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When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.
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St. James Radio Broadcast
Did you realize that on those days that you just can’t make it to church, you could listen to the broadcast on local radio stations? Turn your radio to either KBFS-AM at 1450 or KYDT-FM at 103.1, and you will hear our worship service at 10:15 AM every Sunday. We know we have a number of regular listeners, and we do greatly appreciate your input on how the service is coming over the air. Please call the church at 723-3923 and let us know if there is some way we can improve the broadcast.
St. James Lutheran Church
Whether you are a new member or just visiting, we want to let you know how excited we are in having you here. Our web site contains helpful information about the varied ministries and programs of St. James Lutheran Church.
St. James membership is comprised of individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds. We faithfully preach and teach the living word of God to help you further develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, we nurture Christian lives by meeting spiritual needs and make disciples through our witness. We are, by the grace of God, the St. James Lutheran Church.
Please consider yourself an important part of the St. James Church family. Here you will find a church in which you will be welcomed, greeted, loved, and cared for, in the name of Jesus the Risen Savior. There is a very special place for you at St. James, and if you haven't already, we hope you will consider making St. James your church home.
A Message from Pastor Jeff
To the most amazing and awesome members and friends of St. James Lutheran Church. Grace and peace be with you always.
As I am writing you today, I am thankful for the ability to breathe and not have any fever and find my strength amidst a terrible virus of influenza A that has so dominated my last week of the year 2014. Because of rest, medications, and football, I am almost out of the woods, as is my family who also shared in this difficult plight. I also realize that so many of you in the congregation have had it as well, and you also might be able to give God praise for clear breathing without fever, aches, pains, and the feeling that you were just run over by a large truck.
This week we ramp back up with our iPraise program on January 7 as well as start our revamped confirmation program. We then look forward to our annual congregation meeting on January 25 following our worship service. Lots of things are going on, and if you haven't been downstairs in the basement, then you have missed the great amount of work that so many dedicated volunteers have given to our basement remodel.
Our confirmation is starting Luther's Small Catechism again, and I wanted to share with you the Ten Commandments and Luther's questions and answers and then my 2 cents.
1. You are to have no other gods. What is this? You are to fear, love, and trust God above all things. PJ says, God is number 1.
2. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. What is this? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not curse, swear, practice magic, lie, or deceive using God's name but instead use that very name to call on, pray to, praise and give thanks to God. PJ says, what you say matters especially when you are talking about God.
3. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. What is this? You are to fear and love God, so that you do not despise preaching or God's word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear and learn it. PJ says, go to church every week and listen and learn.
4. Honor your father and mother. What is this? We are to fear and love God, so that we neither despise nor anger our parents and others in authority but instead honor, serve, obey, love and respect them. PJ says, do you really need me to explain this one?
5. You shall not murder. What is this this? You are to fear and love God, so that we do not endanger or harm the lives of our neighbors but instead help and support them in all of life's needs. PJ says, do not destroy the life of a human being but protect them.
6. You shall not commit adultery. What is this? You are to fear and love God, you are to lead pure and decent lives in word and deed, and each of us honors his or her spouse. PJ says, nurture the relationship of the one you love and honor the space between you.
7. You shall not steal. What is this? You are to fear and love God, so that we neither take our neighbor's money or property nor acquire them by shoddy merchandise or crooked deals, but instead help them to improve and protect their property and income. PJ says, do not take your friend's cookie, or iPhone, or anything that isn't yours to begin with.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. What is this? You are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything they do in the best possible light. PJ says, no finger pointing, no gossip, no taking sides to better your position. Be careful in what you say as your tongue might start a fire where bridges might be burned, but find ways to say you're sorry and to move on and help your neighbor; love your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. What is this? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not trick our neighbors out of their inheritance or property or try to get it for ourselves claiming to have a legal right to it and the like, but instead be of help and service to them in keeping what is theirs. PJ says, wanting what others have is very difficult, and we are guilty of wanting more than we need.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything
that belongs to your neighbor. What is this? You are to fear and love God, so that we do not entice, force, or steal away from our neighbor's their spouses, household workers, or livestock, but instead
urge them to stay to fulfill their responsibilities to our neighbors. PJ says, if your heart is on God you will not want the things of this world, and the harm that is caused by those who don't heed the Ten Commandments shows in the harm we do to one another.
May God's blessings be upon you this month and for the coming year of 2015!
Pastor Jeff M. Otterman
The annual meeting will be Sunday, January 25, 2015, immediately after the church service. Please get your year-end reports to the office by Sunday, January 18, 2015. If you would rather email your report, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
January Dinner Bell
We will be resuming our Dinner Belle on Sunday, January 25, from 5-7 PM at our church. At this time, no definite plans have been made as to the menu, so please watch the bulletin to see what we will be cooking for Dinner Belle this month.