a first time visitor, please take home a welcome coffee mug located in the back of the Sanctuary. We thank you for worshipping with us today and hope you will come again.
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 Pastoral Symphony, from Messiah by G. F. Handel, arranged by Robert Gower with Michael Baier, cello. Advent Joy by Mendelssohn, arranged by Liebergen will be the Introit. The Offertory will be The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns by Charles McCartha with Michael Baier, cello (text on insert). The Closing Voluntary will be Allegro by Corelli, arranged by Andersen.
Flowers today are given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Judy Lessard and Mr. & Mrs. Eric Hutchison.
Remember in your Prayers : Karen Bailey, Stephen Bohm, Carolyn Brandt, Deuward Bultman, Brian Crawshaw, Joyce Diehl, Pat Easley-broken femur & alzheimers (Rob’s mother), Rob Easley, George & Carolinda Getz, Lee Haas, Dean Heal, Judy Lessard, Tom Lovett, Art & Cindy Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter, Schmeling Family, Erica Shearing (JoAnn Bogdany’s daughter), Margaret Taylor, Terry Family and Dale Young (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
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.
Worship Team meets on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
Choir Practice will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Advent Service will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Suber-Bultman Circle will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 11:30 a.m. at Simply Southern Bistro. Mrs. Jenny Wagner will be the hostess.
Care Committee meets on Thursday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
School Board Team Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.
Historic Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, aka Brick Church, invites you to attend a Service of Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 16th at 3:00 p.m. Please come out and support the Saint James Choir which will be a participating in the service.
Mayesville Presbyterian Church invites you to attend its annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 16th at 6:30 p.m. All who attend are asked to bring a canned good or staple item for Sumter United Ministries. See bulletin board on the breezeway.
Staff Thanks: If you would like to give a gift to show appreciation to our Church Staff for their dedication, leadership and professional excellence, please use the envelopes provided in the pews and mark your gift “Staff Thank You.”
NURSERY: We have a nursery available during the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to assist with this much needed ministry. The primary attendant will be Shantel Taylor, who is the Related Arts and Extended Care Teacher in our school.
PLEASE READ DECEMBER NEWSLETTER—TALENT SCHEDULE HAS A FEW CHANGES.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Flower Calendar: Please sign-up on the 2019 Flower Calendar in the Narthex to reserve your date. 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.
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 first quarter of 2019 (January through March) 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
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, December 9th : Youth Group - None
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 2018-2019
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 Kindergarten (K-5 Aide) Class (Candi Altman): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS First Grade Class (Lori Forester): email@example.com
SJLS Second Grade Class (Suellen Pemberton): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Third Grade Class (Laura Ferrell): email@example.com
SJLS Related Arts (Shantel Taylor): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Extended Care Program (Margaret Jeffcoat): email@example.com
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