e-Newsletter 03-08-18

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“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


A Labyrinth Is Coming!

What is a labyrinth, you ask? A labyrinth is an intricately woven pattern that is walked by many as a way to experience peace and clarity. Walking the labyrinth is an ancient, sacred custom that symbolizes wholeness. It has been used as a tool for prayer and meditation for thousands of years. It is different from a maze in that a maze is a puzzle that needs solving. A labyrinth has only one path where the way in is the same as the way out. The path leads one to the center and back out again.

During Holy Week, St. James will be hosting a labyrinth with stations to meditate on the last days of Jesus Christ. It will be housed in the Fellowship Hall and available to walk from Monday, March 26 – Friday, March 30, 2018, The open hours will be 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Friday.
Come during these times and walk the labyrinth as you meditate your journey with Jesus Christ.


Why a Labyrinth?
Well, we may remember that it is a circular form that is universal in design – one entrance in and out, so the entrance and exit are the same. We may also remember that the labyrinth is a walk of prayer and reflection on the path that Jesus walked to the Cross. We have opportunities to stop at various points within the labyrinth to reflect and pray over where Jesus was and who He was interacting with. The walk is a tool we can use to enhance our prayer, contemplation, meditation, and/or personal growth with our God and our Savior.

Historically, the labyrinth represents the trip to Jerusalem that the pilgrims took. One of the earliest labyrinths was constructed in 1201 AD. It is called the Chartres Labyrinth, located in the Chartres Cathedral in France. This was to be a safer means of walking in the “footsteps of Christ”. The Stations of the Cross were sites set up by villages in the 1500’s as sites that would replicate the original sites of Jesus’ walk, now to dangerous to walk.


The labyrinth that the St. James Prayer Ministry will host during Holy Week, 2018, will be a combination of labyrinth and Stations of the Cross. Our prayer for you is that in your walk, you experience the strength and growth that God so readily has available for you. Looking to be with you in the labyrinth!


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

Click here to visit us.



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.

The UMW invites you to attend A Call to Prayer & Self-Denial this Saturday, March 10th from 10 to 11 am in the Chapel. The 2018 theme is Developing Leaders. Liz Liles, Director of Daughters of Worth, will be our guest speaker and is very passionate about helping disadvantaged girls in our community. The Notes of Hope project is part of Liz Liles’ Daughters of Worth and hosted by St. James.

There will be a basket for supplies such as Sharpie pens (any color), stickers, or book of stamps, any of those items would be appreciated.

Please enter through the doors in the Narthex.


The St. James ESAG (Environmental Stewardship Action Group) will be hosting a free shredding event this Saturday, March 10th, from 12pm-2pm or until they reach capacity. It will be held in the St. James parking lot. This is an opportunity to safely and securely discard all of your paper waste from old records.


There will be a five box or bag maximum per person and we ask that this event be limited to residential customers (no businesses please). Staples, paper clips and thin folders can be shredded along with paper documents, but no three-ring binders or plastic materials please.

Be a good steward and recycle your old records at our free shredding event.


Easter/Pentecost Devotional Guide Needs YOU!


St. James will publish an Easter-Pentecost Devotional Guide. It 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 are now available by clicking here or at the church. If you need the encouragement and guidance to write a devotion and inspire your fellow members of St. James, Chris will hold writers’ workshops on Wednesday nights during Lent: February 28, and March 7.

The deadline for writers to get their devotions to Chris Garcia (christian.garciapubco@gmail.com) will be Sunday, March 11.



Spring Fling is Saturday, April 21st!


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!
* Chipotle Fundraiser Night – March 13th; 4-8 pm; take flyer
* Relay Day – Palm Sunday, March 25th, with our Bake Sale and Silent Auction.
* Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser Night – April 18th
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!


College Scholarships at St. James

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 23rd, 2018 at 5:00 pm EDT. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Selection Committee of the Board of Trustees will meet in April to award the scholarships. The recipients will be notified in May.


High School seniors who are active members of St. James United Methodist Church are encouraged to apply. Applications will be scored on a rubric assessing church involvement, school performance and participation, community participation, and interview with the committee.

Monetary donations are welcome to help supplement scholarships this year.



Congregations For Children (C4C)

has been selected as our Mission Focus for the season of Lent.


