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Thanksgiving Day meal We have been doing this for a quarter of a century. This year will be different, though, as we deal with the pandemic. All our meals will be delivered or “to go” from our back alley door. Please come and get some food from 12:30-2:30 on Thanksgiving Day!!!
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.
Our congregational meeting went well We had lots of good participation and thank everyone who came even on this very very cold Sunday. Our new budget was shared and we look forward to another exciting year of ministry here at 213 E. Central Avenue.
Christmas Eve was uplifting and it was exciting to see so many here to sing carols and to join in with our annual candlelighting service. On the first Sunday after Christmas we got out all our chimes and played them while singing carols during the sermon time. We started out the new year of 2020 with a (can you believe it) second Sunday after Christmas. We had really good attendance as we celebrated Christ’s birth once again. We are now in the new season of Epiphany and are enjoying reflecting on some of the
many ways God has shown his greatness to us over the years.
Our Sunday School Christmas program on Sunday was a big hit. It was a special evening of food, fellowship and fun. We started out with a yummy meal followed by
a very moving program. The children worked very hard on their program for the night and everything came together quite nicely. Many thanks to all who helped make the evening go so smoothly, especially Dr. Marcia Vannet who wrote and directed the program.
St. Jacob was busy at the December Holiday Festival We had a unit in Miamisburg’s Holiday Fest Parade and we also had a bazaar of gently used items in our fellowship hall. It was good to see our congregation so active in the community.
Miamisburg Community Chorus Christmas Concert WOW!!! It was an overflow crowd this past Sunday at the Baum Opera House. The community chorus, under the direction of our very own Dale Schram put on quite a show. How great to hear such wonderful music to begin the Advent season and help us prepare for Christmas. Great work MCC!
Community Thanksgiving Service was great at St. John’s. We enjoyed being together with so many of our area brothers and sisters. The joint choir was also a
treat. They sounded so good. An extra special addition was a youth choir number.
What a great night of praise and THANKSgiving
In our gold display case you may notice lots and lots of Reece’s candy bars along with a picture of Martin Luther. It sure looks like Luther and the 95 Reece’s. Oddly enough, sometimes a few of the Reece’s candy bars come up missing!!!
Star City Music Studio Halloween concert This event was in our Albrecht Hall and was a huge hit. The place was packed and the children looked so cute in their costumes. How wonderful it is to work with this fine group of people at Star City Music Studio!!!
Our recent hayride was fantastic We had great weather and great participation at the congregational hayride. The kids loved the new additions to the farm with the hill of tunnels and the little houses. Kids of all ages loved the corn bin and the fun that offered. Everyone enjoyed the food and the warm campfire. Yum!!! And, of course, the hayrides were a hit. The Warrick Farm was a great host for this event. You can read more about them at warrickfarm.com
We just had our annual congregational meeting and we made a lot of plans for this coming year. Can you believe 2020 will be our 199th year of ministry here in Miamisburg? We look forward to that special time and also our 200th, which is right around the corner.
The St. Jacob parade unit was busy on Labor Day How great it was to see the nice weather and the terrific crowds out on September 2nd at the Kettering Holiday at Home parade. St. Jacob was honored to be included and we had a colorful unit with bright orange shirts. Can you believe it was Pastor Hout’s 25th time in this parade on his six foot unicycle?
Miamisburg’s Whirled Top Festival was the top gathering in the whirled This past weekend was all so amazing. We were stunned at how well everything went. The weather was perfect, the participation was terrific and the friendship was top notch. There were people spinning on Friday afternoon, Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning in worship! How about that for a whirling weekend? The national championships were in our very own Albrecht Hall (fellowship hall) at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Youth battles went on from 5-8 that evening down at Riverfront park. There was even a world record set for the longest wire walker (a top moving along a string). The spinner traveled from the top of our outdoor fire escape, across the parking lot and the alley all the way to the senior center building.
Congratulations to St. John’s Lutheran on their 200th anniversary We have been praying for them during this special year. A number of us also went over to their big 200th celebration and congratulated them on that fine achievement. We hope they have another fine 200 years.
Pool Party was great and warm and to top it all off, it was not raining!!! We have struggled with weather with many of our pool party dates but this was not the case in 2019. We had a hot day and the trip to the pool that evening was the perfect ending. Many thanks to all who helped organize this event. It was terrific.
Day Camp is over but the wonderful memories linger on. We had a building full of young ones and it was such a great week. We had lots of good counselors from LOMO (Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio) and some were from Germany, Scotland and even Poland. We were “Agents of CHANGE” through the week as we learned about generosity, inclusion, compassion, justice and forgiveness.
White Bucket challenge is amazing Jim Bustillo has found a great source of big white buckets and we are using them to help in the tornado relief efforts. Many have been handed out and have been returned filled with needed items. Thanks for your great response. Can you believe seven dozen buckets full of help and hope have been taken to areas recovering from the tornadoes?
