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This Week's Focus

April 22, 2018


Homelessness is a complex problem made more challenging to overcome due to four main issues: addiction, poor education, un/under-employment, and lack of transportation. Trying to overcome all of these while not having a home or support system is often quite difficult, resulting in the ‘slide’ into chronic, persistent homelessness.

Bigger Vision’s Board recently approved a new initiative to help those individuals working to overcome the obstacles that may lead to, or contribute to, their homeless circumstances. It is our fervent prayer that lives will be positively - even profoundly - impacted and many will return to being self-sufficient, productive citizens.

Abundant Life is our new 365-day program-driven living environment for men and women in homelessness who are 18 years of age or older and looking to obtain a full- time job in manufacturing.

Partnering with Fresh Wind Recovery Ministry and Athens Technical College, Abundant Life will take individuals through drug and alcohol recovery, GED education, and a certified manufacturing job skills training program. Individuals can exempt out of the first two phases of the program if they are not addicted or already have a GED/Diploma. The goal is to increase access to these programs by providing a safe and comfortable place to live, along with meals and transportation as needed.

Because this is completely new, we will be launching a pilot program starting April 30th, capping the program at 14 participants. Abundant Life participants must be capable of working, be willing to submit to random drug and alcohol screening, and be willing to complete all three programs in sequential order (unless exempted). We will only be providing housing to those who are accepted into the program.

Please consider how you can help by:
1) praying for God’s blessing and abundant provision;
2) consider providing a meal this summer;
3) volunteering to drive participants as needed;
4) being a mentor or tutor. 

For volunteer information please contact Andrew Wilkin at Director@BiggerVisionOfAthens.org, or (706) 340-6062 ext. 3. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for the many ways St. James continues to bless our ministry.

Scott Cochran
Bigger Vision Board Member

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for April 22, 2018 
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24
John 10: 11-18


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.


Starting on Sunday, April 29th, the Missions Committee will be providing home-baked treats for our Sunday morning Coffee Fellowship to replace our usual donuts. This will only be done during months when there is a fifth Sunday! Your generous donations for these treats will be used to help fund St. James Missions. The treats will be located on the counter next to the kitchen between the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services, and any extras will also be available following the 11:00 a.m. service.

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.

Don’t forget your photography appointment!

If you haven’t made your scheduled appointment to have your/your family’s picture made for our new pictorial directory, please call the church office this week (706-548-1680), or sign up on the table in the Fellowship Hall. The appointments begin on Tuesday of this week and run through Saturday. Each family photographed will receive a free directory which includes a mobile directory with pictures and a free 8x10 portrait. We want to include YOU in our new church directory!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

This year’s Light Golf Classic was a tremendous success! With your prayers, participation and encouragement, 41 players from 5 local churches were able to celebrate a brisk day of fun, fellowship and golf. With the overflow of community support from individuals, church groups and local companies, we were able to raise over $10,000.00. Thank you for partnering with us and going the second mile to support The Light outreach ministries and construction of the children’s classroom addition. The construction is almost done, and we have begun using the classroom addition for ministry! Please continue to pray for God’s blessings and mercy as we work to build faith, hope and love in the Rock Springs community.

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

Next 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!

Like working behind the scenes? Have about a half hour each week to help us get the message out? 

St. James is looking for a dedicated volunteer to edit the Sunday sermon audio each week to help us continue to reach those who can’t attend St. James on a regular basis. Training will be provided. Some audio editing experience is helpful, but not crucial. For more information, see our Executive Minister, Glenn Cole, after a worship service, email him at gcole@sjumc.org, or call the church office at 706.548.1680.

Attention—Ladies of St. James

Save the dates for our upcoming Ladies’ Nights Out Events!

  • May 24 (6 pm) at Brett’s Casual American Restaurant
  • June 12 (6 pm) at Texas Roadhouse

Wednesday Night Opportunities

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

  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, April 25
    Fried Chicken (Bone-in), Potato Salad, Green Beans, Fruit, Rolls, Banana Pudding
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free) 
  • We need your meal reservation by Monday, April 23 (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.
  • 6:15 PM 
    Please join us on April 25th in the Sanctuary for our St. James Children’s Ministry presentation of "The Agape League - A Superhero Adventure About the Fruit of the Spirit" by  Christy and Daniel Semsen.


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 24-28—Pictorial Directory Photography Appointments
  • April 25—Children’s Musical Drama: “The Agape League” (6:30 pm)
  • April 29—5th Sunday Bake Sale for Missions (9:30 am)
  • May 5—Annual Missions Bar-B-Que (11:00-3:00)


April 15, 2018

Sunday School

Worship (8:30)

Worship (11:00)

Total Worship


General/Operating Fund Offering

General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


The Worship of God

4th Sunday of Easter April 22, 2018


PRELUDE (8:30) Be Thou My Vision-arr. Robert Graham
(11:00) Glorify Thy Name-Donna Adkins
Bill Emerson
GATHERING SONG (8:30) Open the Eyes of My Heart
(11:00) St. James Kids


HYMN NO. 454 Open My Eyes That I May See
Come, All Christians, Be Committed to the Service of the Lord-arr. Todd Billingsley
Bill Emerson, piano/Terry Boyd, percussion

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.

Glenn Cole
Glenn Cole

(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 Sermon series: “Got Fruit?”
Week One: “Love and Joy”


HYMN NO. 732 Come, We That Love the Lord

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 Sent Forth By God’s Blessing-Welsh Folk Tune
Bill Emerson


  • Sunday, April 22
    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.)
    • 6:00 p.m. Youth SLT LED NIGHT (The Jimmy)
    • Women’s Walk to Emmaus
  • Monday, April 23
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, April 24
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220) 
    • 5:00 p.m. Quartet Rehearsal (Rm. 213)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Gathering (The Jimmy) 
    • Lifetouch Pictorial Directory Pictures (Rms. 119, 120)
  • Wednesday, April 25
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
    • 6:30 p.m. Agape League Rehearsal (Sanct.)
    • Lifetouch Pictorial Directory Pictures (Rms. 119, 120)
  • Thursday, April 26
    • 9:00 a.m. VBS Decorations Work Day (Rm. 113)
    • 3:30 p.m. Suzuki Strings (Rms. 112, 113)
    • Lifetouch Pictorial Directory Pictures (Rms. 119, 120)
  • Friday, April 27
    • Lifetouch Pictorial Directory Pictures (Rms. 119, 120)
  • Saturday, April 28
    • 7:00 a.m. Kairos Meeting (Rm. 101)
    • 8:30 a.m. Timothy Estates Neighborhood Association Mtg. (FH)
    • Lifetouch Pictorial Directory Pictures (Rms. 119, 120)

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


  • Sunday April 22, 2018                
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service


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