e-Newsletter 03-16-17

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“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”





Spring Fling is Just Around the Corner!




The trailer has arrived and is awaiting your treasures.  It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every day.  Please remember to pack the items into the far back of the trailer.  If you need a receipt or need help in the trailer, please come into the church office.


Spring Fling is Saturday, April 22nd!

Get Involved now by being part of these Crafty Workshops!

Are you crafty? Do you love to make beautiful things? We need volunteers to help prepare some Bazaar items for Spring Fling! Choose one or come to all three workshops! No previous experience is necessary. All help is appreciated.

There are 2 more workshops being offered:
– Tuesday, March 21 (9:30 – noon)  Decorate grapevine wreaths with Becky Brittle.
– Tuesday, March 28 (9:00 am – 1 pm)  Paint bird houses, using your imagination, with Betty Fuqua. Bring a bag lunch if you wish.



Moe’s to join in Spring Fling Concessions

We have a new addition to the concessions at the Spring Fling auction … Moe’s! In addition to the regular Nathan hot dogs and Chick-fil-A sandwiches, we will be offering delicious Moe’s burritos.

In addition, Moe’s is offering a 20% discount on Sundays when you present a St. James church bulletin. Thank you for supporting Moe’s and Chick-fil-A in Winterville – they are supporter of St. James Spring Fling!


Click here for more Spring Fling Information!



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

Click here to visit us.


The St. James ESAG (Environmental Stewardship Action Group) will be hosting a free shredding event this Saturday, March 18th, from 12pm-2pm or until they reach capacity. It will be held in the St. James parking lot near the Retreat House. This is an opportunity to safely and securely discard all of your paper waste from old records.


Click here for specific instructions for the shredding event.



Update on Open Staff Positions

On behalf of the SPRC, I wanted to take a moment and update the congregation on our open positions.


Regarding the Youth Director position, we have been very fortunate to have several good candidates apply for this position. Telephone interviews have been completed and we are currently coordinating with our top 5 candidates to come in for face to face interviews. We expect to have all of the face to face interviews completed by the end of March and an offer made shortly after. We will make an announcement shortly after acceptance.


Regarding the Senior Pastor position, Rev. Linda Taylor, our district superintendent, has met with Johnny and the SPRC to understand the attributes that will be critical to the success of St. James and the new pastor. As you may know, the Senior Pastor is an appointed position made by Bishop Ward. This means that the SPRC will not interview candidates as we did with the Associate Pastor position. The Cabinet (which includes the Bishop and District Superintendents) will discuss the attributes we provided and will look at all the churches in the conference and will use prayer to allow the Holy Spirit to guide the discussion and ultimate placement of our Pastor. Once the final determination is made, the SPRC will be notified and we will announce at all of the church services the following Sunday. We expect this to be sometime in late April.


Hopefully, this update has provided some clarity and timing on our open positions. I would ask that you be in prayer for the SPRC, the Bishop and Cabinet, along with Johnny and Susan during this time of transition.


May God Bless.

Tim Barrett
SPRC Chair


College Scholarships for High School Seniors

There are a number of foundations that offer annual scholarships to graduating High School Seniors from the St. James community. The completed application, along with a current signed and sealed school transcript, must be returned to the Church Office by Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.  The applications for College Scholarships are now available in the Church Office or download one here.




St. James UMC will hold a short Charge Conference to review and approve the Clergy Salary  recommendations.  The Charge Conference will be part of the Administrative Board Meeting on this Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 pm.  All St. James members are invited.



Letter from our District Lay Leader


Dear Pastors, Lay Leaders and Laity of the Sound District,

The Executive Committee of the Conference Board of Laity met for discussion around Annual Conference. Because of time restraints, the Order of the Day for Laity was discussed. We received such good responses from our game last year; we felt we need to focus on laity missions involving the audience again this year.


Lay Leaders need to collect mission stories that involve our laity. Our stories need to be out of the box, innovative and unique. They should be laity engaged in expressing how they are living out generosity in all places.


We have had numerous stories on Congregations for Children, Stop Hunger Now, prayer shawls, Volunteers in Mission, Back Pack Buddies and food pantries. Each one of these are important ministries and we are thankful for them, but the Executive Committee requests that our stories not include these this year.


