Community Deer Hunter Service – November 15, 2017

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JULY 8-13, 2018



A mission trip to Colorado is being coordinated by English Lutheran Church of Bateman. This trip is open to St. James Trinity youth, grades 7-12.  Participants will partner with others seeking to bring hope to the residents of Denver, who are experiencing changes and challenges in their community. Opportunities for participants include:


    • serving local food shelves, nursing homes and children’s programs
    • meeting a local pastor who brings Sidewalk Sunday School into different neighborhoods, thereby providing a safe place for kids to learn about God’s love
    • worshiping while taking in beautiful mountain views
    • learning about poverty and homelessness through interactive activities
    • hearing from local residents about what it looks like to live and serve in Denver
    • enjoying a community cookout


The cost is $289 for the program, which does not include transportation or other costs. The church will help by conducting fund-raising activities to help off-set costs. Each participant will need to provide a $50 deposit, due by October 8th. Watch for more information in the mail or contact Pastor Rick, Zoe Volger at Bateman, or Suellen Hageness at St. James Trinity.   


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Lima Polka Band and Pie Social

 Poster Polka Fest

On Sunday July 10, 2016 St. James Trinity hosted the Lima Polka Band and Singers.  They provided toe-tapping, hand-clapping, and sing-a-long polka tunes with Christian lyrics.  Congregational worship was led by Steve Oas and filled with musical inspiration from the Lima Polka group. After the last amen was sung, the morning was topped off with a pie and ice cream social sponsored by a Thrivent Action Team. Donations from the dessert social will go toward debt reduction. Thanks to all for the great music, great food and contributions to a great cause!AccordionLima Polkaa















2016 Graduates


St. James Trinity members celebrated with the 2016 High School Graduating class as they look forward to their futures of work, college and other adventures.  Their former Sunday School teachers reminded them about the gifts of the spirit and the importance of faith.  We wish them well as they go forth into the world.

Graduates 2016



Piano Fun Party, January 27, 2016


The St. James Trinity Lutheran Choir hosted a fun night to celebrate the new rehearsal piano. The evening was hosted by Floyann, who wore a long piano-keyboard apron and entertained everyone with her folk charm.  Pastor Joanne blessed the piano and everyone joined in singing a hymn.


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The Faith and Fun kids sang the Do Re Mi song and then scurried to gather plates of yummy appetizers. After filling up on everything from shrimp to chips, Piano Party 1athey enjoyed dipping marshmallows and other goodies into the flowing chocolate fountain. In the words of one excited child, “This is the best buffet I’ve ever had!!”


The choir, donned in white and black “piano” aprons, entertained the crowd with their interpretation and singing of the song Ebony and Ivory.  And then, to the delight of all, Pete and Mike, the oldest and youngest of Piano Party 7athe male choir singers, sang a lovely two-part rendition of “I Love a Piano,” accompanied by a honky-tonk piano duet with Joan and Kay at the keys.


Guests answered a musical quiz and made sure to collect counterfeit C-note $100 bills from the resident banker, Jack Schilling.  It was easy to see that they were counterfeit because his face was on them!  On the reverse side of each C-note was a musically-related Bible verse.  To top off the evening, prizes were awarded to winners of the many games.


Piano Party 5aThere was plenty of fun, laughter, music and chatter to fill the evening. Even as guests left, Pete joined Kay at the piano to sing old standards from WWII and beyond.  Word has it that the ladies cleaning up in the kitchen were also singing as they worked!  Hopefully this pseudo Lutheran Mardi Gras before lent can happen again next year with a new theme, new games, new winners and lots more FUN!  Thank you to all who came and to those who hosted.




Youth Group “Lock-in” January 2, 2016


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St. James Trinity hosted three lock-ins in 2014 and 2015. During this January’s lock-in (14 hours over night), the youth had a Pastor-led devotional and then selflessly performed service activities by packing treat bags for the homeless. After that they played a Quest game in the sanctuary where they were given clues to search for hidden Lock-in 3athings, with the last clue leading to Jesus in the manger. After the game, they enjoyed eating hot dogs, pudgy pies and s’mores at the outdoor fire Lock-in 1apit. They joined in song and then returned inside to talk about many topics ranging from faith to “The Fonz”. After more games, lights went out at 1:00 a.m. In the morning they enjoyed breakfast made by a youth mom.  The youth leader and two of the youth participated in the Sunday morning worship service. The lock-in was a fun time for all.  There is already excitement about doing it again next year! Stayed tuned for additional game nights and a sledding party to come!  






