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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Special Needs Ministry

  St. James is in the process of developing ministries for and with persons (children and adults) with special needs in the Greenville community. Our hope is to offer opportunities for Bible study and worship as well as to host special events during the year. You can help in a variety of ways. 
  • What are we already doing? Help us to identify ways that we have already been ministering to and with the special needs community.
  • What else is God calling us to do? What are some ideas you have for ways that we can do even more for and with this community?
  • What do we need to know? If you have experience with the special needs community, we would love to learn from you. What are some of their spiritual needs? How can we assist those who care for persons with special needs? What might be some obstacles that we will need to overcome? What do we not even know that we don’t know?
 
If you are interested in helping with this ministry, in being on our Special Needs Board of Advisers, or just in learning more about what are hopes are for this ministry, please contact Joyce Day, Pastor of Congregational Care at joyce@stjconnect.org or (252) 752-6154.


Spring Fling Volunteer Form

Yes, Spring Fling is just around the corner.
Spring Fling is Saturday, April 27, 2019.
WE NEED YOU to help make it a successful event this year!  Click the button below to volunteer and one of the committee chairs will contact you soon.
 
 
 


Joy Soup Kitchen – Lent Offering

JOY Soup Kitchen—The Focus of Lenten Giving at St. James United Methodist Church
 
The focus of Lenten giving in 2019 at St. James UMC is the JOY Soup Kitchen of Greenville.  JOY Soup Kitchen relieves food insecurity among the poor and homeless in Greenville.  It is Greenville’s only site that prepares and serves a free, midday meal (from 10:30 to 11:45), which for some is the only meal of their day.  In 2018, volunteers dished out more than 25,000 free meals at the Albemarle Avenue facility.

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Meal Train Help Needed

Have you ever had a time when life was too hectic,
or when you were trying to cope with a difficult situation,
or when it felt like the best you could manage was to survive the day?
 
At times like that, we don’t have the time or the energy to fix meals for our family. You can help others facing such times by signing up to be a Meal Train Volunteer. Right now, St. James has four Meal Trains active and we could easily have more lined up—but we need you to help! You can sign up to cook and deliver a meal or to pick up something at a local restaurant to deliver.
 
Simply email or call Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or 752-6154 to get added to the volunteer list. You will then be contacted via email whenever a new Meal Train becomes active. Go to the website link you receive and sign up to take a meal on a particular date. For more information, contact Joyce!


Relay Day

Come out to the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 31st,
and support the mission of St. James’ Relay for Life Team.
 
There will be many baked goods for sale and some amazing items to be had at the Silent Auction.  It will be happening all Sunday morning, so stop by between services or after your Sunday School class and help us raise funds to fight cancer.


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.
 
Now that warmer (?) March days are here, we will be having our last Keep God’s Children Warm clothing event on Thursday, March 28th.
Thank you to all who have so generously contributed to this worthwhile cause. All who came were richly blessed by the warm clothing and the “warmth” of St. James UMC.  A big “thank you” to Erwin Dunn who faithfully hauled all the racks and boxes out of the storage closet every Thurs. morning – no small task! In addition, Erwin always had coffee ready for us!! Also “thank you” to Tyrone Walston who graciously filled in for Erwin while Erwin recovered from a heart procedure.
Much appreciation also to the ladies who faithfully helped: Sharon Loy, Ellen Hucknall, Mary McCallum, Kerry Kopanski, Emily Blankenship, Lois Barrett, Anne Sayetta.
 
Judy Neufer
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at judith.neufer@gmail.com or 570-437-9046. Thank you.

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Lenten Devotional Guide

 

The St. James Lenten Devotional Guide for 2019 is now available! It includes daily devotionals for the season of Lent (March 1st – April 16th) written by your fellow members of St. James UMC.  You can pick up a printed copy of the Devotional Guide this Sunday at church or during the week at the church office.

Or, if you spend more time with your email than you do a book, we offer the daily devotionals delivered to your email inbox every morning.  Sign up here and begin the journey through Lent in the Gospel of Luke
 



Lenten Events at St. James

2019 Lenten Worship Series

The Season of Lent in the church challenges us to grow in faith as we prepare for the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus.  Stretching over forty days (not counting Sundays) and culminating in Holy Week & Easter, the Lenten season provides a variety of ways to remember that we are God’s children, created to love and serve God and one another.  This year at St. James, we want to encourage your participation several different ways. 


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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 joyce@stjconnect.org.


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!

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