We are asking for short written summaries of unique ministries in our district. These should be innovative, unique, laity expressing how they are living out generosity in all places. The deadline for these stories is MARCH 24.


Please email these to me at ardavis@nccumc.org. The Board of Laity will choose one per district (and each district lay leader will be excluded from the choice for his/her district in order to be as fair as possible). All the stories not used at Annual Conference will be used at some point during the year.


I apologize for the short time for obtaining these stories, but I have just received the final okay on this.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or phone…252 916 7516 (c) or 252 756 6371 – (h). Thanks so much for your response to this; we are excited about our presentation for Annual Conference.


In Christ,

Ann Davis
Sound District Lay Leader



Are You Ready to Relay?


Cancer is a disease that has touched every one of our lives, either personally or a loved one’s. Isn’t it time that we do something about it? Isn’t it time to fight back?


Yes! It is time to Relay!!


Come out and join our team at the 2017 Relay for Life on April 28th and 29th at Boyd Lee Park! Together we can all make a difference.

There are many ways to support the St. James Relay for Life Team:


* Need a Purple Bow? Bows are available for a $10 minimum donation. Get yours at the church office.


* Jewelry/Charms – St. James is selling their annual charms. Contact the church office or Debbie Creech (756-8006) for more information.


* Luminaria and Torch – Flames of Hope. Honor survivors or loved ones lost to cancer with luminaria and Flames of Hope. Standard white luminaria are $10; Gold star Luminaria are $25; and Torch of Hope is $100. Order yours today at the church office.


* Relay Day will be Sunday, April 9th. Calling all Bakers, Crafters, and Candy Makers!  Donate a baked good for the Bake Sale or an item for the Silent Auction. Then join us on April 9th!


Thanks for your continued support of St. James Relay for Life Team!

Please contact Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net), Linnley Cox (252-327-8675 or linncoxot@yahoo.com), or the church office (252-752-6154 or info@stjconnect.org) for information.


Lenten Mission Focus – Community Crossroads Center

St. James has a long history with the Greenville Community Shelter. We were one of the early churches that worked together to start a local shelter for the homeless in Pitt County.  With that tradition and history in mind, the St. James Mission Committee has selected the Community Crossroads Center (formerly the Greenville Homeless Shelter) as our Lenten Missional Focus. The need is great for the center as last year alone they provided shelter and food for 560 different people. So let us do as Jesus asks and help feed the hungry and invite in the stranger.

You may bring donations at any time during the season of Lent with an indication that they are for the Lenten Focus or CCC (Community Crossroads Shelter).  Thank you St James!


RealLifeHardings.comDo 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!






St. James Designated a Rainbow Covenant Church

St. James was designated a Rainbow Covenant Church for 2016.  This  title is given to churches that have given donations to at least one project in each lane of the United Methodist Advance Special Gifts.  Our giving through the Advance helps to sustain projects that feed, clothe, rescue, house, teach and share Jesus.  Thank You St. James for your continued generous spirit!



Easter Donations

On Easter Sunday our bulletins will contain a listing of special donations “in honor of” or “in memory of” loved ones of this congregation. This is a wonderful way to honor the saints that have gone before us as we look forward to the time that we will see them again on that great resurrection day! If you would like to have a loved one listed in the bulletin, please fill out the dedication form (available at the church office and online) and return it to the church office by Sunday, April 9th.

We will not be purchasing Lilies this year to decorate the Sanctuary. Instead, these donations will be used for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund which assists those in need in our community.



Quarterly Contribution Statements moving to Email

Our goal is to be good stewards of God’s resources. One way we can do this is by emailing your quarterly contribution statements. You can help us by making sure we have an accurate email address for you. As of April, 2017 all quarterly contribution statements will be emailed. If you prefer to receive a paper statement mailed to you in lieu of an emailed statement, please contact Marianne Leventry at 252-752- 6154 or Marianne@stjconnect.org. For tax purposes, you will always get a paper copy of your year-end statement.




