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This Week's Focus

April 23, 2017

Whenever I think about children and how impressionable they are, I am always reminded of the song I Want to Be Just Like You as sung by Phillips, Craig, and Dean. The song says, “Lord I want to be just like you, because he wants to be just like me. I want to be a holy example for his innocent eyes to see. Help me be a living Bible, Lord, that my little boy can read. I want to be just like you ‘cause he wants to be like me.”

When Sadie was around 5 years old she started having nightmares and we began to pray over her Phillipians 4:6-8 that says, "Be anxious about nothing but in everything in prayer and supplication make your requests known to God so that the peace that passes all understanding will guard your mind and heart in Christ Jesus. And whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise then think on these things.” Sadie would not go to bed thence forth until the bible verse was said because she had stopped having nightmares and claimed that promise was hers. She would take her bible with her whenever she would spend the night away from home whether it be with friends or her grandparents and she would ask them to read that verse to her. It is imperative that we claim God's promises for ourselves just as Sadie claimed Phillipians 4:6-8 and her nightmares were gone in Jesus’ name.

Today the children of St. James are going to present a human video to the song Trust in You as sung by Lauren Daigle. While the song is being played the children are going to act out struggles that they face today and then the verses that we have claimed for them will be shown on the overhead. The song states there may be mountains that we cannot move and there may be times that God may not answer right away when we cry out to Him, but we are to trust that his promises are true and good. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

God Bless,
Anitra Hale

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for April 23, 2017
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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. James Lineberger—Head Usher, April, 2017


Wednesday Night Bible Study! 

Habakkuk “Trusting God When Life Doesn’t Make Sense”
Wednesday, April 12, 19 and 26 - 6:15 pm in Room 220 
Led by Pastor Bill Curington and Glenn Cole

Join us for an exciting three-week study of this minor prophet with a major message: God is just and merciful, even though we may not always understand his ways. 

“...but the righteous shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4

SAVE THE DATE!

Summer Reading Club—Thursday Nights
May 25-June 29, 6:30-7:30 PM, with visiting afterward
Home of Mary Wallace. The book will be “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst, available at Lifeway, Amazon, Christianbooks.com and Barnes and Noble. Please get your own copy of the book.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ATHENS AGAIN

The North Georgia United Methodist Annual Conference will be held at the Classic Center on Tuesday through Thursday, June 13-15, when about 2,500 delegates, ministers, and guests will descend on Athens. Volunteers are again needed to register,  greet, and provide hospitality to them. A 5K Run and Blood Drive also will be held during that week. If you would like to serve in any way, get a volunteer form from the church office as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Marlene Bryan at marlenebryan@yahoo.com or 706-548-1016.

Looking to Make St. James Your Church Home?

If you are considering joining St. James and making this congregation your church home, please contact our Executive Minister, Glenn Cole, to find out the next steps into membership. You can reach Glenn at the church office at 706-548-1680 or by email at gcole@sjumc.org, or meet him at the front of the sanctuary after any of our worship services.

Men’s Spring “WATCH” Conference - April 29 (9:00 am—2:00 pm) 

St. James UMC Sanctuary
Speakers: Lloyd Craft, Ben Slaboda & Barron McCune
Cost $20 (includes t-shirt and lunch)
Deadline for signing up will be this Monday, April 17th. To sign up online, click here.

Spring Yard Sale for Missions!

Our annual yard sale to benefit international missions will be Saturday, May 6. As you begin your Spring cleaning, we’ll take those items you would like to donate off your hands! You can drop them off in Room 101 at the church from 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 3 through Friday, May 5, or you can make arrangements to have large items picked up at your house. Contact Dave Himmelsbach at dshimmels@charter.net for more information.

Save the date!

Gadgets & Gizmos VBS
June 12-16!

Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, May 10th at 11:30 a.m.
Outback Steakhouse (3585 Atlanta Hwy.)
RSVP to Phylis Larkins at 706-338-0700

Please Note...

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


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

  • FELLOWSHIP MEAL, 5:30 p.m. (FH) 
  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, April 26
    Roast Beef, Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole, Salad, Rolls, Cheesecake
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free)
  • We need your dinner reservation by Monday, April 24 (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
    • 5:45-7:30 P.M. — Healing and Deliverance Prayer Class (Rm. 219)
    • 6:15-7:30 P.M. — Habakkuk Bible Study (Rm. 220)
  • Youth Ministry
    • 6:00-7:30 P.M. — “WednesdayInTheWord” Middle and High School Bible Study (The Jimmy)
  • Music Ministry
    • 7:30 P.M.— Music Ministry

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Pastor Artur Pold, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Phil Sherman, Laura Beck, Katherine Wolf, Collin Jarrett, Andy Hassell, Quinn Daly, Sally Stowers, Anna May Cobb

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

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

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • April 29—Men’s Mini Conference—9:00 am-2:00 pm
  • May 6—Missions Yard Sale—8:00 am-noon
  • May 25—Summer Reading Club—6:30 pm

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



April 16, 2017
Holy Thursday Service


83
Sunday School


-
Worship (8:30)


71
Worship (11:00)


325
Total Worship


396



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$10,587
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$241,443

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

2nd Sunday of Easter April 23, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

PRELUDE
How Firm A Foundation-American Hymn Tune
Bill Emerson, organ

GATHERING FOR WORSHIP
(8:30) Because He Lives (Amen)

(11:00) KIDS DRAMA

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE, PRAYER, & GIVING

HYMN NO. 308
Thine Be the Glory

BAPTISM OF CAROLINE PRICE (11:00)
Parents Chris and Stacey Price

OFFERTORY
I Saw the Cross of Jesus-arr. Ron Boud
Bill Emerson, organ

DOXOLOGY
Holy, holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

READING OF THE WORD
Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)
The Rev. Bill Curington

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH #881 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED (8:30)

MORNING PRAYER
The Rev. Bill Curington

(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
Joy In the Morning
St. James Choir

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE
Psalm 145; Isaiah 40:31

SERMON
“Praise, Wait, Confess”
Glenn Cole and Austin Hunter

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 318
(8:30) Christ Is Alive

PRAISE SONGS (11:00)

SENDING FORTH
Rev. Bill Curington

CONGREGATIONAL BLESSING (8:30)
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.

BECAUSE HE LIVES (AMEN) (11:00)

POSTLUDE
Look, Ye Saints! The Sight is Glorious-BRYN CALFARIA
Bill Emerson, organ

Altar Color for Sunday, April 23—White

The sanctuary flowers today are given by Jim and Phyllis Talley in honor of the birthdays of their children, Jonathan and Jeanna, and their grandson, Knox.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, April 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.)
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
    • 6:00 p.m. Youth Supper Club (The Jimmy)
  • Monday, April 24
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, April 25
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
    • 5:30 p.m. The Light Board Meeting (The Light)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Ministry (The Jimmy)
  • Wednesday, April 26
    • 5:45 p.m. RTF Prayer Class (Rm. 219)
    • 6:00 p.m. WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
    • 6:15 p.m. Habakkuk Bible Study (Rm. 220)
    • 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Rm. 213)
  • Thursday, April 27
  • Friday, April 28
    • 8:00 a.m. Men’s Prayer Group (Sanctuary)
    • 6:30 p.m. Athens SHARE (The Jimmy)
  • Saturday, April 29
    • 9:00 a.m. Men’s Conference (Sanct. & FH)

 

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

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

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

 

Focus

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