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Upcoming Events
MAR

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WED
Pickleball (CFC)
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Student Ministry (6th-12th grade)
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets in the Student Lounge, 2nd floor CFC. Light meal and Bible study. All are welcome!
MAR

21

THU
Bible Study (Alpha Domus Room)
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
All are welcome to attend.
MAR

22

FRI
Pickleball (CFC)
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Open to all
MAR

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SAT
CFC Reserved
5:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Men's Lenten Breakfast
Sanctuary Reserved
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Men's Lenten Breakfast program
Men's Lenten breakfast (CFC)
7:15 AM to 9:30 AM
MAR

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SUN
Worship Service
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Modern praise & worship in a traditional atmosphere.
Kid's Club
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
A place for kids ages 4-10 to come and participate in fun activities, games, and crafts!
Worship Service
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Modern praise & worship in a traditional atmosphere.
Lifeguard Children's Ministry
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
After opening praise & worship plus a special children's message in the Sanctuary, children ages Preschool through 5th grade will dismiss to their classrooms for fun & fellowship!
Students break off into two groups on the 2nd floor:
Ages Preschool & Kindergarten (preschool classroom)
Ages 1st grade through 5th grade (Lifeguard Ministry area).
MAR

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MON
Mondays With God meal (CFC)
6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Free light meal before MWG Worship Service, open to the public/all welcome!
AA meeting (CFC)
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mondays With God Worship Service
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lifeguard Ministry classes (Preschool through 5th grade) begin 6:45pm.
Bible study in Sanctuary 7-8pm.
MAR

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TUE
Men's Ministry (CFC)
5:30 AM to 6:30 AM
Meets every Tuesday morning in the CFC.
This is a Bible study/accountability group and is open to all men.
MAR

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WED
CFC Reserved
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Catalyst Church youth group
Pickleball (CFC)
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Student Ministry (6th-12th grade)
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets in the Student Lounge, 2nd floor CFC. Light meal and Bible study. All are welcome!
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Pastor

Gene Backes

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Pastor Gene Backes' history at St. James West UMC began in 1979 when he was hired as the church's first Youth Minister. For 14 years, Gene developed and grew a thriving youth program, which included local mission work, camping retreats, and Spring Break trips to Florida. Gene moved on to serve as Lay Leader from 1987 to 2006, and then was hired as Pastor of St. James West.

Under Pastor Gene's leadership, and with the assistance and enthusiasm of countless volunteers, Ministry and Mission has grown by leaps and bounds at St. James West! Sunday praise & worship developed into a modern format with the addition of contemporary music; a second Sunday service was added to accommodate our growing congregation; and a third service, titled "Mondays With God," was introduced to draw in a younger crowd who desired a more relaxed worship atmosphere.

Additionally, Pastor Gene has served on leadership teams and been invloved with several outreach ministries including Evansville District Walk to Emmaus, Tri-State Tres Dias, Evansville Chrysalis, and Kairos of Indiana. He has also spearheaded a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico, and a spiritual retreat to the Holy Land.

Pastor Gene is a graduate of F.J. Reitz High School and received his Master's in Education from the University of Southern Indiana (USI). He has additional graduate studies from USI, the University of Evansville, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Pastor Gene retired from teaching at Reitz in 2015 after more than 30 years, instructing students in Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. History. He has coached for both the track and wrestling teams, and continues to be involved with coaching for the Reitz Football Panthers.

Pastor Gene and his wife Susie have two grown children; Jennifer (husband David) O'Neil, and Andrew (wife Andrea) Backes; grandsons Gabriel ("Gabe") and Joshua, and granddaughters Margaret and Adalyn. Pastor Gene enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.