1 Corinthians 13. It goes without saying that one of our core values is love. You may be saying to yourself, “Not another ‘love’ sermon!” The word is overused in our everyday lives (or is it?) and we love everything from our cars to our television shows. So what is love anyway and how will it find a way into our lives? What’s love got to do with it? Sunday, we will give love a shot!
Amazing! 65 coats, 20 pair of socks and more than 35 new hats (thanks to Janis Lenderman for knitting a lot of hats)! The collection is valued at more than $1,000 to help families keep warm. All of this is wonderful, but the real joy was seeing the looks of the faces of those who received coats and were thankful. Just ask Randi Mack, Ann Patterson, Sharon Pendergast or James Henry what families said about the coats and their impact!
1 John 1:5-10. Be real! Good plan but how are we to be “real?” What does it mean to be real? This week we will take a look at what it means to “be real” in this world we live in.
You can help a family have an opportunity to be thankful this year by sharing out of your gratitude. Help LCAC feed more than 400 families this year at Thanksgiving by donating a $25 grocery gift card to Food Lion or Shoppers, or a turkey for a military family.
We can also use a couple of teams of folks to deliver Thanksgiving baskets to our senior/disabled families at 1:30pm on Sunday, November 23rd. If you are interested, contact Linda Patterson, Linda@sjumc.net if you have questions.
Daniel 1:8-17. Last week we talked about transparency. This week we are moving forward to integrity. Integrity is about consistency of action, it is about living a “whole” life. This week’s Bible story is about four young men taken into exile. A foreign culture presses these four men to adopt its ways. I see integrity in their push back to maintain their identity. This Sunday we will take a look at integrity.
Giving because Jesus first gave to us is a valuable reminder at Christmastime each year. Consider “adopting” a child or senior this Christmas and purchasing a new gift for them. Sign up in the lobby to help a child or senior in need, and receive their gift tag. Gifts need to be returned to Saint James by Sunday, December 14th! See Linda Patterson, or email her if you want an electronic version (Linda@sjumc.net)!
Helping a child at Saint James learn to feel God’s love is critical. We are in need of adults willing to be a part of this ministry (assistants and TEACHERS). Without some additional adults, we will need to put JAM on a winter hiatus. Will you consider giving up a worship time (you can watch the recorded version of the message at home!) once each month to teach a child about Jesus’ love? See Christen Scott or Linda Patterson for more info!
Several folks have asked for access to a printable version of our Saint James Commitment Form so I’m attaching that as part of this article. We are hoping to have the majority of responses by the end of November.
Here is the link for the form: Commitment Card FINAL Four Pages
Luke 22:47-53. Just what is transparency and does it have a basis in our Bible stories? How do we cultivate a life of transparency? Is it really important? This Sunday we will take a look at being more transparent!
If you are anything like me, sometimes you get tired of hearing about core values; I’ve been taught that a key to organizational health is clearly stated core values along with a specific mission and a grand vision statement. Discerning mission/vision/values can be helpful but only if they become a measure of the life of the organization.
In the spirit of “paying attention” to our core values, we will spend the first four weeks of November talking about the four core values of Saint James, core values that have a place in our faith community and in our personal lives. These are our topics:
Join us starting November 2 as we look for life lessons among our core values. “This is how we roll…”