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We remember Barbara Johnson who died on Oct. 4, 2018 at age 97. Here is the obituary.

We remember Ruth Anderson who died on July 24, 2018 at age 98. Here is the obituary. Here is the audio recording of the service (65 min).

Congratulations to Mack Patrick who graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He is shown here with his parents and sister.

We remember former member Eleanor Blomberg who died on Apr. 30, 2018 at age 87.  Here is the obituary. This photo was taken at St. James in 2002.

On Apr. 14 former member of St. James, Jan Dusek, shared her story of the “Dusek Child Care Center and Primary School” that serves Ibanda Village in Western Uganda.

We remember member Marilyn Frost who died on Mar. 12, 2018 at age 92. Here is the obituary.

She was a Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher for both adults and children at St. James. She served as a member of the church council and its president. She was also president of St. James Lutheran Church Women. Here is Pastor Knowles’ homily given at the funeral.

We remember charter member Annette Lindstrom who died on Feb. 1, 2018 at age 95. She was organist and choir director at St. James during the church’s formative years. Here is the obituary.

A memorial service was held on June 2, 2018 at the Madison Christian Community, Madison, WI.

       2017 Beautification Award

St. James was given the 2017 Mayor’s Choice Award in recognition of their efforts in making a lasting and positive contribution to the Rock Island community. Here is the certificate.

Flood Buckets – These 50 buckets have been filled with supplies by the members of St. James, Calvary and Salem. They were given to people who suffered from the disasters of the 2017 hurricanes. Shown in the photo are Jo Kempf, Tom and Judy Fox.

Installation Service for Pastor Knowles

On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pastor Knowles was installed as pastor of St. James in a special worship service at 2:00 pm. The service also celebrated the shared ministries of St. James and Calvary Lutheran Churches.

Bishop Jeff Clements of the Northern Illinois Synod was our special guest preacher and Pastor Mike Clark assisted. Photos taken by Mark Ridolfi.



Pastor Knowles at St. James 
Newspaper article in the Argus-Dispatch on Sep. 2, 2017