Thanks to the Decorating Crew!

Each year, St. James is blessed to have a dedicated group of people, under the direction of Kelvin Miller, Minister of Music, decorate the sanctuary for Advent, and again for Christmas. Thank you to all who shared your time and talents to help us get our church home ready for our big celebrations.

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New Bible Study at Augustana Regents

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Starting on December 6, Pastor Walt will be hosting an additional Bible Study opportunity out in the neighborhood. It will be held at Augustana Regents, in Burnsville, from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. each week on Thursday. All are invited to attend this study of the coming Sunday’s preaching text.

This is the third Bible Study that Pastor offers on Thursday.

1) 7:30 to 8:30 at Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine

2) 9:00 to 9:45 at Augustana Regents, Burnsville

3) 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Savage Senior Living, Savage.

Each study looks at the same preaching text - which can be found on the front page of the website. Three great chances to learn together with others and grow deeper in your knowledge and engagement with God’s Word.

Memory Tree

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As we prepare to celebrate the holidays many in our community are grieving the loss of loved ones. St. James is putting up a Memory Tree to help remember those lost. Visit the table in the narthex to get a star to decorate in loving memory of someone dear to you.

 

Fifth week of ONLINE Bible Study now available on video

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Last night, Pastor Walt taught part five of his six-week, innovative Bible Study. Using home-made movie technology, each week consists of a video that you can access either in-person (Monday night- St. James Lutheran- at 7:00 p.m.), online (available on Tuesday), or a mixture of both. You choose when it best works for you!

You can also sign up to receive the video link emailed to you directly. This course is provided ‘free of charge’ as part of St. James Lutheran’s commitment to Adult Faith Formation.

Fourth week of ONLINE Bible Study now available on video

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Last night, Pastor Walt taught part four of his six-week, innovative Bible Study. Using home-made movie technology, each week consists of a video that you can access either in-person (Monday night- St. James Lutheran- at 7:00 p.m.), online (available on Tuesday), or a mixture of both. You choose when it best works for you!

You can also sign up to receive the video link emailed to you directly. This course is provided ‘free of charge’ as part of St. James Lutheran’s commitment to Adult Faith Formation.

Third week of ONLINE Bible Study now available on video

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Last night, Pastor Walt taught part three of his six-week, innovative Bible Study. Using home-made movie technology, each week consists of a video that you can access either in-person (Monday night- St. James Lutheran- at 7:00 p.m.), online (available on Tuesday), or a mixture of both. You choose when it best works for you!

You can also sign up to receive the video link emailed to you directly. This course is provided ‘free of charge’ as part of St. James Lutheran’s commitment to Adult Faith Formation.

Second week of ONLINE Bible Study now available on video

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Last night, Pastor Walt taught part two of his six-week, innovative Bible Study. Using home-made movie technology, each week consists of a video that you can access either in-person (Monday night- St. James Lutheran- at 7:00 p.m.), online (available on Tuesday), or a mixture of both. You choose when it best works for you!

You can also sign up to receive the video link emailed to you directly. This course is provided ‘free of charge’ as part of St. James Lutheran’s commitment to Adult Faith Formation.

First week of ONLINE Bible Study now available on video

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Last night, Pastor Walt taught part one of his six-week, innovative Bible Study. Using home-made movie technology, each week consists of a video that you can access either in-person (Monday night- St. James Lutheran- at 7:00 p.m.), online (available on Tuesday), or a mixture of both. You choose when it best works for you!

You can also sign up to receive the video link emailed to you directly. This course is provided ‘free of charge’ as part of St. James Lutheran’s commitment to Adult Faith Formation.

Do you want this year to be a little different?

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The Christmas season  is rapidly approaching.  For many it is a time to be crazy and overwhelmed!  It is all too easy to be swept up in getting ready for Christmas that we miss the chance for spiritual growth. 

 St. James Lutheran wants to help you make this Advent uplifting and inspiring.  As a church, we will be using a four-week series of daily, email Advent inspirations, written by Pastor Walt, called “Threshold.” This will tie in with Pastor Walt’s Advent sermon series by the same name.     

Sign up today - and you will start to receive this devotional series in your email inbox on November 25, with a Pre-Advent week. Advent begins on Sunday, December 2. 

Click here for your FREE subscription.

All Saints Sunday Name Request

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All Saints Sunday is Nov. 4 and we will list in the bulletin the members, family and friends who have died in the last year. If you have someone you would like to list in the bulletin, please complete the below form, by Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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Your Name

Mark your Calendars! Reformation Sunday 2018

A year ago, St. James Lutheran joined churches around the globe to mark the 500th commemoration of the start of the Reformation.

On the 501st anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, we will be recognizing the continued work of the Spirit to renew, reform, and reshape the church. Currently the second largest growing Lutheran communities is the church in Tanzania.

We are privileged to have Pastor Mponzi, from our sister congregation in Idunda, Tanzania, to be with us on Reformation Sunday, October 28. We will hear about the work of God’s Spirit in Africa, first hand, as pastor proclaims the gospel to us at both worships (8:00 and 9:30 a.m.)

Following the 9:30 a.m. worship, we will host a Brunch in Pastor Mponzi’s honor.

Come to listen to, be nurtured by, and get to meet Pastor Mponiz!

Innovative Approach to Faith Formation

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Confirmation PODS

Throughout this year, Confirmation students at St. James will be learning and growing through a series of action/reflection experiences.

In the month of October, they are currently in one of three PODS, which they have chosen.

Making Holy Music - Students, who play an instrument, are practicing music that they will play on Reformation Sunday. Pod leaders are Tim Pofahl and Mark Lichtenberger. This group meets in the sanctuary.

The Body of Christ Work's out - Students are learning through leadership exercises and games about how to work together as a team. Pod leader is Tasha Gastony. This group meets in the fellowship hall.

Hungry? Walk! Global Hunger Issues - Students are exploring hunger and justice related issues. Pod leader is Brenda Nygren-Moe. This group meets in the library.

All Saint’s Table Cloth

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A linen tablecloth with the names of Saints in your life will be placed on the Altar on All Saints Sunday Nov. 4.

 

Write the names of Saints, living and dead, who have been important in your life on the tablecloth in the Narthex on Sundays in October.

 

Wednesday Worship Begins this week!

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Each month, St. James hosts a mid-week worship opportunity in conjunction with the Meal Pack. We worship around tables in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30 p.m. Youth take leadership roles in helping us lift our praise and prayers. Communion is served with bread that is right out of the oven. All are welcome to attend this half-hour worship.

Shepherds needed!

Little Lambs of St. James

We are refreshing the Little Lambs ministry! We will be providing, at no charge, fluffy lambs for children to bring to worship and home to love We need volunteers to help register families and assist with information and prizes.  Times needed are Sundays 9:00-9:30 and 10:30-50. Youth and adults are encouraged to help.

For more information and/or to register your child click here

Soul Fire - Kids/Youth Choir

Do you like to sing? Join us for a fun & exciting 2018-2019 choir season!

Everybody's Got a Place in This Choir!

◦     1st graders are welcome to come and try us out!

◦     Rehearsals start on Wednesday, September 12, from 5:15 – 6:00 pm

◦   We sing once a month, starting Sunday, September 23, 2018!

◦     Sign up at the Answer Booth or come to the September 12th rehearsal!

Contact Barbara Kleinfeldt, Director, at bjkleinfeldt@integra.net with questions.