Our Record of Faithfulness




2017 Mission & Ministry Budget         $ 1,758,080.68
Weekly Contributions for 3/12/17           $ 20,558.34


2017 YTD Contributions                       $ 371,128.66
2017 YTD Disbursements                    $ 298,251.61
Year to date Income over Expenses       $ 72,877.05
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)


Building Disciples Loan Balance        $ 3,009,506.13

This Sunday

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Living Waters”

John 4:5-42 & Exodus 17:1-7

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Meeting at the Well”

John 4:4-42

Rev. Joyce Day




TGIW Fellowship meals.

Click the button below to make your reservation for next week:



Wed., March 22:

Menu:  Sweet & Sour Chicken, Rice, and Tossed Salad

(hosted by: Prayer Shawl Ministries)


Wed., March 29:

Menu:  Chili Cook Off

(hosted by: Boy Scouts)




St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Three new TGIW Studies running through Lent!


Antidotes for the Out of Control Life – Bridge Builders – Wednesdays at 6:15 pm.  more…


He Chose Nails by Max Lucado – Wednesday Women – Wednesday at 6:15 pm.  more…


Covenant Bible Study – Wednesdays at 6:15 pm.  more…




America Recycles Shred Event – Saturday, March 18th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm.  more…



Called Charge Conference – Sunday, March 19th, 2:00 pm.  more…




Spring Fling Craft Workshops – Tuesday, March 21st, 9:30 – noon.  more…



Lenten Study – Questions Jesus Ask Us – Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.  more…


Truth Seekers Class:  Fear of the Other – Thursdays at 12:00 pm beginning March 16th.  more…


College Scholarship Applications Due – Friday, March 24th, 5:00 pm.  more…


UMW Sound District Mission Study – Saturday, March 25th, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm.  more…


UMCOR Sunday – Sunday, March 26th.  more…



Guatemala Team 2017 – Informational Meeting on Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 pm.  more…


Spring Fling Craft Workshops – Tuesday, March 28th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  more…


St. James Adventurers – Saturday, April 1st.  more…


Homeless Knights – Event for the Community Crossroads Center – Monday, April 3 at 6:00 pm.  more…


Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am – more…



Relay Day at St. James – Sunday, April 9th.  more…



Flowering of the Easter Cross – Sunday, April 16th.  more…



Spring Fling – Saturday, April 22nd.  more…






ERT Training – Saturday May 6th.  more…

Missions &  Opportunities


Lenten Mission Focus – Community Crossroads Center.  CCC has been selected as our mission focus for this season.  Click here to find out more…


Calling All Bakers, Crafters and Candy Makers for Relay Day, April 9th.  more…


Collecting Bibles for Homeless Shelter click here for more information.




Servant Opportunity: XYZ Program Coordinator.  Help put together fun programs and events.  more…



Guatemala Team 2017 – Informational Meeting on Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 pm.  more…



Homeless Knights – Event for the Community Crossroads Center – Monday, April 3 at 6:00 pm.  more…


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:

Jackie Carson, Jay Whiteford, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, Betty Jane Myers, 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:

Charlene Norris, Betty Fisher, Camille Hite, Susan Burgess, and Doris Ward.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



We welcomed Allison Plumb as a new member on March 12th at the 11:11 am service.  Allie transferred from 2nd Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IL.





Building 429 In Concert

We are excited to share that North Carolina Wesleyan College will have Building 429 featuring Josh Wilson and Special Guest come to The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on March 23, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $50 VIP*, $20 General, & $17 Groups of 10+ and can be purchased at www.dunncenter.com or by calling 252-985- 5197. Additionally, tickets may be purchased at etix.com.

*VIP tickets include Early Entry at 5:30pm, Q&A session with the Artists, photo opportunity, and premium seating. If you miss the Q&A session and photo opportunity, we will not be able to reschedule another time and will not issue discounts or refunds.



Older Adults Needed for Research Study

Participation is needed in a research study about sit-to-stand and balance. We are looking for men and women over the age of 65, able to stand unassisted several times, and able to participate in a strength-training program. The primary purpose of the study is to evaluate how lower-limb strength impacts sit-to-stand and balance in individuals over the age of 65.

