Thank you for visiting our website!

Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age


In His Care,
The Members of St. James



Site Under Construction!

If you are a visitor to our page - we are so pleased to have you visit us!! You can view our calendar and announcements to see the activites taking place within our congregation.

We are in the process of updating our wesite (all of our Ministries pages with current events, team pictures and event pictures, our staff profiles, etc.) so please be patient with us and check back often for any changes! You are welcome to view them now, but please keep in mind that most of our photos are dated. We are a work-in-progress!!

Thank you so much for stopping by. We hope you are able to come by and see us in person!

Have a blessed day!

Lenten Season

The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday (February 14th) and runs through Easter (April 1st). Our theme this year is "Return From Exile". Below is the schedule (also noted in our Calendar section):

  • Ash Wednesday, Feb 14:  6:30 - 7:15 pm Supper / 7:30 Worship Service "The Garment Motif" ("Heart to Heart: Sackcloth and Ashes to Robes of Righteousness")
  • ​​Thursday, Feb 22:  6:30 - 7:15 pm Supper / 7:30 Worship Service "The Mountain Motif" ("Mountain to Mountain: Moriah to Zion")
  • Thursday, Mar 1:  6:30 - 7:15 pm Supper / 7:30 Worship Service "The Garden Motif" ("Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven")
  • Thursday, Mar 8:  6:30 - 7:15 pm Supper / 7:30 Worship Service "The Water Motif" ("Out of Egypt: Through the Water")
  • Thursday, Mar 15:  6:30 - 7:15 pm Supper / 7:30 Worship Service "The Death and Resurrection Motif" ("The Wilderness to the Promised Land")
  • Thursday, Mar 22:  6:30 - 7:15 pm Supper / 7:30 Worship Service "The Tree Motif" ("Tree to Tree: Tree of Life to the Tree of the Cross")
  • Palm Sunday, Mar 25:  8:00 am & 10:30 am Worship
  • Maundy Thursday, Mar 29:  7:30 pm Worship Service w/Communion "The Meal Motif" ("Meal to Meal: The Passover to the Lord's Supper")
  • Good Friday, Mar 30:  7:30 pm Tenebrae Service "The Sin-Bearer Motif" ("Sin-Bearer to Sin-Bearer: The Day of Atonement to the Atonement")
  • Easter, April 1: 8:00 am Sunrise Service, 9:15 - 10:15 am Easter Breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Celebration Worship "The Three Day Motif" ("Welcome Home!")

Prayer Requests

If you have a prayer request during regular church office hours (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., M-F), please call the church office at 765-662-3092 and the request will be shared. If there is a prayer request need after church office hours, please call Jerry Whitton at 765-667-9991. He will share the request with everyone. If you would like to be included on the email list, please provide the church office with your email address.

Mid-Week Worship Service

Our Thursday night service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  This will also be the new time for our Lenten services.

Choir Practice

Mark your calendars!! During the Lenten season, choir practice will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.  New voices welcome!

Kids Hope USA

The new school year is well under way. There is a huge need at Kendall for more mentors. It takes very little of your time, and the blessings you receive are far greater than the time put in. Training takes about 3 hours and you meet with your student for 1 hour a week for about 25 weeks. That's just a little more than 1 DAY out of 365 days. Please prayerfully consider joining our KIDS HOPE program as a mentor. For several months there has been information regarding a plan to help support and encourage the staff at Kendall. Sign up sheets are at the Welcome Station. Please consider volunttering to help us in this endeavor. It will take more than just our present group of KIDS HOPE volunteers to accomplish this. A Prayer Walk is being planned at Kendall. Further information will come when a date and time is set.

Ministry Outreach Opportunity

Andrew Sprock, the director of CIRCLES, a program in Marion that is designed to assist families in poverty learn how to break that cycle, needs groups or individuals to prepare a meal once per quarter to feed those that attend the groupo meeting. In the summer, this would be about 30 people; in the fall and winter, about 50. These meals could be prepared in advance of the 6:00 p.m. meal or could be cooked in the full kitchen where the meetings take place, at the New life Community Church on 10th street. Andrew also asks that table service and drinks be provided.

