Advent Devotions Needed

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord”
Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4, John
1:23, Isaiah 40:3
This verse appears in all four Gospels, as spoken by John the Baptist. He was quoting the prophet Isaiah to describe himself to the priests and Levites who had come out to the Jordan River to discover who this Baptizer was and what he was up to. “What do you say about yourself?” they asked. (John 1:22) John the Baptist’s full reply: “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” (John 1:23, NASB)
Would you like to participate in helping prepare fellow-church members for God’s coming at Christmas? Advent is our preparation time for Jesus’ birth into history and into our lives. One way to prepare for His coming is to pray daily through the use of a devotional guide.
Will you write a devotion that will be published in this year’s “A Daily Devotional Guide for Advent and Christmas”? The guidelines are simple – choose a short Scripture passage that speaks to you on any theme related to Advent or Christmas, write a personal reflection (not a sermon!) on that theme, then end with a short prayer. The entire piece should be no longer than 350 words. It can be much shorter!
If you would like to participate, please email Chris Garcia at The guidelines are here. The deadline to receive the devotions is November 12. The guide will be available on December 3, 2017, the Sunday before Advent begins on December 3. We hope to have enough writers to take the daily devotions through Epiphany on January 7.
If you have any questions, please call Chris at 341-5705. THANK YOU!

ECU Middle East Lecture Series

The Department of Anthropology is hosting the Middle East Lecture Series.
The next presentation is by Dr. Cecil P. Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University, with “My Study Abroad Experience Excavating at a Biblical City”, and Dr. Jennie R. Ebeling, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville and Author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, with “Making Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: Women’s Roles in Old Testament Religion”
Thursday, October 26 at 4 p.m.
Flanagan 265 | Reception to Follow

ECU Religious Studies Upcoming Events

An evening with filmmaker and scholar, Cherif Keita. Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 pm.
B-103 Howell Science Building. Sponsored by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Professorship. For more information, contact
Cherif Keita is William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Cemetery Stories (2009): The director takes us on his eight-year odyssey in the footsteps of two families, the Wilcoxes and the Dubes–one, of white American missionaries, the other, Zulus from South Africa–whose friendship in the late 19th century stands as a landmark in the struggle for Black liberation and democracy in South Africa. To both families, the director brings lost pieces of their history and reconnects them after ninety years. All the while, he asks why he, a West African Muslim and professor of French, was the one piecing together their story. The answer comes when he learns he was chosen for the task by two “unappeased” souls in the Minnesota town where he lives (59 min, directed by Cherif Keita, edited by Dominic Ficci).
Remembering Nokutela (2013): Unfortunately, all too often, the history of women is reduced to a footnote in the epic of brave men. In Africa, even that footnote disappears when a woman has not been able to bear a child. “Remembering Nokutela” is the four-year long journey of African-born U.S. director, Cherif Keita, to rescue Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), a forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa, from the purgatory of history almost a century after her death at the age of forty-four (in English and Zulu, 57 min, directed by Cherif Keita, edited by Dominic Fucci).
Whichard Visiting Prof. Joseph Hellweg (Religious Studies) will introduce Prof. Keita. Prof. Kenneth Wilburn (History) will lead the post-film discussion.
Rev. Dr. William Barber will deliver the 25th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture on October 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Hendrix Theater. The title is “Poor People’s Campaign and National Call for Moral Revival”.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Free tickets can be obtained through Central Ticket Office (CTO) in advance or at the door in Mendenhall. Call (252) 328-4788.
The Rev. Dr. William J.Barber II is co-author, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Division. He is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. He files regular dispatches from the southern movement for racial justice for The Nation. Rev. Barber is the architect of the “Forward Together Moral Monday Movement,” president of the North Carolina NAACP, and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He is also president of “Repairers of the Breach.”
Dr. Stephen Prothero will deliver the Whichard Distinguished Guest Lecture. He will speak on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7 pm in Hendrix on the ECU campus, on “Religious Literacy in an Age of Strongmen.”

