At St. James we understand that we are never done learning; God continues to reveal Himself to us and to the world, and we are committed to understanding and developing our faith and our spiritual connection. At St. James we offer various types of educational programs for both youth and adults year round.

All programs and groups listed below are open to everyone; please join us!


St. James Lutheran Church Scholarship Program

In September 2022, two St. James members were awarded financial scholarships as they pursue their undergraduate goals. We are pleased to show our support during this school year. This ministry has been in place at St. James since the 1990s and thanks go to our committee members Charlotte Cook, Josh Peters-McBride, Mary Ellen Isensee, Sue Hammond, and Pastor. Applications will be received again next summer in 2023.


Sunday School (Children & Youth)

Sundays Sept.-May, 11:00am-12:00pm

Sunday School is for children under the age of 16. Sunday School meets every Sunday during the school year (we take a break for summer vacation.) The Sunday School program is developed by volunteers and contains music, a Bible lesson that relates to the Sunday’s Gospel text, and an activity each week. Children in the Sunday School program actively participate in worship 4-5 times a year and donate all of their offerings to global development efforts with the ELCA. Vacation Bible School is typically offered in the summer, in conjunction with other neighborhood churches.


Open Space (Adult)

Sundays Year-Round, 11:00am-12:00pm

Open Space takes place most Sunday mornings in the Main Sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church. All are invited to attend and listen, participate, learn, grow, and share as we develop a stronger sense of our individual faith and also who we are as a community of believers in our world today. Topics range from biblical study to current events, social issues, and information session about local organizations. Open Space is a safe environment where all questions and viewpoints have the right to be heard respectfully.


NOTE: Open Space returned on September 18th, 2022 and we continue into the autumn with an exciting series of educational events for adults. Be sure to join us after coffee hour! Sunday School classes for children have also resumed. Children can join their Sunday School teacher after coffee hour. Interested in leading an Open Space? Contact the front office for more info.

October 2nd: Making Change – The Art of the Protest. Tour of the Art Museum Exhibit with Paula Carlson.

October 9th: The Times They Are A Changin’? A Reflection on the Art Exhibit with Mandy Ellertson.

October 16th: South Park Blocks Update by LaJune Thorson.

October 23rd: Tour of the newly renovated St. James Building by Council.

October 30th: Lutheran World Relief with Jamie Lennon.

November 6th: Alternative Cosmology: The discovery of a construction of paradise under the pyramids of Central Mexico with Friedrich Schüler.