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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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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Needed: School Supplies for Armful of Love Families

There are several St. James’ families who need help obtaining school supplies for their children this year.  Tags with the child’s name, family number, and requested item(s) are on a table in the Narthex.  Bags with the child’s name and family number will be placed on the table in the Narthex by July 30.  Please place your item(s) in the appropriate bag and return them no later than August 20.
If you are in need of school supplies for your child or have any questions, please contact Sue Anderson at (952) 894-5799 or sue.anderson.lesuphna@gmail.com.   
Thank you for your generosity!

Pastor's Coffee and Conversation

On Thursday, August 3, 11am-Pastor Walt will be hosting Coffee and Conversation. Throughout the year, Pastor offers these opportunities for feedback, input, and to share what's happening at St. James. Everyone is invited to attend.  


The conversations are always lively and informative. They serve as a valuable way for folks to share what's on their minds and to hear about all the exciting things that are happening in the life of St. James.

 

Online Registration: Pastor's Coffee and Conversation

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Last Chance for Family Camp Sign-Up

July 30 is the deadline for this year's Family Camp.

REGISTER ONLINE BELOW 

REGISTER TODAY

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St. James 2017 Ice Cream Social - Tomorrow Night!

Many of us recall how much we enjoyed the previous ice cream socials that have been held at St. James.  Well, we're going to host this event again this year.  A great opportunity for fellowship and to enjoy everyone's
favorite dessert.

We will provide: 
 ice cream
 chocolate syrup
 bowls
 spoons  

You can provide (please):
Your favorite ice cream topping to share with everyone. 
Suggestions: Banana, strawberry sauce, caramel syrup,
 butterscotch syrup, nuts, cherries etc. - whatever you love
 on ice cream.

When:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 immediately following the worship service.

Please join the fun and fellowship!!
 

Week Two of "Weedy" Sermons

Starting on Sunday, July 16, Pastor Walt will be preaching the second installment of a four-week sermon series; Weeds: Seeking The Kingdom Of God In Life's Troubles.   This week, we will look at the WEEDS OF COMPLEX REALITY.  Life can be hard and it can get in the way of our own participation in God's Kingdom.  Still, God recklessly sows seeds with the hope of growth and new life.  

The inspiration for the series comes from the Gospel of Matthew and a series of parables involving weeds.   Weeds are usually not welcome, a nuisance to get rid of, a constant chore in our gardens and lawns, and take up valuable nutrients from the things that we want to grow.  Each week, we will consider a different type of spiritual ‘weed’:  weeds of closed-mindedness; weeds of a complex reality; weeds of the enemy; and weeds that hide treasure.  These weeds, if left unaddressed, can have a negative effect on our spiritual health as baptized individuals and a community that follows Jesus.  Pastor Walt will share practical ‘weeding’ techniques from the Bible.  

Bring your metaphorical gardening gloves to worship on Sunday morning (8 & 9:30 am) and on Wednesday nights (6:30 pm).

New Blog Series is being Published

Pastor Walt is posting an original blog series on his website titled, "20 Days Looking Ahead: Dreams, Visions, and Tools for the Future of Ministry."   This is the second in a two-part series that the pastor wrote to celebrate his twentieth anniversary of his ordination.   You can access the first blog series, which took a retrospective look back over the last two decades of Pastor Walt's ministry, in its entirety (click here).  

The current series seeks to apply lessons and insights from the past to the future.  With hope, it looks to the future of the church in a changing context.   Pastor Walt shares his dreams for not only St. James but for the larger church.  He will also share a few practical tools that he has found to be effective in ministry.  

Click here for the latest blog.   

Pastor's Coffee and Conversation

On Thursday, August 3, Pastor Walt will be hosting Coffee and Conversation.  Throughout the year, Pastor offers these opportunities for feedback, input, and to share what's happening at St. James.  Everyone is invited to attend.  

The conversations are lively and informative.  They serve as a valuable way for folks to share what's on their minds and to hear about all the exciting things that are happening in the life of St. James.  

Thursday, August 3

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   

St. James is hiring a part-time, office support person.

We are in need of coverage and administrative assistance.

This person will answer phones, serve as a receptionist during regular office hours Monday-Thursday, prepare bulletins and parish publications, maintain the website, and help out with other needed support tasks.

A complete job description is available (click here).   

We are seeking to fill the position with a qualified contract-to-hire candidate.

If you or anyone you know might be interested, please have them submit a resume to Pastor Walt as soon as possible, fill out a job application (available at the church office), or complete an online application.

All resumes/applications should be submitted by July 21.   

July sermon series begins this week - "Weeds: Seeking the Kingdom of God in Life's Troubles"

It is that time of the year when we battle those pesky and uninvited botanical invaders – weeds!  If you have a garden, lawn, flower bed, or a sidewalk with a crack in it, then you are most likely faced with the unpleasant chore of dealing with the weeds. 

Starting on July 9, Pastor Walt will be preaching a four-week sermon series, entitled, “Weeds: Seeking the Kingdom of God in Life’s Troubles.”  The inspiration comes from the Gospel of Matthew and a series of parables involving weeds.   Weeds are usually not welcome, a nuisance to get rid of, a constant chore in our gardens and lawns, and take up valuable nutrients from the things that we want to grow.  Each week, we will consider a different type of spiritual ‘weed’:  weeds of closed-mindedness; weeds of a complex reality; weeds of the enemy; and weeds that hide treasure.  These weeds, if left unaddressed, can have a negative effect on our spiritual health as baptized individuals and a community that follows Jesus.  Pastor Walt will share practical ‘weeding’ techniques from the Bible.  

Bring your metaphorical gardening gloves to worship on Sunday morning (8 & 9:30 am) and on Wednesday nights (6:30 pm).  

It's a Mulch Party!

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Volunteers are needed to lay bagged mulch around St. James on Tuesday, June 27th, 6pm. Bring wheelbarrows, bag cutter, gloves and rakes if you have them.  Many hands will make quick work, and our landscaping will look amazing.  Contact Deb Benson, debrakbenson@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Youth Service Accounts Updated

For years, St. James has supported youth ministry through allowing youth to earn dollars for youth trips.  With the National Youth Gathering on the horizon for next summer 2018, the guidelines for Youth Accounts have been recently updated.   

For a limited time, youth can submit hours retroactively from September 2016-today.   Forms can be found online (click here) or picked up in the Church Office.  All service must have occurred at or through St. James to qualify.  Deadline for submitting service from this past ministry year (Sept.2016 - May 2017) is June 30.   

For more information about Youth Accounts click here.   

20 Days Looking Back on 20 Years

On Saturday, June 10, Pastor Walt began a new blog series that takes a retrospective look at two decades of ministry.  Pastor is sharing stories and insights from serving at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and St. James Lutheran in Burnsville.

This daily series will last for twenty days.  It finishes on June 29, which is the 20th anniversary of Pastor Walt's ordination. 

 

click here to read today's blog. 

Houston, We Have A Gathering!!

St. James is looking forward to filling Wanda (church van) to head to next summer’s youth gathering in Houston Texas.  This is going to be BIG and WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING.  

The National Youth Gathering of the E.L.C.A. will be held in Houston from June 27 to July 1, 2018.    As we will be driving down, we will add two additional days to each end of the gathering.  

Pastor Walt will be hosting two information nights in July to share info and answer questions: Wednesday July 19 after ice cream social and/or Tuesday July 25, 7 p.m. 

There will be TEXAS SIZED games and prizes.   All youth that will be in 8th to 12th grade this September are eligible to attend.

Check out this cool  Gathering video.