e-Newsletter 04-06-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


This is the most meaningful, most difficult, and yet, most celebratory time of the Christian year!  It has the power to inspire hope in you, bring you peace, and change your life.  Don’t you want to be a part of that?


We are gathering at these times to remember, observe,

and celebrate Jesus!



Morning Communion

During Holy Week, the Pastoral staff at St. James will be offering 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 the Holy sacrament together.  Start your day with the Lord.


Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm in the Christian Life Ministries Center

A thought-provoking service exploring the events on the Thursday evening before Jesus was arrested.  The service will include a discussion of the Passover meal, an optional foot washing, and Holy Communion.



Good Friday Service
Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

A solemn Tenebrae service where we remember the suffering and death of Christ on the cross.  The Chancel Choir will lead us in hymns as the chancel is covered and stripped of it’s adornments.


Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 16th at 6:30 am on the Sanctuary lawn

Remembering how the women rose before the sun to attend to Jesus’ body in the tomb, we celebrate that the tomb was empty and Jesus was alive!  He is risen!


Easter Communion
April 16th at 6:50 am (or as soon as the Sunrise service ends) in the Sanctuary

A breaking of the Lenten fast with a Eucharist celebration.  The weeping and sorrow is over, there is new hope in the risen Lord.  With the body and the blood of Jesus, what is in our past is washed away and we become Easter people, made new in His mercy!


Fellowship Breakfast
April 16th at 7:00 am (or as soon as the Communion service ends) Fellowship Hall

Fellowship as the redeemed body of Christ with a full breakfast provided by the United Methodist Men.  All are invited.



Easter Services

8:45 am in the Sanctuary

9:00 am in the Christian Life Ministries Center

11:00 am in the Sanctuary

11:11 am in the Christian Life Ministries Center



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?


Find us in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday!



It’s the St. James Relay Day

Sunday, April 9th

from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.


Support the St. James Relay for Life team and make a difference in the ongoing search of a cure for cancer.  We look forward to seeing this Sunday!


For more information or questions, 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)


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 come 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)


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.


Attention 5th Graders —

     Come Experience The Gathering

Have you ever wondered what went on Sunday nights at the Youth Gathering?  Will you be ready to join us in the fall?   Come and see for yourself!

All  5th Graders are invited to attend youth group at The Gathering on Sunday, April 30.  The Gathering is for students in grades 6 -12 and meets every Sunday from 6-8 pm in the CLMC for fellowship, music, games, dinner, and small group time.  Don’t miss this sneak peak opportunity – come see what you have to look forward to in the fall!


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.




Contribution Statements Coming by Email


For the past year, it has been communicated that we will begin emailing all quarterly contribution statements in 2017. As the first quarter ends, we want to reassure all contributors that your contributions to St. James United Methodist Church will remain confidential. We have developed a privacy policy. No one outside of St. James UMC will have access to your giving record. Likewise, your giving record / contribution statement is seen only by those in the finance office of St. James United Methodist Church.


In the month of April, the first quarter contribution statements will be emailed to the email address listed on St. James UMC database. One statement will be emailed to the preferred email address. If there is not a preferred email address, it will be emailed to the email address of the first person listed on the giving record. When you open the email, you will see an email with a link to the contribution statement rather than a statement or an email with an attached statement. When you receive and open the email, you will need to enter your email address to access the contribution statement.


If you have any questions or prefer to have statements mailed to you via US Mail, please contact Marianne Leventry at 252-752- 6154 or Marianne@stjconnect.org.



Lenten Mission Focus – Community Crossroads Center


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!





Building Disciples Update

We have a reason to celebrate at St. James!  Through your faithful giving and support, we were able to build the new children’s wing and 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.



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.




Our Record of Faithfulness




2017 Mission & Ministry Budget          $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 4/2/17             $ 38,212.69


2017 YTD Contributions                       $ 481,222.46

   (28% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                    $ 371,148.24
Year to date Income over Expenses     $ 110,074.22
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)


Building Disciples Loan Balance         $2,996,661.19


March Financials

Total Revenue                                      $ 135,781.04
Total Expenses                                     $ 111,469.46
Revenue over Expenses                        $ 24,311.58


2017 Year to Date Revenue                 $ 444,268.54
2017 Year to Date Expenses                $ 371,228.64
YTD Revenue over Expenses                $ 73,039.90


This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“The Triumphant Entry”

Matthew 21:1-11 &

     Psalm 118:14-29

Rev. Johnny Branch


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Look, Your King is Coming”

Matthew 21:1-11

Rev. Mark Woods




TGIW Fellowship meals.

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



Wed., April 12:

Menu:  Pizza and Salad

(host: Girl Scout Troop 4144)


Wed., April 19:

Menu:  Ham, Mac&Cheese, and Green Beans

(host: Spring Fling)



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 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…



Hazardous Saints – New Study starting Thursday, April 20th at 9:30 am.  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…


Project AGAPE – Ministry to Armeniaclick here for information on Christmas Boxes.


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…


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, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, 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:

Audrey James, Lois Narron, Carolyn Williamson, Nora Hix, and Peggy Fulcher.



Sympathy is extended to Larry and Valentine Melton on the death of Larry’s father, Charles A Melton, who passed away March 29th.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Bettie Gordon, who passed away April 4th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



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