e-Newsletter 04-13-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Spring Fling is here!

It all begins this Sunday at 2:00 pm!

We will gather to unload the trailers and begin the sorting process.  What better way to spend your Easter Sunday Afternoon than with your extended church family!


We will still be collecting your treasures to sell.  Bring them to the trailers or the tent by Wednesday, April 19th.  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!



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

Click here to visit us.


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!


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



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.


Have you felt the call to respond to help victims of hurricanes or flooding?


Do you want to prepare yourself for the next emergency situation that might arise in our community?


Sign-up now!


On May 6, St. James United Methodist Church is hosting Early Response Team (ERT) training provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through the Conference. The training will certify individuals who want to respond to natural disasters in the crucial early days after a disaster.


This training is valuable for any mission team eager to respond in faith and love to our brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered from a flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster.


When disaster strikes, the local church usually provides the first response. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—helps form a foundation for UMCOR’s national training and response. UMCOR equips United Methodists to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, supporting conference and church ministries on disaster response so that they can be the hands and feet of Christ in a hurting world.

Basic ERT Member Training (8 hours) Participants learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on the response team. This standardized class is required for the basic ERT UMCOR identification badge.


Cost for the training is $30. The cost covers the training, lunch, and snacks. For scholarship assistance, please contact the church office.


Sign up for the class at nccumvim.org/erttraining




The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4, 2017. We have a spiritual responsibility to pray – to pray to our Father in Heaven and to pray for each other (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We also have a civic responsibility to join together in prayer for our nation, our cities/towns, our communities, our families, and our homes.


The St. James Prayer Ministry invites you to join us in the chapel on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in prayer and praise of our Lord as a part of our National Day of Prayer celebration.



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!

Click here to register or for more 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 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.
– 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.


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

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)





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.



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.



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!




Our Record of Faithfulness




2017 Mission & Ministry Budget          $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 4/9/17             $ 21,671.34


2017 YTD Contributions                       $ 502,893.80

   (30% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                    $ 379,316.11
Year to date Income over Expenses     $ 123,577.69
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)


Building Disciples Loan Balance         $2,996,661.19


This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“While It Was Still Dark”

John 20:1-18 & Colossians 3:1-4

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Before the Break of Day”

John 20:1-18

Rev. Johnny Branch




TGIW Fellowship meals.

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



Wed., April 19:

Menu:  Ham, Mac&Cheese, and Green Beans

(host: Spring Fling)


Wed., April 26:

Menu:  Pancakes & Sausage

(host: St. James Staff)



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 tomorrow morning Friday, April 14th for the last opportunity to celebrate this sacrament during Holy Week.


Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm


Good Friday Service

Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm


Easter Services

on Sunday, April 16th

6:30 am – Sunrise Service

6:50 am – Easter Communion

7:00 am – Fellowship Breakfast

8:45 am & 11:00 am – Worship

     Services in the Sanctuary

9:00 am & 11:11 am – ConneXion

     Services in the Christian Life

     Ministries Center



St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Maundy Thursday Service – Today, April 13th at 7:00 pm.  more…



Good Friday Service – Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm.  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…



The Gathering invites 5th Graders – Sunday, April 30th at 6:00 pm.  more…




National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 4th.  more …




ERT Training – Saturday May 6th.  more…




Special Mother’s Day Offering – Sunday, May 14th.  more…



St. James Adventurers – Saturday, May 20th. more…




Reception for Johnny and Susan Branch – Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm.

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…



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:

Brian Swain & 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 Bill and Mary McCallum on the death of their son, Jody McCallum, who passed away April 6th.


Sympathy is extended to David and Kathie Beckman on the death of Kathie’s father, Ralph Williams, who passed away April 11th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.


Congratulations to Will and Kristen Clark on the birth of their daughter, Ansley Grace Clark, who was born on April 8th, 2017.  Proud Grandparents are Edwin and Ann Clark and Great-grandparent is Janie Clark.




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



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