Come Play Bingo with Ebenezer residents!

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St. James will be providing a Bingo night for residents at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center. This will be on Oct. 5 at 6:15. We will meet at the back entrance at 6 near the Prince of Peace parking lot. Please park there as well. We will be living out our vision to build and deepen relationships with our neighbors. This is a fun way to meet new people and make new connections. Hope to see you there!

 

Clothes and Kid Stuff - Donations Needed

St. James will be reaching out to our neighbors by hosting a FREE ‘garage sale’ on October 14.  We need your help!  Check those closets, basements and cupboards for the following items needed:

Clothing for all – men, women, children, babies, pets

Kid Stuff – toys, games, puzzles, books, supplies, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at St. James Church between Sunday, October 1 and Friday, October 13.  For your donations please pick up a tax donation sheet in the office.Questions or if you are willing to help with this event, please contact Kari Owens. 

 

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Change for a Change - Hurricane Relief

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As of 09/24/17, St James has raised $1,966 for Hurricane Relief. Thank you for your support!

Starting Sunday, September 10, St James Lutheran will be receiving a Change for a Change Offering to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes.  For the entire month of September, all money collected by the children during the Noisy Offering will go to this effort.  You can also give by making a check out to St. James and marked "Hurricane Relief".  The offering will go to ELCA Disaster Response - which is a ministry of the ELCA that is supported through ELCA general giving (a portion of your weekly offering goes here) so that at times of crises - 100% of collections can go directly to the relief efforts.  

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey (and now Irma and then ?), ELCA Disaster Response is committed to providing relief in the short as well as the long term.  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together, we have a strong history of working with disasters in the Gulf Coast area. Recovery efforts are expected to take years, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.

You can read more about ELCA Disaster Response on the ELCA website:  click here.  


St. James invites you to stand by our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come.

Again.... gifts to St. James (on behalf of Lutheran Disaster Response), designated for "Hurricane Response – United States" will be used entirely (100 percent) for these hurricane disasters. 

New Blog Series begins on Sunday!

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In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Pastor Walt is writing a seven-week, devotional/blog series called, "From…To…"   When Luther posted the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, he desired to start a conversation of reform within the church over the practice of selling indulgences.  The original intent was not to separate or split the church but to rather renew and give it a new shape so that it could more effectively communicate the gospel.  In this spirit of reformation, each week, from his own perspective as a parish pastor,  Pastor Walt will highlight a different aspect of our overall church life that could use reshaping.  Though he writes from the perspective of serving a particular Lutheran church, his ideas and thoughts are directed to a larger audience.  Although nowhere near as impressive as Luther's 95 suggestions, these seven suggestions are offered for reforming the church beyond but also including St. James.  Pastor Walt offers this series in the original spirit of the Reformation to open dialogue and thinking with a desire to participate in God's renewal of the church.  

Town Hall Meeting: Renewed Leadership Model

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All are invited!

Sunday Oct. 1, 12:00—12:30pm

Tuesday Oct. 3, 7:00-7:30pm

Please come out and listen to the work of the Pastoral Support Team & Council. Renewed Leadership Model work has been done to meet challenges of our changing context. Come to one of the meetings to provide feedback on ideas so Council can make an informed decision.

Armful of Love

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Do you need help for your family this Christmas? Are you planning to make a monetary donation to  Armful of Love this year?

St. James sponsors families in financial need through our Armful of Love program.  Families are asked for a list of needed items and are also given food and gas gift cards.  If you are in need of help, please fill out an application form and return it to the Armful of Love mailbox in the office by October 1st.  Applications are available on the St. James’ website (http://www.stjameslc.org), in the church office, or at the Answer Booth.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Anderson at sue.anderson.lesuphna@gmail.com or (952) 894-5799.

In addition, we would prayerfully request that anyone considering making a monetary donation to the Armful of Love program do so by October 8.  This will help us determine the number of people we will be able to sponsor this year.  Thank you for your generosity!

Baptism Class

Looking to schedule a baptism for your child. Baptisms are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Before you have your first child baptized you meet with the pastor. The next meeting is Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11am, meet in the office.
Children are welcome.

 

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Welcome Bishop Lull

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On Sunday, September 17, Bishop Lull of the Saint Paul Area Synod, will be visiting St. James.  We are looking forward to having our bishop preach during worship.  Bishop Lull will also be sharing information about the ministry of the Saint Paul Area Synod, which St. James is an active participant.   Mark your calendars to take advantage of this opportunity to meet and listen to our bishop.   

 

 

Rise and Bible!

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Starting on Thursday morning, September 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., a new weekly Bible Study opportunity will be launched at JoJo's Rise and Wine in Burnsville.  All are invited (men and women) to bring their bibles and study with Pastor Walt.  Over coffee and breakfast, we will be exploring together the gospel for the coming Sunday.  

Change for a Change - Hurricane Relief

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Starting this Sunday, September 10, St James Lutheran will be receiving a Change for a Change Offering to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes.  For the entire month of September, all money collected by the children during the Noisy Offering will go to this effort.  You can also give by making a check out to St. James and marked "Hurricane Relief".  The offering will go to ELCA Disaster Response - which is a ministry of the ELCA that is supported through ELCA general giving (a portion of your weekly offering goes here) so that at times of crises - 100% of collections can go directly to the relief efforts.  

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey (and now Irma and then ?), ELCA Disaster Response is committed to providing relief in the short as well as the long term.  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together, we have a strong history of working with disasters in the Gulf Coast area. Recovery efforts are expected to take years, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.

You can read more about ELCA Disaster Response on the ELCA website:  click here.  


