PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
We have worked hard at this and now are in our third month of face to face Sunday worship services. This past Sunday was our ninth 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 special “reopen St. Jacob” planning meetings. Extensive notes from those meetings were in the June Bell newsletter. Big big big thanks go to Andy Schultz. We are so fortunate to have him. He recorded our services for many weeks and posted them online. Here is a link to some of our videos:
This coming Sunday will be the 10th Sunday after Pentecost. The gospel will be Matthew 14:22-33 and Pastor Hout’s theme is “Take Heart.” We are so excited to have face to face worship services this Sunday at 10:30 and noon. We want all to go well 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 pray for everyone dealing with this crazy virus. We also pray for for love and peace in the world. There are a number of other people we want to keep in our prayers and this includes Scott DeYoung, Rick Reckewey, Bill Jackli, Pat Muller, Bev Kingrey, Phyllis Abney, Linda Hippert, Bob Greenlee and the Dodsons. We continue to pray for Jacob Gore, Zac Boyd, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea. Chris Boyd has been in our prayers and was ordained this past Sunday. It was an exciting service and now Pastor Boyd heads to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, Ohio (on Catawba Island).
Food concerns and partners in ministry We are nervous about upcoming threats of food shortage. Some have said it will be worse than the great depression. Right now, we are doing ok with our food pantry, thanks to great help from Mound Elementary. We have shared 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. Good job Pleasant Green. They send their sincere thanks to us and to Mound Elementary. We hope you are doing well through this pandemic!!!
Here is the prayer of the day for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost: O God, our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of 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 14:31......”You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
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
August 5-Large trash pick up for our neighborhood
August 17-Canal District Neighborhood Watch
August 20-Church Council meets
August 22-a subdued Festival of Tops
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!