Ash Wednesday is this week and we begin the season of Lent. Please join us for worship services at 7pm........and soup suppers start on the 12th!
K’NEX Day at St. Jacob was fun You can see some of the many items that were made last Sunday near the baby grand piano in Albrecht Hall. Wow, there sure were a lot of K’NEX to use for building supplies!
Souper Bowl Sunday was Super and we also got to celebrate groundhog day at the same time. Most importantly, we were able to remember the hungry. Many thanks to all who came and supported our efforts to help others. Special thanks go to Kim Izor, Mary Izor and Karen Izor for their help in making the soup and more for the day.
We were able to have our annual meeting! This was impressive since the weather was so cold and snowy. Many thanks to all who braved the weather to help us plan for another year of ministry at 213 E. Central Avenue. Special thanks to president Kim Izor for all his work in putting together the annual report booklet.
We sure had a great run of good attendance but things have been slim around here after Christmas and with all the cold/snowy weather. Still, we are happy to say Happy New Year. We are praying for another terrific year at St. Jacob with lots of good service to our community.
Christmas Eve worship services were so well attended this year that Pastor Hout believes that is the most we have had on the 24th of December in several decades! Many thanks to the many who helped with the services especially all the musicians.
Miamisburg Community Chorus Concert was so successful that there was an overflow crowd! Many people from St. Jacob were in the concert and they did a wonderful job. Special congratuations to Dale Schram for his work in directing the chorus.
Sunday School Christmas program Last year this was a small affair. For the past 12 months we have been praying for more participation and for more children. How thrilling it was to see a Christmas miracle at St. Jacob with a hall full of people and lots of children in the program. Many thanks to our director, Dr. Marcia Vannet. She not only directed the play but she also wrote it! Many thanks, also, to the Christian Education committee that did such a wonderful job of contacting people and getting everyone involved.
Large crowd for Thanksgiving Day meal How wonderful to be able to do this for 18 years! We ended up serving 140 people in our fellowship hall and sent out 120 meals. How wonderful to see all the smiling faces and happy people at our big event on Thanksgiving day.
Community worship service was very nice How wonderful of Zion Lutheran in West Carrollton to host this fine annual event. It is always special when Christians get together but it is especially special when we gather each year to give thanks. As always, the choir was especially terrific. Next year we are the hosts!
Open House at Sidney Wagner’s What a great afternoon it was to celebrate her new home on Buckeye. The place was really full and there was a traffic jam on the street where people were parking! Our prayers of thanksgiving are with her as she completes this journey in her life. May she have many many years with this nice home.
WWII Banner found right before Veterans Day This banner has lots of blue stars and a few gold stars on it. After lots of research, it appears that this is from WWII and the stars are people from St. Jacob who fought in that war. There are 127 blue stars! It is amazing how many folks from here were involved in that war. There are three gold starts representing the three from this congregation that died in that conflict. An interesting fact is that at least four of those stars represent people we see in worship: Dale Schram, Paul Schultz, Herb Greggerson and Dr. Cliff Gebhart.
Reformation Sunday and All Saints Sunday We had a great reformation service with lots of great music and the singing of A Mighty Fortress. That was followed by All Saints Sunday where we remembered the saints who have gone before us, the saints among us and the saints yet to be.
The congregational hayride was great and how nice to have such good weather. Many many thanks to the Gore’s for hosting the event. It was a wonderful time and we heard a great laugh from Lynn Schultz.
Miamisburg Historic Homes Tour and we were a part of it. It went very well and we enjoyed having nearly 100 people come through our building. We received lots of nice compliments on how nice the place looks!
Alumni Band was great! Not really. It rained like crazy and they call off the homecoming parade. Still, the Alumni Band marched up to the field and completed their duties. Maybe next year will be better?
Rally Day was great and we had a lot of fun with some songs, skits, mad libs, stories and more. How great to begin another year in God’s word!
Miamisburg Whirled Top Festival was wonderful, exciting, thrilling, amazing, inspiring, fantastic and so much more. This was our 14th annual fest and they have gotten better and better every year. How exciting to have people here from Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama and more!
Christmas in July was special We had a lot of fun plus we were able to celebrate the birth of our Savior even though it was the middle of the summer. Many thanks to all who made the day special with Christmas hymns, Christmas message, Christmas decorations and even a number of Christmas sweaters.
Our Pool Party was a lot of fun and the Miamisburg pool was full of activity. Can you believe we had rain......right when we were leaving! We are used to getting rained out but this time the rain was perfectly timed.
Day Camp was amazingly great and what a great week to study the theme “Faith Alive”. Plus, we had twice as many children in camp as we planned! What a week. Many thanks to the great counselors and the great staff and the great director, Laura Quinn.
