Hurricane Florence Response

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September 19, 2018
Dear St. James Family,
Thank you for all the ways you have already assisted in the Hurricane Florence efforts, and for your desire to be a part of the recovery in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  In addition to your prayers, we would like to encourage you to share your time, talents, and treasure in the following ways.  Please prayerfully consider how you can be the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbors who have been impacted by this event.
1) DONATE SUPPLIES: We will be collecting and delivering supplies for relief through Joy Soup Kitchen, Grifton Mission Ministries, Ann Street UMC in Beaufort, and First UMC in Morehead CitySupplies can be left on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.  Needed general supplies include:
  • Tarps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Feminine products
  • All kinds of hygiene and toiletry products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Lanterns
  • Power bars (the surge protector kind, not the protein bar food)
  • Extension cords

Needed food items include:

  • Pop top cans of meat, veggies, etc.
  • Large cans of veggies to cook hot meals
  • Divided clamshell plates to distribute hot meals
  • Small jars peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Baby formula
  • Bottled water
For more information, contact Tyrone Walston at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154).
2) JOIN A WORK TEAM: For those who are interested in being a part of a work team, please contact Paula Hamlin at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154). We will compile a list which will be provided to the Sound Conference disaster relief team.  You will then be contacted.
3) PARTICIPATE IN THE C4C FOOD DRIVE: C4C will hold a food drive the week of Sunday, 9/23 through Sunday, 9/30, in which you can support the program with food or monetary donations. Collection bins for donations are located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas.  Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC; add “Backpacks” to the memo line.
The C4C Backpack Ministry serves children at Wahl Coates Elementary.  This ministry 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. Due to the expected influx of displaced children into our community after Hurricane Florence, we believe we will see the demand for weekend backpacks rise.  In addition, parents who will be out of work due to the hurricane will have increased financial strain, making our weekend backpacks that much more important for these families.  As a part of the Hurricane Florence relief fund, we are requesting support for additional food items and volunteers to serve the expected rise in demand.
Backpack Food Drive Items Needed: 
  • Protein (beanie weanies, chef boyardee, vienna sausages)
  • Pop-tarts
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Chips
  • Crackers (Cheez-its)
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Individual-size cereal packs
  • Water
  • Capri Suns juice boxes
  We will also need additional volunteers for packing food bags, shopping at Aldi and Sams Club for the above items on a regular basis.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.
4) GIVE TO THE CHILDRENS COLORING BOOKS AND CRAYONS DRIVE: The American Red Cross and the First UMC in Morehead City are in need of these items for the shelters. Supplies can be left at the Children’s Check-In Desk in the Commons. For more information, contact Molly Carpenter at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154).
5) SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS FINANCIALLY: Click on the Donate now button below for online donations.  Or, make checks payable to St James UMC, placing the text “Hurricane Florence” in the memo line.  These checks can be placed in the offering at Sunday worship services, brought to St James, or mailed to: St James Methodist Church, Attn: Marianne Leventry, 2000 E. 6th St, Greenville, NC 27858.


St. James’ Missions Committee

Hurricane Florence Cancellations

All Worship Services are on for Sunday!

The storm has passed and settled into rain and rising waters.  If you are able to get out, we invite you to join us for a time of worship and praise to God at any of our four services on Sunday morning.
   8:45 am – Worship in the Sanctuary
   9:00 am – Worship in the Christian Life Ministries Ctr
   9:50 am – Living Water Sunday Classes
11:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary
11:11 am – Worship in the Christian Life Ministries Ctr
Please use your best judgment when considering your safety.


Wills and Estate Planning

Wills and Estate Planning
October 29, 2018, 5:30 pm
Fellowship Hall

Close up of a Family Estate planning document with writing hand

Join us for food, fellowship and a time to explore God’s word on life and death. We will learn about the importance of wills and estate planning and how to see it as a form ofBiblical Stewardship. Our guests will be Rev. Lynn Benson, Director of Legacy Giving at the United Methodist Foundation and Charlotte-Anne Alexander, from Colombo Kitchen Attorneys. Please contact Marianne Leventry at 252-752-6154 or to register. Childcare will be provided upon request.

