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

Funerals1 George 'Bud' Fisk (1/2/19)

Thank You

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,
Russell Baumann

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

Sunday School

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
*Mar.06Armor of GOD Lesson 10
*Mar.13Armor of GOD Lesson 11
*Mar.20Armor of GOD Lesson 12
*Mar.27Easter lesson Service project-Easter baskets & Shut-In cards
*Apr.10Armor of GOD Lesson review
Apr.24 End of year REWARD PARTY!

Jr. Youth

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!

Pew Sisters

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

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!

Scrip News

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 to learn more. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

Prayer Chain

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!

Chili Cook-Off
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 – CarpenterBob Wackernagel
K. Chamberlain – FulljamesRusty Streblow
Gardner – JustianJeff Boulet
Kearis – LuceGary Mason
Mason – PiersonMerle Bernhardt, Jr.
Rabe – SchummGreg Neubauer
Seberry – TownsendPaul Schroeder
Treptow – ZellerKeith Ramthun

Officers for 2019

PresidentBrad VanBergen
Vice–PresidentGreg Neubauer
SecretaryKaren Neubauer
TreasurerLauren Wackernagel

Jeff BouletJames Ramthun
Greg NeubauerRick Stegenga
Paul SchroederJoel Best
Merle Bernhardt Jr.Becky Winters
Gary MasonAllen Ramthun
Rusty StreblowJoe Goodrich
Keith RamthunRon Bailey
Bob WackernagelJosh Huls
Christian EducationFinance
Marci BentzTom Mott
Casey SeymourGeorge Lohman
Jason RiceKim DuBois
Alan MayvilleJennifer Huizenga
Chelsey ZellerBob Stevens
Katy TurpinRoger Simon
Tanya Simon
Ruth Ann Francis
Marsha Ramey

February Birthdays
2/01Bob Meacham2/18Jim Sweeney
2/01Jackson VanBergen2/20Elijah Buchberger
2/04Dan Hulka2/21Jillian Sommerfield
2/07Claude Babcock2/21Raegan O'Connell
2/07Jeri Sonders2/22Christian Lipka
2/07Madeline Turpin2/22Daniel Lipka
2/07Pastor Brooks2/22George Lohman
2/09Susan Gittins2/22Matthew Lipka
2/10Janet Kittridge2/23Dan Wackernagel
2/14Grace Stout2/23Louisa Nichols
2/14Jim Silvis2/24Aspen Chamberlain
2/14Sharrie Ramthun2/25Wyatt Davis
2/15Bill Van Frank2/26Ethan McKenzie
2/15Ron Cober2/26Jen Huizenga
2/16Loraine Wilkinson2/26Rick Gifford
2/17Fay Townsend2/27Jase Moore
2/17Kim DuBois2/29Carol Hanson

ELDERSBob WackernagelRusty Streblow
TRUSTEESJosh HulsBecky Winters
ACOLYTESBillie Tryska
USHERSRon BarrsJoe Goodrich
Louie MayvilleGary Mason
Alan MayvilleChristian Mason
ALTAR CAREBetty Ross & Becky Winters
PRAYER PARTNERS3rdJason CooperHenry Friday
10thJim EastmanEric Deremiah
17thRick GiffordNick DuBois
24thJosh HulsArt Jones
GREETERS3rdM/M Gary KittridgeM/M Henry Friday
10thM/M Brent RogersM/M Jim Campbell
17thM/M Jerry GardnerM/M Al Trevino
24thM/M Roger BuchbergerM/M Dan Osborn
MULTI-MEDIA3rdEric LindstromFriday Family
10thAlicia KoskiEric Deremiah
17thJeri WondersJackson VanBergen
24thApril LipkaMarek Bernhardt
COFFEE3rdPat Ramthun & Jennifer Mulder
10thRon & Marilee Bailey
17thWendy Kessler & Jen Huizenga
24thDeeDee Treptow & Kelly Bantien
NURSERY3rdMeacham Family
10thBentz Family
17thJustian Family
24thno one scheduled
10thBill Van Frank Family (Bill's 90th)
17thDale & Annlyn McKenzie (Ethan's bday)
24thPhil & Mary Albrecht

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!