We will be observing Confirmation Sunday

May 2, at 2nd Service

Congratulation to:
Jack Bailey
Brianna Bentz
Delaney Hopma
Riley Mulder
Kendall Rachow
Paige Ramthun
Isaiah Towne
Reese Tryska

We celebrate with these young people as they enter a new chapter of their faith journey. We pray they continue to walk closely with God!

Our Facebook Live service will be streamed at 10:45 am instead of 8:15 that day!

People of God!

We enter May with our Confirmation Sunday right away on May 2nd in our second service! We have 8 outstanding 8th Graders this year: Jack Bailey, Riley Mulder, Isaiah Towne, Brianna Bentz, Delaney Hopma, Kendal Rachow, Paige Ramthun, and Reese Tryska! They have learned much to reach this spiritual milestone in their lives as followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. Our prayer for each of them is that they will continue to grow in their faith and love for Jesus and that they will stay involved in His Church and participate in all our Youth activities. I thank their Dads and Moms, and some grandparents, too, who walked along side their children or grandchildren throughout their Confirmation instruction and served as strong faith examples for them.

We also look forward to celebrating and thanking God for our Moms on Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th. For those of you whose Mom is still living, treasure her, spend time with her, love her. That day will come when you will painfully miss her presence.

Kathi Strahl Open House will be held in our Youth House on Saturday, May 15th, from 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served. Please come and thank Kathi for her 34 years of service as our Good Shepherd Preschool Aide! She has been such a blessing and has ministered to a couple generations of children now adults with their children attending!

Our 150th Anniversary Committee under the leadership of Keith Ramthun is doing an excellent job planning our celebration events for next year! We have five out of six months filled with visiting Pastors -- sons of our congregation who have entered the ministry -- Pastor Tom Block, Pastor Russ Johnson, Pastor Shayne Jonker, Seminarian Micah Brooks, and our former Vicar Paul Gaschler, now an ordained Pastor. We have a logo picked by you our members: "Faith of Generations" by Chris Rogers! Well done, Chris! Now we are asking for you to design the logo to go along with the slogan. You can drop your entry off at the Church Office. Once all are received, the congregation will vote for the winning logo. The designer will be awarded a $250 gift card.

At the time of this writing the Brooks Family is anxiously awaiting son Micah's Vicarage Call Service on Monday, May 26th to see where he will be placed for the next year under a mentoring pastor and caring congregation! Deb and I will be going down to Fort Wayne to attend the Call Service. What is very nerve wracking about all this is that no one knows where these young men will be placed until their name is called out with their assignment during the service! Very exciting! We trust the Lord will place him where he needs to be.

It is encouraging to see more of our members coming back to worship in God's House as many of them have received their Vaccinations. I had my second Maderna shot on April 16th. I encourage you to return when you are ready. And if you are not yet ready to return but will worship with us online, I would be delighted to give you private Communion by appointment either in your home or at church. Just let me know.

God is good!

  ~ Pastor Brooks

Baptisms 1 Emerson John Arnson (4/11/21)
Confirmations 0
Weddings 0
Funerals 0

Congregational Meeting

Wednesday, May 19, at 6:30 pm. If you would like anything added to the agenda please contact the church office by Monday, May 17th.

Psalm 119 is one of the longest chapters in the Bible. It is set up in an acrostic style of poetry; using one letter of the Hebrew alphabet for every 8 verses. It dives into the depth of meditating on God’s Word.

I think we can all agree that lately it seems like more suffering is happening every day. Any time we turn on the T.V. or scroll through social media platforms, we are bombarded with more pain, more sorrow, and more grief.

Here is what God says about all this suffering though. Let’s take a look at Psalm 119:50. It says, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” What are God’s promises?

Isaiah 41:10 says to not be afraid or dismayed.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says that the LORD will go before you.

John 16:33 says that you will have peace even in a troubled world.

Matthew 11:28-29 says that all who are weak and weary will have rest in the Father.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says that His grace is sufficient for us in our weakness.

Isaiah 40:31 says that we will have hope and renewed strength.

These are just a few of God’s promises. Our God is a God who fulfills His promises. He calls us to mediate on His word. All of Psalm 119 calls us to seek after His word. Every single verse (all 176) comes back to His Law, His word, and that it is good. So when comfort is lacking, remember God’s promises. They are good.

