PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
We are not sure when our next face to face Sunday worship services will be. What we do know is that we are having on-line worship services thanks to the hard work of Andy Schultz. Here is the video from Sunday the 29th............. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBm9cHmPd3A
People are noticing our outside sign Dawn Warrick took a picture of our sign out in front of the church and it is getting a lot of positive comments from around the nation. Many thanks to Linda Bechtol for her idea!!! It says
CARRY OUT YOUR FOOD
CARRY ON WITH JESUS
This coming Sunday will be Palm Sunday and we will be making another video for that service. The processional gospel will be Matthew 21:1-11 and Pastor Hout’s theme is “Hosannas and more.” 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!!!
Even with the pandemic we are still progressing through Lent It all started with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. We had midweek worship services at 7pm with Lenten soup suppers at 6:00 until the 18th. Sadly, there are no more soup suppers. We still are enjoying our Lenten theme “Great Worship Spaces” and we have talked about church buildings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. On April 1st Pastor Hout will share about worship spaces in Italy. We still have Holy Week when we can talk about great worship spaces in the Holy Land.
Prayers of the Church We continue to pray for all who are affected by this carona virus. Loueda Schultz is home under the care of hospice. Phyllis Abney is in therapy at Kingston. We also include in our prayers Scott DeYoung and his wife Sheree. Scott is recovering from back surgery. Others in our prayers are Bob Greenlee, Linda Hippert, Bev Kingrey, Pat Muller and Hank & Shirley Dodson along with our military men Zachary Boyd, Jacob Gore and Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea. Christopher Boyd is also in our prayers as he completes his internship in Montpelier, Ohio.
Partners in ministry We are thrilled to work with and pray for Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Trotwood. They have been doing amazing relief work at this church thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers. They are still recovering from the multiple tornadoes that hit their area especially hard. We have made several trips there and are happy to report that we have taken 1500 items up there over the past few months? They send a big “THANK YOU” to us and to Mound Elementary.
Prayer of the day for Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday: Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Up until the carona virus, 2020 had been a good new year with a fine congregational meeting and strong commitments for the coming year of ministry. We also had a good Souper Bowl Sunday in support of the hungry. Thanks for your cans of food, your cash for our food pantry or your check for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
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. 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 words from our gospel for this coming Sunday - Matthew 21:9.....The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in highest heaven!”
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 1-midweek Lenten worship at 7pm and after - from our website
April 5-Sunday worship after 10:30 from YouTube and our website at stjacob.net
April 9-Maundy Thursday worship at 7pm and after from our website
April 10-Good Friday worship at 7pm and after from stjacob.net
April 12-We will be sharing Easter worship on-line this year
April 13-Dyngus Day Parade-Pastor will miss unicycling with his friends in Buffalo
And it looks like we will be having online services after Easter for a bit
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!