June through August, we change our worship service times to:
1st Service ~ 8:00 am
2nd Service ~ 10:00 am

Congratulations to Our
2019 Graduates!

Daniel Abrahamson
Lexis Bronson
Alyssa Huizenga
Ethan Koski
Liam Lindstrom
Ethan McKenzie
Hayley Smith

We will celebrate Graduation Sunday on June 2nd!

Please keep our young people in your prayers!!

People of God!

Have I ever happened to mention how much I love summer here in West Michigan? We are so very blessed to live here along the Big Lake! I encourage you to get outside and enjoy our beautiful area this summer! I will look forward to seeing you in worship when you can make it and when I'm not on vacation or on the Men's Canoe Expedition (I am soooo looking forward to getting out there on the water with our crew of 9 the end of July!). I do ask, that along with Deb and I, you continue to financially support our church when we aren't here on a Summer Sunday. Please make up your offering. We honor the Lord with our offerings and we support His work among us and through us.

It's our Summer Newsletter for June-July-August! With Easter late this year, then Confirmation Sunday followed by Mother's Day, time has passed so very quickly! I will highlight some upcoming events.

First let me say how great it is having Russell here as our Family Life Minister. I am so very thankful to the Lord for him, and his wife, Emilie! What a wonderful blessing they are to us! Russell has been doing an outstanding job these last five months since starting in January. He is creative, a self-starter, and a wonderful friend! Thank you, Russell, for being part of our ministry team and such a vital ministry partner for me!

I also want to say THANK YOU to all of our volunteer Sunday School, Midweek, and Confirmation, and High School staff and teachers who served week after week this last year! We are so very blessed to have you step forward to help mentor and teach our children and youth! Thank you for devoting your time and yourselves to this vital ministry!

With June comes the graduation ceremonies of our area High School Seniors and Graduation Parties to celebrate their accomplishment. Our Grad Sunday is Sunday, June 2nd! We have seven Grads this year. They are: Daniel Abrahamson, Lexis Bronson, Alyssa Huizenga, Ethan Koski, Liam Lindstrom, Ethan McKenzie, and Hayley Smith. We will honor our High School Grads from Montague, Whitehall, and North Muskegon in our second service that Sunday. They will be in full cap and gown and we will have a power-point and video presentation of them that day!

Russell will be taking seven of our Junior High Youth to our Michigan Districts Junior High Youth Gathering in Frankenmuth from Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd. Please keep them in prayer, also!


Father's Day's is Sunday, June 16th! We will recognize and honor our Dads on this special day! Fathers, you are a blessing to your families and to us here at St. James! Thank you!

Our mob of 21 Senior Youth and their 6 chaperones, will be departing for our Synod's National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis/St. Paul on Wednesday, July 10th. The Sunday before, July 7th, in the second service at 10:00 am, we will have a commissioning for them for a fantastic, safe, spiritually uplifting, and fun time together. I AM TOLD THEY ARE IN NEED OF SNACK ITEMS such as snacks, pop tarts, protein bars, etc. If you can help please drop the items off in the tote in the Narthex at Church. Thank you! Please keep them in your prayers and thank you for all your support!

On a personal note, life has changed suddenly and dramatically for Deb and I. As you know, one of our wee grandson's, Lucas, has been suffering seizures. After a five week stay at DeVos in Grand Rapids, Lucas has been home in Traverse City but is still suffering seizures. After discussion with Annie and Wes, Deb and I decided that she should move to TC to take care of him, using her Physical Therapy Skills that the Lord has given her. She has retired as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Ludington Memorial Hospital after 19 years. She has moved to Traverse City to take care of Lucas leaving Sunday evenings and returning back home Thursday evenings with no time frame of this ending. This has provided great peace to Annie and Wes, as Deb is very skilled at what she does. It enables Annie and Wes to both resume working, which they need to do. Lucas is like a normal little boy, until he has a seizure, which has been happening three or four times a day. He has to be watched constantly because of this. He is currently behind developmentally in speech and some other areas and is undergoing rehab in TC as he lost some during his time at DeVos and all he went through there. Family takes care of family and you do what you have to do. With our Lord's help and strength, we will all adjust and go forward with this.

Also, we rejoice that son Micah recently had their house in Allendale sell, which was the last but very important piece of the puzzle as they prepare to move to Fort Wayne, IN, so he can begin his intensive summer New Testament Greek Classes on Monday, June 10th. The Lord has been working everything out and guiding them every step of the way and for that we are very thankful. Thus begins his four year course of studies to become a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He will be a warrior for the Lord and he will do well.

