Two locations: Giving
Sunday Worship. "Here and Now" Psalm 46:1, NRSV, you don't want to miss this Xciting worship experience at the 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, May 27 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 Exodus 11-17, for this week's Bible study.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE JUNE 4TH @ RENAISSANCE LOCATION!
We need all members to help out, so please stop by the Welcome Center to sign up for a variety of opportunities to serve from Setup, Cooks, Cleanup, and other items.  If you have any questions, please see Volunteer Coordinator Beverly Kelso for this event or Yvette Richards by calling her at 816-802-8234.  You will be able to sign up during Tuesday and Wednesday Bible study and after Sunday worship.  
Immersion Baptism.  Our annual immersion baptisms will also take place Sunday, June 4th during the Pentencost Celebration.  If you have never been baptized and desire immersion, please complete the request form to schedule a pre-baptism class.

Contact Teretha Moore Team Leader - mooreteretha@gmail.com 
Brenda Sylvan - Paseo Coordinator -  brendasylvan@gmail.com
FAITH DEVELOPMENT
New Member Orientation. Saturday May 20, will be rescheduled, please stay tuned in for further details.
 
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.
 
Bible Study at Renaissance.  Join us Tuesday 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!
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.
Couples Class.  This Sunday School class for married and engaged couples meet Sunday @ 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.
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 May 28, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.
 
CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Christian Sympathy is extended to Johnnie Prince, Iriciel "Cookie" Gadson and Betty Vaughn (George), at the passing of their mother and aunt, Johnnie Mae Miller.  Further sympathy is extended to Johnnie Prince, Iriciel "Cookie" Gadson and Betty Vaughn (George) at the passing of their brother and cousin, Johnny David Doshie.
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 wgmn1969@att.net if you need additional information.
 
Compassionate Care.  When you experience illness, the death of a loved one or if you would like prayer, we want to know so that we may provide compassion, encouragement and comfort during life's challenges.  Please let us know by calling the church office at 816-444-5588 or, after hours, the Care on Call phone at 816-286-6048.
 
CHURCH WORK DAY
Postponed.  The Church Workday has been postponed.  A new date will be scheduled for late summer/early fall.
 
WORSHIP MINISTRIES
Acolytes Needed.  Children ages 4-12 are welcome to serve during our worship celebrations.  Contacts: Angela Baker (8 a.m.) at abswac@gmail.com or Risë Cockerm (11 a.m.) at rise289@gmail.com.

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.
CONNECTING MINISTRIES
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 
Bowling League.  Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Premier Bowling Alley (11400 E 350 HWY Raytown MO 64139).  The league 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 samuel.colemanjr@yahoo.com for more information.
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES
Next Gen Camp/VBS.  If you would like to volunteer to participate in the planning of Next Gen Camp/VBS please contact Danielle Quinn at 816-444-5588. The camp will be held, June 21-23, 2017. Please contact Danielle for more information.
 
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 canderson@marc.org or 816-809-5428.
  • Adult Volunteers.   Committed adults are always needed to participate.  Training is required and provided at no cost.  Contact one of the adults listed above to get started.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 2017
Scholarship Applications are now available for graduating high school seniors who are current members of St. James United Methodist Church, please see how you can apply below.  If you are a high school graduating senior, please forward your contact information to Tiffani Kintchen at kintchen22@gmail.com.
 
United Methodist Women - The Catherine A. Davis Memorial Book Scholarship is available to a young African American female who is a member of St. James United Methodist Church and is a 2017 graduating senior.  All applications must be submitted to the United Methodist Women Scholarship Award Committee, c/o Carolyn Celestine.  For additional information or questions please contact Carolyn Celestine at 816.820.6015 or rccelestine@att.net.
 
Bessie L. Thompson Fleming Scholarship - Applications are now being taken for the Bessie L. Thompson Fleming Nursing Scholarship. Applicants must be a member of St. James UMC Paseo or Renaissance campuses. For more information, please contact Meredith Shellner, Health Ministry Chairperson at lionmets@msn.com,meshellner@gmail.com or 816-506-5204.
 
St. James United Methodist Church Membership Scholarship - The church membership scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior of St. James United Methodist Church who is beginning a post-secondary education (university, college, certification, professional training) in the 2016-2017 academic year.  All applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2017.  For additional information or questions, please contact Tiffani Kintchen at 816.812.6373 or kintchen22@gmail.com.
Mr. Bill Johnson Youth Scholarship* - The scholarship is open to current active high school members who have displayed their commitment to being servant-leaders at St. James United Methodist Church based on their spiritual commitment.  Recipients are selected based upon academic excellence, and active participation in church ministry.  All application must be postmarked by June 1, 2017.  For additional information or questions, please contact Tiffani Kintchen at 816.812.6373 or kintchen22@gmail.com.
 
*College recipients of the Mr. Bill Johnson Scholarship:  Renewals for the Mr. Bill Johnson Book Scholarship must complete the book scholarship application and provide a copy of their college transcript reflecting their student status and current cumulative GPA.  Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2017.
 
COMMUNITY NEWS
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 June 6.  Contact Sam Coleman, Sr. at samcoleman@sbcglobal.net 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 Coleman Sr at 816-868-9246 or email at samcoleman@sbcglobal.net.
 
 
 
A Dash for You. FREE Healthy Eating Classes for 8 weeks for adults 18 years or older with High Blood Pressure.  Participants who attend classes get a surprise prize each week and are entered into a RAFFLE at the end of the study. Interested or have questions? contact Ms. Ara Staab at 816-888-9438 (or) email your inquiries to staaba@umkc.edu.
 
Nyla's 1st Journey Abroad to Italy.  Nyla Pickens (daughter of Debra and Reverend Elmer Cunningham) has been selected to take a trip abroad with The Experiment in International Living Program in Italy!  We celebrate her opportunity and if you like to support her please contact Debra Cunningham.

 

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