New Member Interest Meeting

Thinking About Joining St. James?

You are coming to worship on Sundays. You are a part of a class. You are beginning to see familiar faces when you come to the church. And you have a desire to be part of something bigger. Maybe it is time to consider becoming a member of St. James UMC!
We are having a new members interest meeting on Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 in Pastor Ben’s office. We invite you to be a part of the St. James family!
Contact Ben Alexander if you have questions at 252-752-6154 or

Chrismon Workshop

Are you a Craftsy Person?

Chrismon-1Chrismon-5The Chrismon decorations for our Chrismon Trees need to be replaced.  So we are organizing a
Chrismon Craft Workshop

on Fridays, October 20th and November 3rd,from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Chrismons are Christian symbols that hang on the tree at Christmastime.
Chrismon-7Chrismon-2We have examples and instructions of the Chrismons that need to be created – but we need creative, artsy folks to put them all together.  Art supplies will be provided.
Bring your lunch and be prepared for a fun filled day of creating ornaments. Any question contact Tommy Shaw, – 252-717-1149 or Betty Fuqua, – 252-756-3226.

All-Saints Service



Sunday, November 5, is All Saints Sunday. We will offer a special worship service that evening at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary where we will remember the lives of loved ones we have lost during this past year.

If you have had a loved one die between November 6, 2016 and now and would like us to remember them during this service, please contact Joyce Day at or (252) 752-6154.

All are welcome to come to this special worship on

Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Hurricane Response – How Can We Help?

This hurricane season has seen more destruction and flooding than usual.
Are you ready to help our brothers and sisters in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean as they recover from these storms?
The teams of workers that are bringing aid to the hurricane damaged areas are in need of supplies and money. We may not be able to physically go to these locations, but we can help from here. Our goal is to assemble at least 100 flood buckets to send with UMCOR workers.
Take a card (or many cards) from the displays in the CLMC and the Narthex, purchase the items listed, and then bring them to the Commons area at the church by Saturday, October 28th.
Please be sure to purchase the correct size of the item (or a slightly smaller size).  While we appreciate heartfelt donations, only items on the supply lists and in the sizes indicated will be accepted.


Then on Sunday, October 29th following church, we will have an assembly party to put all the flood buckets together. It will be a fun, and much-needed, mission project for the whole family.

You may bring the items to the Commons area at St. James or to Ross Orthodontics on Arlington Dr. All collected items will be assembled into Relief Kits and delivered to UMCOR for use in the afflicted areas.
If you want to give directly to the relief efforts, the best way to donate financially is through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. You may give online to the fund by clicking the button below, or you may donate offline with a check. If you donate with a check, you can make it out to St. James UMC, but please designate UMCOR Advance #901670 in the memo line.
As we watch news coverage of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Harvey continue to produce, we want to help.  UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) outlines specific ways that you can help now, even as rescue efforts remain underway.  Click the UMCOR logo below for information.
Trained Early Response Teams Requested for Harvey Relief
The Emergency Rescue operations are complete and there is now a need for ERTs (Early Response Teams) in the Texas/Louisiana area.
The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged Early Response Teams (ERT) for Hurricane Harvey response. All ERTs should click here to register.
The Texas Annual Conference is also ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey response.Team leaders can register their team by clicking here or go to the Texas Conference website at and click on “Disaster Volunteer Team Registration.”
The Rio Texas Conference is also registering trained and badged ERT teams and individuals at
When the Texas Annual Conference invites volunteers to come, we will publicize that information. In the meanwhile, please pray for those impacted by the storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.

XYZ Luncheon

XYZ circle

XYZ October Gathering
XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, October 19th at Noon for our monthly gathering.  Our speaker this month is Dr. Laura Mazow, Associate Professor of Anthropology at ECU. She will speaking to us on the topic of biblical archaelogy, which “involves the recovery and scientific investigation of the material remains of past cultures that can illuminate the periods and descriptions in the Bible, be they from the Old Testament …or from the New Testament, as well as the history and cosmogony of the Judeo-Christian religions” (from Wikipedia).
We will also welcome Brian Fulcher from Realo Drugs, who will be offering flu shots. Be sure to bring your insurance card and any co-pay if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity. Brian will be here at 11:30 a.m. and we will start our lunch/program at 12:00 p.m.
Remember: we provide the drinks and desserts, you bring whatever else you want for lunch.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or

UMW Days for Girls

The St. James United Methodist Women will be holding workshops on October 7th and 14th from 9am to noon in Room 21 to sew and prepare kits for our Days for Girls Project. The kits will be distributed by the St. James Mission Team in October. We are hopeful to prepare 50 kits for distribution.
We need volunteers to sew, cut and assemble the items required for each kit. We also are requesting donations of washcloths, small bars of soap, gallon ziplock bags and girls size underwear.
The collection area for donations is located at the UMW Bulletin Board in the main hallway. Read more…

Operation InAsMuch

Represent St. James in a Community-Wide Service Project on Saturday, October 28th!
Operation InAsMuch is a day (October 28, 2017) of hands-on-missions that brings together Christians from local churches to serve together in their community. It is based upon Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40 — Inasmuch as you did it to one of these least of these . . . you did it unto Me.

This hands-on-mission day is simply another means by which believers can put their faith into practice through the use of their talents and abilities. Volunteers work together to show the love of Jesus by meeting the practical needs of people and agencies in Pitt County.. We hope you will prayerfully consider how you can reach others for Christ through Operation InAsMuch.

For a list of OIAM projects and volunteer sheets, visit Oakmont Church website at
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New Study on Sundays – The Story

The Seekers Living Water class, which meets Sundays, 9:50-10:45 a.m. in room 311, will begin a new study on October 1. They will be exploring the Bible through The Story, a video based study that looks at the Scriptures in a unique way, tying the different books together to see the whole story of humanity’s fall and God’s work of salvation.
This study will last until May 2018. Join now, and get in on the beginning of the greatest story ever told!
For more information contact Joyce Day at the church (252-752-6154 or

Trunk Or Treat


Sunday, October 22nd from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Halloween is quickly approaching as well as the St. James UMC annual Trunk or Treat.

Duke Day

Duke Day is a United Methodist Men’s outreach event of the NC Conference. The day will consist of worship, fellowship, tailgate lunch, and tickets to the game – all at $25 per person. The guest speaker will be John Hammet, Northern Durham HS Head Football Coach. The tailgate lunch will include hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the sides and fixin’s.
Duke Day 2017
Where Athletics, Faith in Christ, and Building of Men Intersect
October 21st – Duke vs. Pittsburgh
(game time will be announced 2 weeks prior to the game)
To order tickets, contact Paul Wilson at
Join us in seeking out underprivileged youth to sponsor for this day of sharing our faith and enjoying ACC football. It is also an excellent opportunity to sponsor your local Youth Group and even bring your own family!