PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
We are not sure when our next face to face Sunday worship services but it did not happen in April as we had hoped. Hopefully May is our month. We will keep you posted. Special thanks go to Andy Schultz. We are so fortunate to have him. He has been recording our services and posting them online. Here is the video from this past Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter:
We continue to do what we can with our outside sign The one side of the sign says L T L Y G with all your heart. We will let you in on the secret answer to the first five letters. It ties in with the message for this past Sunday. Love The Lord Your God........ It is a scripture verse and a song we sang at worship on the 17th “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and love all humankind as you would love yourself so love....”
This coming Sunday will be the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The gospel will be John 17:1-11 and Pastor Hout’s theme is “One.” 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 all who have been dealing in one way or another with this virus monster. Thank you to all the medical people out there and their amazing work. We pray for them and Scott DeYoung who is still in the hospital. We were asked to pray this week for little Jaimie Cash and we are happy to report that she is doing well after surgery. Jaimie is Laura and John Quinn’s niece. Others in our prayers include Mable Braunschweiger, Phyllis Abney, Bev Kingery, Pat Muller, Linda Hippert, Bob Greenlee, the Paynes, the Dodsons and our military men Zac Boyd, Jacob Gore, Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea. Christopher Boyd is also in our prayers as he is on internship in Montpelier, Ohio.
Partners in ministry We continue to pray for our friends at Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Trotwood. We look forward to seeing them again. Sadly, we have not been able to visit them since this pandemic started. Despite many roadblocks, they have been doing wonderful service to their community giving out food and other items as they recover from multiple tornadoes. We have made several trips there and are happy to report that we have taken 1500 items up there. They send a big “THANK YOU” to us and to Mound Elementary.
Prayer of the day for the Seventh Sunday of Easter: O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Ironically, up until this pandemic, 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.
Even with all the virus trouble we made it through Lent and now the Easter season is almost over. Ash Wednesday was February 26th and we had midweek worship services at 7pm with Lenten soup suppers at 6:00 until March 18th. Sadly, our soup suppers ended there. We had lots of fun with our Lenten theme “Great Worship Spaces” and talked about church buildings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy.
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 words from our gospel for this coming Sunday - John 17:11.....”Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
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:
May 10-We had a great worship service online and highlighted mother’s day
May 16-Sadly, no Spring Fest parade or Spring Fest activities in the Burg
May 17-Again, we had an online service. Pastor Hout visited Trinity down the street
May 21-Church Council will meet by way of a conference call on the phone
May 25-Memorial Day but probably no parade or other events
May 31-The Day of Pentecost
Hopefully we can have face to face worship very soon!!!
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!