Sharing Your Nativity from Home

nativity photo 1.jpg

Nativities adorn the homes of many Christians this time of year.  Some are old, some are new.  Some of the nativities are unique and even made from strange materials.  All have stories.  During this Adult Faith Formation time on December 3, you are invited to bring your nativity (or nativities) from home and "Show and Tell."  Refreshments served.  Questions?  Contact Linda Slipka, our Ministry Host.   

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Party

Monday, December 4, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

Children ages birth through Kindergarten are invited to attend the annual Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Party, Monday, December 4 from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

This is a special occasion for children ages birth through Kindergarten and their parent(s), grandparent(s) or other special adult. There is no cost to attend. Come enjoy crafts and activities to enjoy and a special telling of the Christmas story. Older siblings may attend, and will watch a Christmas movie in the Promise Plex Theater during the party. All children are invited to bring a small gift (unwrapped or in a gift bag) to be placed in the manger. Gifts are optional and will be given to families in need.

Sign up at the answer booth or online at

17_The Party Table Patty.JPG

Armful of Love

Armful of Love.png

Please consider helping families in need by taking a tag from the Armful of Love tables 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 a 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, November 26, 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 every evening on November 27 and 28 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Senior high students and adults are welcome to help with this.  Please sign up online [link below] or at the Answer Booth.  We need 6 people each evening.  

 WRAPPING SIGN UP:  Please sign up at the Answer Booth or online [link below] if you are able to help wrap gifts on December 2.  You may wrap from 9 – 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM to noon (or until we are done).  If you want to stay for the entire morning, please sign up for both times.  Adults and students in grades 7 - 12 are welcome to help wrap gifts.

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

Adopt-a-Highway - Thanks to All

Adopt a highway.jpg

On Saturday, November 4, a group of Twenty Five youth (from Confirmation Ministry) and adults from St. James turned out in the rain to clean up the section of Hwy 5 that St. James maintains.   Their dedication and efforts help to keep our neighborhood looking great.  Thank you all!   


Wednesday Night Meal Pack

wednesday night worship on Meal Pack nights.JPG

We had a great time last night at the monthly meal pack!  Sixty St. James confirmation students and adults joined together in worship, enjoyed a meal and packed 238 comfort meals.

Thank you to all that joined in the fun and to the Meal Pack team lead by: Shelly Gustafson, Katie Lichtenberger, Pat Byrne, and Marcia Erz.

The Heart of a Saint - new sermon series starting Sunday


Starting on All Saints' Sunday, Pastor Walt starts a three-week sermon series on living a holy life with God and in relation to others.  "The Heart of a Saint" will encourage attending the inward spiritual life as part of our calling as baptized Christians.  As God's saintly-sinners, we are called into relationship with Christ.  Perfection is not the goal, nor can we achieve it.  Still, our choices make a difference and our spiritual selves need care and nurture.   This sermon series will offer some practical help in our quest for spiritual growth.  The first week - we will explore what lies at the heart of a saint.  The second week - we will explore the need for saints to stay alert and aware of their surroundings.  The third week - we will explore the role that generosity and give plays in the life of a saint.   

GO GREEN - 2018 Pledges gathered online

go green st james.png

This year, St. James is gathering financial commitments (pledges) online in an effort to GO GREEN. If we are able to gather your 2018 pledge electronically, it will save the cost of the annual pledge mailing which in turn allows for more money to be spent supporting the ministry of St. James. 

Throughout the month of November, a different ministry will be highlighted each day.  Your gifts support and grow this kind of ministry.  You can view these photos each day on the home page of the website, in a daily email that is being sent to the congregation, and through Facebook posts.  Please pray for these ministries as you share your time, talent, and treasure.  

St. James ministry is fully supported through the generosity and gifts of those who call this church, "home." Please consider making your 2018 Pledge today - click here

If interested in automatic giving please email Doreen. Send Email Now

Our goal is to get 200 household pledges this year!

November Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation.png

During coffee and fellowship time following the 9:30am service there will be various activities for everyone to engage in. Check out the below schedule to learn more!

Nov. 5: Tanzania information and travel presentation by Ken Olson

Nov. 12: Reformation Quiz Show for adults created by Confirmation students

Nov. 19: Advent wreath making for all.

