Help with Raisers

Robbie Amunds is starting his senior year, at Huntingdon College, and looking forward to a future in Youth Ministry! While interning, this summer, with 245Student Ministries, he met Jordie Deal–long time member and youth intern–who just happened to be looking for fundraising ideas. Jordie will be joining the WorldRace this October, and found Robbie’s beard and popularity a perfect opportunity to fundraise. The youth group was then commissioned:

monkey tail beardquestion mark beardRaise $100 – to have Robbie’s beard trimmed
Raise $200 – to have Robbie’s beard monkey tailed
Raise $300 – to have Robbie’s beard question marked
Raise $400 – to have Robbie’s beard half removed
Raise $500 – to ensure Robbie keeps the style 1 week

The fundraiser lasted one month and the youth raised $1,372! That means Robbie had his beard half removed! The youth group, then, so kindly waited to shave Robbie at the Back To School Bash, last Sunday, so he would have to sport his stylish look during his first week back at Huntingdon! We pray for Robbie’s future in Youth Ministry! May he not be deterred! We also praise with Jordie on another great fundraiser! If you’d like to find our more about, or help raise money for Jordie’s upcoming WorldRace, you can visit her blog here.

As for Robbie, we feel like this photo might be circulating for years tRobbie half beardo come…


Locks of Love

I knew it was time to cut my two daughters’ hair. Livia, 6, hadn’t had her’s cut in over a year, and Molly, 3, had never had her’s cut before. Both girls have thick hair, and Molly has the sweetest little baby curls on the ends. When we started talking about haircuts, I brought up the idea of donating their ponytails to people who need wigsblog1; there wasn’t a second of hesitation, both girls loved the idea!

Livia and Molly both had been learning about kindness in ‘The Zone’ at Saint James. The workers work shone through as the girls made this decision to donate their hair. Molly says daily that the teachers at Saint James are her best friends; and my husband and I have witnessed Livia’s faith grow in the past year, thanks to the time she has spent with the children’s ministry! She has become a prayer warrior, and we hear each teachers influence every time she prays aloud.

This morning, at the post office, the girls and I prayed over the envelope of hair that was about to be shipped off to Michigan. We prayed that whoever received a wig, made out of their hair, would feel loved and beautiful. Livia and Molly truly love the Lord, and love every minute they get to spend with the children’s ministry team at Saint James. We are so grateful for all the lessons our girls are learning!

~ Maggie ~

Date Night, Parent's Night Out, Saint James UMC, children, Montgomery,

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Take advantage of Parent’s Night Out this Saturday: Drop off the youngsters, on August 27th from 5-8pm, and get your date on! $10. Register: or in the Children’s Wing.


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Living Water

As women of Saint James, we are blessed with opportunities to come before the Lord to be refreshed and renewed. Upcoming opportunities are The Vine and the Renew bible study. As women we tend to give our time, and energies, to others on a regular basis. We are moms, daughters, sisters, wives, teachers, nurses, accountants, coaches, friends, etc. The list goes on and on. Picture yourself a full pitcher of water as a week starts. With every issue and person you deal with, more and more water is poured out. Eventually the pitcher is empty. It’s then that you are exhausted, sad, angry, or overwhelmed. You may even say you are too busy or tired to attend these upcoming women’s events, when it needs to be the exact opposite; these opportunities are times for you to come and be refilled–to overflowing–so you can fulfill the purpose and plans the Lord has already prepared for you in advance. Not taking advantage of attending The Vine and the Renew bible study, is like not turning on your faucet at home when you need water. Or turning down a glass of water, in the middle of the desert, when you are dying of thirst. That place in you that just never feels right, or at peace, is the place that can only be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord is waiting for us to come before him at his feet and be refilled with peace and joy. Carve out time in your schedules to come and spend time in praise and worship, with the Lord, and hear from him through the Godly women that teach and share. We are truly blessed to have women teachers and mentors, in our midst at Saint James, who are in an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit and pour out his words and truth for us.
The Lord tells us in John 4:14:

But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Ladies, come experience the Living Water. Do not miss out on what the Lord has waiting for you.


~ Kristi ~

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Visit the Prisoners

Saint James ministers, at Tutwiler Prison for Women, every 2nd Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm in the prison’s Annex chapel.

Upon arrival, we check in with the guards, and are escorted to the chapel (which is a small trailer). The inmates are familiar with how we conduct the service; we like them to feel comfortable, so they help arrange chairs in a circle, like a small group setting. Our average number of attendees has been 6-10 women. We greet them as they arrive and play praise and worship cd’s. These ladies are wonderful, and praise and worship with everything they have, and the presence of the Lord fills the room.

After praise and worship, we gather to pray, then share scriptures and testimonies with them, and welcome their participation. We allow the Holy Spirit to guide the discussion. Many of the ladies who come to the service have already given their lives to the Lord, they just need encouragement to go a little further. We believe the Lord accomplishes that during this time, and we are filled with great joy from the wonderful testimonies they have shared with us.

