Our 2022 VBS, Seasons of Life, was a great success! We touched the lives of 83 kids and had 48 adult volunteers!! God is Good!! The offerings collected (206.54) during the week will be going to Camp Concordia! The VBS budget will be matching the funds sent! Thank you to all who helped and to our St. James Family for your support!
Sunday, 8/14, from 6-8 pm.
Pastor Brooks will be on vacation through Sunday, August 21st. Micah Brooks, 4th year Seminarian from Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, will be conducting our services on Sunday, August 21st! We will celebrate holy communion on Sunday, August 28th.
Board of Education Meeting on Monday, August 15th @ 7:00 pm.
September newsletter items are due by August 18th!
We Welcome Organist Pam Johnson
Pam is a daughter of St. James Lutheran, being brought to the waters of baptism here, along with her eight brothers and sisters, by her parents, Jim and the late Eunice Neubauer. She was confirmed in her Christian faith and also married at this altar.
Upon graduating from Montague High School. Pam first attended Concordia Lutheran Junior College (now Concordia University) in Ann Arbor, and graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Arts in education and parish music from Concordia University Chicago. Having studied organ her four years in high school and four years in college, she has served as organist, choir director, and Director of Worship at the churches where she received calls to teach at parishes in Chicago, Evansville, Indiana, and now in Indianapolis. She has just recently retired from 35 years of teaching, all in fourth grade classrooms. She continues to serve as organist and interim choir director at St. John Lutheran Church and School, Indianapolis.
Pam is married to her college sweetheart, Paul, whom she met through band rehearsals at Ann Arbor. They have been blest with four daughters, two of whom are called to serve in Lutheran education in Ft. Wayne and Frankenmuth. They have five grandchildren that are true joys in their life.
Pam enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting family and friends coast to coast, exploring national parks, and touring state capital buildings. She loves to read, knit, and bicycle when not spending time with all her family. "It is always my joy when coming home to worship with my St. James family. I am continually thankful for the support and encouragement given to me as a 13 year old sitting at the organ learning to be the organist I am today. To God be the glory."
We Welcome Rev. David P.E. Maier, President, The Michigan District, LCMS
Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier, the youngest of two sons, was born May 8, 1956 to Dr. Walter A. Maier, Jr. & Leah M. Maier. His grandfather was the sainted Walter A. Maier, the Lutheran Hour founder. He was married to Patricia (Kemmerling) on July 19, 1980. Their marriage has been blessed with four children, Leah, Joel, James and Hannah. Leah is married to Kyle DeWees and their marriage has been blessed with Beckett, Avery, and Grayson. Hannah was married to Garrett Wenzelburger and their marriage has been blessed with Luke and Ella. Joel was married to Shae Snyderand their marriage has been blessed with Owen. in May of 2018. The Maiers' are blessed with seven grandchildren.
President Maier received his B.A. from Concordia University Ann Arbor with a double major in Biblical Languages and Christian Doctrine. Attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, he served his vicarage year at West Portal Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA in 1980. After his Ordination on August 15, 1982, he served as Mission Pastor of Our Savior in Marlette, MI and then as Youth Pastor and interim Head Pastor at St. Peter in Arlington Heights, IL. In 1989, he was called to Our Savior in Lansing, MI as Administrative/Senior Pastor. During his tenure, the congregation and school moved to a brand new facility on a 30 acre campus. He served there until he was elected President of the Michigan District, LCMS in June of 2009. During the 2012 and 2015 District Conventions, he was re-elected to another term.
President Maier has been a frequent speaker at youth retreats, men's gatherings, and District Conferences and Conventions outside of Michigan. He has served numerous times as Dean at Camp Arcadia, Michigan. He has also served the Michigan District as a Pastoral Advisor to Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, to the LWML and LLL, and as a Circuit Visitor, Circuit Visitor Chairman, and as Vice-President.
