e-Newsletter 09-21-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Hurricane Response:  How Can We Help?

This hurricane season has seen more destruction and flooding than usual.  Are you ready to help our brothers and sisters in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean as they recover from these storms?  Let’s start by joining our prayers for those impacted by the storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.  Then let’s pool our resources to help those in need.

We are collecting items that can be used by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) in their relief efforts.  The list of needed items can be found at the Information Booths at the church or online by clicking here.
While we appreciate heartfelt donations, only items on the supply lists will be accepted.

You may bring the items to The Commons area at St. James or to Ross Orthodontics on Arlington Dr.  All collected items will be assembled into Relief Kits and delivered to UMCOR for use in the afflicted areas.  We are making plans to have a Relief Kit Assembly Party on Sunday, October 29th in the afternoon.  Mark that date on your calendar and talk with your small groups or classes about working together on much needed mission project.  Details will come soon.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may mark your gift with UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670.  You may give online by clicking below 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.


The Emergency Rescue operations are complete and there is now a need for ERTs (Early Response Teams) in the Texas/Louisiana/Georgia areas.

  • The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged Early Response Teams (ERT) for Hurricane Harvey response. All ERTs should click here to register.
  • The Texas Annual Conference is also ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey response.Team leaders can register their team by clicking here or go to the Texas Conference website at txcumc.org and click on “Disaster Volunteer Team Registration.”
  • The Rio Texas Conference is also registering trained and badged ERT teams and individuals at riotexas.org/harvey-ert
  • Our conference has received an invitation to send ERTs to the South Georgia Conference who are looking for current ERT and trained chainsaw teams to help in Chatham and other coastal counties.  Contact Luis Morales at morhill@gmail.com or 478-216-7729.


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

Click here to visit us.



UMW Days for Girls Mission Project

The St. James United Methodist Women will be holding workshops on September 23rd & October 7th and 14th 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



Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Free Event for Everyone!


The annual event for families and children of St. James UMC and the surrounding community.

This year we are inviting all of our new friends at Wahl-Coates school!  We need your help in preparing a full parking lot of decorated trunks.  Organize your small group or Living Water class and join in on the fun – let’s demonstrate the love and grace of God to our guests in contrast with the usual dark spirits of Halloween.


You can also help by donating candy. Please drop off your donations to the church office.

Contact Molly Carpenter 752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org) for questions or to volunteer.



New Ministry helping Adults with Disabilities

Capernaum is Young Life’s ministry to kids with disabilities. St. James has been approached with helping to expand that ministry to include groups for adults with disabilities. There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 pm at St. James to discuss what this new ministry might look like. We hope that you will join us and help start this important ministry.

To learn more about Capernaum, and Young Life, visit www.younglife.org. If you want more specific information, please contact Lisa Jordan at 252.347.1138 or lisa@bylisajordan.com



Registration for the 2018 Upward Basketball season is now underway for boys and girls age Kindergarten/5 through 6th grade. The early registration cost per child for basketball or cheerleading is $75 through October 13, 2017. Registration is then $85 until October 22, 2017. This includes games jerseys and devotional materials.


The kindergarten through 3rd grade girls and kindergarten through 4th grade boys will practice and play games at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. The 5th and 6th grade boys and 4th through 6th grade girls will play at St. James United Methodist Church. The first practices will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 and the first games will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018.


Upward Basketball is a unique sports experience that develops young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Registration applications are available at all information desks throughout St. James UMC or register online at JSMnow.org. We are thrilled to host another exciting season of Upward Basketball. Any questions, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or tpauling@suddenlink.net.


The new school year has begun and we are aware of some volunteer needs at Wahl-Coates Elementary. The C4C (Congregations for Children) Committee have opportunities to serve in a classroom or in the school office. If you might be interested or would like more information, contact Lora Joyner (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net ) or Sandra Harvey (341-0782 or harveysw@gmail.com).


Be a Role Model!
Would you be willing to share your story and /or what good character traits have been important in your career with some of the students? The Wahl-Coates Captain’s Crew Luncheons for Positive Behavior meets one Friday a month and would like to invite a guest speaker each month. Are you a Doctor, Law Enforcement, Minister, Nurse, Musician, or other professional? We would enjoy having you share for 10-15 minutes with the students. The luncheons will be held at St. James from 12-1. Contact Lora Joyner for available dates (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net).


