Lenten Service Schedule

Sermon on the Mount Series

4/3/19 @ 7:30 pm: Week 4 ~ Judge Not
We recognize that we live in a very judgmental world, so Jesus’ advice not to judge sounds radical to our modern ears. When we leave all judgment up to God, we free ourselves to look at one another through fresh and forgiving eyes.

4/10/19 @ 7:30 pm: Week 5 ~ Build On Rock
We build our lives on very shaky foundations, and then we are surprised when things start collapsing. Jesus reminds us in his teachings that the only solid foundation is himself, the Rock of our salvation. On him alone we build.

Holy Week Service Schedule

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, 4/18, at 7:30 pm

Good Friday Service
Friday, 4/19, at 1:00 pm

Easter Sunday ~ 4/21
Sunrise 1st Service ~ 7:00 am
Easter Breakfast!!
2nd Service ~ 10:00 am

People of God!

HE IS RISEN! Alleluia! Death and the grave have been defeated by our Risen and Living Lord, Jesus Christ! Heaven is the home of all believers in Jesus Christ!

I invite you to come worship and remember and then celebrate with me Holy Week.

It begins with Palm Sunday on April 14th with our worship at 8:15 and 10:45 am -- Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

Come with me to the Upper Room and Garden of Gethsemane in our Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:30 pm on April 18th. We will join as one in Holy Communion that night. If you are able, join us before Maundy Thursday Service at 6:00 pm for a re-enactment of “The Last Supper”, presented by our Sr. Youth. They will also offer a free soup supper.

If you are able, go with me to the Place of the Skull and see our Savior crucified and suffering and dying in our place for our sins at Good Friday Worship at 1:00 pm on April 19th.

And I invite you to come celebrate the empty tomb of our Savior and the Victory He has won for us on that glorious Easter Morning! Services are at 7:00 am and 10:00 am both with Holy Communion which we will be serving in the continual stream below the altar. You are also invited to our annual outstanding Youth sponsored Easter Breakfast after the first service in our Fellowship Hall.

Some of you have not come to worship our Lord in a long time. I invite you, now, to come. Come and worship our Resurrected Lord Jesus on Easter morning in the fellowship of your St. James family. Come again to receive the blessed sacrament. Come again to be renewed and refreshed and be together again. You will be welcome. God's people WANT to be together in worship. If you are able, please come. I will rejoice to see you there.

On a personal note... many of you are aware about our little 3-year-old grandson Lucas. Lucas started experiencing seizures over a week ago and was taken from Munson Hospital in Traverse City to DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Multiple and repeated tests in both hospitals haven't indicated as to why the seizures are occurring. Various meds have been tried to control the seizures to no avail. At the time of this writing Lucas is in Intensive Care under a very heavy sedation with the hope of quieting his brain for three days. After that, the plan is to bring him back to consciousness with a "reboot" of his brain with the hope he won't have any more seizures. Lucas is Annie and Wes' youngest son, and of course, they are very distressed about this and have been camped out at DeVos this entire time. We are blessed to have family and friends from both sides in Grand Rapids, Allendale, and here. Their oldest son, Eli, is being loved and well taken care of during this time. And the family and friends have rallied to help support Annie and Wes during this trying time in many ways. I ask for your prayers for our little guy. Lucas belongs to the Lord. Jesus loves him, and is with him as He has always promised to be even in the darkness. God is good and may His will be done.

"Even if You don't My (Our) hope is You alone" ...beautiful song by MercyMe. Thank you, Kim Mason.

  ~ Pastor Brooks

Confirmations1 Robin Owens (3/10/19)

Grace, mercy, and peace to you all!

First and foremost, thank you all for your support and prayers! Emilie and I are so incredibly blessed to be a part of this amazing family. We have loved playing games, singing songs, and eating meals with everyone.

I can’t begin to share how excited we are to be in Spring! It seems like it has been a very long, drawn out, cold, winter season. People have shared with us how great Western Michigan is and we are ready to experience it! (without the snow)

Here are some updates with what’s been going on...

1) I am getting to know more families every week. If I have not had a conversation with you, please come find me! I would love to get to know you! I love talking with people and I love coffee. If you want to meet up, let me know! It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of Sunday mornings!

2) Did you know that 13% of the Burmese entire population in America lives in the city of Fort Wayne! This summer, our youth & families have an opportunity to work with New Life Lutheran Church and the Burmese community! This will be a 3 day mission trip over the last weekend in June/early July. We will be leading a VBS program in the park for Burmese and Muslim children. Please be on the lookout for more details in the bulletins in the coming weeks.

3) Confirmation season is just around the corner! I am looking for someone who is willing to work with me in helping get devotional books for our youth. This can be a Thrivent Action Team or we can figure out other means. Come talk to me if you can help out.