For all of us, as we journey through this life and work through its twists and turns, we are confident we walk with our Lord Jesus Christ every step of the way. He loves us and guides us and never leaves us. I encourage you to keep walking closely with Him, because He loves you, and because we all have a story.

  ~ Pastor Brooks

Baptisms 0
Funerals 1 Larry Halgren (5/6/19)
Confirmations 7 Elizabeth Bentz (5/5/19)
Katelyn Cooper (5/5/19)
William Ramthun (5/5/19)
Jacob Schumm (5/5/19)
Olivia Stout (5/5/19)
Billie Tryska (5/5/19)
Summer Turpin (5/5/19)
Weddings 0

St. James Members,

There is quite a bit going on this Summer here in Montague, Michigan! The best way to stay up to date on “the goings” is to keep this calendar handy (tape it to the fridge), follow St. James facebook page, and check your bulletin weekly.

Just a few reminders...

  1. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays are Junior High Youth Nights. 6-8 pm at the youth house. (Wednesday Night Live!)
  2. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays are Senior High Youth Nights. 6-8 pm at the youth house. (Food, Fellowship, Faith, & Fun)
  3. We are trying to do a couple “BASH” nights for youth ages 1st – 5th grade this summer. Follow the calendar to see if you can make it! Games, food, and Jesus!
  4. Look for special events like the Juggler, Lock-ins, pool days, and family days on the calendar.
  5. VBS registration is live! Sign up early to help our staff as we prepare for “Make a joyful noise!”
If you are interested in helping with different youth or family events, or you just want to connect and get a cup of coffee, please let me know! I’m around! :D

Our ministry here is to share Jesus. He came, He died, He rose, and He’s coming again, because He LOVES!

Any Questions, please contact the Church Office.

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.

Closing Service
What a joy to celebrate the children at our Closing Service. Over 150 attended our service of song & praise. A special thanks to Russell Baumann for joining us in song and to Keith Ramthun for making us “sound” great.

Our 2019/2020 Parent-Teacher meeting is Monday, 8/19 at 7:00 pm!

Blessings for a beautiful summer filled with family & friends.!

  Blessings ~ Ellen Grimm

Sr. Youth News

During the month of May our NYG crew is asking for food donations. There will be a tote out in the narthex. We are looking for snack items, protein bars, breakfast on the go items, etc. We appreciate all the support we have received!

June Events
Our NYG crew is asking for food donations. There is a tote in the narthex. We are looking for snack items, protein bars, breakfast on the go items, etc. We appreciate all the support we have received!!
July Events
LCMS 2019 Youth Gathering ~ Leaving on 7/10! Minneapolis – July 11-15, 2019

August Events
We would like to invite the entire congregation to hear about our NYG trip on Sunday, 8/11, between services in the sanctuary.

Jr. Youth

Jr. Youth Gathering in Frankenmuth! Friday, 5/31 – Sunday, 6/2
Attending are: Chloe & Olivia Stout, Brianna & Elizabeth Bentz, Ada Dean, Paige Ramthun, & Kendall Rachow


Attention all 1st-5th Graders... Join us for “BASH” on Sunday: 6/30, 8/4, & 8/25 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Pew Sisters New Bible Study

The Pew Sisters study meets every Thursday at 3:30 pm.

Men's Bible Study

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


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, 2019. Happy Father’s Day!

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

Billy Graham... "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

Charles Wadsworth... "By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong."

Carol Coats... “A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.”

Unknown... "A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."

Family Day

With Inspirational Speaker and Juggler, Luke Winger!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 23rd. St. James is bringing in an inspirational speaker and juggler! Luke Winger is a juggler/missionary who is a highly entertaining presenter. He combines juggling, storytelling, and scripture to demonstrate how we can live for Christ and how Christ lived for us. This event will offer a meal, an entertaining show, and a strong Christian message. This event goes from 11:45a-1:45p in the Youth House! We have limited seating so please sign up TODAY to save your spot. The cost of this event will be $5/person. For any questions, please contact Russell.

Independence Day

We Celebrate our Nation’s Independence on Thursday, July 4th! Give thanks for the blessings we have living in a free country and for the sacrifices of so many...

All gave some, some gave all.