Professor Prothero is Chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, including Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (HarperOne, 2016), God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010), and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007). His books have been published on five continents and translated into eight languages.

Prothero has commented on religion on hundreds of National Public Radio programs; on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, PBS; and on all the major networks. He was also a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “The Colbert Report,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. Read more about him at

New Member Interest Meeting

Thinking About Joining St. James?

You are coming to worship on Sundays. You are a part of a class. You are beginning to see familiar faces when you come to the church. And you have a desire to be part of something bigger. Maybe it is time to consider becoming a member of St. James UMC!
We are having a new members interest meeting on Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 in Pastor Ben’s office. We invite you to be a part of the St. James family!
Contact Ben Alexander if you have questions at 252-752-6154 or

Chrismon Workshop

Are you a Craftsy Person?

Chrismon-1Chrismon-5The Chrismon decorations for our Chrismon Trees need to be replaced.  So we are organizing a
Chrismon Craft Workshop

on Fridays, October 20th and November 3rd,from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Chrismons are Christian symbols that hang on the tree at Christmastime.
Chrismon-7Chrismon-2We have examples and instructions of the Chrismons that need to be created – but we need creative, artsy folks to put them all together.  Art supplies will be provided.
Bring your lunch and be prepared for a fun filled day of creating ornaments. Any question contact Tommy Shaw, – 252-717-1149 or Betty Fuqua, – 252-756-3226.

e-Newsletter 10-01-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



Hurricane Response

Here is How We Can Help!


The teams of workers that are bringing aid to the hurricane damaged areas are in need of supplies and money.  We may not be able to physically go to these locations, but there are opportunities for us to help from here.


St. James is preparing flood buckets for the ERT teams.  Our goal is to assemble at least 100 flood buckets to send with UMCOR workers. 


On Sunday, your will see displays in the Narthex and CLMC Lobbies.  Take a card (or many cards) from the displays, purchase the items listed, and then bring them to the Commons area at the church by Saturday, October 28th.

Please be sure to purchase the correct size of the item (or a slightly smaller size).


Then on Sunday, October 29th, we will gather after church at 12:15 pm for an assembly party to put all the flood buckets together.  It will be a fun, and much-needed, mission project for the whole family.


We are also collecting monetary support.  If you are able to help, be sure to mark your gifts for Hurricane Relief.



Did you know that St. James had a facebook group?

Click here to visit us.


Youth Events for October


On Saturday, October 14th, we will be participating in a district wide youth event called the Son, Salt and Sea. This day trip to Ft. Macon Beach and Morehead City is for youth grades 6-12. We will participate in a beach cleanup and end with worship at FUMC Morehead.


On October 29th, we will be going to Air U in Greenville. We will meet in the CLMC for dinner at 6 p.m., then drive over to Air U. Pick up will be 8:30 pm at Air U. Remember to bring your trampoline socks, or $3 to buy a new pair at Air U that night. If you are going to Air U with St. James Youth, you will need to have a signed waiver the night of Air U (click on to print a waiver form or electronically file it).


For more information, click here.


Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Free Event for Everyone!


This year we are inviting all of our new friends at Wahl-Coates school!  We need your help 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!


Please “register” your trunk with Molly Carpenter so that we know how many we have and can arrange the parking lot accordingly.  You can contact her at 752-6154 or


You can also help by donating candy. Please drop off your donations to the church office.

Contact Molly Carpenter 752-6154 or for questions or to volunteer.



UMW Days for Girls Mission Project

The St. James United Methodist Women will be holding workshops on October 7th and 14th from 9am to noon in Room 21 to sew and prepare kits for our Days for Girls Project. The kits will be distributed by the St. James Mission Team in October. We are hopeful to prepare 50 kits for distribution. We need volunteers to sew, cut and assemble the items required for each kit.


