e-Newsletter 05-18-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”

 

It’s time to celebrate the joining of the newest members into the St. James family!

 

Everyone is invited to this special worship service this
Sunday, May 21st at 4 p.m.
in the Christian Life Ministries Center to celebrate our new Confirmands!

 

 

Following the service we will gather for a covered dish meal. Please bring a dish to share that would feed your family plus one. Meat and drinks will be provided by St. James.

Come and be a part of the family of God

and welcome our newest members.

 

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

Click here to visit us.

 

Youth Missions Bake Sale

There will be a Baked Goods Sale in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, May 21st in between all services and Sunday school classes. Please visit our table and purchase some home baked goodies! Please also consider baking your specialty item and donating it to our sale.
Stop by and spoil your lunch!

 

 

Summer Study Offerings

Summertime is more laid back and relaxed for most of us, so what a great opportunity to spend time with God. Sign up for one of these study options today at stjconnect.org or by calling the church office at 752-6154. Childcare may be available if requested two weeks ahead of time and if there is more than one family needing it.

 

Contemplating Prayers
Too often we rush through our prayers like they are no more than a laundry list for God. We tell God what we want God to do and then get about the business of our day. What if we took time to pray the well-known prayers of our best spiritual teachers slowly, allowing our souls to digest their wisdom and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us through them? This group will take the prayers of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, and others, and let them become the door to a deeper communion with God. We will meet Monday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Joyce Day for more information.

 

The Book of Jonah
Mark Woods will be offering a 5-week class on the fascinating book of Jonah. Find out why Jonah tries to ignore God and winds up with the biggest fish story ever told! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class will begin on June 21 and finish up on July 19.

 

Letters of Love and Unity
Join Marianne Leventry in digging deeper into Paul’s letters to the Ephesians and Philippians through lectio divina. This summer we will read slowly through these two letters of love and unity and discover more of what it means to be the church of Jesus Christ. This 11-week study will start on Wednesday, June 14. Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. If you want more information about this class call Marianne at the church office.

 

Wednesday Women
What is that security, that hurt, that desire, that prayer you’ve brought to God countless times? Join us for Wednesday Women’s summer study, Finding I Am, by Lisa TerKeurst, and see what Jesus says to us and how He wants to satisfy our hearts. During this study, we are going to delve into the seven ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John. Come explore the Word of God and discover Jesus anew, who is the great ‘I AM.’ We will meet in the Retreat House, Wednesday evenings 6:15 – 7:45; June 7, 14, 28, July 5, 12, 26.

 

 

We will honor our Graduating High School Seniors and their families with a Senior Breakfast on Sunday, June 4 @ 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. Graduating seniors will be presented at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship services that day and are asked to wear their graduation regalia. There will be a group photo of the St. James High School Class of 2017 that morning. This breakfast is for the graduating seniors and their families. PLEASE RSVP to the church office or to Elizabeth Westbrook @ (252) 531-8667 by Monday, May 22 with the number of your family members attending the breakfast.

 

We are collecting photos of your high school senior to be used as centerpieces. Please provide us with six photographs ranging from birth through their senior year. These pictures should be labeled with your child’s name and left in the church office in an envelope labeled Higher Education. The pictures will be returned to you in the condition they were received.

 

Parents of High School JUNIORS are asked to assist with decorating the tables, preparing the food, serving, and cleaning up after the breakfast. Please contact Elizabeth Westbrook @ (252) 531-8667 to confirm your willingness to participate.

 

 

You Are Invited!

Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm
Cook-out and reception to honor

Johnny and Susan Branch

for their years of ministry with St. James and to wish them well in retirement.

 

There will be hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixin’s.  The cook-out is free, but we ask that you RSVP and let us know how many to cook for!  Please call Dana at the church office (252-752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) or click below to make a reservation.

 

 

It will be a fun and celebratory evening (and it won’t just be the hot dogs that will be roasted!) If you would like to be part of a thank you video for Johnny and Susan or if you would like to share a story about your experiences with the Branch family, please contact Alan Gill at the church (252-752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org) to arrange a time to record it. Or record it and email it to him.

