Relay for Life Fund Raisers

The St. James Relay for Life team has planned several fundraisers for the month of March:
Great Harvest has named the St. James Relay for Life team as its non-profit organization for the entire month. Purchase a special dessert at Great Harvest, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to our team.
Also during March, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is holding “A Time to Give” fundraiser. Customers will receive a complimentary watch battery replacement, and in exchange they will make a donation to St. James Relay for Life team, Bailey’s designated charity for the month of March.
The Timothy Sawyer State Farm Agency is donating $10.00 for home and auto quotes requested that mention St James Relay for Life. A $10 donation will be made for all auto quotes they receive. A $10 donation will be made for all home quotes they receive. Quotes are not obligations to buy, and no purchase is necessary. The maximum donation per household is $20.
For more information, contact Linnley Cox at (252) 327-8675.
Relay Day – Silent Auction and Bake Sale
Sunday, March 31st
Mark your calendars now for the annual Silent Auction and Bake Sale!

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).

C4C – Opportunities to Serve

Opportunities to Serve Our Neighbors at Wahl-Coates Elementary School
Please donate items for “Snack Buckets” for students at Wahl-Coates who come to school hungry. Suggested donations include Nabs, Granola Bars, Mini Muffins, and Fruit Snacks. All items should be store-bought and individually wrapped.
The C4C Backpack Ministry needs donations of food and money for extra food bags for the extended Spring Break.
Please consider giving your time as a volunteer in any of the following ways:
  • Sign up to read with a student one-on-one in the Media Center.
  • Help operate the Positive Behavior Rewards Store when students come in to “buy” goodies with the tickets they earned for positive behavior. The Rewards Store will be open on February 28, March 29, and April 30 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Volunteers can sign up to work for part of the day or for the whole day.
  • Read a Dr. Seuss book in a classroom on March 1, Reading Across America Day. Books will be available at the school.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Artie Rogers at or Lora Joyner at

Youth Summer Schedule

Come join us for these fun events this summer!!! Read more…

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.

Happy 150th Birthday UMW!

Can you believe it?  More than 800,000 United Methodist Women are celebrating their 150th birthday this year.  Only 8 women in Boston, MA on Mar. 23, 1869 actually gave birth to the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society when they took action. They saw a dramatic need for health care and educational opportunities for women in India and DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! Wouldn’t they be surprised at how we’ve grown?
Won’t YOU please come and help us celebrate? There are 5 circles to choose from, all meeting at various times to appeal to varying schedules. This past year we welcomed 9 new members. We’d love to welcome you! Maybe we can aim for 150 new members!
For information please call or email:  Judy Neufer 570-437-9046 /

Youth Update

There have been some changes to the February calendar. See “What’s coming up” below for more details!
  • The youth are in charge of TGIW dinner on Wednesday, March 13th. If you are interested in helping, please sign up here. We will need a point person for it, as well as several people who are willing to help. All proceeds go to the youth mission fund to help with mission trips and mission work throughout the year. Please sign up, as I only had one person contact me last week.
  • Kaleidoscope is a weekend trip for youth grades 6-8 in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church at Don Lee summer camp. The dates for it are April 5-7. If you are interested in learning more, please click here. Deadline to sign up is March 10. To register, please click here. If you need financial assistance, scholarships can be arranged.
  • We have now published our Summer 2019 Calendars. You can find a JPEG of them by clicking here (June 2019 or July 2019), but a PDF will also be sent out, along with an explanation of the trips in a separate email to all youth. We’re publishing them this early to help you in making your summer plans. Know that we will be continuing with the trips from last year, as well as adding several for middle school this summer. Be watching your emails for the calendars!
What’s coming up for St. James Youth
  • Kaleidoscope Deadline Mar 10
  • TGIW Dinner Mar 13
Questions? Email us at

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

SJUMC Food Pantry Needs Items

This is the time of year many think about stockings filled with toys, candy, fruit, and hats or gloves. The St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry needs to be filled with food for the needy. Please help with restocking the pantry with the following items:
  • canned fruit
  • canned soup
  • breakfast items of cereal, oatmeal, and grits
  • dried and canned beans (pinto, kidney, white—no green beans, please).
Deposit your donations in the bins outside of Marianne’s office.
Thank you!

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.
Remember KEEP GOD’S CHILDREN WARM when you are replacing your winter coats and clothing. We will collect all clothing sizes: children, youth, and adult, that you would like to contribute. Please deposit them in the labeled bin. These are distributed to our food pantry folks each Thursday morning.
Thank you for your generous participation and we look forward to another successful season of clothing God’s Children!
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at or 570-437-9046. Thank you. Read more…