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This Week's Focus

February 18, 2018

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Luke 15:3-7

In 2006, a couple hiking the thru-trails of the San Jacinto mountains strayed from the path and became lost for over three days. Seven thousand feet above sea level in near freezing temperatures, they were hopelessly sure the frigid mountain would be their end. Then, on the fourth day, they stumbled inexplicably upon a long abandoned camp site. In this camp site they found a bag with a dozen matches remaining, which they quickly utilized to start a signal fire for any would-be rescuers that may be searching for them. Within an hour, a rescue helicopter swooped in and saved the couple from certain death.

You see, almost exactly a year prior, a separate hiker had stumbled from the same path and became lost among the peaks. This hiker, before making his way out, had made camp on the same icy-cold mountainside and wondered if it would mark his grave. By chance or providence, he had forgotten a small bag with some matches at the site where he rested, and now those very same matches went to save the life of another lost in the wilderness.

God wastes no resources in his Heavenly Kingdom. I want to encourage you this morning that whatever depths of wilderness you were once in, or perhaps feel you still wander through, that God can and will use it for the good of those who love Him. The place from which Christ saved you, as the shepherd sought the lost sheep, was not in vain. God can use you and your experiences to save others who now find themselves similarly lost. God can use your story to bring lost sheep to his fold. Who knows, perhaps the matches left over from your time in the darkness could spark the light that saves the one who is now lost.

In Christ,
Austin Hunter
Youth Minister

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for February 18, 2018 
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15


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

Kids Pajama Party/Parents Night Out

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)

Easter Egg Hunt

If you are looking for an egg-cellent time, please join us March 24th for our church-wide Easter Egg Hunt. Think you’re too old for a hunt? Come watch our cute kiddos and enjoy some snacks. To participate, just come to the church on March 24th from 2:00-4:00 with a snack to share, a joyful heart, and prepared to have fun!

Rolling River Rampage VBS

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

Lunch Bunch

Thursday, March 8th at 11:30 A.M.
Texas Roadhouse (Epps Bridge Parkway)
Please RSVP by March 6th to Phylis Larkins (706-338-0700).

Flowers for Worship Services

If you wish to provide flowers for our worship services please sign up on the 2018 flower calendar, which is posted on the bulletin board next to the Fellowship Hall. We have quite a few available dates!

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.)

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.


“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.

Wednesday Night Opportunities

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

  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, February 14
    Spaghetti, Corn, Salad, Garlic Bread, Lemon Cake
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free) 
  • We need your meal reservation by Monday, February 19 (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
    • 6:15-7:30 p.m.—Introduction to New Testament Greek (Rm. 219) This 8-week study led by Tim Savelle will serve to enrich and enhance the study of God’s Word and to know our expressive God more fully through experiencing Koine (COIN-ay) Greek, the language of the New Testament.
    • 6:15-7:15 p.m.—Building Families and Relationships God’s Way (Rm. 220) This 8-week study is led by Pastor Bill, Lloyd Craft and Glenn Cole. Learn more about God’s blueprint for families and relationships.
    • 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)
  • 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

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


  • February 24—Men’s Wild Game Supper (6:30 pm)
  • March 3—Kids Pajama Party/Parents Night Out (5:00 pm)
  • March 8—Lunch Bunch at Texas Roadhouse (11:30 am)
  • March 24—Easter Egg Hunt (2:00-4:00 pm)
  • March 26—The Light Golf Classic (9:00 am)
  • March 30—Good Friday Service (7:00 pm)


February 11, 2018

Sunday School

Worship (8:30)

Worship (11:00)

Total Worship


General/Operating Fund Offering

General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


The Worship of God

First Sunday of Lent Sunday February 18, 2018



Change My Heart, O God-arr. Douglas Wagner

Great Are You, Lord
Blessed Be Your Name
At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

Kin McKinnon



HYMN NO. 156
I Love To Tell the Story

How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
Bryan Shaw, violin; LaMurl Morris, piano

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Kin McKinnon

Isaiah 57:14-15 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
Kin McKinnon

LaMurl Morris

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


2 Corinthians 7:5-7 (NIV)

“Prophetic Comfort”
The Rev. Bill Curington


Be Unto Your Name St. James Women’s Ensemble

Kin McKinnon

HYMN NO. 400
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

I Sought the Lord-RESTORATION
LaMurl Morris


  • Sunday, February 18
    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 Supper Club (The Jimmy) 
  • Monday, February 19
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, February 20 
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220) 
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Gathering (The Jimmy) 
  • Wednesday, February 21
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. WednesdayInThe Word (The Jimmy)
    • 6:00 p.m. Free to Be Like Jesus (Rm. 111)
    • 6:15 p.m. Introduction to New Testament Greek (Rm. 219)
    • 6:15 p.m. Building Families and Relationships God’s Way (Rm. 220)
    • 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Rm. 213)
  • Thursday, February 2
  • Friday, February 23
    • The Mix Conference (Youth)
  • Saturday, February 24 
    • The Mix Conference (Youth)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Ministry Wild Game Dinner (FH)

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


  • Sunday, February 18, 2018       
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service


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