All are invited!

 

 

Dear Church Family,

 

As we celebrate with Johnny his 42 years of active ministry and approaching retirement, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a love offering so that we can provide Johnny with a small token of appreciation for all he has done for St. James and God’s kingdom through the years. If you feel led, please designate this as “Johnny Love Offering” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate, or drop it by the church office by the end of May. Thank you for your consideration.

 

May God Bless.

Tim Barrett, SPRC Chair

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Worship Survey

Help the Worship Committee better understand the worship life of St. James! There are Worship Surveys available in the Commons and the Narthex. Please take a few moments to answer the 14 questions and place the completed survey in the collection boxes by Sunday, June 11th. Or complete one online by clicking here.  We invite EVERY PERSON in your household 12 yrs or older who attends worship to fill out a copy of the survey. Please only one per person.

Worship is such a vital part of the church. We want to hear from you so that together we can make it engaging and relevant to our congregation and our guests.

Thank you for your help!

 

 

Small Group Opportunity

Our schedules seem to be getting more and more hectic. Even so, many of us want to stay on track with our spiritual journeys and keep our relationship with God strong and growing. How do we do that along with everything else that fills our calendars?

 

St. James is developing neighborhood small groups to help fill this need, and we are now looking for folks willing to host such a group in your home for at least the first two months as these new groups get launched. Click here to read more.

Or if you are interested in helping us launch a small group in your neighborhood, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.

 

 

 

UMW! The summer is here and there are many great books in the Parlor for the Reading Program. Please go by and get a program sheet, choose one that you can complete by August, relax and READ! You do not need to be a UMW member to participate, we would love to have you join us. Please give your completed sheet to Lynn Gammell.

 

 

 

This Sunday

 

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Son of God Mass”

Choir Cantata

 

At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“If You Love Me”

John 14:15-21

Rev. Mark Woods

 

 

 

St. James UMC website:

www.stjconnect.org

 

Calendar:

St. James Calendar

 

Questions?

info@stjconnect.org

 

Coming Events

 

St. James Adventurers – Saturday, May 20th. more…

 

 

 

Youth Missions Bake Sale – Sunday, May 21st, following each service.  more…

 

All-Church Charge Conference – Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 pm.  more…

 

Confirmation Service and Fellowship Meal – Sunday, May 21st at 4:00 pm. more…

 

Senior Breakfast – Sunday, June 4th at 9:45 am.  more…

 

 

New Summer Study for Women – Begins Sunday, June 4th at 9:55 am.  more…

 

Camp Connect for Middle Schoolers – June 18-22.  more…

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Reception for Johnny and Susan Branch – Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm.  RSVP here …

 

SAVE THE DATE!  Vacation Bible School 2017 – July 9-13.  Register here…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Missions &  Opportunities

 

Congregations For Children (C4C) – Volunteer help needed at Wahl-Coates School.  more…

 

Help Our Guests Feel Welcome – Volunteer at the Information Desk.  more…

 

 

Project AGAPE – Ministry to Armeniaclick here for information on Christmas Boxes.

 

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:

Joyce LaMotte, Brian Swain & family, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, Mike Board, Sam Stephenson

 

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:

Elizabeth “Peaches” Jordan, Sharlene Vainright, Barbara Bremer, Helen Whitehurst, and Debbie Ambert

 

Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

Our Record of Faithfulness

 

 

2017 Mission & Ministry Budget                                      $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 5/14/17                                       $ 33,409.90

 

2017 YTD Contributions                                                   $ 629,207.83

(37% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                                                $ 531,679.14
YTD Income over Expenses                                                 $ 97,528.69
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)

 

Building Disciples Loan Balance                                    $2,984,865.03

 

 

April Financials

Total Revenue           $ 121,187.95
Total Expenses           $ 115,589.43
Revenue over Expenses

                                      $ 5,598.52

2017 Year to date

Total Revenue            $ 565,456.49
Total Expenses           $ 486,818.07
Revenue over Expenses

                                    $ 78,638.42
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)

 

 

 

May is Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke can happen to anyone at any age. But it doesn’t have to. Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The first step is taking control.