UMW Fall Bazaar

IMG_0545_smSt James’ UMW Fall Bazaar

Save the date!  The UMW is excited to host the Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 27, 2018. If you want to contribute, it’s time to start crafting, baking and freezing food items and collecting White Elephant items!  We have workshops going on now; watch for more dates!


Frances Cain 50 Years of Ministry

50 years of ministry! In some ways that doesn’t seem like a very long time, but when you start to think about it … 50 years ago, we had never tasted a Big Mac. We had never heard the Beatles’ “White Album”. We had no idea what a ziploc bag was, or had ever sat in a bean bag chair. We had never eaten at Red Lobster, and we had never heard of a CD, or a DVD, or HD, or even OCD. So much has changed in 50 years!
But in the last 50 years, there has been one thing that has remained constant – the music ministry of our own Frances Cain!
This October marks the 50th year of ministry for Frances and we want to celebrate her contribution to St. James. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, October 21st, when we will have a reception for Frances and Bill Cain beginning at 12:00 pm. We hope to see you there!
If you would like to contribute to a love gift for Frances, please bring it to the church office before Monday, October 15th. (Note that your donation is a gift to Frances Cain, and not a gift to the church. Therefore the donation will not be tax deductible.)

Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver Burnout What is It?  How do we recognize it?  What can we do about it?
Join us for an informative session and discussion with Dr. Lara Surles, Geriatric Specialist
St. James United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall Sunday, September 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
For more information and to register contact Joyce Day at or (252)752-6154

Middle School Lock-In

Are you ready for an over night at the church filled with fun games,
fellowship, and worshiping Jesus?  This is the place to sign up!
Middle School Lock-In Begins Friday, September 21st at 8:00 pm
We go until we drop!
If your student is in 6th-8th grade, sign them up!  If your student is in 9th-12th grade, no worries!  They can still help with the lock-in.  Adult volunteers are needed as well.
If you have questions or need more info, contact Abby (752-6154 or

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.
We need the most help from volunteers willing to shop for food. We are looking for volunteers to commit to being purchasers for a specific item for the school year.  The volunteers would shop at either Aldi or Sam’s Club, and would make sure their items was always in stock at the church prior to a packing Sunday.  The time commitment (depending on how often you wanted to shop) could be as little as one hour per month or every few weeks.  
If interested, please contact Allie Plumb. She will be able to provide more specifics. or 309-530-5638
We thank you in advance for your consideration in helping us to serve as many students as possible through the Backpack Ministry.
We will hold a food drive on Sunday, 9/23 where the congregation can support the program with food donations or monetary donations. Collection bins will be located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas for donations. “Shopping guides” with suggested items to purchase will be passed out on Sunday 9/16.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC and put “Backpacks” in the memo line. No amount is too small and any contributions are greatly appreciated. There are also opportunities for people to sponsor a child. A $100 contribution feeds a child for a semester and $200 feeds a child for the school year.
Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.

Acolyte Training

Being an acolyte is a service of honor to God and to the worshiping community. As acolytes bring in the light, they remind us that the light of Christ is present when we gather in the name of Christ. When they depart carrying the light, we remember that each of us carries the light of Christ out of the church and into the world. Acolyting on Scout Sunday Would you like to serve as an acolyte? We will be scheduling an Acolyte Training for anyone 3rd grade and up who would like to serve. Please contact Betty Fuqua at
Come and join us for the training and see if it is something for you!  No experience necessary.

Fall Classes 2018


Register here for the Fall 2018

Adult Classes and Groups
Can you believe that summer is almost over? Students are already returning to town and we are preparing our fall routines. Do you find it difficult to stay connected and growing in your faith amongst all the busy-ness? There are a whole lot of opportunities to stay connected at St. James this fall!
The Fall Program Guide is now available! We are excited about the range of classes and groups offered this fall for all ages and hope that you will find a place to connect and grow with us. You can register for the Fall Classes right here or by calling the Church Office (252-752-6154).

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