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Last Week's Focus

November 12, 2017

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:16-20 NIV (emphasis added)

Two thousand years ago the church began with a small group of confused disciples amidst a massive, overwhelming empire that opposed their very existence. There were no church buildings, no Christian book stores, no Christian holidays. What they faced was a predefined culture of brokenness built by the multitudes of people desperately in need of a savior. In a surprising and bold move, the disciples and small band of Christ followers did not retreat, they did not isolate themselves from the world they had been placed in. Instead, following the example of their Jesus, they leaned in. Over time, the culture began to recognize the unbelievable love of Christ and it began to shift. Festivals changed to focus on God, temples were repurposed into churches, and even days of the week transformed from worshipping the sun to worshipping the God who created it. All of this because the disciples were unafraid to engage the culture they lived in, because they knew all authority in both heaven and earth was theirs through Christ. Importantly, these things changed after the people came to know the Lord, not before.

The time of year is approaching where we, as a Christian culture, are able to celebrate our thankfulness, our gifts, our families, and our blessings all because of who we know Christ to be. But, we know that the majority of the world, even many of our neighbors, do not know that truth. The temptation is to retreat, to insulate ourselves against the un-Christlikeness of our society, to condemn others from afar, and to hide in our Christian bubbles. What if the disciples had reacted that same way? Would we be here, in this church this morning, if they had succumbed to their fears of the world?

This year, I invite you to engage the world you live in. Let us stop holding others outside the church to the standard by which we live until they have experienced the love by which we’re saved. Let us go and transform the world, slowly, one person at a time. Let’s stop fighting the “War on Christmas” and start preaching the Love of Christ. We have been given the authority, let’s go out and make disciples. Then, you may be surprised at the way your world can change.

Austin Hunter
Youth Minister


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for November 12, 2017
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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.  Jim Hathcote—Head Usher, November, 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!!

  • Tuesday, December 12 (6:00 PM) Ornament Swap at Cracker Barrel

Operation Christmas Child - The Power of a Simple Gift

Operation Christmas Child is an easy, fun and rewarding opportunity for members of St. James to help share the love of Jesus with children throughout the world. Directions, boxes and labels are available at several locations around the church. Please fill your box with small gifts of school supplies, toys, candy, etc. and return your box to the church by the 11 am service on Sunday, November 19th. Include a $9 donation to Samaritan’s Purse with your box to handle shipping and delivery. Please note that there are a few changes for 2017 including a $2 per box increase in donation; and boxes should no longer contain any candy or toothpaste due to regulations of some of the countries where boxes are delivered. Find more information and suggestions about what to pack in your boxes visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org.


Please remember to bring your cookies for Kairos to the church kitchen by next Wednesday, November 15th.


Men’s Gathering

Tuesday, November 14 6:30 P.M.
Location-The Jimmy
Men, join us every Tuesday evening for a time of prayer and fellowship.

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)
    This will be our last meal of the season and will be prepared and served by our St. James Staff.
  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, November 15
    Chicken (served various ways), Assorted Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, Fruit, Cupcakes and Cookies
  • Cost: FREE
    We hope you will join us for a delicious meal, followed at 6:30 p.m. by our children’s musical presentation of “The Agape League: A Superhero Adventure about the Fruit of the Spirit.”
    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

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

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

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • November 15—Children’s Musical-”The Agape League”
  • December 3—Greening of the church

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



November 5, 2017




Sunday School


134
Worship (8:30)


52
Worship (11:00)


188
Total Worship


240



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$15,612
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$647,110

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

23rd Sunday After Pentecost November 12, 2017

VETERANS DAY - WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC
PRELUDE Blessed Assurance-arr. Frank Breazeale
GATHERING SONG (8:30) Jesus Messiah
PRAISE SONGS (11:00)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Glenn Cole
GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE

HYMN NO. 374 Standing on the Promises
OFFERTORY Meditation on Faithfulness
Bill Emerson, piano
DOXOLOGY
Come lift your hearts on high, Alleluia Amen.
Let praises fill the sky, Alleluia Amen.
Here, now our offering, with joyful hearts we bring,
For evermore we sing, Alleluia Amen.

READING OF THE WORD Psalm 19:7-11 (NLT)
The Rev. Bill Curington
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAGS Glenn Cole
RECOGNITION OF VETERANS
Veterans Hallelujah Bryan Shaw
MORNING PRAYER The Rev. Bill Curington

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

WE HEAR HIS WORD The Rev. Bill Curington
SCRIPTURE
SERMON “Defeat Dark”
WELCOME NEW MEMBER—Cheryl Jett

OUR RESPONSE

SENDING FORTH Glenn Cole
HYMN NO. 696 America the Beautiful
POSTLUDE I Am Thine, O Lord-William H. Doane
LaMurl Morris
Altar Color for Sunday, November 12—Green



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, November 12
    • Worship Services at 11:00 a.m.
      8:30 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)

      9:45 a.m. Sunday School
      11:00 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)
    • 12:30 p.m. Prayer Ministry Meeting/Luncheon (FH)
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
    • 6:00 p.m. Supper Club (The Jimmy)
  • Monday, November 13
    • 5:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Rm. 212)
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
    • 7:00 p.m. Leadership Council (Rm. 219)
  • Tuesday, November 14
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
    • 6:00 p.m. Sunny Madurski Community Group (Rm. 220)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Gathering (The Jimmy)
  • Wednesday, November 15
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH)
    • 6:30 p.m. Children’s Musical Presentation (Sanct.)
  • Thursday, November 16
  • Friday, November 17
  • Saturday, November 18
    • 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, November 12
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

Focus

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