Pastor Brooks Pastor John Brooks

People of God!

As we enter October here in Beautiful West Michigan our many educational ministries for all ages are up and running great! THANK YOU to our many outstanding volunteers in Sunday School, Midweek School, and Confirmation classes, and Adult Bible Studies!

Our Vicar, Paul Gashler, is now seeing and experiencing, after our slower summer months, what prime time ministry is like here at St. James and he is doing an excellent job participating and plugging in! I am very thankful for Paul and his willingness to step forth, learn, and share his gifts with us. Paul and I spend a lot of time talking about all aspects of ministry and he frequently accompanies me on shut-in and hospital visits. And I THANK ALL OF YOU for your graciousness in supporting our Vicar, your hospitality, and your love! I have told Paul that you are a very caring and loving congregation and he has been discovering that! Good job!

As we enter October the first big event is a Dinner Reception/Shower Celebration for Paul and his fiancé, Kati, after our second service on Sunday, October 1st. We want to celebrate their upcoming wedding on December 2nd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A delicious dinner will be served and I thank the many of you who are working to set up, prepare and serve, take down and clean up for this dinner! If you would like to bring a gift for Paul and Kati I suggest gift cards or cash (which they could use on their upcoming honeymoon in January). Vicar Paul will be preaching that Sunday and his parents will also be visiting, so it will be a wonderful weekend! If you plan on attending, please sign-up on the "Sign-up" Board in the Narthex.

During the week of October 8-11, Vicar Paul and I will be attending the Michigan District Pastor's Conference at Boyne Mountain. I am very excited to hear one of the speakers, Ken Ham, from the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

Speaking of the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, Vicar Paul is taking a group of over 20 people there during the weekend of October 27-29. This is an incredible, very educational, faith-affirming, and amazing experience! I encourage all of you to visit it sometime! Vicar Paul has some information about this trip in his article in this Newsletter. There is a meeting on 10/8, after 2nd service for those who have signed up!

A Hayride and Bon Fire family fellowship event, sponsored by our Board of Elders, will be on Saturday evening, October 14, beginning at 6 p.m. Hot dogs, cider and donuts will be provided. We had such fun with this last year! Please come, bring your friends and family, and sign up on the "Sign-up" Board so we know how many to prepare for.

God be with you and bless you as, together, we serve Him and His people!

God Bless You!

  ~ Pastor Brooks