PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
We have done all we can to be ready for face to face Sunday worship services. This past Sunday was our fourth Sunday back in the St. Jacob sanctuary. So far, things are going very well. We keep talking about all of this at special church council meetings and had a special “reopen St. Jacob” planning meeting. Extensive notes from those meetings are in the June Bell newsletter. Big big big thanks go to Andy Schultz. We are so fortunate to have him. He has been recording our services and posting them online. Here is our video for the 28th:
This coming Sunday will be the 5th Sunday after Pentecost. The gospel will be Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 and our theme from the front cover of the bulletin is “I will give you rest.” We are so excited to have face to face worship services this Sunday at 10:30 and noon. You can read the gospel and more of the Bible at the following link: www.biblegateway.com
Thanks for visiting stjacob.net We are so happy you have found us. We hope you enjoy your time here even if we are not as flashy as some other sites. We are doing our best and, after all, we have important people here......people like you!!!
Prayers of the Church We pray for the family and friends of Mable Braunschweiger. Pastor Hout had her funeral service this past week. We just heard that Joan Fant died. Her husband Dan was pastor at St. Jacob for a numnbr of years in the 80’s and 90’s. Our prayers are with him and the rest of their famly and friends. We continue to pray for peace and love in this time when there seems to be so much racial division. We also continue to pray for everyone struggling with this COVID-19 corona virus. Others in our prayers include Pat Muller, Scott DeYoung, Bev Kingrey, Phyllis Abney, Linda Hippert, Bob Greenlee, the Dodsons and our military men Zac Boyd, Jacob Gore, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea. We are so happy to celebrate with Chris Boyd who just completed his internship year in Montpelier, Ohio.
Last Tuesday evening “Bridges Event” at Riverfront Park This was a great gathering for downtown Miamisburg. Our Ministerial Association and alumni from Miamisburg held a Bridges Event: a rally for racial equality last week. A number of St. Jacob people were there along with Pastor Hout. We heard a lot of great stories including information about Ruby Bridges, the young six year old African-American girl who went to an all-white segregated school in New Orleans. She had to pass through a lot of protesters each day and could only do so because she was escorted by federal marshals. Amazingly, she visited Miamisburg a few years ago. Pastor Hout talked about her in his sermon this past week.
Partners in ministry Pleasant Green Baptist Church of Trotwood also continues to be in our prayers as they continue with their relief efforts. We recently took another 350 items to support their work. That brings our total to 2350 cans and other food items we have taken to them over the past year. Can you believe it has been a year since those crazy tornadoes hit on Memorial Day? Pleasant Green has done wonderful service to their community giving out food and other items as they recover from multiple tornadoes. They send a big “THANK YOU” to us and to Mound Elementary.
Prayer of the day for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost: You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Looking back...the end of 2019 was terrific Miamisburg had its big annual Holiday Fest in the downtown area in December and we were happy to have a nice unit in the parade. When can we ever have a parade again? We also had a bazaar of gently used Christmas items back at the church. Then there was the Sunday School Christmas program. That was terrific. Many thanks to all who helped with these busy but important activities.
Thanksgiving week Whew!!! It sure was a busy time around these parts. We had a great area wide Thanksgiving service at St. John’s Lutheran. Then we had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day meal in our fellowship hall (also known as Albrecht Hall). Can you believe we served nearly 400 meals?
Other year ending events included:
-a Star City Music Studio Halloween concert with children in full costume
-a terrific hayride with lots of activities and nice weather at warrickfarm.com
-a parade unit in the Kettering Holiday at Home parade
-a visit in worship by the fabulous Paragon Quartet
-a giant top spinning weekend with people from Texas, Georgia, Canada and more
-a fun pool party after a great week of Day Camp
-a solid team in the co-ed softball league
-a Talent Show with lots of various talents
Some great scripture Here are some important and powerful words from our gospel for this coming Sunday - Matthew 11:28-30......”Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
A Special link because it is a great article about St. Jacob. Part of it was in the paper but we have the entire blog article here with some good pictures:
We wish we could list so many events here but so much has changed
July 5-Lots of national songs in worship in honor of Independence Day
July 20-24-Lot of evening plans in place of our cancelled Day Camp
July 26-Christmas in July
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!