Saturday, November 2nd
Two Seating Times
4:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Bake Sale ~ 4:00-6:30 pm
Silent Quilt Auction ~ 4:00-6:30 pm

Tickets: $12.00 (Adults), $6.00 (6-12), 5 and under are free

The Menu: Roasted Pork Loin, Oven Fried Chicken, German Style Sauerkraut, Real Mashed Potatoes, Pork Gravy, Stuffing, Squash, Green Beans, Rolls, Pies, and Beverages

Take Outs are available!

Reservations recommended!

To reserve tickets call 894-2290 or the church office at 894-8471

(This is a Thrivent Sponsored Event)
All Dinner Proceeds will go to:
50% to Kitchen Supplies,
25% to St. James Quilters,
25% to Muskegon Pregnancy Services

All Bake Sale Proceeds will go to:
Trinity Lutheran – Stoney Lake Rd. Food Pantry

People of God!

The weeks are flying by as we now enter October!

This month's starting off very busy with our annual 6-7-8th grade Confirmation Retreat to Spring Hill Camp near Evart! Even after nearly 30 years of going there with our kids, it is still a fantastic and fun time together! This will be our Family Life Minister -- Russell's -- first trip with us. The goal of this weekend get-away is to pull all our kids together and also with their teachers to get to know one another better; to enjoy some outstanding fellowship; to conquer fear and experience some challenge courses -- the Zip Line, Climbing Wall, High Ropes; to spend some time in God's Word; and, of course, to be crushed like a grape playing foosball against their pastor! Emoji

The Sunday we are gone, October 6th, we will have Pastor/Missionary Chuck Tessaro here to lead you in worship, share Holy Communion, and tell about some of the work God is doing through him and his dear wife, Karen, among the people of Nigeria. Pastor Chuck and Karen are long time friends of our congregation and it is always great to have them visit!

The Sunday we arrive back from Spring Hill, October 6th, I will be leaving for the Michigan District's Pastor's Conference at Boyne. I will be returning on Wednesday. This is a required activity for us and I try to make most of these Conferences.

I will be taking my last vacation week beginning Friday, October 11th. Deb and I will be taking our two dogs and going north to Gladstone in the U.P. to visit Michaela and her family that night. Deb and I will then leave on Saturday to go to Houghton to visit three of our young lads going to Michigan Tech: Daniel Lipka, Liam Lindstrom, and Ethan McKenzie. We plan on taking them all out for dinner, then to worship at our church in Houghton on Sunday morning, and then out for a brunch. It will be great to see them!

After our visit we in Houghton we will drive back to Michaela's for Sunday afternoon and evening where we will be celebrating one of our grandson's -- Willie's -- birthday! We will come home sometime Monday and I will be back in office on Wednesday the 16th.

Also in October we will celebrate our Lutheran Heritage with Reformation Sunday on the 27th! We'll sing some classic Luther Hymns! How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb??? Answer: Change? What's "change"??

On a personal note, our entire family is very thankful to the Lord for some progress with our grandson, Lucas. About a month ago Lucas had an electrical stimulator put in with a wire that sends pulses to his brain every five minutes to stop seizures. Deb also wears a magnet bracelet that she can swipe over the stimulator when she sees Lucas starting a seizure to stop it. And it works!!! Since she has eyes on Lucas ALL THE TIME when with him, she recognizes his facial characteristics when a seizure is about to begin. This has happened twice and she immediately swiped the magnet and stopped the seizure! Amazing! Thank you Lord!

Son Micah is immersed in his classes at our Fort Wayne Seminary and he and Audrey and their three little ladies are all doing fantastic! He was assigned the field work church in Ft. Wayne where daughters Abbey and Alyssa go to school which has also been very helpful as they enjoy worshipping there. In a "field work church" Seminary Students begin some "hands on" mentoring by the pastors there. Micah will probably be making some hospital and shut-in visits with his pastor, maybe teaching a Bible class or working with youth, later at some point assisting with the liturgy, and then even preaching a sermon or two! He is enjoying what he is learning and I'm confident he will continue to excel in his formulation to be a Pastor in our Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

God is good!
  ~ Pastor Brooks

Baptisms 0
Funerals 2 Jim Treptow (6/27/19)
Jean Tanner (9/9/19)
Confirmations 0
Weddings 0

I want to say thank you for all the incredible support and effort that so many people put into Rally Day, the beginning of Midweek and Sunday School, the start of Confirmation, and the upcoming youth and family activities! It is so amazing being surrounded by people who are so passionate and desire to share God’s love! THANK YOU!

