Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life*


A Small Group Study by the Bridge Builders,
from 6:10 to 7:45 PM on Wednesday Evenings, from March 8th through March 29th.

Are you busy all the time?

Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of most weeks?

Ever feel overwhelmed by the expectations and obligations in your life?

It may surprise you that the Bible offers relevant answers that have the power to change your life. This 4 week small group study is based on the sermon series of this Title*, presented  by Rev. Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas during January of 2011. This study (videos, discussions, scripture)  is designed to help you find your own “Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life”.
If you desire more information, contact Jim Hix (756-2970 or or Joyce Day (752-6154 or
Wed. March 8, 2017 Slowing Down in a Hurry Up World
Wed. March 15, 2017 If I Don’t Do It . . . Remember Rule #6
Wed. March 22, 2017 Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World
Wed. March 29, 2017 Why Less is Usually More

He Chose the Nails – Lenten Study

Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gift of the cross. The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace.

In this five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow, the nails that tore his flesh and the seamless robe that he removed for us. The empty tomb is where he forever defeated sin and death.

So as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. And as we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”
Join Wednesday Women
March 15-April 12, 2017, 6:15-7:45 pm (after TGIW dinner) for Max Lucado’s Lenten study, He Chose Nails.

Truth Seekers

We live in a culture where fear is used to manipulate us and even, in some ways, to control us. When we are taught to fear those who are different from us–whether in appearance, language, religion, political stance, or whatever–we begin to move away from the teachings of Christ who taught us to love one another, including our enemies. We stop listening to one another and build walls instead of bridges.
This study by William Willimon will help us discern what is the Christ-like way to respond to others and how to live that out in a world that is hostile to Christ’s teachings on love.
We hope you will join us Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in Room 24 beginning March 16 for this 5-week study. For more information, contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or
Register by clicking the button below or by calling the church office.

Covenant Bible Study

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Are you ready to join an in-depth Bible study? The Covenant Bible Study group will be starting Covenant 3: Trusting the Covenant on Wednesday, March 15. We meet in the Conference Room Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m. (after TGIW dinner). Even if you have not taken Covenant 1 or 2 yet, you are welcome to join us for this, the last of three 8-week studies that explore the Scriptures through the lens of God’s covenant with us. For more information, contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or You can register by clicking on the button below or by calling the church office.

Lenten Study – Questions Jesus Asks Us

Jesus used questions to help others grow in faith, see truth more clearly, and move toward wholeness. Let Jesus ask these same questions of you throughout this season of Lent.

This study group will meet on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., (location to be determined) beginning March 1

(Ash Wednesday). We will be exploring these questions from Jesus:

March 1      What are you looking for? (John 1:35-32)
March 8      Who do you say I am? (Matthew 16:13-23; Mark 8:27-33; Luke 9:18-22)
March 15      Do you want to get well? (John 5:2-9)
March 22      Why are you crying? (John 20:11-18)

March 29      Do you understand what I have done to you? (John 13:1-20)
April 5      Do you love me? (John 21:15-19)
If you need more information, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or

New Study – Letters of John

The Story Living Water Class is beginning a new study on the Letters of John beginning Sunday, February 12.
We meet every Sunday morning, 9:55-10:30 a.m. in Room 21. While this class is designed to accommodate choir members who need to practice prior to worship, everyone is welcome. We enjoy a multi-generation perspective from college students on up. Join us any time! For more information, contact Joyce Day at
or 752-6154.

Lectio With the Lectionary Class

New Living Water Sunday Class – “Lectio with the Lectionary”

Lectio Divina means “sacred reading” of the Scriptures. The Lectionary is the three-year cycle of Scripture readings chosen by the United Methodist Church to be used in Sunday worship. Each Sunday includes an Old Testament passage, a psalm or part of a psalm, a passage from one of the New Testament letters of Paul, Peter, James, or John, and a passage from one of the four Gospels. See this resource on the Lectionary:

Members of this new class will read two of the four readings from the Lectionary in the week leading up to the Sunday in which those readings will be part of worship. The two readings will be chosen according to the reading that the preachers have chosen as the subject of their sermons.  See this link for more information about the class format:

Class will meet during the regular Sunday School (Living Water) period in the Library (off the hallway behind the Fellowship Hall). Facilitators of the class will be Chris Garcia, Tonita Branan, and Marianne Leventry.
ALL ARE WELCOME!  Class begins September 11th.
Come join us as we dive deep into the living water of scripture.

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Living Water

Sunday School Classes for Adults


Let the ‘Living Water’ of Jesus Christ fill you,
change you, and move you
into a deeper relationship with God and others.

The Following classes meet most every Sunday morning at 9:50 am (or there abouts!).  We hope that you can find a place to connect and grow at St. James.



Exploring the Bible

This small group explores different books of the Bible often using video presentations along with discussion.  (This class does not meet during the summer months)

Where:  CLMC, Room 308
Level:    Beginning/Intermediate


New Dawn

Middle-aged to senior ladies, join this group to study the Bible using the Adult Bible Studies series.  Current Study – The Gift of Faith (selections from
the Gospels of Mark and Luke)

Where: Main Building, Parlor
Level:   Intermediate



Men’s Bible Class

Gather with other middle-aged to senior-aged men to study the Bible with the
quarterly Adult Bible Studies series.  Current Study – The Gift of Faith (selections from the Gospels of Mark and Luke)

Where:  Main Building, Conference Room
Level:  Intermediate



New Beginnings

This class offers discussion-based studies that relate the Bible
to the life issues faced by today’s families.
Current Study – Sermon on the Mount

Where:  Main Building, Room 23
Level:  Beginning/Intermediate


Women on the Way (WOW)

This group for women focuses on issues of the heart through studies that will move you along on your journey with God.  They also enjoy fellowship and mission activities outside the classroom.

Where:  CLMC, Room 306
Level:    Beginning


Faith Foundations

This group enjoys topical studies that help you to understand
how Scripture intersects life in the 21st century.

Where:  CLMC, Room 304
Level:  Beginning/Intermediate



Bible Study

If you are looking for an in-depth Bible study, you’ll want to check out this class.  They study different books of the Bible, chapter by chapter, seeking to discover what each passage means and how it can be applied to our lives.  Current Study – Gospel of Luke

Where:  Main Building, Room 22
Level:    Intermediate



Life Enrichment

This group focuses on the development of discipleship and spirituality through the application of Scripture
to our lives.  They enjoy fellowship, prayer, mission, and worship together.  Current Study – Book of Jeremiah

Where: CLMC, Room 310Tennants



Discover how the Christian faith relates to your everyday life—
especially your family life.  Current Study – 1 Timothy

Where:  CLMC, Room 311
Level:  Intermediate



The Story

The Bible is the story of God’s loving interaction with humanity and God’s work of salvation on behalf of all creation.  Learn the story in this easy to understand format.  Current Study – The Gospel of John

Where:  Main Building, Room 21
Level:    Beginning/Intermediate

We are always looking to start new Sunday morning classes for adults at St. James.  If you have an idea for a class and are interested in helping others grow in their faith journeys, contact Joyce Day (contact information below).


For more information about these and other
discipleship opportunities for adults at St. James, contact

Joyce Day
Minister of Adult Discipleship
(252) 752-6154