New Church Office Hours

Beginning Monday, February 3rd...

8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(closed 12:30p-1:00p for lunch)

Office Closed Fridays

Ash Wednesday Dinner

Before the service on February 26th, from 5-7 pm.

On the menu ... Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, and Desserts, along with coffee/milk.
Please sign up on the bulletin board by Sunday, February 23rd, if you would like to attend!

The 2020 Lenten Season

begins with our
Ash Wednesday Service
on Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:30 pm
with holy communion.

People of God!

It's FEBRUARY! The days are getting longer! And Ash Wednesday and Lent are fast approaching! Our Lenten Theme this year is: "By His Wounds We Are Healed." Here is an overview:
"The innocent Son of God had no sins of his own for which he deserved to die, yet his enemies falsely accused him of violating every commandment of God. In each service in this series, we will see that it was our sin, our disobedience that Jesus bore in his body on the cross. The Lord laid on him “the iniquity of us all.” Jesus suffered the penalty of death in our place, and “by His wounds we are healed.”

Ash Wednesday Worship will be on Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion will be served.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF OUR 8th GRADE CONFIRMANDS! I invite you to a vital meeting after 2nd service worship on Sunday, February 9th, to plan this years trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. I need your input as to we go in March or April. I also need a Mom to come as a female chaperone, your expenses paid.

Don't forget on Valentine's Day, the 14th, to tell the people in your life YOU LOVE THEM! We never know how long they will be in our life.

On a personal note...

Our son, Micah, is now in the second half of his first year at our Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, and is doing outstanding! He and Audrey and their family are very active in the Seminary Community. He is taking his first Homiletics Class this Semester -- which is how to write and deliver a sermon. Writing and delivering sermons is very much a learned skill and you learn best by doing. I'm still learning! Maybe on some future Sunday when he completes his necessary classes we'll have him home to share a sermon in worship. We are very proud of him.

Our Grandson, Lucas, has been having a tough time recently with a series of seizures. It could be because he is being weaned off some of the meds he has on. I was up there for a Friday night a few weeks ago. For Christmas Deb and I bought Annie and Wes a night out -- primarily so they can sleep, as they are always sleep deprived with Lucas frequently up during the night. Lucas and I have always connected well and he was such a loving, cuddly, fun, active little guy when I was there. He still can't talk but blurts out some words. Deb went down for bed with Lucas at 7 and I hung out with his brother, Eli, and put him down for bed at around 8. It was a good visit. We thank you for all your continued prayers and inquiries about him.
God is good!
  ~ Pastor Brooks

Baptisms 0
Funerals 0
Confirmations 0
Weddings 0

February is one of my favorite months of the year! The sun stays out a little longer, the air has that nice brisk feel in the lungs, and the snow is here! Your senses are pushed to the max, whether it is the bright sunlight on the drive to work, or the feeling of your fingertips being so cold they swell a bit. To be a tad cliché, "it makes you feel alive"!

During this month, I want to reflect on this verse..."For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7. It is easy to think that because I cannot feel God or see Him working that He just isn't here. But I know that this isn't true. God wants us to trust Him, even when I don't know what's going on. Faith is believing without seeing. I am alive because He lives. His work is all around us! Keep trusting in Him!

Things going on this month at a glance...
- Self Defense class for 8th - 12th grade youth. (February 1st)
- Junior High Tubing at Double JJ's (February 7th)
- Colorado Servant Event Meeting (February 9th: after 2nd service)
- Junior High Half Lock-in (February 21st 7pm - 11:30 pm)
- Junior High Youth Groups (1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5:00 pm)
- Senior high Youth Group (2nd and 4th Sunday Night 6:00 pm)
- Women's Retreat (February 22nd)
- Bash 1st - 5th grade (February 23rd after 2nd service)
- Ash Wednesday Lasagna Dinner FREE (February 26th)

A reminder that if you don't know how to write up a Thrivent Action team, or are unsure on what to apply for, please contact Russell or Marci Bentz. This is a grant that allows us to invest into St. James.

Junior High Youth Half Lock-IN: Sign up for our first ever half lock-in on February 21st from 7:00 - 11:30 pm. We will be playing games, eating food, and laughing A LOT! You don't want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.

BASH!: This event is geared for our 1st - 5th grade youth. We meet on the last Sunday of every month to eat pizza and play some games. This follows immediately after second service and goes for one hour. Check it out!

ASH WEDNESDAY: To start of the Lent season, we are offering a free Lasagna dinner for the whole congregation. This meal will be held in the youth house from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on February 26th. Menu is... Lasagna, Salad, garlic bread, and desserts, along with coffee/milk.

