e-Newsletter 09-07-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Are you ready to be refreshed with the Living Waters that Jesus offers? (John 4:10) The fall kick-off to all Living Water Sunday classes is this Sunday, September 10th beginning at 9:45 am.

All Children are welcome!


All children should first be registered at the Children’s Check-In counter where they will then be led to their new grade-level rooms and meet their new teachers!
If you worship at the earlier services, please consider checking your children in prior to the worship service. This will help eliminate some of the congestion prior to the Living Water class hour.


For adults, there are many adult classes to choose from. Click this link: http://stjconnect.org/adult-studies-and-groups/
or stop by the Information Booth to get a listing of the classes and where they meet.


We look forward to seeing you at church this Sunday!



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

Click here to visit us.



It all starts this weekend!

Are you ready?





Parent Night

This Sunday, September 10th at 5:00 pm.

Parents of pre-teens and teens!  It’s a new school year, a new youth program, a new Youth Director.  Let’s connect before it all gets started!  Stay for dinner following the meeting!


Youth Gathering

This Sunday, September 10th at 6:00 pm.

Starts with a special dinner for youth and their parents.  Then we launch into our fall program – we want YOU to be a part of it!




Middle School Lock-In

Are you ready for an over night at the church filled with fun games, fellowship, and worshiping Jesus? This is the place to sign up!

Middle School Lock-In
Begins Friday, September15th at 7:00 pm
We go until we drop!

Click here to register!


Contact Abby for more information (752-6154 or Abby@stjconnect.org).


UMW Days for Girls Mission Project

The St. James United Methodist Women will be holding workshops on September 9th and 23rd & October 7th and 21st from 9am to noon in Room 21 to sew and prepare kits for our Days for Girls Project. The kits will be distributed by the St. James Mission Team in October. We are hopeful to prepare 50 kits for distribution. We need volunteers to sew, cut and assemble the items required for each kit.


We also are requesting donations of washcloths, small bars of soap, gallon ziplock bags and girls size underwear. The collection area for donations is located at the UMW Bulletin Board in the main hallway.


Days for Girls is an international project that gives girls an opportunity to stay in school by providing feminine hygiene supplies. If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact Tammy Stephenson at stephensont@ecu.edu or Lynn Gammell gammelll@ecu.edu



Hurricane Harvey:

How Can We Help?

As we watch news coverage of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Harvey continues to produce, we want to help.  UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) outlines specific ways that you can help now, even as rescue efforts remain underway. Here are 5 things we can do.

Currently, the best way to donate is through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670.  You may give online to the fund or you may donate offline with a check.  If you donate with a check, you can make it out to St. James UMC, but please designate UMCOR Advance #901670 in the memo line.

When the Texas Annual Conference invites volunteers to come, we will publicize that information.  In the meanwhile, please pray for those impacted by the storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.


Have you ever considered an International Mission Team?


Would you like to share the love of God with the people in Jamaica?


Next year’s mission team is now forming and will hold a place for you!  An informational meeting about the 2018 Jamaica Mission Team opportunities will be on Sunday September 10 at 4pm in the conference room.  Any questions, please contact Chris Austin (safetyca@hotmail.com) or Jon Tart (jon.tart@motion-ind.com).


UMW Circle #3 Invites You!

UMW Circle #3 invites all ladies to attend our fall kick off on Sunday, September 10th.  We will meet at the CLMC parking lot at 5:00 pm to carpool to an Uptown Greenville Restaurant.


Childcare will be provided if you RSVP to Sarah Johnson at ncsunsister@gmail.com or 252-412-0951 in advance.  Come and enjoy a good meal with your sisters in Christ and find out what Circle #3 is up to.


There is still time to sign up for a Fall Class!  Most classes are starting right now.


You can register for the Fall Classes here


  or by calling the Church Office (752-6154).


You can pick up a Fall Program Guide at the church, or download a PDF copy by clicking here.


The annual St. James Charge Conference will be held on Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  This is the annual business meeting of the church with the District Superintendent.  It is a cluster meeting with 9 other United Methodists congregations represented.  Come hear all the great things God is doing at St. James UMC and around our District!