Deer Hunter Vesper Service – November 18, 2015


Deer Hunter 2015

On Wednesday evening the St. James Trinity Youth (and helpers), led by Jill Jungerberg, hosted the annual Deer Hunter Vesper Service. Approximately 40 guests enjoyed great food, lots of prizes, a quilt raffle, and plenty of deer hunting stories, deer2large and small. All of the bucks, does and fawns in attendance had a great time!  Money from the dinner and raffle will go into the youth fund.





St. James Fellowship Thanksgiving Pot-Luck, Nov. 17, 2015


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The St. James Fellowship group shared favorite recipes, conversation, and a wonderful spread of ThanksgivingFellowship Potluck 11-15 food at this church pot-luck dinner.This group, formerly called “Senior Fellowship,” enjoys attending community events, visiting local sites and sharing their faith. All are welcome to attend. Upcoming events are announced in the bulletin and on the Announcements page on this Website.




Worship in the Woods – October 4, 2015

The United in Christ Ministry, a consortium of churches, met together at Cabin Ridge Rides in Cadott, Wisconsin for a Holy Communion Service in the woods.

UCM Service at Cabin Ridge 2015
UCM Service at Cabin Ridge 2015


Approximately 150 participants were carried by a horse drawn wagon to the cabin pavilion. Pastors from several churches, including Pastor Joanne, officiated at the service which included congregational singing, a children’s message, a community choir selection, Bible readings, Holy Communion and a blessing of quilts.

Pastor Joanne at UCM service 2015
Pastor Joanne at UCM service
UCM Communion 2015
UCM Communion 2015
Wagon ride at Cabin Ridge 2015
Wagon ride at Cabin Ridge 2015

After the service participants enjoyed a spectacular candle-lit pot luck in the cabin’s spacious lodge.  Two full tables of desserts warmed the chilly day!
The children giggled, the horses whinnied, the acorns dropped quietly from the surrounding trees and all were reminded of the abundant Grace of God so wonderfully evident in these Wisconsin woods.


King’s Countrymen – August 28, 2015

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St. James Trinity sponsored the group, “King’s Countrymen” at Randall Park in Fall Creek. Approximately 90 people sat comfortably in lawn chairs while the toe-tapping sounds of bluegrass gospel music filled the cool summer air. Kings 8-26-15 Randall Park8The lovely mix of bass guitar, rhythm guitar, banjo, fiddle, dobro and vocals Kings 8-26-15 Randall Park7blended beautifully as they sang about the joys and challenges of living a life of faith in God.  Ray Rubenzer joined the group to yodel a crowd pleasing favorite. A taste of King’s Countrymen’s music can be heard through this link.

 The group has many CD recordings for sale.  For more information, see their website awww.King’s


ELCA National Youth Gathering – July, 2015


Four youth and three leaders from St. James Trinity traveled to Detroit’s Ford Field with 30,000 others to sing praises, hear challenging speakers, and think in new ways about living out faith in a broken world. Held every three years, the gathering brings Lutherans from around the world for leadership development, faith formation, service opportunities and more.SJT ParticipantsDetroit Arena


The group listened to faith stories shared by around 500 youth from Wisconsin. They participated in community arena activities designed to make faith real in everyday life.


On the final day, they traveled to the Van Stueben neighborhood where they cleaned up multiple abandoned homes.  They were touched by God’s presence and enlightened about the needs surrounding them.Cleaning up


Through this experience, God gave them opportunities to strengthen their faith, build their relationships, visit downtown Detroit, eat fabulous food in “Greektown”, and experience the vast power of the body of Christ. The group is most grateful to St. James Trinity for supporting their attendance at this unique and inspiring youth gathering.SJT Partiipants



Senior Fellowship Outing

A group from St. James Trinity ventured to Hollands Family Cheese in Thorp for a “meet and greet” with some dairy cows. They had a moovelous tour and lunch.  Plan to join the next fun outing, which will be announced in the church bulletin.Holland Cheese 2015

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