PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
We have worked hard at this and now are heading toward our fifith month of face to face Sunday worship services. This past Sunday was our fifteenth Sunday back in the St. Jacob sanctuary. We are thankful for the special church council meetings and extra “reopen St. Jacob” planning meetings. Extensive notes from those meetings have been in our newsletters. 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. Here is our youtube channel of past videos.......
This coming Sunday will be the 17th Sunday after Pentecost. Pastor Hout is back from vacation (some vacation as he was sick the entire time). The gospel will be Matthew 21:23-32 and Pastor Hout’s theme is “Believe Him.” 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 There are so many things to pray about. We pray for everyone dealing with this pandemic and wildfires and hurricanes. Others in our prayers include Bill Jackle, Linda Hippert, Bev Kingrey, Rick Reckewey, Scott DeYoung, Pat Muller, Bob Greenlee and the Dodsons. We also pray for our military men. That includes Jacob Gore, Zac Boyd, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea.
Lunch Bunch in September Can you believe we have not had Lunch Bunch since February? There has been some talk about Lunch Bunch on Thursday September 24th at 11:30am over in Bullwinkle’s Top Hat Bistro. We will see if this works out for anyone.
Food pantry and partners in ministry We are so thankful for the opportunity to offer our food pantry to the area. It serves so many people in our community. We worry about forecasts that talk about possible food shortages as extreme as the great depression. We will do what we can to be ready for that. Until then, 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 this trying time.
Here is the prayer of the day for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost: God of love, giver of life, you know our frailities and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
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 21:32......”For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not beleive him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”
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
September 24-Lunch Bunch at Bullwinkle’s starting at 11:30am???
September 25-Loueda Schultz memorial service is postponed to a later date
October 4-Rally Day??? some day in the future for our Sunday School
October 8-Church Council at 7:30
October 11-Congregational meeting
October 19-Canal District Neighborhood Watch meeting
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!