Chapel Notes
Volume XLII Issue 2 | Februrary Edition

Words are powerful forces in our lives. When someone says, "I love you" to us for the first time, it changes our relationship. When we utter the same words to someone else for the first time, we feel vulnerable, anxiously awaiting a response. Words can change our lives, and the way we use words can change the lives of others. 

Words can also confuse and create discord in our lives. Sometimes we use words only to discover that someone else uses the same word to mean something different. We say I love my family, my dog, my car, chocolate chip cookies, college basketball. However, we are not describing the same type of relationship or feeling with each of these "loves."

In I Corinthians 13, Paul describes the love that binds the church together as active, a verb. He depicts what love does in our interactions and relationships. This February, I hope we will focus on an active love that binds us together.

Many of you know that February 24-26 is the meeting of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. This Conference is our official policy-making body for the denomination. You can learn more about this General Conference by going to the following website: .

As one way to show our love for the future of the church, please pray for the delegates from North Georgia who will attend this conference. Their names and contact information are available at the website listed above. You could pray for them all each day or pray for one delegate each day between now and General Conference, but I hope you will take time to show love by praying for them this month.

Belief in Action

Warm Up Sunday
Thank you for all your donations of coats and supplies on Warm Up Sunday. We received more than 150 coats and enough socks, mylar blankets, and other supplies to make 100 warm up kits to give to those experiencing homelessness. With the cold weather the last few weeks your gifts and donations have made a huge impact on the people of our great city! Thank you again!

Costa Rica Mission Trip
We are looking for volunteers to return to Methodist Children's Home in Costa Rica from June 2-9, 2018. Primary activities will include construction on a multi-purpose building and Bible School for children. In-country cost per person is $650 plus airfare (estimated at $700). Please contact Cliff Bates ( or Rev. AnnaKate (

Communion Offering
In February, our communion offering will go to The North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council, which provides capital and operational grants to organizations throughout the North Georgia Conference who are serving our brothers and sisters in need. Thanks to your support, St. James will provide support to those experiencing homelessness and poverty in communities across our state.

2019 Pledges
If you would like to submit a pledge to the church operating budget for 2019, but have not yet done so, there is still time to contribute! Simply turn in a pledge card at your earliest convenience or contact Shannan in the church office. You can also visit to fill out an online pledge card. Thank you for supporting St. James through your pledges and planned giving. 

Adult Education

Scream Free Parenting
Parents are meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room 305 to explore the book, Scream Free Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool. Come as you are (even if you will be late - we understand how hard it is to get out of the house with kids!) and meet with other men and women seeking to grow in their faith and support one another as we prayerfully journey through this parenting adventure! Nursery and Sunday School for children and youth is available during this time.  For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards at

Wednesday Pastoral Teaching

Wednesday Pastoral Teaching (WPT)
WPT is currently discussing, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Join us at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor. 

Wednesday Night Supper

Wednesday Night Supper (WNS) 
Join us Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. for supper in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP or make a permanent registration by completing the pew card, calling the church office, or at by noon on Monday. 

The programs for February are listed below.

February 6 - Terry Barcroft, President and CEO, Wesley Woods
February 13- Valentine's Dance Party
February 20 - BINGO
February 27 - Festival of Alleluias - Chancel Choir


Tree Planting with Trees Atlanta
St. James will work with Trees Atlanta, on March 3, to beautify our campus with trees for future generations. Volunteers and donations are needed! For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit at Questions, contact Matti Knight at

Paint Recycling Fundraiser
Venturing Crew 370 is sponsoring a Paint Recycling Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Peachtree-Dunwoody Lot. Paint cans can be disposed of for $3 for latex/acrylic gallons and $4 for alkyd gallons. More details and a complete list of costs for other sizes of paint containers is available at Thank you for your support!

Electronic Recycling
Electronics recycling returns to St. James on Scout Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Peachtree-Dunwoody Lot! Visit for a list of accepted items, most of which are free!

The Women of St. James
The Unity Circle meets on the second Tuesday of the month and would like you to join us. We have interesting programs, loving people, good food! The next meeting is February 12, at 10:00 a.m. in the church parlor. Come visit us!

Concert for Susan Marie (Stage name for Susan O'Leary)
Join pianist and songwriter, Susan Marie, for her promotional concert for her new CD, featuring singer Arietha Lockhart. The concert will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. $5 Admission, cash only. CD's will be available for $20 during the concert.

