The cross behind the alter at St. Jacobs.

National Youth Gathering

During July 2015, members of the St. Jacob's youth participated in a gathering of 30,000 Lutheran kids from across the country. The trip combined elements of learning, service and fun and was a great experience for all who attended.

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Modern Missionary: It’s not what it seems

During Global Missionary Orientation, our group of freshly called missionaries discussed the negative stereotypes about the term: missionary. I often cringe when I’m put into that category and I usually am really selective about what language I use when I describe what I’m doing in South Africa.

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Meet our new Missionary!

As of January 1, 2016 St. Jacob’s will begin supporting a new missionary. Allison Westerhoff serves as Communications Specialist of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa. Allison received her B.A. in Communications from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. Her home synod is the Sierra Pacific Synod. Allison enjoys playing guitar, horseback riding, reading Jane Austen, writing poetry and interpretive dancing. Her birthday is August 1.

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Remember the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season

With the most popular holiday just around the corner, it seems like everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit. Stores are lining their aisles with Christmas goodies and decor, TV shows have switched to the theme of giving and love, and Santas are starting to float about. And why shouldn't they, after all it is that time, the meaning of the season, right?

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Our Trip to Luther Place: The Youth Leader’s Perspective

Ugh… I don’t want to do this. I’m finding myself doing the same mental activities I would do in college to put off studying. ” The laundry needs switched…” “The cupboard under the sink must be cleaned out immediately…” “Now would be a great time to paint my fingernails….” You get the idea. “What is it that I’m putting off,” you are probably wondering. Well, here it is: my write up about the mission trip. Which really makes no sense at all since it was a fabulous trip full of fun with the kids and packed with opportunities to learn and serve.

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