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Last Week's Focus

April 15, 2018

What if?...Then what?

There is a form of logic called “if…then.” Computer programmers use it to tell software how to respond to inputs. Let’s use a form of that logic to talk about the resurrection. Let’s use “what if…then what?”

Jesus’ resurrection is Biblical truth and historical fact. For the last 14 days since Easter, and for the next 26 days counting today, we celebrate Jesus’ time on earth after His resurrection, revealing Himself to His people. The scriptures say over 500 people saw with their physical eyes the physically resurrected Lord. In the flesh. Touchable. Conversational.

So…here we go. What if…Jesus is STILL in His resurrected body, the only human being in heaven, sitting at the right hand of the Father, who is Spirit (Jn. 4:24), living among amazing heavenly beings? The scriptures lead us to this conclusion. The angels told those assembled who watched Jesus’ ascension that He would return in the SAME way as He went (Acts 2:11). While still fully God, Jesus came as a man and left as a man. He will return as a man. Paul calls Him “the man of heaven” (1 Cor. 15:49).

What if…we get physical resurrection bodies that are made perfect and glorified like Jesus’ body? Scriptures lead us to conclude this (Phil. 3:21, 1 Jn. 3:2, 1 Cor. 15:49). What if…God plans to set up His Eternal Kingdom on a new earth and take up residence there Himself in the new Jerusalem, reigning there forever? Scriptures lead us to conclude this (Rev. 21:1-3, 22-24). What if…mankind, God’s people, get to live there with Him? Again, scriptures lead us to conclude this (Rev. 21:3, 24). And what if…eternal life is HERE (on the new earth) rather than a place somewhere called heaven?

What if these things are true? Scripture leads us to conclude that they are. Then what? Then, it appears, that we, God’s people, get to live forever on a new, perfect, sinless, painless physical earth in resurrected and glorified physical bodies along with a physical, resurrected, glorified Jesus and with Yahweh Himself providing the light for this new physical earth with His own glory!

As we prepare to celebrate the ascension and Pentecost not many days from now, let us consider with fresh eyes the high and great plans declared in scripture that Almighty God has for His people, and the abundance and experiences yet to come that are immeasurably more than all that we can ask or imagine!

Tim Savelle

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for April 15, 2018 
Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48


Our St. James Prayer Ministers will be available at the Altar immediately following the service to pray with anyone desiring prayer. Bill Hurst - Head Usher, April, 2018

Annual Missions Bar-B-Que

Please help support International Missions at St. James by purchasing tickets for the annual BBQ to be held on Saturday, May 5th. Tickets cost $9 for a BBQ plate and $10 for a pound of BBQ. Pick-up will be at the church from 11 am to 3 pm. There will also be delicious home-baked treats available for sale when you pick up your BBQ. Proceeds will go to support our mission team going to Estonia. We are counting on your help with cooking, chopping, serving, and cleaning up in order to make this project a success, so please sign up today. You can also email Valerie Hinesley at vhinesley@bellsouth.net to volunteer or if you
have any questions.

Missions Yard Sale

The annual yard sale for Missions is going to be held on June 1st and 2nd. Please start cleaning out your closets and attics to find some gently used treasures for the sale. More details to follow.

Attention—Ladies of St. James!

Ladies Night Out (Woohoo!)
April 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Olive Garden (3666 Atlanta Highway, Athens)

Rolling River Rampage VBS

What Can YOU do to help our kids experience the ride of a lifetime with God at the Rolling River Rampage VBS, June 18-22?

  • Serve during the week of VBS, 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
  • Attend Work Days to help make decorations: April 26
  • (9 am) and May 9 (6:30 pm).
  • Donate salty snacks and sweet treats for our VBS volunteers.
  • Save paper towel rolls and cardboard boxes for crafts and decorations, and bring them to room 117.
  • Pray for a fun week that brings glory to God and salvation and growth for our young people.
  • Invite friends and neighbors and their children to be part of this fun week at St. James.

Please include your email address and areas in which you would like to serve on the attendance pad, or email Jenny Major at jmajor@sjumc.org for more information.


Our church will soon be producing a new pictorial directory. The photography dates are April 24-April 28. Each family photographed will receive a free directory which includes a mobile directory with pictures and a free 8x10 portrait. This is your last Sunday to sign up, so if you haven’t already done so, please go to the table provided in the Fellowship Hall to make your own personal appointment. We need everyone to be included in our new directory. Thanks for your cooperation!

