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.

Weddings & Baptisms

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

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.

St. James Welcomes you !
10:30 AM Service Time

 

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Online tithing and giving.

Food Pantry 08/16/2022

Masks are optional

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

             Sometimes life can seem as chaotic as an episode of Chopped, or some other competition show. Everyone is vying for a prize of some kind in competition against one another. And only the best will continue. My wife and I love watching some of these shows, including but not limited to: Chopped, The Amazing Race, and The Great British Baking Show.

We enjoy these shows because they are usually exciting and give us a sense of controlled competition in which we don’t actually have to compete. Because our lives can seem competitive enough. Tight work schedules for some, extra-curricular activities for kids/grandkids, trying to eat something, getting enough sleep, exercise, and make time to God too. “Ahhh!” It’s no wonder we seem to think our lives, and society at large are competitive. And no wonder we love the feeling of being able to watch other people compete.

I bring this up, because we all need to hear the following message!

You have already won the grace and love of God…
                  And you didn’t have to compete for it either!

Take a deep breath, and let that sink in for a second! Because many of us, myself included, have fallen victim to the lie that “I am loved because of the things I do, not who I am.” We believed this because certain events in our past taught us this: grades and rankings in school, athletic achievements, and even advertisements telling us how to look so we will be accepted. There’s nothing wrong with having academic, athletic success, or even wanting to feel like we belong.

The more important part is that God already embraces you with love and grace as children because you are who you are! You don’t have to be the fastest runner, smartest person, best cook, or have the latest whatever. God embraces you as you are because God loved you to the point of dying on the cross for you, and claiming you in the waters of baptism. And God invites you to believe that for yourself! When Luther encouraged people to remember their baptism, he was asking them to remember that God’s love for them is where their identity begins. But God didn’t stop there.

God invites each of us to share that good news to others. So, with the rest of the week ahead, be the voice of God to those around you sharing that good news: “God loves you for who you are, not what you do; and so do I because we are all winners of grace!” 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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