Does your family celebrate May Day? Have you ever danced around a May pole? Do you like to make May baskets filled with flowers or sweets and leave them at someone’s door? Do you ring the bell and then run away?
Maybe we can think of May baskets as an earlier version of random acts of kindness. When you surprise a friend or neighbor with a May basket, you do not expect to receive a May basket in return. You prefer that they pay it forward.
According to Wikipedia, the celebration of May Day has pagan roots, but there is something Christ-like about giving a gift with no strings attached. Do you remember what Jesus says in Luke 14:12-14? Sounds like a good way to celebrate Easter!
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
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
• Audio recordings of Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Study
• Meditations and/or Portals of Prayer
FULL SAINT JAMES SERVICES ON LOCAL CHANNELS
SPNN – Channel 14
Wednesdays – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Town Square Television – Channel 16
Monday – 6:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 3:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 12:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Thursday – 6:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 3:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Saturday – 12:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Sunday – 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
MINISTRY THIS WEEK
To watch the videos of our services,
please use the following link to our website:
SATURDAY, May 2
• 8:30 a.m.—Men’s Bible Study via conference call
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 3
• Video of service posted on the Saint James website
• 9:15 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference
MONDAY, May 4
• 11:00 a.m.—Pastor Volker’s Facebook live Bible Study
TUESDAY, May 5
• 10:00 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via
• 4:30 p.m.—Church Board via Google Hangouts
• 6:00 p.m.—Missions Committee
WEDNESDAY, May 6
• 4:00 p.m.—Support Group
• 5:00 p.m.—Youth Group via Google Hangouts
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:
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:
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
I encourage you to check these out each week. One method might not appeal to you, but maybe the next one will.
If you want a copy of the notes, here is a link to the document
I hope this is helpful to the growth of your faith. Peace be with you.
As we expected, the pandemic, which has required us to halt church services, has also had a
negative impact on Saint James finances. In March we experienced a decline of $31,253 in
contributions as compared to March of 2019.
Expenses also declined but not enough to offset the decrease in contributions. Expenses this March were $61,827 compared to $78,341 for March of 2019.
In March we received the 2019 earnings of the Saint James Foundation which were $57,614. This helped us reduce our operating expense deficit. As of March 31, 2020, the deficit was $38,668 as compared to $88,565 at the end of March last year.
We thank all our members who were able to continue their generous financial support of Saint James. We realize many of our members may be unemployed or faced with a reduced income and our prayers go out to you.
Ken Christensen, Treasurer
PASTOR ALBRECHT’S RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
Unfortunately, we are unable to proceed with our original plans for Pastor Albrecht’s
retirement celebration due to Covid-19. However, the committee has come up with a few
alternate ways to show our appreciation and bid a farewell. Details on how you and your
family can participate will be emailed and sent by postcard. Please watch for this
information coming to you soon!
Hey, Saint James Kids!
We know the last couple of weeks have been a big change for you. All this time at home can be really fun, and it can be really hard.
We know you miss your teachers at school and your Saint James Sunday School teachers. They miss you, too!
Here are some fun activities for you and your family to do while you’re home!
When you do each activity, make sure you read and talk about the Bible verse/story that goes with it.
1. Write a note, draw a picture, or build something. Have an adult take a picture and send it in an
email to a member of the Saint James congregation, especially those who might be home alone
during this time – or mail it to that person.
Bible Verse: Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
2. Take a walk and collect little pieces of nature you see on the way (fallen leaves, small sticks, little
pinecones, acorn tops, etc.). Please remember not to disturb growing things. Take home a small
handful of nature and see if you can create a 3D picture or art project with it.
Bible Verse: Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible
though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. (Romans
3. On a rainy day, build a fort inside. Take your Bible in with you and read a favorite story. OR, on a
nice day, head to the backyard and act out your favorite Bible story. (Think Noah’s ark!)
Bible Verse: But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals
that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters
subsided. (Genesis 8:1)
4. Video call another family from Saint James and sing Jesus Loves Me or pray The Lord’s Prayer
Bible Verse: Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:23)
5. Look through your recycling bin and see what you might be able to create by giving items a second life! This website https://www.weareteachers.com/earth-day-crafts-classroom-activities/ has great ideas.
Bible Verse: As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and
winter, day and night, shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22)
WALKING TOGETHER THROUGH COVID-19
These are challenging times but also times when we clarify what is truly important in our
lives—and church is! As we continue to wade through a tremendous amount of uncertainty,
we must lean into the certainty that we have in Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today and
forever; He is our foundation! Saint James Pastors, staff, and members are stepping up and
being the church in new ways. It is exciting and inspiring! This commitment and dedication to
ensure that all members continue to feel loved and connected to Saint James is a beautiful
reminder that God walks with us and transforms us during these challenging times. Please know that your Church Board has been working on your behalf, continuing to move forward with the ministry of Saint James.
• We are following our government and community officials’ direction in order to best safeguard our members.
• We are working to support the ongoing continuity of service for our ministries.
• We are continuing to support and look for ways to ensure all members are communicated with on a regular basis.
• We are seeking ways to steward our resources wisely; now and stepping into the future.
Here are a few important updates as we continue to walk through this together:
• We will continue to gather remotely for our worship services until further notice.
• All our ministry areas are working hard at continuing to deliver ministry in new and exciting ways.
• Expect emails, mailings, and/or calls from volunteers as we continue to seek out your needs and maintain our connection to one another.
• We are in the process of forming a Transition Team to help us move through the different phases of returning to our new normal.
The Church Board has had numerous conversations, emails, and meetings related to the NAT Force Report.
• We believe that their recommendations deserve consideration by the congregation, and we ask that you prayerfully think about the information that will be sent out to all members in the near future.
• A meeting with the NATForce, for a complete presentation of the report, will be scheduled when we are able to gather again. The full NATForce Report will be available at that time. Should you wish to read the entire report before the NATForce presentation, you may request a copy via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church office at 651-457-9232 to receive a copy through the U.S. mail.
Thank you for your continued prayers, efforts and faithfulness. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. We want to walk with you!
Full Church Board meeting minutes and the treasurer’s report are always available upon request.
Diane Munson, Church Board Secretary
Our risen Lord Jesus called Beverly Noack home on April 24 at the age of 88. Bev was a longtime
member of Saint James. She was preceded in death by her dear husband of nearly 60 years,
LeRoy. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Due to Covid-19, a date for Bev’s
celebration of life is currently pending.
Condolences to her children, Dave (Linda), Ken (Mary Kay), Karen (Dan) Scholz, and Kris (Dan)
Coyer, and to her 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Our Lord Jesus says, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me
will live – even though he dies – and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)