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!
 


Taking Steps Toward Hope

Grief involves many emotions and can resemble the movement of the ocean, coming and going like the tide. It’s common to have waves of anger, guilt, numbness, sadness or relief. All of these are normal reactions when someone you love dies, be it from a long illness or sudden tragedy. Experiencing grief and bereavement is a journey. Everyone’s experience is different and unique. You may feel alone and need someone to share your thoughts and feelings.
Living on After Loss provides an outlet for those who are experiencing grief. Living on After Loss is a structured, small group that meets once a week for an 8 week series. Here you will find a safe place to learn, understand, and cope with a loss. The first 2 sessions will focus on basic information about the grieving process, reactions to loss, and coping strategies. The next 6 sessions will provide support that will help you identify the feelings and physical effects of loss, provide awareness of the grieving process, help in redefining yourself, and promote awareness of your potential support systems. Seats are limited and preregistration is required.
 
TIME:
Tuesdays, January 9 – February 27, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesdays, April 10 – May 29, 2018
12:00pm to 1:30pm
 
LOCATION:
East Carolina University Family Therapy Clinic
612 East 10th St, Greenville, NC 27834
 
Pathways to Hope is an ongoing, monthly support group where different topics will be discussed each month. You are welcome to come and go based on your needs with no start date or end date.
 
TIME:
The second Tuesday of every month
5:30pm to 7:00 pm
 
LOCATION:
Vidant Wellness Center
2610 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville, NC 27834
 
Living on After Loss and Pathways to Hope are provided as a community service by Vidant Home Health and Hospice. These programs are free for individuals in our community who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives.
For further information, call (252) 847-1236.


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).
 


e-Newsletter 11-30-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”

 

Come “Hang the Green” for Christmas

This year, we are doing things a little differently to prepare for Advent and Christmas.  We are kicking it all off with a Hanging of the Green Celebration Party!  This Saturday, December 2nd, we invite YOU to join in the fun and fellowship as we sing carols, pray over the decorations, decorate the trees and worship spaces, and conclude with a family meal of hot soup and sandwiches.

 

We plan to start at 4:00 pm in the Christian Life Ministries Center, move to the Sanctuary, and then end in the Fellowship Hall between 5:00 & 6:00 pm.  There will be things to do for all ages!

 

The holidays often center around our families, and what better way to prepare for the season than decorating with your church family!

 

 

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

Click here to visit us.

 

   Family Movie – Polar Express       Friday, December 1st, 6:15 pm

   Hanging of the Green Party           Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

   Santa’s First Stop – Santa Visit       Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

   Advent Carol of Bells                    Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm

   True Meaning of Christmas Tour   Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

   Moravian Lovefeast                       Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm

   Salvation Army Bell Ringing         Friday, December 22nd

 

   Christmas Eve Morning Services

        9:00 ConneXion Worship Service in the Christian Life Ministries Center

       11:00 Worship Service in the Sanctuary

   (Note that there will not be an 8:45 AM or an 11:11 AM service that morning)

 

   Christmas Eve Services

         3:00 pm    Children’s Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         5:00 pm    ConneXion Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         7:00 pm    Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

       11:00 pm    Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

 

 

Invite those you care for to a place of Hope and Love this Christmas. Invite them to experience Christmas at St. James.

There are some Christmas Invite Cards at the Information Booths. Take as many as you wish and use them to invite your friends and neighbors. No one should be alone at Christmas. And no one should be without Jesus. Help us to be a welcoming, inviting family for all!

Santa’s First Stop

A Visit With Santa

Parents!

Save the date for “Santa’s First Stop”!

On Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00-5:00 pm, plan a visit with our “Santa” (Ed Daughtry) at St. James.

 

Come and enjoy cookies & milk, make a craft, and hear the Christmas Story. A photographer will also be present to mark your memory!

We encourage all to register for one of the hours to help avoid a long line for Santa. You can register online by clicking the button below or by calling the church office (252-752-6154 or Info@stjconnect.org).

 

 

 

2018 Advent Devotional Guides

are available this Sunday!

Advent is a season of preparation – preparing our homes with Christmas decorations, preparing gifts for our loved ones, and preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. A wonderful way to prepare our hearts is to take a moment each day for a time of devotion and prayer.