Keep God’s Children Warm

We are in need of someone to lead the “Keep God’s Children Warm” mission project.  It is an important way we can serve our community by sharing coats, hats, gloves, and warm clothes with our Food Pantry patrons during the winter months.


If God is leading you to a new way to serve and you are interested in more information, please contact Karen Arny at nerakarny@aol.com or 252 258-5499.



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!


We want to thank you for your participation in our worship survey this past June.  The purpose of this survey was to take a pulse of the congregation – give members an opportunity to communicate about the worship – so church leaders could get a sense of what possibly should be tweaked in order to improve our excellence in worship.



Our Record of Faithfulness








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

“The Red Vineyards at Arles”

by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow


Matthew 20:1-16



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 and will continue through November 15th.


Upcoming Menus:

Sep. 27:  Meatloaf, Green beans

(host:  In Stitches Quilters)

Oct. 4:  TBD  (Guatemala Missions)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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


New Ministry helping Adults with Disabilities – Informational Meeting, Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 pm.  more…


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


Evening Prayer Service – Sunday, October 1st at 6:30 pm.  more…


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

UMW Days for Girls Workshop
– Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 am to Noon.  Note this is a new date!  more…


Duke Day – Saturday, October 21st.  more…




Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 6:30 pm.  more…



Upward Basketball Registration – Sue by October 22nd.  more…



UMW’s Parade of Tables – Saturday, October 28th, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.  more…


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

Missions &  Opportunities


Serving Opportunities at Wahl-Coates this Fall – Volunteer help needed with C4C (Congregations for Children).  more…


Hurricane Response – How Can We Help?

Click here for more information


Serving Opportunity – Keep God’s Children Warm Project needs Coordinator.  Click here for more information


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, Woody Peele, Nancy Bishop, and Kent Stephenson


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:

Camille Hite, Nora Hix, Lil Joyner, Gail Manning, and Janice Merritt


Sympathy is extended to Eric and Suzanne Everett on the death of Eric’s mother, Olga Marie Everett, who passed away September 13th.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Rev. Bill Quick, former Pastor of St. James UMC, who passed away September 17th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.







Library New Additions

Looking for that next book to read? The St. James library has many to offer and has recently added these new titles:

“A Fellowship of Differents: Showing God’s Design for Life Together” by Scott Montgomery
“Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Charles Sheldon’s classic “In His Steps”
“The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief” by Francis S. Collins, Head of the Human Genome Project and The National Institutes of Health

Stop by and check out the many offerings at the library. The St. James Library is located off the hallway between the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.



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 .



UMW No Longer Collecting Soup Labels

The UMW is very appreciative of the soup labels collected the past few years, but as of right now we will no longer be collecting them. We will continue to collect the BOX TOPS for EDUCATION for the local schools, as well as eye glasses for the Lions Club. These items may be left in the Parlor.

If you give the box tops directly to a school, please submit the number so we can include yours on our Annual Report. Contact Judy Gray at 756-0907 for information.



Keith & Kristyn Getty in Concert

First Baptist Church in Kinston will be hosting Keith & Kristyn Getty in Concert on Saturday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm.  The Getty’s have written and performed many contemporary hymns that we sing in worship including “In Christ Alone”, “Living Waters” and “The Lord Is My Salvation”.  Tickets are available online at iTickets.com.  $20 for General Admission / $50 VIP Seating.  First Baptist Church, 2600 Rouse Rd, Kinston, NC.










Lights of Hope

There are many of us here in Pitt County who have, had, and are currently being affected with this pandemic called Addiction. One out of every three families now in the United States, is currently affected. Many of our Pitt County Residents know this all too well. Our Overdose rate here in Pitt County is growing every day.

We invite you to be part of our Lights of Hope event on Sunday, September 24th at 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Guy Smith Stadium. Our primary goal is to bring awareness to Addiction, and issues that relate to Addiction, not only for the Addict but for Loved Ones. Tim Ryan will be our guest speaker.

Please plan to join us at this special event. More information can be found at the national website: http://addictsmom.com/



Bikers for Diapers

With the support of Pregnancy Center Directors and Motorcycle Ministries, we can bring much needed diapers and wipes to children who are in need. Our mission: to give a helping hand to Babies in Eastern North Carolina.

We will collect diapers and wipes at St. James – bring them to the collection bins near the main office. The Motorcycle Ministries will deliver them to the Carolina Pregnancy Centers across eastern NC. Please bring your donations by Sunday, October 29th.



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