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Last Week's Focus

September 17, 2017

Welcome to St. James United Methodist Church!

If you’re new here, stick around for a while. I think you’ll find you’re in a church that is all about prayer, service, missions, fellowship, Worship and so much more. If you’ve been here for any length of time, you already know that.

I wish to take this moment to encourage you to get “plugged in” somewhere. Ask God to show you where He wants you to be and what He wants you to be doing. There are so many opportunities available to you, and God will bless you and others by your service.

As Minister of Music, I want to invite you to be part of our music program, but only if that is something you feel called to do. You are more than welcome to join our Praise Team or our Choir, help out with our kids’ musical, or ask me or LaMurl about playing an instrument, singing a solo, or working with a small ensemble. One of the greatest honors and privileges in this life is to lead others to the throne of God through music. If this speaks to your heart, I encourage you to prayerfully consider the St. James Music Ministry.

Sometimes there are seasons in our lives when we need to just “sit in the pew,” and perhaps that is what you’re currently doing. On the other hand, perhaps that season is now over, and God is calling you to do something else.

Talk to God, step out of that pew, and get yourself involved in the life of the church, and once again, “Welcome to St. James!”

God bless, Bryan
(Bryan Shaw, Minister of Music)


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

Sunday Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
 The Rev. Bill Curington

LITURGICAL READINGS for September 17, 2017
Exodus 14:19-31
Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

THANK YOU FOR SILENCING ELECTRONIC DEVICES DURING THE WORSHIP SERVICES.

Our St. James Prayer Ministers will be available at the Altar immediately following the service to pray with anyone desiring prayer. Micah Morlock—Head Usher, September, 2017


St. James Kids

Big Church Activity Folders are available at the front-left corner of the sanctuary.
Folders are color-coded as follows:
Red – 4th and 5th Green – 2nd and 3rd Blue – Kindergarten and 1st Purple – Preschool
Please return folders at close of service.

Ladies of St. James—Mark Your Calendars!!

Below is a list of upcoming fun Women’s Ministry Activities for the remainder of the year…

  • Tuesday, September 19 (6 PM) Dos Palmas Mexican (next to Academy Sports) for $1 Tacos
  • Tuesday, October 17 (11:45 AM) Join us for lunch at Cracker Barrel
  • Thursday, November 9 (6:00 PM) Dinner at Cheddars
  • Tuesday, December 12 (6:00 PM) Ornament Swap at Cracker Barrel

Women of St. James—Save the Date!

ABUNDANCE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
November 3-4, 2017
TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
For more information, contact Janice Himmelsbach jfhimmels@charter.net or 706-540-6089

UGA Wesley Foundation Fundraising Dinner

Who: Wesley Alumni, Friends and Parents
When: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: UGA Tate Student Center, Grand Hall
If you are unable to attend this event but would like to give to Wesley, mail a check to 1196 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30605, and designate it “Fundraising Dinner"

Flowers for Worship Services

If you wish to provide flowers for our worship services in the remainder of 2017, please sign up on the flower calendar on the bulletin board next to the Fellowship Hall. We have several dates open in October and November.

The Light Classroom Addition — Open House

Sunday, October 1, 2017 —4:00-6:00 P.M.
Please join us for an open house at The Light to see the progress made to date and to help us begin the dedication of the new addition. You may drop in anytime between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a tour of the new classrooms and to write your favorite Bible verse on the inside of the walls before they are finished. Though we are building rooms for meeting, teaching and worshipping, our true goal is to build faith, hope and love in the Rock Springs community. Please join us in this great work. The Light is located at 174 Henderson Extension, Athens, GA 30606.

Please note…..

There will be a coffee and desserts wedding shower for Callie Jo Fowler and Gabriel Bowen on November 11th from 2:00-4:00p.m. in the St. James Fellowship Hall. Callie Jo & Gabriel are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart.

Looking to Make St. James Your Church Home?

