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PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:

Our next Sunday worship services are February 18th at 10:30 and noon. The 10:30 service is led by the pipe organ (with our new midi system). The noon service is led by guitars. Pastor Hout’s sermon theme for this week will be “Tempted”. It will be based on the gospel text for this week which is Mark 1:9-15. You can read the gospel and the entire Bible at www.biblegateway.com

Thanks for visiting We hope you enjoy your time on our humble website.  We may not be as big and fancy as some places but we have important people here......people like you!

The season of Lent is here We enjoyed having Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday on the 14th this year. We will continue our trek through the Lenten season on the 21st with a worship service at 7pm and a soup supper at 6pm. This will continue for five weeks until we get to Holy Week when we have 7pm worship services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Our theme this year is “The Faces of Christ.”

Prayers of the Church  We were so happy to have Hank and Shirley Dodson in our noon worship service this past week. Our prayers are still with them as well as Bev Kingrey, Bev Kingrey, Don Stupp and Jim Proctor. We just heard that Dick Myers is not doing very well again. We will pray for him along with Sandy Jones, Charlie Case, Bob Greenlee, Christopher Boyd (in the seminary), Zachary Boyd (in the military) and Madison Wolfe (in the Philippines as a missionary).

We also pray for others in need  Most especially we remember the hungry. How great to have time to highlight this group during the recent Souper Bowl. Many thanks to all who helped us remember them by bringing in some cans of food or donating to our food pantry or writing a check to ELCA world hunger appeal. Speaking of helping others in need, did you happen to read about the Wright State basketball team helping others in need of shoes? Their coach recently roamed the sidelines and coached a game barefoot in to remember those in needs of footwear. Pastor Hout was able to see this first hand as he was at the game.

Prayer of the day for the First Sunday in Lent: Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked for may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Looking ahead This is the 200th anniversary of our fair city and the 197th anniversary of our congregation. Our prayers are with Miamisburg and St. Jacob. It was great to have good participation at our recent congregational meeting. We look forward to another year of ministry and another year of amazing activity as Jesus continually surprises us with his presence.

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-Holiday parade and bazaar It was a good day even though it was a cold day. We were happy to have a unit in the parade and then come back to a bazzar in our fellowship hall (Albrecht Hall). How great to share all these Christmas items with our people and the community.

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 over 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 - a good piece of scripture   More great words from the Bible......Mark 1:15 - “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news.”

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:
http://pinehavenfarmersvilleohio.blogspot.com/2010/10/heres-church-and-heres-steeple.html

Here are some events and dates to consider:
February 17-Improve Theater at St. Jacob from 6-8:30
February 21-Soup Supper at 6pm & Lenten service at 7pm
February 22-Lunch Bunch at Mz. Pickles
Coming soon-Lenten Fair
April 1-Easter Sunday