e-Newsletter 02-09-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Ask them their names and they reply in unison: We’re the Manley boys! And, indeed, they are.  This preschool trio lives in Northampton County with Jeff and Jackie Manley, who became foster parents with Methodist Home for Children in 2010.


The Manleys had talked about adopting a boy, maybe a newborn, after they finished raising their two daughters, now 31 and 25. They fostered for five years, waiting for the right child, then MHC sent them profiles on brothers James and Jeffrey.

One look at the photos and it was all over. They had found their boys. 


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 19th,

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.  On Sunday, February 19th, there will be special offering envelopes available for your gifts.

This is an important ministry that St. James UMC believes in!

Please join us as we support their cause.


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

Click here to visit us.


College Scholarships for High School Seniors

There are a number of foundations that offer annual scholarships to graduating High School Seniors from the St. James community. To receive one of these scholarships, a student must apply and be accepted by the scholarship committee. The applications for College Scholarships are now available in the Church Office or download one here.  The completed application, along with a current signed and sealed school transcript, must be returned to the Church Office by Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 5:00 pm EDT.


Last Opportunity to be part of the

2017 Lenten Devotional Guide

The devotional guide will be prepared net week and we still have some openings for your daily devotional. Will you write a devotion for “A Daily Devotional Guide for Lent” to help the members of St. James prepare for Easter?  The guidelines are simple and can be found at the Information Booths at the church, or download one here.

To participate, please email Chris Garcia at christian.garciapubco@gmail.com right away!



Spring Fling Reveals

25th Anniversary Logo

This year will mark the the 25th Annual Spring Fling at St. James! To commemorate this event, the Spring Fling committee has designed a special 25th Anniversary logo. Spring Fling shirts will be available soon for $15.

Spring Fling will be April 22nd, 2017!


Are you looking for Truth?

A solid foundation in our ever-changing world?

The Story Living Water Class is beginning a new study on the Letters of John beginning Sunday, February 12. We meet every Sunday morning, 9:55-10:30 a.m. in Room 21. Everyone is welcome. We enjoy a multi-generation perspective from college students on up. Join us any time! For more information, contact Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or 752-6154.


Dear St. James UMC,
Thank you so much for your kind, generous donation towards adapted swing equipment for the playground at Wahl-Coates Elementary School. The installation should take place in the very near future. We look forward to building our playground so that it is accessible for all students.
Thank you!
Wahl-Coates Exceptional Children’s Program


Reception for the Dunn Family

There will be a reception for Ryan, Gina, and Braden Dunn on Sunday, February 19th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We will celebrate their 8 years of ministry with us at St. James UMC and wish Ryan, Gina, and Braden well as they begin their new life in Nashville, TN.


If you would like to contribute to a love offering for the Dunns, please send it to the church office before Tuesday, Feb 14th.   (Note that your donation is a gift to the Dunns, not a gift to the church.  Therefore the donation will not be tax deductible.)


Student Ministries Update


Our congregation’s staff-parish relations committee is moving ahead on a search for our next Director of Student Ministries, as Ryan Dunn will be leaving that position after February 19. It is likely that there will be an interim period between Ryan’s departure and a new Director’s start time. Thanks to our wonderful, dedicated volunteers, our regular programming is well-equipped to finish out the school year–though we could use one more adult or couple to be a floating presence at Sunday night’s Gatherings.


We do not, however, have leadership in place for our normal summer-time missions experiences. These experiences include Camp Connect for our middle school students (June 18-22), and a possible flood relief trip for our high school students (July 23-29). Camp Connect is a locally-based camp experience with students staying over night and working at service sites through the day. The high school trip was exploring working down in the Lumberton area on flood clean-up projects.


For both experiences, we will need some adults to commit as coordinators for the trips and other adults to be chaperone-mentors during the trips. We hope our parents will consider making these experiences available for our students by committing their prayers, presence, gifts and service in conjunction with these transformative trips.


If you’d like information on these opportunities (or if you’re already willing to jump into leadership on this), please contact Ryan Dunn at ryan@stjconnect.org.



A Note from Ryan


On January 1st, it was announced that Ryan, Gina, and Braden would be moving to the Nashville, TN area.  Read more about his call and the adventure that God has opened for the Dunns.


(Click here to read Ryan’s letter)





Collecting Bibles for the Homeless Shelter

The 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.



