+ Dr. Raj Kumar +
It has pleased the Lord to call Dr. Raj Kumar home to Himself on Sunday morning, May 10, 2020. Burial took place the same day, with Pastor Moshe and Bishop Shalem conducting the simple funeral at the AELC cemetery in Guntur.
Ordained as a pastor of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dr. Raj Kumar served as the director of the Bible Faith Lutheran Church Seminary in Guntur for many years. He was a dear friend and colleague to Rao Dasari, the founder of the Bible Faith Lutheran Church. When Rao Dasari died in the year 2000, Dr. Raj Kumar agreed to lead the BFLC Seminary.
Dr. Raj Kumar was a faithful pastor, a gifted teacher, and an experienced translator from English into Telugu. He often provided simultaneous translation of English sermons and lectures, and he did the written translation of much of the Book of Concord into Telugu.
Dr. Raj Kumar remained a student throughout his life, always eager to learn, and he had a delightful sense of humor.
For many years he dedicated himself to care for his adopted daughter, Sarojeni, until her death a few years ago.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. “Yes,” says the Spirit, “for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them.”
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.
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.
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
| MINISTRY THIS WEEK
To watch the videos of our services, please use the following link to our website:
SATURDAY, May 16
· 8:30 a.m.—Men’s Bible Study via conference call
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 17
· Video of service posted on the Saint James website and YouTube
· 9:15 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference call.
MONDAY, May 18
· 11:00 a.m.—Pastor Volker’s Facebook Live Bible Study
TUESDAY, May 19
· 10:00 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference call
· 6:00 p.m.—Church Board meeting remotely
WEDNESDAY, May 20
· 4:00 p.m.—Support Group
· 5:00 p.m.—Youth Group meeting remotely
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.
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.
ASCENSION DAY & MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
40 days after Jesus rose from the dead, His disciples watched Him ascend into heaven. We celebrate this day as Ascension Day, which always falls on a Thursday. Historically, churches had services to celebrate this festival, but it has fallen out of tradition in recent years. This year, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate it due to our global circumstances and Ascension Day falling close to Memorial Day weekend.
Our tradition has been to add a Memorial Service following the 9:00 AM Sunday service on Memorial Day weekend, which transitions us into the summer service schedule. This service has focused on those who have lost loved ones recently, or for whom the wound of the grief is still painful. This year, we are all experiencing loss of one kind or another, so if you haven’t taken advantage of this service in the past, you may find it uniquely comforting this year.
So this year, we will release the recording of the Sunday service, which will use the Ascension Day readings with an associated sermon, on Thursday, May 21, and then on Sunday, May 24, we will release the Memorial Service. That way, you can watch the Ascension service on Ascension Day and the Memorial Service on Sunday or Monday, or watch them both on Sunday, or whatever works best for you and your loved ones.
TRANSITION TASK FORCE
Our phones rang. We were invited. A task force was born. This one is a Transition Task Force chartered by the Church Board with a daunting list of duties that can be summed up in two words—Get Ready.
No one would dispute that we are facing new challenges brought by a global pandemic. No one would dispute that we will face some changes in how we carry out our program of ministry after Pastor Albrecht retires.
No one would doubt either that the God of the Church still holds us in his hand and will help us face these challenges. He always has.
But we certainly want to do everything we can to get ready. The Transition Task Force will be working in three areas to help Saint James Lutheran do just that:
- Get ready for the reopening of our church building as COVID19 restrictions ease
- Get ready for transitions at Pastor Albrecht’s retirement
- Get ready to act on the NATF recommendations when approved by the congregation
These are the members of the Transition Task Force and why they were chosen:
- Mariann Peterschick—connection to Church Board, member of NATF-2017
- Judy Helland—member of most recent NATF
- Mike Bock—connection to Elders, member of NATF-2017, Strategic Plan-2018, Governance-2019
- Joan Bartholomew—past Vestry member, health care professional with infectious disease control specialty
- David Farley—NATF-2017, ACC-2018
Please watch the weekly updates for more. There is so very much more to come.
ALBRECHT RETIREMENT CASH GIFT
The Saint James Church Board would like to offer you the opportunity to contribute to a cash gift for Donna and Michael Albrecht. There are two ways to make donations:
- Mail a check payable to Saint James to the church office (please write “Albrecht Gift” in memo line)
- Use RebelGive online giving at http://give.4gvn.us (this gift will NOT be tax deductible)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office. Thank you for your generosity in blessing Michael and Donna.
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.
PASTOR VOLKER’S BIBLE STUDY
I recorded on Saint James’ Facebook page four different methods of studying your Bible: Devotional, Chapter Study, Biographical and Verse-by-Verse method. If you missed these and they sound interesting to you, I encourage you to check them out on the Saint James Facebook page.
Last week, I began a new topic on the Saint James Facebook page: Sacred Sorrow. It’s based on the book by Michael Card. Last week’s topic was God’s unconditional love as expressed in the Hebrew word “hesed” and its relationship to lamenting. This coming Monday’s topic is about Jeremiah, the prophet who wrote the book of Lamentations. If you want a copy of the notes from this study, here is a link to the document:
I hope this is helpful to the growth of your faith. Peace be with you.
Saint James offers financial assistance to families who enroll their children at parochial schools. The scholarship fund is available for pre-school, K-8, and high school. Students planning on entering college for the preaching or teaching ministry are also eligible. If you plan on sending a child to a Lutheran school for the 2020-21 school year, please inform Ron Ecker from the Education Committee by June 20th at (651) 457-3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A LITTLE HUMOR . . .
(Why Leviticus says we shouldn’t consult mediums or dream interpreters) 😊
When she woke up, Lena told her husband Ole, “I just had a dream that you gave me the most beautiful diamond necklace. What do you think it means?”
“You’ll know tonight,” he said with a smile.
Lena could hardly think of anything else all day and she couldn’t wait for Ole to return home. That evening, Ole finally came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it excitedly to find a book entitled: “The Meaning of Dreams.”
(contributed by Dick Miller)