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Jacob Lutheran Church and our activities.

     

Kettering Holiday at Home Parade This giant parade is quickly approaching. It will once again be on Labor Day (September 7th this year) and we are unit A44. Please let Pastor Hout know if you can help out with our unit.

Miamisburg Whirled Top Festival WAS GR8 We had great weather and we had great participation in our 16th festival. There were twenty some adults from seven states here including Alabama, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky and (of course) Ohio. The kids had big battles, too, and the winning team came away with 100 gold coins (that is 100 real dollars). 

National Youth Gathering recap It has been interesting to read all kinds of comments about the event up in Detroit. What a special time it is when we get 30,000 youth together for this gathering that is only held once every three years. Rise Up was the theme and we did what we could to help the city “rise up” after all they have gone through. Now we are back in Miamisburg to help others “rise up” in our area. 2018 is the next gathering and it will be in Houston!

We are still smiling about Day Camp 2015 It was a special week with lots of activity based around the theme “A Love That Never Ends”. How terrific to have over 100 people in our building every day!!! We sang a lot of the camp songs in our worship service on Sunday.

Luther House Gang This was a large group of youth led by Mayor Dick Church back in the 60’s. We had a special Sunday to remember them this past Sunday and had many of them back for a reunion. It was great to hear some of their stories. It was also great to sing some of their songs. Let’s do this again next year on the Sunday after the Alumni reunion.

Talent Show 2015 was a lot of fun. We have had bigger crowds but we could not have had a better time that on the 7th of June. Many thanks to our piano players, our story tellers, our chimers, our knock knock jokers, our book readers and more. Dale Schram gave a nice drum solo, too!!!

Memorial Day parade could have been extra special this year with our very own Dale Schram as the grand marshal BUT it rained and rained and rained. They had to call it off. Rats!!!

Spring Fling parade was a hit Somehow we got the parade in despite the rain before and the rain after. Many thanks to the many who helped with our parade unit. Can you believe 450 pens with information about St. Jacob were handed out?

Congratulations to Miamisburg girls track team They won the league championship for only the second time in school history. The final team points were scored by our very own Kristina Steingass. Stephen Steingass coached the successful sprinters this year and Pastor Hout coached the pole vaulters.

Coed Softball is in full swing We have games on Monday nights through May and June. Come join us!

Change challenge Change keeps coming in!!! Now we have 75 pounds of change and $750. Wow!

Easter Sunday was terrific and it all started with a great breakfast in our fellowship hall. Then we had a fun egg hunt which was followed by two packed worship services. It was a great day for St. Jacob!!!

K’NEX (and Lego) Day was a busy time There were nearly thirty people who stayed after the 10:30 service for this day of building and creative activity. Free pizza was enjoyed by everyone!

The season of Lent is here We had our annual Ash Wednesday service (despite the cold and snow) and now are fully into the season of Lent. Join us for our midweek services at 7pm on Wednesdays. We will also have a soup supper starting at 6pm. Please come and enjoy this simple meal together

Lenten Fair Attendance was light this year due to a big snow storm but the ones who were here sure had a good time. Lots of good creative crafts were available and some great food, too. Take a look at the display we have next to our fellowship hall (Albrecht Hall) to see some of what we did.

Souper Bowl Sunday was Super On February 1st we remembered the hungry the same day Seattle and New England battled on the football field. Join us in our efforts to support our food pantry and the ELCA world hunger appeal.

Congregational Meeting We had another good meeting full of planning for the new year. What a great opportunity we have to serve our community and our God!

CPAM Charlotte’s Web at St. Jacob Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg had three great performances in our fellowship and all of them were packed!!! Congratulations to them on their fine production

Lots of newness It is a new year and a new season. Welcome to the season of Epiphany where, as our outdoor sign says, the light shines in the darkness.

Christmas Eve It was a busy place around here on the night before Christmas. Many creatures were stirring for both worship services. Thanks go to all who helped make this evening so special with the decorations, the music, the poinsettias and more.

Sunday School Christmas program What a special night it was with so many children and so many family members involved in our annual program. It all started with a wonderful meal at 5:00 and then we headed upstairs for the program full of great costumes, great acting, great music and an even greater message. Many thanks go to our education committee and to our director, Dr. Marcia Vannet.

What a great Miamisburg Holiday Festival It all started with a nice parade at 11:30. We had unicycle and high wheel riders leading the way for a float with Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus. In the afternoon we had a bazaar of gently used Christmas items. There was a lot of activity and there were lots of happy faces of people gathering things for Christmas at their homes.

Thanksgiving day meal was fabulous We had a great meal and a great crowd on Thanksgiving day. Many thanks to all who attended (we served nearly 300 meals) and many thanks to all who volunteered to help. What a wonderful day this was for St. Jacob Lutheran Church!

Our prayers are with the family of Dr. Gebhart Cliff was a big part of our congregation and also a big part of our community. We had to say goodbye to him this week but we will always remember his dedication and his support of our work here at 213 E. Central.