 

A Life Line screening is scheduled at Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church located at 107 Louis Street in Greenville on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Five key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs (PAD) and your risk for osteoporosis are offered for only $149 ($139 without the osteoporosis test). Pre-registration is required. To register for your appointment and to receive a special $10 discount, CALL 1-888- 653-6450.

 

 

First Chance for White Pants

 

Benefiting Methodist Home for Children
A Dance Party with music by Liquid Pleasure
hors d’oeuvres & drinks
silent auction

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Hilton, Greenville, NC 6-10 PM​

To purchase tickets:
Visit mhfc.org or contact Jennifer Cooper at 888.305.4321, ext. 305 or jcooper@mhfc.org

 

“First Chance for White Pants” is a fun evening of great dance music, a silent and live auction and a short program about the work Methodist Home for Children does here in the Sound District and across North Carolina to serve and strengthen vulnerable children and families. We would welcome your help to make this event a success. What can you do?

1. Provide an item for our Silent or Live Auction.
2. Be a sponsor of the event at any level. This helps cover the cost of putting on the event. We appreciate gifts of any size!
3. Attend First Chance for White Pants and have a fun evening for a great cause!
4. Volunteer to help us in another way. Call Cindy Tripp for more information (ctripp@mhfc.org or 252-717-6505).

 

Thanks so much for your support of Methodist Home for Children!

 

RealLifeHardings.com

 

Do you feel the Lord calling you to help our brothers and sisters in foreign lands?

Do you want to share the love of Jesus, but don’t want to travel to Africa

Help support the Harding Family as they travel to tell the world of God’s love and the saving power of Jesus!

 

 

 

 

Click here to hear how this Greenville family is called to a missionary life and how we can help them!

 

 

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



e-Newsletter 05-11-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”

 

This Sunday, May 14th, we will be receiving a special Mother’s Day Offering.  These gifts support the UM Retirement Homes Benevolent Care Annual Fund and provides financial and personal resources for residents who can no longer fully pay their way. In many cases these residents have no other means of support and often no family. It takes $100 to subsidize one day of care for benevolent residents.

 

Click here to find out more about UM Retirement Homes.

There will be special envelopes available at the information booths this weekend.  Please make your check to “St. James UMC” and indicate “Mother’s Day Offering” on your check memo line. By supporting this fund you can make a difference in the lives of these residents.

 

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

Click here to visit us.

 

It’s time to celebrate the joining of the newest members into the St. James family!

 

Everyone is invited to this special worship service on
Sunday, May 21st at 4 p.m.
in the Christian Life Ministries Center to celebrate our new Confirmands!

 

 

Following the service we will gather for a covered dish meal. Please bring a dish to share that would feed your family plus one. Meat and drinks will be provided by St. James.

Come and be a part of the family of God

and welcome our newest members.

 

Wahl-Coates school has asked if St. James could help with an immediate need of proctors for the End-of-Grade testing. 

 

The test dates are Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1.  You will have to attend a very brief training session on one of three days (Tues. May 16 at 9:30-10:00am, Tues. May 16 at 1:30-2:00pm, or Wed. May 17 at 11:45-12:15pm).
 
If you need more information, or would like to volunteer, please contact Molly Carpenter at 252-752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org.
 

 

The next St James Adventurers trip will be Saturday, May 20th. We will go to the Sylvan Heights Bird Sanctuary, leaving the church at 9:30 am. Bring a bag lunch and a drink (the park does sell water and Gatorade). We will return around 2:00 pm.

 

The cost to the park is as follows:

Adults (ages 13 to 61): $11,
Seniors (ages 62+): $10  /  Children (ages 3 to 12): $8  /  Children 2 and under: Free
There is a $5 per person charge for the use of the van. $10 max per family.

