e-Newsletter 03-30-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


The family life ministry team is sponsoring an
Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration
on Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am


Children ages infant-5th grade are invited to attend.
We will have a light breakfast and the Easter Story prior to the hunt.

We need your help with donations of small, individually wrapped candy for the Easter Eggs.  Candy and/or pre-filled eggs can be dropped off in bins outside of the office.


For more information, please contact Molly Carpenter at the church (252-752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org)


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

Click here to visit us.


Spring Fling is Just Around the Corner!

We need YOU!

Spring Fling would not happen without the many amazing volunteers!  Come be part of the fun and excitement – Volunteer today.


Spring Fling is Saturday, April 22nd!

Click here for more Spring Fling Information!





Are You Ready to Relay?


Come out and join our team at the 2017 Relay for Life on April 28th and 29th at Boyd Lee Park! Together we can all make a difference.

There are many ways to support the St. James Relay for Life Team:


* Need a Purple Bow? Bows are available for a $10 minimum donation. Get yours at the church office.


* Jewelry/Charms – St. James is selling their annual charms. Contact the church office or Debbie Creech (756-8006) for more information.


* Luminaria and Torch – Flames of Hope. Honor survivors or loved ones lost to cancer with luminaria and Flames of Hope. Standard white luminaria are $10; Gold star Luminaria are $25; and Torch of Hope is $100. Order yours today at the church office.


* Relay Day will be Sunday, April 9th. Calling all Bakers, Crafters, and Candy Makers!  Donate a baked good for the Bake Sale or an item for the Silent Auction. Then join us on April 9th!


Thanks for your continued support of St. James Relay for Life Team!

Please contact Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net), Linnley Cox (252-327-8675 or linncoxot@yahoo.com), or the church office (252-752-6154 or info@stjconnect.org) for information.


Lenten Mission Focus – Community Crossroads Center


There is a special fund-raiser for CCC this Monday night!  Come out and support our Lenten Mission Focus.



Community Crossroads Center presents an evening of fun and medieval entertainment …

Homeless Knights
Monday, April 3rd
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Greenville Country Club

Admission is free and there will be food, entertainment, cash bar, Silent and Live Auctions. Help us slay the homeless issue within our community.


You can help the homeless with a donation of $25. That is what it costs for one night at the Center. Community Crossroads Center is a non-profit agency that provides emergency shelter, food, case management and a place for our homeless citizens to get back up on their feet.

See www.communitycrossroadscenter.org for more information.



The Community Crossroads Center (formerly the Greenville Homeless Shelter) as our Lenten Missional Focus. The need is great for the center as last year alone they provided shelter and food for 560 different people. So let us do as Jesus asks and help feed the hungry and invite in the stranger.

You may bring donations at any time during the season of Lent with an indication that they are for the Lenten Focus or CCC (Community Crossroads Shelter).  Thank you St James!


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.  Eventually the cross will be covered in beautiful flowers in a brilliant array of color, light and lovely fragrance. 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.


Building Disciples Update


We have another reason to celebrate at St. James! Through your faithful giving and support, we were able to build the new children’s wing,main entrance, and lobby.  And now we have recently paid enough to bring the loan down to only $2.9 million. Thank you for your continued generosity!

Soon we will be starting a campaign to lower this debt even more. Look for the Building Disciples announcements to hear about all the amazing things God is doing at St. James and how you can be a part of its continued success.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Celebrates Ninth Anniversary


The St James UMC Prayer Shawl Mission is celebrating its Ninth Anniversary.  We have two groups meeting each Monday.  One at 10:30 am and one at 6:30 pm.


During the last nine years they have sent out 1142 prayer shawls to those who need comfort.  They also stitch newborn or preemie layettes for those newborns who do not survive birth.  In the last year, lap robes have been distributed to the Vidant Hospice and to University Nursing Home. Each item is prayed over when it is made.  Periodically all items are blessed during services by the Ministerial Staff.



Prayer Shawl Ministry meets in Room 21 behind Noah’s Ark.  Come join us if you knit or crochet and want to have plenty of fun and fellowship.  If you want to learn to knit or crochet, please join us.  We have wonderful teachers and more fun than you can imagine.  We are always anxious to welcome new members.



Quilting WorkshopThe In-Stitches quilters group sponsored a Quilting Workshop recently in the Fellowship Hall.  It was “SEW” much fun!


The In-Stitches group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in Room 21.  All are invited – no sewing experience required!




