Matthew 14:22-33. Living in faith is a challenge; anyone who says otherwise is selling something. Yet, as daunting as it may seem we are called to step out in faith, to live in faith, to be shaped by faith. The story we are looking at together this week is the story of a BIG step in faith, a “walking on water” story. What do we learn from this story of Peter’s daring and Jesus’ call on our lives? Join us Sunday to discover that!
Romans 9:1-5. Human beings do not achieve salvation from affiliation or identification. It is not what we believe that matters. Rather, salvation comes from faith: God’s faith in us and our faithful response.
Join us at the Mission House next Saturday August 12th starting at 9:30, where we will have VBS for the first time in a long time! The theme is Gadgets and Gizmos, all about knowing and understanding how unique we all are. If you are interested in attending or volunteering please e-mail Hannah at email@example.com.
Saint James is partnering with Wesley Housing to provide Elementary school children with school supplies for the fall. You can be involved in one of two ways: (1) donate $26 which will buy the supplies for one child–note B2S on your check or your donation online; (2) pick up the list in the lobby or download here and purchase the items and return them to Saint James. Checks and supplies need to be received by August 20th! Questions? Talk to Linda, Linda@sjumc.net. We will need helpers to drop off at Wesley Housing on Monday, August 21st.
The residents of Springdale House are eager to reconnect with their Saint James friends! We’re in the process of making ongoing plans and forming a team for a variety of activities. We have several dates (Saturday’s in August and early September) where we will help the residents clean up their common areas, do some yard work and then share dessert. Please sign up in the lobby or talk to Ann Patterson if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Matthew 13:31-33. Sometimes I hear that the church is the world (especially the United States) is shrinking, that fewer people are coming to worship and following in the way of Jesus. It can sound fairly discouraging until I realize that Jesus implies that it only takes a little bit to make a big difference. What can we learn from these two parables that might matter to us for our everyday living? Join us Sunday as we wonder about it together.
Just a reminder that our monthly Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, July 29 at 7:00AM at the Silver Diner at Springfield Towne Center. Please let Pastor James (email@example.com) know if you’ll be attending by Friday afternoon at 4:00; this allows for us to get an appropriately sized table for everyone. See you men there!
Our various centering prayer leaders are on a mission trip this week. We will resume on Tuesday, July 25. Of course, as always, you can be in centered prayer at home, too!
There are several instances in the book of Acts where the early church was praying and it shook the ground! Have we prayed as a faith community in such a way as to cause #FaithQuakes? What do do these quakes look like? Have we/I had any faith quakes recently? Let’s talk about shaking up our faith this Sunday!