Volunteer at Pruitthealth Hospice

We need your help!
Provide companionship with patients, play cards, make crafts, help out in the office …
there are endless opportunities!

We also work with Quilting Clubs and hold Blanket making workshops here in our office.
Do what you want to do to help out and share your talents!

Volunteering is so much fun at PruittHealth Hospice. (We spoil our volunteers!)

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact Jessi Shepherd at 910.603.1364 or JesShephed@pruitthealth.com

Forum on Dating Abuse

Eyes Wide Open:
A Frank Discussion about Dating Abuse
Come learn about the signs of dating abuse and the resources available to help potential victims. Guest speakers are Jan and Ron Kimble, former Greenville City Manager, whose daughter was murdered by an abusive boyfriend.
The event will be held at Jarvis Memorial UMC’s Taft Christian Life Center on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 pm.
Free meal included.  Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please call 252-752-3101.

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).

Lenten Events at St. James

2019 Lenten Worship Series

The Season of Lent in the church challenges us to grow in faith as we prepare for the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus.  Stretching over forty days (not counting Sundays) and culminating in Holy Week & Easter, the Lenten season provides a variety of ways to remember that we are God’s children, created to love and serve God and one another.  This year at St. James, we want to encourage your participation several different ways.  Read more…

Ulster Project Trivia Night

The Ulster Project of Greenville will be holding an Inaugural Trivia Night. We encourage you to develop a team from your church.
When?   Saturday, February 23, 6:30 pm
Where?  Ignite Church, 4150 Bayswater Drive, Winterville, NC 28590
               (That’s the new road off Firetower Road, by Champions Gym and the Charter Academy.)
Why?     Fundraiser for the Greenville Ulster Project
Details: Ticket prices are $20 per participant, or buy a table of 8 players for $140. Light Refreshments will be offered, as well as a 50/50 Raffle. Gift basket will be awarded to the winning table.
To reserve your spot, click here!
Deadline to reserve your spot is Thursday, February 20.

Thank You from Wahl Coates

A Thank You from the Staff of Wahl-Coates Elementary School
Thank you to the volunteers who come out to help our students and for all of the donated supplies.
Huge thanks for sharing your facility for Melange Ensemble, for volunteering during Bike Safety Week, for baking cookies to sell after our winter concert, and for donating classroom supplies at the beginning of our school year.

Thank you so much for all of your support for the playground and the buddy benches. We can’t wait for the playground equipment to arrive!

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 jartierogers@gmail.com or Lora Joyner at joynerl@pitt.k12.nc.us

Night to Shine Thank You!

Thank you to St. James UMC for A Night to Shine!
A Night to Shine, the prom for special needs people held on February 8 at St. James, exceeded our expectations for the fun, support, warm feelings, and the love of Jesus that we were able to show. As Pastor Ben said, “The response was overwhelmingly positive!”
We could not have done it without you, our loving congregation. A large majority of our leaders and many of our volunteers were members of St. James. Our fellow staff members went above and beyond to make sure the event was a success. Our facilities (while stretched beyond capacity) worked well for the logistics required by such an event. THANK YOU!
The best measure of success is the response from the special needs community. Here is an excerpt from a message that Joyce received the day after A Night to Shine:
“All of the volunteers were so kind and generous and Adam and I both felt so pampered and special! The evening was a reunion of sorts with a lot of people from the disability network we have here in Pitt County and it was full of smiles and hugs and sharing stories while the kings and queens enjoyed all of the wonderful activities you all had planned. Adam’s date … jumped right in with Adam, made conversation about the things he likes and was the sweetest date we could have asked for! … Again, thank you for everything! You all did a wonderful job and I hope you will pass on to all of the volunteers how much it meant to us! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!”
Yes, thank you, St. James, for sharing God’s love to a whole new group of people who you welcomed at our church!
Joyce Day and Chris Garcia

Simply Christian Book Study

Interested in exploring some of the basics of the Christian faith?
Pastor Ben will lead a book discussion on “Simply Christian” by N.T. Wright. We’ll meet three times over three months for discussion at 6 pm on Sundays March 10, April 7, and May 19. Each discussion will focus on a different section of the book. If interested, please sign up for the class by clicking the button below. We will discuss section 1 at the first meeting, so please sign up in advance for information prior to the first meeting.