e-Newsletter 03-15-18

 

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”

 

St. James’ Prayer Shawl Ministry Turns 10!

 

On March 17, 2008 Peggy Fulcher had a vision and began the St. James Prayer Shawl Ministry. It has blessed too many to count; from the recipients and their families, to the members.

 

The Ministry has provided 50 helmet liners to Afghanistan, shawls to tornado victims in Oklahoma, blankets to Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Hospital, preemie blankets and hats to the Family Support Network, shawls and lap robes to Hospice and University Health Care and items to our Keep God’s Children Warm Ministry.

 

Most recently, 1200 Prayer Cloths were given to Greenville Police officers, Pitt County deputies and Pitt County Fire/Rescue volunteers. Wahl-Coates school received 20 lap robes for students in wheelchairs and 84 red baby caps were made for February newborns at Vidant, an American Heart Association project. Over 1300 shawls, lap robes and blankets have been given to date and with them prayers, comfort and the love of Jesus. Join us in celebrating this wonderful ministry!

 

 

 

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

Click here to visit us.

 

 

 

St. James offers a variety of worship and fellowship experiences during Holy Week.

We invite you to fully experience this meaningful time of the Christian year with us!

 

Palm/Passion Sunday – Sunday, March 25th

     Regular worship times celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

Morning Communion – Monday-Friday at 7:00 am

     Start each day of Holy Week with a contemplative communion time

Prayer Labyrinth – Monday-Friday, open 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (3:00 pm on Friday)

     Walk the Labyrinth and experience the Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday service – Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 pm in CLMC

     The story continues with the last supper (communion and foot washing)

Good Friday service – Friday, March 30th at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary

     The story continues with the trial, conviction, and crucifixion of Jesus as the

     light is extinguished in this tenebrae service.

Easter Sunrise service – Sunday, April 1st at 6:30 am in the East Field (by CLMC)

     The excitement of the empty tomb and a new day for the faithful!

Easter Fellowship Breakfast – Sunday, April 1st at 7:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

     A joyous breakfast sponsored by the United Methodist Men

Easter Sunday Services – Sunday, April 1st at usual worship times

     The story climaxes as Jesus conquers the death!

Family Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, April 1st, at 10:00 am

     Meet in the Fellowship Hall for a family experience of the traditional hunt

 

 

The Countdown is on!
Spring Fling 2018 is just around the corner.  With a trailer already here, St. James is busy preparing!

 

You won’t want to miss Greenville’s largest Yard Sale!

Join us “Under the Tent” the week of April 15 – 21st as we work together, fellowship thru meals, and serve our local community during the 26th annual Spring Fling Event.

Big jobs and small jobs – all are important, and we have a place for EVERYONE to help under the tent – dawn to dusk, pick your time – all week long.

 

Mark your calendars now and plan to be part of the body of Christ in action as we help these local organizations:
CareNet Counseling East (CNCE)
Operation Sunshine, INC.
Greenville Learning Center
Wahl Coates Elementary School
Riley’s Army and
Love a Sea Turtle

 

You haven’t experienced the spirit of St. James until you’ve experienced what Spring Fling has to offer all week long, so come out and Join us Under the Tent!

Spring Fling is Saturday, April 21st!

 

College Scholarships at St. James

Time is running out for our graduating High School Seniors to apply for a College Scholarship through St. James UMC.  The applications are 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. 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.

 

Flowering of the Cross on Easter Morning

On Easter Sunday, we invite you to be part of the “Flowering of the Easter Cross”, an ancient and meaningful tradition.  As you prepare for Easter worship, pick fresh flowers from your garden or yard and bring them with you to the church.  As you arrive, come to the main entrance in front of The Commons, stand before the large cross and place your flowers upon it.  A symbol of death, darkness, pain and hopelessness is transformed into something beautiful, new and alive in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.  Together, we can transform the cross and help make this Easter a celebration of new life.

 

It is Relay Time!!
 
Relay Day at St. James will be
Palm Sunday, March 25th
 

Meet us in the Fellowship Hall that morning for our famous Bake Sale and Silent Auction.  We will be there to answer any of your questions and help support the fight against cancer!

 
Pitt County Relay for Life is
April 27th and 28th at Boyd Lee Park. 

 

For More Information-  
Contact Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net) or Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or linncoxot@yahoo.com)
 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

Abby

Abby@stjconnect.org

 

 

This Sunday

5th Sunday in Lent

 

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

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

Scripture: Mark 2:1-12

        “Offer Forgiveness”

        Rev. Mark Woods

 

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

Jesus Before Pilate Second Interview, circa 1886 James Tissot

Scripture: John 18:33-38

        “What Is Truth?”

        Rev. Ben Alexander

 

 

Meetings this Sunday:

– Living Water Liason Meeting,

     12:15 pm

– Finance Committee, 1:00 pm

– Administrative Board, 2:00 pm

– St. James Jammers for

     Beginners, 3:00 pm

– Basketball, 3:30 pm

– Sonshine Group, 4:00 pm

– Book Club, 5:00 pm

– Youth Gathering, 6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday)

This will be the last week for the TGIW fellowship meals.

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

Upcoming Menus:

March 21st: Parker’s BBQ & Chicken, sides

(host: Your Church Staff)

 

 

St. James UMC website:

www.stjconnect.org

 

Calendar:

St. James Calendar

 

Questions?

info@stjconnect.org

 

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

 

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…

 

 

Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm.  more…

 

Good Friday Service – Friday, March 30th at 6:30 pm.  more…

 

Easter! – Sunday, April 1st.  more…

 

 

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

 

Spring Fling Week – Sunday, April 15 – Saturday, April 21.  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 Donations – Honor your loved ones with a donation at Easter.  Due by this Sunday, March 18th.  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, Robert Ramey, and Janice Merritt

 

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.

 

Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

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.

 

 

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

info@stjconnect.org

www.stjconnect.org