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This coming Sunday is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost.  Our worship services on the 21st of September are at 10:30 (led by our pipe organ) and noon (led by guitars and a mandolin). The gospel for this Sunday is Matthew 20:1-16 and Pastor Hout’s sermon theme is “More Kingdom Cues”.  You can read the Bible online at www.biblegateway.com

Thanks so much for your visit! We hope you enjoyed your time on our website. It is good to have you here. We may not be as big and fancy here as some places but we have important people here .....people like you! We hope your journey with the Lord is going well and please, stop by to visit us again. We try to update this site on a weekly basis.

Prayers of the Church We continue to pray for our office helper and newsletter folder Mable Braunschweiger. She had a short stay in the hospital last week and is home recouperating. How great to see people we have been praying for in worship like Lucy Wantz, Maryann DeYoung and Michael Allikas. Our prayers continue for Sandra Kershner, Don Stupp, Betty Daily and the Gebharts, Wanda and Cliff. We have been praying for Hazel Shell at Sycamore Health Care facility and recently found out Bev Kingrey is also there. Bob Greenlee at Elmcroft has also been on our prayer list and Iris Englebrecht has been spotted there. There is a rumor out there that Denny Christman may be in a nursing facility around the area but we haven’t found him yet. Our military men are also in our prayers: Zach Mathis, Blake Parrett and Rob Greenlee.

What a weekend celebrating the 150th We are thankful for the many who helped to make this past weekend so special. On Saturday we had a nice open house/ice cream social with tours inside and lots of good activity on the lawn (plus some good ice cream). On Sunday we had special worship services highlighting the many years of wonderful service provided by our building. In the afternoon we had a fun 1860’s baseball game followed by a good old fashioned picnic. What a great weekend it was!

A wonderful violin player at worship We made a great connection with violinist Becky Geels from Kettering. She was terrific and played A Mighty Fortress during the sermon. The congregation sang along with a stringed instrument last Sunday like they probably did many times in the early years of this building!

1860’s baseball was a LOT of fun. How great to have so many people of so many ages having fun together......like 6 to 86. Can you believe 86 year old Paul T. Schultz played? We used an old time giant ball and played the game like they used to play with no strikes outs, no walks, no gloves, no metal bats, no cussing and no spitting. We also did not have to catch pop flies in the air....we could catch them on the bounce and the batter would still be called out. Cheers of huzzah were popular back 150 years ago and the hurler did not toss a lot of JimJams (pitcher is wild).

Here is the Prayer of the Day for this coming Sunday: Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual loving kindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

A good piece of scripture Here are is a terrific verse from the E-100: Matthew 20:16..........”So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Pastor Hout is still smiling when he thinks about the recent Holiday at Home parade. We had a nice day and a nice group. He was especially thrilled to make it because this was his 20th ride in this parade on his six foot unicycle. Yea for old men!

A special link because it is a great article about St. Jacob. Part of it was in the paper but we have the entire blog article here with some good pictures:

Upcoming Events include:
September 19-Game Night from 7-9pm
September 25-Lunch Bunch at Anticoli’s Guiliano-11:30am
 (did you see in the paper where they changed their
  name by adding Anticoli so as to tie in with their family
  tradition and heritage)