Rejoice and Give Thanks — Vaccine Fundraiser for Lutheran World Relief: April 5th – May 10th

As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, I can’t help but make the connection to a reopening after experiencing a year-long pandemic. The vaccine allows Americans the luxury of protection against this deadly virus. As Christians, we need to share the wealth. Many poorer nations do not have the resources to acquire vaccines. So, with the help of Lutheran World Relief, let’s help others gain access to this drug. The Endowment Fund has secured $5,000 in matching funds to support this cause. You can give through St. James and all funds collected will be matched up to $5,000. Together, St. James can give $10,000 or more to LWR to alleviate the suffering of others. We will collect the funds and give one big check to LWR on May 10th. Thank you.

—Mandy Ellertson, Council Vice President

Peter, Paul, and Mary. Pastor David’s 8 session recorded Bible Study concludes on Wednesday, April 7th, as we explore how Mary Magdalene saw Jesus. We mix the music of the 1960’s folk group with the biblical characters of Simon Peter, the Apostle Paul and Mary Magdalene. Access it here on our website.

Wednesday, April 7th: Easter Week Bible Study online — (“Mary and Easter: Must Be Present to Win”) — Mary was present at the empty tomb. Was Jesus resurrected bodily or spiritually? Was Mary, a female, the first Christian missionary who headed to France? Why didn’t that make it into your Bible? So as this study concludes, what do you think of Jesus?

Listen on Wednesday — with a Bible in hand — here on our St. James website:

Reformation of Joy: Staying Connected This Easter Season
Virtual Event Series: Rediscovering Fun & Community
Each event will run about 45 minutes

Sunday, April 18th, 11:00am
Fellowship & Bingo
Join members of the congregations for a time of fellowship and fun. Chelsea Kimmett and Lynn Warren will lead us through a virtual Bingo game! Simply log in to the Zoom meeting to join the game. Participants can play along using a digital bingo card, or can pick up a real bingo card from the church. Winners will receive a custom Martin Luther Beer Stein paired with your choice of beer or artisan soda!

Sunday, April 25th, 11:00am
Education & Lutheran Trivia
Join us virtually for Lutheran Trivia. Chelsea Kimmett and Lynn Warren will lead us through this game using the website Kahoot! Log in to the Zoom meeting and join the game online. You can also play along on your phone. (Don’t let the technology scare you, we will talk you through when you join the Zoom meeting!) Winners will receive a customized St. James Lutheran Tote Bag and Mask!

Sunday, May 2nd, 11:00am
Wellbeing & At Home Self-Care Crafting
Have you ever thought about making your self care products at home? Now you can with your fellow congregation members in this online afternoon social! Pick up your kits from the church starting April 25. Then join the live Zoom gathering and we will guide you through the process while we socialize! This is fun for all ages and requires no crafting skills!