FOR THE WEEK OF 02/28/21

28Sunday8:15/10:45 amWorship Services
9:30 amSS/Jr/Sr Studies
Monday-Friday9:00 amPreschool
01Monday8:30 amMen's Bible Study
02Tuesday9:00 amQuilters
5:00 pmBible Refresher Class
03Wednesday5:30 pmSoup Supper
6:30 pmConfirmation/Midweek
7:30 pmLenten Service
Elders Meeting (Following Service)
04Thursday3:30 pmPew Sisters
Soup Supper
Wednesday, March 3rd from 5:30-7:15 pm. On the Menu: Tortellini or White Chicken Chili. All are welcome! To-Go containers available. Free will donation.

Join us for our Wednesday Lenten Service
on March 3rd at 7:30 pm.

Our theme for this Lenten season is "The Places of the Passion"
In this service for Week 2 of Lent, the place of the Passion is the Mount of Olives, where Jesus went with his disciples to pray. We are called to find places to pray this Lent and seek the will of the Lord in our lives. The meaning, history and spiritual inspiration associated with the Mount of Olives help us to grow to understand more deeply the hard road our Lord took that the way to heaven might be open to us.

Youth Night!
Sunday, March 7th, 6:00-7:30 pm, for 6th-12th graders. Snacks, full rounds of Live Mafia, and Jesus.
150th Anniversary Meeting
Monday, March 8th at 6:30 pm
Canoe Trip
There is one opening for the Men's Canoe Trip, scheduled for June 26-July 3. If interested, please contact Pastor at 231-578-7024.
Family Devotions
New family devotions are available. These are great for kiddos! They are free. Make sure to grab one!
Lenten Family Calendar
Lent is a time to reflect on what Christ has done. Many people give something up for lent to focus more on what Christ took on. I want to encourage you to build a healthy habit this Lent Season. This calendar... It's simple, colorful, and gives direction. Put it on your fridge and follow the tasks. Pick it up on the table by the office.
Bible Study Opportunities

  • Men's Study on Monday mornings - Book of Job - 8:30 am (men)
  • Tuesday Bible Refresher class - Old Testament - 5:00 pm (anyone)
  • Wednesday Women's group - Fellowship and Prayer - 6:30 pm (women)
  • Thursday Women's Pew Sisters - Prayer - 3:30 pm (women)
  • Sunday Breakfast Study - God's Tough Questions - 9:30 am (Jr/Sr high)
Opening Available
The Board of Education is taking applications for the position of Preschool Teacher Assistant. You can find the job description on the bulletin board.
To apply, please send resume and letter of interest to:
Alan Mayville ~ Chair, Board of Education
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2021
Thrivent Members
Don't forget to direct Choice Dollars by March 2021

It's that time of year again! Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have 2020 Choice Dollars have until the end of March 2021 to direct them. Grant funding from Thrivent Financial through its Thrivent Choice program can help support your church. Don't let your 2020 Choice Dollars expire! You can direct them by going online to and click on Direct Choice Dollars OR by calling the Thrivent home office at 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt. Press 1 and a representative will work with you. Your local Whitehall Thrivent Professionals, Marci Bentz and Tony DeNicolo, can be reached at 231-894-8886 to assist with questions.
Camp Concordia Summer Camp
Check out our Lutheran summer camp right here in Michigan! Craig Oldenburg has a table set up and will be singing songs this morning during our Sunday School hour. Make sure you stop by and say hi to him!
Dr. Craig Oldenburg is the Camp Director at Camp Concordia.
Craig has served as a teacher, youth minister, camp director and college professor. He and his wife Mary have served over 20 years in camp ministry together. Craig wrote a book on safety for youth ministers (Experiencing Safely) and both have facilitated groups & teams in team building and challenge course around the United States since 1987.

Craig has been trained as an elementary school teacher and certified as a Director of Christian education through Concordia University Chicago, received his master in Family Life Ministry from Concordia University in Seward, NE, and completed a Doctorate of Ministry through George Fox University in Portland, OR. His dissertation project is titled Experiential Formations: how experiential education enhances faith formation.

Why did Craig come to Camp Concordia?

(A Personal note from the Director)

Prior to coming to Camp Camp Concordia in 2014, I served 17 years in camp ministry and 8 years in the university setting. Practically and philosophically I have seen proven over and over the power of camp in a family's life and in individual lives when it comes to being grounded in their faith - particularly their faith and following of Jesus Christ. Camp Concordia is the camp I went to as a child, and I'd like the people of Michigan to be able to have a strong camp that offers this opportunity. Since the 1980s, I have dreamed that one day I could direct CC to be a camp like this. Circumstances and timing were not always right, but this time, when my predecessor accepted a Call to serve elsewhere, God saw fit to have the CC board of directors Call me - and the timing was right. I believe my background will support the outcomes and am grateful to be here.

   Craig "Doc" Oldenburg
Just a reminder... Ways to Give
Download the eGiving App "GivePlus" to set one-time or recurring donations. You can also manage and view your giving from the convenience of your smartphone! Text ~ set up a one time or recurring donation by texting the amount you wish to give to 231-674-8049. When using electronic giving please consider checking the "optional" box -Give additional 2.75% to help offset the processing fee.

Church Tent Use
Two tents were purchased in memoriam of Mert and Dorothy Raschke. The tents are 20 ft x 30 ft and are available for rent to St. James members. Family and friends may use the tents but members must call to schedule and submit the fee. The rental fee of $25 per tent per day is to cover replacement parts and the purchase of additional tents. To rent the tents call Melinda O'Connell at 894-9535. There is a crew available to help with set up and take down. Make checks out to St. James Lutheran Church. Availability is first come, first serve.

This WeekNext Week
Josh Huls
Jeff O'ConnellChris Hasenbank
Angie Wigren
MULTI-MEDIAApril LipkaJeri Wonders
Marek BernhardtEric Deremiah
Jeri Wonders (Lenten Service 7:30pm)
COFFEE HOURWendy KesslerDianne Gardner & Eileen Schroeder
NURSERYAvailable but not staffed.

ELDERSKeith RamthunJeff Boulet
TRUSTEESAllen RamthunBecky Winters
ACOLYTESPaige Ramthun
USHERSRon BaileyJason Rice
Henry BaileyCaleb Rice
ALTAR CAREBecky Winters & Betty Ross
PRAYER PARTNERS7thRon BaileyArt Jones
14thRon BarrsJarrod Moore
21stJason CooperGreg Neubauer
28thRick GiffordJeff O'Connell
GREETERS7th We are asking for Greerer volunteers
for each service, to stand behind the
bulletin table and greet people as they come in.
Sign up on the Bulletin Board!
MULTI-MEDIA7thJeri WondersEric Deremiah
14thAlicia KoskiLizbeth Bentz
17thEric Lindstrom (Ash Wednesday)
21stEric LindstromFriday Family
24thApril Lipka (Lenten Service)
28thApril LipkaMarek Bernhardt
COFFEE7th We are asking for volunteers for weekly coffee hour
to make coffee and bring in store bought treats.
Please sign up on the Bulletin Board if
you are interested!
NURSERYThe nursery is available but not staffed.
14thCharles Vanderlaan