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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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

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.
 
 
 


Angel Tree

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The St. James United Methodist Women are sponsoring the
2017 St. James Angel Tree.
 
The Angel Tree project provides Christmas gifts for children who are in foster care through the Methodist Home for Children and placed in foster homes or group homes. Be the light of Hope for these children as they celebrate Jesus birth this Christmas!
 
The Angel Tree can be found in the Fellowship Hall beginning November 15th. Please select the angels, purchase the gifts and bring them to the Fellowship Hall.
 
Thank you St. James!
 

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”  ~ Matthew 25:45

 
 


Congregations For Children (C4C)

The new school year has begun and we are aware of some volunteer needs at Wahl-Coates Elementary. 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).
 
Book Fair Volunteers – November 13-16
We are in need of volunteers to staff a book fair Nov 13 -16 which will be open 8-3 each day.  If interested contact Sharon Phillips, Media Coordinator at Wahl Coates (phillis@pitt.k12.nc.us) or Lora Joyner. Any available times would be most appreciated!!
Also looking for donations to: All 4 Books which is a fund to help purchase books for those students who cannot afford to purchase a book for themselves during the book fair.
 
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).
 

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Keep God’s Children Warm

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“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.
 
Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 9:30-12:00 noon,
St. James will again be offering free used clothing for men, women and children. Donated items may be left in the bin labeled as such in the hallway outside the treasurer’s office. The program is in conjunction with the Food Pantry distribution every Thursday. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March.

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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.

Prevention of Domestic Violence
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.