Sunday Morning Services
8:15 am and 10:45 am
People of God!
It's FEBRUARY! We have emerged from "cave days" darkness of December and January and the days are getting longer by the minute! Wonderful! Won't be long (March 10) when we'll be changing our clocks -- Spring forward -- and enjoying more daylight into the evenings! And then, before you know it, it will be Spring!
But in the meantime, I thank the Lord that things are going great and full-steam at church! Our Family Life Director, Russell, and his wife, Emilie, are settling in and it has been such a joy to get to know them both a bit more and start working with Russell. I believe he will be a wonderful blessing to our congregational family! He and I have started to meet every Monday morning for an hour-and-a-half to talk, catch up, plan, share, and pray together! I value him and I value our time like that together! That's not to say we don't connect the rest of the week, but we have both set aside this time on Monday's in our busy schedules intentionally for this purpose.
Lent doesn't start this month so we have a bit of a breather till March!
We have a great event happening on Sunday, February 10th
, at noon! It is our Senior Citizen Thank You Dinner
sponsored by our Youth! This is an outstanding fellowship event!
CANOE MAN UPDATE:
We had our organizational meeting on January 20th for our nine intrepid Boundary Water Paddle Man Explorers! We will embark on the Ludington Badger Ferry on Saturday morning, July 27th and return on the Badger Saturday morning, August 3rd. BWCA Veteran Eric Lindstrom picked a great looking route and Entry Point for us, parts of which we have never been on before, so it will be an incredible adventure!
MEN, DON'T FORGET VALENTINE'S DAY ON THURSDAY THE 14th! This is just one special day to let those people you love in your life -- wife, children, parents -- know how much you love and appreciate them. Do it with a card, flowers, small gift, date, whatever. But do something. Never take loved ones for granted.
We continue to serve our Lord and His people together!
~ Pastor Brooks
George 'Bud' Fisk (1/2/19)
A Big Thank You to all who helped set up, cook, and take down for the Pancake Breakfast!
It was a fun celebration and a great way to welcome Russell & Emilie!
Dear friends of St. James Lutheran Church,
Thank you for all your support and prayers over this past month! Emilie and I have been so blessed by all of you. Our time here has been so good. We have gotten to know many different families, learn about the different ministries going on, take in the beauty of Lake Michigan, know some our high school youth, help out with confirmation, be a part of worship, join choir, and meet some incredible volunteers. It is so evident to see the passion and joy that this church has for this community. Our goal is to share the gospel, encouraging one another in love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24) I am excited to see what the future holds and walking alongside such incredible volunteers and staff. Did you know that Terri does it all!! Emilie and I are always looking to connect, care, share with you all. So if you want to play games like Euchre, meet up for coffee, just sit down and chat, or if you have any suggestions for things to do in the area, please let us know! Emilie and I love Netflix, but we also like getting out and being active.
2 Big things going on with us...Emilie accepted a job as a cook at the Assisted Living Home in Whitehall!
And I had my surgery. Things are recovering slowly, but each day gets better and better.
Once again thank you for your support throughout this process. It means the world to us.
Remember that you are loved by Jesus and He is in control.
Your Family Life Director,
Good Shepherd Preschool
2019 Registration ~ It is now time to register for next fall.
Please give me a call at 231-894-8471 or 231-744-3408. As always you are welcome to visit anytime.
Come see why ~ Good Shepherd Preschool, right here at church, is the right fit for your child!
Jesus is the Foundation of Learning at Good Shepherd Preschool!
Blessings ~ Ellen Grimm
Our January 6th Rally Day was a great success... and a lot of fun! Thank you to Russell & Emilie and also the Board of Education for making it such a great event!
