Parish Weekly Newsflash     August 23, 2018


Bible Study!
Join us on September 5 for a pot luck supper and conversation about deepening faith and growing in discipleship.  Why and how do we study scripture?  How is it relevant to our lives?  What good does it do?  How does it benefit us or bring us closer to the divine?
Pastor Karen and Vicar James will share in the facilitation of this discussion and we look forward to sharing some ideas that we have for study this year. We also want to give you opportunity to voice your longings for particular areas of study.
Whether you are a regular at Bible Study or an occasional participant, or even if you have never come to Bible Study before, we welcome your presence and participation.
We hope to see you there!

God’s Work, our hands- September 8th

We will join our conference churches for our day of service.

10:00 am to 2:00 pm, to include lunch. Details TBA.


Parish Picnic Welcoming Vicar James

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018

At 12:30 pm (as soon as St. Peter’s worship service is complete)

Where: St. James’ Fellowship Hall & Pavilion

What to bring: Your family and invite your friends, a side dish,

salad or dessert. The parish will provide the main entrée.

St. James’ and St. Peter’s will have worship at the regular times.

Calendar Dates

8/25- Saturday, St. James’ WELCA meets at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall

8/29– Wednesday, St. James’ Council, 6:00 pm at the Fellowship Hall

9/04– Tuesday, Parish Executive Council meets 7:00 pm, Parish House

9/05– Wednesday, Introduction Event for Bible Study, St. James’ 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, topic is Faith Formation, pot luck meal

9/09– Sunday, Confirmation Parent Meeting, St. John’s at 1:00 pm

9/19– Wednesday, St. Peter’s Quilters meet at 10:00 am, upper level

9/19– Wednesday, Bible Study held at St. James’ at 6:30, Fellowship Hall

9/22– Saturday, St. James’ WELCA Breakfast Meeting, 10:00 am, Mountain View Diner, Charles Town

9/23- Parish Picnic held at St. James’ at 12:30 pm, see details

PER newsletter         August 2, 2018


Greetings, Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish!

My name is James Demmel and I have the pleasure of spending the upcoming year as a ministerial intern or “Vicar” in your company. I hope to briefly introduce myself here and to meet you in person soon. I am a native of Raleigh, NC and have lived in the “Triangle” area nearly my entire life. I went to undergrad at Campbell University and then to seminary at Duke University. This past year, I lived and studied at United Lutheran Seminary’s Philadelphia Campus. Most recently, I am completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (a student internship in Hospital Chaplaincy) at the University of North Carolina’s Medical Center. I am an endorsed candidate in the ELCA for Word and Sacrament ministry, and my home congregation is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Chapel Hill, NC. A little bit more about me: One of my favorite people is my little brother, John, who is 15, I enjoy staying active and outdoors, but also, I love finding a cozy place to spend some time with a good book. My partner, Nicole, just completed a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington DC and is remaining there this year to begin a graduate program at George Washington University. It is my hope that our partnership in ministry will be fruitful this upcoming year and that we can grow in God’s grace and love together. I look forward to getting to meeting you all and getting to make Shepherdstown home in the next year!


Vicar James


This coming week…

We welcome Pastor Andrew Fitch as he leads our worship services.

Pastor Karen is starting her 2 week vacation. If you have any pastoral concerns or needs please contact the pastor on call Pastor Dee-Ann Dixon from the New Street United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown. (304) 268-8521

Saturday morning, August 4 from 9-12 moving things in the Vicars apartment, please see the article under “Save the Dates”.

St. James’ invites everyone to stay for the first of the month social after worship service. Adult Sunday school resumes right after the social.

——————————————————————————————————————————- Cancellations

The Parish Council meeting has been cancelled, the new date TBA.


Service to Other’s Opportunities

Please remember there is a box for collecting canned food donations for those in need. The box is on the table in the back of St. James’ church.


Special Thanks!

Many thanks to those of you who contributed to our WELCA baskets for the Synodical Convention in Huttonsville, WV, August 10-11, 2018.  Your gifts will benefit Community Lutheran Partners and the Lutheran Ministry at WVU. Please keep the convention in your prayers as the Women of our Synod gather to share God’s love.  ~Gail Kohlhorst


A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the dinner and worship at Immanuel’s House in Martinsburg last Monday.  From folks that made salads at home the days before to the folks that literally swept the floor afterwards, the Parish came together in a big way to serve our neighbors, brothers and sisters.  Can’t wait to do it again!  ~Ben


Thank you to Ivan Severson who provided a tablet and everything needed to have the group that visits shut-ins to take photos along to keep them connected. And a special thanks to those who visit the people, on a constant basis, who cannot make it to church!

Save the Dates!

Welcoming Vicar, James Demmel
The Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish is welcoming its first vicar, Vicar James Demmel, who will be with us in worship on Sunday, August 19. Please make a special effort to be present on this Sunday as we witness this evolution of our parish. Vicar James is a fourth year student at the United Lutheran Seminary and will complete his year of experience actively working in a church setting. Our parish provided many opportunities including small suburban and rural contexts as well as proximity to a university setting for James to develop in his ministry.
Through a grant from the United Lutheran Seminary which is covering the costs of James’ stipend, housing, and related costs, the parish has received this welcome gift of growing a young pastor. Many parish members have contributed furnishings for James’ apartment which is located above Dickie Brown’s carriage house (corner of Church Street and Fairmont) in Shepherdstown. If you have any items to contribute please bring them to our “Move In” morning at the apartment or drop them off at one of the churches. We’ll have volunteers at the apartment on Saturday morning, August 4 from 9-12. We are still in need of a few items like a desk, a small sofa/loveseat, and a microwave. Please reach out to Suzanne Offutt or to Cindy Spath if you have items to offer.
Blessing of the Students and Teachers
It’s almost time for school to start!  Teachers and students from pre K to high school, bring your school backpacks and wear you school shirts or uniforms on August 19 and your church family will give you a blessing to start your school year off right!

Birthday Party & Silent Auction

St. James’ is having a birthday party for everyone at St. Peter’s and St. James’ on September 28th at 6:00 pm. Last year’s party was a huge success and loads of fun. Cake for everyone and a thieves gift game. Bring a wrapped present for $5.00. We will be adding a fundraiser for Immanuel House. There will be a silent auction going on through the whole event. Please add this to your calendar.


8/04- Saturday, move things into Vicar’s apartment

8/07– Tuesday, Parish Ratio Review Team, 7:00 pm, Parish House

8/08- Wednesday, Hardware/Software Team, 7:00 pm, Parish House

8/11– Saturday, St. James’ Quilters meet at 2:00 pm

8/18– Saturday, St. James’ WELCA meets at 10:00 am

8/21– Tuesday, St. James’ Council meets at 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall


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