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This Week's Focus

July 23, 2017

An unknown author penned this thought-provoking story: An 8 year old boy named Chase wrote his mom a note and pinned it to her pillow at night. The note said…

“Mom, for taking out the trash this month you owe me =$2
for making my bed and cleaning my room =$3
for cutting the grass you owe me =$4
for feeding our 2 cats and 1 dog you owe me =$2

The mother responded by writing her son a note and placed it on his pillow. Chase found that it said…..

“Dear Chase, for cooking your meals, you owe me……...nothing
for washing your clothes, you owe me…….nothing
for staying home with you when you were sick last
month, you owe me…………………….nothing
for giving you birth and bringing you into this world,
you owe me…………………………….nothing

I did all of this because I love you.
Love always,
Mom

Friends, our lives are painted with the marks of God’s goodness. From God’s great love, His goodness flows to touch, bless and restore us. As we remember how all of God’s actions toward us are purely good, let us return our thanks to him each week through our prayers, presence, gifts (tithes), our service and our witness for Jesus Christ.

Be in prayer for how the Holy Spirit wants you to demonstrate your gratitude to God by supporting the ministries He uses to save and heal lives. God is good all the time and all the time, God is good. Also, remember that God loves you and I do too! ……………Bill


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for July 23, 2017
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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. Josh Chandler—Head Usher, July, 2017


Please be in prayer for our remaining summer mission trips…

  • Montenegro (July 12-24)
  • Estonia (July 14-24)

Women of St. James—Save the Date!

ABUNDANCE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
November 3-4, 2017
TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
For more information, contact Janice Himmelsbach jfhimmels@charter.net or 706-540-6089

Quilts of Valor

We are in process of making labels to adorn the Quilts of Valor for our Vietnam vets. We have the following names: Bob Wallace, C.J. Madurski, Perkins Williams, Dave Himmelsbach, George Stewart John Cunningham (the Light), Bailey Mitchell, Jim Talley, J.R. Garrett and Bob Wolf. If anyone who served during the Vietnam era has been left out, please let Ellen Nelson know ASAP. (706-353-1771 or ewson@mindspring.com). We may break the group into two presentations. You will be asked your choice of dates at a later time.

PROPHETIC ART WORKSHOP

St. James UMC
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 am—3:00 pm (Lunch included)
$35.00—use instructor’s supplies
$50.00-you get your own supplies to keep

No artistic talent is required. Simply draw what you hear or see from God. Reserve your spot as soon as you can. You can drop your check off at the church, put in the offering plate, mail it to the church, or pay online. Be sure to add “Prophetic Art Workshop” on the memo line of check.

Men’s 2017 Watch Conference

Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26, 2017

Friday—5:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday—7:30 AM-Noon

Where? 

Hot Thomas (3753 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, GA)

Featuring two dynamic speakers:

Trey Dickerson of Living Logos Ministries
Todd Hunt of Awakening Fires Ministries.

Cost $60 (includes t-shirt, supper Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning.) Fees may be paid at the St. James church office, or drop your check in the offering plate on Sunday. Please put “2017 Men’s Watch Conference” on the memo line of
your check. 

For more information contact Scott Barnett at barnett.scottk@gmail.com or 706-296-5025.

Please note…

Tuckston UMC in Athens is sponsoring a two-day “Intimate Marriage Academy” marriage workshop, August 4 & 5. Registration for both days is only $50 per couple. For more information and to register, go to www.tuckston.org or call 706-353-1311.

Save the Date

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.”

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.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

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

  • Bible Studies
    • 5:30 p.m.—”Tamar’s Hope” Women’s Bible Study (Rm. 101)
  • Youth Ministry

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Pastor Artur Pold, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Clois Brown, Katherine Wolf, Betty Chesness, Roger Croy, Sally Stowers, Tim Savelle, Anna May Cobb, Laura Beck

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

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

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • July 12-24—Montenegro Mission Trip
  • July 14-24—Estonia Mission Trip
  • August 16—Wednesday Night Activities Resume
  • August 25 & 26—Men’s Watch Conference

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



July 16, 2017




Sunday School


125
Worship (8:30)


35
Worship (11:00)


127
Total Worship


162



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$8,541
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$420,709

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

7th Sunday After Pentecost July 23, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

PRELUDE

GATHERING SONG—HYMN NO. 723
Shall We Gather at the River

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

BAPTISM OF ANNA MARIA LYNN LAVALLE (11:00)
Parents A.D. and Brittany Lavalle

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE

The Church in the Wildwood

OFFERTORY
Sweet Hour of Prayer

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
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV)
Debra Hess

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

MORNING PRAYER
Glenn Cole

(11:00) Children may be dismissed to Children’s Church in Room 103. Pre-K (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2016) through 3rd Grade.

WORSHIP IN MUSIC
Just A Closer Walk with Thee

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE
John 11:17-36 (NIV)

SERMON
“When Death Knocks”
The Rev. Bill Curington

OUR RESPONSE

Even If
Bryan Shaw

SENDING FORTH
Glenn Cole

CONGREGATIONAL BLESSING
My Tribute

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

Altar Color for Sunday, July 23—Green

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God by Bob and Louvenia Morgan in honor of their 53rd wedding anniversary.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, July 23
    • 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.)
    • Estonia Mission Trip
    • Montenegro Mission Trip
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
  • Monday, July 24
    • Estonia Mission Trip Returns
    • Montenegro Mission Trip Returns
  • Tuesday, July 25
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
  • Wednesday, July 26
    • 5:30 p.m. “Tamar’s Hope” Bible Study (Rm. 101)
  • Thursday, July 27
  • Friday, July 28
  • Saturday, July 29
    • 10:00 a.m. Day of Celebration at The Light

 

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

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday, July 23
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

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