 

You may register by clicking here or by calling Anne or Scott Heritage at 756-5838.
Please sign up by May 17″.

 

 

Youth Missions Bake Sale

There will be a Baked Goods Sale in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, May 21st in between all services and Sunday school classes. Please visit our table and purchase some home baked goodies! Please also consider baking your specialty item and donating it to our sale.
Stop by and spoil your lunch!

 

 

St. James Family,

On behalf of the 2017 Spring Fling Co-chairs, Vice-chairs and committee, we wish to send you our deepest thanks for your prayers, time and donations, all of which led to another successful Spring Fling event. With your help, our event was able to raise over $49,000 dollars and will allow us to provide funding assistance to each of this year’s selected recipients in addition to contributing to the Spring Fling Endowment Fund. St. James UMC Spring Fling represents a wonderful opportunity for us to gather in service as a church body to serve our neighbors in the community and this year was no different. Through your continued gifts of time, talents, and hidden treasures, our event has grown to provide positive impacts to Pitt County, North Carolina and even internationally and has now raised over $960,000 in its 25 year history! This event would not be possible without each of you. Our church and community are very fortunate to have people like you that are willing to serve in such an unbelievable way.

Sincerely,

Will Larsen & Paul Gallup

2017 Spring Fling Co-Chairs

 

 

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm
Cook-out and reception to honor

Johnny and Susan Branch

for their years of ministry with St. James and to wish them well in retirement.

 

 

Dear Church Family,

 

As we celebrate with Johnny his 42 years of active ministry and approaching retirement, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a love offering so that we can provide Johnny with a small token of appreciation for all he has done for St. James and God’s kingdom through the years. If you feel led, please designate this as “Johnny Love Offering” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate, or drop it by the church office by the end of May. Thank you for your consideration.

 

May God Bless.

Tim Barrett, SPRC Chair

 

We will honor our Graduating High School Seniors and their families with a Senior Breakfast on Sunday, June 4 @ 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. Graduating seniors will be presented at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship services that day and are asked to wear their graduation regalia. There will be a group photo of the St. James High School Class of 2017 that morning. This breakfast is for the graduating seniors and their families. PLEASE RSVP to the church office or to Elizabeth Westbrook @ (252) 531-8667 by Monday, May 22 with the number of your family members attending the breakfast.

 

We are collecting photos of your high school senior to be used as centerpieces. Please provide us with six photographs ranging from birth through their senior year. These pictures should be labeled with your child’s name and left in the church office in an envelope labeled Higher Education. The pictures will be returned to you in the condition they were received.

 

Parents of High School JUNIORS are asked to assist with decorating the tables, preparing the food, serving, and cleaning up after the breakfast. Please contact Elizabeth Westbrook @ (252) 531-8667 to confirm your willingness to participate.

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Worship Survey

Help the Worship Committee better understand the worship life of St. James! There are Worship Surveys available in the Commons and the Narthex. Please take a few moments to answer the 14 questions and place the completed survey in the collection boxes by Sunday, June 11th. Or complete one online by clicking here.  We invite EVERY PERSON in your household 12 yrs or older who attends worship to fill out a copy of the survey. Please only one per person.

Worship is such a vital part of the church. We want to hear from you so that together we can make it engaging and relevant to our congregation and our guests.

Thank you for your help!

 

 

Help Needed at the Information Desk

Help our guests and visitors feel welcome!  Greet your friends as they arrive for church.  Your help is needed to cover the Information Desk at the 8:45 am service. It is for a short time before and after the service. If you are interested in helping or desire more information, please contact Lynn Gammell at Lynngammell@gmail.com.

 

We also need help in The Commons area on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact Alan Gill at Alan@stjconnect.org.

 

 

 

UMW! The summer is here and there are many great books in the Parlor for the Reading Program. Please go by and get a program sheet, choose one that you can complete by August, relax and READ! You do not need to be a UMW member to participate, we would love to have you join us. Please give your completed sheet to Lynn Gammell.

