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Welcome to the website for St. Jacobi Congregational Church!
We are delighted to welcome you to St. Jacobi, a place of community and spiritual inspiration for more than 160 years! With such a rich history to build on, we seek to be a church community that is growing in our knowledge of God's Word, our understanding of Christ and our awareness of the Holy Spirit.
Sunday Worship 10:00am (September-May);
9:00am (June, July and August)
St. Jacobi Tidings w December 8, 2013
Devotion – Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist asked for people to repent in their preparation for baptism. He also draws attention to the fact that Christ was on his way. Today, as we waiting in the preparation season of Advent and we can again take the advice of John as we join in preparing the way. We are not given a special place in the community of God because we were born to a certain family or in a special place. Instead, we are given an identity in Christ only through our admission of our faith and confession of our faults that hinder that faith. We are to leave in all in God’s hands and allow the Holy Spirit to change and move us.
Reflection: How can I increase my faithfulness in preparation for Christ’s birth?
Prayer: I am blessed and cared for, and help me to care for God’s people. Amen.
Next Sunday’s Scriptures
Prayer Family – Bonnie Quaegber and Family
Dee Brendemuehl’s husband & family
Tom Jaques, suffering from pancreatic cancer, & family
Mercy’s family, husband John
Victims of violence in this world, Christians around the world
Military servicemen and support, and military families
The people of the Philippines and the rescue crews helping
December 8 Advent 2; Church council 8:15; Coffee 9:30, Worship 10am; Ladies Guild meeting following worship; Christmas Children’s Program Rehearsal
December 15 Choir; Coffee 9:30; Worship 10am; A Christmas Carol Bible Study
December 21 Breakfast with Santa 8-11, Sterling Chalet (see flyer)
& Christmas Program Rehearsal, following the breakfast
December 22 Coffee 9:30; Worship & Christmas Program
December 24 Christmas Eve Worship 7:00pm
December 29 The Story of Our Christmas Hymns
January 4 & 5 Christmas Cantata during worship
Poinsettia sign-up is coming soon!
The Annual Christmas Toy Drive for the children of River Trail School in Milwaukee begins again at St. Jacobi. If you would like to participate:
· Please wrap new toys and label them as boy/girl/either along with an age group.
· Bring toys to church beginning on Sunday, December 1st.
· Collections will be taken until Sunday, December 15th and toys will be delivered to River Trail School on Monday, December 16th for distribution on Wednesday December 18th to needy children. Please see Paul Isaacson if you have any questions.
Advent Bible Study: A Christmas Carol December 15 following worship. A Christmas Carol Bible Study was prepared to reach adults, youth, non-church member and long-time believers. With practical applications for daily living, this video-based bible Study features the classic film in 4 parts, with relevant scriptures on the teachings of Jesus. The first section, “ Bah Humbug!” highlights the biblical principle of Selflessness.
Breakfast with Santa & Cookie Sale – Cookies Needed! Please consider baking for the cookie sale! In years past we have been running out of cookie too early in the sale. Please consider baking 12 dozen or more. Please consider dropping off your cookies on Friday, December 20 at church to help the Ladies Guild prepare for the sale.
New Members Class: We will be welcoming new members during worship on January 19, 2014. This is also the day of our annual meeting. If you would like to join the church, please notify Rev. Hillary and she will provide you with some information about membership in the congregational church.
The date of the retreat this year will be: January 31st-February 1st (Friday into Saturday)
It will be held at Holy Wisdom Monastery outside of Madison in Middleton Wisconsin. (check out their website- very cool facility)
The cost will be under $100 (it is $11 for breakfast, lunch, beverages $55 for room and the number that go will divide the cost of the meeting room – about $20 additional?)
Please RSVP your desire to come. I do need to put a deposit down by October 22nd.
I will be asking for a Deposit of $20.
Rev. Julie Sheridan-Smith
Children and Family Minister
North Shore Congregational Church
The Covenant of St Jacobi Congregational Church:
We covenant to walk with one another to seek and respond to the Word and Will of God.
We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us.
We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God as a striving for truth, justice and peace.
As did our fathers, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us.
We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look forward with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.