"We share God's inclusive and eternal love with everyone!"
Welcome to the “front door” of St. James! This website will tell you that we are an over 300 member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a Reconciling In Christ church, we celebrate and welcome all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. Each Sunday we gather at 9:30am around a classic Lutheran liturgy, beautiful music and warm hospitality. We believe God is present as we gather and serve those in need beyond our doors.
Here’s how we share “God’s Inclusive Love:”
- Providing 122 units of low-income housing to those in need at our St. James Apartments
- Serving though our St. James Foot Care Ministry
- 130 children find a welcoming learning environment in our St. James Child Development Center
- Kids and adults explore Biblical stories that relate to daily life
- Bach Cantata Vespers, Jazz Vespers and Lutheran liturgy fill the air with music
- Pastoral care touches those at times of baptism, weddings, funerals and transition
- Feeding those on our streets each Tuesday and supporting Lutheran World Relief
- Following Christ on this site since 1890.
Join us, not to visit, but to be touched by God’s love.
Pastor David Knapp
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy CommunionEvery Sunday, 9:30am
Holy Communion in the Main Sanctuary with refreshments served in the Pioneer Chapel immediately following. Childcare provided 9:15am-12:15pm
Midweek EucharistEvery Wednesday, 12:00 Noon
We gather each Wednesday at Noon in the Pioneer Chapel for a half-hour Service of the Eucharist. Pastor David’s Wednesday Bible Study starts September 11th. The first few books of your Bible contain inspiring stories of Sarah, Abraham, Joseph, Rahab, Noah, Miriam and Moses. Join Pastor David as we explore the life stories of these people beginning Wednesday, September 11th at 12:30pm in Pioneer Chapel. We will employ some of the learnings from the new material “Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series.” So, remember to gather each Wednesday: at Noon for Eucharist Worship in Pioneer Chapel, and then at 12:30pm for Pastor’s Bible Study.
Jazz VespersSunday, October 20th, 5:00pm will feature Rob Scheps on woodwinds.
Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when Rob will be joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Brown, cantor. Vespers service starts at 5:00pm. Freewill offering welcome. Reception for St. James Artist-of-the-Month follows the service, in the Pioneer Chapel. Come with friends!
Weather and WorshipSt. James will not cancel worship services due to inclement weather. If the streets look too bad, please don’t risk it. But if you come, we’ll be here with the doors open.
- Feeding the Hungry …
For several months now, St. James members have partnered with Pastor Bruce Arnold in distributing a meal to those in need. We gather each Tuesday at 6:15pm by the Lincoln statue about a block from St. James. We hand out food, hygiene items and new socks. We have conversation, build relationships and learn about particular needs. This month Council approved our participation in this ministry. We will need 4-6 volunteers each week to help distribute the contributed food. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway. We welcome all members to join us in this weekly act of kindness.
- SOLVE Beach Cleanup …
Caring for Creation … Mark Your Calendars! Plastic Free Seas!
Join the St. James Family for a SOLVE Beach Clean Up on Saturday, September 21st. Begins at Cannon Beach at 10:00am. Meet at the Cannon Beach City Hall to check in anytime from 9:45 to 10:30am. After the clean-up join Mandy and Scott for lunch at their beach house. Directions to the beach house will be given! Volunteers should plan for all kinds of weather and wear clothing appropriate for getting dirty. SOLVE provides supplies including bags, gloves, tools and other items necessary for the project. However, to make the event more sustainable, volunteers are welcome to bring reusable bags, buckets and gloves to use in lieu of the provided items. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.