The Lord has tremendously blessed me for being a part of this ministry. At times, it has not been easy; sometimes I had to go alone, and allow God to stretch my faith, realizing that He was with me. At times fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and doubt tried to overtake me and keep me from going. But when I push those feelings to the side, and put my trust in the Lord, His blessings always rain down. I remember one night, everything that could go wrong, did. In spite of this I went alone and the presence of the Lord was so strong that I was set free. The Lord sent revival to me, and set me free in a prison! I will never forget that night. That night, the Lord etched this ministry on my heart.

I would like to encourage others to become a part of this ministry. Many have a word from the Lord and testimonies that can make a significant impact on others! And it’s clear from scripture, that this is a ministry the Lord wants us to participate in.

It doesn’t take much to join the ministry; training is held twice a year in March and September, at Tutwiler. The training includes a background check, and fingerprinting. Once cleared, the individual is eligible to enter the premises to minister. To find out more contact Ann Pemberton at or 334-277-3374.

Matthew 25 – “Then I, the King, shall say to those at my right, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, into the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water…  sick and in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply…  When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ “And I, the King, will tell them… ‘When you refused to help the least of these my brothers, you were refusing help to me.’ “And they shall go away into eternal punishment; but the righteous into everlasting life.”
~ Darlene ~


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His Love Finds a Way

Each time I go to Honduras, I never know what is in store for me. Things always seem to go–let’s say–not according to plans, but in a good way. This year it came to me sitting on a school bus, on a side street, staring at a tall wall. At the top of this wall was broken glass and pointed nails in the mortar. On top of that was razor wire, two rolls thick! The Honduran people do all this just to keep their family and possessions safe. What a way to live! And out of this razor wire, through the crack of the wall, was growing a beautiful flower; it had even started spilling over into the street. God’s love is just like this flower; it doesn’t matter how tall a fence, or how thick the wire–His love finds a way to get though. I know that’s what He’s doing for the people of Honduras.

~ Jeff ~

A group of members just returned from Honduras, where they worked with Forgotten Children’s Ministry. While they were there, they helped fix plumbing issues, fed the hungry, handed out Bandana dresses from our Sewing Seeds ministry, and formed relationships with people who need the love of Christ. It’s always in the places that seem unlikely–like the murder capital of the world–that God’s love overflows; a light in the darkness! Thank you to our members who layed down their lives for another, stared fear in the face, and took God to the least of these.

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The Reach of CaveQuest

This year’s VBS theme was “CaveQuest, Following Jesus the Light of the World.” As we were planning, prepping crafts, and making decorations, there was an excitement about this year. Something felt different about each step. Sunday afternoon, once all the stations were prepped and the decorations were set in place, we stopped and we prayed. Each area was covered in prayers asking the Holy Spirit to fall down and fill our time with these precious kids.

CaveQuestAs Monday morning came, it was a rush of excitement as 32 crew leaders filled the worship center and 325 children poured into the seats. Worship began and we were off! The flurry of VBS had begun.

I had the pleasure of teaching the preschoolers bible time. It’s always fun to bring a bible story to life for the little ones.

Day Two was when I knew there was something different about this year. As we talked about our hearts and what it represented. I held up a paper heart. The kids yelled out that hearts represent love, our feeling, and parts of who we are. I then crumpled the heart and threw it on the ground.  After a few gasps, the room full of 50 preschoolers was silent. I looked into little shocked faces. Faces that knew what it felt like to have their hearts hurt.

Crumpled HeartWe talked about different ways our heart gets hurt. We even talked about times that we might have done some damage to other people’s hearts. I then picked up the paper heart and told them that Jesus wanted to fix their hearts, that he could feel their tears and heal their wounds. That we would talk more about what Jesus did for us tomorrow.

On Day Three, we set the stage with a cross covered in lights. We talked about Jesus being the light of the world. Each child brought a tea light to the base of the cross that represented the love that he had for them. We went through the crucifixion story turning off lights at each step.

The crucifixion story was unraveled for them. When the tomb was empty and the grave was overcome, the lights were all turned back on. Children were asked if they were ready to follow Jesus.

Thirteen 3-5 year olds came forward. As we prayed with them, crew leaders and youth helpers teared up over the commitment these children were making.

Before that day, I had never been a part of a child that young making Jesus the Lord of their life. I would have never been able to fathom the depth of seriousness and the degree of understanding that the little ones had.

Thirteen little hearts were healed. Thirteen little mouths professed they knew they were sinners and wanted to change. Thirteen little lives will be forever different.

VBS is not just something to do over the summer break. It’s not just another camp or activity for kids to get out of the house. It’s a time for us to present the love of Jesus to our kids. For them to come and be discipled on how to follow Jesus.

