Spread the Cheer

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road this Advent season to extend Christmas invitations in 21 cities across the U.S. (and Greenville is one of them!) “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” will be traveling through 16 states unwrapping the true meaning of Christmas through holiday cheer, free hot cocoa and support for local churches.

 

The tour will communicate the true gift of Christmas with passersby via:

• Offering free hot cocoa and invitation cards, given by friendly volunteers from local United Methodist churches.
• Creating a video of people answering the question, “In your opinion, what is the true meaning of Christmas?”
• Gathering prayer requests from anyone who stops by so that a local faith community can support them.

• Creating awareness of the denomination and the ministries of local churches.
 
The tour is an extension of the denomination’s national advertising campaign. But more importantly, it is an opportunity for St. James to be present in our community and sharing the Christmas cheer!
The Christmas Tour Truck will be at Greenville Mall on Sunday, December 17th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We need volunteers to help distribute free hot cocoa to shoppers and share St. James information cards to invite them to Christmas services. What a fun way to spread the Christmas cheer and share the true meaning of Christmas!


Host a TGIW Dinner

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Is your ministry team looking for a boost this winter/spring? Is your small group or Living Water class looking for a opportunity to serve together? Here is a way to promote your ministry, build team spirit, raise a little money, and serve your church community!
 
Consider preparing and serving a meal for the TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) program! We generally serve about 75 meals each Wednesday evening beginning January 17th through March 21st. This opportunity is open to any ministry, small group, class, or mission team at St. James. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Dana at the church office (752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) and schedule your Wednesday now!
 


Congregations For Children (C4C)

The C4C (Congregations for Children) Committee have opportunities to serve in a classroom or in the school office. If you might be interested or would like more information, contact Lora Joyner (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net ) or Sandra Harvey (341-0782 or harveysw@gmail.com).
 
 
Old Board Games Needed for Wahl-Coates School
As we look to purchase gifts and new toys for our children, consider donating your old games for use by Wahl-Coates students. The Music Teacher, Dawn Wilson, is in need of used games that she will modify for musical activities. Games needed are: Jenga (or similar), Candyland, Headbanz, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Twister, and Sorry. These games do not need to be in new condition or have all the pieces. She is also in need of timers (sand or others), spinners, and blank dice. If you have any of these items to donate, please place them in the bins near the Children’s Check-in area.
 
Remember to turn in your box tops for credit to Wahl Coates. Also, you can list Wahl Coates as a preferred school with your VIC Card at Harris Teeter.
 
Lastly, Wahl Coates is collecting plastic bottle tops. Bring yours to the church for collection near the Children’s Check-In area.

 
 
Be a Role Model!
Would you be willing to share your story and /or what good character traits have been important in your career with some of the students? The Wahl-Coates Captain’s Crew Luncheons for Positive Behavior meets one Friday a month and would like to invite a guest speaker each month.
 
Speakers are asked to incorporate some advice/support to parents to help parents raise productive citizens, ie. ways child can volunteer in the community, ways to raise an independent child, ways to be a responsible person.
 
The luncheons will be held at St. James from 12-1 pm on December 1, January 26, February 23, and April 27.  Speakers are asked to arrive a few minutes early (around 11:45), present a 10-minutes talk and then help hand out certificates.  Speakers are done by 12:15 pm, but are welcome to stay for lunch after that.
Contact Lora Joyner for available dates (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net).
 


Growing In Grace Opportunity

St. James has an exciting opportunity for serving our community!

 
Growing-in-Grace-sm Beginning January 1, 2018, St. James needs several new leaders for our Growing and Grace team, led by Susan Barrett. Each week during the school year, Growing in Grace prepares over 70 supplemental food bags for hungry children at Wahl Coates. These are the open positions: Read more…


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

St. James UMC has established a Christmas tradition to serve the Greenville community by ringing the Salvation Army bells on one day during the Christmas holidays. This tradition was initiated by the late Les Garner and coordinated for over 20 years by Mike Board. In 2016, we collected $8,462. Last year, the total was $10,678. These funds allow the Salvation Army to meet the needs of many people who are less fortunate in our community and saves them from having to pay employees to ring the bells on that day.
 
With your help, we will be ringing the bells at 20 kettle sites throughout Greenville on Friday, December 22. We plan to have volunteers ring for 2-hour periods at each site beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 8:00 pm.
 
This serving ministry is one that many have enjoyed! It not only provides a valuable service to our community, but adds a special reminder of us all to the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus.
 
We are now signing up volunteers to serve!  If you can help, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or 252-375-2267 or tpauling@suddenlink.net.
 
 
 


Angel Tree

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The St. James United Methodist Women are sponsoring the
2017 St. James Angel Tree.
 
The Angel Tree project provides Christmas gifts for children who are in foster care through the Methodist Home for Children and placed in foster homes or group homes. Be the light of Hope for these children as they celebrate Jesus birth this Christmas!
 
The Angel Tree can be found in the Fellowship Hall beginning November 15th. Please select the angels, purchase the gifts and bring them to the Fellowship Hall by Monday, December 11th.
 
Thank you St. James!
 

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”  ~ Matthew 25:45

 
 


Keep God’s Children Warm

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, …”  (Matthew 25:25-26)

Jesus calls us to serve Him by helping our neighbors who are going through tough times.  When we gather our resources, we can make an amazing impact on the lives of those in need.
 
Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 9:30-12:00 noon,
St. James will again be offering free used clothing for men, women and children. Donated items may be left in the bin labeled as such in the hallway outside the treasurer’s office. The program is in conjunction with the Food Pantry distribution every Thursday. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March. Read more…


Bible Collection for Homeless Shelter

bibles.pile.jpgThe Bible Sunday School Class has been collecting Bibles for Community Crossroads, the homeless shelter. People using the shelter cannot believe that the Bibles are there for them to take as their own. We have so far taken about forty Bibles and now there are only three left for the residents there.
 
If you have any Bibles to donate, please take them to Room 22 or give them to Aaron Sampson. We will be taking Bibles continuously as they are donated.


Joy Soup Kitchen

 
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Over 100 hungry souls are fed each day at the Joy Soup Kitchen in Greenville.  The St. James United Methodist Women are responding to Jesus’ call to “feed the hungry” by providing the soup and sandwiches twice a month.  Won’t you be a part of this critical ministry?

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, we gather groceries and help make lunch for those at the Joy Soup Kitchen.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry team, please contact Ruth Ann Keyes (321-2950) or Judy Murad (756-3761).

 
 
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Kairos Prison Ministry

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Kairos Maury Prison Ministry

 
“… I was in prison and you visited me … just as you did it to one of the least of these … you did it to me.”    ~Matthew 25:36, 40

There is an exciting ministry in eastern North Carolina that helps us fulfill Jesus’ teaching.  It is the Kairos Maury Prison Ministry.  This is a volunteer driven, not for profit ministry that is striving to build a church behind the walls of Maury prison.  Their mission is “to share the transforming Love of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women, and youth as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.”

You know, a person does not have to travel to Africa, India, or any third world nation in order to do mission work; there is mission work right here in eastern North Carolina.  There are a number of St. James members that would be happy to share their experiences with the Kairos Maury Prison Ministry.  If God is leading you to serve him in a new way this year, please contact us at kairosmaury@gmail.com.