Make Music at St. James in 2019
Handbells will resume on Monday, February 4. Contact Michael Ervin ( to learn more.
Children's Ministry

Spring/Summer Kids Consignment Sale
Mark your calendar for the Spring/Summer Kids Consignment Sale February 22 and 23 in the Activities Building. Consider donating your unwanted baby/children's items to the sale! We are always collecting and in need of wire hangers, safety pins, clothes racks, and sturdy plastic shelving. Items can be left in the Dress for Success room. Proceeds raised benefit St. James UMC Children's Ministry. More information at

Upcoming Cross Kids and God Squad Events
God Squad (5-6 grade) and Cross Kids (3rd-4th Grade) will meet on Sunday, February 24, at Center Ice Arena (5750 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs) for an afternoon of ice skating. Email Meredith at for more information.

St. James Tots
Meet at the Alliance Theater for "La Tortuga and The Hare" on Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. Email Elizabeth Abston for tickets at

St. James Children's Valentines Dance Party
Join us on Wednesday, February 13, at the Valentine's Dance Party during Wednesday Night Supper.

Save the Date for St. James Summer Camps
Mark your calendars for our upcoming summer camps:
June 17-21: Vacation Bible School
July 15-19: MAD (Music Art Drama) Week
July 16-19: Camp Dogwood
August 12-16 & 19-23: Toddler Camps (2 different week-long camps)

Youth Ministry

Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser
Outside the Fellowship Hall, the youth have placed 200 numbered envelopes. We are asking you to pick your favorite number and donate that many dollars to the International Youth Mission trip to the Bahamas Methodist Habitat in June. And SURPRISE: Seven of the envelopes contain a Golden Ticket for free admission to the fundraiser dinner Candlelight Bistro on Sunday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. If you're just interested in a fun date night that will support our Youth, please consider buying a ticket to the Candlelight Bistro! Complimentary childcare is provided! Look for Youth representatives outside the Sanctuary in the coming weeks to purchase tickets. Thank you for your support!

Activities Ministry

Scout Weekend
On Sunday, February 10, all girls and boys involved in the scouting program are invited to wear their uniforms to worship.

Activities Building Rentals
The St. James Activities Building is a great place to host your next birthday party or meeting. Our facilities allow us to offer roller skating, soccer, basketball, and more. You could also bring in your own entertainment. For more information, e-mail the Activities Office at

Toastmasters Club
Need to brush up on your speaking & leadership skills? Come join us at the Brookhaven Toastmasters Club! We meet every Tuesday from 6:45 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in the church parlor. Please contact our President, Jessica Heilweil via email at for more information.

Celebrations and Concerns

Trisha Evans-Son Scott Evans' home (Carrolton)
Barbara Mitchell-Sunrise (Buckhead)
Gerre Moddelmog-Lenbrook Rehab
Lawrence Montgomery-Mann House (Sandy Springs)
Wayne Paulk-Pruitt Healthcare

Congratulations to Zach and Amelia Vietri on the birth of their daughter, Poppy Jacqueline Vietri, born January 6, 2019. Siblings Lawton and Julianna are delighted to welcome their new sister!

Sympathy to the family of Pat Entrekin, mother of John and grandmother of Evelyn, Mary, Anna, Frances and Margaret Entrekin. Pat was diagnosed with Lymphoma on January 2 and died on January 8. The memorial service was held on January 17.

Sympathy to Associate Pastor AnnaKate Rawles and her family, on the death of her grandfather, Warren Rawles, who died on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Sympathy to the family of Bessie Liu, wife of the late Andrew and mother of May Ting Liu. Bessie died on January 17, 2019 at the age of 94. The memorial service was held on Saturday, January 26.

Sympathy to the family of Elaine Frazier who died on Sunday, January 27. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, February 2, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. James Sanctuary. A reception will follow in the Parlor.

Sympathy to the family of Jack Drennan, who died, January 29, after a battle with cancer. The family will host a reception on Saturday, February 2, between 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at H.M. Patterson & Son - Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. A 1:00 p.m. graveside service will then be held at Arlington Cemetery, 201 Mount Vernon Hwy., Atlanta, GA 30328, with Jim Cantrell officiating.


