PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
Happy New Year. We are praying for good times under the sun in 2021. We have worked hard at making everything safe and now are starting our eighth month of face to face Sunday worship services. We had a great annual meeting with lots of plans for 2021. We are so thankful for the special church council meetings and the extra “reopen St. Jacob” planning meetings to get us safely to this point. Big big big thanks go to Andy Schultz and Dawn Warrick who are still recording our services and putting them on Facebook.
This coming Sunday will be the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel for Sunday will be Mark 1:14-20. Pastor Hout’s sermon theme will be “Fishing.” We are so happy to continue to offer face to face worship services this Sunday at 10:30 and noon. We appreciate everyone cooperating so we can continue to have these in-person services. How great it is to have everyone wearing masks and keeping their social distance. 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 snazzy 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 have heard sad stories of potential violence so we continue to pray for peace in our city, peace in the world and most especially at this time, peace in our nation. We also pray for the new vaccine as well as all those who are sick and our medical staff caring for them. Our prayers are with Pastor Mary Molnar upon the death of her mother Jean Baker. She was 102 years old and died from COVID-19. We also continue to pray for Bev Kingrey, Linda Hippert, Bill Jackle, Pat Muller, Rick Reckeweg, the Dodsons and our military folks Zac Boyd, Jacob Gore, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea.
Mound Elementary is shockingly amazing Even in the middle of this pandemic and with children not coming to the school building, somehow Mound Elementary still managed to collect over a thousand items to help us with our food pantry. Isn’t that amazing? There are a number of people in our community who come by to use this help. We are quite nervous about forecasts that talk about possible extreme food shortages coming our way. We are trying to be ready for that and Mound Elementary’s help is so special at this time. It has also been our privilege to share many food items over the past year with Pleasant Green Baptist Church. Can you believe we have taken 2350 food items for their relief efforts in the Trotwood community? They send their sincere thanks to us and to Mound Elementary. Our prayers are with everyone as we try to do our best through these trying days.
Prayer of the day for the Third Sunday after Epiphany: Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.
2019 was a year that ended so well 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. We missed those events in 2020. Maybe we can do all of that again in 2021?
Other great events around here from 2019 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 powerful scripture Here are some good words from our gospel for this coming Sunday. Mark 1:17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
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
January 1-The beginning of our 200th anniversary year
January 19-Scout night at St. Jacob
January 20-Bible Study at 7pm?
January 21-Confirmation class at 6:30
February 17-Ash Wednesday and Lent begins
April 4-Easter Sunday
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love a ton in 2021!!!