This Week at St. James:

June 13th thru June 19th (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

PLEASE NOTE: Our Sunday Worship schedule (COVID-19 Guidelines):
           9:00 am – Abbreviated Worship Service; No Children's Sunday School
           9:45 am to 10:30 am Adult Sunday School (see class info below)
          11:00 am – Abbreviated Worship Service


“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.”


Pastor . ……………………...... Cell 803-607-5956 .……………….. Rev. Keith Getz
Director of Music and Organist ……………………………….……... Bill Scobee
Administrative Assistant ……....Cell 803-491-5853 ….…..................Valerie Johnson
Church Office …………………………………………………….…...803-773-2260


Welcome Visitors: We are very thankful to have you with us today and pray that our service is a true blessing to you and your family. 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 SystemWe 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: Prelude”Gracious Spirit Dwell With Us” arranged by Scott; Postlude”Surely the Lord Is In This Place” by Colvin

Flowers today are given in loving memory of Willard "TJ" Tietjen by Robert Summers and Mildred Tietjen.

Communion Serviced1st Sunday of each month UFN (see details below).

C:\Users\Admin_Asst\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\RQW8AJ0Y\MC900203092[1].wmf Remember in your Prayers for healing and other: Eileen Ankin (Barbara Harbath’s sister), Karen Bailey, Jeanne Bessel, Francsisco Centeno (Friend of Judy Pollock), Joyce Diehl, Melanie Dixon (Margaret Taylor’s daughter), Tom Lovett, Norman McLeod (Alex’s brother), Pam Price (daughter of Emery & Nancy McElveen), Scott Price (Friend of the Getz Family), Reynolds Family, Gabriella Roberts (Grand-daughter of Stephen & Paula Bohm), Stan Salter, Betty Shaw, Eve Stegner and Shirley Viens.

Weekly Offering

Offering for Sunday, June 13th - $3,133.90 May Total - $8,423.80
Offering for Sunday, June 6th - $5,289.90 May Total - $5,289.90
Offering for Sunday, May 30th - $3,427.90 May Total - $18,686.90
Offering for Sunday, May 23rd - $4,609.40 May Total - $15,259.00
Offering for Sunday, May 16th - $3,947.40 May Total - $10,649.60
Monthly Goal: $19,822.00 (Monies shown are less pass thru, Synod & Benevolence Gifts)
Offering shown are less Pass-thru, Synod and Benevolence gifts


Starting February 1st, the St. James website added the capability to give to St. James through an embedded URL link posted on the home page of our website and replicated below:

Introducing SJLC's Secure Online Giving Link to the ELCA endorsed host Website (click here for access)

Please note that it is not our intention for you to change the way you currently give to St. James. The online giving link is intended primarily for the use of persons (friends of the church, former members, etc.) who are not living in the local area or temporarily out of town but who wish to give designated, restricted or unrestricted gifts to support the mission of St. James Lutheran Church in Sumter SC.

This new giving capability is enabled through, an organization which provides infrastructure services to churches and is endorsed by the ELCA. All giving transactions are handled by, your credit card provider, or your bank. Those who wish to use this service need to create an account with and will need to provide either your credit card information or bank account/routing information for secure ACH (Automated Clearing House) electronic payments/automated money transfer transactions.

This online giving option has a cost for each transaction. The processing fees the ELCA negotiated with are:

2.49% + .25 cents per transaction for giving using VISA or Discover credit cards

2.9% + .25 cents per transaction for American Express (AMEX) ,

0.5% + .25 cents per transaction for ACH (direct from your bank) transactions.

The processing fee cost of each transaction can be deducted from the offering amount, which decreases the amount received by St. James, or it can be paid by the giver ("Cover Fees" check box lower left of transaction page), which increases the amount given by the percentages & transaction fees shown above based upon the transaction method choosen.

Text Giving (text-2-give) is currently not an available option used by SJLC.

Note: Please be aware that an online account setup with can be deactivated, however, you currently cannot delete your personal account information registered on their web site.

If you wish to know more about the online giving option, please contact Richard Rasmussen at (803) 968-2189

IMPORTANT Notice Regarding 2021 Offering Envelopes

PLEASE - remember to mark your offering Envelopes!!