We also are requesting donations of washcloths, small bars of soap, gallon ziplock bags and girls size underwear. The collection area for donations is located at the UMW Bulletin Board in the main hallway.


Days for Girls is an international project that gives girls an opportunity to stay in school by providing feminine hygiene supplies. If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact Tammy Stephenson at or Lynn Gammell




Registration for the 2018 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 $75 through October 13, 2017. Registration is then $85 until October 22, 2017. This includes games jerseys and devotional materials.


The kindergarten through 3rd grade girls and kindergarten through 4th grade boys will practice and play games at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. The 5th and 6th grade boys and 4th through 6th grade girls will play at St. James United Methodist Church. The first practices will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 and the first games will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018.


Upward Basketball is a unique sports experience that develops young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Registration applications are available at all information desks throughout St. James UMC or register online at We are thrilled to host another exciting season of Upward Basketball. Any questions, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or


Meet Our New Choral Scholar


Nick Pierle started with our choir last spring, and we welcome him back to our St James family. He’s easy to recognize as the tenor with the smile that lights up the room. A Master’s student in Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Nick is slated to graduate in December 2018. He is currently singing with the ECU Chamber Singers and the Greenville Choral Society, as well as singing the role of The Lord Chancellor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for November 4th. Lastly, he will be conducting the Collegiate Choir in both the spring and fall semesters. After graduation, Nick hopes to attend a doctoral program and continue to teach voice in a private studio. His ideal job would be performing opera, as well as working at a university as a voice instructor. He also wants to travel the world and experience different cultures around the world. He enjoys music, because it is an international language that everyone can understand no matter what part of the world they’re from; it brings people together. His personal favorites are Don Giovanni by Mozart or Smetana’s Ma Vlast.
Nick is originally from Waxhaw, NC. While in high school, Nick participated in the choir and theatre programs. His greatest accomplishment, though, was earning a black belt in karate; the training process took about 6 years for completion. Nick claims to have learned a lot about himself throughout this training which instilled core values such as respect, commitment, determination, and courage. He has been consistently supported by his mother, who is the strongest person he knows.

Nick selected ECU because of the welcoming environment of the School of Music and the one-on-one attention he knew he would receive in class. He chose to sing with us at St James to enjoy the communal aspect of the ensemble. He says he is looking forward to working with and getting to know the ensemble. “You all are a special group and I’m looking forward to joining the St. James family!” Nick’s greatest hope is to find happiness and to share it with others. Seems to us, you are well on your way! Again, welcome!


UMW’s Parade of Tables

Parade of Table tickets are now available!

You may download a registration form by clicking here and mail your form and payment to Lynn Gammell. Or, you may contact Lynn directly at


Registration forms are also available at the church office.  And tickets will be on sale on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.

The event is Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11:00 to 1:30, with the doors opening at 10:45 am. It will be held in the Christian Life Ministries Center. Kristi Overton Johnson will be our guest speaker. Tickets are $20/person.



Keep God’s Children Warm

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th, 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 from 9:30 am to Noon. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March.


Since Karen & Mike Arny began this program it has proven to be very popular. They are not able to continue with it this year, so I will be carrying it on. However, it is better to have two people there on a regular basis to help with sorting the clothes, and displaying them as well as greeting folks and making them feel welcome. If you are able to help it would be very much appreciated!


Please email me, Judy Neufer, at or call 570-437-9046. Thank you.



Our Record of Faithfulness





This Sunday


Exploring the Core Values of


     St. James UMC


Matthew 26:6-13


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Rev. Mark Woods



TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) continues through November 15th.


