Our History and What We Believe

Our Background


St. Jacob celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2015.  Established in 1815, St. Jacob is the oldest church in Jackson Township. We hold worship services with communion Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am with communion the first and third Sunday of the month.  Pastor Williamson presents a special children’s sermon on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. St. Jacob is a member of the ELCA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. St. Jacob believes that everyone who is baptized and believes that Jesus Christ is truly present in the sacrament of Holy Communion is welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper. 

Our Beliefs

We believe in the Holy Trinity and grace through faith, not works.  We confess our sins each week and ask God to forgive us for what we have done as well as what we have left undone.  We confess our faith each week through the Apostles’ or Nicene Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.  Though we believe in salvation through faith, we also value works and serving the community.  Our Outreach board is active in serving the community through projects such as “blessing bags” for the homeless or providing donations to food banks. We also contribute our monthly collection of loose change to  the Lutheran World Relief water project. 

 Our Programs

We have several core programs some of which include a Community Garden which contains 12 raised beds. We hold a kick-off barbecue around Memorial Day weekend and have a harvest party toward the end of August. The WELCA, Women of the ELCA, group holds sewing group every Tuesday morning.  The group makes quilts and other sewing projects.  This past year they donated 50 quilts to Lutheran World relief as well as made a number of lap robes and dog beds for local charities.  We also run an Awana program, which is a children’s ministry, that is held Wednesday nights during the school year from 5:30-7:30 with a light dinner from 5:30-6:00.  For more information about these programs see the Ministries page