4) The Junior High Youth Gathering registration deadline is April 14th. The cost will be $150/participant. Registration forms are available on the JR. High Board. This gathering takes place at the Barvarian Inn in Frankenmuth. The minimum # of participants needed to go is 4 youth and 1 additional adult. Questions, please contact the church office.

Here’s what’s going on with us...

5) Emilie is working full time at Whitelake Assisted Living as one of the cooks in the kitchen. She has gotten to know some fantastic members of our congregation through her job. She really loves seeing the people and singing songs in the kitchen.

6) The trips to Iowa are over (hopefully)! The shoulder is still healing though. With some more physical therapy, things should be all healed up by canoe trip season.

7) Emilie and I are exploring different areas of Michigan. If you know of a great place to eat, or have some hidden gem of Michigan that you think we should explore, let us know.

Finally, a Bible verse that has really been on my heart lately is this:
“Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

I love this verse because it puts things into perspective. God’s love is SOOOO BIG! Mountains & hills don’t even compare to how much God cares.

Your Family Life Director,
  Russell Baumann

Good Shepherd Preschool

Register Today For the Fall of 2019!

M-W-F Program is for 4-5 yr. olds
9:00 – 11:30 am ~ $140/month

T-Th Program is for 3-4 yr. olds
9:00 – 11:00 am ~ $105/month

A $100 deposit is required to reserve a place for your child. $40 is a registration fee and $60 will go toward your child’s first month’s tuition.

Stop by and visit and see why Good Shepherd Preschool is the right fit for your child.

Thank you for your support in our Cookie Dough Fundraiser!
Any questions, please contact Ellen Grimm at 744-3408.
  Blessings ~ Ellen Grimm

Sunday School News

Donations Needed ~ The Sunday School is asking for donations for plastic, fillable Easter eggs. There is a donation box in the narthex under the Sunday School bulletin board.

Our Sunday School Kids will be singing on Palm Sunday, 4/14! A letter was sent home so parents know what time to be here!

Sunday School Enrollment forms are available for the 2019-2020 school year

Sunday School Schedule
April 07 ~ No Sunday School... Spring Break
April 14 ~ Palm Sunday Re-enactment
April 21 ~ Easter! No Sunday School
April 28 ~ Lesson

Jr. Youth

The Junior High Youth Gathering ~ Sign up today for the Jr. Youth Gathering on May 31-June 2. Registration deadline is April 14th. The estimated cost is $150/participant. Registration forms are available on the JR. High Board. This gathering takes place at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth. The minimum # of participants needed to go is (4) youth and (1) additional adult. Questions, please contact the church office. Anyone signing up also needs to fill out a medical release form which are right by the sign-up sheet!

Sr. Youth News

Join us on Maundy Thursday, 3/18, at 6:00 pm sharp, for a reenactment of the Last Supper, performed by the Sr. Youth. A free Soup Supper will be served! Please sign up on the bulletin board so we know how many to plan for.

The NYG kids are hosting the Easter Breakfast after sunrise service. We will be serving homemade breakfast casseroles, sausage biscuits and gravy, etc. Also, we are going to have a bake sale during the breakfast as well. We are asking for baked goods donations from congregation members….If you are able to donate, please have your baked goods to the church by Saturday so we can get the table set up.


Family Dinners are provided free at the Youth House at 5:30 pm each week.

April 03 ~ NO CLASS – Spring Break
April 10 ~ Armor of God Lesson review
April 17 ~ NO CLASS – Holy Week
April 24 ~ End of year REWARD PARTY

Pew Sisters New Bible Study

A new study is begginning Thursday, 4/25, at 3:30 pm. They will begin the first part of a 2-part study on the book of Luke. Sign up on the bulletin board today! If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Ann Francis.

Men's Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study meets every Monday morning at 8:30 am.

Lenten Devotions

Don’t forget to pick up your Lenten devotion after the Wednesday night service. This is a great chance to sit down with your family and do a short devotion together. They will be on a table outside of the Sanctuary after each midweek service. Please take one home!

Upcoming Services

Lenten Service #4 ~ Wednesday, 4/03, at 7:30 pm

Lenten Service #5 ~ Wednesday, 4/10, at 7:30 pm

Last Supper Re-Enactment by Sr. Youth, Thursday, 4/18, at 6:00 pm sharp.
Soup Supper provided!

Maundy Thursday Service ~ Thursday, 4/18, at 7:30 pm

Good Friday Service ~ Friday, 4/19, at 1:00 pm

Easter Sunrise Service~ Sunday, 4/21, at 7:00 am and 10:00am
Easter Breakfast served between services!

Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies are available this year for $9.50/ea. If you would like to purchase one for the altar for Easter morning, please sign up on the bulletin board. Please make your payment when you sign up! The sign-up deadline is Wednesday, 4/10. Lilies can be picked up after 2nd service on Easter Sunday!

