From the Pastor::September 2016

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:

Random Thought #1 - Leadership Summit Schedule

Friday, September 16

7:00 pm Opening

7:30 pm Bible Study - “What is the Church?” - Pastor Mueller

8:30 pm Overview of Summit

8:45 pm Evaluation of Strengths

9:30 pm Daily Prayer - Close of the Day


Saturday, September 17

8:00 am Breakfast

8:30 pm Daily Prayer - Morning

9:00 am Evaluation and Planning

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Goals/Planning

12:00 pm Daily Prayer - Noon

12:15 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Financial Security at St. James - Steve Strauch

3:45 pm Break

4:00 pm Entertainment (See Random Thought #2)

(Individual Conversations with Steve Strauch)

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Daily Prayer - Early Evening

Random Thought #2 - Beer, Brats, & Bride

The 16th Annual International Beer, Brats and Princess Bride Watch will take place on Saturday, September 17th as part of the planned St. James Leadership Summit.  Even if you do not attend the Summit, you are invited to attend this Beer, Brats, & Bride Event  What is this event you ask? People (mostly LCMS Lutherans) from around the world stop what they are doing at 4:00 pm (Eastern) and watch the movie The Princess Bride.

Movie Synopsis: An elderly man (Peter Falk) reads the book “The Princess Bride” to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson (Fred Savage), the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won’t like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with lots of action and “no kissing”. But the grandson is powerless to stop his grandfather, whose feelings he doesn’t want to hurt. The story centers on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, she who still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago. Westley was a hired hand on the farm, his stock answer of “as you wish” to any request she made of him which she came to understand was his way of saying that he loved her. But Westley went away to sea, only to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On a horse ride to clear her mind of her upcoming predicament of marriage, Buttercup is kidnapped by a band of bandits: Vizzini who works on his wits, and his two associates, a giant named Fezzik who works on his brawn, and a Spaniard named Inigo Montoya, who has trained himself his entire life to be an expert swordsman. They in turn are chased by the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. But chasing them all is the Prince, and his men led by Count Tyrone Rugen. What happens to these collectives is dependent partly on Buttercup, who does not want to marry the Prince, and may see other options as lesser evils, and partly on the other motives of individuals within the groups. But a larger question is what the grandson will think of the story as it proceeds and at its end, especially as he sees justice as high a priority as action. You can find more information at (

The watching of this movie is generally accompanied by: Beer (Lutheran beverage and/or root beer for the children) AND Brats (bratwurst -- grilled, broiled, boiled with or without sauerkraut) along with foods. Hence the title of the event: Beer, Brats, and Bride.

If you haven't seen the movie, The Princess Bride, now is the time to experience a movie which will provide you with all the dialogue you need in life