Honor Card – Community Crossroads Center

Annually, artist Bill Mangum creates a new painting that shares a subtle message about homelessness and serves both as an educational tool and fundraiser for agencies helping the homeless across North Carolina.  To date, over $5,500,000 has been raised to aid the agencies in their outreach missions.
 
This year’s Honor Card, entitled “Rise”, is available for purchase through the church office.  By purchasing the Honor Card and mailing it to family and friends, you are giving a gift in their Honor to Community Crossroads Center. Cards are available for a $5.00 minimum donation.
 
Contact Alan Gill for more information at 752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org


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…


Advent Devotional Guide

 

 

The St. James Advent Devotional Guides have all been distributed.  However, you can still sign up for the daily online version.  Just click below.

 
 


Family Worship during Advent

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
 
During Advent, we are encouraging families to worship together. So from December 3rd – 24th, we will not offer Children’s Chapel or Childcare for school-age children during the worship services. Instead, we are excited to have them join us for worship in the Sanctuary or the Christian Life Ministries Center where all services will include a children’s message. Nursery is still provided for infants-4 year olds, and we will have Sunday School classes as usual for all ages.
 
For more information, please contact Molly Carpenter at 752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org


Boston Butt for the Holidays

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Too busy to cook during the holidays?

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Or maybe just too worn out?

 

We can help!

 
The Jamaica Mission Team is preparing a Boston Butt just for you.  You can pick up the deliciously seasoned and grilled main dish between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 16th.  You can serve it right away or re-heat it on a later date.  (approximately 8 – 10 servings)
 
Order your Boston butt today for only $25 each.  You can order at the church office (252-752-6154 or info@stjconnect.org).  Orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 12th!
 
All proceeds will go towards the work of the St. James Jamaica mission teams.


RFL Bracelets

The St. James’ Relay for Life Team have beautiful anchor bead bracelets for sale just in time for Christmas!  They would make a prefect Christmas gift! The bracelets are $15 each.
 
Contact Linnley Cox (252-327-8675 or linncoxot@yahoo.com) or Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net) to get yours today!
 


Our Core Values

St. James is a large church. There are many activities, events, groups, ministries, and gatherings going on all the time. But at the core of all these things, are the values and ethics that we hold dear. They are what inspire us to do all of these things. They are our core values. This is who we are. Read more…