Nation Youth Gathering

Minneapolis – July 11-15, 2019

Our NYG Youth: Elizabeth Bents, Marek Bernhardt, Lexy Bronson, Cameren Cooper, Katelynn Cooper, Dylan Hopma, Alyssa Huizenga, Madelyn Jandt, Ethan Koski, Nik Lipka, Alaina McCormick, Claire Meacham, Madelyne Meacham, Megan Rachow, Allen Ramthun, William Ramthun, Billie Tryska, Madeline Turpin, Summer Turpin, & Jackson VanBergen

Our NYG Chaperones: Russell Baumann, Jen Huizenga, Amy Jandt, Alicia Koski, Scott Lipka, & Amanda Monzo
Join us on Sunday, 7/7, at 2nd service as we Commission our NYG Youth. Our group will be leaving on Wednesday, 7/10. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel and experience the awe of the National Youth Gathering!

Vacation Bible School 2019

Sunday, July 21st – Thursday, July 25th, from 5:30- 8:30 pm
(potty trained 3 yr. olds – completed 5th graders)

Look in the narthex for information on volunteer positions and decoration committee needs.


Any questions please text/call Sarah Bernhardt at (231)903-5353

Canoe Trip

The Canoe Guys head out on Saturday, July 27th, for the boundary waters in Minnesota. They will return on Saturday, August 3rd!

The 2019 Canoe Crew: Russell Baumann, Marek Bernhardt, Pastor Brooks, Luke DeRose, Henry Friday, Tyler Huback, Eric Lindstrom, Liam Lindstrom, & Will Ramthun

May your travels be safe and your fishing... plentiful!

August Concert Events

Mark your calendars...

St. James Lutheran is hosting the White Lake Chamber Music Festival here in our sanctuary! Below are the scheduled concerts. Please watch our July bulletins for concert times. This is a great community event! 😊

Join us...

Sunday, 8/11, between services for an NYG Highlights Presentation! Come see a bit of what our Youth experienced on their NYG Adventure!

2019/2020 Confirmation

6th – 8th Grade Teacher/Parent/Student Meeting Wednesday, 8/21, at 6:30 pm

Love Family

Donations for the Love Family for over the summer are snack items such as crackers, fruit cups, gold fish, pretzels and veggies; also supper items such as canned fruit and sauces, pizza kits, canned meats, muffin mixes and pasta. Gift cards to grocery stores are also always welcome! Thank you.

Heartfelt Thanks!

For the generous donations to the used eye glass mission program. Over the past six years our congregation (here at St. James) has given, to date, 390 pairs of adult and children's used eye glasses and sun glasses. Two teams made the trip to Honduras this spring to bring the gift of sight--including Dr. Douglas Totten and his daughter. Amazing!!!!... keep up the good work.

Scrip News

Why is Scrip the best fundraiser? Because you don’t have to buy any stuff. You can earn money while you shop. Using Scrip means earning money shopping where you normally shop- at places like Wesco, Walmart, Montague Foods and Meijer. Over a hundred stores donate a percentage every time you purchase gift cards through the Scrip program.

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. More opportunities to earn money while you shop! The first step is to set up your online account at using the code for our church: F33BE4F34514. Details about online ordering and electronic payment are available at the scrip table. Stop by and ask for a packet!

The Scrip program will be running through the summer. Any funds earned through Scrip purchases from January – May will be available in June. Look for statements in the narthex in June.

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

June Birthdays
06/02Aidan Buchberger06/18Jase Lohman
06/02Harper Seymour06/19Brianna Bentz
06/03Charlene Dean06/19Hannah Jandt
06/03Joel Best06/20Curtis Neubauer
06/04Roger Smith06/20Paul Schultz
06/05Royce Kroll06/22Jacob Hayes
06/06Bob Stevens06/22Olive Oquist
06/07Emily Luce06/23Adam Bluhm
06/07Robin Owens06/23Courtney Friday
06/08Lynn Pastras06/23Zachary Neubauer
06/08Riley Mulder06/25April Lipka
06/09Bob Wackernagel06/25Kendall Rachow
06/09Dave Ramthun06/26Carrie Sherrell
06/10Alyssa Goodrich06/26Jared Justian
06/11June Buchberger06/27Amy Urban
06/11Leiv Deremiah06/28Gail Treptow Crane
06/14Dave Campbell06/28Karissa Tryska
06/14Stacy O'Connell06/29Jesse Campbell
06/17Betty Hager

