MINISTRY THIS WEEK
To watch the videos of our services, please use the following links:
SATURDAY, April 25
- 8:30 a.m.—Women’s Bible Study via conference call
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, April 26
- Video of service posted on YouTube and the Saint James website
- 9:15 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference call.
MONDAY, April 27
- 11:00 a.m.—Pastor Volker’s Facebook live Bible Study
TUESDAY, April 28
- 10:00 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference call
- 4:30 p.m.—Church Board via Google Hangouts
WEDNESDAY, April 29
- 4:00 p.m.—Support Group
- 5:00 p.m.—Youth Group via Google Hangouts
- 5:00 p.m.- Examination of 8th Grade Confirmation class
YOUR SAINT JAMES OFFERINGS
Thank you for giving online and mailing your offerings to Saint James. If you would like to drop off your offerings, contact Tam in the church office. Please note that offerings will be deposited in the bank on a week-by-week basis.
LENTEN SELF-DENIAL OFFERINGS
Each year, members of Saint James are invited to set aside a Lenten Self-Denial offering. This year, offerings will be split between Neighbors, Inc. and the Saint James Care Corps. The Church Board has set a goal of $5,000. You can find a Self-Denial envelope in your envelope box or write Self-Denial in the memo line. You may mail your envelope to the church office or you may give online at give.4gvn.us. To date, Self-Denial offerings amount to $5,546.
WOULD YOU LIKE A PHONE CALL?
If you or someone you know would like a phone call from a church member so that you can have someone to visit with, please contact Terese at 651-336-2117.
DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE?
If you are not working during this time and need assistance, please call the church office and we will connect you to someone who can help you.
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please call Tam in the church office at 651-457-9232 or one of the pastors directly:
- Pastor Albrecht 651-457-6796
- Pastor Critchley 651-689-3253
- Pastor Volker 612-860-2648
Please contact Tam in the church office at 651-457-9232 if you would like any of the following:
- DVDs of Sunday Services
- DVDs of Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Study
- Meditations and/or Portals of Prayer
RETIREMENT & FAREWELL CELEBRATION – JUNE 14
Because of Covid19, the committee has been discussing whether we’ll be able to proceed with our original plan. If it seems to be unsafe to host a BBQ for 200-300 people, we’ll find an alternate way to celebrate and thank Pastor and Donna Albrecht. When a final decision is made, hopefully by May 1, we will communicate to the congregation in as many ways as possible, including emails, Saint James Weekly Connection, phone calls, etc. God is in control and is providing for us!
Two Ways to Access Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Classes
These instructions work for Sunday morning Bible class and for Tuesday morning Bible class and for Saturday morning Bible class. Lord willing, these numbers should not change from week to week.
One way to join the discussion is to follow these instructions:
- Call 612-509-1531.
- When you are asked for the conference you wish to join, dial 99#.
- When you are asked for the password, dial 14215#.
We have discovered that there is a limit of ten callers per session.
A second way to join the discussion is to follow these instructions:
- Call 929-277-6489
- When you are asked for the PIN, dial 401-952-400#
As you can see, this number is long distance. On most cell phones it will not cost you extra to dial this number. But if you have to pay extra for long distance calls, please call the 612 number listed above.
If you can dial the 929 area code without having to pay extra charges, please use the 929 number and leave the 612 number for those who need it.
Bible Study Methods led by Pastor Volker
Monday, April 27, will the next instalment of the Bible Study Methods. Lesson No. 3 is the Biographical Method. The Bible is filled with stories of God working with different people. Their stories were recorded for the purpose of our spiritual growth and encouragement. I’ll show you how to choose a person, how to use online resources to help in gathering information and how to use the time studying a Bible character for the purpose of one’s spiritual growth.
I encourage you to check these out each week. One method might not appeal to you, but maybe the next one will. I hope this is helpful to the growth of your faith. Peace be with you.
If you want a copy of the notes, here is a link to the document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/162PUUbGN-I_4z5CTIQwhfDie2OB7iSCN/view?usp=sharing
- Pastor Volker
Turn It Off and Back On Again
For the first time ever in most of our lifetimes, we find ourselves in a unique time where we are forced to stay at home. I miss being able to see all of you, and even though I love technology, this has reinforced for me what I’ve always said—there is no replacement for gathering together in person.
That said, I find that I’m averaging about an extra hour of sleep every night, and while I can’t go work out at the Y, I have more energy now than I’ve had in over a decade.
Before everything shut down, think about what your schedules looked like—your commitments, your activities . . . were you a slave to your schedule?
When things aren’t working the way they should, the common wisdom is, “Turn it off and back on again.” All of those activities have been turned off. When the time comes to turn them back on, you have a wall full of switches, and you can decide which ones to turn back on and which ones can stay off or even which new ones should get turned on that never have that you’ve been “putting off” (no pun intended!).
Which of those activities and commitments are you thankful that they’ve been turned off for a while? What is your goal for each of them, and are they accomplishing that goal? Or is there a better way to reach that goal? Or is it not a necessary goal?
Think about your health and your family’s health. Which of those is beneficial to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and growth? Which are detrimental to one or more of those?
Jesus said, “…I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10 CSB)
Think about all the things you fill your life with. How many of them ironically end up draining you? Jesus gives us his love and pours it into our lives through His Word, the Sacraments, and His Body—the church. When we receive those blessings the way He intended, they fill our lives with peace and joy to overflowing and will never leave us empty. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to receive them more effectively and to make space for them, that our days may be full with the things that really matter, not filled until they leave us empty.
- Pastor Critchley