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Posted March 22, 2018 By admin

Easter is fast approaching and as you read this, we will most likely be in the midst of one of the busiest weeks of the church year for musicians (and pastors!). From Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, it’s a whirlwind of activity. What must it have been like that chaotic week so many years ago?

From the triumphal entry where the crowd sang hosannas – to Jesus sharing the last supper with his disciples and proclaiming the bread and wine as his body and blood in the new covenant; from Judas’ betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane – to Jesus’ trial before Pilate; from being scourged, scorned and forced to carry the cross through the streets of Jerusalem – to His final words “Into your hands I commend my spirit.”

It is difficult to imagine the extreme highs and lows of that fateful week leading to Calvary, but because of Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins, we can sing “God sent His son, they called him Jesus, He came to love, heal and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon, an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.” And we can confidently echo the
words of the refrain: “… I know he holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.”
So on Easter Sunday morning when a fellow worshiper greets you with the words, “He is risen!”, you can answer with every assurance of truth, “He is risen indeed!”

Soli Deo Gloria,

Laurie

Vacation Bible School

Posted February 26, 2018 By admin

Are you making Summer plans? All of us need time away from our routine to refresh and recharge! It is the
same for our faith life! Doing more than the routine can really ignite our spiritual walk with the Lord, especially with
the young Christians. Plans for Vacation Bible School at St. Jacob’s will soon be underway. Please: 1) Pray for the
attendees and the leaders, 2) Prayerfully consider serving as part of the VBS team, 3) Mark your calendars for July
15-19 for VBS, and 4) Watch your worship folder for more details.

Choir Workshop

Posted February 26, 2018 By admin

Please make plans to attend our Choir Workshop on Saturday, March 3 in the fellowship hall.
We will begin at 9:30 AM and end at Noon. Lunch will be provided. We look forward to having you join us.

Worship and Music News

Posted February 26, 2018 By admin

Our group has been and continues to be busy. Several events have been planned, so go ahead and mark your calendars:
1. Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 31, 10-11:30 AM. Children need to bring their baskets and see how many eggs thay can find. We will also have crafts and a light lunch will be served.
2. Lutheran Women Sunday is April 8.
3. Congregational Meal Fundraisers will be held on May 6 and September 23 which will be held immediately following church services. These fundraisers are held in order for our group to help those in need. As
Jacob’s Ladder
We have an exciting opportunity available for the youngsters at St. Jacob’s. All children from Kindergarten through the 5th grade are invited to sing in the newly-formed Children’s Choir. We will begin by preparing music for the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.
From now until Easter Sunday, we will practice approximately 10 minutes at the beginning of Sunday School. Please bring your children to the sanctuary at 9:15 for the practice. Once we are finished, your children will be accompanied to their respective classrooms for Sunday School.
Between now and Easter, we will be working
on setting a schedule for the children sing on a regular basis and we will be asking for input from the parents to establish a more permanent practice time.
Also, if any of our 6th – 12th graders would like to be a ‘singing buddy’ or mentor for the younger ones, please consider joining us as well.
In other news, the choir workshop has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 9:30 to 12.
Lunch will be provided.
I always enjoy working with the adult choir members and I am looking forward to working with the children of St. Jacob’s as we build the foundations for future musicians in the church.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Laurie

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS

Posted February 5, 2018 By admin

Wonderful Wednesday Bible study will begin on Wednesday evening, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. FYI…this Bible study will follow the upcoming Ash Wednesday and Lent Services that will be held each week. This will be an opportunity to explore Jesus’ call for his people to be and make disciples. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor David Nuottila.

MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Posted February 5, 2018 By admin

Tuesday Morning Bible study with Pastor David will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Please bring your Bible and an eagerness to learn, discuss and share your faith as we spend time reading God’s Word together.

NEW MEMBERS CLASS

Posted February 5, 2018 By admin

New Members classes with Pastor David Nuottila will continue each Sunday until February 11. Classes began on January 28 and are open to anyone who has become a member of St. Jacob’s in the last six months, those members who have been away and are renewing their membership, and also to anyone who desires to become a member of St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church. The class is meeting downstairs first room on the right during the Sunday school hour.

Worship and Music notes for Februray

Posted February 5, 2018 By admin

The church year is very quickly moving on. In just a few short weeks, on February 14th, Ash Wednesday will begin the Lenten season. This year’s Wednesday evening services (not including Ash Wednesday, which has its own liturgy) are going to be somewhat different than the past several years, but our goal is to keep the services within the same
time frame, approximately 30 minutes in length.
The choir will have abbreviated practices, immediately following the services. We, the current choir members and I, wish to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we work on music for Lent, Easter and the Sundays leading up to Pentecost. It was such a joy to have those few extra voices singing with us during Advent and Christmas. We would be blessed to have others sing with us during the Lent and Easter seasons.
Due to unforeseen conflicts, the planned choir workshop at the end of January had to be cancelled; therefore, the Wednesday practices between now and Ash Wednesday are doubly important as we learn the anthems for the upcoming Sundays. I ask any singers in the congregation that you prayerfully consider adding your talents to those of the current choir members, so that, together, we can praise God to the best of our abilities.

Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone the glory),
Laurie

Upcoming Choir Workshop

Posted December 26, 2017 By admin

On Saturday, January 27 from 9 AM – 12 PM, we will have a choir workshop to begin reading through and learning Lenten and Easter Music. We would love to have you come and join us. A luncheon will be provided following the workshop.

Worship and Music News

Posted December 26, 2017 By admin

Wow! I must have blinked because it sure seems like 2017 flew by. In this new year, I look forward with anticipation to working with Pastor David Nuotilla in our ministry together. I also look back on this last year and reflect on the trials & errors, the challenges & the successes, not only professionally but in my personal life as well. It is sometimes easy to see God at work … and sometimes much more difficult. The positive thing though, is that, in my heart and soul, I know that God is indeed at work in my life and in the life of the church, no matter what my eyes see, my ears hear and my mind thinks.
My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the musicians who participated in worship services this past year; you truly enhanced the services & brought joy to the congregation. And no mere words can convey how much the support of the congregation means to mean. Being a church musician without the guidance of a full-time pastor was one of the biggest challenges of the last year and I hope that you will forgive me if I failed to live up to expectations. The one desire I have for my church music ministry is that the music I choose for each worship service is thought-provoking and meaningful, and above all else, is true to Scripture.
With that being said, my preparations for the Lenten and Easter seasons are already underway (and as I write this, we aren’t even through Advent yet!). The choir workshop that was held in November to work on/review Advent, Christmas & Epiphany music was very successful; we will continue the seasonal workshops with one on Saturday, January 27, from 9 am to 12 pm. The purpose is to read through and start learning Lenten & Easter anthems. The workshop will be held in the Sanctuary with lunch provided afterwards. We, the choir members and I, cordially invite any singers in the congregation to join us for this workshop.
Happy 2018!
Soli Deo Gloria, Laurie