MIDWEEK Calendar 2019
|Feb.06 ||Armor of GOD Lesson 8|
|Feb.13 ||Armor of GOD Lesson 9|
|Feb.20 ||Singing @White Lake Assisted Living|
|Feb.27 ||FUN NIGHT|
|*Mar.06||Armor of GOD Lesson 10|
|*Mar.13||Armor of GOD Lesson 11|
|*Mar.20||Armor of GOD Lesson 12|
|*Mar.27||Easter lesson Service project-Easter baskets & Shut-In cards|
|*Apr.03||NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK|
|*Apr.10||Armor of GOD Lesson review|
|Apr.17 ||NO CLASS - HOLY WEEK|
|Apr.24 ||End of year REWARD PARTY!|
Every Sunday at 9:30 am, in the Blue Room!
Sr. Youth News
Super Bowl Sub Sandwiches ~ If you ordered sub sandwiches, they will be delivered to you on Sunday, 2/3, by the youth who sold them to you!
Senior Citizen’s Thank-You Dinner
The Sr. Youth are hosting a dinner, for the Seniors of St. James, as a THANK YOU, for all of your love and support! Your invitation is in the mail!
Mark your calendars...
Date: Sunday, February 10th
Time: 12:00 noon
Place: The Fellowship Hall at St. James Lutheran
Please RSVP to the church office at 894-8471 by Sunday, February 3rd !
Congregational Meeting, Wednesday, February 20th, at 7:30 pm
If you would like to add an item for discussion to the Congregational meeting agenda, please contact the church office at 231-894-8471 by Wednesday, February 13th!
Continues every Thursday, at 3:30 pm. Currently we are studying the book of 2nd Samuel.
Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study
The Men’s Bible Study is studying Galations ~ “The Wonderous Grace of God”, They meet every Monday at 8:30 am.
Love family donations for February are "fun" items! Movie or video passes, hula hoops, bowling or trampoline place passes. (If you use Groupon, they might have deals) Also breakfast foods-pancake mix, cereal, oatmeal, juice, and fruits. Thank you!
Can you help us clear out our Christmas inventory? The Scrip table has an assortment of gift cards for sale, please stop by the table in the narthex if you are interested in purchasing any of these: Barnes and Noble 2-$25; Bath & Body Works 4-$10 and 2-$25; Best Buy 8- $25; Lowe’s 4- $25; Red Robin 2-$25; Speedway 1-$25. Don’t forget, we carry your favorites and our local retailers year round!
Sunday Morning Duties for Both Services
Can you help out? We are looking for Ushers, Greeters, Nursery Helpers, & Coffee/Treat Servers. These are short term ways to serve here at St. James! All of the above mentioned are on a rotating list. The more people we have, the fewer times your name comes up. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you can help in any of these areas. If your name is already on the list, it will remain on the list. 😊
Attention St. James Lutheran Thrivent Members
You are invited to the St. James Annual Thrivent Brunch on Sunday, 2/24, after 2nd service, appx.11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall! We will be discussing available money for St. James. If you have any questions, please call Marci Bentz at 1-231-675-0500.
Don’t forget to direct Choice Dollars®
Grant funding from Thrivent Financial through its Thrivent Choice® program can help support organizations you care about. Don’t let Choice Dollars expire. Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have Choice Dollars available have until March 29, 2019, to direct any remaining 2018 Choice Dollars. Help support our church. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.
Just a reminder, if you have a prayer chain request please call Doris Grover at 894-4753. She will get it started for you!
Coming in March!
to benefit the NYG participants!
Sunday, March 3rd, from 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Categories are: Hot, Regular Red, Other, Chili Snacks & Non-Chili Items. (Youth, 14 and under are judged separately)
All food entries must be here by 2:30 pm
to be ready for taste testing by 3:00 pm.
Participation in the cook-off is not required...
just come and eat some really good chili ~ all are welcome!
Menu: chili, cornbread, coffee, milk & cookies
Fun for the whole family... warm your bones and enjoy the fellowship for this worthy cause!
Don’t forget to bring a friend!
The cost of this event is a freewill donation.
All monetary donations will be given to the Youth going to the 2019 National Youth Gathering in Minnesota this summer!
