God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
There are a lot of changes taking place as we face the coronavirus pandemic. God’s Word instructs us to fix our eyes on Jesus. As faithful Christians, we place our trust in Jesus Christ Who bore our sins and secured our salvation. We have a God Who is faithful, and loving. In Christ He has given us every reason to trust Him.
The Church Council met on Thursday the 19th and put the following in place:
All activities at St. James including worship are cancelled until the end of April. The Church Council will continue to meet regularly via video or phone conferencing re-evaluate the situation.
The worship service will still be on the radio at 9:30 on 930 WTAD. In addition our service will be available on Facebook live or it can be called up on Facebook after the service. We will be emailing out the sermon to those whose e-mails addresses we have. If you don’t have e-mail but would like a copy of the sermon please call the church office.
The Central Illinois district has sent out a list of ways in which you will still have access to the proclamation of the Word. One I would highlight for you is KFUO radio from St. Louis. It has all religious programming. Some in our area can get KFUO at 950 on the am dial. Others get it by going to kfuoam.org. It is our synod’s only radio station. I especially like the fact that from roughly 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. all they have on is Christian music. The district’s suggestions are attached to this letter. In addition to their suggestions they listed the stations the Lutheran Hour is available in Central Illinois. You can also access the Lutheran Hour at any time by going to lhm.org.
Pastoral and Elder Care
Hospital, nursing home and assisted living visitation is not permitted at this time due to the restrictions established by those organizations. The Pastor, elders and all members are encouraged to stay in touch with any whom we know to be isolated. Obviously we mean by phone. First and foremost inquire about their health. In addition, ask if there is anything they need.
Pastor Rempfer is willing to make any home visit. He will not visit if he is sick. He will contact you by phone prior to any visit he will be making. In addition you should feel free to call the office. We can visit and pray via phone or he is willing to come by your home.
The stewardship committee is working on a separate letter. President Harrison said it well, “Now if a time to be generous.” That is true, both to support the proclamation of the Gospel and care for others. Your regular offerings and other gifts can be mailed to the church, dropped off at the church office or given through Joyful Response. Please watch for a separate letter from your stewardship committee.
In the midst of our circumstances our mission hasn’t changed. Our mission: To See Jesus and Cause Him to Be Seen. We have said we want that mission to be accomplished in my life, in my home, in our church, in our School, in our community. May God enable us to accomplish that mission as He feeds and cares for us and we care for one another and our community.
Philippians 4:7 the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God’s Peace be with you
Keith Klusmeyer, Congregational Chairman
Bob Gooding, Chairman of the Board of Elders