This Week at St. James:

September 24th thru September 30th (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

PLEASE NOTEOur Sunday Worship schedule:
              9:00 am – Sunday School
            10:00 am – Worship Service

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“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.”

OUR STAFF AT ST. JAMES

Pastor ............................................................................................................The Rev. Keith Getz
Director of Music and Organist .......................................................................................Bill Scobee
Administrative Assistant ......................................................................................... Valerie Johnson

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN SCHOOL

Office Manager ................................................................................................... Kristin Ross
Telephone ........................................................................................................ 803-934-8727
Email ....................................................................................................... sjls1137@sc.rr.com

ATTENDANCE AND FINANCIALS
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Wednesday, Septmeber 13 Noon Service:8
Sunday, September 3 Sunday School: 32; Worship Service: 89
Offering 09-17-17: $2,749.00 Month-to Date: $12,157.50
Offering 09-10-17: $5,455.50 Month-to Date: $9,408.50
Monthly Goal: $20,438.04
$ shown are less pass thru, s
ynod & benevolence gifts

2016 Average Attendance
Sunday Worship Service – 88
Sunday School – 23
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) or 803-607-9056 (Home); Email - revgetz@yahoo.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 Prelude on Laudes Domini by Joe C. Galyon. Sing, My Soul by Pat Messick will be the Introit. The Anthem will be Sometimes A Light Surprises by Alfred Fedak. The Closing Voluntary will be Festival Postlude in G by W. Eugene Thayer.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving Honor of Dean's and my 52nd Wedding Anniversary by Lois Heal.

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
Joann Bruce, President
Vacant, Vice President
Susan Caulkins (non-voting), Secretary
Treasurer (non-voting), Glenn Hesselbart

Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2017-2019)
Brian Crawshaw
Robert "Rob" Easley
Dr. Tim Wagner

Nominating Team Members (2017-2018)
Susan Caulkins
John Kinser
Tony Meyers
Art Nerhiem
Judith Terry

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.

Lutheran Men’s Breakfast: Tuesday, September 26 at 8:00 a.m. at Guignard Diner.

We know that God is Lord of all creation and that He calls on us to take care of all of creation, including the animals. Our pets become very important parts of our families. A Blessing of the Animals service will be held on Sunday, October 1st at 2:30 p.m. on the front lawn to give thanks to God for our pets and to ask for His blessings on all of us, pets and people alike!

YOUTH NEWS: The St. James youth will be working on an evangelism project, on October 15th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. We will be painting rocks with crosses and "St. James Lutheran Church" on them. The youth will then hide them in our community for others to find. Hunting for painted rocks is big in our community and a great way to brighten someone's day and spread the word about our amazing congregation. We have PLENTY of rocks, but will need ACRYLIC paints, paintbrushes of various sizes, Mod Podge, and clear spray paint for sealing. Youth, please plan to join us! Wear old clothes and bring a snack to share. Pastor will also do a short devotion on "Jesus the Rock." While this is a youth event, ALL are welcome to come and paint and show your St. James love.

New Members: Anyone who has a desire to be received as a member of St. James or has questions about St. James or the Lutheran Church before becoming a member, please contact the office to set up an appointment to speak with the pastor. We are planning to receive new members in October.

The Christ in our Home devotional books for the third quarter of 2017 (June through September) 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.

C:\Users\Admin_Asst\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\RQW8AJ0Y\MC900203092[1].wmf Remember in your Prayers : Carolyn Brandt, Nit Cohen sister of Kim Strange, Rob Easley, Judy Friend, George Getz, Griffin & Nerheim Families-passing of Cindy’s daughter Rhiannon Griffin, 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 and Irma Relief
Make checks payable to: Hurricane Response – United States
and send to:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
P. O. Box 1809
Merrifield VA 22116-8009

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
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: sjls1137@sc.rr.com. Thank you for your continued support of our school.

What’s going on with the Youth Next!

Youth News

Sunday, September 24th : 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: stjamesoffice@sc.rr.com.

St James Lutheran School (SJLS) office & teacher e-mail accounts, SY 2017-2018

SJLS Office (Administrator - Kristin Ross): sjls1137@sc.rr.com

SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class (Susan Hepler): sjlsi-cans@sc.rr.com

SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class (Judie Lindsey): sjlsgraciousgiraffes@sc.rr.com

SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class (Susan Tucker): sjlsdo-bees@sc.rr.com

SJLS First Grade Class (Savannah Kesterson): sjlspromises@sc.rr.com

SJLS Second Grade Class (Kyleen Cook): sjlsbelievers@sc.rr.com

SJLS Related Arts (Jennifer Ritch): sjlsrelatedarts@sc.rr.com

SJLS Extended Care Program (Shantel Taylor): sjlsecp@sc.rr.com

 

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