Confirmation Student Show Kindness


Following up on their kindness retreat, the Confirmation students wrote 45 notes to a variety of people in the community, thanking them for their service. Students wrote school superintendents, firefighters, police, receptionists, medical professionals, and even the local humane society.


Red Cross Blood Drive



Red Cross Blood Drive--The NEED for BLOOD is URGENT

Please, if you are physically able, consider donating!  The blood supply is critically low;  A STATE OF EMERGENCY has been declared by the AMERICAN RED CROSS since winter storms, flu, and the government shutdown resulted in blood drive cancellations.

            Every 2 seconds in the US, blood is needed.

            Blood cannot be purchased.

Unfortunately, supply cannot always meet demand because only 3% of those eligible to give blood actually donate.        


**To donate blood, you may sign up online at, at the answer booth, or by calling Sylvia or Karen.


If you are unable to donate blood but would like to participate, there is a need for cookies, salads (for the Red Cross Staff), and host/hostesses.   Please sign up at the answer booth.


We are grateful for our faithful donors and would welcome any one who would like to donate for the first time. We and those who will receive much-needed blood are grateful for your participation. Sylvia and Karen



It was CAP Agency’s turn to receive St. James’ most recent food donation. Remember seeing the overflow of food by Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard? That food was loaded & delivered to CAP on January 7. Our donation? 195 pounds!

Thanks to those of you who choose to donate food as part of your personal ministry.


Our next food delivery will go to 360 Communities on February 22. Why that specific date?

2019 MN FoodShare March Campaign


February 25 thru April 7

This community effort by churches, businesses, schools, individuals and corporations brings Hunger Awareness to the forefront and works to help restock 300 MN foodshelves with healthy food.

Please be a participant. Mark your calendar, more details will come!


Thank You!

The TRUE SPIRIT of CHRISTMAS was evident during the Dec. 13th Red Cross Blood Drive as countless people gave of themselves in various ways!


 Thank you to donors: 58 pints of blood, potentially saving 174 lives were collected. Also, we thank those who tried but were unable to donate.

Greeters Sandy Sokolik and Lela Valentin made everyone feel welcomed. (Jeff Cheney is also a consistent greeter).  Sweet treats for the visitors and salads for the Red Cross Staff were provided  by Diane Miller, Corrine Totzke, Don Engebretson, Lela Valentin, and Sandy Sokolik. Everyone truly enjoys the goodies provided by our faithful cooks.  Mary Petersen, our loyal assistant, crocheted/knitted beautiful keepsake holiday items for each participant.

We are deeply grateful for all gifts given!

Blessings, Sylvia and Karen


Learning from the Faith of Others

On Wednesday, December 12, St. James Confirmation Ministry welcomes Jodi Rankin to share with us prayers and traditions from her Jewish faith. This learning opportunity lets our youth gain a larger faith perspective. We will experience Shabbat prayers as well as learn a little about the festival of Hanukkah.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service


They have sent a thank you to St. James:
Thank you for your generous gift of $1,000. Your congregation’s gift is providing life-sustaining care for migrant and refugee families both as they arrive and during the time it takes to build a new life. By helping LIRS welcome the stranger, you are sending a powerful message of hope conquering fear. The critical support and sustaining relationships your congregation’s gift provides truly make a life-changing difference. We are grateful for your congregation’s compassion and we know the families you help extend their gratitude too. So thank you, again, for your gift!

St. James Responds to U.S. Wildfires


Once again, natural disaster has caused a need for humanitarian aid. Wildfires in the western United States have had a devastating effect. Your church, the ELCA, is responding through Lutheran Disaster Response.

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California and the California synods to respond to this fire. Immediate relief has included gift cards for people affected by the fires to buy essentials like groceries. Your gifts will help us deliver a robust response to address needs in the devasted communities.

At the recent Council meeting, a Change for a Change offering was authorized for the month of December. Each week, all the money collected in the Noisy Offering will go to this relief effort. You may also contribute by check - simply mark it “Change for Change” or “US Wildfires”

Thank You!

Dear members of St. James-

On behalf of Ebenezer Ridges Care Center (ERCC), I want to thank you for your recent gift of $585.00 to be utilized in support of our Spiritual Health Programs at ERCC. We are grateful for your generosity and thankful for your presence and ministry in our Burnsville community. God’s continued blessings to you all.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Darin Easler, Campus Chaplin ERCC

Armful of Love

       Please consider helping families in need by taking a tag from the Armful of Love
table in the Narthex or making a cash donation.

All the gifts on the tags need to be purchased!


