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.

 
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Homeless Knights

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

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.


Guatemala Missions

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Guatemala Mission Team – November 2017
 
Have you thought about going on a mission trip overseas?
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We have a number of opportunities at St. James, and one of them is our mission to Guatemala. We began our relationship with the people in Guatemala in 2004 and it has been a wonderful one. Shepherded by missionaries Jim and Dianne Thompson, we have developed a network of people who now help us help the people of Guatemala.
 

Our week-long trip allows us to provide medical care, eye care, activities for children and women, and experience God’s love along the way. We developed a

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service project at a local nursing home and have expanded our mission to involve a “stove project.”

Though the medical aspect of our mission trip is a big part of what we do, there are opportunities, especially with our service projects, to become involved in this project. We invite anyone, those with medical skills and those without, to come
join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, March 26th at 3 PM.
 
Please call Eric Everett (252-367-6511), if you have questions and want more information, especially if you are interested and cannot attend this meeting. Hasta pronto!
 

 

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XYZ Coordinator Opportunity

If you love to put together fun programs and events, you are just the person we need!
Our XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) group is in need of someone to organize monthly programs for our lunch meetings, coordinate our annual Christmas party, and possibly put together occasional trips to day events such as plays. XYZ meets the third Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. This group of young-at-heart adults (ages 55 and up) enjoys playing games and hearing speakers who can address second-half of life issues as well as just fun and interesting topics.
 
The program coordinator will work with Joyce Day, Minister of Adult Discipleship to plan and carry out programs and events. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Joyce at (252) 752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.
 


ERT Training

Have you felt the call to respond to help victims of hurricanes or flooding?  Do you want to prepare yourself for the next emergency situation that might arise?

Sign-up now!

On May 6, St. James United Methodist Church is hosting Early Response Team (ERT) training provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through the Conference. The training will certify individuals who want to respond to natural disasters in the crucial early days after a disaster.

This training is valuable for any mission team eager to respond in faith and love to our brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered from a flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster.

When disaster strikes, the local church usually provides the first response. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—helps form a foundation for UMCOR’s national training and response. UMCOR equips United Methodists to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, supporting conference and church ministries on disaster response so that they can be the hands and feet of Christ in a hurting world.

Basic ERT Member Training (8 hours) Participants learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on the response team. This standardized class is required for the basic ERT UMCOR identification badge.

Cost for the training is $30. The cost covers the training, lunch, and snacks.  For scholarship assistance, please contact the church office.

Sign up for the class at nccumvim.org/erttraining


Lent 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.  We provided volunteers to staff the opening week of the shelter.  Through the years, St. James has provided untold volunteer hours, countless meals, large amounts of supplies and resources, and much needed money to keep the Shelter operating.

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 give donations at any time during the season of Lent with an indication that they are for the Lenten Focus or CCC (Community Crossroads Shelter).


Bible Collection for Homeless Shelter

bibles.pile.jpgThe Bible Sunday School Class has been collecting Bibles for Community Crossroads, the homeless shelter. People using the shelter cannot believe that the Bibles are there for them to take as their own. We have so far taken about forty Bibles and now there are only three left for the residents there.
 
If you have any Bibles to donate, please take them to Room 22 or give them to Aaron Sampson. We will be taking Bibles continuously as they are donated.


Joy Soup Kitchen

 
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Over 100 hungry souls are fed each day at the Joy Soup Kitchen in Greenville.  The St. James United Methodist Women are responding to Jesus’ call to “feed the hungry” by providing the soup and sandwiches twice a month.  Won’t you be a part of this critical ministry?

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, we gather groceries and help make lunch for those at the Joy Soup Kitchen.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry team, please contact Ruth Ann Keyes (321-2950) or Judy Murad (756-3761).

 
 
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Kairos Prison Ministry

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Kairos Maury Prison Ministry

 
“… I was in prison and you visited me … just as you did it to one of the least of these … you did it to me.”    ~Matthew 25:36, 40

There is an exciting ministry in eastern North Carolina that helps us fulfill Jesus’ teaching.  It is the Kairos Maury Prison Ministry.  This is a volunteer driven, not for profit ministry that is striving to build a church behind the walls of Maury prison.  Their mission is “to share the transforming Love of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women, and youth as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.”

You know, a person does not have to travel to Africa, India, or any third world nation in order to do mission work; there is mission work right here in eastern North Carolina.  There are a number of St. James members that would be happy to share their experiences with the Kairos Maury Prison Ministry.  If God is leading you to serve him in a new way this year, please contact us at kairosmaury@gmail.com.

 


Cell Phone Donations

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Are you getting a new cell phone?
The Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence can use your old one.  For their clients, your old phone may be their only way to get help in an emergency.  The phones may be dropped off at the office at 150 E. Arlington Blvd. Suite D., 758-4000.

Call 758-4400 if you want more information about the services of the center.

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Thank you for your help!
 


Membership Care Opportunities

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The Membership Care Team invites you to join us as we reach out to our St. James family.  There are 3 areas in which we serve.  Please click here to read what we do and how you can get involved.