The C4C program is actively assisting with the purchase of a new stage curtain for the school, beautification projects on the school grounds, providing school uniforms for children in need, and many more needs at Wahl Coates. It is through your generous donations that these projects are possible and our neighborly assistance can continue. Help us continue our work with Wahl Coates by remembering us during the season of Lent.

We will be collecting gifts through Sunday, April 8th, to support the work of the Congregations For Children (C4C) ministries. THANK YOU for your prayers, your help, and your generosity.


We Welcome Paula Hamlin and Tommy Shaw

to the St. James Staff!

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) has announced two new administrative staff members joining the St. James Ministry Teams.


Paula Hamlin will be our new Administrative Assistant beginning March 1st. She will be taking on the responsibilities of the weekly bulletins, maintaining the church membership roll, and the ongoing administrative support for the missions and ministries at St. James. Her office will be in room 45 directly across the hall from the Choir room. Stop by and introduce yourself to Paula when you can!


Tommy Shaw will be our new receptionist. Tommy has been serving as the interim receptionist since the beginning of the year, so you may have already seen Tommy at his desk in the Children’s Check-In of the Commons or spoken to him on the phone. We are taking off the “interim” tag and glad to have him greeting folks at the door and answering the phones. Tommy will also be taking on some administrative responsibilities supporting the church communications.

Welcome to Paula and Tommy!


Hey y’all,

I want you to know what is up and coming with the youth program for this month!


March 17 is not just St. Patrick’s Day, but is also the IF: Gathering for women and girls who are in high school. We will host it here in the CLMC. For more information on it, please either visit https://www.ifgathering.com/ or talk to Joyce Day, Nicole Franklin, or Kirstin Tart. It will be a bunch of fun, packed with a lot of Jesus and worship. I am personally pretty excited for this event. If you know a high school girl interested, please let me or any of the aforementioned ladies know.


April 1st is Easter. There will be no confirmation that day. There will also be no youth. This is the first weekend of spring break for Pitt County students.


April 4-7th we will be go on a camping trip to Cliffs of the Neuse. (In youth I mistakenly said 5-7th, and your youth may have told you those dates.) The cost will be $20, or $15 each for students coming from the same household. I will be having brochures shortly. The deadline for sign-ups and money due is Thursday, March 15th.


April 8th there will be no youth as we will be coming home from a camping trip.


May 4-5th we will be participating in the city-wide event Out of the Box. This is an event started by First Christian Church in Greenville, in which we raise funds and awareness for our local homeless shelter, and climaxes to May 4th when we will spend the night in cardboard boxes. We will be raising money for the Community Crossroads Center throughout this semester by gathering “sponsors” to donate $25 each. Each student wanting to go to the event should have 3 sponsors. At the end we pool the money to donate to the community crossroads center. I have attached the donation sheet that you can print off to help keep track of their donations.
On May 4th (Friday) after school, we as a youth group will get together here at St. James and build shelters out of cardboard boxes in the field and spend the night sleeping in them. We will have several activities to do that evening, all of which will be outside. We will have soup for dinner, have marshmallows by the fire-pit, and a few other activities. The students will be allowed to bring 3 items to help simulate the conditions homeless people face everyday.


Lastly, I will be sending out sign-ups for Camp Connect (middle school mission trip) shortly. The week of Camp Connect is June 17-21.


Thank y’all for your time, and as always, please contact me with any questions. Thanks!





This Sunday

4th Sunday in Lent


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

Jesus Before Pilate Second Interview, circa 1886 James Tissot

Scripture: John 18:33-38

        “What Is Truth?”

        Rev. Ben Alexander


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

The Palsied Man Let Down Through the Roof, circa 1894 James Tissot

Scripture: Mark 2:1-12

        “Offer Forgiveness”

        Rev. Mark Woods


Meetings this Sunday:

– UMM Breakfast, 7:30 am

– Environmental Stewardship

     Action Group (ESAG), 2:00 pm

– SPRC, 2:00 pm

– Missions Committee, 3:00 pm

– Basketball, 3:30 pm

– Council on Ministries, 5:00 pm

– 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.

Upcoming Menus:

March 14th:  Tacos

(host: Jamaica Mission Team)

March 21st: Parker’s BBQ & Chicken

(host: Your Church Staff)



St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





New Children’s Sunday Schedule

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
We are excited to announce we are “tweaking” our children’s worship experience. Children ages 3 years-5th grade will start off in worship with their families but have the option to leave for the second half of the service. Following the Children’s Moment with one of our pastors, Children’s Ministry staff will guide children to the chapel (8:45 and 9:00 services only) where they will participate in and help lead a mini-worship service especially for them! Following the Children’s Moment during the 11:00 and 11:11 services, the Children’s Ministry staff will guide the children back to the activity room in the Young Disciple’s Wing where they will enjoy fellowship together. Please check in children before worship at the computer in the Narthex or down in the Commons Lobby.


