Stewardship Notes from the Pastor

“Holy Currency Event, Saturday Sept 21st, 9 a.m. Hollis Renewal Center.


This is a “put it on the calendar now” kind of thing. Eric H.F. Law is an Episcopal priest who has devoted his life to changing the conversation around Stewardship. He introduces the idea of currency back into the conversation, and not just money, but the time, resources, abilities, relationships, truths and leadership that is required for currencies to “flow” in order for there to be balance and wholeness in our lives and in our world. This is an interactive experience that will change the way you think about your own understanding of gifts, giving, and how you use those things placed before you. More information later about registration and costs, but for right now put it on your calendar. I have personal goal of 10 people from St. James attending. If 10 were to experience this, it would trickle into the conversations of 10 more, and a 100 people would have thought about how God has gifted them with all they have. It’s a multiplication event, so consider blocking out a Saturday to be enriched and to become a blessing to someone else.

Pastor Merle

Federal Employee Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Thank you to all who contributed to the fundraiser for federal employees on Saturday, February 2nd.  Over $600 were raised for the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (a 501c3 supporting federal employees and their families) and tens of pounds of food was donated to the St. James pantry.  It was a great evening to demonstrate how quickly St. James can be called to action and respond to an urgent need.  It was also a heartwarming evening of fellowship.

Resource Links

St. James tries to serve as a place of help, hope and healing and partners with a variety of resource providers.   Here are some links that you may find helpful in your daily life.

Clay County Clothes Closet  is a 100% volunteer operated organization dedicated to assisting in restoring dignity, self-respect, and hope to those families residing in Clay County, MO, where circumstances have denied them basic human needs, such as adequate clothing, through nonjudgmental service by dedicated and committed volunteers.

Assisted Living Resources   Assisted Living Research Institute is an industry-leading research organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults by compiling comprehensive research, the latest studies, and real-world insight from experts, caregivers, and seniors into easy-to-understand actionable guides and resources.     Click the link to see local Assisted Living providers and ratings.

Metro Lutheran Ministries  is located in our building and provides a community Food Pantry, rent and utility assistance, government commodities, and case management for those in need.  You can contact them via the link or the direct phone number to the Northland site is (816) 454-5295.  

A Different Kind Of Book Fair

Do you have a few books that have been important to you but you are now ready to let go of them and pass them on?  If so, bring them to St. James.

Do you have books that have been imporatnt to you and you want to keep?  Share the book ideas with St. James by lending them to the book fair for display.

These book are being collected on a table in the coffee area.

Bring in a few books and keep watching for the Book Fair date.

Questions? – talk to Jack, Cliff, or Diane.

Electronics Recycling Event

Yes! It’s that time of year again when you’ve gotten all kinds of new-fangled gadgets and shiny bits of technology, and you wonder what to do with the old stuff?

St. James will be sponsoring an Electronics Recycling Event in the month of January. Basically, if your item has a power cord or charger connected to it, we will take it and make sure it is recycled in an ecologically sound fashion.

There is NO COST for most items, the exceptions are items with a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube, old style computer monitors or televisions with a “picture tube”) or Microwave Ovens. There IS a flat disposal fee of $10.00 per unit for those items.

Please drop your items off near the office and we’ll tuck them away for pick up. Final date for drop off will be January 27th.

Lutherans Restoring Creation Event

LRCJanuary marks the time for Annual Congregational Meetings and budget proposals. How would you like to learn about ways to lower your expenditures through energy efficiency measures and possible rebates?

Lutherans Restoring Creation Mission Table and Metropolitan Energy Center are partnering with host Atonement Lutheran Church (9948 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS) on Sunday, January 13, noon – 2 pm, to share ideas with you about these possibilities.

We’ll gather for a light lunch at noon, followed by a presentation by MEC about the work they do through their Energy Solutions Hub program, focusing on:

  • low and no-cost energy efficiency measures
  • utility rebates available for building owners like you
  • job potential in the energy efficiency sector.

From MEC:

“Our Energy Solutions Hub continues the work of the City Energy Project. We promote energy efficiency in the built environment through:

  • one-on-one concierge service,
  • industry-specific trainings and online resources,
  • energy benchmarking support, and
  • peer-to-peer mentoring sessions.

Our goal is to reduce local commercial energy demand by 4% within 2 years, generating annual results of 344k fewer metric tons of CO2 emissions and $40 million in consumer savings. We expect our efforts to have additional long-term outcomes as well. By providing the tools, materials, and individual support facility managers need, the Hub will grow the KC market for energy efficiency improvements, resulting in economic stimulus and local job creation.”

In addition, this event will help us as a Synod fulfill the resolution passed at the 2018 Synod Assembly encouraging all congregations to become “green congregations” with Green Teams that will evaluate the building and grounds of the congregation and take a minimum of two steps each year to help reduce the congregation’s negative impact upon the environment.

In order to plan for lunch, please email Noni Strand, Chair of the LRC Mission Table, at with an approximate number of people who will attend from your congregation. There is no charge – just free will donations.

Also, please Save the Date for the LRC Creation Care Workshop at Hollis Renewal Center on March 2, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Registration is at:

Thank you for your partnership in Creation Care!

Noni Strand

Lutherans Restoring Creation Mission Table

Sunday Funday

The Education Committee is hosting a Sunday Funday at Mercury Gymnastics on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm for children 3 – 18 years of age.

What to wear: Boys or girls may wear t-shirts and shorts or leotards for girls.  No dangling jewelry.  Hair should be pulled neatly and securely away from the face.  The children will be barefoot during this activity.  We would like the children to wear their St. James t-shirts from last year.  If your child doesn’t have a t-shirt or needs a different size, please contact Julie Sherbo.

Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.

Please arrive by 1:45 pm to sign the participation waiver.


Mercury Gymnastics
10551 N Ambassador Drive 
Kansas City, MO 64153

Date & Time:
August 19, 2018, at 1:45 p.m.