Talent Show was quite a show We were excited to see all the people and all the acts at the 2019 St. Jacob Talent Show. We also had a lot of food for the meal so it was a terrific night. Can you believe we not only had piano solos, but we also had piano duets on two pianos? There were dulcimers and guitars and riddles and spinning tops and stand up comedy and spinning plates and small bikes and large bikes and spinning eggs and violins and drums and New York City cane walkers and cup songs and more. Whew. What an amazing night!!!
Spring Fest in Miamisburg was great and we were happy to be involved with many of the activities. We had a unit in the parade and our mayor said we looked good.
Lunch Bunch is this coming Thursday Come join us the 23rd at Mz. Pickles for a delightful lunch with delightful conversation. It all starts at 11:30am in beautiful historic downtown Miamisburg.
It is still Easter We had a great Holy Week that led up to a fantastic Easter Sunday. But, of course, the good news is more than just one day. How exciting to be in the season of Easter as we celebrate resurrection Sunday every Sunday. We even had some good laughs on Holy Hilarity Sunday for, indeed, the greatest joke ever was played on the devil when he thought Jesus was dead......but he rose from the grave to give new hope and life to all of us. Please join us for more smiles and more hope each Sunday at 10:30 and noon.
Many thanks to all who helped with a busy time Yes, it was indeed a busy time through the season of Lent and Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Each week during Lent on Wednesday evenings we had a worship service at 7pm and it was preceeded by a soup supper. We contemplated on the Sermon on the Mount and looked at the following themes: Blessed are you; Salt and light; Prayer and fasting; Do not worry; Judge not; Build on rock. We then had Palm Sunday services to start off Holy week which included a Maundy Thursday service and a Good Friday service. On Easter Sunday we had a great breakfast and an egg hunt along with services at 10:30 and noon. We only get through all of this with the help of many other people. Big thanks go to all who helped us in one way or another with all of this.
2019 Lenten Fair was GR8!!! How great it was to have so many join us for our 42nd annual Lenten Fair. It was a good evening of hands on learning about our Christian faith. There was a lot of good food that reminded us of what we believe. There were a lot of eggs to color and buttons to make. There were also some new and creative ideas shared. The first Sunday of April was a special night for fun and education at the St. Jacob Lenten Fair.
World Champion visits St. Jacob How exciting to have Bob Arledge with us once again. Last time he was with us we were celebrating a national championship in his age group in the pole vault. On Sunday he was with us to celebrate an even bigger win. This time he was here to celebrate the world championship for pole vaulters 85-89. He won in the big world championship in Malaga, Spain. He is such a great guy and talked to the little ones in the children’s sermon and gave them each a special rock with a Bible verse on it.
Souper Bowl Sunday was great We appreciate everyone’s help to reach out to the hungry with cans of food for others, cash for our food pantry or a check for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. It was good to remember Martha Rajala and her strong interest and support of this day. 30 cans of food were put on our outside sign to highlight that day and 22 of them have been picked up!!!
Cold weather, snow and ice force lots of church closings but not St. Jacob. Many thanks to the faithful people who keep our doors open in all kinds of weather!!!
Congregational meeting held despite the snow It was shocking, but we had enough people for our annual January congregational meeting. We conducted the business of the parish and look forward to another exciting year of ministry at 213 East Central Avenue.
Epiphany Lights We certainly enjoy lots of special lights and stars during this Epiphany season. Have you seen the house at 430 East Linden? They have nine big bright stars hanging in their porch. They are, indeed, doing a great job of following the great Epiphany words from Isaiah “Arise, shine, your light has come.”
We love Mound Elementary They just had a big collection of food and donated it to our food pantry. How amazing to see thousands of cans of food in our building ready to help others in need.
Our Sunday School Christmas program It was another special night as we gathered for a fine dinner in Albrecht Hall (our fellowship hall). Many thanks to all who brought lots of food for the pre-program meal. When it came time for the program, we were all delighted to see not only lots of great costumes but lots of smiling faces sharing the good news of the birth of Jesus in rhythmic rhymes. Many thanks to all who came and supported our annual Sunday School program. Special thanks go to our children and the adult leaders. Extra special thanks go to Dr. Marcia Vannet for her work in writing this play and directing it.
Miamisburg Holiday Fest went well We had a great parade unit and lots of activity at our bazaar of Christmas items in Albrecht Hall (our fellowship hall). The weekend was made complete by the concert of the Miamisburg Community Chorus under the direction of our very own Dale Schram. They got a standing ovation!!!
Thanksgiving Day meal was once again GR8 Can you believe we served 395 meals on Thanksgiving Day? We had over fifty volunteers working like crazy to make this event go smoothly. How wonderful it is to see the people of God work together so well. We are still stunned to think we have been doing this for over two decades. Many thanks to our head organizer Dawn Warrick and everyone who did so much to make this another great day together.
Community Thanksgiving worship service What a great night it was to host five congregations here at St. Jacob for a wonderful time of giving thanks. The combined choir was fantastic and it was great to hear the pastors and congregational leaders from each congregation.
