There are many ways to serve at St. James UMC.  Here are some of the ways that you can get involved today!


St. James Food Pantry

The St. James Food Pantry has been assisting many families this summer and is in desperate need for donations.  Please bring food to the church and place in the bins in the office hallway.  Click here for a list of specific items.


Plastic Hangars Needed

The Night to Shine event on Feb. 8, 2019 is in need of plastic coat hangars. We will need approximately 500-800 hangars for the coats of the guests. If you can donate, you will see plastic boxes labeled for “hangars” in the hallway outside the main sanctuary, also in the fellowship hall and in the CLMC entrance/gathering area. The dollar-type stores also sell plastic hangars in packs of 7 for a minimal cost.
Thank you in advance for your help!   Judy Neufer

Beginning Sewing Class

The InStitches ministry at St. James would like to offer a Beginning Sewing Class sometime this spring. The class would be open to all ages and genders. Class leaders would like to know the best time to offer the class. Please contact ‘Lizabeth Collins at by the end of January.
More information will be forthcoming in February.

UMW Days for Girls Workshop

The United Methodist Women are collecting the follow items to support the Days for Girls Project.
  • Girls size underwear – Cotton, briefs size 8, 10 and 12
  • Gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bags ( No sliders)
  • Washcloths
Days for Girls workshop will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9am to 12 noon.
Sewers and non-sewers are welcome. We will be working on bags for the Jamaica Mission Team to distribute.
If you have questions please contact Tammy Stephenson at 327-0599 or

Jamaican Benefit Dinner

The Jamaican Mission Team will hold a Jamaican-themed dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in the Christian Life Ministries Center (CLMC) at St. James. Dinner will include grilled chicken, rice and peas, pineapple, corn bread, fruit punch, and island-style desserts. Tim Messina will present a program of music. There will be a slide show highlighting eleven years of St. James mission ministry in Jamaica at Yallahs, Old Pera, and Johnstown.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available from members of the Jamaican Mission Team. Contact Johnny Branch at, Tim Corley at, Chris Austin at, or other members and former members of the team. Tickets will also be sold in the Fellowship Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. on January 13, 20, and 27.
For more information, call Johnny Branch at 252-375-6361.

Serving the Body Through Holy Communion

Do you have a heart to serve the body of Christ? Serving Holy Communion is a wonderful way to experience it! We are asking all those that would like to participate in this ministry, to contact Joyce Day at 752-6154 or

Spring Classes



TGIW Returns with New Spring Classes

It’s a New Year and a new opportunity to grow in your faith journey!
Why not join an Adult Ministries Small Group at St. James UMC?

This Winter and Spring , we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to join with other disciples to dive in and grow spiritually!  Don’t allow your faith life to fall to the bottom of your priorities. 
The TGIW Fellowship Meals will begin on Wednesday, January 16th. Pick up a Spring Program guide today and see all of the opportunities offered this spring during TGIW and throughout the week. You can download a copy here.
Flip through the pages and find something that will help you grow closer to the Lord and closer with your sisters and brothers in Christ!  Then register below for your spot in a Spring 2019 Adult Class or Group.  Sign-up today and get your growing going!
Registration will begin Wednesday, December 19th.


SJUMC Food Pantry Needs Items

This is the time of year many think about stockings filled with toys, candy, fruit, and hats or gloves. The St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry needs to be filled with food for the needy. Please help with restocking the pantry with the following items:
  • canned fruit
  • canned soup
  • breakfast items of cereal, oatmeal, and grits
  • dried and canned beans (pinto, kidney, white—no green beans, please).
Deposit your donations in the bins outside of Marianne’s office.
Thank you!

Keep God’s Children Warm

homelessKeep God’s Children Warm.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, …”  (Matthew 25:25-26)

Jesus calls us to serve Him by helping our neighbors who are going through tough times.  When we gather our resources, we can make an amazing impact on the lives of those in need.
Remember KEEP GOD’S CHILDREN WARM when you are replacing your winter coats and clothing. We will collect all clothing sizes: children, youth, and adult, that you would like to contribute. Please deposit them in the labeled bin. These are distributed to our food pantry folks each Thursday morning.
Thank you for your generous participation and we look forward to another successful season of clothing God’s Children!
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at or 570-437-9046. Thank you.


Spring Fling 2019

SPRING FLING 2019—Large Item Donation and Storage
It is not too early to get ready for SPRING FLING 2019! The upcoming event will be April 27, 2019. That seems like a long-time away, but you can begin donating your large furniture and appliances (potential tax credit for 2018) NOW!


Night to Shine

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.  Visit the Night to Shine website to see the pictures and hear the stories of the many lives that were touched last year.
You can be a part of the community that is bringing Faith, Hope and Love to children around the world. St. James has been selected as a location for the next Night to Shine event on February 8, 2019!