Quarterly Contribution Statements moving to Email

Our goal is to be good stewards of God’s resources. One way we can do this is by emailing your quarterly contribution statements. You can help us by making sure we have an accurate email address for you. As of April, 2017 all quarterly contribution statements will be emailed. If you prefer to receive a paper statement mailed to you in lieu of an emailed statement, please contact Marianne Leventry at 252-752- 6154 or Marianne@stjconnect.org. For tax purposes, you will always get a paper copy of your year-end statement.


This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Walking With Christ”

Matthew 5:21-37 &

     Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Rev. Johnny Branch


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Hedging the Law”

Matthew 5:21-37

Rev. Mark Woods




TGIW Fellowship meals.

Click the button below to make your reservation for next week:



Wed., Feb. 15:

Menu:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

(hosted by: Alexander Sprague Eagle Scout Project)


Wed., Feb. 22:

Menu:  Swiss Chicken, Mashed Potato, Green Beans, Peach Halves w/Cranberry Sauce & Dessert

(hosted by: UMW (United Methodist Women))



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St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Valentines Dinner – Saturday, Feb. 11th at 6:30 pm.  more…




New Study on Letters of John – Sunday, Feb. 12th at 9:55 am.  more…


Eagle and Super Nova Award Ceremony – Sunday, Feb. 12th at 2:00 pm.  more…


Methodist Home for Children Sunday – Sunday, Feb. 19th.  more…


Reception for Ryan, Gina, and Braden Dunn – Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  more…


Winter Carnival – Friday, Feb. 24th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  more…


Monthly Evening Prayers Service – Sunday, March 5th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  more…


Lay Servant Ministry Class – Basic Class – Saturday, March 18th, 8:30am – 4:30 pm.  more…


America Recycles Shred Event – Saturday, March 18th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm.  more…


College Scholarship Applications Due – Friday, March 24th, 5:00 pm.  more…


Relay Day at St. James – Sunday, April 9th.  more…

Missions &  Opportunities


Be a Part of the Lenten Devotional Guide – share your story.  more…


Host a TGIW Dinner – Looking for hosts for late April.  Sign up for your Wednesday night now.  more…


Keep God’s Children Warm – Donations of warm clothes and coats are collected at main office.  more…


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…


Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out 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:

Betty Jane Myers, Charles Molnar, Cathy Leventry, Rick Lewis, Karen Chamberlin, Rev. Bill Quick, Dolores Harris, Mike Board, Sam Stephenson


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:

Chuckie Edwards, Jack and Lucy Fenton, Dorothy Briley, and Stan Walter.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Ruth Carawan who passed away January 27th.


Sympathy is extended to Phylis Goforth on the death of her sister, Nancy Thompson, who passed away February 4th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.





Olivia Hope Porter and Clara Joy Porter were baptized on February 5th at the 9:00 am Worship Service.  They are the twin daughters of Christian and Jenny Porter.  Older sisters are Hannah, Sarah, and Julia.





Our Record of Faithfulness



2017 Mission & Ministry Budget

                              $ 1,758,080.68
Weekly Contributions for 2/5/17

                                   $ 51,032.42


2017 YTD Contributions

                                  $ 247,520.56
2017 YTD Disbursements

                                  $ 138,664.18
Year to date Income over Expenses

                                  $ 108,856.38
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)


Building Disciples Loan balance

                               $ 3,021,234.10


Receipts and Expenses for January 2017


Total Revenue            $196,869.79

Total Expenses           $139,132.49

Revenue over Expenses




Vidant Home Health and Hospice Volunteer Training

Each day our Vidant volunteers help deliver the high-quality, compassionate care our patients and their families deserve. Many volunteer because they want to give back to their community, believe in the mission of Hospice, or have personally experienced the support of hospice care with a friend or relative at the end of life. Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer?


As a volunteer, you will be able to give back to your community in a gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful way. Volunteers are able to determine how much time they give each week, typically up to 2-4 hours or more depending on your personal preference and availability.  The 16 hour training is especially designed to prepare Volunteers to perform this vital service. All training is provided free of charge by Vidant Home Health and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.


Our next Volunteer Training is Monday, February 20, 9am-4pm, and Tuesday, February 21, 9am-3pm. It will be at Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice, 920 Wellness Dr., Greenville, NC 27834.  Click here to download a flyer.

For more information or to register please contact Angelina Brittle by phone at 252-847-1236, or by email at 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