 

The Devotional Guides will be available beginning this Sunday, December 3rd, for you to pick up at the church. We are also offering the opportunity to receive the Advent devotions via email (just click the button below). This new set of daily devotionals are written by your fellow members of St. James UMC and can be sent to your email inbox for the season of Advent through Epiphany (December 3rd – January 13th)

To receive the emails, click on the register button below and fill out the form. Then on December 3rd, you will begin to receive your daily emails.

 

 

Family Movie Night

On Friday, December 1st, the St. James’ Relay for Life team will sponsor a Family Movie Night.  Join us at 6:15 pm for a special presentation of “Polar Express”.

 

There will be hot dogs, popcorn, and hot cocoa ($1/each) and every child will receive a silver bell!  There is a suggested donation of $5 per person / $15 for family of 4 / or $20 for family of 4 or more.   Contact Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or linncoxot@yahoo.com) or Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net) for more information!  Wear your pajamas!

 

Potted poinsettias are used to decorate our church throughout Advent. These poinsettias, $10 each, may be purchased in honor or memory of family, friends, and other loved ones. Please fill out the form below and return it and your payment to the church office by Monday, December 3rd. You may also make a contribution to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, given in honor or memory of a loved one. These funds assist people in need throughout the year.
(Forms are available in the church office. Poinsettias may be picked up after the Lovefeast service on December 17th.)

 

On December 10th at 6:00 pm, the St. James Music Ministry will present its Seventh Annual Holiday Bells and Tea in the Fellowship Hall. This event (formerly known as the Advent Tea) will feature traditional tea and cider with lots of goodies!  Music will be provided by the Circuit Riders and St. James Ringers bell ensembles with holiday favorites.

 

 

 

The True Meaning of Christmas Tour

Volunteer To Spread the Christmas 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 5:00 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!

 

You can sign up for a 30-minute segment or stay the whole afternoon. To sign-up, contact Alan Gill at the church (752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org) or click the button below.

 

 

New Studies During Advent

 

There is still time to sign up for the Advent studies!

 

St. James is offering three different Advent studies. Sign up online or by calling the church office (www.stjconnect.org or 252-752-6154). Childcare will be available if requested at least one week ahead.

 

Wednesday Women group will be studying The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 p.m., November 29-December 13. Led by Edie Snider.

 

Both men and women are welcome to join Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m., November 29-December 20. Led by Rhonda Asher.

 

 

The New Beginnings Living Water class will be studying Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley and Chris Seay. Sundays 9:50-10:45 a.m. beginning November 26. This class is led by Sarah Jane and Carney Taylor and meets in Room 23.

 

Announcements

 

Boston Butt for the Holidays

Too busy to cook during the holidays?  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.

 

 

2017 Honor Card – Benefits 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 now 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.

 

 

 

Ringing the Salvation Army Bells

St. James UMC has established a Christmas tradition to serve the Greenville community by ringing the Salvation Army bells on one day during the Christmas holidays. This tradition was initiated by the late Les Garner and coordinated for over 20 years by Mike Board. In 2016, we collected $8,462. Last year, the total was $10,678. These funds allow the Salvation Army to meet the needs of many people who are less fortunate in our community and saves them from having to pay employees to ring the bells on that day.

 

With your help, we will be ringing the bells at 20 kettle sites throughout Greenville on Friday, December 22. We plan to have volunteers ring for 2-hour periods at each site beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 8:00 pm.

 

This serving ministry is one that many have enjoyed! It not only provides a valuable service to our community, but adds a special reminder of us all to the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus.

We are now signing up volunteers to serve! If you can help, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or 252-375-2267 or tpauling@suddenlink.net.

 

 

 

This Sunday

First Sunday of Advent

Mark 13:24-37

 

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Advent Awakenings”

Rev. Ben Alexander

 

At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Keep Awake”

Rev. Mark Woods

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday)

TGIW has concluded for the fall semester.  We will start the fellowship meals again in the new year on January 17th.

