e-Newsletter 01-25-18

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



Youth Gathering

The new year will officially start for the Youth Gathering this Sunday, January 28th at 6:00 pm!  We will kick off the new year with a fun get-to-know-you kind of night.



Remember that Wednesday evening events will begin on January 17th. Join us for Elevate/Resonate at 6:00 pm on Wednesday nights!



Did you know that St. James had a facebook group?

Click here to visit us.


Easter/Pentecost Devotional Guide

The Christmas decorations have just been stored, yet Ash Wednesday and Lent are almost here. That short period would have required a very quick turn-around from our Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Devotional Guide to the publication of our traditional Lent/Easter Devotional. For that reason, and to try something a little different during Lent, this year we are setting our sights on publishing an Easter-Pentecost Devotional Guide.


For those of you looking for a spiritual aid for Lent, fear not!  We have a planned a “Darevotional” guide that will offer a daily verse and short challenge (dare) for us to practice our faith.  These will be ready by the Ash Wednesday Service on February 14.


The Easter-Pentecost Devotional Guide will be available on Palm Sunday, March 25. Readings will begin on Holy Thursday, March 29, and run through Pentecost Sunday, May 20. The Guide will include Easter Sunday (April 1), the seven Sundays of Easter, and Ascension Thursday, May 10. It will be quite an undertaking — 53 days of devotions!

Please consider participating in this ministry by writing a devotion. Guidelines will be published soon, but we will hold a few writers’ workshops on Wednesday nights during Lent, if you need the encouragement and guidance to write a devotion and inspire your fellow members of St. James. The deadline for writers to get their devotions to Chris Garcia (christian.garciapubco@gmail.com) will be Sunday, March 11. Chris will hold the workshops on February 21, February 28, and March 7.

JMT’s Valentine Dinner

The Jamaica Mission Team presents the Annual Valentine Dinner – An elegant evening of fine dining, live music and mission support.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Dinner is served at 6:30 pm
$30 per person


Tickets are now available from any member of the Jamaica Mission Team or from the church office. Groups of 8 can reserve a table.
Childcare is available only if reserved by Feb. 8th by calling the church office at 752-6154.
For more information, contact Chris Austin at safetyca@hotmail.com



Women of St. James, you are invited to be a part of IF:Gathering 2018 on Saturday, March 17th!  Register today and mark your calendars for this amazing women’s event.


This event includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Childcare will be available if requested by March 2, 2018 by calling the church at (252) 752-6154.

There is more information about this event at the Information booths.  For more information, please contact Joyce Day (252-752-6154 or Joyce@stjconnect.org) or Nicole Franklin (252-752-6154 or Franklin@stjconnect.org.


Methodist Home for Children Sunday

Sunday, February 11th


The Methodist Home for Children believes that all children deserve a safe, loving home where they can thrive and live to their full God-given potential. But many thousands in North Carolina lack this important foundation for a good life.

On Methodist Home for Children Sunday, February 11th, you can make a difference!

This is the one day a year when congregations in the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church take up a special collection for the children and families served by MHC. Last year MHC helped nearly 1,400 children and families thanks in large part to the generosity United Methodist congregations. We need your help to continue changing lives and inspiring hope. There will be special offering envelopes on Sunday, February 11th. Please mark your special gifts to be included in the Methodist Home for Children offering.


Also, on Sunday, February 11th, we will welcome the President of the Methodist Home for Children, Bruce Stanley to St. James. He will be sharing the message at the 9:00 AM (CLMC) and the 11:00 AM (Sanctuary) services.

This is an important ministry that St. James UMC believes in! Please join us as we support their cause.


The Christmas Banner

This Christmas season the sanctuary of St. James was once again adorned with the beautiful Advent and Christmas banner made by Judy Bohannon. Judy and her husband Bob were members until Bob’s death and Judy’s moving close to family in Knoxville, TN. In December I wrote Judy telling how the Christmas banner added beauty and dignity to our services and thanking her for her dedication to the task which was requested by former pastor, Gray Southern.
This week I received a response from Judy surprised and thrilled the banners she crafted were still being used since we have had changes in administration. Presently, she is a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, in Knoxville, TN, but she still misses St. James.

Becky Groome


It is Relay Time!!
April 27th and 28th at Boyd Lee Park. 
Join our Team – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need people to help with our relay activities for the team including the Bake Sale, Silent Auction, Fundraising Nights, The Actual Relay.  It takes a Team!!
Join St James UMC team at www.relayforlife.org/pittnc 
Look for these Special Events!
* Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser Night – February 27th
* Chipotle Fundraiser Night – March 13th; 4-8 pm; take flyer
* Relay Day – Palm Sunday, March 25th, with our Bake Sale and Silent Auction.
For More Information-  
Contact Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net) or Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or linncoxot@yahoo.com)
 Thank you so much for your continued support in our fight against cancer!



