Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you all!

Psalm 36:5-7 is an incredible verse. It says:

“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is Your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of Your wings.”

You have probably been hurt or betrayed by someone you love at some point in your life. Maybe you have experienced this more than once. Once a person hurts you, it becomes harder to open up to others. In contrast, the love of Jesus Christ is truly unconditional. He never fails you or betrays you. You do not need to hold back in your relationship with Jesus, because He is totally trustworthy.

We are finally in the New Year. It is exciting to have Mark Gilson on Staff with us! I am looking forward to this next chapter here at St. James. Let’s pray and show our support for Pastor Gilson and be in prayer for what the future holds.

I am now teaching our 8th grade confirmation students. Josh Huls and Alan Mayville will be Co-op teaching our 7th grade class. Josh has filled in over the past few years leading Bible studies and has already taught confirmation this past year. Alan graduated with a teaching degree and is experienced in the classroom. Both of these guys will be a huge blessing to our 7th grade class.

Some of our youth will be attending a High School led youth retreat at Camp Lutherhaven over the 3rd weekend in January. We will be praying for a safe weekend and for opportunities to grow in their faith as well as connect with other senior high youth.

Our youth are gearing up for their annual Sub Sales. Connect with one of our youth or Alaska Team members. All moneys raised will be used to help offset costs for the Mackinac Island youth Retreat or Mission trips.

Youth Night will begin again on January 8th. Things will start promptly at 6:00 pm.

We are asking for Adults to sign up and help out with Youth breakfasts on Sundays this Winter. A sign up sheet is posted along with the weekends that are needed. This is a great way to connect with our Junior and Senior High youth before Bible Study on Sunday Mornings.

We are also planning to take family day at the Muskegon State park for Ice skating on Jan. 22nd immediately following 2nd service. The sign up sheet will be posted.

Quick Recap:
Jan. 1stSub Sales
Jan. 8thRally Day
Mark Gilson Instillation and Breakfast
Youth Night
Jan. 13thSenior High Youth Retreat
Jan. 15thYouth Return
Jan. 22ndFamily Ice Skating

For the most up to date information, follow St. James’ facebook page and look in the bulletin. In Christ,
  Russell Baumann