Over this past month, with so much beginning, I have been reflecting on what is means to rest. When we begin to concentrate on deadlines and responsibilities we have, we find out how easy it is so get stressed out. It even gets to a point where we lose all focus and any energy that we had left which makes us just want to curl up on the couch and watch Netflix.

Everything has its own season in time and its own demands; Marriage, work, kids, sports, meetings, finances, you name it.

David was under an immense amount of pressure while running from Saul, a man who was his mentor, friend, and King. The person that he trusted and loved dearly was the one who was trying to kill him! David was filled with fear and because of that, lied to many people, stole, and acted crazy!

During this pursuit, David finds himself in a cave, Adullam. In this cave he finds rest, silence, and solitude from all the worries he has. God brings him to this cave for protection and reflection in one of the most stressful times of his life.

So, as we begin to reflect on what it means to rest, the question becomes; where’s your cave? Your Adullam? When you find yourself beyond stressed out, pursued in fear and exhausted, where do you go?

The great thing about God is that He knows! He knows the stress and He knows how to give peace! When Jesus Christ came to this world, he suffered. He understands the frustrations and the exhaustion. He knows how tiring it can be to constantly be going and moving. He walks alongside us and says, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

St. James is such an incredible community. We have so many people who have just volunteered their time and efforts to help with Rally Day, confirmation, Sunday School, Midweek, youth nights and family times! These people have been praying, loving, and giving what they are able.

Take time to stop and remind yourself that you are not alone. We are a community of believers that are doing our best to support each other. Reflect on what God has called you to do and remember to find rest.

Your Family Life Director,
  Russell Baumann


Our programs are up and running again. SO good to meet new families and greet returning families. We become such a family and for this I am grateful. October 4th our M-W-F class will be visiting Spookley at Weesies. Families are welcome to join us. October also brings Cookie Dough and Carmel Corn. Watch the bulletin for exact dates and sign ups. Thank you for your continued support.
  Blessings, Ellen Grimm

Sunday School

Sundays at 9:30am

Jr. Youth Bible Study

Sundays at 9:30am

Sunday Morning Adult Study

Afraid: Demon Possion and Spiritual Warfare in America. Sundays at 9:30 am
No Classes on October 6th & October 13th

Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study

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

Confirmation News

6th – 8th Grade ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Midweek Class

1st – 5th Grade ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Thursday Pew Sisters Bible Study

Pew Sisters meet every Thursday at 3:30 pm

Midweek News

Our Midweek program will be assembling Shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child again this year. We are currently collecting donations from now until November 13. Please pay attention to the Midweek bulletin board in the narthex for more detailed information. Suggested donations-

School supplies- pencils, pens, small sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, small paper pads, solar operated calculators, small scissors, gluesticks, stickers, small coloring books, small story books, crossword or word search books

A "wow" surprise- toys i.e. small dolls or stuffed animals, travel size games or cards, cars, puzzles, balls, building blocks, play dough (NO slime)

Please avoid toothpaste, aerosol cans, lotions, perfumes, liquids and food/candy.

Jr. Youth News

Spring Hill Jr. Youth Confirmation Retreat ~ October 4-6

Junior High Youth: 5th – 8th (5:00 pm–6:00 pm)

Oct 2nd – Capture the Flag
Oct 16th – Nerf Wars 2.0
Oct 30th – Reformation Party

(Senior High Youth are always welcome to join Junior High to help support/volunteer/play)
Any Questions: please contact Russell Baumann or call the church office.

Sr. Youth News

Senior High Youth: 9th – 12th (6:00–7:30 pm) Oct 13th ­­– Mighty Mighty
Oct 27th – Garbage Ball

Any Questions: please contact the Russell Baumann or call the church office.

Senior High Youth Gathering Oct 13th – Mackinac Youth Gathering 2020 (15 minute) informational meeting (immediately following 2nd service in the Conference Room)

November 1st – 3rd – Concordia University Ann Arbor Youth Gathering
(Register online before Oct. 4th $60, after $70)
Additional information is on the youth board at the church. Any questions, contact Russell Baumann or call the church office.