Things to be on the lookout for:
  1. NYG meeting will be May 9th at 9:30 am. Come and learn what the National Youth Gathering is all about.
  2. Summer Youth Group schedule and activities coming up
  3. Blood Drive
  4. Potential painting projects this summer
As always, drink more coffee and pray for our church. God’s blessings!

In Christ,
  Russell Baumann

Youth Events

May Youth Nights
Sunday, May 9th at 6:00 pm in the Youth House!

May Youth Events
Youth Party ~ Sunday, May 16th, from 2-4pm
Youth Bowling ~ Sunday, May 23rd, from noon-4pm

Sunday School News

I don’t like saying it... however... Sunday School is winding down. It’s been a great year... Covid lost, Sunday School won! Thank You God!

A big thank you to all the ladies who helped teach... Jen Moore, Allison Rant, Amber Lanning, Amber Mayville. Thank you to Emilie Baumann for coming down for music time and to Marci Bentz, our floating angel who filled in the gaps. All of you made Sunday School a huge success!

Moms ~ Please join us on May 9th, downstairs for a Mother’s Day celebration and our end of the year party. The May 9th will be our last day of Sunday School until Rally Day in the fall.


Over a span of 34 years, more than 700 preschool students have learned God’s love from the example of Mrs. Strahl. Through story, play, hugs, prayers, and love, she prepared so many of us to be strong and loving classmates in our school years ahead.

For over 20 years, Mrs. Strahl served our youngest congregation members as Sunday School Superintendent. Leading many of us in song and prayer, setting us on a lifelong path of walking alongside and worshiping our beautiful Savior, and forever making “joyful noises.”

Mrs. Strahl instilled in many children a love of music and singing, leading the “Praises” children’s choir for 7 years.

Finally, for over 30 years, Mrs. Strahl has been a champion and leader with Lutherans for Life, encouraging all of us to speak up for those without a voice. She continues to support the cradle roll and make blankets given to each of those baptized into God’s family.

Though friends and family call her Kathi, mom, grandma…to many hundreds of children she will always be Mrs. Strahl, and she will always be a part of our journey with Christ.


Please join us in celebrating with Mrs. Strahl, and thanking her for her amazing gifts at an open house SATURDAY, MAY 15 from 2-4 PM.

Cards expressing love for Mrs. Strahl and favorite memories of her may also be sent to, or dropped off at the church office!


Register Today for Fall 2021! To visit or for information please call Ellen Grimm at 231-730-1726.

Kathi Strahl’s Retirement Open House
Saturday, May 15 from 2:00-4:00pm

Join us as we celebrate Kathi’s years of service here at St. James. Her love of God’s children has shined through her work as Sunday School Superintendent, Praises Choir Director, and Good Shepherd Preschool teacher. Please mail to church or bring a card with you, sharing memories of your time with Mrs. Strahl.

Preschool Closing Service ~ Monday, May 17 at 7:00 Join us as we celebrate a year filled with learning, discovering, friends, and fun. We plan at this time to gather in the parking lot for a fun-filled time with our families.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support!
  Blessings ~ Ellen Grimm

Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day!

She is always there... through good days and bad, celebrating life’s highs and crying when life hurts, as wise council or judge and jury... with endless love, she is always there. Thanks Mom!

Join us on Sunday, May 9th, as we celebrate all moms!

Congratulations to Chris Rogers!

Her slogan "Faith of Generations" was chosen as the 2022 Anniversary slogan. Thank you to all those who submitted entries for the contest. Chris will receive a $100 gift card for her winning entry!

"Faith of Generations" 2022 150th Anniversary slogan!

So... the slogan has been chosen, now strap on those thinking caps again because we need to come up with a logo to go along with the slogan. Entries may be submitted to the office over the next few weeks. They will be displayed and voted on, and the winner will be announced after the committee’s June meeting. The lucky winner of the logo contest will receive a $250 gift card. So get those creative juices flowing and put them to paper and get them submitted.

2022 Anniversary Committee

We have several sub committees all looking for volunteers. Those committees include, promotional, fund raising, food, music, history, and an anniversary float committee for both the July 4th parade in 2022 and this year’s Christmas Parade. We are also looking for volunteers for the German Fest in October, so if you’re interested, please join us and help make our celebration a success. Our celebration Sundays are scheduled for the 2nd Sunday of each month beginning in May 2022 and we will have guest pastors joining us for those services.

Our next meeting is Monday, May 10th, at 6:30 pm.