Participation can include two visits of an hour and a halg each plus three 15-minute visits a week for eight weeks. This will total approximately 45 minutes per week, or 9 hours for completion of study.
If interested, please contact Jenna Pate at the ECU Department of Kinesiology at patej13@students.ecu.edu or 252-737-4616. Or contact Zachary Domire at domirez@ecu.edu.



FCA’s Night of Influence

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Night of Influence, 2017 Annual Fundraiser Banquet. The guest speaker this year will be baseball superstar, Darryl Strawberry.

Night of Influence
2017 Annual Fundraiser Banquet
Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 pm
at the Rock Springs Center
4025 NC-43, Greenville, NC 27834

Attendance is by reservation only. Table Hosts and Corporate Sponsors are needed. Please call 252-327-6341 or visit www.easternncfca.org



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



Easter Donations

On Easter Sunday our bulletins will contain a listing of special donations “in honor of” or “in memory of” loved ones of this congregation.  This is a wonderful way to honor the saints that have gone before us as we look forward to the time that we will see them again on that great resurrection day!  If you would like to have a loved one listed in the bulletin, please fill out the dedication form (available in the church office) and return it to the church office by Sunday, April 9th.

We will not be purchasing Lilies this year to decorate the Sanctuary.  Instead, these donations will be used for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund which assists those in need in our community.

Jenna Kuchar

St James is delighted to welcome, Jenna Kuchar, our new choral scholar soprano who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She is definitely in uncharted water here, and we are honored to enfold her into our family!   Jenna believes that music connects her more closely to the God she adores, and she will be worshipping with us during both worship services,  ringing hand bells, and can play piano;  we will all be uplifted by her gifts! 

Jenna will study at ECU for two years while earning a MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Following graduation in 2018, she plans to audition for young artists programs and eventually pursue a doctorate in teaching.  Her greatest hope is to successfully communicate celestial love through music, so that music can bring us all closer to world peace.

Jenna fell in love with music as a fifth grader who began singing and realized that music is the universal language that will transcend words and unite us together as global citizens.  Jenna began serious consideration of a professional music career while in high school.  During that time, she was cast in musical theater, jazz performances, and opera.  Following high school, Jenna attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance.  It proved to be a wonderful experience that she loved.

During a 2015 summer opera intensive in Italy, Jenna studied with Dr. Rachel Copeland, then head of the ECU Voice Department, who recruited Jenna for ECU and also encouraged her to join our worship community at St James.  Once Jenna visited Greenville, she knew it was the place for her to develop and learn.  She chose ECU because of the “incredible voice faculty” and St James from personal recommendation.  As she settles in at ECU, she intends to become active in additional community and collegiate choral offerings.

Jenna loves the Southwest, where she was raised, because it is culturally diverse and a very accepting place that provides a supportive environment for student artists. We pray she develops the same love for our Southeast!  She is very far from her family/support group, yet thanks us for already welcoming her with open arms.  At St James, we shall endeavor to fill that void in your life, Jenna.


Zach Leach

Give a hearty St James welcome to our newest pirate scholar, Zach Leach.  Zach hails from Red Springs, NC, and chose to come to ECU as a music-performance major (2018) at the “best music school in the state!”  Zach is a baritone who also plays piano and bass guitar and is interested in music because of the effect that it has on people’s everyday life.  In high school,  Zach played percussion in the school band, sang in the chorus, and played football, basketball, and baseball!  Talk about well-rounded!  His ultimate goal , however, is to conduct one of the best programs in the world at a university.   Zach’s favorite piece of music is The Heaven’s Flock by Eriks Esenvalds.

Zach enjoys his studies at ECU, but is very close to the community and family back home.  He has two older siblings, a brother and a sister, but he is the sole musician in his family.   We at St James will be honored to adopt you as new family while you are here!  Welcome- we look forward to your time with us!

Spring Fling Volunteer Form

Fill out my online form.

One Great Hour of Sharing

On March 26, 2017, we invite you to join with thousands of others across the nation in a special offering to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  When we participate in One Great Hour of Sharing, we help cover the operating budget of UMCOR.  Your support makes it possible for UMCOR to direct 100% of all other contributions to the projects our donors specify, instead of using this money on administrative or fundraising costs.

