Two locations: Giving


Sunday worship. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III will be preaching "The 9 Life-enhancing Virtues" - Galatians 5:22-23, Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Paseo Campus and 10 a.m. at the Renaissance Campus.
Wednesday Night Live.  Join us Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Ministry Mall for our continuing exploration of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations.  Led by Dr. 3 and the Pastoral Team, we wrestle with what the bible says, the cultural context, people, places of the time and what it means for us today.  Please read Genesis 37-41, for this weeks Bible study. 



Acolytes Needed.  Children ages 4-12 are welcome to serve during our worship celebrations.  Contacts: Angela Baker (8 a.m.) at or Risë Cockerm (11 a.m.) at

Little Vessel Ushers and Youth Ushers.  Children ages 5-11 and youth ages 12-18 serve as ushers every 3rd Sunday during 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship.  No experience needed - on the job training is provided.  The uniform is a white button down shirt and black slacks or skirt.  Contact Brenda Sylvan (children) at 816-942-4258 or Connie Frazier (youth) at 816-363-3468.


Prayer Class.  Every 4th Sunday, learn how to build your prayer skills and broaden your personal faith development with Helen Walker in the Vaughn Chapel on April 23, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.
Couples Class.  This Sunday School class for married and engaged couples meet Sundays @ 9:45 a.m in Room 2D.  We're reading Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion, by Dr. Gary Chapman.  This series will help you and your spouse experience and respond to anger in a way that pleases the Lord AND help prevent conflict, resentment and unforgiveness in your relationship.  Call or text Charles Quinn at 816-654-2257 for more information.
Journey Growth Group.  Sundays @ 9:45 a.m. in room 2E on the second floor.  Has God put something on your heart to do or accomplish?  Are you struggling with where you are in your life?  Come join our Journey class and learn different techniques to hold yourself accountable for God's vision in your life.  You will learn, step by step, how to build a Journey board and watch GOD's grace work through you.  Supplies needed to participate: poster board, index cards and a Bible.  If you have not registered please click here  or contact Jennifer Booker at for more information.
Bible Study at Renaissance.  Join us Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. for Bible study at the Renaissance Campus.  There is food, fellowship and the Word.  Come out and grow with your church family!
Senior Fitness & Bible Study.  Join us at the Paseo Campus every Wednesday from 11-11:30 a.m. for light to moderate exercise done from the comfort of a chair!  A trained fitness expert will guide you through exercises that help strengthen you, and the fellowship will help motivate you.  Then, stay for Senior Bible Study from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and get strengthened in the spirit!  Feel free to bring a dish and join us in the potluck lunch following our study time.
Prayer Time.  Continue with us in prayer every Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on the prayer line 530-881-1212, code 293680996.


Christian sympathy is extended to Faye Brewster and Cheryl Hawkins, and Verlene Lewis (Lamar) at the passing of their mother and aunt Prenthia Carter; and to Clararice Dandrige at the passing of his uncle Colonel Matthew H. Peach; and Ronald Celestine (Carolyn) at the passing of his sister Marcia Lacey.
GriefShare.  No matter what the circumstances, grief recovery is a painful process.  St. James is offering support during this process with our GriefShare recovery seminar and support group.  We will work together on your journey from mourning to joy.  The series continues every Thursday night at 6:00 p.m., please contact Rosalyn Wilson at if you need additional information.
Compassionate Care.  When you experience illness, the death of a loved one, or if you would like prayer, please contact us so that we may provide compassion, encouragement, and comfort during challenging life circumstances. Please let us know by calling the church office: 816-444-5588.  If it is after hours, please call the Care on Call phone: 816-286-6048.


St. James UMC Usher Boards 27th Annual Prayer Breakfast. The St. James United Usher Boards will host their 27th Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 29, in the Fellowship Hall. Vocal Praises to God through Jesus Christ by Deborah Davis and Jason Goodman. A donation of $10 per person is asked; but no one will be turned away - Please ask any usher for details.

