This 20-24 hour class enables prospective members to make an informed decision on membership. It is also a review class for current members. Classes cover the basic teachings of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is for all those who want to know what life with God is all about. You can join the class at any time.
To show kindness and compassion to a group of people who often feel forgotten, isolated and alone
Develop a connection between people who face similar challenges
Build trust between the blind/visually impaired and the sighted community
To accomplish the above:
St. James Lutheran Church hosts a meal and a meeting for the blind/visually impaired once a month.
Transportation to the meal and meeting is provided.
Our time together begins with a meal. The meal is followed by a brief devotion and then a speaker. The speakers often relate to issues or products that affect those with difficulty seeing. They may, however, relate to a general topic.
This meeting is on a Saturday from noon-2:00 pm in the church Fellowship Hall. Please watch our Church Calendar for the upcoming dates. Most often the meeting is the last Saturday of the month. However, due to Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. we sometimes move it to a different Saturday. Those who attend also sometimes choose not to meet in the winter.
The meals are served by one of the following groups:
St. James Elders
Katie's Ladies- a women's group from St. James
Men's Club- includes members from The Lutheran Church of St. John and St. James
St. James Youth
Mary Martha Group- a women's group from The Lutheran Church of St. John
Lutheran Women's Missionary League- a women's group from Our Redeemer
For more information, contact the church office 217-222-8447.
The Evangelism Committee is a standing committee of St. James Evangelical Church. The Committee welcomes visitors to worship and follows up with them.
Receptions for welcoming new members and newly bapized are held in a timely fashion. The Committee annually organizes “Trunk or Treat” and is responsible for publication of the pictorial driectory.
The Scriptural model for the Evangelism Committee is the Great Commission and John 20:21, 4:35: "As the Father has sent me, I also send you…Lift up your eye, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest."
Members of St. James along with members from The Lutheran Church of St. John here in Quincy and members from Immanuel and St. Timothy in Macomb join together to serve the Bethesda residents who live in group homes in Springfield, Illinois. Our main service project is typically to paint bedrooms for some of the residents. In addition we meet at Camp Cilca for a large group Bible Study, a meal and bingo. This event takes place annually. We hope to continue to "See and Share Jesus" by serving to and with the Bethesda residents living in Springfield.