It’s time to update the directory! We’re taking photos on Tuesday, March 26; Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30. The hours on Tuesday and Friday ar 2-8:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a sign up sheet at church on Sunday or you can call the church office to make an appointment. Give your email address and get a $10 portrait coupon! There’s a 20% senior discount for those 60+.
Don’t forget, Nancy Boehme is retiring and her party is this Sunday, February 24, between services. Stop by and let her know how much she means to all of us! There will be tissues on hand.
The Pare Diocese in Tanzania is the companion synod to our own Southeastern Iowa Synod. Learn more about these relationships at this ELCA link.
We are proud and happy to welcome Rev. Britt Vickstrom as our new permanent pastor! Also, special thanks to Pastor Sandra Daily for her gracious service to the church during the search for a new pastor.
Here is Rev. Vickstrom’s first personal message to the congregation:
Hello people of St. James! I’m so very excited to be serving this congregation and this community. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about you and St. James.
Here is a little bit more about me. I have three cats, Sittler (named for Prof. Joseph Sitter, a Lutheran theologian and campus ministry advocate, and besides, it would be cruel to name a dog Sitt-ler), Thekla, named for a 1st century saint who, among other attempts on her life, was supposedly defended against a lion attack by lionesses, and Mungo, named for a Scottish museum of religious life and art, which is named for Scottish saint whose nickname, Mungo, means dear one.
I am a big fan of movies of just about every genre. I dabble in genealogy. I used to play rugby and I love to watch rugby, ice hockey and baseball (I root for the Cardinals). I am a West Des Moines Valley grad, but please don’t hold it against me. I am an only child, but I have a stepsister who lives in Bettendorf with her husband and two kids, and a stepbrother who lives in Pensacola, FL with his wife and their two kids.
I went to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where I majored in religion and minored in Russian language and literature. I spent my junior year abroad at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), where I returned to complete a Master’s degree, focusing on ecology and theology. I completed seminary education at Wartburg, in Dubuque. I love horrible puns, chocolate, and exploring.
The Lenten season continues this Wednesday with our Holden Evening service at 7:00 p.m. This includes a meal served from 5:45-6:15 p.m. which is prepared by one of our teams of volunteers at St. James. Following the meal we will meet upstairs for a half hour worship service. The Fishermen of St. James will be guest speakers on the theme from Mark 1:16-17.
Attention past & present Girl Scouts! We’re going to observe Girl Scout Sunday on March 11 to celebrate their 100th anniversary. We’d love to include as many GS as we can (including worship assistants), so if you are or were one, call or email the church office! Thanks!