Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A number of very important events are taking place at St. James the very end of October and first part of November.  These events range from an opportunity to celebrate our Lutheran heritage with our fellow Lutherans from the Lafayette Circuit, to an outreach event in our community, to the honoring of a beloved member of our congregation.  I will highlight them for you here.  Print out these two pages, along with the calendar, and place it in a prominent spot on your refrigerator.

Here are my random thoughts (with  lots of dates) for November:

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

"Catechesis at St. James" is the new catch phrase that I have been using and I hope you begin to learn and use as well. Last month in one of my “Random Thoughts” I pointed out that Catechesis is the life-long hearing/learning of the Word of God and prayer which begins when a child receives the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and reaches fulfillment at death. This means that every time we study the Bible, we are involved in Catechesis.

Here are my random thoughts for October:

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It has been a busy summer with the celebration of my Ordination anniversary, the Cass County Fair, Vacation Bible School, and the Summer Celebration. But it’s not time to slow down. Planning and preparation is underway for the resumption of weekly midweek Bible Studies and Jr. Catechesis, the Circuit Reformation Worship Service at St. James, a Reformation and Sanctity of Life Conference also at St. James, and a St. James Leadership Summit.

Here are some random thoughts looking backwards and forwards:

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A lot of changes are taking place at St. James … We have a new custodian (Justin Collins), Catechesis with Pastor will now be on Sunday mornings, Darla is retiring, Bible Studies resume this month, and Beer, Brats, and Bride is coming to St. James.

Here are my random thoughts for September:

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