What a great Miracle Sunday We had a great day with great attendance and also a great baptism. Quite amazingly we also had a great offering with over $21,000. What a great day for St. Jacob and for the family of God!

We are in November and starting to think about thanksgiving activities.....like our area wide Thanksgiving service and our community Thanksgiving meal. Come join us for all the thanks!

Reformation Sunday was full of red! We had red banners, red on the paraments, red bulletins and even red bracelets to hand out during the children’s sermon. It was a great day to take a look once again at Martin Luther and his work to reform the church.

St. Jacob Hayride was a lot of fun and we even had great weather. How nice to have this fun evening at the Warrick farm on South Union Road. The night included a campfire, pumpkins, a cookout, a petting zoo and peacocks as well as a great hayride.

Alumni Band Homecoming was a little bit wet on Friday but we still had a solid group in the alumni band and shared a lot of good memories. We even heard a number of people on the parade route say how good we sounded!

Congregational meeting went well and we are making big plans as children of God for 2015!!!

Participants from 6 to 86 We are still talking about all the recent 150th celebrations. Most amazing was not the six yeard old who played 1860’s base ball, but Paul T. Schultz who was playing at the age of 86!

150th anniversary of our building The weekend went very well. We had a great open house/ice cream social on Saturday with lots of great tours and activity on the lawn. Sunday morning we had Rally Day for our Sunday School and then two terrific worship services highlighting the 150 years of service from our building. How neat also to have a guest violin player in for worship! On Sunday afternoon lots of good times and fellowship was had around our 1860’s softball game. The weekend concluded with a tasty old fashioned picnic. Thank you God for the many years of faithful service from this building!

We had an exciting end to August with the Paragon quartet, top spinners from five states and a baptism of a young gal who is the 8th generation baptized at St. Jacob. Wow!!!

The 150th anniversary of our building is the 28th. We will have lunch at Ron’s Pizza that day. On September 14th we will have a special worship and a softball game in the afternoon followed by a picnic. On Saturday the 13th (the day before) there will be an open house/ice cream social at our building from 2-5. Join us for these great activities!

Coed softball team The season is finally over. We battled through lots of dropped items.....like softballs and raindrops! Actually, it was a good season and we even won a couple of games. Many thanks to all who played and helped out with the team in one way or another.

Day Camp was terrific! We had another fantastic week with great counselors and great kids and great staff with a great theme - “Living in God’s Time”. How great to see our place packed with children. We talked about John the Baptist, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus and finished talking about being sent by the Holy Spirit. The seasons of the church year we covered were Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.

We survived the Quinn/Thompson wedding Wow, what a gathering it was for that marriage ceremony. Our sanctuary was packed! Our prayers go out to the newlyweds Shannon and Doug. We look forward to seeing them back with us after the honeymoon. How exciting to have so many come back and fill our noon worship service the next day!

Congratulations to those confirmed We are so excited about Jacob Boyd, Brionna Pinto and Hannah Steingass who affirmed their baptism recently. What a nice group of young people! They also played a nice song on the handbells during the service.

Memorial Day parade How wonderful to have such nice weather for this great annual event. There were a lot of bicyclers riding in the parade and over a dozen of them were St. Jacob people. With all the walkers and other participants from St. Jacob there we had pretty good representation. 

Spring Fling parade There were a number of people who had conflicts and could not participate this year so Pastor Hout was worried about this. Many thanks to the surprise people who came to help our unit out. How exciting to have the Grand Marshal of the parade be from St. Jacob. Congratulations Virginia Kinderdine!

Happy Mother’s Day It was a good Sunday with lots of happy mothers and children in worship last Sunday. How nice to be able to give all the females in the congregation a flower!

Have you read the book “The Giving Tree” The front yard of St. Jacob has a giving tree that gave everything it had, but now is only a stump. Yet, that stump can still give by being a seat for passersby. Check out our stump and our giving tree.

Holy Hilarity Sunday was once again a day full of smiles and laughs. How wonderful that we can continue to gather one week after Easter Sunday and still celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive! We sang the contractor’s hymn, the dentist’s hymn, the student’s end of year hymn and more.

He Is Risen.....He Is Risen, Indeed!!! What a great day we had on Easter Sunday. The building looked beautiful from decorations and it looked even more beautiful because of all the people in attendance. The place was packed and we ran out of bulletins! How great to be able to share the good news with so many people!

Holy Week was special and we are thankful for the many people who helped out in so many ways during this time. It was a busy season of Lent for us and we could not have made it if it weren’t for everyone working together so well.

We are still celebrating a great Lenten Fair. How wonderful to have so many people and young ones here for this hands on educational event. Many thanks to all who helped with this night in one way or another. It was really special to see the joy and twinkle in the eyes of the little ones as they learned more about Jesus.

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.

Read about our pipe organ Here is an interesting bit about our pipe organ:
http://organsociety.bsc.edu/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=31371

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