Coming Events


The Burn Worship Experience – Friday, March 9th at 7:00 pm.  more…


UMW’s A Call to Prayer & Self-Denial – Saturday, March 10th, 10:00 am.  more…


Shred Event – Saturday, March 10th, 12 pm – 2 pm.  more…



UMW Days for Girls Workshop – Monday, March 12th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  more…


Chipotle Fundraiser for Relay for Life – Tuesday, March 13th.  more…


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


UMW Days for Girls Workshop – Thursday, March 22nd, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  more…


College Scholarship Applications are Due! – March 23rd.  more…


UMW Days for Girls Workshop – Friday, March 23rd, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  more…


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


Walk the Labyrinth – March 26-30.  more…



Easter Egg Hunt – Easter Sunday, April 1st at 10:00 am.  more…


Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser for Relay for Life – Wednesday, April 18th.  more…


Relay for Life – April 27-28.  more…



Save the Date – Senior Breakfast – Sunday, June 3rd, 9:45 am.  more…

Missions & Opportunities


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


Easter-Pentecost Devotional Guide Needs your story – Be a part of the upcoming Devotional Guide.  Devotions due by March 11th.  more…


Easter Donations – Honor your loved ones with a donation at Easter.  more…


Project AGAPE – Christmas boxes to Armenia.  more…



RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  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:

Sam Stephenson, Patti Frank, Frances Strawn, Dave Logston, Jerome Renn, Sabrina Whitmire, and Robert Ramey


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:

Lois Narron, Woody Peele, Madeline Roy, Charley Swing, and Jean Taylor.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Vince Colombo, who passed away March 2nd, 2018.


Sympathy is extended to Larry and Valentine Melton on the death Valentine’s mother, Irene Smith Howell, who passed away March 3rd, 2018.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Elizabeth “Peaches” Jordan, who passed away March 5th, 2018.


Sympathy is extended to Edwin and Ann Clark on the death Ann’s father, Walter Williams, who passed away March 5th, 2018.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Dorothy Harmon, who passed away March 6th, 2018.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.







Growing In Grace Needs Plastic

   Grocery Bags

Unsure what to do with all those used plastic grocery bags?  Recycle them with us!  We use them to pack the weekend food packs for the children at Wahl Coates school.  Please bring the bags to the church and place them in Room 305 in the CLMC or in the GIG bin in the office hall.



Easter Donations

On Easter Sunday, April 1st, our bulletins will contain a listing of special donations “in honor of” or “in memory of” loved ones of this congregation. This is a wonderful way to honor the saints that have gone before us as we look forward to the time that we will see them again on that great resurrection day! If you would like to have a loved one listed in the bulletin, please fill out the dedication form (available in the church office or download one here) and return it to the church office by Sunday, March 18th.

We will not be purchasing Lilies this year to decorate the Sanctuary. Instead, these donations will be used for the Altar Guild fund to supply altar flowers throughout the year in the Sanctuary and the CLMC.



Volunteer Substitutes Needed

  for our Preschool

The Flu has been very active this year and we have had a few days where our preschool staff was down a teacher or two.  We are looking for a few valued members that would be willing to substitute at the St. James Preschool on those mornings.  You don’t need to have teaching experience, only a love for children.  The preschool operates from 8:30 – 12:30 each weekday morning.  Would you be willing to join our list of substitutes?  To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Dana Carpenetti at 252-752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org.





Pecheles Gives Back to Pitt County Schools

You can help Wahl Coates School win $1,000!  Join with the Congregations For Children and support the Wahl Coates effort. To take part, you must perform the following actions beginning March 1 and ending March 29

a. Like Joe Pecheles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JoePecheles)

b. Find the album (Pecheles Gives Back Group 2) containing the Wahl Coates logo (see picture on right)

c. Like, comment, and share on your schools logo

d. Each action performed on a school’s logo picture is worth a point

e. 1 person is eligible to contribute up to 3 points for their school

The winner will be announced on the last Friday of every month

For more details, rules, and general information please visit pechelescars.com



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