e-Newsletter 09-28-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Free Event for Everyone!


This year we are inviting all of our new friends at Wahl-Coates school!  We need your help in preparing a parking lot full 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 to contrast the usual dark spirits of Halloween!  What a great witness for the Light!


Please “register” your trunk with Molly Carpenter so that we know how many we have and can arrange the parking lot accordingly.  You can contact her at 752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org.


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.



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

Click here to visit us.


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.



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


The Seekers Living Water class, which meets Sundays, 9:50-10:45 a.m. in room 311, will begin a new study on October 1. They will be exploring the Bible through The Story, a video based study that looks at the Scriptures in a unique way, tying the different books together to see the whole story of humanity’s fall and God’s work of salvation. This study will last until May 2018. Join now, and get in on the beginning of the greatest story ever told!


UMW Circle #3 will meet this Sunday, October 1 at 6:00 in the Retreat House. Childcare will be provided in the Children’s area.  All women are welcome!  Questions:  Contact Sarah Johnson at ncsunsister@gmail.com.


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




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.


Did you know it is less than 3 months until Christmas?!?

Yes, it is that time again when we have the opportunity to share the love of God and bring joy into the lives of children around the world!
Operation Christmas Child is getting ready to launch.

Soon the Commons and the Narthex will be filled with empty shoe boxes waiting to be filled with gifts and love. Each box contains a brochure with a cut-out indicating whether the gifts are for a boy or girl, the age range of the child and general instructions for filling the box. Place the filled shoe boxes on the Fellowship Hall stage by Sunday, November 19th.




Keep God’s Children Warm

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th, St. James will again be offering free used clothing for men, women and children. Donated items may be left in the bin labeled as such in the hallway outside the treasurer’s office.


The program is in conjunction with the Food Pantry distribution every Thursday from 9:30 am to Noon. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March.


Since Karen & Mike Arny began this program it has proven to be very popular. They are not able to continue with it this year, so I will be carrying it on. However, it is better to have two people there on a regular basis to help with sorting the clothes, and displaying them as well as greeting folks and making them feel welcome. If you are able to help it would be very much appreciated!


Please email me, Judy Neufer, at judith.neufer@gmail.com or call 570-437-9046. Thank you.







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 .




Our Record of Faithfulness





This Sunday

Eucharist Art Print

by Mary McInnis


World Communion Sunday

Colossians 3:12-17

The Body


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Rev. Ben Alexander



TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) continues through November 15th.


Upcoming Menus:

Oct. 4:  Chili, White Chicken Chili, and Vegetable Chili

(host:  Guatemala Missions)

Oct. 11:  Boston Butt, Potatoes and Green Beans

(host:  Jamaica Missions)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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…


New Study in Seeker Class – Begins Sunday, October 1st, at 9:50 am.  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…


Flood Bucket Brigade Project – Sunday, October 29th.  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


Keep God’s Children Now collecting warm clothing donations.  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, Jim Josephson, Nancy Bishop, Kent Stephenson, Frances Strawn, and Chris Langley.


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 Tom and Laura Nelson on the death of Laura’s aunt, Mary Westendorf, who passed away September 20th.


Sympathy is extended to Mark and Sharon Rutledge on the death of Sharon’s mother, Jeanne Ann Hall, who passed away September 24th.


Sympathy is extended to Jakie Castevens on the death of her daughter, Winifred Davis, who passed away September 24th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



Congratulations to Will and Heather Larsen on the birth of their son, William Thomas Larsen, who was born on September 22nd, 2017.






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.



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