The Children’s Ministry will be having a Valentines Day Dance on February 3 from
5:00 – 7:00 pm with a parent’s night out. Children will be making Valentine cards
for the veterans.

Remember: this Sunday February 4th
The youth will be collecting $ and canned goods for Helping Hands of Goose Creek for Souper Bowl Sunday in the Narthex
before and after each service. You will have an opportunity to make a donation that will make an impact in our community!
Please bring your canned goods and/or a monetary donation to place in the soup pots this Sunday to help support Helping Hands!
To make it a little more fun and challenging we will have Two boxes… you can fill up the box of your favorite Super Bowl team – the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles!

 Congratulations to Nancy and Dave LeBeau on
The birth of their new grandson, Zachary Brian
Smithers born on January 12

 Hello one and all! It is almost time gain. The Lay
Servant classes are almost upon us. The deadline to
register is February 5. The classes are March 2, 3, & 4.The cost is $35 for the weekend with light
breakfast and lunch on Saturday. It is a full
weekend, but no greater reward. Information on
classes and registration forms can be found on the
Communications bulletin board, church office, or
contact Libby Murdock at 843-761-1466
Classes are: Lay Servants Lead in Conflict
Transformation, Accountable Discipleship, God’s
Mission. . . Our Journey, Preach, Leading Worship,
UM Polity, UM Heritage.
Christ Love to all,
Libby Murdock

 After last weeks plea for additional funds to repair/replace the heat and air equipment for the meeting spaces of the original building I have good news. A generous
parishioner has stepped forward
and agreed to provide funding for the additional portion required to replace the 30-year-old system. The finance committee still would like to raise the deductible separate from the budget, because frankly the budget is short to begin with. Now for the bad news – we received our electric bill for this month and it was almost double ($1200 +/-). Therefore, any funds in excess of the $1000 deductible will be used to offset the electric bill. THANK YOU for all your generous donations.
Dennis Richardson, Chair of Finance

All women are welcome!
To accommodate schedules, we have two sessions either Fridays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm starting Friday, February 2. or
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm starting February 6.
A children’s version will also be offered on Tuesdays from 6:00 –8:00 pm. If you are interested in having your children attend,
please contact Jill Jones at
The adult study book is available at Lifeway for $12.99. It also can be purchased from Barnes and Noble,, etc. but at a higher
price. Feel free to invite a friend to join us.
Looking forward to learning and growing in the Spirit with you!
Blessings,                                                                                        Linda Rickabaugh (540)309-4695

Come one, come all and help us pray for all!
St. James UMC Prayer Warrior Club will meet in the meeting room Friday, February 2 at 3:00 pm and on Saturday, February 17 at 12:00 pm. Feel free to bring your friends and a snack to share.
Love and prayers to y’all,
Libby Murdock

 The season of Lent begins this year on Wednesday,February 14. To prepare us for this season of Lent, the St. James United Methodist Men will sponsor a Shrove “Fat” Tuesday Pancake Supper to be held
on Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
In case you didn’t know, Shrove Tuesday is a day of self-examination and the last day to feast and indulge before the cleansing and fasting
time of Lent.

We hope you will join us for an evening of great food and fellowship as
we get ready to enter this new season in the church.

The Pancake Supper will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and beverages. The cost will be $5.00 for each adult ($1.00 for extra meat) and $2.00 for each child.

 Come and enjoy an afternoon of
laughter and refreshments
for only $10.00!

St. James Dames Play
“Flight Training”
Written by Donna McNabb-Riley
Saturday, February 10 at 12:00 pm
in the sanctuary, followed by
refreshments in the fellowship hall.
Contact any Dame for tickets
or the church office at 843-553-3117.

 Many of the St. James congregation have
expressed concern over the health of our
church. So, we entered a process in order
to discern what we should do to strengthen
St. James United Methodist Church.

The Forward Focus process is led by a
forward team of individuals. However, in
order for this process to be successful, we
need input and help from the rest of the

Therefore, we invite you to our next
Forward Focus Congregational meeting on
Sunday February 18 at 6:00 pm in the
sanctuary. We will be discussing financial
and facility assets and the overall impact on
the life of our church.

The team will meet again and compile all
the input from previous Forward Focus
congregational meetings. Then on Sunday,
April 8 after the outdoor service, we will
have our final Forward Focus meeting.
With the presence of the District
Superintendent, we will share our
recommendations as to the steps that we
will take next. 

Come and Walk
with Us!Debra Baugh leads a
group of ladies who
like to have company
while they walk.
Join us Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
at 9:30
 am at the pool parking lot of
Crowfield Country Club (300 Hamlets
Circle) and/or Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Saturdays at 2:00 pm at Park Center at
Wannamaker Park 

The Dames will be hosting a

Spring Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday,          March 17 from 9:00 am –2:00 pm.

