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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Journey to the Transfiguration

Over the last several weeks we have explored the people present and the lessons learned at the Transfiguration of Jesus (the Transfigure-what?). To culminate our journey, we will gather as one church to celebrate this miraculous event and what it means for us as Jesus followers.  Join us on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3rd, for one church service at 9:30 AM in the Christian Life Ministries Center.  There will be special music by the Jubilation Children’s choir, Confirmation of our middle school students, a message from both Pastor Ben and Pastor Mark, and Holy Communion shared with everyone.  There will be a mission fair in the Lobby including some of our Spring Fling recipients starting at 8:30 AM and then following the service.  After the service, we will gather for brunch.  Families are asked to contribute a breakfast casserole or fruit.  Pancakes, meat, cheese grits, and drinks will be provided.  
 

Transfiguration Sunday

March 3, 2019

8:30 AM:             Mission Fair in Lobby
9:30 AM:             One Church Worship Service in Christian Life                                    Ministries Center
11:00 AM:           Mission Fair in Lobby
                           Brunch served in Fellowship Hall
 
 
To help prepare, over the four Sundays in February, we’ll explore a sermon series that focuses on the five people with Jesus at the Transfiguration. As an aid, Pastors Mark & Ben have written a short book, available in print form and electronic form (click button below).
 


C4C – Opportunities to Serve

Opportunities to Serve Our Neighbors at Wahl-Coates Elementary School
 
Please donate items for “Snack Buckets” for students at Wahl-Coates who come to school hungry. Suggested donations include Nabs, Granola Bars, Mini Muffins, and Fruit Snacks. All items should be store-bought and individually wrapped.
 
The C4C Backpack Ministry needs donations of food and money for extra food bags for the extended Spring Break.
 
Please consider giving your time as a volunteer in any of the following ways:
  • Sign up to read with a student one-on-one in the Media Center.
  • Help operate the Positive Behavior Rewards Store when students come in to “buy” goodies with the tickets they earned for positive behavior. The Rewards Store will be open on February 28, March 29, and April 30 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Volunteers can sign up to work for part of the day or for the whole day.
  • Read a Dr. Seuss book in a classroom on March 1, Reading Across America Day. Books will be available at the school.
 
To volunteer or for more information, contact Artie Rogers at jartierogers@gmail.com or Lora Joyner at joynerl@pitt.k12.nc.us
 


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.


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 judith.neufer@gmail.com or 570-437-9046. Thank you.

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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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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!