 

 

St. James UMC website:

www.stjconnect.org

 

Calendar:

St. James Calendar

 

Questions?

info@stjconnect.org

 

Coming Events

 

Family Movie Night “Polar Express” – Friday, December 1st at 6:15 pm.  Sponsored by Relay for Life.  more…

 

Hanging of the Green Party – Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  more…

 

Santa’s First Stop – Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  more…

 

Evening Prayer Service – December 3rd at 6:30 pm.  more…

 

 

Advent Poinsettias to Honor a Loved One – order by Sunday, December 3rd.  more…

 

Advent Carol of Bells – Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm.  more…

 

 

Boston Butt for the Holidays – Order yours by Tuesday, December 12th.  more…

 

Big Band Christmas at St. James – Friday, December 15th at 7:30 pm.  more…

 

True Meaning of Christmas Tour – Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  more…

 

Moravian Lovefeast – Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm.  more…

 

Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  more…

 

IF:Gathering 2018 – March 17.  Register now and Save the Date!  more…

 

Missions & Opportunities

 

Angel Tree – Christmas Gifts for Methodist Home for Children foster kids.  more…

 

Sock and Mitten Tree – Collecting Dec. 3rd – 11th.  more…

 

 

2017 Honor Card – to benefit Community Crossroads Center.  Available in the church office.  more…

 

RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  more…

 

 

Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  more…

 

 

Serving Opportunities with Growing In Grace Ministries – Team Leaders needed.  more…

 

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

 

Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out more.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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…

 

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, Patti Frank, Nancy Bishop, Charlie Swing, Ruth Braddy, Mary Lake, and Peggy Fulcher.

 

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:

Jack & Lucy Fenton, Mary Harvey, Edith O’Neil, Jo Smith, and Stan Walter.

 

Sympathy is extended to Esther Fulghum on the death of her husband, Robert Fulghum, who passed away November 24th.

 

Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Have a Safe Holiday!

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, we tend to see more car break-ins in our community.  Please do your part by not leaving valuables visible in your car and making sure your car is locked while in the church parking lot.  Be smart and safe during this holiday season!

 

 

 

Merry & Bright for LIFE Christmas Ornament Open House

 

Carolina Pregnancy Center recently received a large donation of collectible Christmas ornaments and has been blessed with a donor who will match all sales up to $12,000!!! As a VIP friend of the ministry, you are invited to attend a Merry & Bright for LIFE Christmas Ornament Open House at the home of our beloved board member, Cammie Melvin.

If you are inclined to make a donation to CPC this Christmas season, why not drop by, write out a donation check, pick out a collectible Christmas ornament, and allow our generous donor to match your gift!

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: 603 Chesapeake Place, Greenville, NC 27858

Bring a friend, and we hope to see you there!!!

 

 

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 Angelina.brittle@vidanthealth.com.

 

 

 

 

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

info@stjconnect.org

www.stjconnect.org



Big Band Christmas with the Emerald City Big Band

Big Band - Charles

 

Emerald City Big Band
28th Annual Christmas Concert
Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
 
There is no better way for the family to hear the exciting and beautiful sounds of the holidays than enjoying live big band music. Greenville’s own Emerald City Big Band will be performing their annual Big Band Christmas Concert at St. James United Methodist Church Christian Life Ministries Center.  Adult donation at the door ($10),  youth/students free.
 
This concert celebrates the Emerald City Big Band’s 27th year of presenting holiday music to the Greenville audience.  The band’s twenty-two musicians will present a program of holiday instrumental  favorites. Vocalists Emery Davis, RaSheeda Waddell, and Ed Wheatley will sing. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided free during intermission.
 
Big Band Christmas
 


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.

 
 


e-Newsletter 11-23-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”

 

“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 ~

 

In this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for God’s many blessings, for our friends and family, and for the St. James community of faith.  We thank you Lord!

 

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

 

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

Click here to visit us.

