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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Hurricane Florence Response

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September 19, 2018
 
Dear St. James Family,
Thank you for all the ways you have already assisted in the Hurricane Florence efforts, and for your desire to be a part of the recovery in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  In addition to your prayers, we would like to encourage you to share your time, talents, and treasure in the following ways.  Please prayerfully consider how you can be the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbors who have been impacted by this event.
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1) DONATE SUPPLIES: We will be collecting and delivering supplies for relief through Joy Soup Kitchen, Grifton Mission Ministries, Ann Street UMC in Beaufort, and First UMC in Morehead CitySupplies can be left on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.  Needed general supplies include:
  • Tarps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Feminine products
  • All kinds of hygiene and toiletry products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Lanterns
  • Power bars (the surge protector kind, not the protein bar food)
  • Extension cords

Needed food items include:

  • Pop top cans of meat, veggies, etc.
  • Large cans of veggies to cook hot meals
  • Divided clamshell plates to distribute hot meals
  • Small jars peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Baby formula
  • Bottled water
For more information, contact Tyrone Walston at the church via email (tyrone@stjconnect.org) or phone (252-752-6154).
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2) JOIN A WORK TEAM: For those who are interested in being a part of a work team, please contact Paula Hamlin at the church via email (paula@stjconnect.org) or phone (252-752-6154). We will compile a list which will be provided to the Sound Conference disaster relief team.  You will then be contacted.
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3) PARTICIPATE IN THE C4C FOOD DRIVE: C4C will hold a food drive the week of Sunday, 9/23 through Sunday, 9/30, in which you can support the program with food or monetary donations. Collection bins for donations are located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas.  Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC; add “Backpacks” to the memo line.
The C4C Backpack Ministry serves children at Wahl Coates Elementary.  This ministry provides supplemental food bags to children at Wahl Coates Elementary each week during the school year.  Without this food, these children would have little to nothing to eat on the weekends. Due to the expected influx of displaced children into our community after Hurricane Florence, we believe we will see the demand for weekend backpacks rise.  In addition, parents who will be out of work due to the hurricane will have increased financial strain, making our weekend backpacks that much more important for these families.  As a part of the Hurricane Florence relief fund, we are requesting support for additional food items and volunteers to serve the expected rise in demand.
 
Backpack Food Drive Items Needed: 
  • Protein (beanie weanies, chef boyardee, vienna sausages)
  • Pop-tarts
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Chips
  • Crackers (Cheez-its)
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Individual-size cereal packs
  • Water
  • Capri Suns juice boxes
  We will also need additional volunteers for packing food bags, shopping at Aldi and Sams Club for the above items on a regular basis.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.
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4) GIVE TO THE CHILDRENS COLORING BOOKS AND CRAYONS DRIVE: The American Red Cross and the First UMC in Morehead City are in need of these items for the shelters. Supplies can be left at the Children’s Check-In Desk in the Commons. For more information, contact Molly Carpenter at the church via email (molly@stjconnect.org) or phone (252-752-6154).
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5) SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS FINANCIALLY: 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.
 
 

Blessings,

St. James’ Missions Committee
 


Growing In Grace – Gearing Up for Fall

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The C4C Backpack Ministry of St. James United Methodist Church is in immediate need for volunteers.  Our Backpack Ministry of C4C provides supplemental food bags to children at Wahl Coates Elementary each week during the school year. Without this food, these children would have little to nothing to eat on the weekends.
We have more requests this school year than any previous year, and we still have not received all of the anticipated requests from the Kindergarten classes.  Even if we have enough food and funds, we may not be able to meet the needs of these children due to lack of volunteers. We do not want to be in the unfortunate position of having to turn down their requests.
 
We need the most help from volunteers willing to shop for food. We are looking for volunteers to commit to being purchasers for a specific item for the school year.  The volunteers would shop at either Aldi or Sam’s Club, and would make sure their items was always in stock at the church prior to a packing Sunday.  The time commitment (depending on how often you wanted to shop) could be as little as one hour per month or every few weeks.  
If interested, please contact Allie Plumb. She will be able to provide more specifics.  allieplumb23@gmail.com or 309-530-5638
 
We thank you in advance for your consideration in helping us to serve as many students as possible through the Backpack Ministry.
 
We will hold a food drive on Sunday, 9/23 where the congregation can support the program with food donations or monetary donations. Collection bins will be located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas for donations. “Shopping guides” with suggested items to purchase will be passed out on Sunday 9/16.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC and put “Backpacks” in the memo line. No amount is too small and any contributions are greatly appreciated. There are also opportunities for people to sponsor a child. A $100 contribution feeds a child for a semester and $200 feeds a child for the school year.
Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.
 
 


Acolyte Training

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Being an acolyte is a service of honor to God and to the worshiping community. As acolytes bring in the light, they remind us that the light of Christ is present when we gather in the name of Christ. When they depart carrying the light, we remember that each of us carries the light of Christ out of the church and into the world. Acolyting on Scout Sunday Would you like to serve as an acolyte? We will be scheduling an Acolyte Training for anyone 3rd grade and up who would like to serve. Please contact Betty Fuqua at bettyboopfuqua@gmail.com.
 
Come and join us for the training and see if it is something for you!  No experience necessary.
 


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.


TGIW Begins this Week!

Wednesday night activities begin this week!  It all starts at 5:15 pm with a delicious meal prepared by one of our ministry teams.  Children’s activities begin at 6:00 pm, and Adult classes begin at 6:00, 6:15, or 6:30 pm depending on the class.  ConneXion music rehearsal begins at 7:00 pm and the Chancel Choir at 7:15 pm.
 
Make your dinner reservation here:
 
 
View the many class offerings and register for one here:
 
 


Host a Foreign Exchange Student

It’s an opportunity that will change the life of a student and enrich your life! Greenheart Exchange, a Chicago based non-profit organization that sponsors and places high school exchange students with volunteer host families in the United States, is currently seeking host families for several 15-18 year old boys and girls from countries such as Germany, Belgium, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, Brazil, and China among many others. We do our best to match students with host families based on similar hobbies and interests in order to ease the student’s transition into U.S. family life and culture.

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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!