This Sunday

(picture by Ivy Bowers)

Scripture:  Selected Verses from Jonah


At 8:45 AM & 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary –

        “The Gospel of Jonah”

        Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 AM & 11:11 AM in the Christian Life Ministries Center –

        “The Gospel of Jonah”

        Rev. Mark Woods



Meetings this Sunday:

– Youth Gathering, 6:00 pm




TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday)

TGIW fellowship meals continue next this week.

Please make your reservation for dinner by Monday at 5:00 pm.  Click here to make a reservation.


January 31st:  Breakfast Casserole, Grits, Fruit & Muffins

(host: Jamaica Missions)

February 7th:  Baked Potato and Salad Bar

(host: Relay for Life Team)


There is still time to join a Wednesday night class!

Click here to register for the Spring adult classes and program!




St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Youth Gathering Kicks off New Year! – Sunday, January 28th at 6:00 pm.  more…



TGIW and Spring Classes continue – Wednesday, January 31st.  more…




JMT’s Valentines Dinner – Saturday, February 10th at 6:30 pm.  more…



Methodist Home for Children Sunday – Sunday, February 11th.  more…



IF:Gathering 2018 – March 17.  Register now and Save the Date!  more…


Relay Day – Annual Bake Sale and Silent Auction.  Sunday, March 25th.  more…


Relay for Life – April 27-28.  more…

Missions & Opportunities


Serving Opportunities at Wahl-Coates – Volunteer help needed with C4C (Congregations for Children).  more…


RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  more…



Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out more.



Keep God’s Children Now collecting warm clothing donations.  Click here for more information



Collecting Bibles for Homeless Shelter click here for more information.




Honor Your Loved Ones with Flowers on the Altar – Click here for more information.



Kairos Maury Prison Ministry – Help build a church behind the walls.  more…


For additional mission opportunities, click here to visit the website.



Newsletter Prayer List


Please be in prayer for these members of the St. James family:

Sam Stephenson, Ed and Betty Yancey, Patti Frank, Dorothy Harmon, Brenda Walter, Al Webster, Willis Conrad Mozingo, Joe Morris, Tyler Bullard, and Frances Strawn


These people are prayed for every week by the St. James Prayer Ministry Team and in countless ways by the St. James congregation.  If you would like prayers for you or a loved one, please call the church office (752-6154) to be added to this Prayer List.  Names will remain on this list for 30 days.  If further prayers are desired following that time, please call again.



This week’s Special Prayers for some of our homebound members:

Jakie Castevens, Cheryl Cleaver, David Dosser, Edgar Eatman, and Mary Foley.


Sympathy is extended to Glenn and BJ Cutrell on the death of Glenn’s mother, Jessie Cutrell, who passed away January 18th, 2018.


Sympathy is extended to Carolyn Daughtrey on the death of her brother, Gilbert Slack, who passed away January 18th, 2018.


Sympathy is extended to Reid and Laura Whitehurst on the death of Reid’s mother, Helen Whitehurstwho passed away January 20th, 2018.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.






Volunteer with Vidant Home Health and Hospice

Vidant Home Health and Hospice is currently recruiting volunteers in the Pitt County area. We have an increasing need for compassionate individuals whom are willing to provide support to patients and their families at the end of life. As a volunteer, you will be able to give back to the community, in an emotionally rewarding way.

Opportunities include:

  • Direct Support: Offering Companionship: Friendly visits to provide some special attention, a listening ear, and a comforting presence.
  • Respite Care: Respite care is an opportunity for the caregiver to have a break and still be assured their loved one is safe.
  • Indirect Support: Providing support in our offices or at the Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.

Training is provided. To schedule a presentation about our volunteer program or to sign up as a Vidant Home Health and Hospice Volunteer please contact Angelina Brittle at 252-847-1236 or email Angelina.brittle@vidanthealth.com.





Do you have an event or ministry that you would like to include in this newsletter
or to promote to the St. James family?


You can enter the information online at the St. James website (click here!) at your convenience.  We will collect the announcements and distribute them in the newsletters, bulletins and on the announcement screens before worship!



St. James United Methodist Church

2000 E. Sixth St.

Greenville, NC  27858

(252) 752-6154