People of God!

As I write this I am remembering our incredible Junior High Youth on our annual 6th-7th-8th grader Confirmation Retreat at Spring Hill Camp near Evart! We are so very blessed here at St. James to have such great kids! They are fantastic! Our topic of study was Noah and the world-wide flood and I am always amazed at how quickly they absorb information and remember it! Outside of our three study sessions our kids took on the Climbing Wall, Zip Line, and indoor High Ropes course. They are bold and they are brave! It is such fun to see them conquer these challenge courses! There was also scheduled time to go swimming in the indoor pool, hang out and play in the game room and gym (Thank you Olivia for being my foosball team mate and crushing our opponents like grapes! You were awesome!). And THANK YOU, Dads and Moms, for entrusting us with your wonderful children and sending them with us! I also thank our chaperones this last weekend: Bonnie Ingersol, Cortney Friday, Karissa Tryska, Marci Benz, Todd Rachow, and Ron Bailey! I appreciate you coming and helping! Hopefully on Sunday, October 7th, we will show a presentation of the weekend.

We have some exciting things going on this month with two visits by potential future staff members! Russell Baumann and his wife, Emilie, will be visiting us from Iowa on Saturday, 10/6 through Monday, 10/8. Ingrid Lewis and her husband, Tim, will be visiting us from Ohio on Friday, 10/12 through Sunday, 10/14. We so look forward to having Russell and Ingrid come here and enjoying some time with them! Lord willing, one of them will be our next staff member here at St. James. Please continue to pray that God brings the right person to us and our ministry needs.

Plans are underway for our Annual Harvest Dinner! The Dinner takes place on Saturday, November 3rd. This is a great community event for our church. I’ve been told sign up sheets will be available the first Sunday in October. Please sign up where you are able! This dinner takes a lot of volunteers!

I am thankful to see at the time of this writing we have around a dozen kids interested in going to the National Youth Gathering next summer in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN, over July 11-15. Current 8th graders are also eligible to go. Our congregation has always been so very supportive of our youth and I know we will continue to be as fund raising begins to send them. Keep watching bulletin and newsletter announcements for NYG updates and information!

On a personal note... many of you already know I will be having surgery on October 10th to have my left hip replaced. My right hip replacement done last January has been fantastic! I went on two Canoe Expeditions in the Boundary Waters this last summer as well other activities. However, my left hip has been getting increasingly painful. I want to have it done early enough so I will be good-to-go for the busy coming Holiday Season of Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Years! I will be MIA for two weeks and plan on being back in worship on Sunday, October 28th, with Holy Communion in that service. I will no doubt be preaching from the lectern that Sunday instead of the pulpit, and communion will be offered as a walk-by rather than at the altar rail so I can be more stationary. I am sorry if this inconveniences anyone. But I will very much look forward to being back with you then!

May we all continue to serve our God and His people here at St. James!

God is good!

  ~ Pastor Brooks