Veterans Day was last Sunday We like to do all we can to support those activities but the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was during our 10:30 worship service. There was a special service at Library Park (now Veteran’s Park) and we had some go to that before attending the noon service. It turns out that 11:00 was right before Pastor Hout started preaching so we paused the service and had a special prayer in honor of this 100th anniversary.
All Saints Sunday was memorable and we spent some good time remembering our history and the saints who have gone before us. That list from the last 12 months includes Bill Stamm, Bill Pardieck, Ruth Allen, Paul Gebhart, Pearl “Dee” Vannet and Rose Schroeder.
Rats!!! Our annual congregational hayride was cancelled It was a rainy night and a cold night so this great annual event was cancelled. We will see if we can pull it together for another date at 8055 South Union Road in Miamisburg (on the west side of the Miami River). It was supposed to start at 5pm at the Warrick Farm where we were to see lots of animals, have a campfire, enjoy pumpkins, cider, s’mores, a cookout and, of course, have some fun hayrides.
Congregational meeting went well That was the 14th following the 10:30 worship service as we looked at the budget, talked about air-conditioning and made more plans for 2019 - our 198th year!!!
Our food pantry food has been used to help our community in a number of ways. Most recently, though, we were able to help in two other locations not normally connected with Miamisburg. Capital University is starting a food pantry for hungry students and we took a car load up there. The tent city of homeless individuals in Hamilton also received a visit and many bags of food from our pantry.
We are still smiling about our recent baptism and new members Our prayers are with Henrik William Tabisz who received the sacrament of baptism this past Sunday. Our prayers are also with the entire Tabisz family (Tony, Monica, Aubree, Camille, Henrik) and Sandy Cooper who were received as new members of St. Jacob. It was an exciting day for our congregation.
Whirled Top Festival was a tremendous success It was Christmas in August at our big top spinning event. Not only did we have people attend from all other the United States (and even the Philippines) but we had the giant top collection from Don Olney (the Toycrafter) to look at and enjoy. Many thanks to all who came to see the National Championships in our Albrecht Hall. There were a record number of competitors!!! The event then moved to newly renovated Riverfront park for the children’s battle top challenge. What a close competition that was. It was quite a weekend and Pastor Hout says thanks to everyone for the wonderful memories.
Did you hear about Elvis? In the recent Dayton Daily News it was reported that Elvis Presley gave a concert at the University of Dayton basketball arena. Pastor Hout took the paper to Lunch Bunch and two women in the group reported that they were at the concert!!!
What a great week of Day Camp How wonderful to have a hundred people during the week of our famous Day Camp. We had a great staff and wonderful counselors along with terrific campers. We learned so many good songs and skits along with the daily Bible studies all under the theme “This Changes Everything.” Many thanks go to Laura Quinn who served as our camp director for the week. It all went smoothly because of her and everyone working together. We ended the week with a nice pool party at the Miamisburg pool.....and it didn’t rain!!!
Back from Houston is our group of six who attended the national youth gathering. They have lots of stories to tell plus they have a display at the church.
Day Camp is going on right now Come join us! It is still time from 9am-3pm.
Bicentennial parades It was an exciting time in the Burg. We made it through not just one but two giant bicentennial parades. We had lots of good participation. And the city looks wonderful. People have worked long and hard to get everything in terrific shape. There was something every day and almost every hour in Riverfront Park. Happy 200th birthday, Miamisburg!!!.
St. Jacob scholarship The big senior award ceremony was this past week. How great to see so many familiar faces receiving lots of great recognition. The St. Jacob scholarship was awarded to Christopher Sumner. We wish him well as he heads on to college. By the way, we just received a nice thank you note from him.
West Carrollton High School Musical Wow! Did they do a nice job with the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” The exciting thing for us is that one of the lead parts was handled by our very own Jacob Boyd. He was terrific as the Jester!!!
Puppets and more It has been fun to have puppets in worship lately. The kids were great with the puppets at a recent children’s sermon. Our local jester, Jacob Boyd, was hilarious with his puppet imitating Pastor Hout during announcements. It was a good way to highlight his part as a jester in the upcoming West Carrollton High School production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The show is at 7pm on Friday and Saturday the 27th and 28th and 2pm on Sunday the 29th.
Holy Humor Sunday was full of joy How great it was to continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior and to enjoy the greatest punchline in all of history - He Is Risen.....He Is Risen, Indeed!!! Evil and the devil were big losers and we will join years and years of historic laughter because of this. Get your church jokes together for next year’s Holy Humor Sunday, one week after Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday was phenomenal How great to have such a large attendance at both our worship services. We also had a terrific Easter breakfast and it was dry enough to have an egg hunt outside. With it also being April 1st, there were also a few other shenanigans going on. As everyone about clothes pins that say “He Is Risen” and people falling during the worship service.
Holy Week We made it through all our Wednesday midweek services through the season of Lent. We have had lots of good soup suppers. We also made it through a busy Holy Week. Many thanks to all who came to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services.
Souper Bowl Sunday was a great time to highlight the SOUPer Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday. How nice to remember the hungry on this day with food for the food pantry, cash for food pantry food or a check for the fine ELCA world hunger fund.
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!