Inquiries about using the sanctuary, gathering area, or other church space for events such as concerts, lectures, workshops, and more are always welcome. Please contact the church office for more information.
For those who are interested, there are many ways to get involved at Saint James! Below are some of the groups that meet regularly and are opportunities to share community with other Saint James members and friends.
Bible Study: On Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, the Bible Study group is exploring various books of the Bible through the year. This study is open to everyone regardless of biblical knowledge. Talk to the pastor for more information.
Book Club: This group meets monthly, usually at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Area on the last Monday of the month (check the calendar to verify date and time!). Topics vary, and everyone is welcome to attend any or all discussions. Discussions have included books such as: Facing Adversity; Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall.
Morning Glories: All women are invited to join the Morning Glories for their monthly Bible study. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am, September through May. This year, Liz Curtis Higgs’ book Really Bad Girls of the Bible is the basis for the Bible study. Please speak with Nancy Kopka if you have any questions about Morning Glories.
Men’s Bible Breakfast: All men are invited to participate in the monthly men’s Bible study. The group, which primarily includes men from Saint James and Saint Paul Lutheran Churches, meets the second Wednesday of each month (except August) beginning at 7:00 am at the National Coney Island on Mack near Moross. Meetings last approximately one hour. If you have any questions, please speak with either Russ Halleen or Ray Radtke. If you haven’t attended before, you are very welcome to join!
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Prayer shawls become tangible symbols of love; they are warm hugs of empathy and support. We give the shawls not only to members of Saint James, but also to friends of the congregation who are experiencing illness, etc. The group also makes scarves and hats for Heartline House and for the neighbors served by Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church. Heartline House is the residential program operated by Samaritas for homeless women and those leaving the correctional system. Anyone is welcome to join us in knitting or crocheting these items, regardless of experience. The group usually meets once per month, most often on the fourth Thursday, in the second floor lounge at 10:00 am.