 

 

 

This Sunday

 

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Show Us the Father”

John 14:1-14  &  1 Peter 2:2-10

Rev. Mark Woods

 

At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Table Talk”

John 14:1-14

Rev. Johnny Branch

 

 

 

St. James UMC website:

www.stjconnect.org

 

Calendar:

St. James Calendar

 

Questions?

info@stjconnect.org

 

Coming Events

 

Special Mother’s Day Offering – Sunday, May 14th.  more…

 

 

St. James Adventurers – Saturday, May 20th. more…

 

 

Youth Missions Bake Sale – Sunday, May 21st, following each service.  more…

 

All-Church Charge Conference – Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 pm.  more…

 

Confirmation Service and Fellowship Meal – Sunday, May 21st at 4:00 pm. more…

 

Senior Breakfast – Sunday, June 4th at 9:45 am.  more…

 

 

Camp Connect for Middle Schoolers – June 18-22.  more…

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Reception for Johnny and Susan Branch – Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm.

 

SAVE THE DATE!  Vacation Bible School 2017 – July 9-13

Missions &  Opportunities

 

Congregations For Children (C4C) – Volunteer help needed at Wahl-Coates School.  more…

 

Help Our Guests Feel Welcome – Volunteer at the Information Desk.  more…

 

 

Project AGAPE – Ministry to Armeniaclick here for information on Christmas Boxes.

 

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:

Brian Swain & family, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, Charles Molnar, Cathy Leventry, Mike Board, Sam Stephenson

 

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:

Dorothy Briley, Stan Walter, Jo Smith, Martha Coffman, and Jackie Carson

 

Sympathy is extended to Rob and Shannon Maloney on the death of Rob’s father, Bob Maloney, who passed away April 30th.

 

Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

Congratulations to Preston and Amber Godwin on the birth of their daughter, Victoria Ruth Godwin, who was born on May 6th, 2017.  Older sister is Sailor.  Proud Grandparents are Lynn and Vickie Hudson.

 

 

 

Our Record of Faithfulness

 

 

2017 Mission & Ministry Budget                                      $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 5/7/17                                          $ 33,522.25

 

2017 YTD Contributions                                                   $ 595,797.93

(35% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                                                $ 496,622.47
YTD Income over Expenses                                                 $ 99,175.46
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)

 

Building Disciples Loan Balance                                    $2,984,865.03

 

 

 

 

May is Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke can happen to anyone at any age. But it doesn’t have to. Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The first step is taking control.

 

A Life Line screening is scheduled at Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church located at 107 Louis Street in Greenville on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Five key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs (PAD) and your risk for osteoporosis are offered for only $149 ($139 without the osteoporosis test). Pre-registration is required. To register for your appointment and to receive a special $10 discount, CALL 1-888- 653-6450.

 

 

First Chance for White Pants

 

Benefiting Methodist Home for Children
A Dance Party with music by Liquid Pleasure
hors d’oeuvres & drinks
silent auction

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Hilton, Greenville, NC 6-10 PM​

To purchase tickets:
Visit mhfc.org or contact Jennifer Cooper at 888.305.4321, ext. 305 or jcooper@mhfc.org

 

“First Chance for White Pants” is a fun evening of great dance music, a silent and live auction and a short program about the work Methodist Home for Children does here in the Sound District and across North Carolina to serve and strengthen vulnerable children and families. We would welcome your help to make this event a success. What can you do?

1. Provide an item for our Silent or Live Auction.
2. Be a sponsor of the event at any level. This helps cover the cost of putting on the event. We appreciate gifts of any size!
3. Attend First Chance for White Pants and have a fun evening for a great cause!
4. Volunteer to help us in another way. Call Cindy Tripp for more information (ctripp@mhfc.org or 252-717-6505).

 

Thanks so much for your support of Methodist Home for Children!

