Hurricane Florence Response

Do you want to get involved in hands-on clean up work?
Friday, October 26th in New Bern
The winds have died down. The skies are blue and the air carries a faint feel of autumn. We have cleared our yards of small branches here in Greenville. Here at St. James, we were able to worship in our buildings just a couple of days after Hurricane Florence. Life seems to have returned to normal.
But in our Sound District of the United Methodist Church, 22 churches and four parsonages are damaged. The Trenton United Methodist Church lost hymnals, bibles, and much more. “Pretty much everything is ruined,” said Leo Fair, pastor of the church. “The pews and the seating pads and everything have come out of the sanctuary, carpet out of the sanctuary…” The congregants will not be able to return to Trenton United Methodist Church for eight weeks. Meanwhile, they worship in Trenton Missionary Baptist Church until the damage caused by 26 inches of river water is cleaned up.
We have done our part with our prayers, our work, our money, and our donations of food and other basic necessities. But the needs are still great. The process of recovery will be long. Read more…

Wanting to help with Hurricane Recovery?

Volunteer Team to New Bern
Friday, October 26
Reverend Johnny Branch is leading a mission work team to New Bern on Friday, October 26, to help with Hurricane Florence relief. If you would like to volunteer for the team, please call the church office at 752-6154. Please leave your email address so Johnny can be in contact to provide more information. Team members will meet in the parking lot across from the Sanctuary at St. James by 8 a.m. Volunteers should provide their own work gloves and masks.

C4C Update

YOU can make a difference in the life of a student or teacher by giving a few hours each week. Please consider joining the team of amazing volunteers with Congregations for Children (C4C). There are opportunities to share your time and talent at Wahl Coates School in a variety of ways.
  • The Captain’s Crew luncheon, held monthly in the Fellowship Hall of St. James, honors one student per classroom who has been nominated by their fellow students to attend a pizza luncheon and hear a motivational speaker. Volunteers help set up, serve pizza, and interact with the children. Dates are this Friday, October 19, as well as December 14, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 12, and May 24. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bicycle Safety Training needs two to three volunteers per training session. The sessions will be every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from October 30 through November 20 from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers help the coach set up a bicycle course and teach bicycle safety.
  • The Wahl Coates media coordinator needs volunteer help with the school Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 13, 14, and 15. Volunteers will assist children in finding and purchasing books.
  • Volunteers are also requested to work in the classrooms by reading, tutoring, or mentoring students, assisting teachers in the classroom, or by doing office work. Here are specific grade-level requests:      * 2nd grade – read with students, help in math, and file papers      * 5th  grade – read with students      * Kindergarten – paperwork jobs for an afternoon volunteer
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Artie Rogers at (252)917-2139 or

Trunk Or Treat


Sunday, October 28th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

“Sensory-friendly” time:  3:30-4:00 pm – For children with special needs who may need a quieter, less crowded setting.
Last year was AMAZING, thanks to the overwhelming support of the congregation!!
This year we are expecting even MORE of our friends from Wahl-Coates School and the community!
We need your help again in preparing a parking lot FULL of decorated trunks. Organize your small group or Living Water class and join in on the fun.
Let’s demonstrate the love and grace of God to our guests to contrast the usual dark spirits of Halloween! What a great witness for the Light! Read more…

Keep God’s Children Warm

homelessKeep God’s Children Warm.

“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.
KEEP GOD’S CHILDREN WARM will be starting again on Thursday, Nov. 1st, @ 9:30 a.m. and continuing every Thursday until March 2019 (except for Thanksgiving day). Please save any clothes you would like to contribute until the last week of October when you may deposit them in the labelled bin. Until then, we do not have adequate space for storing the items so we do appreciate your not bringing them in any earlier.
Thank you for your generous participation and we look forward to another successful season of clothing God’s Children!
Judy Neufer, Sharon Loy, Mary McCallum, Kerry Kopanski,
Ellen Hucknall, Emily Blankenship
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at or 570-437-9046. Thank you. Read more…

Upward Basketball at St. James UMC

upward-basketball-web-bannerYes!  Upward Basketball is returning to St James this fall.

Every child is a winner! This is the slogan of Upward Basketball & Cheerleading and yet Upward is about a lot more than dribbling, bounce passes and cheers. It is one of the most intentional tools for helping us make disciples of Jesus Christ!
Registration for the 2018-2019 Upward Basketball season is now underway for boys and girls age Kindergarten/5 through 6th grade. The early registration cost per child for basketball or cheerleading is $85 through October 14, 2018. Late Registration is then $95 until Oct 26, 2018 (as available). This includes games jerseys, short, T-Shirt and devotional materials. Read more…

Operation Christmas Child

Did you know it is less than 3 months until Christmas!
Yes, it is that time again when we have the opportunity to share the love of God and bring joy into the lives of children around the world!

Operation Christmas Child is ready to launch.
Beginning October 7th, empty shoeboxes waiting to be filled with gifts and love will be available to be picked up in the Fellowship Hall. A brochure with a cut-out indicating whether the gifts are for a boy or girl, the age range of the child and general instructions for filling the box will accompany each shoebox. Place the filled shoeboxes on the Fellowship Hall stage by Sunday, November 18th.
What can make the shoebox so powerful?
The prayer that accompanies each box. Pray as you shop, pray as you make selections, pray as you pack – pray for the child, and believe that God will direct each shoebox to a particular child.
“Lord, you know what a child’s need is and which child will receive this box. Direct me in making choices that will bless this little one in ways I cannot imagine, because most of all this gift is a means to demonstrate your love.”
For more information, contact Rea Purvis at

Growing In Grace – Gearing Up for Fall

The C4C Backpack Ministry of St. James United Methodist Church is in immediate need for volunteers.  Our Backpack Ministry of C4C provides supplemental food bags to children at Wahl Coates Elementary each week during the school year. Without this food, these children would have little to nothing to eat on the weekends.
We have more requests this school year than any previous year, and we still have not received all of the anticipated requests from the Kindergarten classes.  Even if we have enough food and funds, we may not be able to meet the needs of these children due to lack of volunteers. We do not want to be in the unfortunate position of having to turn down their requests. Read more…

Serving the Body Through Holy Communion

Do you have a heart to serve the body of Christ? Serving Holy Communion is a wonderful way to experience it! We are asking all those that would like to participate in this ministry, to contact Joyce Day at 752-6154 or

Come out and enjoy the great food and fellowship at TGIW!

Wednesday night activities begin this week!  It all starts at 5:15 pm with a delicious meal prepared by one of our ministry teams.  Children’s activities begin at 6:00 pm, and Adult classes begin at 6:00, 6:15, or 6:30 pm depending on the class.  ConneXion music rehearsal begins at 7:00 pm and the Chancel Choir at 7:15 pm.
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