There are 4 categories of giving listed on your St. James offering envelope. These are:

SJLC ONLY 100% Stays at SJLC
SJLC & SC Synod 10% goes to SC SYNOD
SJLC, SC Synod & ELCA  10% goes to SC SYNOD & ELCA
OTHER             As Additional Designation Indicated

For the past few years, unmarked (no category filled-in) offering envelopes were designated as SJLC ONLY, also referred to as “Current”. As you were informed at the annual January meeting, beginning in February 2021, unmarked envelopes will now be designated as “SJLC & SC Synod”. This means that 10% of the offering will go to Synod (NOT National ELCA). We ask you to mark your envelope with your intention so that we can direct the funds as you intended.  If it is NOT your intention to support the SC Synod, or ELCA, please mark your envelope as SJLC ONLY. Not marking your envelope will have an impact on our budget and projected giving.


Sunday, June 13th, 2021: 9:00 a.m.—25, 11:00 a.m.—39
Sunday, June 6th, 2021: 9:00 a.m.—30, 11:00 a.m.—32
Sunday, May 30th, 2021: 9:00 a.m.—27, 11:00 a.m.—48
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021: 9:00 a.m.—24, 11:00 a.m.—50
Sunday, May 16th, 2021: 9:00 a.m.—27, 11:00 a.m.—45

COVID-19 Comments From Your Council & Pastor

We offer two in-person worship services each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Each Service will be approximately 35 minutes long.  Holy Communion celebrated on the first Sunday of the month (next, May 2nd) .

Call Dick Rasmussen at (803) 968-2189 if you need to register one-time larger family group seating (9:00 or 11:00 a.m. service).

2020 Average Attendance
Number of Members: 137
Sunday Worship Before COVID-19 – 75 (55%)
Sunday Worship After COVID-19 – 22 & 40 = 62 (45%)
Sunday School Before COVID-19 – 8
Sunday School After COVID-19 – N/A
Wednesday Noon Service Before COVID-19 – 7
Wednesday Noon Service After COVID-19 – N/A
Bible Study Before COVID-19 – 11
Bible Study After COVID-19 – 6 In Person; 3 Online = 9

2020 Special Services
Ash Wednesday Lent –16
Lenten Wednesday Evening Services Before COVID-19 – 25
Lenten Wednesday Evening Services After COVID-19 – Online
Easter Service – Online
Wednesday Advent Services – Online
Christmas Eve – 34 & 31 = 65

Synod Assembly
When: June 6-8, 2021
Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC 29403

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.

If you are eligible for a COVID vaccine (ages 65+) and are having difficulty navigating online registration, please call the office. We will get someone to walk you through the process.

2021 Annual Congregational Meeting Election Results:

Council Executive Team for 2021
Richard "Dick" Rasmussen, President
Karen Hesselbart, Vice President
Bob Bessel, Secretary
Susan Caulkins (non-voting), Recording Secretary
Treasurer (non-voting), Glenn Hesselbart

Newly elected members of Council (three year term 2021-2023)
Brian Peterson
Judy Pollock
Janet Turner

Nominating Team Members (2021-2022)
Emery McElveen, Chair
Susan Caulkins
Paula Hutchinson
Kimberly Dees

The weekly church office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Weekly Bulletin & News: Please contact the church office (phone or email) with any announcements or prayer list additions

**New Update** St. James Lutheran is participating with First Assembly of God next door in a Blood Drive on Saturday, June 26th from 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. All donated blood is given to the local hospital. While walk-ins are accepted, they prefer that volunteers make an appointment. If you are interested contact Dick Rasmussen at 803-968-2189.


For those who are able, use the first link to create a login account and to signup for a specific time slot on June 26th. You can click on the first link below to register for a time slot.

Other options are to contact Dick Rassmussen with your preferred time, and I will add them to the signup sheet (online) if available, or you can donate as a walk-in on the 26th by going to First Assembly of God, next door to St. James.  Whichever way you chose, each person will need to fill out a simple health history questionnaire.  The second link below provides an online questionnaire or you can fill out a questionnaire in-person when you go to donate blood.

Donor link:

Donor Health History Questionnaire link (must be filled out on day of donation, June 26th):


Important COVID-19 Update for future church Services

Effective on June 13th, masks will be required when entering the Narthex and Nave. Once seated, those who are fully vaccinated are welcome to remove their mask if they are comfortable doing so and while remaining in your chosen seating location. When exiting the Nave at the end of service, masks will be required until you have exited the Narthex.

