PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
Hello to one and all. We have made it to the month of April and the numbers of people sick from COVID-19 have been going down. Thank you God for health and the vaccine. We are praying for good times “under the sun in 2021.” We have worked hard at making everything safe and now are starting our tenth 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 fourth Sunday of Easter. The gospel for this Sunday will be John 10:11-18 and the sermon theme is “The Good Good Shepherd.” We are so thrilled to continue to offer face to face worship services this Sunday at 10:30 and noon. It is great to see more and more folks back in worship again. 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 are happy to hear about good progress with the vaccines. We continue to pray for anyone who is sick and especially for our medical people. It was good to have Mary Schmidt with her crew at the noon service. She is trying her best to get around with her fractured pelvis. Little Eric looked so cute in his blue suit. We continue to pray for Mary along with Linda Hippert, Helen Glenn, Bill Jackle, Rick Reckeweg, Pat Muller, Patricia Junker, Bev Kingrey, the Dodsons and our military folks Zac Boyd, Jacob Gore, Steven Greenlee, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea.
Good news for our Sunday School We are having a great time with our children back in Sunday School again. They have even helped with special music. We had a large group of them helping with a hosanna song on Palm Sunday. The coming Sunday we are going to have an egg hunt.
How great to have such an active Food Pantry It has been our honor to help others in need and so we continue to collect food and distribute in our neighborhood. How wonderful to have partners like Mound Elementary and 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 unique time.
Prayer of the day for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, 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? Maybe this summer of 2021? We also had a bazaar of gently used Christmas items back at the church in 2019 and 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 (we pray we can do these in 2021)
-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 time 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. John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.”
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
April 19-Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6pm
April 20-Scout night at St. Jacob
April 21-Bible Study at 7pm
April 22-Catechism class at 6:30
May 23-the Day of Pentecost
June 20-a day to celebrate our 200th (with the 19th being the big alumni event)
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love a ton in 2021!!!