Psalm 46:10
"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"

Be still and listen to...

"The Sounds of Christmas"

A Musical Celebration of
the Christmas Story

Performed by St. James Lutheran Choir

Please join us on
Sunday, December 10, 2023
at ~ 8:15 am, 10:45 am
and 7:00 pm

Come reflect on the simple reason for the season...
Jesus, the long awaited, wonderful Savior has come to deliver us...
the Savior for all.

FOR THE WEEK OF 12/10/23

10Sunday8:15/10:45 amCantata Services
9:30 amAdult Bible Study
9:30 amSS/Jr/Sr Youth Studies
7:00 pmCantata Evening Service
11Monday8:30 amMen's Bible Study
6:30 pmElders Meeting
7:00 pmBoard of Ed Meeting
12Tuesday9:00 amQuilters
13Wednesday9:00 amPew Sisters Study
5:30 pmMidweek Advent Service
6:00 pmFamily Dinner
6:45 pmConf/Midweek
6:45 pmWomen's Study

Week 45 ~ Bible Reading Plan
12/10Sunday1 Peter 1-3(Epistle)
12/11MondayDeuteronomy 10-12(The Law)
12/12Tuesday2nd Chronicles 33-36(History)
12/13WednesdayPsalm 128-130(Psalms)
12/14ThursdayEcclesiastes 5-6(Poetry)
12/16SaturdayActs 13-14(Gospel)

Thank You to Mary Albrecht for sewing the new blue paraments! They are beautiful! Thank you also to all the Altar Guild for all the work they do in keeping the Altar area looking very cared for!
Special Congregational Voters Meeting
Sunday, December 10th, at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. The Call Committee is requesting a vote to extend a call! We are also voting on a proposed amendment to the church constitution.
Lutheran Witness
Last Day to sign up for Lutheran Witness Subscriptions. It's subscription renewal time!
2024 Subscriptions through the church are $19/year.

If you are NOT receiving the Lutheran Witness and would like to, please sign up on the "New Subscriptions" list on the bulletin board. Please make your $19 payment at that time.

If you are currently receiving the Lutheran Witness and would like to continue, please put a "yes" by your name on the "Current Subscription" list posted on the bulletin board and make your $19 payment at that time.

If you would like to discontinue your subscription, please cross your name off the "Current Subscription" list.
Lutheran Witness Sign up deadline is Sunday, December 10th!
Attention Elders
There is an Elders Meeting Monday, December 11th, at 6:30 pm!
Flower Chart
The 2024 Flower Chart is posted on the bulletin board above the Usher's Table. Sign up for your favorite date!
2024 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. If you can't find your, please contact Tom Mott.
Love Family News
We have a Love Family for Christmas. They have many medical bills and travel expenses to cover while getting the help their child needs. During this, one parent lost their job since so much time had to be taken off to be with their child. Because it is very last minute; there are TAGS on the bulletin board in the narthex behind the scrip table. Let's help make their Christmas a little less stressful and more focused on what it's all about. Cards can be left in the office or given to Kim DuBois. Thank you!
Supplies Needed
Preschool Kids are LOVING "Play Doh" this year! If you could pick some up while out Christmas shopping, we would love any donations we can get! Thank you!!
The Nativity Journey to Bethlehem
Don't miss this year's edition of "The Nativity Journey to Bethlehem theater production at Trinity Lutheran Church, Muskegon, 3225 Roosevelt Rd. Experience the Nativity account from the prophets to the birth of the Christ Child. Doors open ½ hour before each performance. The event is FREE.
Performances are on Friday, 12/15 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 16th at 4:30 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 pm
Love Inc. News
Join with LOVE INC. in the fight against hunger by purchasing a $10 donation card at the NORTH MUSKEGON MEIJERS STORE and they will match your donation for the Love Inc. Food Banks! This campaign runs through Dec.30th. On Saturday, 12/16, they will double their match! "Helping Churches Help People"
Muskegon Pregnancy Services.
We are collecting items for the Bring in any diapers, wipes, toddler toys, sanitizer, or other baby items. We will be collecting until December 17th.
Alaska Mission Meeting
Sunday, December 17th, at 9:30 am Meet in the 6th grade confirmation room
Youth Christmas Party
December 17th at 9:30 am. NO youth night that night, please make that change to your calendars.
Sunday School/Preschool Christmas Dinner
Russell is looking for 8 - 10 people to help prepare dinner on December 17th. Set up times would begin at 2:00 pm and clean up after 5:00 pm. Sign up on the board if you can help out.
Menu will be: Ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls, desserts.
Christmas Program
St. James Sunday School & Good Shepherd Preschool, Sunday, December 17th, at 4:00 pm!
Youth lock-In (6th thru 12th Grades)
Friday, 12/22 through Saturday, 12/23, from 9:00 pm - 7:00 am Food, games, snacks, devotions, movies, the whole nine yards. Release forms are posted on the bulletin boards. Last day to sign up will be December 17th.
Adult Gathering Mackinac Island
What is the Lutheran Adult Gathering? The Lutheran Adult Gathering (LAG) is a weekend retreat with brothers and sisters in Christ who come together from around the region to experience worship, encouragement, education, and time together. It is a chance to see old friends and meet new ones, a chance to be intentional about our faith development, and a chance to step out of the normal busy routines to be refreshed and equipped for daily life.

