Chapel Notes
Volume XLIII Issue 8 | August Edition
Two New Disciple Studies Coming this Fall!
Great news! Two exciting opportunities for Bible Study are beginning this September and there will be more on the way as the year moves forward!

Disciple IV:Under the Tree of Life
Anne Boyd | Sundays 6:15-8pm
This Bible Study invites the participant to explore both the Old and New Testament. Participants will study the great stories in books like Esther, Job, Daniel, the Gospel of John and Revelation. This class will look to these amazing scriptures to better understand the promise of finding shelter, security, and rest in God's love.
Participants in this class are asked to have completed Disciple I.

Christian Believer
Rev. Max Vincent | Sundays 6:15-8pm
Christian Believer is a study of the classical doctrines of the Christian faith which includes God's providence, atonement, judgment and eternal life. This class blends together the reading of Scripture with reading classic Christian writings. Participants in this class are asked to have completed Disciple 1.

Each of these courses will begin on September 8 and end in early May with a long break in the middle for the Christmas season. There is a small fee associated with each class for materials but scholarships are available if needed. Childcare is available for both studies upon request.

If you are interested in taking either of these courses, or if you would like more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards at There is a minimum of 10 participants per study and registration will close on August 23, so be sure to sign up soon!

In addition to these studies, be on the lookout for a short-term introduction to the Bible on Wednesday evenings in the fall and a Disciple 1 course in January. More Information to come!

Men's Ensemble Interest Meeting-St. James will be starting a Men's Ensemble this fall. Join us on Thursday, August 15, at 7 pm for an interest meeting at Mellow Mushroom (Brookhaven). Even if you have never sung before, join us for fellowship as we discuss what this new group could be. Spoiler alert: it will not be a normal choir.

Consignment Sale-Mark your calendars! SJUMC Fall/Winter Consignment Sale September 13th and 14th. Time to drop off donations of wire hangers, safety pins, white cardstock, and reusable shopping bags! Consignor registration is open. Too
busy to sell this year, but want to clean out your kids stuff and benefit SJUMC Children's Ministries? Donate your unwanted
baby/children's items to the sale! You drop them off and
pick up a tax receipt, and we take care of the rest.

St. James Preschool is Hiring-Part time, 1/2 day positions are available in our Preschool. We have 2-day and 3-day openings. Necessary credentials include a college degree and a desire to teach young children. Pay is commensurate with education and experience. Come join the wonderful staff at St. James which has more than 10 years average tenure. We love what we do here at St. James and you will too! If interested please reach out to Susan Viers at 404-601-4820.
Community Food Trucks-Join us for the last Food Truck event of the summer, Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Save the dates and make plans to gather with us for food, family games, music and more!

Feast and Fellowship-A monthly gathering for a time of  fellowship, sharing a meal together, and enjoying a program especially designed for older adults. AND, each month preschoolers will bring a small activity to share with us as well! Feast and Fellowship will begin in September, so stay tuned for more information! If you would like to be involved in planning contact Rev AnnaKate at

AnnaKate is working on her Doctor of Ministry with a focus on how the church can be more present and supportive of those who are dealing with/ have dealt with infertility and miscarriage. If you are willing to participate in a survey and possible conversation around your experiences or the experiences of those you love please click the following link and fill out the information.

Back to School BBQ-Sunday, August 11, after the 5pm
Table service, stick around for a back to school BBQ
celebration from 6 pm - 7 pm.

Activities Ministry
PEP 2019 Fall Registration-Classes at St. James are open to everybody in our community! This fall we are pleased to offer classes for children ages 1.5 - 5 years old! All classes are taught by certified instructors and offer a safe and loving learning
environment for your child! Many of your favorite classes and teachers are returning and we also have some new ones for you to try. Registration begins August 1. More information and online registration is available online at

Adult Education

Thanks to everyone who participated in the combined adult summer Sunday School class!  Individual classes will be back to their regular meetings this month.  If you would like more information about how you can get involved in these Sunday morning opportunities contact Rev. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards at
Belief in Action

This year the backpack and school supply drive was again a success due to the generous contributions of our St James community. We packed 85 backpacks for Sandy Springs Mission and provided for numerous classrooms to start the year with much needed supplies.

Children's Ministry

Nursery Caregiver Needed
St. James is hiring paid childcare providers to join our nursery team on Wednesday nights (5:30-7:30 p.m.), Sunday mornings (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.), and Sunday evenings (4:30-6:30 p.m.). Additional shifts may also arise. If interested, email Nursery Coordinator, Susannah Withers, at , and include a cover letter, resume, and three references.

Combined Sunday School for Children and Youth
This summer, children of all ages will join together for a fun and enriching "Coloring Curriculum" in Room 109. We look forward to seeing you at 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and at 10:55 a.m. worship, where Worship and Wonder will become "Worship and Play." This will be a time for children to experience their worship space with freedom and a little guidance from parent volunteers.  Parent volunteers are needed to lead Sunday School and Children's Worship over the summer. To help, visit and click on "Volunteer Sign Ups" at the bottom of the page.  

