PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
We have worked hard at this and now are in our sixth month of face to face Sunday worship services. This past Sunday was our twenty-fifth Sunday back in the St. Jacob sanctuary. There was also recently a congregational meeting as we plan for 2021. We are thankful for the special church council meetings and 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.
Thanksgiving week and our free meal on the 26th This is it!!! We are in the midst of our big Thanksgiving week which includes a free meal on Thanksgiving day. Stop by for some food from 12:30-2:30. We will not be eating any food in our building but we will be handing out lots and lots of “TO GO” meals. Please be sure to stop by.
This coming Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent. The gospel for Sunday will be Mark 13:24-37. Welcome to the new church year!!! We are thrilled 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 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 are excited about the news of a vaccine. We pray for that and for all dealing with COVID-19. Of course, this includes our medical people. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Scott DeYoung. We also learned about Elroy Miller’s death. HIs burial will be this week and we pray for his family and friends. Others in our prayers includes Bill Jackle, Bev Kingrey, Pat Muller, Linda Hippert, Rick Reckewey, Bob Greenlee, the Dodsons and our military men Zac Boyd, Jacob Gore, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea. Have you heard that there is a possibility that Jacob Gore may one day be headed to the very northern part of Norway?
Our Food pantry continues to serve We are so thankful to be able to offer our food pantry for this area. There are a number of people in our community who come by to use it. At this time, it looks like we are low on canned meats. We are concerned about forecasts that talk about possible food shortages as extreme as the great depression. At this time, we think we are ready for that. We say “thank you” to our good friends at Mound Elementary. They have donated thousands and thousands of items over the past decade. It has 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.
Here is the prayer of the day for the first Sunday of Advent: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 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.
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 good words from our gospel for this coming Sunday. Mark 13:37 ”And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”
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
November 24-Scout night at St. Jacob
November 25-Bible Study at 7pm
November 26-Thanksgiving Day meal
November 29-The beginning of a new church year!!! Happy Advent!!!
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!