This is just the story from my station at VBS. There are so many other great stories from each of the stations and crew leaders from the week.

CaveQuest CaveQuestThank you so much for the hands that made this possible. For hands who transformed the yards of paper into caves and rocks. For the hands that cut bananas and poured lemonade. For the hands who braved the heat to make games fun and meaningful. For the hands that prepped crafts and stirred up “cave snot.”

CaveQuestFor the hands of the crew leaders who loved the kids, learned their names and helped lead them to Jesus. For the hands of the youth volunteers who gave piggyback rides and made each child feel special.

The harvest was worth the labor! 

  • We had 325 children at VBS this year!
  • 100 adult volunteers & 75 youth volunteers!
  • 50 children made a first time commitment to Jesus!
  • The children raised $4,500 for Morgan Hayden’s Root Ministries in Honduras!

 ~ Stephanie ~

A Change of Heart in Honduras

Saint James youth group just got back from a mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras with Forgotten Children’s Ministry. Here are a few stories we’d like to share from the trip:

Katherine ~

I recently went on a mission trip with the youth group to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I wasn’t really expecting to get much out of the trip because my relationship with the Lord was at a stand still. From the moment we landed in Tegucigalpa, I knew the Lord was going to show up in amazing ways! When we finally got to Forgotten Children’s Ministries (FCM) I could already tell it was going to be a great week! The Lord blessed all the work and people we encountered! As we walked from house to house delivering rice and corn meal I could hear the Lord telling me to love on his people! This trip helped my realize that God is faithful and will never leave you!

~ Victoria ~

This week, I went on a mission trip to Honduras. I had been on mission trips before, so I felt like I knew what to expect, but I really didn’t. The kids we were hanging out with all week had been through so much, but seemed so much happier than anyone I’ve ever seen before. It was genuine happiness. It taught me that things don’t have to be going perfectly, and that I don’t have to have a lot for me to be happy.

~ Kinley ~

When riding on the bus to the Forgotten Children’s Ministry farm, I first saw the poverty of the Hondurans. The homes were tiny, there was trash all around the homes and streets, countless dogs were wandering around, and children were weaving through traffic. I was expecting these people to be sorrowful or angry at their situations. But later that week as I played with the kids and ministered to the local people I realized these people were some of the kindest, most joyful people I have ever met. It was amazing to see how willing these people were to welcome us into there home and tell us their stories. They were so open to talking about their relationship with Jesus. Before my trip to Honduras I would focus on the struggles in my life. The Hondurans made me realize it’s not just your home, family, clothes, or friends that bring us joy, but it is God, the source of love, that makes us truly happy.

We are so proud of our youth who fearlessly follow Christ! May God continue to shape and form them into world changers–servants after His very heart. And may God multiply the reach of their efforts!

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Don’t Do Life Alone

We are so thankful and blessed for our LIFE Group at Saint James!

Last year we lost our son Aaron, mid-pregnancy, due to an E.coli infection. However, now we are blessed to be pregnant with another son due this August. The pregnancy has been anything but normal. At 16 weeks I was put on bed rest because of an incompetent cervix, and found out I would remain on bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. While over joyed and thankful for another special blessing on the way, we knew as with anything that life would keep moving forward even though I was placed on bed rest. But our small group jumped right in and helped, from creating an entire schedule to pick our seven year old daughter from school, to making meals, sending encouraging scriptures, and praying with and for us daily! At 19 weeks I had an emergency cerclage placed and we found out I had the same infection as I did with our last son. We were thankful to find it early enough to fight it with antibiotics this time. While in the hospital our group came daily with prayers, gift baskets, and smiling faces. They even made bracelets to wear as reminders to pray for us daily. It has been a long road, but here we are just a few short weeks from meeting our precious baby boy, and our small group is still right by our side! We know our small group is God’s work, and we are so thankful for each and every one of them! Doing LIFE with a group of such dedicated people, made these challenges melt away in the light of His presence and provisions.

~ Andy & Stephanie ~


Finding your place to Belong at Saint James UMC, in a LIFE group or class, is one of the most beneficial ways to grow as a disciple of Christ and have true experiential love relationships with others. Paul in his letter to the church in Galatia expounded the believers to “carry each other’s burdens and truly fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Carrying each other’s burdens, whatever they may be, is an act of love demonstrated by believers connected to one another in the name of Jesus Christ. We see this demonstrated through our LIFE groups in many ways. Some of those ways are praying for one another, holding each other accountable, affirming each other, and helping with daily tasks. Really, the ways are too numerable to count. Andy & Stephanie’s testimony speaks loudly of how the Donovan/Auyer LIFE group has fulfilled the law of Christ by demonstrating these truths for over a year! All of our LIFE groups are focused on doing this very thing! We would like to encourage you to form these types of relationships, and signup for our Summer Life Groups here! Summer LIFE Groups will meet June 8-July 20th.


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