St. James invites you to stand by our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come.

Again.... gifts to St. James (on behalf of Lutheran Disaster Response), designated for "Hurricane Response – United States" will be used entirely (100 percent) for these hurrican disasters. 

Lighting Work Complete!

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St. James is literally a brighter place these days thanks to the installation of new LED lighting.  Back in the spring, a special congregational meeting approved the project which has replaced all the lighting in the church building, sanctuary, and parking lot.  Special thanks go to Duane Stabler who has managed the project.  Duane is on Council and co-leads Handymen of St. James.   Let there be light!

 

 

Seminary Food Drive

We are collecting nonperishable foods for Luther Seminary students/families returning to fall classes.  This is St. James’ 6th Annual Food Drive for the Seminary located in St. Paul. International and local students are grateful to have a foodshelf that is stocked with food choices that fit their needs. Our congregation has played an important role providing hundreds of pounds of food. We again ask for your continued generous support.

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Items Needed at Luther Seminary:

Beans/rice raw or canned, Olive/vegetable oil, canned soups/stews, canned veg and fruit, tuna, dried noodles/pasta, Pasta and pizza sauce, crackers, peanut butter, small bags of flour/sugar, nutritious cereals, paper products.

Rally Day is coming! Won’t you also rally around Seminary students during this September food drive?    —Thank you!

 

Soul Fire

Calling all Kids/Youth in Grades 2-8!

Do you like to sing?

Join us for a fun & exciting 2017-2018 choir season!

· Rehearsals start on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5:15 – 6pm

· We sing once a month, starting Sunday, September 24, 2017!

We have a new name and a new logo!
Sign up at the Answer Booth or come to the Sept. 13 rehearsal!

Contact Barbara Kleinfeldt, Director, at bjkleinfeldt@integra.net with any questions. 1st graders may be considered if they like to sing & want to try us out!

 

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Rally Day, Sept 10

After Worship:
Children: 10:45 am Sunday School
Adults and youth: Fellowship time, coffee and treats.
Followed by- Everyone helping with the Meal Pack Outreach

Ending the day with Free BBQ Lunch for All!

 Our neighbor TJ will have his food truck here and will smoke up some pork for lunch. Lunch will be smoked pork sandwiches, TJ's special coleslaw, chips and ice cream for dessert!

 

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Blessing of the Backpacks- Rally Day Sunday

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Bring your backpack to church on September 10 at the 9:30 worship service and participate in the Blessing of the Backpacks.  Students of all ages will be able to come forward during the worship service wearing their backpacks and receive a blessing for the coming school year. Begin the Sunday School year and the public or private school year with this blessing. 

 

Praying with our Graduated High School students as they step out...

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Throughout the month of August and September, we will be praying with our graduated high school students as they set out on the next steps of their life's journeys.  Whether they are going to college, trade school, the military, or right into the workplace, it is a significant time.  St. James wants to be there to lend our support and prayers.  By name and in person, we want to lift your name up in prayer, asking for God's guidance and strength.  

During the Sending portion of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship, we will call forth those who have signed up for these special prayers.  At the baptismal font, where many of them were baptized, we will pray prayers of Godspeed for them and share a blessing.  Following worship, folks are invited to share personal words of experience and well wishes.  

Graduated seniors and their parents are invited to sign up below for this experience.  We ask that you let us know by Wednesday before the Sunday on which you'd like to receive these prayers so that we can get your name printed correctly in the bulletin.

If you started school early or have already been working - do not fret.  We can do this at any time - even in the fall during a break or a slower time.  Whether we can individually pray with our young men and women on a Sunday morning or not, St. James keeps you all in our prayers.  We want to continue to be your church family during this special time of transitions and new beginnings.   

 

Online Sign Up - Godspeed Prayers

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If you checked "other" above, please let us know when it would work out best for you.

Red Cross Blood Drive

100th Anniversary Celebration of the American Red Cross, Minnesota. 

 IT TAKES A VILLAGE for A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DRIVE:

Yes, the wonderful people of St. James Village made it possible for the 57 Pints of Blood collected at our Aug. 10 Red Cross Blood Drive.

How: members and friends from near and far took time to donate;  five types of delicious homemade cookies and root beer floats were served to visitors; three healthy, delicious salads were contributed for the excellent Red Cross Staff; two friendly reliable greeters made everyone feel welcomed and servers offered treats and conversation following one's donation; an overall

feeling of happiness knowing contributions were being made to increase the amount of blood available when needed.

            57 Pints=171 Lives Saved  (potential)                    

*(Please note future blood drives:  Dec. 14, 2017; Feb. 15, Apr. 12, 2018.)

 

With gratitude, Karen Krafka, Sylvia Dobrovolny and the American Red Cross


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*Please join us: Thursday, Aug. 10, 1-7pm., St. James. Ages 17-99 (age 16 with parental permission).

*Your BLOOD is urgently needed: Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood; more than 38,000 pints are needed daily; only 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only about 8 percent actually donate; your donation could save up to 3 persons.

      GOAL--100 PINTS to CELEBRATE 100 YEARS

Please bring yourself and invite family members, neighbors, friends, any able-bodied persons you know to PARTY with us. You will leave feeling so happy!

Come Play Bingo with Ebenezer residents!

St. James will be providing a Bingo night for residents at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center. This will be on August 8th at 6:15. We will meet at the back entrance at 6 near the Prince of Peace parking lot. Please park there as well. We will be living out our vision to build and deepen relationships with our neighbors. This is a fun way to meet new people and make new connections. We hope to see you there!

 

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