 

RealLifeHardings.com

 

Do you feel the Lord calling you to help our brothers and sisters in foreign lands?

Do you want to share the love of Jesus, but don’t want to travel to Africa

Help support the Harding Family as they travel to tell the world of God’s love and the saving power of Jesus!

 

 

 

 

Click here to hear how this Greenville family is called to a missionary life and how we can help them!

 

 

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



Adult Classes – Summer 2017

summer_3913cLooking for ways to keep learning this summer?

Summertime is more laid back and relaxed for most of us, so what a great opportunity to spend time with God. Sign up for one of these study options today at stjconnect.org or by calling the church office at 752-6154. Childcare may be available if requested two weeks ahead of time and if there is more than one family needing it.

 

 

Read more…



Reception for the Branch Family

On Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm, St. James will host a cook-out and reception to honor Johnny and Susan Branch.  As they prepare for retirement, we wish them well and reminisce on the many adventures we have had in ministry together!

There will be hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixin’s.  The cook-out is free, but we ask that you RSVP and let us know how many to cook for!  Please call Dana at the church office (252-752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) or fill in the reservation form below. Read more…


Cook-out

Johnny’s Cook-out



VBS Registration

Registration for “Hero Central” is now available!
Sign up now to be part of Vacation Bible School’s “Hero Central”
July 9-15 – 6:00-8:30 pm
 
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is for children from 3 years old AND potty trained up to 5th grade.
Cost to attend is $10.00 per child. This fee is used to help with craft and food supplies.
Please register your children with the link below.  Then click the payment link to pay online.
(If payment is not made online, please be prepared to pay at registration on July 10th.
To inquire about scholarships, please contact Molly at the church – 752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org)
 
(please select the Vacation Bible School fund)
 
We are always in need of adult volunteers!
If you would like to be part of an exciting week in the lives of the children at St. James UMC,
click on the Sign Up button above and volunteer!
 
 
 


New Small Group Opportunity!

Our schedules seem to be getting more and more hectic.  Even so, many of us want to stay on track with our spiritual journeys and keep our relationship with God strong and growing.  How do we do that along with everything else that fills our calendars?  

Bible Study GroupSt. James is developing neighborhood small groups to help fill this need, and we are now looking for folks willing to host such a group in your home for at least the first two months as these new groups get launched.

 
Here’s what you need to know:
•    New groups will be given weekly questions to discuss based on the Scriptures used in the previous Sunday’s worship services.  
•    The group host will open up your home as a meeting place for the group and will, at least in the beginning, facilitate the conversation by encouraging discussion around the questions.
•    Members of the group can also draw on what they heard in the sermon (either in worship or online).
•    Each group will make decisions about when and how often to meet (weekly, twice a month, or monthly) and about other things such as childcare and refreshments.
•    After the group becomes established, different group members can choose to play host and/or facilitator for one or more months on a rotating basis.  You may also choose to use different material for your group discussions subject to approval from the Adult Ministries office.
•    The church can provide you with a list of St. James folks who live in your neighborhood and can also send out invitations for your group if you like.
•    You can also invite others in your neighborhood who are not yet connected to a church.  What a great way to offer the love of Christ to someone who has not yet experienced it!
 
If you are interested in helping us launch a small group in your neighborhood, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.
 


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e-Newsletter 05-04-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”

 

 

Today is the  National Day of Prayer.

We have a spiritual responsibility to pray – to pray to our Father in Heaven and to pray for each other (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We also have a civic responsibility to join together in prayer for our nation, our cities/towns, our communities, our families, and our homes.

 

The St. James Prayer Ministry invites you to join us in the chapel this evening at 7:00 pm to join our voices in prayer and praise of our Lord as a part of our National Day of Prayer celebration.

 

 

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

Click here to visit us.

 

The next St James Adventurers trip will be Saturday, May 20th. We will go to the Sylvan Heights Bird Sanctuary, leaving the church at 9:30 am. Bring a bag lunch and a drink (the park does sell water and Gatorade). We will return around 2:00 pm.