2:00–3:00 pm ~ October 27th
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
World Cup Soccer/Tank Wars!

College Student Addresses

Hey Parents of our College students... If you haven’t turned in your college student’s address, please drop it off to the church office! We would like to send our College Students the church newsletter to keep them connected here at St. James! Russell will be working on care packages for them too! Please let us know even if they are living at home and attending a local college! Thank you.

Trustees Request...

Parents can you please help us out... Nobody likes ABC gum (Already Been Chewed) especially when it's on the bottom of our pews. Multiple hours were spent by our clean team scraping the gum off. Will you please keep a watchful eye to ensure the gum ends up in the proper place? Thank you!

2019 Cantata Practice Begins October 1st!

We begin practice for the 2019 Cantata on Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in being part of the fun, please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Questions? Call Terri at 894-5659. The 2019 Cantata is Sunday, December 8th, at 8:15a, 10:45a, & 7:00p

Love Family

Donations for the Love Family for October are dinner items. Feel free to bring any nonperishable food item and place it on the table across from Pastors office. Thank you.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

We are blessed here at St. James to have a caring, compassionate, and fearless leader in Pastor Brooks! We live in a world of constant change with a lot of blurred lines. Thank you for guiding us as we all strive to find and keep balance in our families and in our lives! If you get a chance, encourage Pastor Brooks or pray for him as he continues to serve us. May God continue to bless our church family and all of the leadership here at St. James.

Financial Peace

Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen—there’s a better way! Join my Financial Peace University group, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future... together! Interested? Join me at St. James Lutheran starting: Monday, October 7th, at 7:00 pm. Feel free to call Russell with any questions (1-920-889-7395) sign up on the bulletin board TODAY!

Quilters News

Quilters School Kit Collection ~ Deadline is October 6th

Items needed for school kits are:

There is a collecting tote in the narthex!

They are also collecting wrapped bar soap. There is a separate tote for soap collecting.

On Sunday, October 13th, we will have a blessing of the quilts at both services! On Wednesday, October 16th, the quilts and school kits will be shipped out. Thank you for all of the donations throughout the year. Please watch the weekly bulletin for the final count of the quilts that were sent.

Women's Meeting

There is a Women’s Meeting on Sunday, October 13th, at 9:30 am. We will be discussing Harvest Dinner

Medicare Seminar

Wednesday, October 16th, from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Youth House.

Greg Borgeson, from Capstone Insurance, is leading a FREE seminar to educate people who are enrolled in Medicare for 2020. The laws for Medicare for 2020 have changed. He is here to share with our Seniors on how to save thousands of dollars by learning how to make the most out of these changes in laws. Sign up today, this class is limited on space available. Any questions, please contact the church office.

Budget Meeting

Just a reminder to Board heads... please plan on attending the 2020 budget meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, at 7:30 pm. You will be receiving information in the mail soon!

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study has been meeting for just over a year. We meet on Monday mornings at 8:30 am for about an hour. We have developed some great relationships and friendships. Studying in a group brings out different ideas and helps reinforce the meaning of the Bible. We are in the process of finishing up the Book of Revelations and are talking about our next study begin the Book of Judges. If there are some who would like to come but the time doesn’t work, contact me at 231-894-6297 or Terri at the office, 894-8471. I would be happy to start another study in the late afternoon or early evening.   Bob Stevens

Scrip News

The Scrip program is free money for the church! Do you spend money on gas, groceries, gifts, dining out and on the run? Buying gift cards through the Scrip program doesn’t cost extra and a percentage of all purchases stay with our church. So you can earn free money for the church shopping at places like Wesco, Montague Foods, Meijer or Walmart. These and over a hundred other stores have agreed to donate to our church with every Scrip purchase. It’s easy- and free!

Scrip has gotten even easier because you can now order online from your computer or smart phone with electronic debiting from your checking account or using a credit card! There is a fee of 2.6% for credit card purchases but a checking debit is only 15 cents per order. Many stores and restaurants are offering card reloads and electronic scrip while giving the same percentage to the church. More opportunities to earn money while you shop! Didn’t know you were going to Subway? Reload your card while you’re in line and pay with it when you get to the register. Forgot to get a Walmart card? Order eScrip online or reload a card and pay with it at the register. This really works!

