Fellowship Archive

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

Morning Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The focus of our study will be taking a look at several of our favorite hymns. We will discuss the origins of hymns, why we love them so much, and study their biblical references. Being October 31st is Reformation Day, our first beloved hymn under study will be “A Mighty Fortress.”
Plan on attending as you are able.

Up and Going News

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

The August Up and Going Meeting was the 4-Churches meeting held on August 23, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Mt. Tabor hosted the meeting. There were 15 members and guests from St. Jacob’s. President, Eloise welcomed the group. We gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag. Devotions and the Blessing were given by Carolyn. She reminded us that our homes are like gardens. We should strive to plant and nurture seeds of kindness, love and peace. These are gifts from Jesus and we should give them to others. A delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
Entertainment was provided by Nikki from St. Paul Lutheran Church. She sang beautiful songs of faith and popular songs. There were drawings for gifts. On departing, everyone chose a plant or seeds to take home. We enjoyed a blessed time together with old and new friends. The 2019 4-Churches Meeting will be held at Holy Trinity in Little Mountain. The October meeting will be held on October 18th.

October is STEWARDSHIP month

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

October is STEWARDSHIP month here at Saint Jacob’s, the time of year when we prayerfully consider how we can use our God given gifts of time, talent and possessions to serve God and our neighbors as STEWARDS of His Kingdom here on earth. The stewardship team has chosen this year to use the offertory prayer as our theme for STEWARDSHIP month.
Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us – ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In these words, we declare to all that STEWARDSHIP is a way of life, not just something that we talk about, but something that we live out in our daily lives. These words declare our true belief that all that we have is a gift from God, and we give back to Him only a portion, asking Him to “receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord” – the GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!
There is much work to do and many ministries that require our time, talent and abilities here at Saint Jacob’s. We need teachers, grass cutters, cooks and dish washers, lay readers, acolytes and greeters, team leaders and council members, computer geeks, singers and musicians, bell ringers and bus drivers, prayer warriors and accountants. The list can go on and on, but you know what is needed, and you also know what you are capable of and willing to offer.
It has been said countless times by some, “I would like to do that, but I just don’t think I am the right person”, or “I would do that, but there are others here who can do it better than me.” You are a child of God, and He has given you one or many gifts. Remember, you are the STEWARD of that one, or those many gifts. Do not be afraid to use them in service to our Lord. Offer them with joy and thanksgiving!
We have provided a brief description of our teams, the name of the 2018 team leader, and the Council Representative for each ministry group. Please pray about how you will use your time and talents at St. Jacob’s in 2019 and fill out the Time & Talent form on the reverse and place it in the offering plate on any Sunday up to and including October 28th, the final Sunday of the month.

Thank you.
Your Stewardship Team

ST. JACOB’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
MINISTRY TEAMS

2018 Team Leaders & Council Representative

SHORT TERM MINISTRY TEAMS – Ministries that have specific goals to accomplish with definite beginning and ending time periods. These teams are active on an as needed basis – Council Rep: Don

Audit Team – Responsible for auditing all church expenses which includes all auxiliary groups (Lutheran Men, Lutheran Women, Up & Going and St. Jacob’s Youth). Team Leader: Frances

Building Team – Assists in the planning, evaluation and guidance needed in the call to build or expand the property of the church and its ministries. Team Leader: Don

Constitution Team – Reviews the church constitution and makes recommendations for amendments as needed. Team Leader: Robert

Historical Team – Maintains and stores historical books and records of St. Jacob’s. Team Leader: Kayla

MINISTRY TEAMS FOR WITNESS – Ministries that include community outreach and participation; and shares with the community what’s happening at St. Jacob’s – Council Rep: John

Outreach Team – Reaches out and shares God’s love and good news by organizing opportunities of Christian service within our community and beyond. Team Leaders: John and David

Publicity Team – Publicizes church news to make the congregation and the surrounding community aware of events and activities at St. Jacob’s. Team Leader: Walt

MINISTRY TEAMS FOR PARISH LIFE – Fellowship ministries for congregational members – Council Rep: Frances

Congregational Care – Responsible for demonstrating Christian love and providing for the well being and care of the congregation. Assists with congregational fun events including Homecoming, 5th Sunday Fun Night and 1st Sunday Coffee & Lemonade. Team Leader: Billy
Congregational Safety Team – Responsible for the safety of the church and congregation. Team Leader: Jeff

Other fellowship groups for our Congregation: Lutheran Men (Billy); Lutheran Women (Phyllis); Up & Going (Helen); and St. Jacob’s Youth

SUPPORT OF MINISTRY TEAMS – Ministry teams that support the financial and physical assets that belong to our church. – Council Rep: Barry and Brandon

Long Range Planning Team – Studies and evaluates the demographics, spiritual culture in our area and our ministries. Makes recommendations on how we as a congregation can respond to needs in ministry. Team Leader: AJ

Property Team – Responsible for the care and maintenance of all church property at large including all church buildings, the church bus, and cemetery grounds. Team Leader: Chad

