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

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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

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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 sue.anderson.lesuphna@gmail.com.

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

 

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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 sue.anderson.lesuphna@gmail.com or (952) 894-5799.

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Youth on the road of service

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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

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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

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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.

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            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.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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.

 

ALL GIFTS MUST BE BROUGHT TO CHURCH NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, SO THEY CAN BE SORTED AND WRAPPED. 

 

Thank you for your generous support!

 If you have any questions, please contact Sue Anderson at sue.anderson.lesuphna@gmail.com or (952) 894-5799.

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Swahili Phrase of the Week

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What a joy it is to have Pastor Mponzi visit with us. This week’s Swahilli phrase is one that Pastor Mponzi shares from his village in Idunda.

Throughout worship in October, we will also be incorporating liturgical elements from Africa (including a Masai Creed), songs from Africa, and even the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili (check out this cool video ).


This week’s phrase:

Yesu ni Mchungaji mwema

translated……

Jesus is a good Shepherd.

Fun fact: Mchungaji (shepherd) is the same word that is used for “pastor” in Tanzania.


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Confirmation Students join Adopt-a-Highway

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It’s that time of year again when the boulevards of Cty Rd 5 between Highway 13 and Cty Rd 42 appear to have suffered from littering and fall winds. This is a ministry many St. James members have participated in over the years. Perhaps you would like to volunteer again or join the cleaners for the first time picking up litter and cast offs on this stretch of road. Confirmation students and SDA Espanol folks will join in!

When: Saturday, November 3, 9:30am [60-90 minutes in length]

Where: Meet in St. James Narthex, bring work gloves and wear work clothes and shoes

Who: Individuals, families, confirmation small groups, and SDA Espanol folks. Children must be 12yr and have adult supervision. 12-15 volunteers would be welcome.

 Why: To improve God’s green space and enjoy the company of others from St. James.

Sign up below or at the Answer Booth Today!

A CATCH THANK YOU!

 Coalition for Affordable Transitional Community Housing (CATCH).

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A thank you to all St. James parishioners, for your generosity demonstrating care and compassion to our neighbors.  WOW! JUST AMAZING! An 8 ft. trailer filled with bedding--sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows--and towels/bath cloths for those in need was gratefully received by many in need.

Ministry hosts: Sylvia and John Dobrovolny

 

Change for a Change Offering

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On Sundays, October 21 and 28th, we will be gathering a CHANGE for a CHANGE offering to support the world of ELCA Disaster Response. This is in response to the recent devastation of Hurricane Michael.

100% of all money given to ELCA Disaster Response for Huricanne Response will go to support on the ground relief efforts. This is significantly higher than other relief organizations because overall administration costs are borne by the ELCA general giving. A small portion of our weekly offering makes sure that the church is ready to help out at a moment’s notice no matter where the disaster strikes.

The CHANGE for a CHANGE offering will be taken by the children during the Noisy Offering. All monies received (loud and quiet forms) during the Noisy Offering on October 21 and 28 will go to support this effort.





Swahili Phrase of the Week

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In preparation for Pastor Mponzi’s visit, which begins on Friday with his arrival at MSP, St. James will be featuring a Swahilli phrase of the week.

Throughout worship in October, we will also be incorporating liturgical elements from Africa (including a Masai Creed), songs from Africa, and even the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili (check out this cool video ).


This week’s phrase:

Karibu

translated……

Welcome


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Adopt-a-Highway

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It’s that time of year again when the boulevards of Cty Rd 5 between Highway 13 and Cty Rd 42 appear to have suffered from littering and fall winds. This is a ministry many St. James members have participated in over the years. Perhaps you would like to volunteer again or join the cleaners for the first time picking up litter and cast offs on this stretch of road. Confirmation students and SDA Espanol folks will join in!

When: Saturday, November 3, 9:30am [60-90 minutes in length]

Where: Meet in St. James Narthex, bring work gloves and wear work clothes and shoes

Who: Individuals, families, confirmation small groups, and SDA Espanol folks. Children must be 12yr and have adult supervision. 12-15 volunteers would be welcome.

 Why: To improve God’s green space and enjoy the company of others from St. James.

Sign up below or at the Answer Booth Today!

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Meals On Wheels -- Drivers Needed!

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The St. James drivers we have currently are very dedicated, but the list is very short.  I am looking for additional people who are willing to join our ministry by driving/delivering no more than once a month.  It is about a 2 hour commitment, beginning at 10:45.  Meals are picked up at Faith Covenant Church on Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville.  The routes (Savage, Burnsville, Apple Valley or Eagan) are well organized with efficient directions.  GPS makes it easy, too! 

The immediate need is for October is 4 drivers on Monday, October 29.   Many companies allow employees release time to drive as their community service.  Please consider driving for Meals on Wheels as your gift to  St. James and our surrounding communities.  If you have any questions or want to make this your ministry, please contact Kari Deering 612-619-5804 or email: kedeering@gmail.com

Change for a Change Offering

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On Sundays, October 21 and 28th, we will be gathering a CHANGE for a CHANGE offering to support the world of ELCA Disaster Response. This is in response to the recent devastation of Hurricane Michael.

100% of all money given to ELCA Disaster Response for Huricanne Response will go to support on the ground relief efforts. This is significantly higher than other relief organizations because overall administration costs are borne by the ELCA general giving. A small portion of our weekly offering makes sure that the church is ready to help out at a moment’s notice no matter where the disaster strikes.

The CHANGE for a CHANGE offering will be taken by the children during the Noisy Offering. All monies received (loud and quiet forms) during the Noisy Offering on October 21 and 28 will go to support this effort.





A CATCH THANK YOU!

 Coalition for Affordable Transitional Community Housing (CATCH).

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A thank you to all St. James parishioners, for your generosity demonstrating care and compassion to our neighbors.  WOW! JUST AMAZING! An 8 ft. trailer filled with bedding--sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows--and towels/bath cloths for those in need was gratefully received by many in need.

Ministry hosts: Sylvia and John Dobrovolny

 

Thank You! Luther Seminary Food Drive

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23 bags of food were delivered to Luther Seminary on Friday, October 5. Thanks and appreciation were declared by staff as we helped twice fit the bags on their large rolling cart. Their sparse shelves will now have ample food to share with students and families.

Thank you good and faithful servants from St. James for donating during the September food drive.

~Ministry Hosts Karen Krafka and Joan Sjogren.