|MINISTRY THIS WEEK
To watch the videos of our services, please use the following link to our website: https://saintjameslutheran.com/view
SATURDAY, May 23
· 8:30 a.m.—Women’s Bible Study via conference call
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 24
· 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 25
As we remember the losses in our lives, God remembers them, too, and He remembers us.
Honoring all Veterans, Past and Present
TUESDAY, May 26
· 10:00 a.m.—Pastor Albrecht will not be available for Bible Class, but the recording from the Sunday Bible class will be available on our Saint James website.
WEDNESDAY, May 27
· 4:00 p.m.—Support Group
· 5:00 p.m.—Youth Group meeting remotely
|MEMORIAL DAY 2020
Decoration Day was observed for the first time on May 30, 1868. America was just emerging from the Civil War. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. The change went into effect in 1971. This year the last Monday in May comes as early in May as it possibly can, so our nation will celebrate Memorial Day on May 25.
There is something Christ-like about giving your life in service to your country. The Apostle Paul’s words come to mind:
While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).
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 needs pastoral care, please call Tam in the church office ator one of the pastors directly:
- Pastor Albrecht
- Pastor Critchley
- Pastor Volker
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 atif 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
- Saint James Weekly Connection
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.
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 email@example.com
For the month of April, contributions to cover operating expenses were $69,130. This is about a 20% decrease compared to last April.
Operating expenses for the month were $62,340. This is a decrease of about 4%. Our operating deficit as of April 30 was $19,764.
We normally experience lower contributions during the summer months, and as long as the church building remains closed, we expect this summer’s decline to be more significant than normal. We deeply appreciate your financial support during these difficult times.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP SAINT JAMES?
We wanted to take a moment to encourage our fellow members. Saint James could use your help. Due to the pandemic, giving to our church has dropped. In the coming weeks, you will see and hear from the Stewardship Committee as we highlight the different giving opportunities at Saint James. Please do not feel pressured if you cannot give as much as you would like to give under the present circumstances. If you find you are blessed to be able to give a little more, we appreciate your generosity. Thank you for all your continued prayers and support, as you are able.
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.
TRANSITION TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED
The Church Board has formed a Transition Task Force comprised of the following members:
David Farley, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Bock email@example.com
Mariann Peterschick firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Helland email@example.com
Joan Bartholomew firstname.lastname@example.org
The Transition Task Force members have each served Saint James in numerous ways and together they bring a broad and diverse range of knowledge and expertise. Their collective skill set will allow them to do their work thoughtfully and effectively.
The Transition Task Force has met. First steps included reviewing the charter for clarity and understanding, as well as prioritizing their work.
They are ready to move forward and will keep the Church Board and the Congregation informed of their recommendations and progress!
THE 2020 TRANSITION TASK FORCE CHARTER
Member of the Transition Task Force,
The purposes of your task force are to develop and execute a ministries transition plan, as necessitated by special circumstances surrounding Pastor Albrecht’s retirement, and to aid in reopening the church facilities in compliance with State of Minnesota and federal COVID-19 guidelines. The Church Board prays most fervently that peacefulness, unity, and fellowship will be sought and experienced through your efforts. We especially encourage communications reflecting this theme.
We ask you to work in cooperation with the staff, the Church Board, and other organizations within the Congregation. We encourage you to call upon other members of the congregation from time to time to help accomplish your mission, and we request that you keep the Board informed of your progress.
Please be informed by our church constitution and bylaws, the NATForce Report and Recommendations, common church practices and our deep respect for God’s precious Word.
The Board pledges support for your efforts with assistance, consultation and resources when needed and by responding promptly on any requests.
Specific duties include:
- In consultation with the staff, Church Board, Altar Guild, Elders and other appropriate organizations, prepare an action plan (including communications) for the return to church life once the COVID-19 stay-at-home order is eased or lifted, and provide support for and oversight thereof.
- If called upon, begin activities as an Advisory Call Committee (ACC) to identify, interview and recommend a candidate(s) for the position of part-time Visitation Pastor with a target call completion date of July 1st. Church Board consensus is the pastor chosen for this position will not start until personal visits are possible.
- If called upon, begin activities as ACC to support the Church Board to call a part-time Missions Pastor, acting in a similar manner as for the Visitation Pastor.
- Provide support in designing and implementing an online and mail-in ballot process, if necessary.
- Work with staff and Elders to plan how pastoral services will be conducted after Pastor Albrecht retires, including:
- Selecting services which will be put on hold, delayed or shifted to non-pastoral staff and volunteers.
- Re-balancing of services which will continue to be provided by our remaining pastors.
- Monitoring workloads.
- Creating and executing an informative communications plan that is also assuring, uplifting and optimistic about the future of Saint James.
- When ready to be filled, write a job description(s) in consultation with staff for additional administrative staff, interview and bring a candidate recommendation(s) to the Church Board.
- If called upon, the Transitional Task Force will provide support and all relevant findings to an Advisory Call Committee, should the recommendation for a Transitional Lead Pastor be approved.
- Engage in other efforts that your task force believes will benefit the ministries transition and the successful reopening of the church.
Be assured that all your efforts will be in the prayers of staff, Church Board and congregation. Many thanks for your service to Saint James.
The Church Board
The Transition Task Force (TTF) is in the earliest stages of discussing plans at Saint James to re-open our building for worship and other activities. A re-opening will require completion of careful planning and implementation of comprehensive safety protocols. Since we are only at the beginning of these activities, we are NOT recommending a quick start of services and in-person activities.
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
Pastor Volker will not have a Facebook live Bible study on Monday, May 25. He will resume the Sacred Sorrow on Monday, June 1.
Peace be with you.
A LITTLE HUMOR . . . Biblical Theme Songs
- Adam and Eve: “Strangers in Paradise”
- Elijah: “Up, Up, and Away”
- Noah: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”
- Daniel: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
- Esau: “Born to be Wild”
- Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego: “Great Balls of Fire”
- Methuselah: “Stayin’ Alive”
- Nebuchadnezzar: “Crazy”
- Esther: “I Feel Pretty”
- Jonah: “Got a Whale of a Tale”
- Job: “I”ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues”
- The Three Kings: “When You Wish Upon a Star”
- Moses: “The Wanderer”
- Salome: “I Could Have Danced All Night”
- Jezebel: “The Lady is a Tramp”
- Lazarus: “The Second Time Around”
- Samson: “Hair”
(Contributed by Dick Miller)