 

   Family Movie – Polar Express    Friday, December 1st, 6:15 pm

   Hanging of the Green Party        Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

   Santa’s First Stop – Santa Visit    Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

   Advent Carol of Bells                 Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm

   Moravian Lovefeast                    Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm

   Salvation Army Bell Ringing     Friday, December 22nd

 

   Christmas Eve Morning Services

        9:00 ConneXion Worship Service in the Christian Life Ministries Center

       11:00 Worship Service in the Sanctuary

   (Note that there will not be an 8:45 AM or an 11:11 AM service that morning)

 

   Christmas Eve Services

         3:00 pm    Children’s Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         5:00 pm    ConneXion Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         7:00 pm    Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

       11:00 pm    Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

 

 

Invite those you care for to a place of Hope and Love this Christmas. Invite them to experience Christmas at St. James.

There are some Christmas Invite Cards at the Information Booths. Take as many as you wish and use them to invite your friends and neighbors. No one should be alone at Christmas. And no one should be without Jesus. Help us to be a welcoming, inviting family for all!

Through your generosity, we were able to send off 329 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes across the world.  Our prayers go with the gifts as they share the love and blessings of Jesus on this Christmas holiday.

 

Thank you St. James!

 

Come “Hang the Green” for Christmas

This year, we are doing things a little differently to prepare for Advent and Christmas.  We are kicking it all off with a Hanging of the Green Celebration Party!  On Saturday, December 2nd, we invite the entire St. James community to join in the fun and fellowship as we sing carols, pray over the decorations, decorate the trees and worship spaces, and conclude with a family meal of hot soup and sandwiches.

 

We plan to start at 4:00 pm in the Christian Life Ministries Center, move to the Sanctuary, and then end in the Fellowship Hall between 5:00 & 6:00 pm.  There will be things to do for all ages!  The holidays often center around our families, and what better way to prepare for the season than with your church family!

 

 

Santa’s First Stop

A Visit With Santa

Parents!

Save the date for “Santa’s First Stop”!

On Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00-5:00 pm, plan a visit with our “Santa” (Ed Daughtry) at St. James.

 

Come and enjoy cookies & milk, make a craft, and hear the Christmas Story. A photographer will also be present to mark your memory!

We encourage all to register for one of the hours to help avoid a long line for Santa. You can register online by clicking the button below or by calling the church office (252-752-6154 or Info@stjconnect.org).

 

 

 

Potted poinsettias are used to decorate our church throughout Advent. These poinsettias, $10 each, may be purchased in honor or memory of family, friends, and other loved ones. Please fill out the form below and return it and your payment to the church office by Monday, December 3rd. You may also make a contribution to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, given in honor or memory of a loved one. These funds assist people in need throughout the year.
(Forms are available in the church office. Poinsettias may be picked up after the Lovefeast service on December 17th.)

 

Family Movie Night

On Friday, December 1st, the St. James’ Relay for Life team will sponsor a Family Movie Night.  Join us at 6:15 pm for a special presentation of “Polar Express”.

 

There will be hot dogs, popcorn, and hot cocoa ($1/each) and every child will receive a silver bell!  There is a suggested donation of $5 per person / $15 for family of 4 / or $20 for family of 4 or more.   Contact Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or linncoxot@yahoo.com) or Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net) for more information!  Wear your pajamas!

 

2018 Advent Devotional Guides

are being prepared

Advent is a season of preparation – preparing our homes with Christmas decorations, preparing gifts for our loved ones, and preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. A wonderful way to prepare our hearts is to take a moment each day for a time of devotion and prayer.

 

The Devotional Guides will be available beginning Sunday, December 3rd, for you to pick up at the church. We are also offering the opportunity to again receive the Advent devotions via email. This new set of daily devotionals are written by your fellow members of St. James UMC and can be sent to your email inbox for the season of Advent & Christmas (December 3rd – January 13th)

To receive the emails, click on the register button below and fill out the form. Then on December 3rd, you will begin to receive your daily emails.

 

 

New Studies During Advent

 

The season of Advent is a time of preparation. We need to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. During Advent we remember the first coming of Christ as an infant—God putting on human flesh and becoming fully dependent upon the care and nurture of human parents. We also look forward to Christ’s second coming when the kingdom of God will be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven. Take time this Advent to let God speak to you.

 

St. James is offering three different Advent studies. Sign up online or by calling the church office (www.stjconnect.org or 252-752-6154). Childcare will be available if requested at least one week ahead.

 

Wednesday Women group will be studying The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 p.m., November 29-December 13. Led by Edie Snider.