Elders Family Assignments
|Aerts – Carpenter||Bob Wackernagel|
|K. Chamberlain – Fulljames||Rusty Streblow|
|Gardner – Justian||Jeff Boulet|
|Kearis – Luce||Gary Mason|
|Mason – Pierson||Merle Bernhardt, Jr.|
|Rabe – Schumm||Greg Neubauer|
|Seberry – Townsend||Paul Schroeder|
|Treptow – Zeller||Keith Ramthun|
Officers for 2019
|Jeff Boulet||James Ramthun|
|Greg Neubauer||Rick Stegenga|
|Paul Schroeder||Joel Best|
|Merle Bernhardt Jr.||Becky Winters|
|Gary Mason||Allen Ramthun|
|Rusty Streblow||Joe Goodrich|
|Keith Ramthun||Ron Bailey|
|Bob Wackernagel||Josh Huls|
|Marci Bentz||Tom Mott|
|Casey Seymour||George Lohman|
|Jason Rice||Kim DuBois|
|Alan Mayville||Jennifer Huizenga|
|Chelsey Zeller||Bob Stevens|
|Katy Turpin||Roger Simon|
|Ruth Ann Francis|
|2/01||Bob Meacham||2/18||Jim Sweeney|
|2/01||Jackson VanBergen||2/20||Elijah Buchberger|
|2/04||Dan Hulka||2/21||Jillian Sommerfield|
|2/07||Claude Babcock||2/21||Raegan O'Connell|
|2/07||Jeri Sonders||2/22||Christian Lipka|
|2/07||Madeline Turpin||2/22||Daniel Lipka|
|2/07||Pastor Brooks||2/22||George Lohman|
|2/09||Susan Gittins||2/22||Matthew Lipka|
|2/10||Janet Kittridge||2/23||Dan Wackernagel|
|2/14||Grace Stout||2/23||Louisa Nichols|
|2/14||Jim Silvis||2/24||Aspen Chamberlain|
|2/14||Sharrie Ramthun||2/25||Wyatt Davis|
|2/15||Bill Van Frank||2/26||Ethan McKenzie|
|2/15||Ron Cober||2/26||Jen Huizenga|
|2/16||Loraine Wilkinson||2/26||Rick Gifford|
|2/17||Fay Townsend||2/27||Jase Moore|
|2/17||Kim DuBois||2/29||Carol Hanson|
|SERVING IN FEBRUARY|
|ELDERS||Bob Wackernagel||Rusty Streblow|
|TRUSTEES||Josh Huls||Becky Winters|
|USHERS||Ron Barrs||Joe Goodrich|
|Louie Mayville||Gary Mason|
|Alan Mayville||Christian Mason|
|ALTAR CARE||Betty Ross & Becky Winters|
|PRAYER PARTNERS||3rd||Jason Cooper||Henry Friday|
|10th||Jim Eastman||Eric Deremiah|
|17th||Rick Gifford||Nick DuBois|
|24th||Josh Huls||Art Jones|
|GREETERS||3rd||M/M Gary Kittridge||M/M Henry Friday|
|10th||M/M Brent Rogers||M/M Jim Campbell|
|17th||M/M Jerry Gardner||M/M Al Trevino|
|24th||M/M Roger Buchberger||M/M Dan Osborn|
|MULTI-MEDIA||3rd||Eric Lindstrom||Friday Family|
|10th||Alicia Koski||Eric Deremiah|
|17th||Jeri Wonders||Jackson VanBergen|
|24th||April Lipka||Marek Bernhardt|
|COFFEE||3rd||Pat Ramthun & Jennifer Mulder|
|10th||Ron & Marilee Bailey|
|17th||Wendy Kessler & Jen Huizenga|
|24th||DeeDee Treptow & Kelly Bantien|
|24th||no one scheduled|
|10th||Bill Van Frank Family (Bill's 90th)|
|17th||Dale & Annlyn McKenzie (Ethan's bday)|
|24th||Phil & Mary Albrecht|
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!