This Week at St. James:
July 5th thru July 11th (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
PLEASE NOTE: Our Sunday Worship schedule (COVID-19 Guidelines):
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 . ……………………...... Cell 803-607-5956 .……………….. Rev. Keith Getz
Welcome Visitors: If you’ve been baptized and wish to receive Holy Communion, you may come forward and participate. Those unable to come to the altar will commune in the pews first. 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 and scribble pads are in the back of the church. If your children become restless, we have a nursery available where they will be cared for with love. An usher would be happy to direct you.
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.
Today’s Music: See Bulletin
Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in appreciation to Pastor Keith, the Choir and congregation for your support and many kindnesses during my surgeries and recover by Bill Scobee.
Remember in your Prayers : Tom Lovett, Matthew Macerelli– deployment (Karen Bailey’s grandson), Myers Family, Dee Osborne, Perry Register, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter, Barbara & Homer Smith (Harbath’s friends), Eve Stegner and Shirley Viens.
COVID-19 Comments From Your Council & Pastor
We have resumed in-person worship with two services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Each Service will be approximately 35 minutes long. At this time, there will be no Holy Communion.
Be sure to call Susan Caulkins at 803-773-1040 to register seating for July 12th (9:00 or 11:00 a.m. service).
Offering for Sunday, June 28th - $11,280.50 June Total - $28,703.00*
* Includes proceeds from sale of school bus & donation received from member's estate
2019 Average Attendance
2019 Special Services
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.
IMPORTANT: There is now a mail slot in the office door (on the breezeway) across from the library. Please feel free to drop off your tithes, notes, and etc.
NO BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
New Sunday School Books are in the Narthex for anyone who would like to pick one up.
Starting Monday, June 8th, the church office returned to regular hours (Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.).
Mrs. Ann Reynolds is at National Health Care for rehab (no visitors; COVID-19 restrictions). It is not known at this time if she will remain there or return to Morningside.
Mrs. Ann Reynolds
Sumter United Ministries Food Pantry is need of non-perishable food items. If you would like to, please bring non-perishable goods such as instant oatmeal, grits, cereal, pasta, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned fruit and shelf-life milk. They may be placed in the Narthex in the wicker baskets or plastic container or dropped off at the church office.
Altar Flowers: There are numerous Sundays available for you to provide flowers in memory or honor of someone or a special event. Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex on the closet door.
New Christ in our Home devotional books for the third quarter of 2020 (July through August) are in the Narthex. Large Print versions are also available. Please pick up your copy today.
Please contact the church office (phone or email) with any announcements you would like to have put in the bulletin.
Property (John Kinser): The FSH A/C is not working. Our consensus, at this time, is not to have it fixed for the immediate future. The Synod recommends no coffee hour, congregational dinners, etc. that would require the use of the FSH. At some point, we will either have to decide to limp it along again or replace the system. Right now, this is not a priority. Therefore, to alleviate the need for the FSH for committee meetings, Council meetings, Sunday School, Bible study, etc. we will set up classroom #5 in the Education Wing for small group meetings. It is a double classroom with enough space for up to 12 people to properly distance. After the school officially closes on May 31st, our team will get this room set up. There are other classrooms that may be used for smaller groups should there be a scheduling conflict.
Pastor Keith Getz may be reached during office hours at 803-773-2260. At times of crisis: 803-607-5956 (Cell); Email - email@example.com. Regular Office Hours: Office hours are Monday thru Thursday, 8:30-12:30am. Please call his cell phone if you need to contact him.
Online Notification Instructions to access weekly online service videos through
Go directly to the St. James website (www.stjamessumter.org) and click on the Facebook icon link at the bottom of the page, lower right side.
2020 Annual Congregational Meeting Election Results:
Council Executive Team for 2020
Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2020-2022)
Nominating Team Members (2020-2021)
2020 Congregation Synod Assembly Representative (May 14-16, 2020; Columbia SC)
Please Note : Pastor Keith’s day off is now on Monday.
SJLS School is Closed. Reopening the school for the 2021-2022 will be assessed over the next 6-12 months.
The 2020 Altar Flower calendar is up in the Narthex. Please take a few minutes to reserve your date(s). Altar flowers can be dedicated to remember a loved one or to commemorate a special event, such as a birthday or anniversary. Fresh flowers are always a blessing. The cost for the two arrangements are $54.00 – if you choose, the arrangements may be shared/split between two families.
If you want to send an update or a message for the congregation to be published in next bulletin, feel free to let us know (email the church, leave a message on church phone or call Valerie).
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. Suspended UFN due to COVID-19 precautions
When folding the kneelers back up, please try to do it quietly.
NURSERY (Not Available UFN) : 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.
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
What’s going on with the Youth Next!
Sunday, 5th of July : 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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