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September 24, 2017

Praise You in This Storm

This has been a season for historic storms. Harvey dumped 52 inches of rain in Texas, making it the wettest hurricane on record in the contiguous US. Within a week, residents of Florida, Georgia, and other locations prepared for “Irma-geddon.” Irma had sustained wind speeds of 185 miles per hour for 37 hours, a record duration for winds of that speed. This Category 5 giant was described by officials as it approached Florida as a “Nuclear” hurricane. Destruction in the US would have been greater had the wind speed not slowed before it reached the mainland.

Few storms are of the magnitude of these, but large and small storms will come, including both hurricanes and the storms of life. There are seasons when they can seem overwhelming. Some may be foreseeable, others arise unforeseen. Will we or our loved ones be hurt? Will something precious be taken from us…our health, job, home, spouse, child, parent, reputation, fortune? We understandably grasp tightly to these things we value. The sobering fact is that almost everything that we have, including our lives, can be taken from us. The reality is that only one thing can never be taken from us. That is the love and eternal security that we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Regardless of whether God sends or allows storms to come, or they come as a consequence of our living in a fallen world where bad things happen even to Godly people, I am absolutely firmly convinced that God uses all things, and perhaps especially the storms we experience, for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). Storms turn our eyes toward God. In storms we are more likely to be brought to our senses and realize the reality of our ever-present need for Him as our strength, our guide, our fortress, and our provider. Blessed is the man and woman who would rather be in the storm with Jesus than in the calm without Him. Though I do not like going through a storm, there is an intimate sweetness in the storm with Jesus as He sustains us, and whispers to us as He walks with us each step along the way.

A quote popped back into my awareness about a week or so before Irma. It is from Jim Elliott, a 28 year old Christian missionary to Ecuador who, along with 4 companions, was killed in 1956 by hostile natives while spreading the gospel. He wrote: “He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep (the things of this world) to gain that which he can not lose.” May your and my reality and our identity always be firmly grounded in Christ, and in the eternal salvation and justification that we have in Him, and not in the passing things of this world. May we know in our innermost being that nothing can ever separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:31-39)! We need to abide in that relationship and that reality always, and how much more so as storm clouds gather.

Ron Blount


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

LITURGICAL READINGS for September 24, 2017
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16


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, 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!

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.

Mark Your Calendars! Coming Soon!

New Wednesday Night Bible Study
“The Scarlet Thread in the Book of Ruth”
October 11 – November 8
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the wonderful picture of our redemption through Jesus seen in the story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz.


  • FELLOWSHIP MEAL, 5:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)
  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, September 27
    Ham, Au Gratin Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Salad, Apple Cobbler
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free)
    We need your dinner reservation by Monday, September 25 (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)



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


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


  • October 1—The Light Classroom Addition Open House
  • October 17—Women’s Ministry Lunch at Cracker Barrel

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


September 17, 2017

Sunday School

Worship (8:30)

Worship (11:00)

Total Worship


General/Operating Fund Offering

General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


Have you remembered St. James in your will?

The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

16th Sunday After Pentecost September 24, 2017



Rejoice the Lord Is King-arr. Don Shannon

(8:30) His Name is Wonderful
(11:00) Victory Chant

Glenn Cole



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

(8:30) The Old Rugged Cross - LaMurl Morris, piano
(11:00) Jonathan Kilgore, Saxophone

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.

Micah 2:12-13 (NIV)
Glenn Cole



LaMurl Morris

(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.


1 John 4:17 (NIV)

“Life Change”
The Rev. Bill Curington


HYMN NO. 73 (8:30)
O Worship the King

Glenn Cole

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.

Breathe (11:00)

Holy, Holy, Holy-NICAEA
LaMurl Morris

Altar Color for Sunday, September 24—Green

The sanctuary flowers today are given in memory of Ken Gailey, husband and daddy, by Kathy Gailey Rohs, Kristen, and Karen.



  • Sunday, September 24
    • 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)
    • 6:30 p.m. Time of Healing Prayer (Potter’s House)
  • Monday, September 25
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, September 26
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
    • 12:00 p.m. Perspective World Missions Movement (FH)
    • 5:30 p.m. CLIMB Program (FH, Rms. 108, 109, 119, 120, 219, 220)
    • 6:00 p.m. Restore the Foundation Workshop (Rm. 111)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Ministry (The Jimmy)
  • Wednesday, September 27
    • 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 28
    • 3:30 p.m. Suzuki Strings (Rms. 112 & 113)
  • Friday, September 29
  • Saturday, September 30


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



  • Sunday, September 24
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service



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