Baptismal Birthday Celebration

We will be celebrating Baptismal Birthdays on the last Sunday of the month. Our baptism is something that is special. Watch for the names on the screen before service!

Work is currently wrapping up on the last phase of our security upgrade. The final component being installed is an A/V Intercom and Door Release for the east doors on the front lower level by the church office. This, along with the new security cameras, will now help ensure that our facility will be as safe as possible. When the system is active you will press the button on the outside station and the door will be unlatched by the office. The rear door will continue to remain accessible with use of the keypad. While there have been concerns with the church being locked, it was felt that this was a prudent step to ensure the safety and security of children attending preschool, our staff, and our members.

Love Family

Donations for the Love Family are supper and baking items. Ideas are pasta, sauce, Hamburger helper, canned fruits and veggies, flour, sugar, taco mixings, and soups. The boys are growing and eat a lot, so let's help the grandparents out! Thanks!

His Arms Mission Sale

It’s that time again to start cleaning out closets & basements to find treasurers for the His Arms Mission Sale in the Youth House on April 12th & 13th. You can drop your items off at the Youth House beginning Monday, 4/8, during church office hours. His Arms appreciates everything St. James does for them - you are always supportive! God Bless You All!

A Matter of Balance Workshop begins April 9th

White Lake Area Community Ed is once again hosting this eight-week workshop for adults 60 and older.

Call 231-893-0515 to register. For more details, see the flyer on the bulletin board in the narthex.

It’s Reunion Time!

St. James Golf is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, at Benona Shores Golf Course. This year we are asking anybody that’s taken part in the past to come back for a reunion to help celebrate! There will be special games and prized, great food, and lots of fun. So…mark you calendars NOW and plan on joining us!

April Birthdays
04/01Jim TenBrink04/16Lucas Hanson
04/01Pat Ehlke04/16Summer Turpin
04/03Alyssa Huizenga04/16Will Ramthun
04/04Sue Carpenter04/18Amanda Cooper
04/06Kyren Bluhm04/18Pat Lohman
04/06turtlellen04/20Luke DeRose
04/07Betty Jones04/20Ray Grow
04/07Dillon Birkofer04/21Ashlyn Lohman
04/07Gloria Bernhardt04/21Chris Hasenbank
04/08Connie Kring04/21Susan VanBergen
04/08Nik Lipka04/23Alan Mayville
04/08Scott Miller04/23Dan Osborn
04/08Sue Van Frank04/23Merle Bernhardt, Sr.
04/10Sheryl Squire04/23Michelle Moschke
04/10Todd Rachow04/24Jean Tanner
04/11Kathi Strahl04/24Stephanie Chamberlain
04/11Katie Rice04/25Caleb Rice
04/12Greg Neubauer04/25Lilly Rice
04/12Maddie Jandt04/26Allen Ramthun
04/13Avarie Bentz04/27Carolyn Flagstead
04/14DeeDee Treptow04/27Kim Wackernagel
04/16Joel O'Connell04/27Nick DuBois

ELDERSGreg NeubauerRusty Streblow
TRUSTEESRon BaileyJoe Goodrich
ACOLYTESWill RamthunOlivia Stout
USHERSKeith RamthunBrad Nordlund
Jay MulderHenry Friday
Ron BaileyJason Rice
Rich Kessler, Jr.Caleb Rice
ALTAR CAREDiane Babcock & Angie Wigren
PRAYER PARTNERS7thLeif OquistBrad Nordlund
14thJay MulderMerle Bernhardt, Jr.
28thTodd RachowTodd Tryska
GREETERS7thLisa SiedenstrangM/M Brad Nordlund
14thMarsha RameyM/M Dale McKenzie
28thKaren ChamberlainJason Rice Family
MULTI-MEDIA3rdApril Lipka (7:30 pm)
7thApril LipkaEric Deremiah
10thJeri Wonders (7:30 pm)
14thJeri WondersJackson VanBergen
18thEric Lindstrom (7:30 pm)
19thEric Lindstrom (1:00 pm)
21thEric Lindstrom (7:00 am)Friday Family (10:00 am)
28thAlicia KoskiMarek Bernhardt
COFFEE7thPat Smith & Carolyn Koski
14thDiane Babcock & Erika VanBergen
21stEaster Breakfast in Fellowship Hall!!
28thPhil & Mary Albercht
NURSERY7thEmily Nordlund
14thLauren Mills
21stJill Squire
24thNo one scheduled
FLOWERS7thJim & Evangeline Campbell ~ 51st anniversary
14thMarge Block ~ in memory of Sievert
21thRon & Eilene Cober
28thCarol Hanson ~ in memory of Bob

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!