Upcoming Menus:

Oct. 11:  Boston Butt, Potatoes and Green Beans

(host:  Jamaica Missions)

Oct. 18:  Soups and Salad

(host:  WOW (Women on the Way) Class)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:



St. James Calendar




Coming Events


UMW Days for Girls Workshop – Saturday, October 7th from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…


New Study in Seeker Class – Sundays at 9:50 am.  more…


Youth Event – Son, Sand and Sea – Saturday, October 14th.  more…


UMW Days for Girls Workshop
– Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 am to Noon.  Note this is a new date!  more…


St. James Book Club – Sunday, October 15th at 5:00 pm.  more…


XYZ Luncheon – Thursday, October 19th at Noon.  more…


Duke Day – Saturday, October 21st.  more…




Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  more…



Upward Basketball Registration – Sue by October 22nd.  more…



Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



UMW’s Parade of Tables – Saturday, October 28th, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.  more…


Flood Bucket Brigade Project – Sunday, October 29th.  more…



Youth Event – AirU.  Sunday, October 29th at 6:00 pm.  more….




All Saints Service – Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 pm.  more…



Pilgrimage 2017 – Youth Event – November 10-12.   more…

Missions &  Opportunities


Hurricane Response – How We Can Help!

Click here for more information


Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



Serving Opportunities at Wahl-Coates this Fall – Volunteer help needed with C4C (Congregations for Children).  more…


Keep God’s Children Now collecting warm clothing donations.  Click here for more information


Operation Christmas Child – Fill a shoe box for children around the world.  more…



Collecting Bibles for Homeless Shelter click here for more information.




Honor Your Loved Ones with Flowers on the Altar – Click here for more information.



Kairos Maury Prison Ministry – Help build a church behind the walls.  more…


Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out more.


For additional mission opportunities, click here to visit the website.



Newsletter Prayer List


Please be in prayer for these members of the St. James family:

Sam Stephenson, Ed and Betty Yancey, Susan Hiatt, Patti Frank, Jim Josephson, Nancy Bishop, Kent Stephenson, Frances Strawn, Chris Langley, Margie Watson, and Lottie Mozingo.


These people are prayed for every week by the St. James Prayer Ministry Team and in countless ways by the St. James congregation.  If you would like prayers for you or a loved one, please call the church office (752-6154) to be added to this Prayer List.  Names will remain on this list for 30 days.  If further prayers are desired following that time, please call again.



This week’s Special Prayers for some of our homebound members:

Lois Narron, Woody & Linda Peele, Madeline Roy, and Charley Swing.


Sympathy is extended to Tony and Linda Franklin on the death of Linda’s father, Edgar Cashwell, who passed away October 2nd.


Sympathy is extended to Sharon Mozingoon the death of her uncle, Mark Mozingo, who passed away October 3rd.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



Congratulations to Rob and Allie Plumb on the birth of their son, Truman Beckham Plumb, who was born on September 26th, 2017.  Older siblings are Kylie and Brooks.



Harrison Edwin Clark was baptized on October 1st at the 11:11 am ConneXion Worship Service.  He is the son of Tyler and Laura Beth Clark.  Big Brother is Mason.




Bikers for Diapers

With the support of Pregnancy Center Directors and Motorcycle Ministries, we can bring much needed diapers and wipes to children who are in need. Our mission: to give a helping hand to Babies in Eastern North Carolina.

We will collect diapers and wipes at St. James – bring them to the collection bins near the main office. The Motorcycle Ministries will deliver them to the Carolina Pregnancy Centers across eastern NC. Please bring your donations by Sunday, October 29th.



Volunteer with Vidant Home Health and Hospice

Vidant Home Health and Hospice is currently recruiting volunteers in the Pitt County area. We have an increasing need for compassionate individuals whom are willing to provide support to patients and their families at the end of life. As a volunteer, you will be able to give back to the community, in an emotionally rewarding way.

Opportunities include:

  • Direct Support: Offering Companionship: Friendly visits to provide some special attention, a listening ear, and a comforting presence.
  • Respite Care: Respite care is an opportunity for the caregiver to have a break and still be assured their loved one is safe.
  • Indirect Support: Providing support in our offices or at the Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.

