January 12th thru January 18th (Baptism of Our Lord)
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
2019 Average Attendance
2019 Special Services
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 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: The Opening Voluntary will be Prelude on “Thaxted” (O God Beyond All Praising) by Charles Callahan. How Good, Lord, To Be Here! Tune: Potsclam will be the Introit. The Anthem will be Pilgrim’s Hymn (see insert) by Stephen Paulus. The Closing Voluntary will be Fanfare And March by Henry Purcell, arranged by George Blake
Flowers today are given to the Glory of God and in Memory of my mother, Elizabeth Hill’s birthday by Emery & Nancy McElveen.
Remember in your Prayers : George Getz, Ketterer Family (Bill’s mother, Bernice Ketterer, passed away), Tom Lovett, Norman McLeod (Alex’s brother), Art Nerheim, Dee Osborne, Ann Reynolds, Stan Salter and Shirley Viens.
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.
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)
The Church Office will be open on Monday thru Thursday 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If anything urgent comes up on Friday, please feel free to call the church Administrative Assistant (Valerie) at 803-491-5853.
IMPORTANT Change : Pastor Keith’s day off September thru May is now on Monday.
***NEW*** The Christ in our Home devotional books for the first quarter of 2020 (January through March) are in the Narthex. Large Print versions are also available. Please pick up your copy today.
Confirmation Classes: If your child is a 7th - 9th grader and has not been through Confirmation classes, please contact Pastor Keith. Classes continue during Sunday school class, for students interested and eligible.
CHANGE IN NOON SERVICE—due to diminished attendance, our Noon Service will now be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Property Team Meeting—Monday, Jan. 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the Library.
Worship Team Meeting—Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
Holy Communion Service—Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 12:00 p.m.
Choir Practice—Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study—Thursday, Jan. 16th at 10:30 a.m. in the Library.
Evangelism/Outreach Team Meeting—Thursday, Jan. 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor.
The 2020 Altar Flower calendar is up in the Narthex. Please take a few minutes to reserve your date(s). There are (2) dates open for February. 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.
Blessing of Home: Anyone who would like the pastor to come and bless their home for the new year, please contact the church office and Pastor Keith will schedule a visit.
To the Congregation: All of your presents: food, cards, items, individual monetary gifts and Christmas bonus are deeply appreciated. My family and I thank you, and we feel very loved, blest, and thankful to have a church family that has such big, loving, generous hearts. It means so very much to be appreciated and valued, too. I am truly lost for words (which doesn’t happen very often!). I wish you all many blessings in the new year.
We thank our St James family for all the prayers, cards, and visits during Jeanne’s hospitalization for a broken hip. She finally was able to have her post-op doctor’s visit Tuesday the 7th. Her hip is healing, but a hip replacement is probably in the future. Still a long way to go as no weight bearing on the leg until early March. However, the real good news is she finally came home on Thursday.
To the St. James Family,
To the St. James Congregation,
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.
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.
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, 12th of January : 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.
St James Lutheran School (SJLS) office & teacher e-mail accounts, SY 2019-2020
SJLS Office (Administrator/Director - Kristin Ross): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-3) Class Room 3 (Susan Hepler): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Kindergarten (K-4) Class Room 6 (Judie Lindsey): email@example.com
SJLS Kindergarten (K-5) Class Room 5 (Susan Tucker): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS First Grade Class Room 8 (Lori Forester & Candi Altman): email@example.com
SJLS Second Grade Class Room 7 (Suellen Pemberton): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Third Grade Class Room 1 (Laura Ferrell): email@example.com
SJLS Fourth Grade Class Room 4 (Windy Bonser): firstname.lastname@example.org
SJLS Related Arts Room 2 (Shantel Taylor): email@example.com
SJLS Extended Care Program (Margaret Jeffcoat): firstname.lastname@example.org
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