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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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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Caroling

Attention, Christmas Carolers!
(those who can sing plus those who love to sing):
 
St. James United Methodist Church is creating teams of carolers this Advent season
to visit our homebound members on Sunday, December 9, from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

We want children and adults, altos and tenors, basses and off-keys.
In other words, we want anyone who wants to bellow out some holiday favorites
for the delight and joy of others.

Please contact Joyce Day at 752-6154 or email her at joyce@stjconnect.org.
We need your help in getting organized, getting folks excited and ready,
and in keeping us from getting too far off key.
 


Angel Tree

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2018 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 14th. Please select the angels, purchase the gifts and bring them to the Fellowship Hall by Wednesday, December 12th. When you return the item, please label it with your angel’s name and number. If you have any questions, please call 758-3284.
 
Thank you St. James!
The 2018 St. James Angel Tree is being sponsored by the United Methodist Women (UMW).
 

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

 
 


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. On one night, February 9, 2018, 537 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers!
Visit the Night to Shine website to see the pictures and hear the stories of the many lives
that were touched last year.

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Operation Christmas Child

Did you know it is less than 3 months until Christmas!
Yes, it is that time again when we have the opportunity to share the love of God and bring joy into the lives of children around the world!

Operation Christmas Child is ready to launch.
Beginning October 7th, empty shoeboxes waiting to be filled with gifts and love will be available to be picked up in the Fellowship Hall. A brochure with a cut-out indicating whether the gifts are for a boy or girl, the age range of the child and general instructions for filling the box will accompany each shoebox. Place the filled shoeboxes on the Fellowship Hall stage by Sunday, November 18th.
 
What can make the shoebox so powerful?
The prayer that accompanies each box. Pray as you shop, pray as you make selections, pray as you pack – pray for the child, and believe that God will direct each shoebox to a particular child.
“Lord, you know what a child’s need is and which child will receive this box. Direct me in making choices that will bless this little one in ways I cannot imagine, because most of all this gift is a means to demonstrate your love.”
 
For more information, contact Rea Purvis at


C4C Update

YOU can make a difference in the life of a student or teacher by giving a few hours each week. Please consider joining the team of amazing volunteers with Congregations for Children (C4C). There are opportunities to share your time and talent at Wahl Coates School in a variety of ways.
 
  • The Captain’s Crew luncheon, held monthly in the Fellowship Hall of St. James, honors one student per classroom who has been nominated by their fellow students to attend a pizza luncheon and hear a motivational speaker. Volunteers help set up, serve pizza, and interact with the children. Dates are this Friday, October 19, as well as December 14, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 12, and May 24. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bicycle Safety Training needs two to three volunteers per training session. The sessions will be from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Currently, we need volunteers for the following dates:   Tuesday, Nov 13   Thursday, Nov 15   Friday, Nov 16 Tuesday, Nov 20. Volunteers help the coach set up a bicycle course and teach bicycle safety.
  • Book Fair Volunteers On Tuesday, November 13, we need volunteers to help out with the Preview Day. They will help students locate prices of items as well as help our younger students create a short wish list for them to take home to their families. On Wednesday through Friday, November 14-16, we will need volunteers to help monitor the fair as well as help customers find books and prices of items. They may also need to help with bagging items at checkout. We are asking for 3 volunteers per time slot, but will be happy with whatever help I can get. Time slots are 8:00-10:00am, 10:00-12:00pm, 12:00pm-2:00pm.
  • Upcoming Performance Dates to support at Wahl Coates School are: “Stories from Afar” (Theater) – November 29th – 9:00 am; 1:00 pm; 6:00 pm Winter Concert for Chorus/Orchestra – Dec 11th at 6:00 pm
  • Volunteers are also requested to work in the classrooms by reading, tutoring, or mentoring students, assisting teachers in the classroom, or by doing office work. Here are specific grade-level requests: 2nd grade – read with students, help in math, and file papers 5th  grade – read with students Kindergarten – paperwork jobs for an afternoon volunteer
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Artie Rogers at (252)917-2139 or jartierogers@gmail.com.


Blood Drive

C’mon!  We know you’ve got it in you!

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There is Power in the Blood.

St. James is hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. You can put the power of your faith into action and help save a life!

The Blood Drive will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 18th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code “St. James UMC”
 
The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help with the event.
Volunteers can work for one or more hours in the canteen, as a monitor, or as a greeter.
To help, please contact Tyrone at 252-752-6154 or Tyrone@stjconnect.org.
 
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Blood.  It’s in you to give.



Hurricane Florence Response

We are blessed and grateful for the wonderful response to the request for donations of supplies, food, and other basic necessities.  The response has been so good that there is no longer a need for most of the items.
 
Prayers are still requested and those who can volunteer to join a work team.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Paula Hamlin at the church (252-752-6154 or Paula@stjconnect.org) and she will contact you when opportunities arise.
 
Financial donations are always welcome and are still being collected through St. James UMC.  Click on the Donate now button below for online donations.  Or, make checks payable to St James UMC, placing the text “Hurricane Florence” in the memo line.  These checks can be placed in the offering at Sunday worship services, brought to St James, or mailed to: St James Methodist Church, Attn: Marianne Leventry, 2000 E. 6th St, Greenville, NC 27858.
 
 
 


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.
 
KEEP GOD’S CHILDREN WARM will be starting again on Thursday, Nov. 1st, @ 9:30 a.m. and continuing every Thursday until March 2019 (except for Thanksgiving day). Please save any clothes you would like to contribute until the last week of October when you may deposit them in the labelled bin. Until then, we do not have adequate space for storing the items so we do appreciate your not bringing them in any earlier.
Thank you for your generous participation and we look forward to another successful season of clothing God’s Children!
Judy Neufer, Sharon Loy, Mary McCallum, Kerry Kopanski,
Ellen Hucknall, Emily Blankenship
 
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at judith.neufer@gmail.com or 570-437-9046. Thank you.

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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.