Ask: 5 Alive

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Our 2019 stewardship campaign is underway! We are seeking financial commitments from all who call St. James their church home.

St. James ministries are alive and vibrant because of the many folks who give their time, talent, and treasure in support.

To meet the rising cost of ministry, to restore Pastoral Care staff coverage to 2016 levels (so we don’t burnout our pastor), and to continue our effort to eliminate Real Estate Debt to free up additional resources in the future, we are asking each household to consider increasing their giving in 2019 by five dollars a week. If you are able to increase more, that would certainly help out. If everyone was able to meet the 5 dollar challenge, we will be able to meet the 5% increase of cost and eliminate the need to do Special Offering drives in 2019.

Tell: Students in Africa

Did you know that a portion of your regular giving to St. James Lutheran helps to send children to school in Africa?

Here is a story from a St. James member, Kris Froyum, about his visit to Lutingelo school where he learned about this ministry:


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Head Master-"God is good"

Students-" All the time" 

Head Master-"All the Time"

Students-" God is Good, it is his nature. Whoo!"

This is the call and response between the Head Master Sebastian Chaula and the students at Lutingelo.

After driving out of the village of Idunda, we headed to Lutingelo to meet the students that we sponsor through the church. The Olson's were mum about the greeting we were to receive.  I was in the follow van, so did not see what was happening.  We suddenly slowed and I could hear some sort of ruckus outside. The van stopped and we were quickly surrounded by a large group of kids singing, dancing and waving boughs. Upon exiting the van, I had two girls eagerly grab my hands and encourage me to dance along with them to a designated gathering point underneath their flags. One of the girls happened to be carrying a toddler of one of the instructors. The toddler also insisted on holding my pinkie as we danced and bounced along. This amazing welcome was extended to all of my fellow travelers as well. One of the great advantages of attending a school like Lutingelo is the opportunity to learn English. The kids sang us their school song that Sebastian wrote shortly after our arrival, which just happens to be in English. We were treated to many more songs and dances, some of which the teachers participated in as well. A couple of these the students found very funny, especially when a small group of boys who had their faces painted were joined by Sebastian with a burlap bag on his head as a hat. My little toddler friend was set down at some point and managed to make her way up front, and insisted that I hold her while the kids danced. Rarely have I felt so welcomed by a group of strangers.

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After the introductions and the conclusion of the welcome, the kids were released back to class, except for the students that we sponsor.  They were asked to remain so that we could meet them individually, but only after we had tea, which was a requirement everywhere we went. It was great seeing the kids that we help support and hear of their efforts. It was also made clear to these kids that there is an expectation for them to not only do well to continue to receive support, but after they are done with their schooling to make a difference in their communities and their country. These kids have a unique opportunity. The school is one of the few places in that area with running water. They have externally vented cook pots. The girls dorms and bathrooms have recently been renovated. They have access to basic medical supplies. They are in the process of building a new science facility.  None of this would be possible without the supply of our community.

The school age children of Idunda have to walk great distances to get to and from school, up and down the mountain. I saw many kids 30-45 minutes after the morning bell walking down the hill past the Pastor's residence while we stayed in the village. The students of Lutingelo only have to go a couple hundred feet. Few of us will likely every know the difficulty of life like those of these kids, but few of us will ever see the joy, sense of community, and the faith of these students.

Thank: Back to Church Offering

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A big ‘thank you’ to all who participated in this year’s Back to Church Offering.

Because of your generosity, we were able to exceed our goal of raising an additional $10,000 to close the gap between our pledges and actual expenses.

Together we gathered: $11,482

We maintain a good financial position year to date with a Net Income of -$229.

Faithful giving supports a variety of ministries within and beyond St. James. By the grace of God, we build and deepen relationships with God, each other, and with our neighbor.

Ask: Back to Church Offering

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We are thankful for all those who have already participated in this effort to close the gap between the cost of ministry and our pledged giving.

To date we’ve collected $9,761!! - just a few dollars short of our $10,000 goal.

(to contribute, designate amount in the special offering section)