Chapel Notes
Volume XLIIII Issue 9 | September Edition
Feast and Fellowship
St James is blessed with a multi-generational congregation, and we have programming for young children through adults, and now we have special programming for adults and older adults! Feast and Fellowship is a monthly gathering for a time of  fellowship, sharing a meal together, and enjoying a
program especially designed for older adults.

Tuesday, September 16, at 11:30 am, we will have a time of fellowship and a catered lunch ($5 per person) and in months to follow we will have a variety of activities, speakers, and meal options. In addition to Feast and Fellowship we will have
seasonal outings in the local area and trips to sights of interest.

Save the dates for upcoming gatherings:
Tuesday October 15
Tuesday November 19
Tuesday December 17

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, September 16 at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall.   RSVP to the church office by calling 404.261.3121 or by emailing Rev .AnnaKate at:
 Consignment Sale-Consign! Donate! Volunteer! SJUMC Kids Consignment Sale is just around the corner, Sept 13-14. Consignor spots are filling up fast. Get your pick of prime volunteer shifts now. Donate your kids items you no longer need. Find registration, sign ups, and more info at:

A message from Marcela Meeks-This fall, I will be joining the St. James staff as your new Children's Music Director.  After meeting some of the parents and children during the interview process, I became convinced that children's music is something held up and valued by this congregation.  I am eager to join this team of young families and volunteers on this journey to build a curriculum that will make our children grow and develop as worship leaders.  St. James is blessed to have a committed team of volunteer music leaders that are willing to give their time and talents to our Children's Music program. I am looking forward to walking beside them and growing with them as we start a new year together.  This year, we are structuring our program to offer new age groups that will help our children have a better learning experience.  Another important element that will be added this year will be the use of instruments.  We will use instruments to more effectively teach the elements of rhythm, ear training, and eventually our children will read music. I cannot wait to hear our children's voices and sounds traveling through the hallways and sanctuary
of St. James.

 Praying Moms Book Club-The Praying Moms Book Club that meets in the Parlor on Friday's from 9:15-10:30AM will begin the 2019-2020 year on Friday, September 13. Childcare is provided with advance notice. We will be reading Called: Hearing and
 Responding to God's Voice.  Email Meredith Howell at: for more information.

Men's Steak Dinner-Save the date, Thursday, October 10th for the annual men's steak dinner.  This year's guest speaker will be Rev. David Wofford.  More information to come.

Welcome Sunday is coming soon!-Be on the lookout for more information about a special Sunday to welcome visitors and new members with a brunch on Oct 6.

Prayer and Visitation Team-Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Do you like to pray with and for others? Do you like to write cards and/or visit with people?  Each Monday a rotation of people visit those who are ill, home-bound, or who need some cheering up, and we are looking for more volunteers to be part of the Visitation Team. Email Rev AnnaKate at: for call the church office or more information or to sign up!

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
Disciple 4/Christian Believer Classes-Two exciting opportunities for study start this September! Disciple 4 and Christian Believer will be offered on Sunday evenings from 6:15-8pm. Childcare is available upon request. If you would like more information or would like to register for one of these classes, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Edwards at:

Belief in Action
Mission Trip to Costa Rica Methodist Childrens Home

A group will be returning to the Methodist Children's Home of Costa Rica Saturday, May 30, through Sunday, June 7, 2020.  This will be the 7th year that St. James has sent a team to work on this amazing project. The dates have been purposefully chosen to fit between that time when school has just let out for the summer and many summer activities have yet to begin. The work is a great opportunity for individuals and friends to join together in "Translating their Belief into Action" for an orphanage in Costa Rica and then to spend a little time visiting in a beautiful country. If you have any interest, please contact either Ted Green at or Cynthia Lyon at  Don't wait as there is a maximum team size.

Children's Ministry
Launch Sunday is September 8-Our children and youth Sunday school classes (9:45am), Sunday night youth group (6pm), and children's choirs (Wednesday 5:15pm) will begin! Our brand new youth Sunday school and Middle School Ensemble (Wednesday 6pm) are going to be amazing! If you have questions or want to know how to get involved contact Rev. AnnaKate Rawles at:
Volunteer to Help with Children's Worship-St. James is hosting a training on September 6 and September 7 for adults to become Worship and Wonder story tellers and worship leaders! This incredible method of learning has made an impact on our children for over a year, and with your help it can continue to do so for years to come. If you are interested in becoming a trained leader, please visit our Sign Up page on the St. James website

Celebrations and Concerns

Anne Baron - Home Hospice
Sandra Bottoms - Lenbrook Memory Care Floor
Bill Chesnut - The Phoenix Assisted Living (Milton)
Verdery Cunningham - Home
Trisha Evans - Son Scott Evans' home (Carrollton)   
Phone Call Welcome 770-633-8608                                                                         
Gene Frazier - Hospice
Gerre Moddelmog - Lenbrook Memory Care
Monty Shackelford - Sunrise at Huntcliff Memory Care Floor
Ann Wadley - Lenbrook

