e-Newsletter 10-01-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



Hurricane Response

Here is How We Can Help!


The teams of workers that are bringing aid to the hurricane damaged areas are in need of supplies and money.  We may not be able to physically go to these locations, but there are opportunities for us to help from here.


St. James is preparing flood buckets for the ERT teams.  Our goal is to assemble at least 100 flood buckets to send with UMCOR workers. 


On Sunday, your will see displays in the Narthex and CLMC Lobbies.  Take a card (or many cards) from the displays, purchase the items listed, and then bring them to the Commons area at the church by Saturday, October 28th.

Please be sure to purchase the correct size of the item (or a slightly smaller size).


Then on Sunday, October 29th, we will gather after church at 12:15 pm for an assembly party to put all the flood buckets together.  It will be a fun, and much-needed, mission project for the whole family.


We are also collecting monetary support.  If you are able to help, be sure to mark your gifts for Hurricane Relief.



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

Click here to visit us.


Youth Events for October


On Saturday, October 14th, we will be participating in a district wide youth event called the Son, Salt and Sea. This day trip to Ft. Macon Beach and Morehead City is for youth grades 6-12. We will participate in a beach cleanup and end with worship at FUMC Morehead.


On October 29th, we will be going to Air U in Greenville. We will meet in the CLMC for dinner at 6 p.m., then drive over to Air U. Pick up will be 8:30 pm at Air U. Remember to bring your trampoline socks, or $3 to buy a new pair at Air U that night. If you are going to Air U with St. James Youth, you will need to have a signed waiver the night of Air U (click on www.airu-greenville.com/waiver to print a waiver form or electronically file it).


For more information, click here.


Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 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.



UMW Days for Girls Mission Project

The St. James United Methodist Women will be holding workshops on 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.


Meet Our New Choral Scholar


Nick Pierle started with our choir last spring, and we welcome him back to our St James family. He’s easy to recognize as the tenor with the smile that lights up the room. A Master’s student in Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Nick is slated to graduate in December 2018. He is currently singing with the ECU Chamber Singers and the Greenville Choral Society, as well as singing the role of The Lord Chancellor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for November 4th. Lastly, he will be conducting the Collegiate Choir in both the spring and fall semesters. After graduation, Nick hopes to attend a doctoral program and continue to teach voice in a private studio. His ideal job would be performing opera, as well as working at a university as a voice instructor. He also wants to travel the world and experience different cultures around the world. He enjoys music, because it is an international language that everyone can understand no matter what part of the world they’re from; it brings people together. His personal favorites are Don Giovanni by Mozart or Smetana’s Ma Vlast.
Nick is originally from Waxhaw, NC. While in high school, Nick participated in the choir and theatre programs. His greatest accomplishment, though, was earning a black belt in karate; the training process took about 6 years for completion. Nick claims to have learned a lot about himself throughout this training which instilled core values such as respect, commitment, determination, and courage. He has been consistently supported by his mother, who is the strongest person he knows.

Nick selected ECU because of the welcoming environment of the School of Music and the one-on-one attention he knew he would receive in class. He chose to sing with us at St James to enjoy the communal aspect of the ensemble. He says he is looking forward to working with and getting to know the ensemble. “You all are a special group and I’m looking forward to joining the St. James family!” Nick’s greatest hope is to find happiness and to share it with others. Seems to us, you are well on your way! Again, welcome!


UMW’s Parade of Tables

Parade of Table tickets are now available!

You may download a registration form by clicking here and mail your form and payment to Lynn Gammell. Or, you may contact Lynn directly at lynngammell@gmail.com.


Registration forms are also available at the church office.  And tickets will be on sale on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.

The event is Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11:00 to 1:30, with the doors opening at 10:45 am. It will be held in the Christian Life Ministries Center. Kristi Overton Johnson will be our guest speaker. Tickets are $20/person.



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.



Our Record of Faithfulness





This Sunday


Exploring the Core Values of


     St. James UMC


Matthew 26:6-13


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) continues through November 15th.


Upcoming Menus:

Oct. 11:  Boston Butt, Potatoes and Green Beans

(host:  Jamaica Missions)

Oct. 18:  Soups and Salad

(host:  WOW (Women on the Way) Class)

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, October 7th from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…


New Study in Seeker Class – Sundays at 9:50 am.  more…


Youth Event – Son, Sand and Sea – Saturday, October 14th.  more…


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


St. James Book Club – Sunday, October 15th at 5:00 pm.  more…


XYZ Luncheon – Thursday, October 19th at Noon.  more…


Duke Day – Saturday, October 21st.  more…




Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  more…



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



Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



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


Flood Bucket Brigade Project – Sunday, October 29th.  more…



Youth Event – AirU.  Sunday, October 29th at 6:00 pm.  more….




All Saints Service – Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 pm.  more…



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

Missions &  Opportunities


Hurricane Response – How We Can Help!

Click here for more information


Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



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


Keep God’s Children Now collecting warm clothing donations.  Click here for more information


Operation Christmas Child – Fill a shoe box for children around the world.  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, Patti Frank, Jim Josephson, Nancy Bishop, Kent Stephenson, Frances Strawn, Chris Langley, Margie Watson, and Lottie Mozingo.


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:

Lois Narron, Woody & Linda Peele, Madeline Roy, and Charley Swing.


Sympathy is extended to Tony and Linda Franklin on the death of Linda’s father, Edgar Cashwell, who passed away October 2nd.


Sympathy is extended to Sharon Mozingoon the death of her uncle, Mark Mozingo, who passed away October 3rd.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



Congratulations to Rob and Allie Plumb on the birth of their son, Truman Beckham Plumb, who was born on September 26th, 2017.  Older siblings are Kylie and Brooks.



Harrison Edwin Clark was baptized on October 1st at the 11:11 am ConneXion Worship Service.  He is the son of Tyler and Laura Beth Clark.  Big Brother is Mason.




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