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2 A Letter from Pastor3 February Worship4 December/January Highlights6 Monarch Awards8 Mercy and Life Together10 Travelers Gala12 Trending at St. James
IN THIS ISSUE
ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL2101 N. Fremont Street I Chicago, IL 60614773.525.4990 I www.stjames-lutheran.org
WINTER WEEKENDS On Saturdays, January 17, 24 and 31, families were invited to St. James to participate in crafts, story time, snack and basketball. We had a great turnout and are looking forward to next year!
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By the time you read this, the Super Bowl will be over. Only one team will be champion. I expect the battle to be ferocious. The trenches will line up like infantry and at the snap the skirmish begins with brutal force. Lynch and Blount will be attacking the middle of the lines again and again weakening the wall of resistance with each blow. The quarterbacks with precision and efficiency will direct the cavalry on the flanks with screens and jet sweeps and then, without warning, call on the artillery with lobs to the middle or the big guns outside the lines. This is war.
On Monday morning we will know who won. There must be a winner and a loser. It is all decided on the field of play. The same is true for us in the church. The battle was fought. The stakes were high. The players left it all on the field.
After thousands and thousands of years, only God knows how many, God and Satan met on the battlefield. They fought with the passion born from knowledge only one would walk away amid the confetti to lift the trophy. Time was running out, the clock was ticking down, The Dark team was leading by 3. A final push at Calvary gave them 3 more for what seemed to be a certain victory.
But as the clock expired, a Hail Mary opened the tomb of death and released its prize. Christ rose from the dead. The victory belonged to the Light that no darkness can overcome. The pundits never saw it coming. Satan and his curse of death loosed its hold and sank into defeat. Christ won and we live in the victory.
Join me this Lent every Wednesday in the Community Center to explore what the victory means. Soup and salad suppers will open at 6:30. A Bible study called Life Together with a short prayer service will be from 7:00 until 8:00. The victory is won. Now lets live in it.
2 FEBRUARY 2015
ST. JAMES LUTHERANCHURCH AND SCHOOL
Senior Pastor Rev. Robert B. Donovan Jr.
Principal Warren Gast
Early Childhood Director Lynda Adams
Communications / Admissions Kate Donovan
Business Manager Martha Bulin
Office Administrator Olivia Ghiselli
Childrens Ministry Jennifer Donovan
Facility ManagerSam Herlo
Music DirectorMeghan Sleezer
Early ChildhoodBrittani MosinskiMeredith BoeseJennifer KolovosKristina Buschle
ElementaryLora Webster, First GradeKristina Kaldis, Second GradeStephanie Bending, Third GradeBrianna OConnor, Fourth Grade
Middle SchoolBecky GorcycaKim May
SpecialsSean Watland, MusicMatt Runge, Physical EducationCynthia Heiniger, Art
Fellowship CouncilErica ChandrasekharJonathan DrewsClark EverettCarl HibbenJason HockmanJennifer LarsonMichelle PennyJason SleezerPhilip SpahnPastor Donovan
Ephesians 4:7-16; Body Life Part II
This week continues our walk through Pauls letter to the Ephesians. We finish unpacking this passage about how unity is maintained and prospered. Unity is Gods plan; all things united in Christ. And the means of building up the body of Christ is through the works of ministry by the baptized in the local congregation.
Ephesians 4:17-24; Christ 101
In order to fulfill Gods purpose, we need to put away futile, deceitful, worldly thinking and action, and allow Gods true truth to enlighten both our mind and heart in order to transform our whole selves, not just our spiritual and religious selves into conformity with our creator.
Ephesians 4:25-5:2; A New Change of Clothes
Paul expands on what the self that has been renewed by God is to look like. Paul tells that it involves honesty with each other, reconciliation, laboring in order to have enough to share, guarding speech so that words will edify rather than tear down, and striving for a general harmony in the body through kindness, forgiveness, and self-sacrificial love.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. For the next 38 days we will march toward the cross where Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfill His Fathers will and purchase us from sin and death. On this night we begin our walk with repentance and humility. The journey begins.
Ephesians 5:3-15; The Right Light
Paul expounds on what this renewal means when it comes to the readers new relationship with the world. Immorality and impurity must be eradicated out of the life of the Christian and out of the life of the Christian community because not only does immorality bring wrath rather than inheritance, but the readers have been redeemed from darkness into Gods light.
Services are on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Podcasts of Pastor Donovans sermons can be found on our website.
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4 FEBRUARY 2015
ADVENT SERVICE CLASS PARTIES
BOY SCOUT FAMILY OUTING
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St. James is once again participating in the Monarch Awards. The Monarch Award is given annually to an author and/or illustrator of a book voted as their favorite by participating K-3 children in Illinois. The award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association and is designed to encourage Illinois students to read critically and to become familiar with childrens books, authors and illustrators. The award is named in honor of the Monarch Butterfly, Illinois state insect. The butterfly symbolizes growth, freedom and change - qualities that also characterize the emergent reader.
In February during Library, students will be read the books on this years Award Master List below. Which book do you think will be our students favorite?
The Day the Crayons Quit Written by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Creepy Carrots!Written by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Each Kindness Written by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories Written and Illustrated by Jeff Mack
Helens Big World: the Life of Helen Keller Written by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Matt Tavares
If I Built a House Written and Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue Written by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan KellyIllustrated by Susan Kelly
Like Bug Juice on a Burger Written by Julie Sternberg, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
A Little Book of Sloth Written and Illustrated by Lucy Cooke
Look Out, Jeremy Bean! Written by Alice Schertle, Illustrated by David SlonimMe. . . Jane Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball Written by David A. Kelly, Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez
Mo Willems Presents That Is Not a Good Idea! Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems
Nic Bishop Snakes Written and Illustrated by Nic Bishop
Over and Under the Snow Written by Kate Messner Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Penny and Her Marble Written and Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
The Princess and the Pig Written by Jonathan EmmettIllustrated by Poly Bernatene
Prudence Wants a Pet Written by Cahtleen Daly Illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Take Me Out to the Yakyu Written and Illustrated by Aaron Meshon
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8 FEBRUARY 2015
Be merciful as your Father in heaven is merciful (Luke 6:36).
The word for mercy that Jesus uses here has a more concrete meaning than what we typically associate with mercy. It means more than just being kind. It means to be concerned about your neighbors state and well-being. Thus, Jesus taught that we are to care, to be concerned about our neighbors state and well-being even as our Father in heaven cares for and is concerned about our state and well-being.
How has our Father in heaven cared for our state? How has He shown His concern for our well-being? How has He showered this mercy upon us?
He gave of Himself. He sent His only-begotten Son
in human flesh, to become one of usa manand to suffer all that we suffer and to endure what we endurea fallen world full of sinful people, temptation, the attacks of the devil, and death.
He took upon Himself what rightfully belongs to ussin and deathin order that He could give to us what rightfully belongs to Himrighteousness, purity, eternal life, and victory over the temptation of Satan and this fallen world. That is how He cared for our state. That is how He was concerned for our well-being.
He entered into our state for the sake of our well-being, died in our place, rose for our justification, redeemed us to make all things new. He entered our state so that by water and His Word we would be granted entrance into His state as children of our Father in heaven. In other
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words, He had empathy toward us, which resulted in true sympa