e-Newsletter 08-03-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



Do you struggle finding a quiet time with God?

Are your looking for a safe, holy place away from the “busy-ness” of life?

Are you seeking that “still small voice” of God?


Then you will appreciate our evening prayers service, which takes place the first Sunday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. The service includes music, prayer, and a time of guided meditation with a scripture passage. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Our next service is this Sunday, August 6th at 6:30 pm.


For more information, contact Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or 752-6154.



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

Click here to visit us.


“just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ”

(1 Corinthians 12:12)


St. James may be a large church, but we are always ONE!


Celebrate together, renew friendships, and discover new friends and opportunities at the St. James fall kick-off event.

Save the Date – Wednesday, August 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm


There will be a covered dish meal at 5:30 pm.  Chicken and drinks will be supplied by the church.  Bring a dish to share!

There will be music from many of our talented musical groups, testimonies, and games and fun for the children!


We are … better together!


Your influence matters.
There are still a few more seats at the 2017 Global Leadership Summit on August 10-11!  If you are a business person, a committee chair, a family member, or in local government (actually, no matter what you are or do) your influence matters!   At the Summit we will hear from an amazing list of speakers that will provide practical tools and inspiration to make a difference right where you are!


Click here for more information or to register.


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Alan Gill at the church (252.752.6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org.


Sunday mornings offer a wonderful opportunity for folks of all ages to spend time in Bible study and discussion through our Living Water classes. Our adult classes offer a wide range of topics from books of the Bible to how to live out your Christian faith each day. Two of our groups are starting new studies.


Life Enrichment, which meets in Room 310, will be studying God Unbound, a book about Paul’s letter to the Galatians, written by Elaine Heath from Duke University. She shows us how Paul’s teachings can help us today to boldly follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership beyond buildings and programs to join what Jesus is doing in the world.


The Seekers meet in Room 311 and are starting Max Lucado’s book, Outlive Your Live. God has a purpose for us all and that purpose is to fulfill God’s mission of active love in the world. Our lives are meant to reflect the redeeming power of God’s love as we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the lonely. If you are looking for a way to bring more meaning to your life, you won’t want to miss this study.


The Women On the Way (WOW) group invites the ladies of St. James to join them for their fall book study, “A Perfect Mess” by Lisa Harper. Through this liberating look at how God adores and transforms imperfect people, Bible teacher Lisa Harper weaves poignant stories of her own personal foibles with a fresh take on selected Psalms to reveal a loving Father who remains your greatest champion even when you don’t feel anywhere close to holy.  Come join us! Sundays at 10:00 am. Room 306.


St. James Adventurers, We have an opportunity to go to the ECU -James Madison football game for JUST $15.00 a ticket. The game is Saturday, September 2 at 6:00 pm.


We will try to meet at 4:00 pm at the church for our own tail-gating party and then head over to the stadium for kick-off. We will arrange transportation as we find out how many of us are going.


If you are interested simply sign-up and pay the church office by August 15. You can sign up by calling Dana at 752-6154 or by clicking the button below. If you sign up please pay by Aug 15 to ensure you get a ticket.


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!


The UMW needs your help to provide 300 school kits to Wahl Coates School by August 15th!


The bags for kits, along with the shopping list are available at the church. Collection sites for the school supplies are in the Narthex, the Fellowship Hall stage, the CLMC Lobby and under the UMW Bulletin Board.


Hear how a school kit may be a valuable gift to the students:


For more information, contact Tammy Stephenson (stephensont@ecu.edu) or Lynn Gammell (gammelll@ecu.edu).




Dear St. James UMC:

Thanks, in part to your generosity and passion, the Relay for Life of Pitt County welcomed 464 registered participants and raised more than $139,000 to help the American Cancer Society create a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer!

Thank you. We appreciate your on-going support of the Relay for Life movement, and all our lifesaving programs, services, and other engagements throughout the year.