President Maier's service to Synod includes the Worship Floor Committee for the 2001 LCMS Convention and as a Council of Presidents representative on the Seminary & University Education Floor Committee in 2010, the Theology & Church Relations Floor Committee in 2013, and Chairman of the Floor Committee 18 - Worker Wellness in 2016. He has served on the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Task Force and the Resolution #4-04A Task Force for the Synod. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Council of Presidents.
In 2007, Maier was awarded his first honorary doctorate by St. Peter Confessional Lutheran Church of South Africa. He was presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in May 2010 at Concordia University Ann Arbor during the Commencement exercises where he was also the Commencement Speaker. In the spring of 2012, Concordia University Ann Arbor awarded him the Doctorate of Laws Degree in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding leadership and diligent labor in the Lord's Kingdom. In December, 2012, Concordia University Wisconsin conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Maier.
A humbled sinner and cancer survivor, forgiven and healed at the foot of the cross, continually awed by the love of a gracious Savior, President Maier looks forward to the leading and direction of our Lord Jesus as he continues in His service. It is his firm conviction to share his joy in knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God unto salvation for all people. In Christ, he knows, the best is always yet to come!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
We need volunteers to help with the 150th Anniversary Events
Set-Up, Food Prep, Serving & Clean Up
We have more Anniversary food events scheduled for our Anniversary Celebration. If you are able to help at one or more of these events, please sign up on the bulletin board. Thanks!
If you are planning on being a part of our 150th October Fest Celebration, we need you to sign up!
October Fest ~ Saturday, October 8th.
5-11 pm (Dinner served from 5-7 pm)
We will be celebrating in the North parking lot, under a BIG tent!
Great Food, Music, Lutheran Beverage, and fellowship!!
This is a family event.
Church Directory Sign Up
Sign up TODAY for our "in-house" directory photo shoots. There are (4) Sundays, August (21st & 28th) and September (18th & 25th). Our photo team will be available before, during, and after services on those days! Please make it a priority to get signed up! We really want every family represented!
Trunk or Treat
Russell is looking for a small leadership team to help organize this large community event in order to share the love of Jesus Christ. If you are interested, please sign up on the community board. We will have a team meeting on Sunday, August 21st, at 9:00 am.
Alaska Mission Meeting
Sunday, August 28th, @ 9:00 am. Consider partnering with Alaska Missions for Christ (Nathan Milan) in June of 2023. Space is limited for this mission trip. Sign up and come to this first non-committal meeting to see if this is something that you are being led to be a part of. More information will be made available at this meeting.
Spring Hill Women's Retreat
Friday, Sept. 16 - Sat., Sept. 17 @ 3:00 pm
Sign up Today!
Join us as we grow in Run Hard. Rest Well.
FRIENDS - FELLOWSHIP - FAITH - REST
Challenges courses included in our adventure!
Contact Ellen Grimm at 730-1726 w/any questions.
Senior High Youth Retreat
(9th - 12th grade) September 16th - 18th.
Come enjoy all that Springhill has to offer along with fellowship and great food! This will be an incredible retreat for all high school youth. Cost will be $71 for the entire retreat. This includes; food, lodging, and transportation, along with Zip lining and high ropes, the pool, and other activities that Spring Hill offers.
Sign up today on the Youth Board.
"Called To Teach"
Throughout the history of our church, there have been MANY individuals who have served as teachers of our children and adults. Aside from preaching, teaching is a priority of the church's mission. Education ministries here include Preschool, Sunday School, Midweek, Confirmation, Vacation Bible School, and various Bible studies. We would like to recognize all those teachers. If you have been "called to teach" in any of these over the years, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board. If you know of anyone who was a teacher and has left our church family or has passed away, please sign them up also! The sign-up sheet will be available through the summer. Thank you for your help and your service to God and our church family.
2nd Sundays, May-October
One service at 10:00 am
|August 14th||Pastor Maier (District President)|
|September 11th||Pastor Micah Brooks|
Rally Day Celebration
|October 8th (Saturday)||October Fest Event|
|October 9th||Pastor Paul Gaschler|