Sympathy is extended to the family of Wayne Paulk who died Saturday, August 24, 2019. 
A memorial service was held in the St James sanctuary on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Bill Cartwright who died Friday, August 30, 2019. 
A memorial service will be held in the St James sanctuary on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
In Memory of Lamar Folsom
Darwin & Mary Womack
Darryl Engle
Stephen "Skip" Malone
In Memory of Lawrence Montgomery
Al & Linda Merrill
Jimmy & Debbie Burton
Stephen "Skip" Malone
Stan Malone
Paul & Barbara Bonapfel
(Choral Scholar Fund)

In Memory of Larry Culpepper
Bonnie & Robert McKechnie
Locke & John Coleman
Wesley Class
The Gwinnett Quilters Guild
Stephen "Skip" Malone

In Memory of Carol Lyn Butcher
Ben & Elaine Dooley
Craig Smith
Chancel Choir
Joe Brown

In Memory of Robert Sudlow, Jr.
Gresham & Anne McCullough
Katherine Reedy
Anita Shippen
Paul & Barbara Bonapfel
Wesley Class

In Memory of Olin Harrell
Stephen "Skip" Malone

In Memory of Elaine Frazier
Stephen "Skip" Malone

Music Ministry
Men's Ensemble-Our Men's Ensemble will begin rehersals on Thursday, Sept 5, at 6pm in the Parlor. We will rehearse once per month, and will find opportunities to sing together in worship and other venues. This group will be about music and fellowship, so we will have an opportunity to spend some time together after each meeting. Want to know more? Contact Michael at:
or show up on Sept 5.

Childrens' Choir-We are excited to begin a new music class for our middle school, 6th through 8th grades.  Marcela Meeks, our new Director of Children's Music will be teaching this class.  She has created a middle school curriculum that will teach our kids to play not only percussion instruments but handbell ringing as well. This is a great opportunity for our youth to explore playing music as a team and to be able to achieve reading music by the end of this year. They do not need to have any experience playing music to be in this group. All of our groups will be participating in worship this year, including the Christmas Eve Service.  Regis-tration is now open through our website for all groups, 4-K, 1st- 2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th -8th.  For questions or if you want to know more about our new class this Fall, please email Marcela Meeks at: 

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.


Wednesday Night Supper
Wednesday Night Supper Fall 2019

Wednesdays at St. James UMC are a time for good food, fellowship,
and learning opportunities...come for one or come for all! 
Check out some of our programs scheduled for the Fall! 
Nursery care provided.

Dinner begins @ 5:45pm
Prices: $8 Adults, $4 Children 4-12 yrs.
(3 yrs. and under eat free | $24 family max.)
Reservations Needed!
RSVP by filling out a pew card,
calling 404-261- 3121

Sept 11       Program: Kickoff Cook Out!                                          

Sept 18      Program: Bingo                                                                   

Sept 25      Program: Youth Mission Report                                   

Oct 2          Program: Babershop Quartet                                        
Oct 9          Program: Tree's Atlanta                                                   

Oct 16        Program: Special Worship Experience                       
Oct 23        Program: Trunk or Treat                                                  

Upcoming Worship 
Sunday, September 1
"Witness In All the World" (Matthew 28:16-20)
Rev. Max Vincent

Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of
Hugh and Dorothy Thornberry by their family.

Sunday, September 8
Stranger Things Jesus Says: "Give It All Up" (Luke 14:25-33)
Rev. Max Vincent

Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of
Wanda Carnahan by her husband Chuck, and their son, Dave.

Sunday, September 15
Stranger Things Jesus Says: "Stop Grumbling and Start Rejoicing" (Luke 15:1-10)
Rev. Max Vincent

Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of
Martha and Jim Hale, by Susan Hale Lester, Carol Hale Connelly, and Michael Hale.

Sunday, September 22
 Stranger Things Jesus Says: "Wealth Is a Means (Not an End)"
(Luke 16:1-13)

Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God by Colin and Elizabeth Bessonette in honor of the Music Ministry at St. James.
Sunday, September 29
Stranger Things Jesus Says: "Who Do You Listen To?"
(Luke 16:19-31)
Rev. AnnaKate Rawles

Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God by Ann and Tom Downing in loving memory of their parents, The Rev. W.F. and Georgia Hayes and
Mildred and John Downing.

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.
 Modern Service
5:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday Pastoral Teaching
10:00 a.m
Boy Scouts
7:30 p.m.
Chancel Choir
7:30 p.m.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Room 107



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


Candler Intern

Alex Daley 

Director of Activities Ministry
Allen Whittaker

Business Administrator
Shannan Wassel

Facilities Manager
Stan Malone

Preschool Director
Susan Viers

Director of Children's Music
Marcela Meeks
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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