James Lutheran Church Newsletter
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jane Gaeta
Church Office Phone: 908-454-2864 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
People of St. James,
solemn Ash Wednesday we began the season of Lent with penitence and
reflection on the quality of our faith and life.
By focusing on the mystery of redemption, we prayed for strength
and discipline to be brought anew to the gift of our Baptism.
We had the
opportunity to have ashes placed on our foreheads with the words
“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
In that simple act we were reminded of our sin and our total
dependence on God for our very lives.
Ashes also suggest cleansing and renewal. They
were once used as a cleansing agent in the absence of soap. Ashes are sometimes also used as a penitential substitute for
water - and Baptism is a primary emphasis of Lent.
Lent may be an opportunity for you to make time for daily
prayer and/or Bible reading.
Lent may be a time for you make changes in your stewardship
of time, talent and treasure.
Lent may be a time for you to reach out to those in need -
those you rarely think about.
prayer for the people of St. James is that each one be open to the work
of the Holy Spirit in his or her life.
worship schedule during Holy Week appears elsewhere in Wisps of
a word about worship at The Easter Vigil on Saturday
March 22nd at 6:00 pm. The
climax of the sacred Triduum (the three services that began on Maundy
Thursday) is celebrated with images of darkness and light, chaos and
order, slavery and freedom. We
begin with the fire of creation and enter the church in darkness
following in procession the Paschal, or Christ Candle. The
darkness gradually gives way to the light of creation and celebration of
our redemption through the death and Resurrection of our Lord!
the Holy spirit lead you to reflect, study and worship this Lent and
God calls us to worship. God is the focus of worship.
The Paschal or Christ Candle
Candle is a large, white candle used at worship. The flame of the
paschal candle directs us to the light of Christ, and his presence in
our midst. The Paschal Candle is sometimes referred to as the
"Easter Candle" or the "Christ Candle." The term
"paschal" comes from the word pesach, which in Hebrew
Maundy Thursday, the entire church will be darkened, calling to mind the
darkness of a world without Christ.
at the opening of the Easter Vigil, the Paschal Candle is the first
candle to be lit with a flame from fire, representing the light of
Christ coming into the world.
then process into the church, led by the paschal candle. The
candle is raised three times during the procession, accompanied by the
chant, "The light of Christ" to which the assembly responds,
"Thanks be to God". Following the procession, the Exultet is
sung (Easter Hymn of Praise intoned by a deacon or assisting
candle is traditionally the one from which all other lights are taken
for the Easter service.
candle remains lit at all worship services throughout the Easter Season,
during which time it is located in the sanctuary close to the altar. After
the Easter season, it is placed near the baptismal font.
Paschal Candle is lit during services that include the Sacrament of
Baptism as well as Burial of the Dead, a visible sign
of Our Lord's nearer presence as well the hope of the resurrection into
which Christians are baptized.
Many thanks to the children of Luther and Lillian Henry for their lasting gift of the Paschal Candle and stand in memory of their parents!
As members of St. James Lutheran Church, we have joined together as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ to praise and serve God; to hear the word of God and share in His supper; to encourage, guide, comfort, and pray for one another; to make disciples of those who have not heard the Gospel; and to serve those in need.
Holy Week Worship Schedule
15th at 6:00 pm & Sunday March 16th at 8:45 am:
March 20th at 7:00 pm:
21st at 7:00 pm: Good Friday (reflection, intercession and adoration of our Lord)
22nd at 6:00 pm:
Sunday March 23rd at 8:45 am:
powerful Requiem will be performed by the Lehigh
University Choral Arts Program on Friday April 25th and Saturday April
26th at 8:00 pm at the Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue,
Bethlehem, PA. (Pastor now
sings in the chorus as an alto.)
Tickets can be purchased at the Box
Office or by calling 610-758-2787.
you can't make it to Worship some Sunday morning, consider coming to
Worship on Saturday evening. Worship
is upbeat, informal and a joy! If
your neighbors can't come on Sunday, tell them about Saturday worship!
Sunday School / Forum
discussions on The Lord's Prayer continue following worship on
most Sundays. There will be no classes on Palm Sunday (March 16th)
and Easter (March 23rd).
Please join us. If
you can't join us, you may want to purchase the book Rediscovering
the Lord's Prayer by Art Simon.
The Senior League is sponsoring a pajama drive for
children and women who are victims of domestic violence. These pajamas will give some comfort to these vulnerable
people in their time of need. We
will be collecting pajamas through April 4th.
contact Carol Meixsell if you have any questions (908-454-6734).
The Joseph T.
Quinlan Bereavement Center is hosting a Living with Grief lecture series
as an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the effects grief has
on our lives, our loved ones, and our relationships.
It is offered to anyone who has experienced a loss through death,
who is helping another cope with loss, or who would like to learn more
about the grieving process.
lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings, April 1st, 8th,
15th, and 22nd from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at:
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center
651 Willow Grove Street
Presenter will be the Executive Director of the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial
Foundation, Cecelia T. Clayton, MPH.
continue to pray for the members of the Call Committee and the Church
Council as they persevere in our search for a new Pastor.
What is Hospice?
What are our
fears about death and dying?
How can we
support others and ourselves when faced with a terminal illness?
Hospice and how did it start?
What are the
social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the dying person and
answers to these and other related questions will be found in a series of
four-week classes on Hospice Volunteer Training being offered by the
Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center.
classes begin on Mondays and Wednesdays, march 3rd, 5th,
10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 31st,
and April 2nd and run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at:
Quinlan Bereavement Center
214 Washington Street
completion, participants are Certified Hospice Volunteers.
Hospice Volunteers have the option of working in their communities
and establishing their own schedules with allowable services they are
willing to provide for the organization.
information and registration, call the Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Morrow,
at either 973-383-0115 or 800-882-1117.
Links of Love and Heifer International
The Sunday School children will
sell “Links of Love” beginning on Palm Sunday, March 16th, in the
Fellowship Hall following Worship. The
proceeds will go to Heifer International. Our
goal this year is to purchase the Gift Ark at $5,000 with the help of matching
funds from Thrivent. This goal is
an ambitious one, therefore we are modifying the Links of Love - each link color
available will represent a different monetary value.
benevolence project will run until the end of May. With God’s help and yours, we can achieve our goal.
does VBS Mean to You?
v Very Big Shoe
v Volunteers Being Silly
v Valentine Bear’s Socks
v Vision Beyond Self
Virtually Blue Sea
v Vivacious Bold Step
For children in our area, VBS is
the week-long program (9:00 am to 12:00 noon) called Vacation Bible School. We
can’t make this wonderful, educational program happen without volunteers
(station leaders, registrar, group guides, program coordinators, food preparers,
game organizers, floating assistants, end of week celebration planner, more).
Eager to help and have fun, enjoy working with children, willing to help kids learn about God and Jesus, and want to see children’s excitement as they learn about God’s love. Attend four or five planning meetings and participate in the week of the event.
are in the early stages of planning (picking date and program materials, etc.).
For more information about how you can help, please
contact the church office or Diann Porto at 908-454-8361 or email@example.com.
year we almost had to cancel the program due to insufficient volunteers. If you are willing to help in any way, please let Diann know before
Easter to ensure that we will be able to provide this terrific
program for our congregation and community again.