Help Us Shower of Love! for Mrs. Strahl

She is retiring at the end of this school year. Help us show our love by sending a card with your thoughts. Send a card to:

Kathi Strahl
c/o St. James Lutheran Church
8945 Stebbins
Montague, MI 49437

We will present them at an Open House coming in May. Date and Time will follow. Thanks for taking the time to share your love with her.

Freewill Offering

We will be collecting a Freewill Offering on the 1st Sunday of each month! All of the donations will be used for the 2022 150th Anniversary Celebration!

Blood Drive

Our next Red Cross Blood Drive is Monday, 5/26. If you are willing, please take a flyer from the youth board and hang it up around town. We are looking at filling all the time slots.

Vacation Bible School

Sign up TODAY for Vacation Bible School ~ Two by Two VBS 2021
July 25th - 29th
3 year olds – 5th graders (just completed)
Call the office or visit our Facebook Page.

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Online Service Directions!

How to watch our services online step by step: on Facebook Live on Sundays at 8:15 am (and 6:30pm on Wednesdays during Advent)
  1. In the top search bar... Go to https://www.facebook.com/stjamesmontague/
    (You do not need to have a Facebook account page to access this)
  2. Close the popup box asking to login to your Facebook account.
  3. Scroll down through the Facebook page until you come across the most recent videos
  4. Click on the Live video of the church service.
  5. Explore the rest of the Facebook page and watch other videos. 😊

May Birthdays
05/01Amy Sweeney05/10Candy Stevens
05/01Jill Squire05/10Jim Neubauer
05/01Peyton Turpin05/10Nick Ramthun
05/02David Campbell, Jr.05/12Marge Block
05/02Rebecca Shannon05/13Tina Ramthun
05/03Kathy Stegenga05/13Tom Lovejoy
05/03Kevin Bantien05/15Cheryl Winkler
05/03Mary Meyer05/15Josh Huls
05/03Tiffany Schroeder05/16Albert Krug
05/04Ellen Osborne05/16Jason Rice
05/04Naomi Muyskens05/20Tina Timmich
05/05Alyse Stevens05/21Annette Neubauer
05/05Bailee Stevens05/24Bruce Wackernagel
05/05Kaedence O'Connell05/24James Ramthun
05/06Carson Sommerfield05/25Kevin Buchberger
05/06Jillian Eppard05/26Amber Lanning
05/06Nicole Koenig05/26Molly Hedges
05/06Skye Miller05/27Jen Stevenson
05/07Bryan Grimm05/29Alicia Koski
05/07Grace Hasenbank05/29Brian Bentz
05/08Karen Mott05/30Cody McCormick
05/08Parker Moore05/31Donna Hughes
05/09Pat Ramthun

ELDERSKeith RamthunBrian Bentz
TRUSTEESJen HuizengaJoel Best
ACOLYTESKendall Rachow
USHERSKevin BuchbergerJeff Stevens
Claude BabcockGreg Neubauer
ALTAR CAREAngie Lindstrom & Becky Winters
PRAYER PARTNERS2ndBob StevensBrian Bentz
9thBob WackernagelEric Lindstrom
16thJake WackernagelJeff Boulet
23rdSam WackernagelHenry Friday
30thPhil AlbrechtMerle Bernhardt
We are asking for Greeter volunteers for each service, to stand behind the bulletin table and greet people as they come in. Sign up on the Bulletin Board!
MULTI-MEDIA2ndApril LipkaEric Deremiah
9thAlicia KoskiEric Lindstrom
16thJeri WondersLizbeth Bentz
23rdEric LindstromFriday Family
30thApril LipkaEric Deremiah
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!
COFFEE2ndLisa Siedenstrang & Becky Winters
16thRussell & Emilie Baumann
NURSERYThe nursery is available but not staffed.
ALTAR FLOWERS2ndConfirmation


Just a reminder to Elders, Trustees, Acolytes, and Ushers... 1st service group is also responsible for the odd dated Lenten services. 2nd service group is responsible for the even dated Lenten services.
Thank you for serving!!

Funeral Families
If we have a funeral, Eileen Schroeder, our Luncheon Coordinator will contact you for help. Each funeral luncheon requires table/chair set up, food donations, food servers (kitchen staff), and table/chair take down. Eileen will let you know what is needed.

If you are unable to fulfill your assigned duty, please make arrangements with someone before or after you on the list. Thanks!