DROP OFF GIFTS: Please attach the lower part of the red tag to the gift and bring it to the Idunda Room.  Place the gift in the bag with the person’s name and family number on it.  Please remember to include a gift receipt. 

GIFT DEADLINE: All gifts MUST be returned no later than Sunday, Nov. 25, so they can be sorted.

GIFT CARDS: If you purchase a gift card, please DO NOT fill in the “To” and “From” sections of the gift card.

SORTING SIGN UP: We will sort gifts the evenings of Nov. 26 and 27 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Senior high students and adults are welcome to help with this. Please sign up at the Answer Booth or contact Sue Anderson. We need 6 people each evening.

WRAPPING SIGN UP:  WRAPPING:  There will be no wrapping on Saturday Dec. 1 due to the funeral. 

Wrapping will be on Friday Nov. 30.

            Times are: 1-4pm  and/ or  6-9pm

 Adults and students in grades 7 - 12 are welcome to help wrap gifts.

 If you have any questions, please contact Sue Anderson at (952) 894-5799 or

Thank you for helping make a brighter Christmas for families in need!



Armful of Love Request

            ARMFUL OF LOVE 2018          


Gently used clothes needed!  One of our families can use the following for their children.  Please leave them in the office with a note saying “Armful of Love”.

·      Dresses for 2 girls, jeans, leggings, tops: size 12

·      Pants, tops, pajamas: boy’s size 3T and 4T


Thank you for your generous support!

 If you have any questions, please contact Sue Anderson at or (952) 894-5799.


Youth on the road of service


On Saturday, November 3, Confirmation students participated in St. James Lutheran’s Adopt-A-Highway effort. A large group of bright yellow-clad folks picked up trash along Highway 5. We are thankful for this neighborhood clean-up ministry led by Ministry Host: Karen Krafka.

Special thanks go to Jenny Petersen who guided last Saturday’s clean-up and to all who walked the road of service.

The Gift of Mission Partnerships and Motorbikes


It has been a joy to host Pastor Mponzi from St. James Lutheran’s sister congregation in Idunda, Tanzania. Pastor Mponzi presided at the communion table on All Saints’ Sunday - a visible sign of the mission partnership that we share with God’s saints in Africa. Follow prayers of godspeed, St. James shared gifts with pastor to take back to Idunda. Among them was a new ‘piki’ or motorbike for the pastor to use as he serves the parish in the mountains of Idunda.

Grateful for Partnership with 360 Communities


On Sunday, November 11, President and CEO of 360 Communities, Jeff Mortensen, will be sharing how our partnership benefits those in need who live in our neighborhood. St. James is a proud supporter of 360 Communities and provides a variety of assistance to this organization that has a wonderful track record of caring. Come learn more.

Presentation will be during the Adult Faith Formation/Coffee hour at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 11.

Armful of Love

            ARMFUL OF LOVE 2018          


St. James’ Armful of Love program is a St. James’ ministry that collects and distributes Christmas gifts for families who are facing difficult financial situations. We will be sponsoring St. James’ families as well as individuals/families from local community agencies. Click here for additional resources for Christmas assistance.



PURCHASE GIFTS or GIFT CERTIFICATES: Tags with specific items (e.g., clothing, food/gas gift cards, toys, household items) for sponsored families and individuals will be available beginning October 28.  The tags are placed on a table in the Narthex.  Purchase only the item on the tag.  Instead of purchasing extra gifts for an individual, consider taking another tag.  Please fill in the information on the top part of the tag and place it in the box on the table.


Buy the requested gift and return it no later than Sunday, November 25.  Fill out and attach the bottom part of the tag to the gift.  Please attach a GIFT RECEIPT with your gift and write the price you paid for the gift on the red tag. 


Bring the gift to the Idunda room and place it in the bag with the person’s name and family number on it between Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 25.  Please do not bring the gifts before November 11 as we have no place to put them.


GIVE A MONETARY GIFT: Money donated will be used to buy gifts and gift certificates for families we sponsor.  Checks should be made out to “St. James” with “Armful of Love” in the memo line.  Envelopes marked “Armful of Love” are available in the pews and on the Armful of Love tables.


SORT GIFTS: We will be sorting gifts every evening on Monday, November 26, and Tuesday, November 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.  High school students and adults are welcome to help with this.  Sign up at the Answer Booth if you are interested in helping.  Please bring a scissors.


WRAP GIFTS: We will be wrapping gifts on Saturday, December 1, beginning at 9:00 A.M. and working until about noon.  Adults as well as students in grades 7-12 are welcome to help with this.  Sign up at the Answer Booth if you are able to help us.  Please bring a scissors.




Thank you for your generous support!

 If you have any questions, please contact Sue Anderson at or (952) 894-5799.