e-Newsletter 08-10-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

We are close to our goal of collecting 300 school supply kits for Wahl-Coates school!

Remember the school supplies must be brought to the church by August 15th.


Now we need your help delivering the packets to the school!

On Sunday, August 20th, following the 11:00 & 11:11 services, we are taking all of the kits down the street to Wahl-Coates school. Drive your pick-up or family van to church that morning and help deliver the kits to the school. Or, be part of the loading or un-loading teams.

What a blessing these school supplies will be for the children and teachers at Wahl-Coates school!


For more information, contact Molly Carpenter (752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org).


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

Click here to visit us.


Are you interested in Joining St. James?

There are many exciting things happening at St. James and we want you to be part of it!

We are having a New Members Interest Meeting on Sunday, August 20th in Pastor Ben’s office. Come and find out how you can be part of the life of the church and connect to missions and ministries that interest you. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Joyce Day (752-6154 or Joyce@stjconnect.org).



“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.


Wednesday, August 30, 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!


Let us know how many to expect for dinner!

We are … better together!


Students Welcome! Lunch

St. James is inviting all college age adults

to lunch. Sunday, August 27th at Noon

in the Fellowship Hall.


Come hang out with other students and young adults and enjoy a free lunch and lively conversation. We will be introducing the new Young Adult Living Water class on Sunday mornings. And want to explore how best to connect you to each other and St. James!


Introducing a new and exciting addition to the 2017-2018 Upward Basketball season!
Upward Basketball Clinic
Saturday, August 26th
at Jarvis Memorial UMC gym


The instructors will include the staff of “Outwork Performance” lead by Keith McLawhorn, a professional athletic trainer who works with kids of all ages in Greenville providing exceptional Basketball training. Participants will learn skills they can practice at home in advance of the new season as well as scrimmage.


The Basketball Clinic will be broken into two sessions by grade level in school

(grades as of Sept. 1, 2017):
SESSION #1 (K thru 3rd) 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

begins at 8:15 am
SESSION #2 (4th thru 6th) 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

begins at 12:15 pm

Cost for Clinic: $20 (option to apply $10 towards Same Day League Registration)

Register for the Clinic at www.jsmnow.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.


The Story Living Water Sunday school class will begin a new study on August 13. We will be reading and discussing Adam Hamilton’s book, Half-Truths.  Together we will explore popular sayings that miss the Christian point. These phrases may sound Christian and you may think they are even in the Bible, but they actually distort the truth about Jesus’ teachings and other aspects of Scripture. Join us in Room 21 at 9:55 a.m. on Sunday mornings to discover the difference between our half-truths and Jesus’ Truth.


And introducing a new class for young adults!

Beginning Sunday, September 10, we will be starting a new Living Water class for adults ages 18-27 (or thereabouts!). This class will meet in Room 307, 9:50-10:45 a.m., and will be led by Taylor and Dustin Dougherty. We plan to begin with a social gathering on 9/10 where we can discuss ideas and hopes for the future of the group.
For more information, contact Taylor Dougherty at Taylor@stjconnect.org.


Have you visited the Church Library?

The Church Library there for you to browse anytime St. James is open.  Books about the history of religion, world religions, history of Christianity, Bible study, Christian living, marriage and family, grief, Christian classics, spiritual growth, prayer, and devotions.  There are books of maps, handbooks of the Bible, daily life in Bible times, and other reference sources.  Biographies and Christian novels may also be checked out of the library.   The library is located between the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.  Come spend a few minutes there and see what is there for you.


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.


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!



Our Record of Faithfulness





2017 Mission & Ministry Budget         $1,714,426.86

Year to Date Budget                          $1,142,951.36
Weekly Contributions for 8/6/17            $ 36,117.69
2017 YTD Contributions                      $ 939,726.56
     (55% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                   $ 852,371.61
Year to date Income over Expenses      $ 87,354.95

(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 8/6/17             $  2,865.00
Difference ( 64% of weekly total )        ( $ 1635.00 )

This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Out of the Boat”

Matthew 14:22-33  &

     Romans 10:5-15

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“I Will Go Alongside You”

Genesis 33:1-12

Rev. Mark Woods




St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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



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


XYZ Luncheon – Thursday, August 17th at Noon.  more…



Help Deliver School Supplies to Wahl-Coates – Sunday, August 20th at Noon.  more..


C4C – Wahl-Coates Open House – Thursday, August 24th, 3:00-6:00 pm.  more…


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



Students Welcome! Lunch – Sunday, August 27th at 12L15 pm.  more…


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


Pilgrimage 2017 – Youth Event – November 10-12. Register by Aug. 30th!  more…


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


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

Missions &  Opportunities


School Supply Kits – Help Make a real impact in the lives of children at Wahl-Coates School.  Due by Sunday, August 13.  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, Edgar Cashwell, Ed and Betty Yancey


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.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.







Please be in prayer for the missions and ministries of St. James as they plan and discern how God is leading them into 2018.  Next year’s budget requests are due to Marianne Leventry by Friday, August 18th.



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




Dear St. James United Methodist Church,
Thank you so much for your generous donation of $3,000 from Spring Fling!

Barbara Ormond Davis
Executive Director
Operation Sunshine, Inc.



The Carolina Pregnancy Center would like to thank you for supporting our ministry!

We would like to share some of the fruits of God’s ministry during the first half of 2017!
50 clients have given birth to babies
20 women changed their minds to carry their children to term
2 people rededicated their lives to Christ
1 woman chose adoption for her child

Thank you for partnering with us with your donations and prayers! We couldn’t do it without you! Thank You!




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 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