2 Corinthians 6:1-13. The adventure of following Jesus is that we are called to be fully present in this place, wherever it is that we find ourselves, and yet to be fully in Jesus at the same time. It is the paradox of the faith we have received, the relationship into which we are born, that we must be love in a world that does not always appreciate or understand love. This week we will face ourselves and the challenge of being God’s people, bridge builders, in every crossroad and intersection.
We need volunteers to help us move equipment, furniture and other items to long term storage. These are items that we will be hanging onto to use at the new permanent worship location sometime in the future. The move will take place on Saturday, September 12 at 10am. Volunteers will meet at St. James UMC, load items into a moving truck, and then go to the storage location to unload. Sign up in the lobby!
Luke 24:13-35. When the church scatters in the world, there are surprising moments on the road when we encounter Jesus. What marks those encounters? Where should we look for these meet-ups? Have you met Jesus recently on the roads you travel? What did he look like and how did you know it was Jesus? Can we answer any of these questions? Find out on Sunday in worship!
Luke 15:3-7. As we continue talking about God’s vision for our future, we take a look at a parable Jesus tells about a lot sheep. What new things can we learn about God and ourselves in this obvious and not-so-obvious story of seeking what is lost?
Luke 14.15-24. This week we continue our vision series with a look at the story of the Great Banquet. This plays right into who we are at Saint James, people who eat food together whenever we get a chance! What does eating food, celebration, and invitation have to do with being church? We’ll talk about it Sunday.
LCAC is in need of one team from Saint James to deliver school supplies to 7 senior/disabled families. Delivery will happen on Sunday, August 23rd, and the team needs to be at the Moose Family Center in Lorton by 1:30pm. Interested in learning more? Email Linda Patterson, Linda@sjumc.net.
Acts 17:22-31. I used to love to paint and I learned to enjoy it more during my years in seminary. Over the years I’ve tried to move into more “painting with words” and yet I’d be hard pressed to measure up to these words from Paul as reported by Luke in the book of Acts. These words will launch our August series about Visioning the Church. Join us Sunday for the beginning of this new series.
Crazy as it sounds, fantasy football is fun! We will have several leagues for anyone who wants to play. There are only a few requirements: you need to have access to a computer, have an email address, and can be a good sport when you win or lose! Interested in having a team? Sign up in the lobby. The drafts will be online, at pre-arranged times. See Linda Patterson, or email her if you have questions or want to participate: Linda@sjumc.net
Each year, through the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), Saint James “adopts” local kids and helps them start their school year off right! Consider adopting a child and purchasing a new backpack and school supplies (you can co-adopt with another family here too!). We have one more 7th grade girl who needs to be adopted! Email Linda Patterson if you can help, Linda@sjumc.net. Supplies are due back to Saint James by Sunday, August 16th. Feel free to include a note for the child and attach the list to the backpack!