PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
Our next Sunday worship services are July 22nd at 10:30 and noon. It will be the 7th Sunday after Pentecost but it is the perfect time to celebrate Christmas in July. Come join us for Christmas carols, a Christmas message and more Christmas at the 10:30 service (led by the pipe organ) or the noon service (led by guitars). The sermon theme for the day will be “Taught Many Things”. That gospel text is Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 and it can be read it at the following link: www.biblegateway.com
Thanks for visiting We hope you enjoy your time on our new website. We may not be as big and fancy as some places but we are trying. And, after all, we have important people here......people like you!
What a great week of Day Camp at St. Jacob We just finished our July 9-13 week of Day Camp with a hundred people in our building. It was all so exciting. We had lots of exciting times of fun and learning and were joined by 7 specially trained counselors from LOMO (Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio). Many thanks go to Laura Quinn for all her working organizing everything as our camp director.
Prayers of the Church We give thanks to God for the safe arrival of our group back from the national youth gathering in Houston and for a safe week of Day Camp. We continue to pray for Ruth Allen, Bev Kingrey, Darleen Payne, Hank and Shirley Dodson, Theresa Gilbert, Christopher Ortiz, Don Stupp, Sandy Jones, Charlie Case, Bob Greenlee, Zachary Boyd (in the military) and Christopher Boyd (chaplain training).
Thanks for praying for our softball team As always, we needed the prayers. On the other hand, we were like the Reds and were getting better every week. Sadly, the season is over. But there is always next year and we plan on surprising some people. It is always good to have hopes and dreams, isn’t it? Many thanks to all who played and to Pastor Hout who did his best to coach the team.
Prayer of the day for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us. Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The recent Bicentennial parade was great - AGAIN!!! How exciting it is to report that our unit looked great once again. This was the second of the bicentennial parades and it closed out a big week of celebrating. We had over two dozen people participating in our group. It was also great this past week to see a picture of Dale Schram in the paper as he is waving from the parade route on the back of a bicycle!!!
Congratulations to our beard growing finalists They have been working on their beards all year and received a fine show of applause at the bicentennial stage. Dale Schram and Paul T. Schultz certainly had the best facial hair for the over 90 category. Dan Poffenberger had the best beard of all the kangaroo court and sheriffs. Randy Hardin was the big winner for St. Jacob. His beard drew lots of oohs and ahhs from the crowd and he undoubtedly had the best beard of all the St. Jacob folks. Good job to all our bearded wonders!!!
Luther House Gang reunion We had another wonderful reunion of the 60’s youth groups at St. Jacob known as the “Luther House Gang.” They were led by Mayor Dick Church and he was here to greet the gang and enjoy some good story telling. Our illustrious Mayor also told about bicentennial events and how well everything is going. The city looks great and Pastor Hout is proud to be the first person in the new water fountain/water park.
Looking back-Our sanctuary was packed for Easter Sunday and we had lots of visitors. How great to see both services so well attended. We also had a great Easter breakfast and a fun egg hunt. Many thanks to all who helped in so many ways to make all of this happen.
Looking back-fabulous S. S. Christmas program How great to have so many people involved in our annual Sunday School Christmas program. We remember that only a few years ago we were talking about having to cancel this event because we did not have any children. Yet, God has been good to us and here we are with not only a great program with lots of children but also a wonderful carry-in dinner before the event. Yum!!!
Looking back-Thanksgiving Day meal was AMAZING!!! We had a record crowd here for the 2017 edition of this meal. Can you believe we served 425 meals? Volunteers came from all over and worked together so well. Who could have dreamed of such a wonderful response? Many thanks to all who helped and especially to our coordinator and organizer, Dawn Warrick.
Looking back and ahead - a good piece of scripture More great words from the Bible......Mark 6:34 “He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and be began to teach them many things.”
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:
Here are some events and dates to consider:
July 18-No more co-ed softball as the season is over
July 22-Christmas in July
July 26-Lunch Bunch at Mz. Pickles
August 25-Whirled Top Festival 5pm-9pm and National Championships at 3pm
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”