Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It's summer! Well, not officially until June 20th, but we have entered the summer phase of church activities. The Youth Group end-of-the school year celebration was held at the home of Carl and Jean  Gray; the choral season has come to a close; midweek Bible studies are on summer break; Sunday school is also on summer break, but only for the children. The adult Bible class will continue to meet through the summer months. If you haven't had the opportunity to join the adult class during the school year, please join us now. Bring your family, perhaps parents can take turns watching the younger children in the nursery. Older children can join in the class. We will continue our study of Upon This Rock, a Bible study based upon the theme of our church body's national convention this summer. We will also spend just a little time each Sunday listening to (and learning?) some of the new liturgies and hymns that are available to use in the Lutheran Service Book.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When trying to decide what to share with you this month, I couldn’t settle on a single issue or topic, so here are some random thoughts.

Random Thought  #1:

It has been six months since some major changes in the leadership at St. James. 

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This month we celebrate the Reformation of the Church begun with the posting of the Ninety-five Theses by the sainted Dr. Martin Luther.  On October 31, 1517, Luther posted his theses of the purpose of debating the practice of selling indulgences. Indulgences had to do with the forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Out with the old and in with the new” is something we often say when we are cleaning the house, cleaning the closets, preparing for a rummage sale, or turning the page of a calendar from one year to the next. The last Sunday in November was the first Sunday of Advent.  As such, it was also the first Sunday of a new Church Year.  As we move from one Church Year into the next, we actually flip the phrase around.  Out with the new and in with the old.

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