Seekers Sunday School Class

The Seekers Class is starting a new 19-week study, “Acts of the Apostles,” on May 26, 2019. All are welcome to join the Sunday School class for the video- and discussion-based series that teaches about the formation of the New Testament church. Mickey Efird, Professor Emeritus at Duke Divinity School, created the series.
Dr. Efird’s video discussion of Acts helps us to understand and apply the Biblical story to our own lives and the life of our churches. See Peter and Paul grow into leadership. Relive the emotion and wonder of Jesus’ followers from Christ’s Resurrection to that Pentecost when all were filled with the Holy Spirit and passionate about leading others to Jesus. The Seekers Class meets during the Sunday School hour after the 9 a.m. service (beginning at about 9:50 a.m.) in Room 311 in the CLMC.
To join the class for this study, or for more information, please contact Chris Garcia at or Lora Joyner at

All-Church Charge Conference

All-Church Charge Conference

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There is a called Charge Conference for St. James UMC on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. This all-church business meeting will meet to affirm the work of the Lay Leadership Committee and vote to accept the slate of ministry leaders for 2019-2020. Everyone is invited.

Vacation Bible School 2019

Voyagers are invited on a space travel adventure to explore where God’s power can take them! Along the journey, Voyagers discover a new realm of possibilities as they reach for the stars and encounter the limitless power and love of God!
July 7-July 11 6:00-8:30pm
Register your child today by clicking on the button below!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is for children from 3 years old AND potty trained up to 5th grade. Cost to attend is $10 per child. This fee is used to help with crafts and snack supplies. Please register your children with the link below. Then click the payment link to pay. (If payment is not made online, please be prepared to pay at registration on July 7.) To inquire about scholarships, please contact Molly at the church–752-6154 or ***We are always in need of adult/youth volunteers! If you would like to be a part of an exciting week in the lives of the children at St. James, click the Register Your Child button and volunteer!!***

Memorial Event

AseraCare would like to invite you, your family, and friends to “A Butterfly to Remeber,” and AseraCare memorial event to honot the individuals and familes we have cared for this year.
The event will be held Saturday, June 1 at 12:00 pm at St. James UMC in the Christian Life Ministries Center. The release of butterflies will happen in the adjacent eastern field. RSVP’s are requested by May 24. Read more…

Holy Land 2020

Thinking about or planning to go on a ten-day trip to the Holy Land, hosted by Pastor Mark Woods, leaving January 6, 2020?  Please attend a meeting on Sunday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Reverend Jim Harry, an Educational Opportunities representative, will be present to share his experiences in traveling to the Holy Land and to answer any questions.   For those wanting to register, you may do so by going to the link below. The 5-digit host code is 59039. If you have questions regarding registration, Reverend Harry can assist at the time of the meeting.
See you then.
Peace and Grace,
Janet Berry Pastor Mark Woods

Women On the Way (WOW)

Ladies of St. James!

Max Lucado’s Life Lessons from 2nd Corinthians will be the subject of the new study beginning Sunday, May 12, in the Women on the Way (WOW) Sunday School Class.
The subtitle of the book expresses the focus of the study: Remembering What Matters. Some days we forget that we belong to Jesus. It’s not intentional, but it happens. The church in Corinth had forgotten. They were divisive. Insensitive. Argumentative. Rebellious. They listened to false teachers who questioned the message of Christ and who accused Paul of being unreliable and a false apostle. Paul knew the Corinthian church needed a reminder, so he wrote a heartfelt letter defending his character, ministry, and message. The letter reminds the Corinthians to turn from their worldly ways and to think and live in ways that honor God. Likewise, Paul’s letter encourages us to look at our own lives so we won’t forget what really matters. Read more…

Saint Nicolas

St. James Choir presents Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten
During the traditional worship services on May 19th, the St. James Chancel choir will present Benjamin Britten’s cantata Saint Nicolas. This work chronicles the life and adventures of the Christian figure who is known worldwide as Santa Clause. To be sure, this is not a Christmas work! The music and lyrics tell the story of Nicolas’ devotion to Christianity and his love and devotion to the poor and oppressed. It is a story for all those who profess the Christian faith — a story of a life devoted to acts of service, generosity, and love.
The cantata will be presented with Chamber Orchestra at the 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. services on Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Here is a recording of the cantata:

Wednesday Women Study

Wednesday Women to Begin New Study on May 15.
In every scene, every single day of your life, God is with you—before you, beside you and behind you. The Shepherd is with you and loves you. He can guide you when you are not sure of the next steps, provide rest when you are worn out and walk with you when the valley is dark. God is the Good Shepherd and provides comfort and confidence no matter what season of life we are in.
Join Wednesday Women for Jennifer Rothschild’s study Psalm 23, The Shepherd With Me. The class begins May 15 and runs through June 26, 2019. It will be held at the Retreat House on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. The series includes a video and workbook. Edie Snider will lead the class.

Graduate Breakfast

Save the Date!
We will honor our Graduating High School Seniors and their families with a Senior Breakfast on Sunday, June 2 @ 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. Graduating seniors will be presented at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship services that day and are asked to wear their graduation regalia. There will be a group photo of the St. James High School Class of 2019 that morning.


Save the Date!
The Women’s Ministry is thrilled to host our 2nd annual IF: Gathering on October 19th, 2019. Plan to join us for a day of worship, food, fellowship, and being in the book of Proverbs together. Read more…