 

The cost to the park is as follows Adults (ages 13 to 61): $11,
Seniors (ages 62+): $10  /  Children (ages 3 to 12): $8  /  Children 2 and under: Free
There is a $5 per person charge for the use of the van. $10 max per family.

 

You may register by clicking here or by calling Anne or Scott Heritage at 756-5838.
Please sign up by May 17″.

 

The St. James Adventurers is a new multi-generational ministry that coordinates events/trips to nearby locations where we can explore the wonders of God’s creation.

Come join us on our next trip!

 

All the women of St. James are invited to join the United Methodist Women for UMW’s annual May Dinner on Monday, May 8th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
Our program will be a Hymn Sing under the direction of Frances Cain. Please come bring covered dish to share and enjoy fun and fellowship with the women of St. James. Child care will be available.

 

The special Mother’s Day Offering supports our Benevolent Care Annual Fund and provides financial and personal resources for residents who can no longer fully pay their way. In many cases these residents have no other means of support and often no family. It takes $100 to subsidize one day of care for benevolent residents.

 

There will be special envelopes available at the church for this offering on Sunday, May 14th. Or you may indicate “Mother’s Day Offering” on your check memo line. By supporting this fund you can make a difference in the lives of these residents.

 

It’s time to celebrate the joining of the newest members into the St. James family!

 

Everyone is invited to this special worship service on
Sunday, May 21st at 4 p.m.
in the Christian Life Ministries Center to celebrate our new Confirmands!

Following the service we will gather for a covered dish meal. Please bring a dish to share that would feed your family plus one. Meat and drinks will be provided by St. James.

Come and be a part of the family of God by welcoming our newest members.

 

Thanks to all our donors, sponsors, and tireless workers Friday and Saturday, St James team is currently the top fundraiser with over $28,000+ !!!

We have a team chasing us hard!  We can turn in money until August 1st for this year’s relay.  Thanks for all the support of Relay for Life and the fight against Cancer!

 

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your thoughtful donation. This will help us continue to provide temporary housing for homeless families and individuals in the community.
Your generosity is overwhelming. We thank you very much for helping us and for having faith in our mission.

Sincerely,
Bob Williams
Executive Director

 

(Community Crossroads Center (formerly the Greenville Homeless Shelter) was our Lenten Mission Focus for this year. Our collection amounted to $9,499.)

 

 

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm
Cook-out and reception to honor

Johnny and Susan Branch

for their years of ministry with St. James and to wish them well in retirement.

 

 

Dear Church Family,

 

As we celebrate with Johnny his 42 years of active ministry and approaching retirement, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a love offering so that we can provide Johnny with a small token of appreciation for all he has done for St. James and God’s kingdom through the years. If you feel led, please designate this as “Johnny Love Offering” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate, or drop it by the church office by the end of May. Thank you for your consideration.

 

May God Bless.

Tim Barrett, SPRC Chair

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Help Needed at the Information Desk

Help our guests and visitors feel welcome!  Greet your friends as they arrive for church.  Your help is needed to cover the Information Desk at the 8:45 am service. It is for a short time before and after the service. If you are interested in helping or desire more information, please contact Lynn Gammell at Lynngammell@gmail.com.

 

We also need help in The Commons area on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact Alan Gill at Alan@stjconnect.org.

 

 

Charge Conference

A Charge Conference has been called for Sunday, May 21st.  It will follow the Administrative Board meeting (no earlier than 2:30 pm) in room 23.  The purpose of the Charge Conference is to approve the recommendations from the Nominations and Lay leadership Committee for the 2017-2018 year.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Record of Faithfulness

 

 

 

2017 Mission & Ministry Budget          $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 4/30/17           $ 14,471.75

 

2017 YTD Contributions                       $ 560,193.68

   (33% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                    $ 482,101.83
Year to date Income over Expenses       $ 78,091.85
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)

 

Building Disciples Loan Balance         $2,984,865.03

 

