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This Week's Focus

May 21, 2017

Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 (NIV)

The trees on the riverbank across from my house are not particularly beautiful, but they are sturday and productive. A wide variety of birds find refuge in their branches. People walking along the path by the river often stop and sit in the shade they provide. The pine cones they drop are collected by others as fuel for their fires.

During a recent drought the trees have continued to flourish as their roots grew deep, and they were nourished by the river. This reminded me that my life flourishes when I am rooted in the wisdom and truth of God’s word, when I stay near the living water Jesus offers. By staying close to God, meditating on scripture, and resting in God’s presence, I can become spiritually strong. Then other parts of my life also move within the pattern God has set. When I overlook these spiritual disciplines, my life becomes less productive and I lose the peace and joy that God wants to give me. At such times, I look at those trees and remember what my priorities need to be—keeping my life grounded in God’s word and drinking the water Christ offers for eternal life.

(From an article by Ann Stewart [South Australia, Australia] in The Upper Room daily devotional: Like a Tree, January 3, 2017)
Submitted by Cindy Robbins

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for May 21, 2017
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

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. Jason Miller—Head Usher, May, 2017


BEGINS THIS THURSDAY EVENING!

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.

Quilts of Valor Presentation

May 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Quilts of Valor were presented to half of our Korean Veterans on April 19th. The other half to be honored on May 28 will be George Allen, Jim Rosebrook, Darrel Sampson, and Charlie Dobbins. The ceremony will occur in the Fellowship Hall at 2 PM. Ellen Nelson would like to begin the process of gathering names of service members who served in Viet Nam. Those veterans will also probably be divided into smaller groups for presentation. We will plan the first presentation for August and the second for October. When you give your name to Ellen, please indicate which month suits your preference. Ellen Nelson: 706-353-1711 or ewson@mindspring.com.

Please be in prayer for our upcoming summer mission trips…

  • Tanzania (May 30-June 13)
  • The Light Classroom Addition (June 19-24)
  • Estonia (July 14-24)
  • Montenegro (July 12-24)

The Light Classroom Addition—Special Work Day—June 3, 2017

Volunteers with willing hearts and helping hands needed! On Saturday morning, June 3rd, we will meet at The Light to level out the crawl space and to install the sill boards. Those are important steps to be completed before we can build the floor. We will meet at 9:00 am and be done before noon! Please contact Bob Wallace by email at: bobw@uga.edu or cell phone at 706-247- 4329 if you can help.

Gadgets & Gizmos VBS 

Join us for VBS at St. James, June 12-16, 9 am—12 pm. Classes are available for children 4 years old through 4th grade. Register online at www.sjumc.org/vbs

Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, June 7 11:30 a.m.
Olive Garden (3666 Atlanta Highway)
RSVP by June 6 to Phylis Larkins (706-338-0700)

Please note…

For anyone who would like to help assemble (all the parts have been constructed) the hygiene kits that will go to Tanzania at the end of May, come meet a few of us in the Fellowship Hall next Tuesday, May 23 at about 10 AM. Bring something that you would like to share with others for lunch. We can have a good time visiting, counting items and eating lunch. See you there. Ellen Nelson and Sunny Madurski


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
    • 7:00 p.m.—WednesdayInTheWord (Two Story Coffee)

 

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!

  • May 24—”Tamar’s Hope” Bible Study begins
  • May 25—Summer Reading Club—6:30 pm
  • May 28—Quilts of Valor Presentation—2:00 pm
  • May 31—Tanzania Mission Trip (through June 14) 
  • June 3—The Light Classroom Addition Special Work Day-9:00 am

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



May 14, 2017




Sunday School


138
Worship (8:30)


34
Worship (11:00)


169
Total Worship


203



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$10,567
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$296,106

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The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

6th Sunday of Easter May 21, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

PRELUDE
(8:30) Just As I Am-arr. Gordon Young
(11:00) Praise to the Lord the Almighty-arr. Roger House

GATHERING SONG
(8:30) Lauren Hemerlein, harp
(11:00) St. James Children

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE, PRAYER, & GIVING

HYMN NO. 181
(8:30) Ye Servants of God
(11:00) Even So Come

OFFERTORY
Lauren Hemerlein, harp

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 Chronicles 16:11-12 (ISV)
LaMurl Morris

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

PRAYER FOR OUR COLLEGE GRADUATES (11:00)

PRAISE SONG (11:00)

MORNING PRAYER
Glenn Cole

WORSHIP IN MUSIC
Lauren Hemerlein, harp

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE
Joshua 4:1-7 (NIV)

SERMON
Sermon Series: “Slices of Prayer”
Week #5—“Thanksgiving, Meditation and Listening”
The Rev. Bill Curington

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 371
(8:30) I Stand Amazed
(11:00) Your Great Name

BRINGING INTO MEMBERSHIP (11:00)—Jared and Addie Mills

SENDING FORTH
Glenn Cole

CONGREGATIONAL BLESSING
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
Crown Him With Many Crowns-DIADEMATA
LaMurl Morris

Altar Color for Sunday, May 21—White

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God by Frances and Bob Wilkes in honor of their daughter, Kim Reuning.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, May 21
    • 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. Anglican 101 Class (FH)
  • Monday, May 2
  • Tuesday, May 23
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
  • Wednesday, May 24
    • 5:30 p.m. “Tamar’s Hope” Bible Study (Rm. 101)
  • Thursday, May 25
    • 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Club (at the home of Mary Wallace)
  • Friday, May 26
  • Saturday, May 2

 

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

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday, May 21
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

Focus

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