We have many active groups that do many and varied ministries at St. James, such as JAM, the Youth, Forever Young, the Women's Ministry and many Men's Ministries. If this is something that your group would want to be involved in, even once, please contact Linda Wilk. Andrew also extended the invitation to stay for the program.

Friendship Call Ministry

Below is a list of those that could use a visit, card or phone call:

  • Louis Schwan, VA Hospital, 1700 E. 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953
  • Penny Schroder, 1109 E. Marshall Street, Marion, IN 46953, (phone) 662-2727
  • Jean Titus, Rolling Meadows Health & Rehab, 604 Rennaker St., Room 112, LaFountaine, IN  46940
  • Mel Aldridge,  612 W. 12th Street, Apt 210, Marion, IN  46953

Please contact the church office if there are any additions to this list.

Lutherans for Life

The mission of the Lutherans for Life is "Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life". We want Lutherans to be educated about Life Issues and how God wants us to respond when our modern culture decreases the value of Life. Lutherans for Life supports a culture of Life; all human life is precious. June was membership renewal month. For individuals who are members, we hope you sent your renewal letter. For those who wish to become members, please pick up a membership brochure at the Welcome Station. Membership includes the quarterly publication "Life Date" and part of your donation supports our local Life Chapter. For more information check out our website at www.lutheransforlife.org.

Pregnancy Help Center

The Pregnancy Help Center in downtown Marion offers a variety of free services to families of Grant County. Some of the services offered include: Pregnancy tests, One-on-One mentoring, Sexual Integrity, Earn-While-You-Learn, post-abortion Bible Study, and (men only) The Journey Ahead. Katie Willman has taken the role of CEO at the Help Center. Information and brochures are located on the tract rack in the Church narthex. The Help Center's website is: www.mypregnancyhelpcenter.org and their number is 765-664-4467.

LWML Mite Boxes

An ongoing ministry at the Welcome Center is our LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League) cross filled with Mite Boxes. Simply take a mite box home, fill it with coinage and return it to the cross. The money is used for world-wide misstions of the LWML.

Families Helping Families

Our Families Helping Families Ministry Team is seeking everyone's help to let us know when someone from the St. James family is facing surgery or confined at home with an extended medical problem.

Our Ministry will bring them a main food dish, along with our prayers for a speedy recovery. Elda Ivey is the coordinator. Please phone her at 765-674-6582 if you know of someone facing a need.

We welcome new cooks; to add your name, please contact Elda.

Food Barrel

The blue food barrel that is located in the church narthex has been empited for the fourth time since the beginning of this year. The contents of this fourth barrel were taken over to the Salvation Army food pantry. Please continue to "feed" our barrel by picking up a few extra food items when you go shopping. Cereal, peanut butter and toilet paper are sought after items. Thank you for helping to fill the hunger needs of others.

  March 2018  
Upcoming Events


Men's Ministry Breakfast
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Margo's Blankets
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Lent 5
Theme / Motif: "Self-serve to Full Service". Bible Readings: Psalm 119:9-16; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:32-45.
S.E.T. (Sunday Education Time)
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Youth Event
1:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Shopping in Glenbrook




Community Men's Breakfast
7:30 AM
Meet at IHOP. Speakers are brought in for topics, as well as for a time of prayer.
J.A.M. (Jesus And Me)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Scavenger Hunt


Men's Bible Study / Lunch
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lenten Supper
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Lenten Service
7:30 PM
"Tree to Tree: Tree of Life to the Tree of the Cross". Bible Readings: Psalm 25:1, 11-18; Genesis 2:15; 3:22-24; 1 Peter 2:21-25; John 3:14-15.
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