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February 11, 2018

Cultivating A Thankful Heart

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. - Colossians 3:15

Pastor Warren Wiersbe tells the story about a ministerial student named Edward Spencer. He lived in Evanston, Illinois, and was part of a lifesaving squad on the banks of Lake Michigan.

One night, a ship went aground on the lake and Spencer was called into action. Again and again he waded into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. And, in the process, the sub-zero temperatures left his health permanently damaged.

Many years later at Spencer’s funeral, it was mentioned that he had saved 17 lives that night, and was left disabled in the process. Someone mentioned, “Those passengers must have been so grateful.” To which a family member responded, "As a matter of fact, not one of them ever thanked him.”

Thankfulness seems to be a lost quality. Many people don’t see the value in stopping to acknowledge the kindness of others -- or of God, who sent His only Son to die for our sins.

Learn to be thankful. Focus on what you have. When you complain, you focus on what you don’t have. Take the time to cultivate a spirit of thankfulness to others, and to God.

Prayer Challenge
Pray and ask God to give you a heart of thankfulness for everything you’ve been given. It's likely to be a long list.

Questions for Thought
Why do you think so many people forget to express thankfulness? What might a stronger attitude of thankfulness look like in your life? How might it change your life?

Bill Emerson
Minister of Congregational Care


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

LITURGICAL READINGS for February 11, 2018 
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

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. Clay Gilbert—Head Usher, February, 2018

Night of Healing Prayer

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00-8:30 P.M.
St. James UMC Sanctuary
Everyone is welcome!

Kids Pajama Party/Parents Night Out

“NEW DATE”
Saturday, March 3, 2018 (5:00-8:00 PM)

To register, please e-mail Jenny Major at jmajor@sjumc.org. Please include the following information:

  • Name of Child
  • Age
  • Whether you will pack a meal or would like us to provide pizza and a drink for $5 (there is no charge for childcare)

Rolling River Rampage VBS

June 18-22, 2018
Find adventure, acceptance, joy, rest, and peace on the river!

Please note: 

There will be a meeting of the Building Committee this Sunday, February 11th, at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Summer Mission Opportunity

You have the opportunity to be part of the mission team to Estonia. Ministry opportunities at Camp Gideon from July 16-20 include recreation, arts and crafts, worship, and teaching. For more information, please contact LaMurl Morris at lmorris@sjumc.org.

Please Note...

We are in need of the following items for The Bigger Vision community winter shelter: Coffee, Creamer, Sugar (There is a receptacle in the fellowship hall for you to place your items.)

Ash Wednesday Service

Following our Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal this week we will have a combined Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary with St. Thomas Anglican Church and The Light. Please note: There will be no Bible Studies this evening.

The Light Golf Classic

Monday, March 26, 2018
Please join us at Lane Creek Golf Club for a day of fun, fellowship and golf. Lunch and snacks provided. We will have prizes, raffles, and contests to add extra fun for all! Not able to play? We will miss you, but we have a number of ways you can get involved as well. We are looking for sponsors, volunteers, and those just wanting to help support this great mission. All proceeds will go to support The Light ministry outreach programs and completion of the Children’s Classroom Addition. Your participation and donations will help us to go The Second Mile in ministry to the Rocksprings community. Additional information and registration forms are available in the church office or online here. Registration deadline is March 16, 2018.

MISSIONS AT ST. JAMES

“In Christ, we are a new creation…” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The St. James Mission Committee is undergoing a transformation. Dave Himmelsbach is retiring after 15 years of dedicated and outstanding service, and he deserves a huge “Thank You” from all of us. Bill and Valerie Hinesley have agreed to co-lead the Mission Committee, but want each of you to know that it will take more than just two people to fill Dave’s shoes! 

Have you felt a tug on your heart from the words of the Great Commission (Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19)? Then this is your chance to serve! Join Bill and Valerie on the Mission Committee that will work to support our mission teams. Church members of all ages and experience are welcome to become part of this group. An organizational meeting will be held on Sunday, February 25th following the 11:00 am service in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own sandwich—chips and drinks will be provided. Please let Bill and Valerie know if you plan to attend. For more information, contact Bill and Valerie at 706-765-4444 or at vhinesley@bellsouth.net.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, we may decide to cancel services or events. Cancellation information will be provided:


Wednesday Night Opportunities

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

  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, February 14
    Roast Beef, Whole Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Salad, Cherry Cheesecake
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free) 
  • We need your meal reservation by Monday, February 12 (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.


PRAYER REQUESTS 

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Sally Stowers, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Pat Robison, Katherine Wolf, Jerry Chesness, Anna May Cobb, Laura Beck, Betty Chesness, Adrienne Colley & Family, Ronnie Howard & Family

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

LOOKING AHEAD

  • February 11—Building Committee (4:00 pm)
  • February 14—Ash Wednesday Service (6:30 pm)
  • February 15—Night of Healing Prayer (7:00 pm)
  • February 24—Men’s Wild Game Supper (6:30 pm)
  • March 24—Easter Egg Hunt (2:00-4:00 pm)
  • March 26—The Light Golf Classic (9:00 am)


Attendance 



February 4, 2018




Sunday School


--
Worship (8:30)


34
Worship (11:00)


172
Total Worship


206



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$20,164
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$70,241


The Worship of God

Transfiguration Sunday February 11, 2018

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRESERVICE MUSIC

PRELUDE
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah-arr. Mark Kellner

GATHERING SONG
Unbroken Praise

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

WORSHIP IN PRAISE

HYMN NO. 702
Sing With All the Saints in Glory

OFFERTORY
Jesus Loves Even Me-arr. Nancy Muskrat
Bill Emerson

DOXOLOGY
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. 

READING OF THE WORD
Isaiah 41:17-20 (NLT)
Glenn Cole

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (THE NICENE CREED-NO. 880) (8:30)

PRAISE SONGS (11:00)

MORNING PRAYER
Bill Emerson

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

WE WORSHIP IN TEACHING

SCRIPTURE

MESSAGE
“The Art of Prophecy”
The Rev. Bill Curington

OUR RESPONSE

SENDING FORTH
Glenn Cole

HYMN NO. 451
Be Thou My Vision

POSTLUDE
Grace Greater Than Our Sin-Daniel B. Towner
LaMurl Morris

Altar Color for Sunday, February 11—White




WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, February 11
    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.) 
    • 4:00 p.m. Building Committee (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. Youth Supper Club (The Jimmy) 
  • Monday, February 12
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, February 13 
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220) 
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Gathering (The Jimmy) 
  • Wednesday, February 14
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH) 
    • 6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service (Sanctuary)
  • Thursday, February 15
    • 3:30 p.m. Suzuki Strings (Rms. 112, 113)
    • 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting (Rm. 220)
    • 7:00 p.m. Time of Healing Prayer (Sanctuary)
  • Friday, February 16
  • Saturday, February 17 
    • 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, February 11, 2018      
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

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