Lutheran Men News

Posted July 31, 2018 By admin

Our next meeting will be Sunday, August 19th at 6 PM in the
Fellowship Hall. Danny has the devotions. Cooks for this meeting are Lynn, Danny, and Robert.

Lutheran Women News

Posted July 31, 2018 By admin

We are planning a Social for August 19th. Please watch your worship folder for more information. Also, don’t forget your items for We Care. Thanks!
Phyllis, Leader

Up and Going News

Posted July 31, 2018 By admin

On Thursday, June 21st, fifteen members and guests boarded the St. Jacob’s Express for a day trip to NC.  Before departing, Helen gave the devotions entitled “360 Degrees of Praise”.  She challenged each of us to be observant and see and experience a new sight, sound of experience today.  She ended with prayer.  Off we went with Gerald driving the bus.  He took us on a scenic trip through Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, then on to Hendersonville to the Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant for lunch.  All reports were that the food was plentiful and exceptionally delicious.  All enjoyed a leisurely lunch  before boarding the bus for the short ride to downtown Saluda, NC.  We enjoyed window shopping and visiting the various shops, while reliving other trips to Saluda.  Soon it was time to head home. The weather was HOT but no rain.  We had lots of ice cold bottled water and snacks  and chocolate chip cookies thanks to Davis. We enjoyed snacks and water and just relaxed as Gerald skillfully drove us safely home.  We departed at 8:30 AM and arrived back at 5 PM.  It was a full day with never enough time to do all that one would like to do.  Special appreciation to Gerald for driving for us and being so patient with us.
The 4-Churches meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23rd at 11:30 AM at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Little Mountain, SC.  Meat and Tea will be provided by Mt. Tabor.  Each attendee is asked to bring a dish to share. We will all meet at Mt. Tabor.

From the Pastor’s Heart

Posted July 1, 2018 By admin

And [Jesus] said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:21-23

At the onset of my seminary instruction, I wasn’t accustomed to leading the liturgy during worship. I’ve never been a musician and to this day I do not read music or play any sort of instrument. Still, I dearly love leading the congregation through the sacred music of liturgy. Yet, in the beginning such was not the case.The first time I was scheduled to intone the liturgy, my supervising pastor suggested that I run through everything a few times with our music director. Since this particular congregation had lay members who served as assisting ministers, this was a normal occurrence, so off to the music director’s office I went.

Following a few vocal warm ups, the organist played the piano as I sang rather quietly through the six verses of Psalm 1. Truthfully, I needed to work at overcoming my self-perceived lack of ability. Tom helped build my confidence; he encouraged me and made me work through my fears. It wasn’t long until I rather robustly sang out the entire Kyrie and Hymn of Praise in the solitude of
his office. I was feeling much better about my task for the morning and decided to tackle the Psalm one more time before practice was over. After singing the Psalm one last time, my supervising pastor bolted into the room and asked if I would please turn off my wireless microphone. Little did I know that, for about fifteen minutes I had been serenading the group gathered for prayer in the
church Nave.

As I look back on this event, I realize, had I known the microphone was switched on I would not have made such a public display. Rather, I would have quickly switched it off and sheepishly got on with my practice. Instead, I was able to boldly share the good news of God’s saving grace. Even if my voice is not on par with those of qualified musicians and vocalists, there could be no denying that the power of God’s grace through his Son Jesus Christ was heard. Jesus asks his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand?” Certainly not! God blesses the Church with the most precious treasure there is, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each baptized child of God is therefore called to give witness to the wonders of God’s mercy and grace by sharing this gift with the world. Within the baptismal rite of the Lutheran Church, we quote Jesus’ words when we exhort the newly baptized to “Let your light shine before others
so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

In a world fallen into sin and broken beyond human repair, the only hope for salvation comes through Christ and believing that through him, God indeed keeps his promises. Jesus of Nazareth is light and life for the world. Baptized into his death and resurrection, the light of Christ dwells within God’s people. Jesus calls each of his children to share their faith, to be of loving service to their neighbor and to proclaim the power of God’s saving grace. My prayer is that you won’t be timid in doing so. Be bold! Overcome the fears of speaking the truth of Jesus with others, realizing that you are enabled with the gift given through the Holy Spirit of God. If you don’t know how, or you feel you lack the ability, come see me and just as Tom helped me, I’ll help you work through your doubts. In Baptism, the light of your faith is ignited. Shine your light so that through the darkness of the world, all may finally see the glory of the Father and at last enter the gates of our eternal home.

Grace to you and peace,

Pastor David Nuottila

Pastoral Devotion for July

Posted July 1, 2018 By admin

Jesus Said “Go!” Read – Matthew 28:16-20
When we hear our Lord give the Great Commission, we understand finally that our response to Christ’s resurrection is to go into the world and tell others the good news of God’s salvation. Most Christians can quote this passage from memory; those who cannot certainly know where to find it in the Bible. But when congregations hear Christ’s command, the reaction can be varied.

As the remaining disciples gathered on the mountain with Jesus, Matthew tells us they worshiped him, but some doubted. Rest assured, the same condition exists within the Church today. Jesus says, “Go.” Yet, some doubt they are strong enough in their faith. Others doubt they have the necessary knowledge of the scriptures. Still others feel they lack the training and skill needed to make disciples. All this said, the command given by Jesus stands. Our Lord says, “Go.”

As followers of Christ, we are to go into the world teaching all Christ commanded. The good news is that we do not go alone. Jesus is with us just as he was with the apostles so long ago. Finally, doubt and fear are overcome with faith and love. Christ said “Go.” And so we go, remembering Christ is with us even to the end of the age. Prayer: Lord Jesus, overcome our doubts and help us live in your peace and presence. Amen.

From Pastor David Nuottila’s blog In the Beginning http://in-the-beginning.org

Carolinas Mission District Convocation

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Worship and Music News

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Wow! The response to “Pick a Hymn” for the choir anthem during June, July and August has been fabulous. We have over 50 hymns in the box. Several of the hymns were put in by more than one person. Some are newer hymns that were first introduced in the With One Voice hymnal, and some are old Gospel favorites, which just goes to show you that good music is good music no matter its age!

Now obviously, there aren’t 50 Sundays between now and the end of August, but the list of favorites that we are building will help us in selecting hymns for future services; either as beginning, sermon and closing hymns or as Congregational hymns. This list also gives me a starting point for choosing choir anthems. There are a few of the hymns that we are not allowed to print words or music in the bulletin because of copyright laws, but there is sure to be an arrangement out there for our choir to sing.
Meanwhile, keep those favorites coming – we’ll leave the box in the Narthex through the last Sunday of July, so there’s still time to put your favorite (s) in there. A quick update on Children’s Choir practice for the summer; we will continue to meet before Sunday School in the Nave but will suspend the Sunday afternoon practices until after Labor Day. We do still plan on singing the Sunday following VBS (July 22nd), but the songs will be learned during VBS week and ALL children will be encouraged to participate, regardless of what grade they’re in. I look forward to seeing you
there!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Laurie

5TH SUNDAY FAMILY FUN FELLOWSHIP

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

At 4 PM on Sunday, July 29, we will have a teach me to how to paint class by Nicki. This event is limited to the first 15 people to sign up. A sign up sheet has been placed on the bulletin
board in the Narthex.

LEMONADE FELLOWSHIP

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Join us on Sunday, July 1 immediately following the service for our lemonade time in the Fellowship Hall.

SUMMER SERMON SERIES

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

This Summer we will have a series based on the Ten Commandments. We will be taking a close look upon God’s expectations for His people, and the commandments that define God’s relationship with those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ.