Journey to the Transfiguration

Over the last several weeks we have explored the people present and the lessons learned at the Transfiguration of Jesus (the Transfigure-what?). To culminate our journey, we will gather as one church to celebrate this miraculous event and what it means for us as Jesus followers.  Join us on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3rd, for one church service at 9:30 AM in the Christian Life Ministries Center.  There will be special music by the Jubilation Children’s choir, Confirmation of our middle school students, a message from both Pastor Ben and Pastor Mark, and Holy Communion shared with everyone.  There will be a mission fair in the Lobby including some of our Spring Fling recipients starting at 8:30 AM and then following the service.  After the service, we will gather for brunch.  Families are asked to contribute a breakfast casserole or fruit.  Pancakes, meat, cheese grits, and drinks will be provided.  

Transfiguration Sunday

March 3, 2019

8:30 AM:             Mission Fair in Lobby
9:30 AM:             One Church Worship Service in Christian Life                                    Ministries Center
11:00 AM:           Mission Fair in Lobby
                           Brunch served in Fellowship Hall
To help prepare, over the four Sundays in February, we’ll explore a sermon series that focuses on the five people with Jesus at the Transfiguration. As an aid, Pastors Mark & Ben have written a short book, available in print form and electronic form (click button below).

Lenten Events at St. James

2019 Lenten Worship Series

The Season of Lent in the church challenges us to grow in faith as we prepare for the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus.  Stretching over forty days (not counting Sundays) and culminating in Holy Week & Easter, the Lenten season provides a variety of ways to remember that we are God’s children, created to love and serve God and one another.  This year at St. James, we want to encourage your participation several different ways. 


Night to Shine Thank You!

Thank you to St. James UMC for A Night to Shine!
A Night to Shine, the prom for special needs people held on February 8 at St. James, exceeded our expectations for the fun, support, warm feelings, and the love of Jesus that we were able to show. As Pastor Ben said, “The response was overwhelmingly positive!”
We could not have done it without you, our loving congregation. A large majority of our leaders and many of our volunteers were members of St. James. Our fellow staff members went above and beyond to make sure the event was a success. Our facilities (while stretched beyond capacity) worked well for the logistics required by such an event. THANK YOU!
The best measure of success is the response from the special needs community. Here is an excerpt from a message that Joyce received the day after A Night to Shine:
“All of the volunteers were so kind and generous and Adam and I both felt so pampered and special! The evening was a reunion of sorts with a lot of people from the disability network we have here in Pitt County and it was full of smiles and hugs and sharing stories while the kings and queens enjoyed all of the wonderful activities you all had planned. Adam’s date … jumped right in with Adam, made conversation about the things he likes and was the sweetest date we could have asked for! … Again, thank you for everything! You all did a wonderful job and I hope you will pass on to all of the volunteers how much it meant to us! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!”
Yes, thank you, St. James, for sharing God’s love to a whole new group of people who you welcomed at our church!
Joyce Day and Chris Garcia

Prayers for UM General Conference

Please keep our denomination in prayer as we approach a special “General Conference” scheduled for February 23-26 in St. Louis. The General Conference is the primary decision making body for the UMC, made up of approximately 1,000 clergy and lay delegates from across the globe. The purpose of this conference is to examine the church’s position on human sexuality in light of the unity of the church. More information can be found at the UMC’s website:
Many are calling for prayers from 2:23 – 2:26 pm daily until the Conference ends.  Locally, Jarvis Memorial UMC will host “An Evening of Prayer & Praise” on 2/17 at 7 pm in their Taft Center to lift up this conference and our denomination.

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