When is the Gathering in 2024? The Lutheran Adult Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2024 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island! How much is it? Exact costs have not been disclosed yet. Advice is to set aside $20-$25 a week until the gathering. Start saving. (~$1,000/person is my guess)

More information is posted on the bulletin board.

Advent & Christmas Service Worship Times

Please mark your calendars for times have changed.

1st Midweek Advent Service
Wednesday, December 6th, at 5:30 pm

2nd Midweek Advent Service
Wednesday, December 13th, at 5:30 pm

3rd Midweek Advent Service
Wednesday, December 20th, at 5:30 pm

Christmas Eve ~ Sunday, December 24th
One Sunday Morning service at 10:00 am with communion
Evening Services ~ 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm with communion

Christmas Day Service
Monday, December 25th, at 10:00 am, with communion

New Year’s Eve ~ Sunday, December 31st
Morning Services at 8:15 am & 10:45 am

No evening service on New Year’s Eve

This WeekNext Week
PRAYER PARTNERSCantata SundayDan Hardy
GREETERSJames & Deb MorningstarPaul & Eileen Schroeder
Tom & Karen MottJared & Sarah Justian
READERSCantata SundayKaren Neubauer
Ruschel Friday
COFFEE HOURRuth Ann Francis & Gloria AlvarezRon & Marilee Bailey
MULTIMEDIAEric LindstromApril Lipka
Eric LindstromJill Squire
April Lipka (12/13 ~ 5:30 pm Advent Service)
NURSERYJulia HasenbankKatie & Lilly Rice

8:15 10:45
ELDERS Keith Ramthun Henry Friday
TRUSTEES Allen Ramthun Ruschel Friday
ACOLYTES Matthew Hedges
USHERS Keith Ramthun
Jay Mulder
Ron Bailey
Henry Bailey
Riley Mulder
ALTAR CARE Eileen Schroeder & Julie Grow
PRAYER PARTNER 3rd Royce Kroll
10th Cantata Sunday
17th Dan Hardy
24th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
25th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
31st Sam Bender
READERS 3rd Greg Neubauer Diane Babcock
10th Cantata Sunday Ruth Ann Francis
17th Karen Neubauer Ruschel Friday
24th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
25th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
31st Lisa Siedenstrang Courtney Friday
GREETERS 3rd Leah Stevens Jeff & Melinda O'Connell
10th James & Deb Morningstar Tom & Karen Mott
17th Paul & Eileen Schroeder Jared & Sarah Justian
24th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
25th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
31st Faith Mayville Friday Family
MULTI-MEDIA 3rd Jeri Wonders Lizbeth Bentz
6th Eric Lindstrom (5:30 pm Midweek Service)
10th Eric Lindstrom (8:15, 10:45, & 7:00pm ~ Cantata)
13th April Likpa (5:30 pm Midweek Service)
17th April Lipka Jill Squire
20th Eric Lindstrom (5:30 pm Midweek Service)
24th Eric Lindstrom (10:00 am)
24th April Lipka (7:00 pm) Friday Family (9:00 pm)
25th Jeri Wonders (10:00 am)
31st Alicia Koski Lizbeth Bentz
COFFEE HOUR 3rd Ruth Ann Francis & Gloria Alvarez
10th Pat Ramthun & Jennifer Mulder
17th Ron & Marilee Bailey
24th No coffee hour
25th No coffee hour
31st Merle & Nancy Bernhardt
NURSERY (2nd Service Only) 3rd Amy Wackernagel
10th Julia Hassenbank
17th Katie & Lilly Rice
24th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
25th 10:00 am ~ No one scheduled
31st Jen Moore
17th Virginia Roesler