Your Family Life Director,
  Russell Baumann


M-W-F Program
$140/month 4-5 yr olds 9:00-11:30am

T-Th Program
$105/month 3-4 yr olds 9:00- 11:00am

$100 deposit is due upon sign up. Scholarships available to qualifying church members.

Please call Ellen Grimm at 231-730-1726 to register.

OPEN HOUSE will be Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30pm. Stop by and see why Good Shepherd Preschool is right for your child.

Jesus is the Foundation of Learning at Good Shepherd!

  Blessings in the New Year, Ellen Grimm

Sunday School News

Hey 1st – 5th Graders….Join us for BASH! on Sunday, February 23rd, after 2nd service. We will eat pizza and play some games. This event goes for one hour. Check it out!

Sr. Youth News

Senior High Self Defense Class ~ We are offering a free, one time, self-defense class on Saturday, February 1st, from 10:00 am – Noon. This is a great chance to learn about the importance of being aware of your surroundings, how to protect yourself in dire situations, and escaping. Please sign up on the youth board to save your spot. Friends are invited. Lunch will be provided. This is open for all 8th - 12th grade students.

Senior High Youth Group Sunday Nights, February 9th & February 23th, at 6:00 pm

Jr. Youth News

Tubing Day ~ Attention all 5th-8th grade youth, join us for dinner and tubing Friday, February 7th, from 5 - 9 pm. We will meet here at church at 5:00p for dinner then head up to Double JJ. Cost will be $10/participant for tubing, dinner is free. Sign up today! Drivers are needed!

Junior High Youth Group Wednesday late afternoons, February 5th & February 19th, at 5:00 pm

Jr Youth “Half” Lock-In ~ Sign up today for the Jr. Youth “Half” Lock-In on Friday, February 21th, from 7:00-11:30p!

New Office Hours

Beginning Monday, February 3rd, regular church office hours will be Monday through Thursday 8am-3:30pm with the office being closed between 12:30pm-1pm for lunch. Please note that the office will no longer be open on Friday. This comes as a result of our secretary’s compensation package being significantly reduced as a result of a change in her family’s health benefits. Rather than increasing her compensation with a substantial raise it was mutually determined that a reduction in hours would be an acceptable alternative. We are satisfied that this will not cause any inconvenience and have been assured that while this will be the regularly scheduled hours, exceptions may be necessary and will be treated on an as needed basis.

Love Family

It's February Fun-donations for the Love Family this month are gift cards to the video store, restaurants, gas cards, meals prepared and delivered, and paper products. Please leave the cards with the scrip people or in the office. Also, you can earmark money in your offering for the Love Family. Thank you!

Congregational Meeting

Wednesday, February 19th, at 7:30 pm

Ash Wednesday Dinner

To start of the Lenten season, we are offering a free Lasagna dinner for the whole congregation. This meal will be held in the youth house on Wednesday, February 26th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The menu is... Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, and Desserts, along with coffee/milk. Please sign up on the bulletin board by Sunday, February 23rd, if you would like to attend!

Women's Retreat

Saturday, February 22nd, at 9:00 am ~ $10/person

A Women’s Bible Study of Song of Songs.
An eye-opening study of how God has made us Altogether Beautiful. Take a new look and see yourself through God’s eyes. We will be forever changed! Come share His Word with fellow Christian Women. Workbooks, lunch, music, crafts will be provided.
Please sign up by Sunday, February 9th!

I’m excited to share this study with all of you!   Ellen Grimm

Mark your calendars!

In two years, our congregation will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. 150 years, what a milestone for our church. The ground work for a yearlong celebration is starting to be laid and we could use your help. We are looking for members that would be willing to serve on various sub committees to help with planning for speakers, meals, special music, history, advertising and promotional items. Please give this your prayerful consideration. Our congregation here at St. James has been truly blessed over the years and this is our chance to celebrate those blessings not only within our church family but also with the surrounding community. Our first Anniversary Committee Meeting was January 27th. It’s no too late…if you would like to help out, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. Let’s make 2022 a real year of celebration!

Scrip News

Happy New Year!

Celebrating a new year and it is always surprising how quickly a year goes by! The money earned through the Scrip program from June 1st – December 31st of 2019 has been calculated and paid to the ministry groups. Each family that purchases Scrip is able to designate a ministry to support with their earnings. If your family took advantage of the Scrip program during the period of June through December, a statement of your earnings is available at the Scrip table. You supported the youth group with $57.70; the Love families with $118.72; the men’s ministry with $57.09; the Preschool with $43.96; the quilters with $147.65; and family accounts with $1717.39. Please make sure you have an updated enrollment form on file to be sure that your Scrip earnings are supporting your designated ministry group.

Buying gift cards through the Scrip program is easy and practical. You buy gift cards and certificates at face value, and a percentage of each purchase is donated to the church. If you are still unsure how Scrip works or how it earns money, please stop by our table in the narthex and ask us- it’s really simple!

