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Last Week's Focus

May 14, 2017

I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy .... Ps. 31:7 

"Which one of you did it?" was what I heard my mother saying one evening. Uh oh, someone had just sloshed a good bit of water out of the tub and onto the floor. The next thing I heard was "You three girls sit right there until one of you confesses.” Confesses?? I wasn’t exactly sure what ‘confesses’ meant, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t good!! She was clearly upset, and I knew I had been the last one in the tub. So...after about two minutes of torturous guilt, I noticed that my sisters, Robin and Penny, were glaring at me pretty hard. I felt like I had a millstone tied around my neck. And I wasn’t sure what that was either, but I knew I didn’t like it!! So I slowly made my way toward the laundry room where Mama was folding clothes. She looked at me...and...well...I caved—and cried. Then I confessed. At least I was pretty sure I was confessing because I blurted out “it was me!!” And what came next surprised me. My mama put her hand on my shoulder, smiled and said…”I know...I just wanted you to come tell me. I’ll clean it up.” Wow! That was it?? Could it be true? What I experienced was mercy and grace. Plus, this whole confession thing was a lot better that the ‘millstone guilt!’ It certainly seems to me that our loving Father puts extra wisdom, grace, and mercy into mothers! That’s where I first learned about His nurturing nature. So, if you have a mother or female in your life...thank God!! He uses her as a training ground to show us all...Himself!

Happy Mother’s Day!!
Rhonda Beeland

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for May 14, 2017
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

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. Jason Miller—Head Usher, May, 2017


SAVE THE DATE!

Summer Reading Club—Thursday Nights
May 25-June 29, 6:30-7:30 PM, with visiting afterward
Home of Mary Wallace. The book will be “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst, available at Lifeway, Amazon, Christianbooks.com and Barnes and Noble. Please get your own copy of the book.

Quilts of Valor Presentation

May 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Quilts of Valor were presented to half of our Korean Veterans on April 19th. The other half to be honored on May 28 will be George Allen, Jim Rosebrook, Darrel Sampson, and Charlie Dobbins. The ceremony will occur in the Fellowship Hall at 2 PM. Ellen Nelson would like to begin the process of gathering names of service members who served in Viet Nam. Those veterans will also probably be divided into smaller groups for presentation. We will plan the first presentation for August and the second for October. When you give your name to Ellen, please indicate which month suits your preference. Ellen Nelson: 706-353-1711 or ewson@mindspring.com.

Please be in prayer for our upcoming summer mission trips…

  • Tanzania (May 30-June 13)
  • The Light Classroom Addition (June 19-24)
  • Estonia (July 14-24)

Please note…

The Athens VA Clinic is seeking compassionate caregivers that would like to open their home and their hearts to provide care to our veterans. If you would like to learn more about the VA Medical Foster Home Program, please contact Hallie Cheek, LCSW, at 706-945-9447 or Hallie.cheek@va.gov.Montenegro (July 12-22)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ATHENS AGAIN

The North Georgia United Methodist Annual Conference will be held at the Classic Center on Tuesday through Thursday, June 13-15, when about 2,500 delegates, ministers, and guests will descend on Athens. Volunteers are again needed to register,  greet, and provide hospitality to them. A 5K Run and Blood Drive also will be held during that week. If you would like to serve in any way, get a volunteer form from the church office as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Marlene Bryan at marlenebryan@yahoo.com or 706-548-1016.

Gadgets & Gizmos VBS 

Join us for VBS at St. James, June 12-16, 9 am—12 pm. Classes are available for children 4 years old through 4th grade. Register online at www.sjumc.org/vbs

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.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

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

  • Youth Ministry
    • No WednesdayInTheWord this week.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Pastor Artur Pold, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Phil Sherman, Laura Beck, Katherine Wolf, Collin Jarrett, Andy Hassell, Quinn Daly, Sally Stowers, 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!

  • May 14—UMW Baby Recognition
  • May 24—”Tamar’s Hope” Bible Study begins
  • May 25—Summer Reading Club—6:30 pm
  • May 28—Quilts of Valor Presentation—2:00 pm
  • May 30—Tanzania Mission Trip (through June 13)

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



April 30, 2017




Sunday School


166
Worship (8:30)


49
Worship (11:00)


219
Total Worship


268



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$24,508
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$285,539

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The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

5th Sunday of Easter May 14, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC
Bill Emerson 

PRELUDE
(8:30) Adoration-arr. Don Wyrtzen
(11:00) Be Exalted-arr. Carl Seal 

GATHERING SONG
(8:30) In the Garden (No. 314)
(11:00) I Could Sing of Your Love Forever 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole 

GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE, PRAYER, & GIVING

UMW RECOGNITION OF BABIES (11:00) 

HYMN NO. 92
For the Beauty of the Earth 

OFFERTORY
Steal Away to Jesus-arr. W. Emerson
Bill Emerson, piano

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
Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)
Glenn Cole 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH #881 THE APOSTLES’ CREED (8:30) 

PRAISE SONGS (11:00) 

MORNING PRAYER
Bill Emerson

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE
Colossians 4:2-4 (NIV) 

SERMON
Sermon Series: “Slices of Prayer”
Week #4—“Intercession and Petition”
The Rev. Bill Curington

COMMUNION

RECOGNITION OF GRADUATING SENIORS (11:00)

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 445
Happy the Home When God Is There 

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
Christ Is Alive-TRURO
LaMurl Morris 

Altar Color for Sunday, May 14—White

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God and in honor and memory of our mothers—Linda Cochran Burgin, Joan Dotson and Nell Self, by Scott and Donna Cochran and George and Kathy Stewart.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, May 14
    • 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.)
  • Monday, May 15
    • 7:00 p.m. Leadership Council (Rm. 219)
  • Tuesday, May 16
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
  • Wednesday, May 17
  • Thursday, May 18
  • Friday, May 19
  • Saturday, May 20
    • 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, May 14
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

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