Those who are able may kneel during the service when it is appropriate.

Couples and families may receive Holy Communion together.

Peace, Pastor Keith

Holy Communion will be offered at both services the first Sunday of the month . Maximum attendance will be reduced slightly (44) because of distancing requirements for safe movement during communion. A brief explanation and demonstration of how we will conduct the communion portion of the service will be given before the service.

My family and I THANK YOU for your prayers. The surgery went well but we don’t know yet if the removed tumor is cancerous. Please continue to pray for us as we journey through this difficult time. Fransisco Centeno & Family and Judy Pollock

Dear Friends,
Thank you so much for your recent donation of food in support of Christian Charities. We are so privileged to have you as our partner in serving our clients. Together we can “feed the hungry” in Sumter County. Our clients benefit from your loving and caring spirit. They are so grateful that there are people, like you, who truly care. Thank you again.
His service, Andrea Marcella, Volunteer

In-Person and on-line Bible Studies are discontinued for the summer. We will resume after school starts back.

Pastor Keith will briefly greet worshipers outside the Narthex after each service. If you need to have a detailed conversation, please give him a call.

June Lay Reader Schedule
June 20   9:00 a.m.  Ford Kamin         11:00 a.m.  Harold Chandler
June 27   9:00 a.m.  Judy Lessard       11:00 a.m.  Jimmy Lee

If you will be unavailable on your assigned Sunday, please let Cheryl Schemling (803-499-1050) or Valerie know as soon as possible. (* Change)

June Birthdays
19th Ashley Crawshaw
28th Mike Stewart

Christ in our Home devotional books for the second quarter of 2021 (April through June) are in the Narthex and Library. Large Print versions are also available. Please pick up your copy today.

We are all going through very trying times right now. ALWAYS remember, your church family is here for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me (Valerie (803-773-2260 or 803-491-5853) or a church member.

Remember our shut-ins and drop them a note of encouragement to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers:

Mr. Carl Leonhirth—Covenant Place, 2825 Carter Rd, Unit 124, Sumter, SC 29150 (add to your church directory)
Mrs. Shirley Viens—1191 Rockdale Blvd, Sumter, SC 29154
Mrs. Ann Reynolds—National Health Care, 1018 N Guignard Dr, Room #310A, Sumter, SC 29150 (add to your church directory)

Please contact the church office (phone or email) with any announcements you would like to have put in the bulletin.

Pastor Keith Getz may be reached during office hours at 803-773-2260. At times of crisis: 803-607-5956 (Cell); Email - Regular Office Hours: Office hours are Monday thru Thursday, 8:30-12:30am. Please call his cell phone if you need to contact him.

Internet Online Instructions to access weekly online service videos through:

YouTube (Primary)
Open your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari (Apple OS) or whatever you use).  
At top of page type in YouTube.
Once in YouTube, type in search box at top, Keith Getz.
Find one of my videos and click on it.
Then click button that says, “subscribe.”
Now you will be able to access all my videos and get notifications when a new one has been posted.

Facebook (only mid-March 2020 thru 13 September 2020 videos available)
Open your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari (Apple OS) or whatever you use).  
Type St. James Lutheran Church in the Search box at top or

Go directly to the St. James website ( and click on the Facebook icon link at the bottom of the page, lower right side.
Then scroll through page to watch individual videos by date or

Open in the URL address line and type in the search box at the top: St. James Lutheran Church Sumter SC.

Please Note : Pastor Keith’s day off is Monday.

SJLS School is Closed for 2020-2021 and 2022-2023. Reopening the school for the SY 2023-2024 will be assessed in late 2021, early 2022 to determine the COVID-19 vaccine program efficacy impact on startup options.

The 2021 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 based on SC Synod guidance.

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
39330 Treasury Center
Chicago, IL 60694-9300

St. James Lutheran Church E-mail addresses:  The Church Administrative Assistant Ms. Valerie Johnson can be reached at Office: 773-2260 or E-mail:

COPYRIGHT PERMISSIONS:  Prayer of the Day and other Liturgical from Sundays & Seasons, copyright © 2006, Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission (SB159088).


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