This Week at St. James:

September 12th thru September 18th (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

PLEASE NOTE: Our Sunday Worship revised schedule (effective July 11th):
           9:00 am – Adult Sunday School int the Fellowship Hall (FSH)
         10:00 am – Worship Service (with communion the first Sunday of the month)


“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.

Amplified Hearing Assistance SystemWe have FM 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—”Great is They Faithfulness” arranged by McMillen; Postlude”Crown Him King of Kings” by Price

Flowers today are given to the Glory of God by Alex & Sherry McLeod.

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, Carolinda Getz, George Helton (brother of Judy Pollock), Michael Helton (respiratory problems from covid), Tom Lovett, Norman McLeod (Alex’s brother), Pam Price (daughter of Emery & Nancy McElveen), Gabriella Roberts (Grand-daughter of Stephen & Paula Bohm), Stan Salter, Mildred Tietjan (loss of her sister), Eve Stegner and Shirley Viens.


Sunday, September 5th, 2021: 11:00 a.m.54
Sunday, September 5th, 2021: 11:00 a.m.55
Sunday, August 29th, 2021: 11:00 a.m.57
Sunday, August 22nd, 2021: 11:00 a.m.67
Sunday, August 15th, 2021: 11:00 a.m.60

Weekly Offering

Offering for Sunday, September 12th - $3,927.90 August Total - $5,986.30
Offering for Sunday, September 5th - $2,058.40 August Total - $2,058.40
Offering for Sunday, August 29th - $3,010.00 August Total - $27,882.60
Offering for Sunday, August 22nd - $14,777.40 August Total - $24,872.60
Offering for Sunday, August 15th - $3,053.40 August Total - $10,095.20
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.

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

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.

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

Weekly Bulletin & News: Please contact the church office (email the church, leave a message on church phone or call Valerie) with any announcements or prayer list additions NLT Wednesday morning, earlier if possible.

Next Communion Sunday, October 3rd.

Dear Ladies of St. James,
If you are ready to get together and share some food and fun-fellowship with one another then the newly formed LADIES LUNCH BUNCH is for you! It will be a time to just reconnect with everyone, make new friends and bond in Christian fellowship while enjoying a monthly luncheon.
We will meet for the first time at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at a “to be determined” location - at a local eatery or hosted by a volunteer member in their home (depending on number of participants.)
Ongoing participation is at your convenience! Simply join in when-ever you can but be sure to let our LLB coordinator know. Our very dy-namic new member, Mary Smith, is the coordinator and she will be happy to speak with you about participating in the LLB and will be able to an-swer any questions you may have. Her phone number is (843) 709-3354.
If you are interested in participating, now or in the future, please sign up with one of the ladies who will be stationed at the exits in the nar-thex and the library. Even if you cannot attend just now, please sign up if you are interested so we can form a potential roster with names and phone numbers in order to make reminder calls as requested and to plan rides.
Lady guests will also be welcome at each and every luncheon so feel free to bring a friend or neighbor! Just be sure to let Mary Smith know so we have an accurate head-count each time in order to make the neces-sary reservations or arrangements.
Just remember: LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021, at 11:30 AM, Mary Smith, Coordinator, (843) 709-3354. All ladies are welcome!!

Keys to Church: If you have a key to the church building, and are no longer using the key, please return the key to either John Kinser, Karen Hesselbart or Valerie.

Wednesday Services: Due to some interest in starting up our Wednesday services again, please contact the office if you would attend a Wednesday noonday service and whether you would attend once a month, twice a month, or every week. Thank you.

Worship Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14th at 10 a.m. in the FSH.

Please share your talents—There is still a need for volunteers on several ministry teams. There are opportunities to serve on the Evangelism and Fellowship/Care Ministry Teams. The things that need to be done are not full-time jobs but can be done in the time you have available. If you feel moved to serve in some manner, please contact any Council member to find out what opportunities you may have to serve our Lord!

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

COVID Updates From Your Council & Pastor

We now will celebrate one worship service each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School will precede the worship service at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (FSH). Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month (next communion, August 1st).

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. Communion will still require masks to be worn. When exiting the Nave at the end of service, masks will be required until you have exited the Narthex front doors.

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

Couples and families may receive Holy Communion together.

The Adult Sunday School class: The Adult Sunday Bible class will begin a new study on September 19. This study will be "The Images of Christ." If you are interested in joining this group, please let Karen Hesselbart (803-481-7242) know so that a book can be purchased for you. (No charge.)

Bible Study will resume on Thursday, September 16th. In-person will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the FSH. On-line will be held at 1:30 p.m. We will be studying the Parables of Jesus. Please call the office by September 2nd and let Valerie know if you will be participating. Booklets will be prepared for home study.

Adult Sunday Bible Class: The Adult Sunday Bible class will begin a new study on September 19th. This study will be "The Images of Christ." If you are interested in joining this group, please let Karen Hesselbart (803-481-7242) know so that a book can be purchased for you. (No charge)

September Lay Reader Schedule
Sep 12    Cheryl Schmeling
Sep 19    Judy Lessard
Sep 26    Ford Kamin

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

September Birthdays
12th Caroline Getz
17th Taylor Brunson
18th Karen Bailey

21st Stan Salter
22nd Marlene Lee
26th Joann Lee

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. 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. If you would like to have a visit from Pastor Keith, please give him a call or send an email. Please Note : Pastor Keith’s day off is Monday.

Internet Online Instructions to access weekly pre-recorded 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; this site is temporarily not updated pending a total overhaul in the near future)
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.

SJLS School is Closed for 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.

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.

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.

CY 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

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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