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Last Week's Focus

July 16, 2017

Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Let us never forget that God is our refuge now, in the immediate present, as truly as when David penned the words long ago. He never withdraws himself. He is our constant help. We need his refuge and strength daily, whether to get through an illness, the worry over a child, the terrible things that happen in our world, or…just life day in and day out! I love the following poem written in 1866 by S.W. Christophers that speaks of this verse in Psalm 46:

A fortress firm, and steadfast rock,
Is God in time of danger;
A shield and sword in every shock,
From foe well known or stranger.

A sure stronghold our God is He,
A timely shield and weapon;
Our help He will be, and set us free
From every ill can happen.

And were the world with devils filled,
All eager to devour us,
Our souls to fear shall little yield,
They cannot overpower us.

Thanks be to God.
Grace Hook


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for July 16, 2017
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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. Josh Chandler—Head Usher, July, 2017


Please be in prayer for our remaining summer mission trips…

  • Montenegro (July 12-24)
  • Estonia (July 14-24)

PROPHETIC ART WORKSHOP

St. James UMC
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 am—3:00 pm (Lunch included)
$35.00—use instructor’s supplies
$50.00-you get your own supplies to keep

No artistic talent is required. Simply draw what you hear or see from God. Reserve your spot as soon as you can. You can drop your check off at the church, put in the offering plate, mail it to the church, or pay online. Be sure to add “Prophetic Art Workshop” on the memo line of check.

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.

Quilts of Valor

We are in process of making labels to adorn the Quilts of Valor for our Vietnam vets. We have the following names: Bob Wallace, C.J. Madurski, Perkins Williams, Dave Himmelsbach, George Stewart John Cunningham (the Light), Bailey Mitchell, Jim Talley, J.R. Garrett and Bob Wolf. If anyone who served during the Vietnam era has been left out, please let Ellen Nelson know ASAP. (706-353-1771 or ewson@mindspring.com). We may break the group into two presentations. You will be asked your choice of dates at a later time.

Men’s 2017 Watch Conference

Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26, 2017

Friday—5:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday—7:30 AM-Noon

Where? 

Hot Thomas (3753 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, GA)

Featuring two dynamic speakers:

Trey Dickerson of Living Logos Ministries
Todd Hunt of Awakening Fires Ministries.

Cost $60 (includes t-shirt, supper Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning.) Fees may be paid at the St. James church office, or drop your check in the offering plate on Sunday. Please put “2017 Men’s Watch Conference” on the memo line of
your check. 

For more information contact Scott Barnett at barnett.scottk@gmail.com or 706-296-5025.

Men’s Summer Bible Study

July 20 6:00-7:15 PM @ Schlotzsky’s (Note location change!)
An engaging study of Acts 16, 17, & 18 and a chance to get to know the men of St. James and The Light.

WOMEN OF ST. JAMES

Our Summer Craft Day (July 15, 2017) has been cancelled, due to so many of you being out of town. It will be rescheduled in the fall!

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
  • 1st Purple – Preschool


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

Our Wednesday night suppers, Bible studies and Choir Rehearsals will resume on August 16, 2017 

  • Bible Studies
    • 5:30 p.m.—”Tamar’s Hope” Women’s Bible Study (Rm. 101)
  • Youth Ministry

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

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

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • July 20—Summer Men’s Bible Study (Schlotzsky’s)
  • July 12-24—Montenegro Mission Trip
  • July 14-24—Estonia Mission Trip
  • August 16—Wednesday Night Activities Resume
  • August 25 & 26—Men’s Watch Conference

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



July 9, 2017




Sunday School


127
Worship (8:30)


43
Worship (11:00)


194
Total Worship


237



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$16,820
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$412,168

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

6th Sunday After Pentecost July 16, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC
PRELUDE
GATHERING SONG I Will Call Upon the Lord
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Glenn Cole
GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE

HYMN NO. 362 Nothing But the Blood
OFFERTORY Bryan Shaw

DOXOLOGY
Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph ever more.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice; again I say, rejoice.

READING OF THE WORD James 4:6-10 (NIV)
Bill Emerson
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH—THE APOSTLES’ 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, 2016) through 3rd Grade.

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
SERMON “First Steps to Revival”
Kin McKinnon

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 368 My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
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

Altar Color for Sunday, July 16—Green

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God by J.R. and Harriett Garrett in memory of their daughter, Nique.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, July 16
    • 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.)
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 8:00 a.m. Rekindle the Flame (Classic Center)
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
  • Monday, July 17
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 7:00 p.m. Leadership Council (Rm. 219)
  • Tuesday, July 18
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
  • Wednesday, July 19
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 5:30 p.m. “Tamar’s Hope” Bible Study (Rm. 101)
  • Thursday, July 20
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 6:00 p.m. Men’s Summer Bible Study (Schlotzsky’s)
  • Friday, July 21
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
  • Saturday, July 22
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 10:00 a.m. Women Warrior Prayer Time (Sanct.)

 

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

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday, July 16
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

Focus

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