This Sunday

 

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“The Sheep’s Gate”

John 10:1-10  &  1 Peter 2:19-25

Rev. Johnny Branch

 

At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Youth Sunday

 

 

 

St. James UMC website:

www.stjconnect.org

 

Calendar:

St. James Calendar

 

Questions?

info@stjconnect.org

 

Coming Events

 

National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 4th.  more …

 

 

 

 

ERT Training – Saturday May 6th.  more…

 

 

 

Evening Prayers Service – Sunday, May 7th at 6:30 pm.  more…

 

UMW May Fellowship Dinner – Monday, May 8th at 6:30 pm.  more…

 

Special Mother’s Day Offering – Sunday, May 14th.  more…

 

 

St. James Adventurers – Saturday, May 20th. more…

 

 

Youth Missions Bake Sale – Sunday, May 21st, following each service.  more…

 

All-Church Charge Conference – Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 pm.  more…

 

Confirmation Service and Fellowship Meal – Sunday, May 21st at 4:00 pm. more…

 

Senior Breakfast – Sunday, June 4th at 9:45 am.  more…

 

 

Camp Connect for Middle Schoolers – June 18-22.  more…

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Reception for Johnny and Susan Branch – Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm.

 

SAVE THE DATE!  Vacation Bible School 2017 – July 9-13

Missions &  Opportunities

 

Congregations For Children (C4C) – Volunteer help needed at Wahl-Coates School.  more…

 

Help Our Guests Feel Welcome – Volunteer at the Information Desk.  more…

 

 

Project AGAPE – Ministry to Armeniaclick here for information on Christmas Boxes.

 

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:

Brian Swain & family, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, Mike Board, Sam Stephenson

 

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:

Dorothy Briley, Stan Walter, Jo Smith, Martha Coffman, and Jackie Carson

 

Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Days of Non-Stop Praise & Worship!

Come to the Jesus tent (aka Ignite Greenville)!
Three days of nonstop praise and worship!
From 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 4 to 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 7 at Third Street School.
Come when you can, stay as long as you like, leave with many blessings. More details at: http://thejesustent.org/ignite-greenville/

 

 

 

 

First Chance for White Pants

 

Benefiting Methodist Home for Children
A Dance Party with music by Liquid Pleasure
hors d’oeuvres & drinks
silent auction

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Hilton, Greenville, NC 6-10 PM​

To purchase tickets:
Visit mhfc.org or contact Jennifer Cooper at 888.305.4321, ext. 305 or jcooper@mhfc.org

 

“First Chance for White Pants” is a fun evening of great dance music, a silent and live auction and a short program about the work Methodist Home for Children does here in the Sound District and across North Carolina to serve and strengthen vulnerable children and families. We would welcome your help to make this event a success. What can you do?

1. Provide an item for our Silent or Live Auction.
2. Be a sponsor of the event at any level. This helps cover the cost of putting on the event. We appreciate gifts of any size!
3. Attend First Chance for White Pants and have a fun evening for a great cause!
4. Volunteer to help us in another way. Call Cindy Tripp for more information (ctripp@mhfc.org or 252-717-6505).

 

Thanks so much for your support of Methodist Home for Children!

 

RealLifeHardings.com

 

Do you feel the Lord calling you to help our brothers and sisters in foreign lands?

Do you want to share the love of Jesus, but don’t want to travel to Africa

Help support the Harding Family as they travel to tell the world of God’s love and the saving power of Jesus!

 

 

 

 

Click here to hear how this Greenville family is called to a missionary life and how we can help them!

 

 

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



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IT IS FELLOWSHIP TIME!
IT IS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP TIME!
IT IS MULTI-GENERATION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP TIME!
Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The next St James Adventurers trip will be Saturday, May 20th.  We will go to the Sylvan Heights Bird Sanctuary, leaving the church at 9:30.  Bring a bag lunch and a drink (the park does sell water and Gatorade).  We will return around 2:00 pm. Read more…