Pastor Andrew Lewis - We Pray for You!

ordination of Pastor Andrew Lewis.jpg

On Tuesday, October 24, Andrew Lewis was ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.   St. James shares in the joy and celebration of this joyful time.

From the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, Vicar Andrew served St. James in a variety of capacities - preaching, leading and designing worship, teaching the bible, and pastoral care.   We are thankful for his service with us and pray for him as he begins to serve as pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Macon, Ga.

Congratulations Pastor Andrew!

Armful of Love


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 form local community agencies.


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 29.  The tags will be placed on a table in the narthex and outside the Fellowship Hall.  Purchase only the item on the tag.  Instead of purchasing extra gifts for an individual, consider taking another tag.  Please sign and place the top part of the tag in the box on the table.

Buy the requested gift and return it no later than Sunday, November 26.  Fill out and attach the bottom part of the tag to the gift.  Please include 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 12 and Sunday, November 26.  Please do not bring the gifts before November 12, 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.

SORT GIFTS: We will be sorting gifts every evening on Monday, November 27, and Tuesday, November 28, 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 2, 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.



Questions? Please contact Sue Anderson.

Thank you for your generous support!

All Saint Table Cloth


A linen tablecloth with the names of Saints in your life will be placed on the Altar on All Saints Sunday Nov. 5. 

During Sundays in October, be sure to write the names of Saints, living and dead, who have been important in your life on the tablecloth in the Narthex.

Nominations Are Open


As we look forward to 2018 we are seeking 4 individuals willing to serve on our church council. If you are interested or know someone whom you think would be a great addition to our council & vision, please tell either a current council member or contact Bjorn Pearson.

Current St James Council Members: Jeff Owens (Pres), Bjorn Pearson (Vice Pres), Pam Larson (Secretary), Kevin Bohnsack, Helen Osterkamp, Paul Wojahn, Steven Hawks, Brenda Nygren-Moe, Joyce Ostlie (Appointed Treasurer), & Sid Aarestad (Appointed Financial Secretary).

Name *

Advent Women

advent women.jpg

You are cordially invited to attend an Advent book study on Wednesday mornings at St James Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN, starting November 29th and ending December 20th, 2017.  Coffee and light snacks will be available each week; and the group will meet from 10:15am to 11:45am weekly. Feel free to come to as many of the 4 sessions as fit for you. The weekly reading beforehand will be about 10 to 15 pages and will include reflection questions to be discussed when the group meets. 

Week 1: In the Beginning - Eve, Sarah, Rebekah

Week 2: The Risk Takers - Tamar, Miriam, Rahab

Week 3: The Bold Ones - Deborah, Ruth, Esther

Week 4: The Incarnation - Elizabeth, Mary

I need to order the requisite number of paperback books ($10.95 per book) from Amazon by Wednesday, November 15, so I would appreciate knowing by that date if you want to be a part of this group. If you wish to have a Kindle version of the book ($2.99), you are welcome to order that yourself.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions as you decide about being a part of this Advent book study.

Peace, Cathy DeKrey

Walking Tall


This picture was published on October 13, 2017 in the local Burnsville/Eagan newspaper, Sun Thisweek! The individuals represented St James Lutheran church at the 5th annual South of the River Crop Walk in Lakeville.  Photo taken & submitted by: Dave Osterkamp

At Table, St. James Responds to Tragedy


Tonight at St. James - Meal, Pack, and Worship (6:00 - 8:00p.m), we will share a free congregational meal, pack @200 Comfort Meals for the freezer, and worship around tables in the Fellowship Hall.

We will light candles and pray for all those who have suffered loss and pain in Las Vegas and for all the victims of gun violence.  Pastor Walt's sermon will focus on responding to the attack earlier this week. 

At Table, we eat together as a community - caring for one another so that not one of us is alone.  At Table, we will pack meals that will be shared within and beyond our community so that Jesus' love and comfort is made known.  At Table, we pray for peace. We seek love. At Table, we receive again the life of Jesus - a life connected by the grace of God.  At Table we are strengthened for a tangible and loving response.

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Come tonight and experience love at our Wednesday Table.