We have expanded to include online ordering from your computer or smart phone and electronic debiting from your checking account. Many stores and restaurants offer card reloads and electronic scrip while donating the same percentage to the church. The first step is to set up your online account at using the code for our church: F33BE4F34514. Then you can link to your checking account to pay online and on the go. We have ordered electronic scrip (ScripNow) on our phone while in line at the store and used it at the register. It’s that quick and easy. Details about online ordering and electronic payment are available at the scrip table. Stop by and ask for a packet!

What’s new:
Gordman’s: rebate 8%, available in electronic ScripNow only, $100-$500
Google Play: available as electronic ScripNow, use code to order online products, rebate 3%
PetSmart: available in $25 gift cards, rebate 5%, now available for reload and ScripNow
Home Depot: available in $25 or $100 gift card, 4% rebate, also available for reload or as electronic ScripNow
Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops: $25 cards can now be used at either store, rebate increased to 10%, can be used online, available as ScripNow available in $25 or $100 gift cards or as ScripNow, 2.25% rebate- can be combined with the Amazon Smile program which donates 0.5% to a non-profit of your choice

*If you order online, you can now pay with a credit card for a 2.6% fee.

In Christ’s Service,
The Scrip Committee

Operation "Sign Me Up!"

“It takes a village to run a church!” We have many ministry opportunities for you to plug into! Operation “Sign Me Up!” is now underway and will run through the month of February. We need help in many areas including:

Ushering, Greeting, Multimedia, Prayer Partner, DVD Ministry, Nursery, Coffee Serving, Altar Care, Scrip Table, Funeral Luncheons, Jr. & Sr. Youth Helpers, Meal Ministry, & there is also one position open on the Board of Trustees too!

There are sign-up sheets on the Operation “Sign Me Up!” table in the narthex, with a brief description of what each duty involves. Come on…be a joiner! Sign up TODAY!!

Dementia or Alzheimers Class

This is a series of four classes teaching about the differences between Alzheimer's and Dementia. You will have the chance to take the Virtual Dementia tour, share your experiences and have support. Classes will be held in the conference room starting on Monday, February 3rd, at and ending on Monday, February 24th. Start time of class is 6:00 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. This is a free class to attend. Sign up today.

February Birthdays
02/01Bob Meacham02/18Jim Sweeney
02/01Jackson VanBergen02/20Eli Buchberger
02/04Dan Hulka02/21Jillian Sommerfield
02/07Claude Babcock02/21Raegan O'Connell
02/07Madeline Turpin02/22Christian Lipka
02/07Pastor John Brooks02/22Daniel Lipka
02/09Susan Gittins02/22George Lohman
02/10Janet Kittridge02/22Matthew Lipka
02/13Russell Baumann02/23Dan Wackernagel
02/14Grace Stout-Kring02/23Louisa Nichols
02/14Jim Silvis02/24Aspen Chamberlain
02/15Bill Van Frank02/25Wyatt Davis
02/15Ron Cober02/26Ethan McKenzie
02/16Loraine Wilkinson02/26Jen Huizenga
02/17Fay Townsend02/26Rick Gifford
02/17Jeri Wonders02/27Jase Moore
02/17Kim DuBois02/29Carol Hanson

ELDERSBob WackernagelJeff Boulet
TRUSTEESRon BaileyBecky Winters
ACOLYTESMichael FekkenChloe Stout
USHERSKeith RamthunTom Rabe
Jay MulderRon Cober
Ron BaileyBrian Bentz
Rich Kessler, Jr.
ALTAR CAREBecky Winters & Betty Ross
PRAYER PARTNERS2ndPhil AlbrechtMerle Bernhardt
9thRon BaileyJeff Boulet
16thRon BarrsJim Campbell
23rdJason CooperEric Deremiah
GREETERS2ndM/M Brent RogersM/M Henry Friday
9thM/M Roger BuchbergerJim Campbell
16thJim EastmanM/M Dan Osborn
23rdM/M Kevin Buchberger M/M Brad VanBergen
MULTI-MEDIA2ndEric LindstromFriday Family
9thJeri WondersJackson VanBergen
16thApril LipkaMarek Bernhardt
23rdAlicia KoskiEric Deremiah
26thEric Lindstrom (Ash Wednesday)
COFFEE2ndEllen Grimm & Terri Zeller
9thSandy Veltman & Pam Sikkeng
16thDoris Grover & Gloria Alvarez
23rdNancy & Sarah Bernhardt
NURSERY2ndSarah Bernhardt
9thSheesley Family
16thJustian Family
23rdno one scheduled
16thCarolyn Koski & Karen Chamberlain
23rdMcKenzie - in honor of Ethan's bday!

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!