St. James Welcomes Rev. Charles and Rev. Karen Cross

Group photo of St. James members, family and friends.

At the close of the bishop’s planning meeting for the fourth district of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on October 22–24, St. James AME Church received a new pastor, Rev. Charles Cross and his partner in ministry. Rev. Karen Cross.

Rev. Charlie and Rev. Karen officially joined our church family shortly thereafter on Sunday, October 24 and have been faithfully making the trip from their current home in Carbondale, Ill. to join us in worship on Sundays. On Sunday, November 8th, we warmly welcomed them with a meal in the fellowship hall, coordinated by the stewards. Members and friends of St. James each brought dishes to share and ate together with our new leaders.

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Youth Harvest Festival | Saturday, November 14, 2015

Group of Friends Smiling. (Wikimedia Commons/hepingting)

The Youth Harvest Festival returns on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Come on down for indoor games, music from DJ Rushmor and other entertainment. Stay for the free food courtesy of Donald Brown and Ponytail. And close out the day with an item from our clothing giveaway.

Grilling will occur in the St. James AME Church parking lot while other activities will take place in the multipurpose hall. The event is free and open to the public, and all our neighbors are welcome!

Download the flier to share with others. Call (574) 294-4950 if you have any questions.

Theatrical Minions Youth Improv Show | June 28, 2015

stage curtain

Theatrical Minions Improv ShowThe Theatrical Minions, a new youth improv comedy group at St. James, will make their debut on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The group consists of several young people ranging in age from 4-16 and is directed by our very own Audrianna Goodman. The show begins at 5 pm.

The Theatrical Minions have been working diligently on improv games to create laughs for the whole family. We welcome people from across the community to come and see them in action. We are requesting a $5 donation from adults, which will go toward the church’s youth ministry team, and a non-perishable canned good for the St. James food pantry from all attendees 17 and under.

Download the flier to share with others. Call (574) 294-4950 for advance tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Hope for Incarceration Worship Service | May 31

"Freedom." (Shoomz/Flickr CC)

The St. James AME Church family invites you to Hope for Incarceration, a special worship service focused on supporting those affected by the prison system, this Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m.

This service is especially for those who have been behind bars or experienced the loss of having a loved one behind bars. God wants to bring hope and healing to families hurt by incarceration, and we invite you to join us in worship!

Collection for Traveler’s Inn

St. James supports Traveler’s Inn, a local ministry dedicated to providing transitional housing for men who are coming out of prison. On this Sunday, we will collect new and gently used household items for the men to use in their residences. The task of getting back on one’s feet and re-starting one’s life on the outside can be overwhelming without the help of others. You can make the load a little lighter by bringing one or more of the following items to worship:

  • Sheet sets for twin size beds
  • Towels and other bathroom items
  • Small appliances such as microwaves, blenders and coffeemakers
  • Other kitchen items such as pots and pans, silverware and dishes

(Image: “Freedom.” Credit: Shoomz/Flickr)

Fifth Annual Big Hat Brunch in Review

Big Hat Brunch 2015

Big Hat Brunch 2015 flierThe Big Hat Brunch turned five on Saturday, May 16, 2015, as the St. James AME Church Daughters of Hannah group hosted another fabulous event. This year, the theme was Listen…Sense God’s Presence and His Love; For Such a Time as This, based on Proverbs 22:17 and Romans 8:38-39.

Throughout the brunch, worship was led by Providence African Methodist Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Ind., under the leadership of Tannika Patton. Jalliyah Johnson, also known as the Princess of Flags, danced with a spirit of joy and excellence to Tasha Comb’s song, “Confidence.” Jalliyah is a member of Greater Wayside Temple Church of God in Christ, Elkhart, Ind.

The highlight of the event was guest preacher Rev. Deborah A. Lightfoot-Oates. Rev. Oates has been the pastor of Providence AME Church for the last six years. In addition, she has held pastoral leadership for congregations in Seymour and Terre Haute, Ind. Preaching on the theme of the event, she challenged those in attendance to acknowledge the ways they are spiritually, emotionally and physically stuck, and to claim their progress and deliverance in Christ. Continue reading

Passion Week Prayer Walk | April 4

PassionWeekPrayerWalkJoin St. James AME Church, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and People’s History of Elkhart as we walk, sing and pray as we journey with Jesus to the cross on a 2-mile walk in downtown and south central Elkhart.

We will stop along the way to recognize Jesus in the “least of these” (Matt. 25:40), to lament violence and injustice in our community, and to hear from people who, like Simon of Cyrene, are helping Christ bear the load of the cross.

Sermon Excerpt: Mary’s Song and Black Lives Matter

Katerina Friesen

A reflection on  Luke 1:39-56

Katerina Friesen
Intern, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mary’s song says that God brings salvation in the lowest places, where we say there can be no hope. In the midst of barrenness, God brings hope to Elizabeth. Even though Mary is an unmarried virgin, a nobody in the eyes of those around her, God brings hope and declares that Mary is a somebody.

God says, “Mary, your life matters! Jewish people, too long in bondage – your lives matter!” God says to those who have been too long oppressed, “Your lives matter! God says to Ferguson, “Black lives matter.”

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Second Candy Cane Ball: Fun and Spirit-Filled

Rev. Jennifer Tinsley,Lady Chantella Newsome and Rev. Edwin A. Newsome at the 2014 St. James AME Church Candy Cane Ball.

St. James’s second annual ball was a great success filled with song, dance, praise and worship.

Rev. Edwin A. Newsome of Kingdom Impact Christian Cultural Church was an excellent master of ceremonies who kept the program flowing and added a few unexpected twists. In addition to leading all the guests in Christmas hymns, he also invited some of the powerful voices in the room to sing solos during an impromptu rendition of “I Love the Lord.” In addition to the contributions from the crowd, the St. James praise dance ministry Adoration danced to Whitney Houston’s take on “Joy to the World.” Music was also provided by St. James Inspirational Choir who sang “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child” and The Men of Faith quintet who offered two songs, including their taken on the Temptations’ “Silent Night.”

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Christmas Worship and Sunday School Program

Christmas Program Banner

2014 Sunday School Program and Christmas WorshipSt. James invites friends, family and community members to join us on Sunday, December 21 for our 2014 Sunday School Program and Christmas themed worship.

  • At 9:30 a.m. the children and youth will share their gifts. Parents are especially welcome to see their kids in action.
  • The spirit of the season will continue in our regular 11 a.m. worship with special selections from the St. James Inspirational Choir and our youth choir, praise dance from the intergenerational Adoration Praise Team and more.

We hope you will join us for this wonderful celebration of the reason for the season: Immanuel, Christ With Us!