Most Powerful Voices Concert.  The St. James UMC Health Ministry in cooperation with the American Stroke/American Heart Association will be host to the Most Powerful Voices concert on Friday, May 5, 2017 featuring VaShawn Mitchell and Byron Cage. Passports, Hands Only CPR, D.A.S.H. diet instructions will be available to those who attend the mini-health fair station.  Volunteers are also needed.  Please contact Meredith Shellner, Health Ministry Chairperson at or 816-506-5204.
St. James UMC Care and Nurture Ministry Hosts "Safety First" A workshop designed to provide information to develop the awareness and skills to enhance personal and home safety the presenter will be Officer Gary Knapp of the Kansas City, MO Police Department, Saturday, May 6 @ 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Ages 13 and under cannot attend and Ages 14 - 17 must come with an adult. ~ Continental Breakfast Served ~ Pre-Registration contact the church office at 816-444-5588.
Men's Retreat. Faith, Food, Fellowship and Fun hosted by the St. James UMC Men's Ministry from May 12 at 6 p.m. till May 13 at noon at Three Trails Camp and Retreat Center 16200 East US Highway 40 in Kansas City, MO 64136. $25 per person which includes lodging (1 night), dinner and breakfast.  Please RSVP by no later than April 20, 2017 with H. David Whalen 816-914-6806 or email

Bowling League.  Starting up again May 9, on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Premier Bowling Alley (11400 E 350 HWY Raytown MO 64139).    The league starts on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. and is open to all, so if you or someone you know likes to bowl this league is perfect for honing your skills.  If you don't have your own bowling gear for the league, the bowling alley provides bowling balls and shoes.  All proceeds are donated to the church.  E-mail for more information.
Connectors Needed.  Volunteers are needed to assist at the Welcome Center each Sunday.  Duties include assisting with electronic giving, registration for church events and activities, providing information, etc. Connectors at 8 a.m. worship are asked to serve from 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Connectors at 11 a.m. worship are asked to serve from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Volunteer once each quarter or as your schedule allows.  To view open dates and sign up, visit our online signup.
Welcome Center.  The HeBrews, Hospitality and Membership Teams have partnered to create an inviting welcome area for members and guests in the Narthex (outside the sanctuary).  Stop by to:
  • Enjoy fresh coffee, juice or tea at the HeBrews station
  • Pick-up ministry or event information, order CDs/DVDs
  • Update contact information, register or volunteer 
  • Take advantage of convenient, electronic giving 


40-140.  Lent begins Wednesday, March 1st.  We will share in a season of spiritual practices this year.  Students will be led through 40 days of practices to follow in engaging with God.  We will also offer 40-140 again, which is 40 days of devotional readings no more than 140 characters long.  Please make sure you have registered for the 40-140 text messages by texting "rage" to 40650.  More info to come.

Scouting Ministry

  • Cub Scouts (Grades 1-5) will meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Kidz Kingdom.
  • Boy Scouts (Ages 11-18) meeting Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Kidz Kingdom. Contact Roosevelt Braxton at 816-305-2656.
  • Girl Scouts (Grades K-12) meet on selected Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Contact Carmellya Anderson at or 816-809-5428.
  • Adult Volunteers.   Committed adults are always needed.  Training is required and provided at no cost.  Contact one of the adults listed above to begin!



Invitation/ Save the Date.  There will be a benefit concert Saturday April 22, at 2 p.m. at St. Therese Church Little Flower Church on 5814 Euclid, Kansas City.  The St. Therese Gospel Choir, Hogan Community Drum Line, St. Peters Folk Ensemble, are just a few of the entertainers that will be on the program. The proceeds will benefit the Community outreach of the HOPE (Helping Our People Everywhere) committee.  Refreshments will be served after the concert in the Parish Hall.  Free Will Donation.
Royals Game. Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.  Tickets are still available but going fast!  Winvite you to continue what we started at the St. James/COR Forums, building relationships between our congregations while cheering on the Royals and  celebrating a Salute to the Negro Leagues on 'Dressed to the Nines' day at the park.  Fans are encouraged to come "Dressed to the Nines" to honor the tradition of fans going to Negro Leagues games in their "Sunday best" or wear KC Monarchs or Royals attire.  Seats are limited so, registration is required.  Registration is open until tickets are sold out.  Come cheer on the Royals as they take on the Cleveland Indians.  (Click here to purchase: $18 per ticket)
Cleaver Senior Living Community.  The 40 Acres Team will continue to hold monthly meetings every 1st Tuesday @ 6 p.m.  The next meeting will be May 2.  Contact Sam Coleman, Sr. at for more information.
Forty Acres Team is creating a Grant Writing Team. We are looking for 8-10 member to come join us.  If your interested please contact Sam Colemam Sr at 816-868-9246 or email at
CD/DVD pick-up's
If you ordered a cd or dvd, please remember to stop by the Welcome Center to pick up your completed orders.  Orders are available during each Sunday worship hour, and Wednesday Bible Study.  Your support is appreciated