Stewardship Team – Encourages the congregation to recognize all they have is a gift from God and to help them understand the Bible tells us a portion of what God gives to us should be returned to Him. Team Leader: Larry

Technology Team – Responsible for the care and maintenance of all office equipment and systems; manages the sound system for all worship events and ensures that the sermons are recorded. Team Leader: Brandon

STAFF SUPPORT MINISTRIES – Ministries that support paid staff – Council Rep: Kathleen
Staff Support Team – Works closely with Pastor to supervise and support all employed or contracted personnel (Music Ministers, Administrative Assistant, Youth Director, Cleaning Staff and Nursery Director). Team Leader: Susan

MINISTRY TEAMS FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE – Ministries to help us grow in our spiritual life and worship. Council Rep: June

Altar Guild Team – Responsible for preparation for Holy Communion; changing paraments; cleaning Communion vessels, linens and acolyte robes; acolytes, banner bearer, crucifer, and lay readers and notifying members of their assigned Sunday for altar flowers. – Team Leader: Brenda

Christian Education Team – Works closely with Pastor to provide opportunities for members of all ages to study and grow in understanding of Christian faith and life. – Team Leader: Open

Prayer Team – Assists in communicating prayer needs to the congregation – Team Leader: Bob & Gloria

Worship & Music Team – Works closely with Music Director and all music related groups: Hand Bells, Adult, Youth and Children’s Choirs. Assists in planning music for worship services. – Team Leader: Open

Lutheran Men News

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

Lutheran Men Sunday will be on Sunday, October 21 so you don’t want to miss this awesome service. Also, we will meet that afternoon at 6 PM in the Fellowship Hall. David has devotions. Our cooks will be David, Eddie, and Jason.

Lutheran Women News

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

Our next meeting will be Sunday, October 21 at 4:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Joan will have devotions.

Life to Life Discipleship

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

Our Life to Life Discipleship program has kicked off with the beginning of two small group studies. Just as the twelve apostles learned from their Master, Life to Life is an opportunity for church family members to study the Scriptures with their pastor and be equipped to become examples of a living faith. Over time, our small groups will expand, and more church members will become a part of this ministry. In time, we will see a discipling culture emerge where people joyfully live out their faith, seeking God’s kingdom first, while sharing their faith with others. This is exactly how the apostles built the Church, and how it grew stronger over time. Meeting people where they are, sharing faith, and growing the church one life at a time.

Coffee Fellowship

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

We will have our Coffee Fellowship on Sunday, October 7 after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Worship and Music news

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

This year’s Children’s Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 16 at 6 pm with a short reception following the performance. The program, “O Come Let Us Adore Him”, is based on the hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
All children from preschool through 6th grade are invited to participate.
Practices will be on the following Sundays from 4 – 4:45 (immediately after Children’s Choir rehearsal): November 11th & 18th and December 2nd & 9th, with a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 15th at 10 am.

Adult volunteers are also needed; please contact Angela or Laurie if you would be willing to assist us with this program.
REMINDER to Children’s Choir: we sing during the worship service on October 28th and December 2nd.

Also to note, the Thanksgiving service will be held on Wednesday, November 21st at 7 pm.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Laurie

Yard Sale

Posted September 25, 2018 By admin

Don’t Forget our yard sale on October 13th 8:00am -1:00pm

Plan to join us for some shopping and fellowship. Proceeds from our sale will benefit the St. Jacob’s Youth Ministry and the Congo Ministry.
Please continue to bring your donated items to the church.

YARD SALE: furniture, glassware, books, CDs, gently used clothing (please sort clothing into separate bags – boys, girls, men and women), household items, dishes, outdoor items, small appliances, tools, games and toys.
Please NO televisions, computers, printers or computer related items.

FARMER’S MARKET & BAKE SALE:
Homemade baked goods – bread, cakes, cookies and pies; home canned goods – jam, jelly, pickles and veggies; handmade crafts – crocheting, knitting, cross stitching and pottery.

If you have questions, please contact Larry, Margaret, Melissa, or Brenda.

Congo Mission Fundraising Dinner

Posted July 31, 2018 By admin

Congo Mission International is a ministry led by Pastor David Nuottila and his mission partner Pastor Stéphane Kalonji – St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, Texas. Our mission is to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) as we minister to the people of Congo, DRC.

Congo Mission International provides:
Theological training for pastors and lay leaders.
Christian education seminars for women, young adults and youth.
Food for orphaned children in the care of the C.E.L.C.CO. (Lutheran Church of Congo)
Support for the Farming Project in the Bas-Congo region.
Special attention is given to “freeing” babies detained in hospitals due to the inability of the parents to pay the fees.

St. Jacob’s will host a fund-raising dinner on Saturday, August 4th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a $20.00
donation for adults with children 18 and under eating free. You may purchase tickets from Davis Brown, Gerald Lindler, Don Dease, Pastor David or through the church office. Please plan to attend and invite your friends and neighbors as we celebrate our mission work in The Congo.