Graduating from college or technical school? We want to recognize YOU! 

On Sunday, April 29, we will recognize our graduating college seniors, graduate students, and those receiving degrees from technical colleges. If you’re one of those, please let us know! Contact the St. James office (706-548-1680 or info@sjumc.org) and let us know your name, which school you’ll be graduating from, your degree, and a little about your future plans. Thanks and congratulations!

Grady Update

A heartfelt thanks to our St. James family for all the support and encouragement we have received in raising our first puppy for Canine Campanions for Independence. Grady was with us for 18 months before he began professional training in Orlando. Just 3 weeks ago he was released from the program due to some issues with “separation anxiety.” He is now back with us as our family pet! Thank you all so much for being so understanding and welcoming him in church, missing him when he wasn’t there, and asking about him recently. We are expecting to receive our next CCI puppy to raise in September. You can learn more about Canine Companions for Independence at cci.org/puppyraiser, or contact me, Janice Himmelsbach at 706-540-6089.

Wednesday Night Opportunities

FELLOWSHIP MEAL, 5:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall) 

  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, April 18
    Roast Beef, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Salad, Rolls, Strawberry Shortcake
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free) 
  • We need your meal reservation by Monday, April 16 (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 attending by your name on Sunday’s attendance sheets.
  • Bible Studies
    • 6:00-7:30 p.m.—Free to Be Like Jesus (Rm. 111, Prayer Room B) A 14-week study led by Jane Kilgo and designed for every Christian interested in spiritual growth through prayer. (Pre-registration required)
    • 6:15-7:30 p.m.—”First Thessalonians–The Return of our King” (FH) A five-week study of Paul’s letter and the theme of the second coming of Christ.
  • Children’s Ministry
    • 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.—Everyday Heroes (Pre K4—5th Grade)
  • Youth Ministry
    • 6:00-7:30 p.m. — WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
  • Music Ministry
    • 7:30 p.m. — Choir (Rm. 213)


Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Sally Stowers, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Pat Robison, Katherine Wolf, Jerry Chesness, Anna May Cobb, Laura Beck, Betty Chesness, Kim Reuning, Rachel Fitzpatrick

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


  • April 17—Ladies Night Out at Olive Garden (6:00 pm)
  • April 24-28—Pictorial Directory Photography Appointments
  • April 25—Children’s Musical Drama: “The Agape League” (6:30 pm)
  • May 5—Annual Missions Bar-B-Que (11:00-3:00)


April 8, 2018

Sunday School

Worship (8:30)

Worship (11:00)

Total Worship


General/Operating Fund Offering

General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


The Worship of God

3rd Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018


PRELUDE Thine is the Glory-arr. Gordon Young
GATHERING SONG (8:30) Draw Me Close
(11:00) My Redeemer Lives


HYMN NO. 139 (8:30) Praise to the Lord, The Almighty
(11:00) O Praise Him
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling–John Zundel, arr. Richard Unfried
Gaylene Campbell, organ

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

(8:30) Glenn Cole
(11:00) James Curington
Glenn Cole
MORNING PRAYER (8:30) LaMurl Morris
(11:00) 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Sunday School Class

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


Rev. Bill Curington
MESSAGE “Everything You Need”


HYMN NO. 155 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

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.


The sanctuary flowers today are given by Jim and Phyllis Talley to the glory of God and in honor of the marriage of Jeanna Talley and Ross Hawthorne.


  • Sunday, April 15
    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.)
    • 12:00 noon Prayer Ministers Mtg. (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. Youth Supper Club (The Jimmy)
  • Monday, April 16
    • 9:30 a.m. Athens-Elberton Children’s Ministry Networking Meeting (Rm. 112)
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, April 17
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220) 
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Gathering (The Jimmy) 
  • Wednesday, April 18
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
    • 6:00 p.m. Free to Be Like Jesus (Rm. 111)
    • 6:15 p.m. First Thessalonians Bible Study (FH)
    • 6:30 p.m. Agape League Rehearsal (Sanct.)
    • 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Rm. 213)
  • Thursday, April 19
    • 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee Mtg. (Rm. 220)
  • Friday, April 20
  • Saturday, April 21
    • 10:00 a.m. Prophetic Art Workshop (FH)
    • 3:00 p.m. FotoFireFiesta(The Jimmy)

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


  • Sunday April 15, 2018               
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service


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