PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
Our next Sunday worship services are August 19th at 10:30 and noon. It will be the 13th Sunday after Pentecost. Worship will be at 10:30 (led by the pipe organ) and noon (led by guitars). The sermon theme for the day will be “We Are Not Vampires”. That gospel text is John 6:51-58 and it can be read it at the following link: www.biblegateway.com
Thanks for visiting stjacob.net We sure do 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!
Prayers of the Church Our prayers are with the family and friends of Donna Maletta who died recently. We are happy to report that Ruth Allen is back home and Bob Greenlee is doing pretty well at Elmcroft. We celebrate with Benjamin and Aaron Poffenberger who were baptized this past Sunday. Others in our prayers include Darleen Payne, Don Stupp, Bev Kingrey, Hank and Shirley Dodson, Sandy Jones, Zachary Boyd (in the military) and Christopher Boyd (chaplain training). Not only did we have two baptisms this past Sunday but we will have another one in a few weeks when baby Henrik Tabisz is baptized. How wonderful to have babies in the congregation and more on the way!!!
Prayer of the day for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
What a great week of Day Camp at St. Jacob We are still smiling about our fantastic week of Day Camp with a hundred people in our building. It was all so exciting. We had lots of great 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.
The recent Bicentennial parade was great - again and again!!! How exciting it is to report that our unit looked great not once but twice. Yes, there were two bicentennial parades and they were at the beginning and closing of 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!!!
Beard growing is over It was exciting to see the beards progress through the entire year but now they are all gone. All our beard growing finalists are now clean shaven. We can look back, though, and have good memories from that beard competition. 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 - some great scripture More wonderful words from the Bible......John 6:52 The Jews then disputed among themselves saying “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” and Jesus responded in John 6:54 “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day”
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:
August 25-Whirled Top Festival 5pm-9pm and National Championships at 3pm
September 3-Holiday at Home parade
September 9-Rally Day
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”