Great fireworks in our downtown as a part of the Fox motors 100th celebration. Good work, Fox! The downtown was packed!!!
Flood remembrance day was a big event in our historic downtown. How great to see some of our people in costume. How great to see some of our people in the community chorus. How great to have one of our very own directing the chorus! Pastor Hout enjoyed riding his high wheeler around with his bowler hat and “high water” pants.
We survived another Talent Show How great to have people share their talents and skills they have developed. We had some ukeleles, some guitars, some piano, some story telling, some sword fighting and more. Pastor Hout showed some skills he has developed since the last Talent Show as he dribbled a basketball while unicycling and then juggled while unicycling.
Memorial Day was touching and it was so wonderful to have a number of our folks in the Memorial Day parade that morning. As the outside sign says “ALL GAVE SOME. SOME GAVE ALL.”
We had a great Spring Fling and our uncyclists and high wheelers were out in full force for the Spring Fling parade. It was a little wet as we walked to our assembly spots and waited but the rain eventually stopped and we had a good ride. We also passed out hundreds of frisbees with information about our congregation and Day Camp. Next up is the Memorial Day parade!
Hope you had a good Mother’s Day We enjoyed highlighting our mothers in worship and gave out flowers to all the females in the congregation!
Holy Humor Sunday was fun and it was great to have some good laughs remembering that the greatest joke in history was played on the devil when the tomb was found empty.
Holy Week was inspirational We had worship services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. How meaningful it was to reflect on the beginnings of Holy Communion on Thursday and the final hours of Jesus before his death on Friday. It was terrific to have fifteen people involved in the Good Friday service.
Lenten Fair was great despite the time change No one seemed too groggy from losing an hour of sleep. We had a great time with lots of wonderful crafts and food and ideas at our 36th (or was that 35th) annual Lenten Fair. Many thanks to all who participated and all who helped set up the special night, especially our Christian Education committee.
We are in the season of Lent We have midweek worship services at 7pm with a soup supper at 6pm. Please join us as we consider the theme “The Body of Christ”.
Unicycle Day was special We had nearly 40 people going in Albrecht Hall this past Sunday. Well, maybe not all were unicycling at the same time but a lot of people surely were trying. Many thanks to our special guests from the children’s circus of Cincinnati known as “My Nose Turns Red”. They sent five unicyclists and they were amazing. We have a number of people who are getting better and a number who are getting started so it was a very good day for St. Jacob.
Souper Bowl Sunday was super and there were lots of people enjoying egg drop soup (go Ravens) and Rice-A-Roni (the San Francisco treat) in our fellowship hall. There were also plenty of people trying to help the hungry that day with food for the food pantry or donations to our food pantry or the world hunger appeal.
A quote on the outside bulletin board - 2013 is going to be an odd year.
Another quote for the new year - Aspire to inspire, before you expire!
Christmas Eve and then all was calm It has been a busy and hectic December. We made it through another Christmas Eve with our 7:30 and 11:00 evening worship services. Maybe things will slow down a bit before we head to New Year’s Eve and then our January programming.
Sunday School Christmas program was another big success. Many thanks to all who came and participated. Special thanks to Dr. Marcia Vannet for her work in organizing the event and writing the play that included everyone. It was also great to have a giant nativity display in our chapel, courtesy of Karen Izor!
Community Thanksgiving Service at Trinity U.C.C. was another exceptional service between local congregations. This year we were fortunate to have four parishes involved (Trinity, St. John’s Lutheran, Zion Lutheran and, of course, St. Jacob) and what a treat it was to have the giant sixty voice choir and the wonderful bell group from Trinity.
Veterans Day was on a Sunday this year. That meant that we were able to highlight those who served at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was also great to have a special Miamisburg Community Chorus concert in the afternoon to thank our veterans.
All Saints Sunday was touching as we remembered the saints who have gone before us, the saints among us and the saints yet to be. It was sometime unique to have some “shaker bells” that Larry Benner used to play in the circus. We rang them at the children’s sermon and played Jesus Loves Me.
We had a good Reformation Sunday and talked a lot about our good friend Martin Luther. It was a special day and a special time to remember our history and heritage. This is most certainly true!
Read about our pipe organ Here is an interesting bit about our pipe organ:
AND BELOW IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT US: Our parish is located in the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Read more about what's happening in our synod at the Synod Home Page
St. Jacob is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (the ELCA). Read more about it at the ELCA Website
The ELCA also has a very fine magazine. Check it out at “The Lutheran”
Our softball and volleyball team plays Monday nights with the Miamisburg Churches.
We have a Lenten fair each March with lots of great “hands on” learning!
There is a great daily devotion on the ELCA webpage. Check it out by clicking here