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St. James Lutheran Church

Friendly Visitor

The mission of our St James Friendly Visitors Committee is to provide aid, comfort, communion, and love to our members who are hospitalized, home bound, nursing home residents or any who have need of us.

Welcome team

 The Welcome Team talks with visitors after worship, thanking them for worshiping with us, and giving them information about St. James (monthly newsletter and other info).

Christian Education

Christian Education is for all ages and is designed to help us learn about and grow in our faith throughout our lives. St. James offers several age-appropriate opportunities, usually from September through May.
Children from kindergarten through grade 5 meet from 10:15 am - 11:00 am  on Sunday mornings to learn, play and grow. They experience Bible stories through music, art and play. 
Children in grades 6 through 8 are offered Confirmation classes with the pastor or a Lay Leader to discuss all things Lutheran, from the history of the church and what we believe to how we live and act because of our faith. 
Adults are provided opportunities for Bible Studies and discussion groups on a variety of topics that impact our Christian faith and our lives.

Worship and Music

The Worship and Music Committee is responsible for the planning of all regular worship services, as well as the special services throughout the year.  Special services are held for Ash Wednesday, Lenten Wednesdays, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve.  The committee also sponsors a pie potluck prior to the Thanksgiving service, a baccalaureate reception in May for the high school graduates and a Lenten meal.  We support two subcommittees: Altar Guild; St. James Chorale.

Worship at St. James is the result of the efforts of many individuals.  The volunteers who serve as ushers, greeters, readers, assistant ministers, acolytes, counters, altar guild members, helpers with the youth events, etc. are truly a blessing to this congregation.

Social Ministry

The Social Ministry Committee of St. James supports our community with donations of food, gifts, money and volunteer time to needy individuals and organizations.  Some of the organizations are the Bettendorf Health Care Center, the Mississippi Valley Blood Bank, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Churches United, the Bettendorf Food Pantry, the Salvation Army Meal Site, the Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity, Bettendorf Meals On Wheels, Winnie’s Place and Gilda’s Club.

Women of ELCA

 All women who are members of our congregation are members of WELCA, weather or not you belong to a circle. We invite and encourage the women of St James to participate in circles and all other activities that are WELCA sponsored. Our purpose is to promote Bible study, fellowship and friendship among our women and to encourage one and other to use all our talents in spreading the gospel.


The Fellowship Committee strives to build a foundation of friendship within the congregation at St. James, by providing activities that build a sense of community for its parishioners.  Examples of these activities include trips to Adventureland, camping trips, Youth Lock-ins, baseball game outings, fishing trips, as well as preparing and serving holiday meals.




We are all reminded that the goal of our stewardship ministry is to help each other grow in their spiritual relationship through the use of the time, talents and finances that God has entrusted to us. Growing our discipleship individually strengthens the overall foundation of St. James.

We give thanks to God for all that we have.