Wednesday Pastoral Teaching

day Pastoral Teaching (WPT)- Wednesday Pastoral Teaching, led by Pastor Max Vincent, will resume on Wednesday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor.
We will read and discuss The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why by Phyllis Tickle. Copies of the book are available in the church office for $10.

September Schedule:
September 4th: Part 1: The Great Emergence: What Is It?
September 11th: Part 2: The Great Emergence: How Did It
 Come to Be?                                                      
September 18th: Part 3: The Great Emergence: Where Is It

Celebrations and Concerns

Anne Baron - Home Hospice
Sandra Bottoms - Lenbrook Memory Care Floor
Trisha Evans - Son Scott Evans' home (Carrollton)   
Phone Call Welcome 770-633-8608                                                                         
Gerre Moddelmog - Lenbrook Memory Care
Wayne Paulk - Pruitt Health
Monty Shackelford - Sunrise at Huntcliff Memory Care Floor
Ann Wadley - Lenbrook

Sympathy is extended to Connie Sudlow and her family following the death of her son, Robert Sudlow Jr. A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Lois Beaver who died Thursday, July 18, 2019. A memorial service was held at Lenbrook Square, Friday, July 26, 2019.

In Memory of Lamar Folsom
Tom & Nancy Vice
Colin & Elizabeth Bessonette
Bruce & Terri Seeber
Choral Scholar Fund
Leon & Janet Folsom
Sarah Ware
Fred & Debbie Tuck
Sennie Harrell
LT & Ruth McRae
Jerry & Janice Gallagher
Ann H Downing
Larry & Beth Tyler
James Costlow &
Leila Hartley
Frank & Marilyn Humphreys
In Memory of Lawrence Montgomery
Tom & Nancy Vice
Jerry & Janice Gallagher
Thode Family Charitable Fund
Bill & Koko Stelson
James & Mary Esther McCollough
Laura McLemore
Teresa Snyder
Gross Duke Nelson & Co.
Carol Montgomery
Dr. David Butts
Dr. Doug Butts
Bruce & Diane MacEwen
(Memorial Garden Fund)
Joe & Jackie Brown
(Choral Scholar Fund)

In Memory of Russell Tyler
Larry & Beth Tyler
(Choral Scholar Fund)

In Memory of Larry Culpepper
Clayton P Boardman, III
Tom & Nancy Vice
Larry & Jane Cochran
Dennis & Gail Scott
Colin & Elizabeth Bessonette
Richard & Patty Culpepper
Marlin & Marlene Larson
Carolyn Meeks
Locke & John Colman

In Memory of Robert Sudlow, Jr.
Colin & Elizabeth Bessonette
Anita Shippen
William & Jane Bourne
Theresa Poulton
Bruce & Terri Seeber
Katherine Reedy

In Memory of Olin Harrell
Heyward & Ann Clarke
Tom & Peggy Carter

In Memory of Mary Willingham Moore
Bruce & Terri Seeber
In Memory of Elaine Frazier
Bruce & Diane MacEwen

In Honor Of
Michael Ervin &
Dr. Craig Smith
Joe & Jackie Brown
"Thank you for Music at St James"
(Choral Scholar Fund)

In Honor Of Connie Sudlow
Katherine Reedy

Upcoming Worship 
Sunday, August 4
"Evangelism: Sharing Christ" (Acts 8:26-40)
Rev. Max Vincent
Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God by Sylvia and Cliff Bates in memory of Sylvia's parents, Hildred and Frank Tetterton.

Sunday, August 11
"Preaching & Teaching: Hearing Jesus" (Acts 17:10-15)
Rev. Max Vincent
Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God by Eva Frink in loving memory of her parents, The Rev. Dr. Durant and Lorraine Frink, and her brothers, Henry D. Frink, Jr. and Robert Frink.

Sunday,August 18
"Worship & Prayer: Communion with Jesus" (John 14:1-14)
Rev. AnnaKate Rawles
Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of
Patricia Ann Roebuck, by Stan Malone.

Sunday, August 25
"Social Service: Sharing with Jesus" (Acts 3:1-10)
Rev. Max Vincent
Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of The Rev. Dr. Bill Hinson by his wife, Helen, and the families of their children, Jeff Hinson, Frances Duys, Beth Curtin.


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.

Men's Prayer Group
7:00 a.m.

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


Boy Scouts

7:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir
7:30 p.m.




Staff Directory
Senior Pastor
Rev. Max Vincent

Associate Pastor
Rev. AnnaKate Rawles

Associate Pastor
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards

Assoc. Dir. of Children's Ministries
Meredith Howell

Director of Music Ministry
Michael Ervin

Dr. Craig Smith

Director of Activities Ministry
Allen Whittaker

Business Administrator
Shannan Wassel

Facilities Manager
Stan Malone

Preschool Director
Susan Viers

Nursery Coordinator
Susannah Withers

Church Office          404.261.3121
Hours  M-Th | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
F | 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Preschool Office     404.237.7354
Hours  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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