 

Both men and women are welcome to join Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m., November 29-December 20. Led by Rhonda Asher.

 

 

The New Beginnings Living Water class will be studying Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley and Chris Seay. Sundays 9:50-10:45 a.m. beginning November 26. This class is led by Sarah Jane and Carney Taylor and meets in Room 23.

 

Announcements

 

Boston Butt for the Holidays

Too busy to cook during the holidays?  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.

 

 

2017 Honor Card – Benefits 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 now 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.

 

 

 

This Sunday

Christ the King Sunday

Matthew 25:31-46

 

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“The Kingdom”

Rev. Mark Woods

 

At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Get In the Game”

Rev. Joyce Day

 

 

TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday)

TGIW has concluded for the fall semester.  We will start the fellowship meals again in the new year on January 17th.

 

 

St. James UMC website:

www.stjconnect.org

 

Calendar:

St. James Calendar

 

Questions?

info@stjconnect.org

 

Coming Events

 

The Advent Conspiracy Class begins Sunday, November 26th at 9:50 am.  more…

 

 

 

 

 

St. James Adventurers – ECU Basketball Game – Sunday, November 26th.  more…

 

The Purpose of Christmas Class begins Wednesday, November 29th at 6:15 pm.  more…

 

Because of Bethlehem Class begins Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 pm.  more…

 

 

 

 

XYZ Christmas Party – Thursday, November 30th at Noon.  more…

 

 

Family Movie Night “Polar Express” – Friday, December 1st at 6:15 pm.  Sponsored by Relay for Life.  more…

 

Hanging of the Green Party – Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  more…

 

Santa’s First Stop – Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  more…

 

Evening Prayer Service – December 3rd at 6:30 pm.  more…

 

 

Advent Poinsettias to Honor a Loved One – order by Sunday, December 3rd.  more…

 

Advent Carol of Bells – Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm.  more…

 

 

Boston Butt for the Holidays – Order yours by Tuesday, December 12th.  more…

 

Moravian Lovefeast – Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm.  more…

 

Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  more…

 

IF:Gathering 2018 – March 17.  Register now and Save the Date!  more…

 

Missions & Opportunities

 

Angel Tree – Christmas Gifts for Methodist Home for Children foster kids.  more…

 

 

Sock and Mitten Tree – Collecting Dec. 3rd – 11th.  more…

 

 

2017 Honor Card – to benefit Community Crossroads Center.  Available in the church office.  more…

 

RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  more…

 

 

Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  more…

 

 

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

 

Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out more.

 

 

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

 

 

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…

 

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, Patti Frank, Nancy Bishop, Charlie Swing, Ruth Braddy, Mary Lake, Peggy Fulcher, and Robert Fulghum.

 

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:

Katherine Brannon, Dorothy Briley, Austin Britt, Martha Coffman, and Vince Colombo.

 

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Sondra Brown, who passed away November 18th.

 

Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

Christopher Lea Matthews was baptized on November 19th at the 9:00 am ConneXion Worship Service. He is the son of Emma Arny and Christopher Matthews. Proud grandparents are Mike and Karen Arny.

 

John Camden Respess was baptized on November 19th at the 11:00 am Worship Service.  He is the son of Scott and Victoria Respess.  Big brother is Finn.  Proud grandparents are Bill and Joan Respess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECU Religious Studies Upcoming Lectures

 

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.

 

 

Merry & Bright for LIFE Christmas Ornament Open House

 

Carolina Pregnancy Center recently received a large donation of collectible Christmas ornaments and has been blessed with a donor who will match all sales up to $12,000!!! As a VIP friend of the ministry, you are invited to attend a Merry & Bright for LIFE Christmas Ornament Open House at the home of our beloved board member, Cammie Melvin.

If you are inclined to make a donation to CPC this Christmas season, why not drop by, write out a donation check, pick out a collectible Christmas ornament, and allow our generous donor to match your gift!

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: 603 Chesapeake Place, Greenville, NC 27858

Bring a friend, and we hope to see you there!!!

 

 

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 Angelina.brittle@vidanthealth.com.

 

 

 

 

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

info@stjconnect.org

www.stjconnect.org