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A growing community, alive in Christ, continuing the tradition of serving Chicago with His Hope, Peace, and Love

Large-scale in-person activities suspended until further notice
due to the Coronavirus pandemic

 Sanctuary accommodations for individuals or small group prayer or worship are readily available

Please connect with the following social media accounts for pastor-led devotions and streamed/recorded worship services:

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Please always feel free to reach out to Pastor Joel Hess for any reason:

pastorhess@stjames-lutheran.org  |  (773) 549-1615


We eagerly await returning to the following regular Sunday schedule:

 8:30am Worship Service

 10:00am-10:45am Sunday School (School 3rd Floor)

 10:00am-10:45am Adult Bible Study (Church Community Center)

 11:00am Worship Service


Stay tuned for more details of St James’ newly announced three-year ministry campaign!

While plans are currently a bit stalled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, if you have questions or would like to become involved with the Ministry Campaign, the following are welcome:

  • –Pray for those working on the campaign and for its success.
    –If you would like to become more hands-on involved, please reach out to the campaign Mike Welch (Mwelch3@luc.edu) or Brandon Lelm (brandon.lelm@gmail.com). 


Lenten Services canceled until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Tentative Holy Week schedule, though unfortunately unlikely:
(April 6 – April 11)

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
* 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Prayer Service
Holy Thursday 
* 7:00 p.m. Worship Service & Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday 
* 12:00 p.m. Worship Service: Readings and Meditation
* 7:00 p.m. Worship Service: Service of Darkness & Light
Holy Saturday
* 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil: Remembering our Baptism & celebrating our passover from death to life in Christ (Courtyard)

Easter Sunday (April 12)
* 6:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Run (meet in front of church)
* 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service (meet at beach at Fullerton & Lake Front Trail)
* 8:30 a.m. Worship Service
* 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Easter Brunch (Church Community Center)
* 11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Questions: email Pastor Hess or call/email the Church Office: 773-549-1615


Blessings abound when you live in community with other Christians! Below are some great ways for you to better connect:

MEMBERSHIP: If interested in joining St. James, email Pastor Hess or call/email the Church Office: 773-549-1615

SERVING IN WORSHIP:  If you and/or your family would like to assist with greeting or collecting the offering, please email Elder Paul Ott

LYFE YOUTH GROUP: If you would like to participate or assist with our youth activities & ministry, please email Elder Jeff Wysong

ALTAR CARE TEAM: If you would like to assist in caring for the Altar area, including flowers, paraments and Holy Communion setup, please contact Casey McGuire

EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request or would like to join the St. James prayer group, please email Pastor Hess or Dan Henning

WOMEN’S NETWORK: Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Gathering includes a devotion, supper, service-minded planning and fellowship. For more info email Karen Gast

MEN’S NETWORK: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 pm, usually at Warren Gast’s home. Gathering includes food, fellowship and devotion. For more info email Warren Gast

WOMEN’S CHOIR: Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00pm. For more info email Meghan Sleezer

HANDBELLS: Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:00pm. For more info email Meghan Sleezer

VOLLEYBALL: Meets Mondays 6:30p – 8:00p–open to all! For more info email Sam Woodson


Still relatively new to STJ, Realm has already proven to be an invaluable tool for communication and building a stronger community. Not just for church members, it serves the entire St. James Community. Realm serves the administrative needs of our staff and leadership teams and facilitates better and stronger connections.

A Realm profile takes sixty seconds to set up and, among many things, allows you to subscribe to group communications of your choice and connect with other users. All of which serves to grow STJ as a connected community of believers.

Take advantage of the benefits this program offers. Simply email realm@stjames-lutheran.org and you’ll be sent a registration link!

St. James Lutheran Church

2050 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL, 60614

Phone: 773-549-1615  I  Fax: 773-326-3645

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