Our Record of Faithfulness





2017 Mission & Ministry Budget         $1,714,426.86

Year to Date Budget                          $1,178,214.08
Weekly Contributions for 9/3/17           $  27,612.59
2017 YTD Contributions                   $ 1,025,074.34
     (60% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                   $ 966,983.19
Year to date Income over Expenses     $  58,091.15

(some larger expenses tend to be at year end)


Building Disciples Loan balance    $2,936,897.67
Needed weekly for loan payment             $ 4,500.00
Contributions for week of 9/3/17             $  1,955.00
Difference ( 44% of weekly total )       ( $ 2,545.00 )


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.






Security Codes for Entry to Church Building

On Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, the doors of the church are unlocked and everyone is free to come and go as needed. During the church office hours (M-F, 8:00am – 5:00 pm), there will be a receptionist at the main door by the commons area who will open the door for you. All other times, a personal security code is required for entry.

Don Harvey, our facilities manager, will be happy to assign a 5-digit security code for you to enter the building between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. You can contact him at the church at 752-6154 or Don@stjconnect.org. We want the church building to be accessible for us all, but we also want it to be a safe place. Please protect your security code by not sharing it with others. Encourage others to receive their own code from Don.



Be Smart and Safe this Fall

Greenville police are asking residents to help them stop crime by simply remembering to lock their car doors. Authorities say since the start of the school year, the number of car break-ins have increased.
Please do your part by not leaving valuables in your car and making sure your car is locked while in the church parking lot. Be smart and safe this fall!

This Sunday


Matthew 18:15-20

Life Together


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Rev. Mark Woods



TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) has begun for the Fall Session!


Upcoming Menus:

Sep. 13:  Meat and Vegetable Lasagna

Sep. 20:  Soft Tacos

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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



Fall Classes – Program Guides are now available.  Registration for classes Today!  more…

UMW Days for Girls Workshop
– Saturday, September 9th from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…


Jamaica Mission Team 2018 Now Forming – Informational Meeting, Sunday, September 10th at 4:00 pm.  more…


UMW Circle #3 Kickoff – Sunday, September 10th at 5:00 pm.  more…


Parent Night for Youth – Sunday, September 10th at 5:00 pm.  more…


Youth Gathering – Begins Sunday, September 10th at 6:00 pm.  more…



XYZ in September – Thursday, September 14th at Noon.  more…



Middle School Lock-In – Friday, September 15th at 7:30 pm.  more…


UMW Days for Girls Workshop
– Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…


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


Charge Conference – Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 pm.  more…


UMW Days for Girls Workshop – Saturday, October 7th from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…

UMW Days for Girls Workshop
– Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…


Pilgrimage 2017 – Youth Event – November 10-12.   more…

Missions &  Opportunities


Hurricane Harvey – How Can We Help?

Click here for more information


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



Congregations For Children (C4C) – Volunteer help needed at Wahl-Coates School.  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, Ed and Betty Yancey, Susan Hiatt, Helen Talbert, Patti Frank, and Nancy Bishop


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:

Doris Ward, Carolyn Williamson, Colleen Cargile, Jakie Castevens, and Peggy Fulcher


Sympathy is extended to Debbie Lovick on the death of her husband, Terry Lovick, who passed away September 3rd.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.







Temporary Receptionist

Weekday Ministries is looking for a temporary receptionist. Hours are 8am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday, from September 11th through December 15th. Primary duties will be greeting visitors, answering the phones, and generally serving as the face of St James United Methodist Church. This is a paid temporary position. If you think this is something to you would be interested in, please email jennhaddock@yahoo.com




College Students!

We care about our college students!   The Higher Education & Campus Ministries Committee sends notes and care packages to our college students throughout the year. They are still a part of the St. James family!  If you have a college student in your family, please send your student’s mailing address to info@stjconnect.org .



Celebrate Life Banquet

The 2017 Celebrate Life Banquet benefiting Carolina Pregnancy Center is right around the corner! It will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Greenville Convention Center with author, speaker, and Life Advocate, Melissa Ohden.

Tables of ten are available for $350 and individual seats can be purchased for $35. You may register online at www.friendsofcpc.org, or call Shelly Townsend, Events Coordinator, at 757-0003 to make your reservation.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27th.




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