e-Newsletter 06-14-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Congregations For Children (C4C) Celebrated the End of the School Year with Teachers and Staff from Wahl-Coates Elementary


On the last day of school, the C4C volunteers at St. James hosted a luncheon for the Teachers and Staff at Wahl-Coates Elementary School.  This was our way of saying “thank you” for all they do for the children in our community!

(Do they look happy that the school year is over?)







If you are interested in helping St. James build a relationship with Wahl-Coates and other schools in our community, click here for more information.



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

Click here to visit us.



We do Operation Christmas Child boxes at Christmas time, but here is an opportunity to bring joy and support to children in the middle of the year!

Project AGAPE — ministry to Armenia and to some of our most desperate Christian brothers and sisters — is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina and the Western North Carolina Conferences of The United Methodist Church in a joint effort with the Armenian Apostolic Church.

YOU can be part of the Miracle!


Thanks to NC Conference churches, over 3,000 Agape boxes were sent as Christmas presents for children in Armenia in 2016. Many went to immigrant children from war ravaged Syria.

We will be collecting boxes again this summer. Please bring them to the Fellowship Hall stage before June 30th. See the instructions on filling a box for Project Agape at https://nccumc.org/outreach/project-agape/


Additionally, churches donated $1,000 to the AGAPE Cattle Project to buy a cow for an immigrant family, supplying the family with milk and enabling the family to become self-sufficient. Other cash donations help pay salaries for AGAPE staff in Armenia, office and transportation expenses for Christian relief response, and salary support for a priest and doctor in Berdzor … one of the most impoverished places on earth. A donation of $100, or whatever you can afford, will make a big difference. Thank you for your support!

Please make checks payable to:
NC Conference—Project AGAPE
100% of your gift goes to the ministry.



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!



We hope you can come on 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.



The next St. James Adventurers’ trip will be to a baseball game in Kinston.  On June 27 the Down East Wood Ducks will play Winston-Salem.  The tickets are $8. However if you have a Food Lion MVP card you can get two tickets for the price of one.


We will gather at the church and leave at 5:45 pm.  Please sign up by June 22. Invite a friend. To sign up, you can either contact Dana at the church office (752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) or click on the button below.

If you need more information, please contact Anne or Scott Heritage at heritagea@ecu.edu or 756-5838.


The St. James Adventurers is a new multi-generational ministry that coordinates events/trips to nearby locations where we can explore the wonders of God’s creation.
Come join us on our next trip!


Summer is finally here! And many of us are on the move with Vacations and Recreation. We hope that your summer is an enjoyable and relaxing time, but that it is also a time of continuing our spiritual practices of worship, prayer, and giving. These practices bring us closer to God and to each other.

To make it more convenient while we are all on the move this summer, St. James offers online giving. Please visit www.stjconnect.org and click on the Online Giving graphic. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Marianne at 752-6154 or Marianne@stjconnect.org.

Enjoy your summer!



Summer Youth Mission to Windsor, NC

The summer mission trip for Youth has been set for July 16 to 22. We will be traveling to Windsor, NC to join in the ongoing work of the flood relief project.

There are still spots available on the team if you would like to participate – please contact Jon Murray right away. The cost for the mission trip is $25 per person. Additional details will be shared at the meeting.


Camp Connect

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


Serving/Donation Opportunities

Camp Connect would never happen without our adult volunteers and servants providing supplies and their precious time. Prayerfully consider how God might be calling YOU to help this year. Then follow the link below to see the many ways you can serve or donate. Let us work together to show these young people how much they are loved!



The Joel Team is a leadership group of church members that acts as an advisory board to the Pastoral staff at St. James UMC. We have been working to identify and clarify the Core Values of the St. James community as part of a strategic envisioning process. Our core values are the constant, passionate beliefs that empower and guide us in ministry. We are seeking to answer the question: “Why do we do what we do?”


The Joel Team has identified six core values for our community. Click here to read the descriptions of the St. James Core Values.  We welcome your feedback. Please contact Alan Gill at the church, 752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org.




Our Record of Faithfulness




2017 Mission & Ministry Budget         $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 6/11/17           $ 17,813.34

2017 YTD Contributions                      $ 712,013.67
     (42% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                    $ 620,842.35
Year to date Income over Expenses      $  91,171.32
(Prepaid pledges of $84,494.78 are included In Yearly contributions)


Building Disciples Loan balance    $2,972,796.44
Needed weekly for loan payment             $ 4,500.00
Contributions for week of 6/11/17               $ 345.00
Difference ( 8% of weekly total)          ($ 4,155.00)



This Sunday

This Sunday our Pastoral Staff and many lay members will be attending the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  On Sunday, they will be participating in worship at the Greenville Convention Center.  For all the local churches in our conference (including St. James) the worship will be led by lay people of the church.


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Our Steadfast God”

Matthew 28:16-20 &

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Donnie Bunn


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Under Construction”

Philippians 1:3-11 &

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Alan Gill




St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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





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


St. James Adventurers to Baseball Game – Tuesday, June 27th.  more…


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


Summer High School Youth Mission Trip to Windsor, NC – July 16th – 22nd.  more…

Missions &  Opportunities



Camp Connect Serving Opportunities – How to donate and serve for Camp Connect, June 18-22.  more…


All-Church Clean-Up – Summer Cleaning at St. James.  more…



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.


Neighborhood Groups – Join or create a small group in your neighborhood.  more…


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, Charles Molnar, Cathy Leventry, Sam Stephenson, Patti 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:

Katherine Brannon, Dorothy Briley, Martha Coffman, Chuckie Edwards, and Jack and Lucy Fenton.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



We welcomed Christopher and Tammi Ellis as new members on June 11th at the 11:00 am service.  Chris and Tammi transferred from Dunlap UMC in Elkhart, IN.





Staff Openings at St. James Preschool

The St. James Preschool has openings for Teachers and Assistants starting this fall.  For information about the positions, please contact Kendyl Sisk, Preschool Director, at (252) 752-6154 or Preschool@stjconnect.org.



Annual Conference 2017

From June 16 to 18, our clergy staff and a group of St. James members will congregate at the Greenville Convention Center with other United Methodists to participate in the North Carolina Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church. Please pray that God will be glorified and that our church leadership continues to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

This year, the conference wants to invite YOU to be a part of it! It will be held at the Greenville Convention Center and is scheduled over a weekend instead of the usual mid-week dates.  Bishop Hope Ward explained that the decision to move to a weekend format is to make the events “more accessible” for those who work during the week. Come out and be a part of it if you can!


Please note that there will be limited staff present at the church from June 16-18. Please call the church in case of an emergency and we will contact the appropriate Pastor or staff person.




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.







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.



June is Men’s Health Month

On Tuesday, June 27th at Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church located at 107 Louis Street in Greenville, Life Line Screening will offer area residents an opportunity to do something that could possibly impact their lives and/or prevent serious disability by identifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. CALL TODAY- 1-888-653-6450


PREVENTIVE Health Screenings are very important! Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke and yet 80% of strokes are PREVENTABLE! The 1st step is TAKING CONTROL. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year, and 800,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.


Stroke can happen to anyone at any age so it’s good to know risk factors and signs of stroke. Please share the video below with everyone you care about, everyone you love (young and old).  Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaxAMJQIPFY


These affordable screening tests are conducted by experienced professional sonographers using sophisticated Doppler ultrasound technology. A Board Certified physician licensed in your state reviews all of the results before they are sent to individual screening participants within 21 days. Our mission is to make people aware of potentially serious conditions that are difficult to detect in routine check-ups. These tests go beyond regular annual check ups and empower customers and their physicians with data for medical management.




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