e-Newsletter 05-25-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



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

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Summer Study Offerings

Summertime is more laid back and relaxed for most of us, so what a great opportunity to spend time with God. Sign up for one of these study options today at stjconnect.org or by calling the church office at 752-6154. Childcare may be available if requested two weeks ahead of time and if there is more than one family needing it.


Contemplating Prayers
Too often we rush through our prayers like they are no more than a laundry list for God. We tell God what we want God to do and then get about the business of our day. What if we took time to pray the well-known prayers of our best spiritual teachers slowly, allowing our souls to digest their wisdom and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us through them? This group will take the prayers of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, and others, and let them become the door to a deeper communion with God. We will meet Monday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Joyce Day for more information.


The Book of Jonah
Mark Woods will be offering a 5-week class on the fascinating book of Jonah. Find out why Jonah tries to ignore God and winds up with the biggest fish story ever told! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class will begin on June 21 and finish up on July 19.


Letters of Love and Unity
Join Marianne Leventry in digging deeper into Paul’s letters to the Ephesians and Philippians through lectio divina. This summer we will read slowly through these two letters of love and unity and discover more of what it means to be the church of Jesus Christ. This 11-week study will start on Wednesday, June 14. Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. If you want more information about this class call Marianne at the church office.


Wednesday Women
What is that security, that hurt, that desire, that prayer you’ve brought to God countless times? Join us for Wednesday Women’s summer study, Finding I Am, by Lisa Terkeurst, and see what Jesus says to us and how He wants to satisfy our hearts. During this study, we are going to delve into the seven ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John. Come explore the Word of God and discover Jesus anew, who is the great ‘I AM.’ We will meet in the Retreat House, Wednesday evenings 6:15 – 7:45; June 7, 14, 28, July 5, 12, 26.



We will honor our Graduating High School Seniors and their families with a Senior Breakfast on Sunday, June 4 @ 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. Graduating seniors will be presented at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship services that day and are asked to wear their graduation regalia. There will be a group photo of the St. James High School Class of 2017 that morning. This breakfast is for the graduating seniors and their families. PLEASE RSVP to the church office or to Elizabeth Westbrook @ (252) 531-8667 by Monday, May 22 with the number of your family members attending the breakfast.


We are collecting photos of your high school senior to be used as centerpieces. Please provide us with six photographs ranging from birth through their senior year. These pictures should be labeled with your child’s name and left in the church office in an envelope labeled Higher Education. The pictures will be returned to you in the condition they were received.


Parents of High School JUNIORS are asked to assist with decorating the tables, preparing the food, serving, and cleaning up after the breakfast. Please contact Elizabeth Westbrook @ (252) 531-8667 to confirm your willingness to participate.



Worship Survey

Help the Worship Committee better understand the worship life of St. James! There are Worship Surveys available in the Commons and the Narthex. Please take a few moments to answer the 14 questions and place the completed survey in the collection boxes by Sunday, June 11th. Or complete one online by clicking here or on the button below.  We invite EVERY PERSON in your household 12 yrs or older who attends worship to fill out a copy of the survey. Please only one per person.


Worship is such a vital part of the church. We want to hear from you so that together we can make it engaging and relevant to our congregation and our guests.

Thank you for your help!



Camp Connect for Middle Schoolers will be Sunday, June 18th through Thursday, June 22nd.

You don’t want to miss THE event of the summer!  Registration is now open at www.mycampconnect.com


Congratulations to the

Confirmation Class of 2017!


Last Sunday afternoon, we had a special worship service to confirm our newest members.  We welcome these young people as they proclaim Jesus as Lord and join our family of faith!



Confirmation Class of 2017

Ashby Batton              Henry Phelps

Cecilia Batton             Robert Reid

Grace Greenberg        William Reid

Drew Greene               Andrew Ricks

Ivie Rose Henslee       Will Rouse

Chad Hobgood           Chloe Smith

Connor Honeycutt      Hannah Sprague

Kristen Ivey                 Sarah Swing

Corbin Jefferson         Ethan Tart

Mack Jones                 Ethan Tyndall

Saline Kulas                Bryson Wall

Russ Medlin                Spencer West



VBS 2017 – Hero Central!


We are going on some awesome adventures alongside some of our favorite Bible heroes!

We are seeking to discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God.


We’ll have epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help us all discover our strength in God! Be a part of Hero Central – Vacation Bible School 2017!


It all happens July 9 – 13, 2017.

Parents and friends – we need your help as well. Click on the button above to be a hero and volunteer for this awesome week!



You Are Invited!

Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm
Cook-out and reception to honor

Johnny and Susan Branch

for their years of ministry with St. James and to wish them well in retirement.


There will be hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixin’s.  The cook-out is free, but we ask that you RSVP and let us know how many to cook for!  Please call Dana at the church office (252-752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) or click below to make a reservation.



It will be a fun and celebratory evening (and it won’t just be the hot dogs that will be roasted!) If you would like to be part of a thank you video for Johnny and Susan or if you would like to share a story about your experiences with the Branch family, please contact Alan Gill at the church (252-752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org) to arrange a time to record it. Or record it and email it to him.


All are invited!



Dear Church Family,


As we celebrate with Johnny his 42 years of active ministry and approaching retirement, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a love offering so that we can provide Johnny with a small token of appreciation for all he has done for St. James and God’s kingdom through the years. If you feel led, please designate this as “Johnny Love Offering” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate, or drop it by the church office by the end of May. Thank you for your consideration.


May God Bless.

Tim Barrett, SPRC Chair





This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“He Blessed Them”

Luke 24:44-53 & Acts 1:6-15

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –


Luke 24:44-53

Rev. Johnny Branch




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St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Senior Breakfast – Sunday, June 4th at 9:45 am.  more…



New Summer Study for Women – Begins Sunday, June 4th at 9:55 am.  more…


Camp Connect for Middle Schoolers – June 18-22.  more…




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


SAVE THE DATE!  Vacation Bible School 2017 – July 9-13.  Register here…

Missions &  Opportunities


Congregations For Children (C4C) – Volunteer help needed at Wahl-Coates School.  more…


Help Our Guests Feel Welcome – Volunteer at the Information Desk.  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:

Joyce LaMotte, Brian Swain & family, Peggy Fulcher, Eleanor Cherry, Mike Board, Sam Stephenson, Patty Frank


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:

Elizabeth “Peaches” Jordan, Sharlene Vainright, Barbara Bremer, Helen Whitehurst, and Debbie Ambert


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.


We welcomed David and Catherine Schwartz as new members on May 21st at the 8:45 am service.  David transferred from First Christian Church and Catherine transferred from University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC.  Their son Charles joined as a baptized member!





Small Group Opportunity

Our schedules seem to be getting more and more hectic. Even so, many of us want to stay on track with our spiritual journeys and keep our relationship with God strong and growing. How do we do that along with everything else that fills our calendars?


St. James is developing neighborhood small groups to help fill this need, and we are now looking for folks willing to host such a group in your home for at least the first two months as these new groups get launched. Click here to read more.

Or if you are interested in helping us launch a small group in your neighborhood, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.




UMW! The summer is here and there are many great books in the Parlor for the Reading Program. Please go by and get a program sheet, choose one that you can complete by August, relax and READ! You do not need to be a UMW member to participate, we would love to have you join us. Please give your completed sheet to Lynn Gammell.






Our Record of Faithfulness



2017 Mission & Ministry Budget                                      $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 5/21/17                                       $ 14,454.00


2017 YTD Contributions                                                   $ 643,666.83

(38% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                                                $ 549,224.18
YTD Income over Expenses                                               $ 94,437.65
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In YTD contributions)


Building Disciples Loan Balance                                    $2,972,796.44





May is Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke can happen to anyone at any age. But it doesn’t have to. Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The first step is taking control.


A Life Line screening is scheduled at Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church located at 107 Louis Street in Greenville on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Five key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs (PAD) and your risk for osteoporosis are offered for only $149 ($139 without the osteoporosis test). Pre-registration is required. To register for your appointment and to receive a special $10 discount, CALL 1-888- 653-6450.



First Chance for White Pants


Benefiting Methodist Home for Children
A Dance Party with music by Liquid Pleasure
hors d’oeuvres & drinks
silent auction

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Hilton, Greenville, NC 6-10 PM​

To purchase tickets:
Visit mhfc.org or contact Jennifer Cooper at 888.305.4321, ext. 305 or jcooper@mhfc.org


“First Chance for White Pants” is a fun evening of great dance music, a silent and live auction and a short program about the work Methodist Home for Children does here in the Sound District and across North Carolina to serve and strengthen vulnerable children and families. We would welcome your help to make this event a success. What can you do?

1. Provide an item for our Silent or Live Auction.
2. Be a sponsor of the event at any level. This helps cover the cost of putting on the event. We appreciate gifts of any size!
3. Attend First Chance for White Pants and have a fun evening for a great cause!
4. Volunteer to help us in another way. Call Cindy Tripp for more information (ctripp@mhfc.org or 252-717-6505).


Thanks so much for your support of Methodist Home for Children!




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