It is a powerful statement that your gifts enable UMCOR to respond in times of crisis.  UMCOR is an incredible organization that we are honored to have in our family.
•    When Katrina struck in 2005, UMCOR was there with heartfelt prayers, tears, monetary donations and volunteering spirits.
•    After earthquakes struck Japan and Haiti, UMCOR was there.
•    After forest fires displace hundreds of families, UMCOR is there.

•    As millions of refugees and migrants seek out safety and opportunity, UMCOR is there.
All over the world, UMCOR is there, providing compassion and hope to those who desperately need it.  And that only happens through the generosity and faithfulness of United Methodists like you!
There will be special offering envelopes available that morning or you may indicate UMCOR on your gift.
One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday is March 26

Relay for Life Bake Sale

Bakers and Candy Makers!
Do you like to bake?
Do you have a special recipe that you like to make?
assort_baked_goods-1Here’s the chance to put your skills to use to help the St. James Relay for Life team!  Relay for Life Bake Sale will be on Palm Sunday, April 9th in the Fellowship Hall and we would love to include YOU!
Donated goods can be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall Kitchen on Saturday, April 8th, or early on Sunday the 9th. If you can price your items, it is appreciated!
Contact Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net), Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or linncoxot@yahoo.com), or the church office (252-752-6154 or info@stjconnect.org) for information.


Hello Friends!

We are the Harding family! My wife and I moved to Greenville, NC eight years ago to help plant Ignite Church as youth pastor and children’s pastor. The last eight years has been a very fruitful time of helping others grow in their relationship with God, as we continued to grow in relationship with God. Over the past year God has called our family of seven to Uganda, Africa.

In Uganda we will be working with a ministry called Arise Africa International. Over the past 20+ years they have planted over 250 churches in and around Uganda! They are also involved in many other ministry projects such as building schools, hospitals and feeding the hungry, just to name a few.

Our family officially flies out of Raleigh, NC on March the 27th! We are so excited about this new adventure God is calling us to, and want to share with you some ways you can help us fulfill God’s calling on our family.

1. PRAY – Cut out a picture of us and put it on your fridge! We believe greatly in the power of prayer and its importance in everything we do. Pray for the people of Uganda, for Arise Africa and their many ministries and for our family as we partner with them to preach the Gospel! You can also sign up for our newsletter at our website so you can stay up to date on our ministry and prayer concerns.

2. SHARE – Write a quick couple of sentences about us on Facebook and share our website (www.reallifehardings.com)! We want to have as many people praying for us as possible so help us get the word out!

3. GIVE – Prayerfully consider partnering with us financially to reach the lost in Uganda and make disciples of ALL nations! You can do so by clicking on “GIVE” in the top right corner of our website. All donations are tax deductible!

Thank you so much! We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of your church giving us the opportunity to share our story with you. We are very excited about boldly following God’s call to Africa with our brothers and sisters in Christ back home supporting us. You can read more of our story at
www.reallifehardings.com and contact us anytime with any questions at reallifehardings@gmail.com.

Flowering the Easter Cross

Flowered crossOn Easter Sunday, April 16th, we invite you to be part of the “Flowering of the Easter Cross”, an ancient and meaningful tradition.
As you prepare for Easter worship, pick fresh flowers from your garden or yard and bring them with you to the church.  As you arrive, come to the main entrance in front of The Commons, stand before the large cross and place your flowers upon it.
Like the unfolding of a worshipful orchestra, eventually the cross will be covered in beautiful flowers in a brilliant array of color, light and lovely fragrance. A symbol of death, darkness, pain and hopelessness is transformed into something beautiful, new and alive in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.  Together, we can transform the cross and help make this Easter a celebration of new life.

Homeless Knights

Community Crossroads Center presents an evening of fun and medieval entertainment…….

You can help the homeless with a donation of $25. That is what it costs for one night at the Center. Community Crossroads Center is a non-profit agency that provides emergency shelter, food, case management and a place for our homeless citizens to get back on their feet.

Join us on Monday, April 3rd at the Greenville Country Club from 6:00PM until 8:00PM. Admission is free and there will be food, entertainment, cash bar, Silent and Live Auctions.
Help us slay the homeless issue within our community!
See the Community Crossroads Center website for more information.