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Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. James Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.

St. James Welcomes you !
10:30 AM, Holy Communion

Online tithing and giving.

Weddings & Baptisms

Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebrations.

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Our Mission & Vision

Mission statement:

Serving & Trusting Jesus by Abiding, Ministering, Embracing & sharing.  Vision: 

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation of believers in Jesus Christ - a people set apart by God for His purposes!

Click "read more" to view our Vision statement.

Food Pantry 03/21/2024

10:00 am-11:00 am

Community Food Pantry is held in the fellowship hall.

Please park on the side with the ramp.

If you are coming in for assistance,
masks are optional.

Mid Week Reflection

My daughter has been playing with an empty box lately. She has tea parties, sleep overs, and plays ‘hospital’ for her stuffed friends; all within the same box! It’s amazing how creative she is with it. She is only limited by what she can and can’t imagine! The same is for us; and instead of a large cardboard box, it can be the church or our property or our very selves! St. Paul writes in his letter to the Roman church (12:1-2, Pastor Fred’s translation), “I appeal to y’all therefore, siblings, by God’s mercy, present y’all’s bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is y’all’s spiritual worship. Stop conforming to this world; but be continuously transformed by God through the renewing of y’all’s minds, so that y’all may discern what is the will of God - what is good, acceptable, and whole.”

For us living nearly 2,000 years after Paul wrote this letter, this speaks to us as an encouragement for several things. First, think of adaptability! “Stop conforming to this world; but be continuously transformed by God.” Just as my daughter shifts from one scene to another in her cardboard box (come on, I bet we all had something like this in our childhood); so too, we the church are invited by God to adapt our whole beings to what God would have us be for those we serve as Christ! What possibilities have we not explored yet, because we have stayed too focused on what this world sees as important? Success, full pews, people who appear to have it all together? Now, consider what God could transform us to be?

Next, I draw our attention to the blend of singular and plural words within these verses. Over and over, (throughout most of Paul’s letters) the ‘you’ we find is not a singular you; instead, it’s a plural, “y’all!” We collectively journey in this adaptability of being the church to the world, as the world needs! Also, notice how the “y’all”s shift to the singular image of presentation to the Lord, as ‘a (singular) living sacrifice! When my daughter plays in her box, it’s not just her; rather, she counts the stuffed friends too! From her very commonly seen here Bunny (whose name is “Bunny”) to a collection of friends including a Moose (named “Moose”), a Penguin (named “Topsy”), to large stuffed Chic-fila Cow (named “Margaret Pepper Shaker''). When my daughter is in that box, she is never alone per se. Just as we are not as well. Our shared lives of service are that, shared! We are collectively invited to adapt and serve together!

Also, our collective adaptability is considered “holy and acceptable to God, which is… spiritual worship.” When my daughter is playing, she simply plays! She doesn’t worry about how she looks or what she sounds like! She simply plays and that spiritual act is a worship in a way. She is who she is and recognizing others around her (as fluffy as they are) as things needing attention and care and dignity too! Maybe that’s a good idea as to what ‘spiritual’ actually means? And maybe, that’s the great idea behind worship; because the fancier term for worship, liturgy, comes from a Latin term meaning, ‘work of the people’! So, imagine what our collective adapting and sacred work together could look like; especially as God already proclaims it “holy and acceptable.”

Now, let all of prayerfully consider (churchy term is “discern”) what this might look like for God: “what is good and acceptable and whole/complete.” In this Lenten season, let us learn the lesson of playing and adapting. Let us learn the lesson of working together. Let us learn the lesson of being what God proclaims us to be, “holy and acceptable.” Now imagine us opening our building, our property, and ourselves to the world around us like a kid playing in an empty cardboard box; and experience the sacred joy of playing as we seek to be like Christ, “a living sacrifice.” Amen

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Weekly Reading

"For by grace y'all have been saved by grace, and this is not y'all's doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works so that no one many boast. Because we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared to be our way of life." (Ephesians 2:8-10)

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