The cost for an inside space is $20 (table
included) and an outside space is $15 (must provide
own table for outside). Those vendors requesting
inside spaces will be given to the first vendors from
which we received registration forms along with
Deadline for registration is March 9th. If you are interested in participating, please contact
Sherry Smith at 843-873-7635 or email her at, and a registration form
will be emailed to you. The form is also available on church website
under the Dames page. All checks should be made payable to: St. James Dames. The Dames
would appreciate any donations of baked goods from the congregation for this event.


Saturday, April 14 – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
VBS Training Event “Fun Shop” Presented by Group Publishing
We’re Hosting at Our Church
Contact Rick Springer 817-683-0446

for Details and Discounted Registration                                                         Information                                                    Monday, July 9-13


Registration Opens SOON!!

The United Methodist Men meet the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall class-room. All men are invited. Looking
forward to seeing you on Monday, February 27.

The Friendship Circle will meet Tuesday,
February 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship

The group is accepting donations of clothing for
Westview Primary. They have requested
undergarments and pants for children that have
had accidents. Many of the children do not have
extra clothing that can be left at school. They are
also needing hats, scarves and mittens as well as
jackets so children can go outside or even just
going to school in the current cold weather. Many
of the children attending need help.

After the 11: AFTER THE 11:00 A.M. SERVICE

Come to the fellowship hall for a lunch of
delicious soup. The UMW women are preparing
their favorite soups and desserts. You are
encouraged to sample as many soups as you
wish. Crackers, bread, desserts, and drinks will
also be provided. If you would like to provide a
crockpot of soup or chili, you are welcome to do so. Contact Susan Stevens Crosby 843-822-8245
or e-mail her at so we will know how much soup to expect. Lunch is by donation. Proceeds will support the UMW mission


9:30 am – 1:00 pm
This spiritual growth event is held each year
during the season of Lent. All ladies from St.
James and school age girls/youth are invited to
attend and to help our unit prepare for it.

The cost for the program is $10 by February 24
and $15 for late registration Our Unit will be
providing desserts and beverages for lunch. Lunch
is included and offered by the UMW District. For
any questions, or to register, please contact Kathy
Roys at 843-572-9393

We will be viewing the Bible study video, “24
Hours That Changed the World” with Rev. Adam
Hamilton from United Methodist Church of the
Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Rev.
Hamilton will be retracing the steps of Jesus in
the Holy Land from the Last Supper to the

There will also be a personal hygiene kit and
baby diaper collection for Rural Mission on
Johns Island. Rural Mission is supported by
United Methodist Women locally and nationwide.
(This collection will run through April.)
All women are invited to participate in any and
all of our activities and meetings.






(Subject to Change)
The following Sundays at 4:00 pm,
in the meeting room,
January 21
April 22
June 24
August 1 – Budget Deadline
September 9
December 9
Others will be held as needed.

Mondays at 6:00 pm in the meeting room
January 16 (Tuesday)
February 11 (Sunday)
May 21
August 6
Thereafter TBD



For families who have submitted a pledge card for 2017, quarterly pledge contribution reports were sent by e-mail on July 16. If we don’t have your e-mail, they were “snail-mailed.” If you have submitted a 2017 pledge card and did not receive a report, please contact me, Janette Blackwood 843-576-4638, or

Remember that you are able to give to St. James UMC from your home computer or smart phone. This is an excellent option for those who do not wish to carry checks or go to the ATM. You can even give while out of town. Simply follow these easy steps:

1) Go to our church website at

2)  On the left-hand column, click on “Online Giving”

3) Scroll down to the underlined online link and click on it. This takes you directly to the secure online giving site. On the left-hand side, you will note options to register as a new user or to give without logging in.

This takes you directly to the secure online giving site. On the left-hand side, you will note options to register as a new user or to give without logging in. If you give regular gifts to St. James United Methodist Church, it is recommended that you take the extra minute to make a log-in account, as this will allow you to access a real time record of your gifts which are needed for future tax returns. Creating a log-in also gives you the opportunity to set up regular bank automatic drafts if you would find this an easier option for the future. You can also text your gifts to St. James United General Budget, text the amount to 843-636- 7455. Register your credit or debit card information and press enter. Thank you for your generous gifts, and contact me if you have any questions at 843-576-4638, or

Alter Flowers

If you would like to provide the altar flowers for a certain Sunday, please print your name on the calendar (in the lobby) on the date you wish to provide the flowers. Also, please print the name(s) of person(s) you are honoring or remembering and the special occasion. This information will be placed in the bulletin. There are two options for providing flowers:

1. Have the flowers automatically ordered through the church office. The cost is $40.00 and are delivered to the church. You then make your check payable to St. James UMC.

2. You can provide your own flowers, You will be responsible for purchasing the flowers, picking up the arrangement and getting it to the church by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. You must contact the church two weeks prior to placing the flowers to prevent an automatic order to the florist.

The flowers are yours to keep after the Services are over





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