Training is provided. To schedule a presentation about our volunteer program or to sign up as a Vidant Home Health and Hospice Volunteer please contact Angelina Brittle at 252-847-1236 or email





Do you have an event or ministry that you would like to include in this newsletter
or to promote to the St. James family?


You can enter the information online at the St. James website (click here!) at your convenience.  We will collect the announcements and distribute them in the newsletters, bulletins and on the announcement screens before worship!



St. James United Methodist Church

2000 E. Sixth St.

Greenville, NC  27858

(252) 752-6154

All-Saints Service



Sunday, November 5, is All Saints Sunday. We will offer a special worship service that evening at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary where we will remember the lives of loved ones we have lost during this past year.

If you have had a loved one die between November 6, 2016 and now and would like us to remember them during this service, please contact Joyce Day at or (252) 752-6154.

All are welcome to come to this special worship on

Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Hurricane Response – How Can We Help?

This hurricane season has seen more destruction and flooding than usual.
Are you ready to help our brothers and sisters in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean as they recover from these storms?
The teams of workers that are bringing aid to the hurricane damaged areas are in need of supplies and money. We may not be able to physically go to these locations, but we can help from here. Our goal is to assemble at least 100 flood buckets to send with UMCOR workers.
Take a card (or many cards) from the displays in the CLMC and the Narthex, purchase the items listed, and then bring them to the Commons area at the church by Saturday, October 28th.
Please be sure to purchase the correct size of the item (or a slightly smaller size).  While we appreciate heartfelt donations, only items on the supply lists and in the sizes indicated will be accepted.


Then on Sunday, October 29th following church, we will have an assembly party to put all the flood buckets together. It will be a fun, and much-needed, mission project for the whole family.

You may bring the items to the Commons area at St. James or to Ross Orthodontics on Arlington Dr. All collected items will be assembled into Relief Kits and delivered to UMCOR for use in the afflicted areas.
If you want to give directly to the relief efforts, the best way to donate financially is through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. You may give online to the fund by clicking the button below, or you may donate offline with a check. If you donate with a check, you can make it out to St. James UMC, but please designate UMCOR Advance #901670 in the memo line.
As we watch news coverage of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Harvey continue to produce, we want to help.  UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) outlines specific ways that you can help now, even as rescue efforts remain underway.  Click the UMCOR logo below for information.
Trained Early Response Teams Requested for Harvey Relief
The Emergency Rescue operations are complete and there is now a need for ERTs (Early Response Teams) in the Texas/Louisiana area.
The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged Early Response Teams (ERT) for Hurricane Harvey response. All ERTs should click here to register.
The Texas Annual Conference is also ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey response.Team leaders can register their team by clicking here or go to the Texas Conference website at and click on “Disaster Volunteer Team Registration.”
The Rio Texas Conference is also registering trained and badged ERT teams and individuals at
When the Texas Annual Conference invites volunteers to come, we will publicize that information. In the meanwhile, please pray for those impacted by the storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.

XYZ Luncheon

XYZ circle

XYZ October Gathering
XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, October 19th at Noon for our monthly gathering.  Our speaker this month is Dr. Laura Mazow, Associate Professor of Anthropology at ECU. She will speaking to us on the topic of biblical archaelogy, which “involves the recovery and scientific investigation of the material remains of past cultures that can illuminate the periods and descriptions in the Bible, be they from the Old Testament …or from the New Testament, as well as the history and cosmogony of the Judeo-Christian religions” (from Wikipedia).
We will also welcome Brian Fulcher from Realo Drugs, who will be offering flu shots. Be sure to bring your insurance card and any co-pay if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity. Brian will be here at 11:30 a.m. and we will start our lunch/program at 12:00 p.m.
Remember: we provide the drinks and desserts, you bring whatever else you want for lunch.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or

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.  On October 22nd, the Commons and the Narthex will be filled with empty shoe boxes waiting to be filled with gifts and love. Each box contains 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.
Place the filled shoe boxes on the Fellowship Hall stage by Sunday, November 19th.
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