Our Record of Faithfulness




2017 Mission & Ministry Budget          $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 3/26/17           $ 19,917.81


2017 YTD Contributions                       $ 443,009.77

   (26% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                     $ 323,114.02
Year to date Income over Expenses     $ 119,895.75
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)


Building Disciples Loan Balance         $2,996,661.19






Save the Date for Camp Connect!


Camp Connect for Middle Schoolers will be Sunday, June 18th through Thursday, June 22nd. Mark your calendars now!  Registration information will be coming shortly.



Easter Donations

On Easter Sunday 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 at the church office and online) and return it to the church office by Sunday, April 9th.


We will not be purchasing Lilies this year to decorate the Sanctuary. Instead, these donations will be used for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund which assists those in need in our community.



This Sunday

At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Unbind Him, and Let Him Go”

John 11:1-45 & Ezekiel 37:1-14

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“What A Sign”

John 11:1-45

Rev. Johnny Branch




TGIW Fellowship meals.

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



Wed., April 5:

Menu:  Tostadas & Fixin’s

(host: Childrens Ministries)


Wed., April 12:

Menu:  Pizza and Salad

(host: Girl Scout Troop 4144)



Holy Week Services:

During Holy Week, the Pastors at St. James will be offering Holy Communion each morning at 7:00 am in the Chapel.  Please join us any morning from Monday, April 10th to Friday, April 14th to celebrate this sacrament.


Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm


Good Friday Service

Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm



St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


The April 1st St. James Adventurers trip to Raleigh has been canceled.  Information about the next trip will be coming out soon!



Homeless Knights – Event for the Community Crossroads Center – Monday, April 3 at 6:00 pm.  more…



Lenten Study – Questions Jesus Ask Us – Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.  more…


The Burn – Praise & Prayer worship experience – Friday, April 7th, starts at 7:00 pm.  more…


Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am – more…



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



Flowering of the Easter Cross – Sunday, April 16th.  more…



Spring Fling – Saturday, April 22nd.  more…




Relay for Life – Fri-Sat., April 28th & 29th.  more…



ERT Training – Saturday May 6th.  more…

Missions &  Opportunities


Lenten Mission Focus – Community Crossroads Center.  CCC has been selected as our mission focus for this season.  Click here to find out more…


Calling All Bakers, Crafters and Candy Makers for Relay Day, April 9th.  more…


Collecting Bibles for Homeless Shelter click here for more information.




Servant Opportunity: XYZ Program Coordinator.  Help put together fun programs and events.  more…


Homeless Knights – Event for the Community Crossroads Center – Monday, April 3 at 6:00 pm.  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:

Maxine Anderson, Vicky Morris, Tom Ellrod, Linda Braddy, Jackie Carson, Jay Whiteford, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, Betty Jane Myers, Charles Molnar, Cathy Leventry, 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:

Lil Joyner, Jackie Arnold, Sondra Brown, Maxine Anderson, and Bettie Gordon.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.





We welcomed Ron and Rachel Gray as new members on March 26th at the 11:00 am service.  Ron and Rachel joined by Profession of Faith and Rachel was baptized that morning!


We welcomed Sheila Hall as a new member on March 26th at the 11:00 am service.  Sheila transferred from Jarvis Memorial UMC in Greenville, NC.




Click the “Prayer Corner” below to read what’s coming up in the St. James Prayer Ministry.



FCA’s Night of Influence

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Night of Influence, 2017 Annual Fundraiser Banquet. The guest speaker this year will be baseball superstar, Darryl Strawberry.

Night of Influence
2017 Annual Fundraiser Banquet
Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 pm
at the Rock Springs Center
4025 NC-43, Greenville, NC 27834

Attendance is by reservation only. Table Hosts and Corporate Sponsors are needed. Please call 252-327-6341 or visit www.easternncfca.org



Walk to Defeat ALS

The 2017 Down East Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m., East Carolina University, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, in Greenville. 80% of the money we raise from the Walk remains in North Carolina for our patient support programs.

To register, visit http://web.alsa.org/downeast or call (877) 568-4347




Do you feel the Lord calling you to help our brothers and sisters in foreign lands?

Do you want to share the love of Jesus, but don’t want to travel to Africa

Help support the Harding Family as they travel to tell the world of God’s love and the saving power of Jesus!





Click here to hear how this Greenville family is called to a missionary life and how we can help them!



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