On Wednesday, May 27, the Fellowship Assembly of St. James Lutheran Church and School UAC approved a five-year plan that identifies four strategic targets. Each target identifies a key area of focus for individual and corporate spiritual growth. The four targets are in the areas of Worship, Service, Stewardship and Lutheran identity.

The plan, called “Celebrate!,” is built around three significant events in that five year period. The first is the retirement of Principal Warren Gast. After 40 years of faithful service to St. James Mr. Gast, a called and commissioned church worker on the roster of the LCMS, will move to emeritus status at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Activities and events in celebration are being planned.

On October 31, 1517 Dr. Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses concerning improprieties in the Roman Church on the Wittenberg Church door. From that bold proclamation grew arguably the greatest counter culture movement in all of recorded history. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be celebrated around the world in 2017 and we will add our shouts of joy to theirs.

It was a small group of faithful German Lutherans living in this corner of the city in 1869 who sought a peaceful release from First St. Paul Lutheran Church and founded a congregation here at 2050 N Fremont. That new congregation and the 12 year old St. Jacobi Lutheran School merged to form St. James Lutheran Church and School U.A.C. The 150th celebration of this historic beginning will be celebrated in 2019.

Keep watch for opportunities to help plan and celebrate some of the many events and activities for the church, school, and neighborhood as we enter this exciting time.

In other action, a Stewardship Report from the Fellowship Council confirmed our healthy financial status with a balanced budget for the current fiscal year and a projected balanced budget for next year.

The School Report outlined much of the news already released including the longer school day beginning in the fall, the addition of an optional and free KIDS Club program on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., the accreditation process through AdvancED and NLSA, and the entry into a self study process that began on March 22.

After thanking and acknowledging the good work and service of the staff, Pastor also noted that our current music teacher and cantor, Sean Watland, will be resigning after VBS to attend Boston University for graduate School in the fall. Thank you to Sean for a job well done. Ms. Anna Duran will join the staff over the summer as our new music teacher.

And finally, after a motion to thank Michelle Penny for her faithful service to our Lord on the Fellowship Council, the Assembly elected Sam Woodson as the newest member of the policy board. In closing thanksgiving was given to God in prayer and the Assembly closed by singing the Doxology.

The Ministry Action Plan, that was distributed at the meeting, can be read below.

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