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Hallelujah!!! It is now the season of Easter We are down to our last week of the season of Easter. It has been great to continue to celebrate the fact that Jesus has risen from the grave and that the tomb is empty. It was a blessing to follow the footsteps of our Savior Jesus during the purple days of Lent. Despite the frigid temperature and the heavy snowfall we had a good number of people here as we started Lent with an Ash Wednesday worship service. We had weekly Wednesday worship services at 7pm and during Holy Week we had Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. Our Lenten theme was “Places of the Passion” and we walked through Jerusalem, Bethany, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the Courtyard and Pilate’s Judgment Hall. How great it was to have two very full worship services to celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday. We were even able to have an egg hunt. St. Jacob will continue to have 10:30 and noon worship services on Sundays to celebrate the resurrection for after all, as Luther says, each Sunday is like a little Easter.
We are celebrating our 200th year St. Jacob has seen a lot in its two hundred years. We have amazing stories to tell. We have highlighted our first three pastors (we have had twelve so we will remember one a month) and this past week looked at flood memories from 1913. Each Sunday this year we will try to highlight some more of our history. We have a St. Jacob song, a St. Jacob poem and each month we will talk about one of our pastors. There are amazing stories here. Did you know we have a member who was baptized here 98 years ago, a member who was baptized in the river and three baptized members who were on the first NFL football team, the Dayton Triangles?
Christmas Eve worship services went well We had services at 7:30 and 11:00 with great organ music prior to each. How exciting it was to have safe face to face worship in the midst of this crazy pandemic. We had people from a number of other Lutheran congregations attend. We also had our services online for folks at home. We are sorry that we did not have some of our regular activities during this time of the year. We missed our big Miamisburg Holiday Fest and the parade. We missed our Sunday School Christmas program. We missed the Miamisburg Community Chorus Christmas concert. Thankfully, we will not miss any caroling as groups are going out to do this.
Thanksgiving Day meal We have been doing this for a quarter of a century. This year was different, though, as we dealt with the pandemic. Can you believe we gave out food for nearly 400 meals? All our meals were delivered or “to go”. We were happy to serve so many fine people on the 26th.
Community Thanksgiving worship service went well despite everything. We did not have the biggest crowd but we sure had a good time giving thanks to our Lord and God for our many blessings.
Reformation Sunday This past Sunday was a special time in the life of the Church. It was Reformation Sunday and a great time to review some of the amazing actions taken some 500 years ago to reform the church. We also had some fun singing the Reformation Polka!!!
Congregational meeting It was good to get so many people out for our annual October congregational meeting when we talk about the budget and other key items. The meeting was done as safely as possible with the budget and other items already in the bulletin and everyone keeping a good social distance with their masks on.
We miss our Sunday School Usually at this time of the year we have had Rally Day and more for our Sunday School. Sadly, the pandemic has really held us back in this area. We look forward to one day getting together again for Sunday School before our 10:30 and noon worship services.
Our top fest was tops This was our 21st year of hosting a top festival in Miamisburg and it was our most difficult. The weather was supposed to be good but we had a giant rain storm right when youth were supposed to arrive. Between that and the pandemic, we really had everything working against us. We may not have had a large group, but we had a fun and lively set of people. It ended up being one fine day and we even had people traveling here all the way from Wisconsin. We also had Eisenhower dollar coins to give away!!! There was a lot of great spinning and many tops were given away. People are already asking about 2021.
We are into our third month of face to face worship And we are so excited to see everyone again. The empty pews were hard on Pastor Hout. We had some fun recently with Christmas hymns, red and green and more as we celebrated Christmas in July. We even had an ordination on the first Sunday in August. There were sure a lot of red balloons here for that day. Many congratulations to Pastor Chris Boyd!!! We continue to do what we can with social distancing and masks and hand sanitizer and more as we try to not pass along this corona virus. We have to report that we recently had puppets for a children’s sermon but they were rebels as they did not socially distance themselves. Can you believe we had two baptisms just a few weeks ago? Our prayers are with Cheyenna Grace Helton and Norah Faith Helton. Our prayers are also with Eric Justin Combs who was also baptized recently.
Easter is over and Pentecost is here We made it through the season of Lent, despite all the corona virus COVID-19 problems and now we have made it through the season of Easter. We have done all we can to keep things going with online worship services at stjacob.net. Many thanks to Andy Schultz for all his work in these productions. Our Lenten theme this year was “Great Worship Spaces.” We talked about great church buildings in the U.S., in the U.K., in Germany, in France, and in Italy. During Holy Week we talked about Leonardo DaVinci’s Last Supper painting on Maundy Thursday. That is located at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. We also had Good Friday and Easter services. Thanks for following us online through all of that!!!
Lenten Fair was cancelled We really hoped to have this event but we cancelled it in light of all the health concerns. This ends a more than four decade Lenten Fair tradition at St. Jacob. Maybe we can turn this great educational event into an Easter Fair or a Pentecost fair?
Thrivent Wealth Management/Charitable Giving Seminar We had a good meeting
this past Sunday following the worship services. The snacks were terrific and the information shared was even more terrific.
Souper Bowl Sunday It was a good day to remember more than a football game.
We love the opportunity to not forget the hungry. We have helped a lot of people in our congregation, in our community and in our world. Can you believe we have taken over 1500 items to Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Trotwood? They are so thankful as they are working hard to help people with tornado relief. You can join our efforts and the help of Mound Elementary by donating cans of food for our food pantry, by donating cash for food donations or by writing a check for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
Read about our pipe organ Here is an interesting bit about our pipe organ:
AND BELOW IS SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US: Our parish is located in the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Read more about what's happening in our synod at the Synod Home Page
St. Jacob is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (the ELCA). Read more about it at the ELCA Website
The ELCA also has a very fine magazine. Check it out at The Lutheran€¯
Our softball and volleyball team plays Monday nights with the Miamisburg Churches.
We have a Lenten fair each March with lots of great ”hands on”€¯ learning!