July Birthdays
07/01June Halgren07/16Vicki Vanderlaan
07/01Melinda O'Connell07/17Elizabeth Birkhofer
07/03Cat Schiller07/17Genevieve Kroll
07/03Odin Oquist07/17Kyle Stevenson
07/05Carol Towne07/18Henry Schultz
07/05Jeremy Turpin07/18Sue Streblow
07/06Bob Dean07/19David Neubauer
07/06Cameren Cooper07/19Zach Buchberger
07/06Carl Timmich07/21Delaney Hopma
07/06Carol Crevier07/21Henry Friday
07/07Briann Justian07/21Theodore Huls
07/07Lauren Caris07/21Wayne Hughes
07/07Michael Moschke07/22Corbin Schumm
07/10Brent Rogers07/24Alex Goodrich
07/10Leif Oquist07/25Gerry Hissong
07/10Wolfgang Koenig07/25Kristy Walsworth
07/11Charlotte Rice07/25Peyton Schultz
07/11Lilly Stevenson07/25Randy Zeller
07/11Marilee Bailey07/27Henry Bailey
07/11Mark Ramthun07/27Jack Bailey
07/12Tara Sikkenga07/27Julie Grow
07/13Angela Bluhm07/27Olivia Johnston
07/13Nikki Seymour07/28Grady Schmidt
07/13Ty Aguirre07/29Alaynah Smith
07/15Eric Vanderlaan07/30Rhianna Sheesley

August Birthdays
08/01Melissa Kearis08/16Elizabeth Shannon
08/01Mike Griffith08/16Eloise Baxter
08/02Tim Hanson08/16Pam Kroll
08/03Beth Meacham08/17Cashton Chamberlain
08/03Ruth Ann Francis08/17Rusty Streblow
08/04Art Jones08/18Drew DeRose
08/05Sarah Justian08/18Killian Nordlund
08/05Shelby Friday08/18Lee Strahl
08/06Oliver Bantien08/19Faith Mayville
08/06Ryan Bluhm08/20Amber Mayville
08/07Kiera Lindstrom08/20Steve Stout
08/07Kyle Chen08/20Virginia Roesler
08/07Lolita Silvis08/21Rich Canniff
08/08Gloria Alvarez08/22Bonnie Ingersol
08/08Grace Meacham08/22Julia Hasenbank
08/08Mary Ann McPheron08/24Brooke Sheesley
08/08Matthew Hedges08/24Janet Gifford
08/09Ben Stevenson08/24Penelope Mayville
08/09Bethany Hayes08/25Vicki Schultz
08/09Martin LaFever08/26Evelyn DeLong
08/10Becky Winters08/26Kelsen Bluhm
08/11Cathy Hissong08/26Rich Kessler, Jr.
08/11Kelly Bantien08/28Angie Wigren
08/12Dale McKenzie08/28Deb Brooks
08/12George Fuljames08/30Dylan Hopma
08/12Ruschel Friday08/30Natalie Jahnke
08/13Judy Landis08/30Tracy Sheesley
08/14Ron Barrs08/31Maggie Huls

ELDERSPaul SchroederRusty Streblow
TRUSTEESRon BaileyRick Stegenga
ACOLYTESJacob SchummOlivia Stout
USHERSGeorge LohmanRusty Streblow
Jordan LohmanJarrod Moore
Paul SchroederArt Jones
Matt SchroederGreg Neubauer
ALTAR CARESue Griffith, Marilyn Pierson, Melissa Kearis
PRAYER PARTNERS4thPhil AlbrechtArt Jones
11thRon BaileyGreg Neubauer
18thPastor on vacationPastor on vacation
25thRon BarrsRusty Streblow
GREETERS4thM/M Paul SchroederM/M Jared Justian
11thMarilynn PiersonM/M Greg Neubauer
18thM/M Jim MorningstarM/M Ken DuBois
25thM/M Frank MorningstarM/M Mike Griffith
MULTI-MEDIA4thJeri WondersEric Deremiah
11thEric LindstromJackson VanBergen
18thApril LipkaMarek Bernhardt
25thAlicia KoskiFriday Family
COFFEE4thEileen Schroeder & Dianne Gardner
11thRon & Marilee Bailey
18thSusana Albrechtsen & Kathy Stegenga
25thSue Griffith & Kim DuBois
NURSERY4thTina Timmich
11thKaren Neubauer
18thJulie Trevino
25thno one scheduled
ALTAR FLOWERS4thJeff & Melinda O'Connell
11thScott & April Lipka (27th
18thDavid & Tina Ramthun (40th anniversary on 9/1)

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!