If you are considering joining St. James and making this congregation your church home, please contact our Executive Minister, Glenn Cole, to find out the next steps into membership. You can reach Glenn at the church office at 706-548-1680 or by email at gcole@sjumc.org, or meet him at the front of the sanctuary after any of our worship services.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

  • FELLOWSHIP MEAL, 5:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)
  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, September 20
    Hamburger Steak, Baked Potato, Salad Rolls, Brownies
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free)
    We need your dinner reservation by Monday, September 18 (11 a.m.) To make reservations: [1] call the church office (706-548-1680) and leave message on voice mail; [2] email mswift@sjumc.org; or, [3] note number of children & adults by your name on Sunday’s attendance sheets
  • Bible Studies
    • 6:15-7:30 p.m. - The Gospel of John (Rm. 219) Pastor Bill and Tim Savelle will lead this study as you learn about the various themes in the gospel of John.
    • 6:15-7:30 p.m. - Core Christianity (Rm. 220) What do Christians believe, and why does it matter? Join in on an eight-week study as we tackle the essential and basic beliefs that all Christians share. (Facilitated by Glenn Cole.)
  • Children's Ministry
    • 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.—Everyday Heroes (PreK4—5th Grade)
  • Youth Ministry
    • 6:00-7:30 p.m. — WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
  • Music Ministry
    • 7:30 p.m. — Choir (Rm. 213)

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Pastor Artur Pold, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Roger Croy, Katherine Wolf, Betty Chesness, Anna May Cobb, Sally Stowers, Jerry Chesness, Laura Beck, Clois Brown

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

Corp. Shay Jennings, Major Brett Thomas, Pvt. Andrew Bryant, 2nd Lt. Wesley M. Hutto, Maj. Nathaniel Chittick

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • September 19—Women’s Lunch at Dos Palmas
  • October 1—The Light Classroom Addition Open House

Did you miss a Sunday?

Pastor Bill’s sermons are available for download on our Teachings page.


Attendance 



September 10, 2017




Sunday School


140
Worship (8:30)


45
Worship (11:00)


166
Total Worship


211



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$18,038
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$544,120

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

15th Sunday After Pentecost September 17, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

GATHER FOR WORSHIP
Deep River-R.E. Kendrick

GATHERING SONG
We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE

HYMN NO. 454
Open My Eyes, That I May See

OFFERTORY
O Come to the Altar
Bryan Shaw

DOXOLOGY
For thy church, that ever more lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

READING OF THE WORD
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NLT)
Bryan Shaw

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH-THE APOSTLE’S CREED (#881) (8:30)

PRAISE SONGS (11:00)

MORNING PRAYER
Glenn Cole

(11:00) Children may be dismissed to Children’s Church in Room 103. Pre-K (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2017) through 3rd Grade.

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE

SERMON
“Brand New Life”
The Rev. Bill Curington

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 170
O How I Love Jesus

SENDING FORTH
Glenn Cole

CONGREGATIONAL BLESSING
May the Lord, Mighty God, bless and keep you forever,
Grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavor.
Lift up your eyes and see His face, know His grace is for you,
May the Lord, Mighty God, bless and keep you forever.

POSTLUDE
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms-SHOWALTER
LaMurl Morris

Altar Color for Sunday, September 17—Green

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God and in memory of their parents’ anniversary, by Sunny and C.J. Madurski.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, September 17
    • Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
       8:30 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)
       9:45 a.m. Sunday School
       11:00 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
    • 6:00 p.m. Supper Club (The Jimmy)
  • Monday, September 18
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
    • 7:00 p.m. Leadership Council (Rm. 219)
  • Tuesday, September 19
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
    • 8:30 a.m. Athens Elberton District dCOM Meetings Rms. 213, 219 and 220
    • 5:30 p.m. CLIMB Program (FH)
    • 6:15 p.m. Nominations Committee (Rm. 213)
    • 6:15 p.m. Sunny Madurski Community Group (Rm. 219)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Ministry (The Jimmy)
  • Wednesday, September 20
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
    • 6:15 p.m. Core Christianity (Rm. 220)
    • 6:15 p.m. Gospel of John Bible Study (Rm. 219)
    • 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Rm. 213)
  • Thursday, September 21
  • Friday, September 22
  • Saturday, September 23

 

Key
 FH = Fellowship Hall
 Sanct = Sanctuary
 The Jimmy = House beside St. James (across parking lot)

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday, September 17
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

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