When is your birthday? Do you celebrate it? Every year that passes perhaps you grow a little more curious about how you came to be. If you are a scientist your answer would be a biological explanation, but what if you want to know more than just the basic biology. Suppose your intellectual curiosity craves knowledge about the origins of the earth, the solar system, the universe, and everything that is, shall we say, out there. Where would you begin to seek the answers and what would you find? There are plenty of theories giving plausible explanations, but what if you are still not satisfied. What if your curiosity drives you to ask a different sort of question, not how but why? It is this last question that is the most intriguing. Why are you here? Are you here to celebrate another birthday or is there more to our existence? Some people answer this question by starting with an all powerful being - God. They believe that God created everything. They also believe that God created you, and you are unique. Francis Collins, the director of the Human Genome Project who holds both a PhD and an M.D. degree expressed his belief in God. He said, "Another thing that is important to me is my faith, and that surprises people." People are surprised to find that extremely intelligent people believe in God. Why are they surprised? People like Collins are merely one of many individuals through history who know that there is more to life than what we see with our eyes. C.S. Lewis is perhaps the best known apologist for the Christian faith. Many of his books especially Mere Christianity is a great place to start should you wish to begin your journey into faith. The most important place to start is by reading the ancient texts known as the Bible. Read, ask questions, explore the world, and eventually you will see the hand of God in all of creation. And who knows, the next time you make a wish over a birthday candle it might be a prayer of thanksgiving for faith.

In Christ,

Pastor Tony

Founded 1890
Vision We are one body, growing in faith, where all are welcome and Jesus is Lord.
Pastors The Rev. Elizabeth Platts ... 'Pastor Elizabeth'
Members 564 Baptized; 461 Confirmed, 138 Sunday School attendees. Our average Sunday worship attendance is 249 members. We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; 5.2 million members, 11,000 congregations.
Location 1137 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 - (Get a map here)
Services Sunday Worship at 8am & 10:30am; Sunday School at 9:15am.
A Nursery is provided every Sunday from 9:15am to 12:00pm. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at the 8:00 am service, and on the first and third Sunday of the month at the 10:30 service. A Communion Service is held every Tuesday at 12:00 noon. Click here for our Visitor's Guide To Worship.
Facilities Situated on five acres, our facilities include the main Sanctuary, an educational wing, Fellowship Hall, and a newly constructed Library. Plenty of parking, too. Photos are available under the ABOUT tab above.
Preschool Yes, St. James Lutheran School
Ages 3 to 5 years - (More information here)
Yes, wheelchair accessible.
Membership & ministries growing, facilities recently expanded.
Programs We offer dozens of different ways you can get involved in our faith community. We have activities to suit every preference and a variety of interests. We invite you to learn more about these opportunities to serve others under the PROGRAMS tab above.
The Web Please bookmark our website — www.stjamessumter.org — for all the current information, program activities, newsletter, and monthly events calendar for St. James Lutheran.

St. James Lutheran Church is a congregation of the SC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Our members are committed to sharing their spiritual and material blessings with others, both locally and globally.