Kendra Paiz, Community Manager
American Cancer Society



Dear Friends of CareNet Counseling East,

Your gifts of $3,700 have helped enable us to provide services to hurting, wounded individuals, individuals suffering from depression and anxiety, those struggling with loss and unmet dreams, even those whose relationship are unhealthy and challenging. Your partnership helps us minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of those we serve.

We cannot, we do not, do our work alone. Thank you for walking alongside us.
Respectfully thanks you for being a partner,

Janie Taylor, PhD, LMFT
Regional Director




Our Record of Faithfulness





2017 Mission & Ministry Budget         $1,714,426.86

Year to Date Budget                          $1,000,082.44
Weekly Contributions for 7/20/17          $ 15,240.01
2017 YTD Contributions                      $ 903,608.87
     (53% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                   $ 841,705.27
Year to date Income over Expenses      $ 61,903.60

(some larger expenses tend to be at year end)


Building Disciples Loan balance    $2,948,812.35
Needed weekly for loan payment             $ 4,500.00
Contributions for week of 7/30/17               $ 708.34
Difference ( 16% of weekly total )       ( $ 3,791.66 )

This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –


Genesis 32:22-31  &

     Matthew 14:13-21

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“God’s Economy”

Matthew 14:13-21

Rev. Ben Alexander




St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


New Living Water Sunday Studies – Sundays at 9:50 am.  more…



Evening Prayers – Sunday, August 6th at 6:30 pm.  more…



Global Leadership Summit 2017 – Thursday & Friday, August 10-11.  more…


Upward Basketball Clinic – Saturday, August 26th.  more…



ONE – Fall Kickoff Event – SAVE THE DATE!!  Wednesday, August 30th.  more…


St. James Adventurers – ECU Football Game – Saturday, September 2.  more…


Lights of Hope – Save the Date.  Sunday, September 24.  more…


Pilgrimage 2017 – Youth Event – Save the Dates!  November 10-12.  more…

Missions &  Opportunities


School Supply Kits – Help Make a real impact in the lives of children at Wahl-Coates School.  Click here for more information.


Special Project for Wahl-Coates School Benches.  Click here for more information.


Host a TGIW Dinner – Looking for a boost for your ministry team?  Click here for more information.


Volunteer with Vidant Home Health and Hospice.  Click here for more information.


Clothing Donations for Local Farm Workers.  Click here for more information.


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


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:

Sam Stephenson, Patti Frank, Edgar Cashwell


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:

Jackie Arnold, Susan Burgess, Jakie Castevens, Cheryl Cleaver, and Peg Fulcher.


Sympathy is extended to Harold and Martha Blackwelder on the death of Harold’s father, Harold Eugene Blackwelder, who passed away July 26th.


Sympathy is extended to Robbie and Janice Calfee on the death of Janice’s brother, William “Sammy” Robbins, Jr., who passed away July 28th.


Sympathy is extended to Gary and Paige Riggs on the death of Gary’s father, Newton J. Riggs, who passed away July 28th.



Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.








The UMW Summer Reading Program is coming to a close.  Please put your completed forms in the folder located in the Parlor by August 13th. Thank you for your participation!

If you have questions, contact Lynn Gammell at lynngammell@gmail.com




Is your ministry team looking for a boost this fall? Is your small group or Living Water class looking for a opportunity to serve together? Here is a way to promote your ministry, build team spirit, raise a little money, and serve your church community!


Consider preparing and serving a meal for the TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) programs!


We generally serve about 75 meals each Wednesday evening beginning September 6th. This opportunity is open to any ministry, small group, class, or mission team at St. James.


If you are interested or want to know more, contact Dana at the church office (752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) and schedule your Wednesday now!



Making the Invisibles Visible

Amexcan Inc. asks you to donate long-sleeved clothing, personal protective equipment, hats and gloves to local farm workers.
Donations can be dropped off at their office from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 261 Belvoir Hwy, Greenville, NC.


For more information about Amexcan, Inc. please contact us at amexcan@amexcannc.org or call 252.757.3916, or follow us on social media.





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.





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