In Memory of Mary K. Cunningham
Joe & Jackie Brown
(Choral Scholar Fund)

In Memory of Pat Entrekin
Fred & Debbie Tuck
(Music Ministry)

In Memory of David Folsom
Joe & Jackie Brown
(Choral Scholar Fund)

In Memory of Bessie Liu
Debbie Bovaird
Colin & Elizabeth Bessonette
Susan Johnson
Cynthia & Jim Lyon
Laura McLemore
Fred & Debbie Tuck
(Music Ministry)

In Memory of Dot Schwotzer
William & Carolyn Talley

In Honor of Jenny Humphreys
Colin & Elizabeth Bessonette

In Honor of Monty Shackelford
Colin & Elizabeth Bessonette

Traditional Worship 

In January we heard about that gifts God gives us through the Spirit. This month we will focus on how we respond to God's grace by loving, following God, blessing, and forgiving.

February 3 - 4th Sunday After Epiphany
8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Rev. Max Vincent
I Corinthians 13:1-13
The Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Christopher Martin Hoff by Bruce and David Hoff.

February 10 - 5th Sunday After Epiphany
Scout Sunday
8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Rev. Max Vincent
Luke 5: 1-11
The Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Bernie McNulty and Lane Dunwoody by the Whittemore family.

February 17 - 6th Sunday After Epiphany
8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Rev. AnnaKate Rawles
Luke 6:17-26
The Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God by Janice and Jerry Gallagher in loving memory of their son, Daniel Lucas; and their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gallagher and Mr. and Mrs. George Lucas.

February 24 - 7th Sunday After Epiphany
8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Rev. Max Vincent
Luke 6:27-38
The Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving
memory of Al Moddelmog by his wife, Gerre, and their children Debra, Steve, and Susan.
Modern Worship at The Table

Imagine: Encountering God, Seeing Differently
In this season of Epiphany, we look for the light that God is shining into the world. But what happens when that light looks a little different - maybe even a lot different - than how we thought it would? How do we react when God's presence challenges us to see things in a new and creative way? This season at The Table, we are exploring how using our God-given imaginations can help us to know God and ourselves more fully. Together, we will discover how the good news of God's love for all creation calls us to be bold, to be creative, to imagine new ways of being in relationship.

Sunday, February 3
"Jeremiah's Call"
5:00 p.m. Rev. AnnaKate Rawles
Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday, February 10
"Isaiah's Call"
5:00 p.m. Rev. Max Vincent
Isaiah 6:1-8

Sunday, February 17
"Seeing Differently"
5:00 p.m. Rev. AnnaKate Rawles
Luke 6:17-26

Sunday, February 24
"Living Differently"
5:00 p.m. Rev. Max Vincent
Luke 6:27-38


Early Worship Service
8:45 a.m.
Sunday School 
9:45 a.m.
Chancel Choir
10:30 a.m.
Late Worship Service
10:55 a.m.
The Table Atlanta
5:00 p.m.
*Sunday Night Youth 6:00 p.m.
*Disciple Bible Study 6:15 p.m.

Men's Prayer Group
7:00 a.m.
*Handbells 6:30 p.m.

Men's Fellowship Breakfast
7:00 a.m.
6:45 p.m.

Wednesday Pastoral Teaching
10:00 a.m.
Children's Choirs
5:15 p.m.
Women's Ensemble 5:15 p.m
Wednesday Night Supper 5:45 p.m.
Chancel Choir 7:30 p.m.
Boy Scouts 7:30 p.m.


Praying Moms Book Club
9:15 a.m.


*There will be no Disciple or Sunday Night Youth on February 3 (due to the Super Bowl).

*Handbells will return on Monday, February 4.

Staff Directory
Senior Pastor
Rev. Max Vincent

Associate Pastor
Rev. AnnaKate Rawles

Associate Pastor
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards

Director of Family Ministries
Rev. Dr. Erin Reed Cooper

Assoc. Dir. of Children's Ministries
Meredith Howell

Assoc. Dir. of Youth Ministries
Ryan Willette

Director of Music Ministry
Michael Ervin

Assoc. Dir. Of Music Ministry
Jill McCarden

Dr. Craig Smith

Creative Worship Director / Director of Marketing & Communications
Calissa Dauterman

Director of Activities Ministry
Allen Whittaker

Business Administrator
Shannan Wassel

Facilities Manager
Stan Malone

Administrative Assistant
Shanelle Calvin

Preschool Director
Susan Viers

Nursery Coordinator
Susannah Withers

* The next Chapel Notes deadline is Monday, February 25.
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