You can set up your online account at shopwithscrip.com by clicking the green “Get Started” button in the top right corner of your screen. The code for our church is F33BE4F34514. Details about online ordering and electronic payment are available at the scrip table. Stop by and ask for a packet!

Scrip earnings from January through May were paid out in June and statements are still available at the table if you haven’t picked yours up. Your Scrip purchases earned $46.44 for the Love Family, $22.39 for Men’s Ministries, $67.22 for the Quilters, $23.22 for the Youth Groups, and $921.19 to Family Accounts for ministry trips.

What’s new:
In Christ’s Service,   The Scrip Committee

Reformation Sunday ~ October 27th

Can you help?

Tragically, last year alone, here in Michigan, 1,908 innocent children were killed by the horrific dismemberment abortion. In May Michigan’s prolife lawmakers approved legislation banning dismemberment abortions. Unfortunately, it has been promised that the bill will be vetoed. In anticipation of that veto, Right to Life of Michigan has launched an initiative petition campaign to override that veto. If 400,000 signatures of registered voters can be collected, we can bypass the veto desk. The signature collection began 6/26 and we have until 12/23 to get the job done! If you would like to sign the petition, between services, Ron Barrs will be in the Music Library, (down the hall, the first door on the left past the bathrooms). Please prayerfully consider being a voice to those who have none. Questions?, please contact Ron Barrs at 893-2329.

Coming soon!

Sunday, November 3rd ~ Turn your clocks BACK one hour!

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September Birthdays
10/01Jacob Buchberger10/15Julie Trevino
10/01Jarrod Moore10/15Maya Justian
10/02Noah Ramthun10/16Claire Meacham
10/03Judy Best10/16Joe Goodrich
10/04Eileen Schroeder10/16Madelyne Meacham
10/04Jacob Schumm10/17Betty Ross
10/04Jim Morningstar10/17Diane Babcock
10/04Randy Wackernagel10/18Josha Tryska
10/05Phil Albrecht10/19Emilie Baumann
10/06Karen Neubuaer10/19Julie Shafer
10/07Allison Rant10/21Frank Morningstar
10/07Dave Richards10/22Jane Rikkers
10/08Susan Rabe10/22Jason Cooper
10/09Don Deremiah10/22Kit Wackernagel
10/09Michael Ramthun10/23Lexi Bronson
10/10Kim Luce10/23Marcie Canniff
10/11Jack Ramthun10/23Pam Johnston
10/11Marilyn Pierson10/23Tom Mott
10/11Michael Fekken10/26Al Trevino
10/12Marcia Chen10/28Piper Huls
10/12Mary Albrecht10/28Piper Lanning
10/12Wade Mills10/29Ryan Kroll
10/13Kennedy Seymour10/31Chuck Vanderlaan
10/14Addison Bluhm10/31Liz Hedges
10/14Jennifer Mulder10/31Lynn Nichols
10/14Keith Ramthun

ELDERSBob WackernagelJeff Boulet
ACOLYTESKatelynn CooperOlivia Stout
USHERSRon BarrsBrad Nordlund
Bob StevensHenry Friday
Louie MayvilleJason Rice
Alan MayvilleCaleb Rice
ALTAR CAREBetty Ross & Becky Winters
PRAYER PARTNERS6thPastor at Spring HillPastor at Spring Hill
13thPastor on VacationPastor on Vacation
20thJordan LohmanMerle Bernhardt Jr.
27thAlan MayvilleJeff Boulet
GREETERS6thLeah StevensJudy Best
13thM/M Paul SchroederRosie Eppard
20thM/M Keith RamthunMerle Bernhardt Jr.
27thM/M Eric VanderlaanDave & Tina Ramthun
MULTI-MEDIA6thEric LindstromFriday Family
13thApril LipkaMarek Bernhardt
20thAlicia KoskiEric Deremiah
27thJeri WondersJackson VanBergen
COFFEE6thFrank & Sandi Morningstar
13thDoris Grover & Gloria Alvarez
20thNancy & Sarah Bernhardt
27thPat Ramthun & Jennifer Mulder
NURSERY6thKim DuBois
13thSweeney/Birkhofor Family
20thDeb Brooks
27thno one scheduled
ALTAR6thKay Snell
FLOWERS13thTom & Karen Mott
20thKeith & Pat Ramthun
27thMarsha Ramey

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!