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Up and Going News

Posted October 31, 2018 By admin

The Up and Going made the annual Apple Run on  September 26.  Sandra boarded the bus and gave the devotions reminding us of 9/11 and God’s Love and Care.  Thirteen members including one guest had a delicious meal at the Golden Coral in Hendersonville, NC.  We went to the Lyda Farms and carefully chose apples, cabbage, tomatoes and other goodies.  This is such a pretty place to visit and shop.  We have been visiting Lyda Farms for 20 years.  It sure has grown and developed beautifully.  We made pictures and  enjoyed walking through the displays.  A storm was brewing so we loaded up and headed home.  The bus was filled with laughter and conversation as we traveled home via I-26.  Thankfully, we arrived at St. Jacob’s before the rain. We sincerely appreciate Gerald driving for us and helping load and unload our purchases.


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


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

Up and Going News

Posted August 30, 2018 By admin

On September 13, we will be going on our Apple Run.
We plan to eat at the The Golden Corral in Hendersonville.
Sandra has the devotions.
Please continue to watch you worship folders for more details.

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.

Up and Going

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Christmas In July

Meet with us Thursday, July 26 at 11 AM in the Fellowship Hall.
Food to be determined.

Up and Going News

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

On Thursday, May 10th, twenty-one members and guests boarded the St. Jacob’s Express and headed for a day in Charleston. Ray Seay gave the devotions based on daily opportunities given by God for us to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives. He ended with prayer and asked God’s blessings on our trip. We arrived at Gilligan’s and enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch. We then headed to Wadmalaw Island for a tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation. We took the trolley ride tour through the tea fields, stopping at the greenhouse and other points of interest. The trolley driver gave a wonderfully informative commentary on the workings of the tea plantation. We got to see Steve, the expert tea blender and taster at work in the greenhouse and in the field. Our trolley was equipped with speakers so that we could enjoy a narrated tour by William Barclay Hall, founder of American Classic Tea and world renowned tea taster. We went on the Factory Tour, using flat screen TV, you could see the production process while overlooking the factory. Both were great tours! We enjoyed tea tasting and making purchases in the gift shop.

Then it was time to move on to the Angel Tree, the oldest Evergreen Oak tree in the country. Impressive and so beautiful. Then it was time to go home….

Thank you to Gerald for driving for us and being patient and helpful. We had a great time on our Charleston adventure.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 21. We will be going to Saluda, NC and having lunch in Hendersonville. Continue to watch your worship folder for more information.

Thanks, Helen

Up and Going News

Posted May 1, 2018 By admin

Twenty one (21) members and guests boarded the St. Jacob’s Express at 9:30 AM on April 12th to go to lunch at the Schoolhouse Bar-B-Q in Scranton, SC, then to Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, SC. Davis gave the devotions based on asking God for His directions BEFORE we act. Adam and Eve forgot to ask BEFORE eating of the forbidden fruit, as did many others throughout the Bible, just as we do not ask. The time to ask God for help is before we act not after. Lots of good material to think about. Thank you Davis for devotions and planning our trip. The food at the Schoolhouse Bar-B-Q was overwhelmingly plentiful and SO delicious, especially the fried chicken and pork chops. We then went to Pearly Fryar Topiary Garden. The weather was perfect and the topiary garden was so impressive. Mr. Fryar came out and chatted with us for a long time. So much fun to casually walk through and enjoy Mr. Fryar’s handiwork, lots of hard work. Gerald provided transportation. We sincerely appreciate Gerald. Everyone returned home tired and happy.

On May 10, we have a day trip planned for the Charleston Tea Plantation and the Angel Tree in Charleston. Plan to leave St. Jacob’s at 8:30 AM. Lunch will be at Gilligan’s (Dutch treat). Gerald will drive the bus for us. Ray will provide devotions. All are invited.

Up and Going News and Events

Posted March 22, 2018 By admin

A beautiful sunny day greeted the 13 members and 1 guest as they arrived for the March Meeting. Each person brought an item or items that would be found in a Brown Bag Lunch. This group can always put together the absolutely most delicious lunch and we all enjoyed the food and desserts. Helen gave the devotions on how to handle and cope with bad news reports from the media. Business was discussed and the Treasurer’s report was given.

A Special thank you to Up and Going members and guest with organization from Joan for assembling 186 Easter Bags for Hospice Guests. These bags will be delivered to Lutheran Hospice and Baptist Hospice to be delivered to Hospice patients before Easter. Small toiletry items were also delivered to Hospice to be used at their discretion. Up and Going purchased the candies for the bags.

Our next meeting will be on April 12th. Davis is in charge of devotions and our trip to the Bishopville, SC area. Lunch is Dutch Treat at The Schoolhouse BBQ. A tripe to Frye’s Topiary Gardens is also scheduled. We are planning to depart at 9:30AM (tentative time). Gerald will be driving the bus. Anyone that wants to go with us is welcomed to come along.


Helen, President

Up and Going News

Posted February 26, 2018 By admin

The group met at 10AM on Friday, Feb 9th, in the Fellowship Hall to conduct business and to enjoy devotions given by Ray. He read from a booklet entitled “Jesus Calling”. His devotions reminded us to praise and thank God for His many blessings that we so often take for granted. We took a moment to thank God for the beautiful day that He had provided for our enjoyment.
Members voted to send a memorial in memory of Mr. Dan to St. Jacob’s Church Congo Mission Fund. We signed cards for Mrs. Floriede, Sandra, and Davis. Each person took a card to send to Hannah.
Twelve members and guests boarded the St. Jacob’s Express driven by Gerald and headed to The Brookland Banquet Facility in West Columbia
to enjoy a special treat Valentine’s Day seafood buffet, delicious food, beautiful surroundings and great service. Everyone enjoyed this event.
Now on to the Riverbanks Zoo to enjoy a “Free Friday at the Zoo”. We all got our exercise. We walked/took the trolley from one end of the zoo to the other. A special treat was the judged Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens. The orchids were of all sizes and colors. God gave us the MOST beautiful day to enjoy the zoo. The animals were active, the people were friendly and the zoo was not so crowded. We all had a great time. Special “thank you” to Gerald.

March meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday, March 9th at 11AM in the Fellowship Hall. We will prepare Hospice Easter Bags (doing whatever is necessary to get the job done). Lunch will be a “Brown Bag Working Lunch”. Please bring an item that you would find in a brown bag lunch (sandwiches, chips, goodies, desserts, etc). Wear comfortable shoes and clothes because we will do lots of walking and moving about. Come join us, you will enjoy the fellowship and be so proud of the finished bags.