e-Newsletter 10-26-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



Through the month of October, we have explored what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and more specifically, a member of this community of faith called St. James United Methodist Church. Each week at worship we examined one of the Core Values of the St. James community inspiring each of us to live into them as devoted, rooted, united, and missional members and disciples.


Our financial commitment is evidence of our personal discipleship and our support in the ministry of forming disciples.  As we conclude our series this Sunday,prayerfully consider how you will respond financially in the next year.  We will have an opportunity in the services this weekend to bring your commitment card for 2018 and dedicate it towards the work of God through St. James UMC.


If you are a member of St. James, you should have received a commitment card in the mail recently.  Please bring your completed card to worship this weekend.  If you did not receive a card, there will be commitment cards available at all services.  OR you can print one by clicking below.

Remember, you may always change your commitment at any time by notifying the church office.  We thank you for your generosity!



For more information on the Core Values of St. James, click here.


To print your own commitment card, click here.




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

Click here to visit us.


Crafting Chrismons for Christmas


Are you crafty?  Do you like working with your hands?

We are making new Chrismon ornaments for the Sanctuary Christmas Trees this year.  Come enjoy the fun and fellowship as we build the ornaments together.


We will be having two Chrismon  workshops on the next two Fridays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 from 9 to 4 in room 21.  All supplies will be supplied.  Come any time you can.


Any question contact Tommy Shaw, tshaw1963@aol.com – 252-717-1149 or Betty Fuqua, bettyboopf@suddenlink.net – 252-756-3226.



Prayers for the Guatemala Mission Team

Please keep the Guatemala Mission Team in your prayers. They left on Saturday, October 21 and will return on Sunday, October 29.  Team members are Andy and Carol Haven, John and Jill Wiggins, Scott and Anne Heritage, Janet Berry, Sarah Harrell, Nan Rogers, Darlene Keene, Pam Sides, Eric Everett, and Jordan Harrison.  The team will share the love of Christ with our neighbors in Guatemala while they provide medical care and build stoves.


Hurricane Response

Here is How We Can Help!


St. James is preparing flood buckets for the ERT teams.  Please bring your donated items to the Commons area at the church by this Saturday, October 28th.

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


This Sunday, October 29th, we will gather after worship 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.





Sunday, November 5, is All Saints Sunday. We will offer a special worship service that evening at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary where we will remember the lives of loved ones we have lost during this past year. If you have had a loved one die between November 6, 2016 and now and would like us to remember them during this service, please contact Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or (252) 752-6154.



Be a Part of this year’s

Advent Devotional Guide


Advent is our preparation time for Jesus’ birth into our lives. Will you write a devotion for “A Daily Devotional Guide for Advent and Christmas” to help the members of St. James prepare for Christmas?


The guidelines are simple: choose a short Scripture passage on any Advent or Christmas theme, write a personal reflection on that theme, then end with a short prayer. Length limit: 350 words. Deadline: Sunday, November 12. Publication Date: Sunday, December 3

You can download the guidelines by clicking here.  Questions?  contact Chris Garcia at christian.garciapubco@gmail.com.


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).


Book Fair Volunteers – November 13-16

We are in need of volunteers to staff a book fair Nov 13 -16 which will be open 8-3 each day.  If interested contact Sharon Phillips, Media Coordinator at Wahl Coates (phillis@pitt.k12.nc.us) or Lora Joyner. Any available times would be most appreciated!!

Also looking for donations to: All 4 Books which is a fund to help purchase books for those students who cannot afford to purchase a book for themselves during the book fair.


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.

Speakers are asked to incorporate some advice/support to parents to help parents raise productive citizens, ie. ways child can volunteer in the community, ways to raise an independent child, ways to be a responsible person.

The luncheons will be held at St. James from 12-1 pm on December 1, January 26, February 23, and April 27.  Speakers are asked to arrive a few minutes early (around 11:45), present a 10-minutes talk and then help hand out certificates.  Speakers are done by 12:15 pm, but are welcome to stay for lunch after that.

Contact Lora Joyner for available dates (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net).


Each year, we teach our children that the Pilgrims were grateful for the Indians being good neighbors, so much so that the Indians were invited to share in a feast of celebration. Again this Thanksgiving, the Children’s Fellowship and Growing In Grace ministries invite each of you to join us in being those good neighbors by supporting our St. James Turkey Tree.


Beginning October 29th, Turkey Trees will be on display in both the Narthex and CLMC Lobby. Each turkey is labeled with a food item that is part of a Thanksgiving feast. We are asking you to choose a turkey (or turkeys) from the tree, purchase the item listed, and then bring them to the Fellowship Hall by Sunday morning, November 19th to be packed with others in a Feast Box. Each box will be delivered to one of our Growing in Grace families and others in need – providing them with an entire Thanksgiving feast!


This year, we are asking for volunteers to help deliver the food on Sunday, November 19th. This is a great project for families! You can come pick up your box following worship and then deliver that box anytime that afternoon. Please sign-up online or through the church office for this meaningful way to bring joy to struggling neighbors.


We are also in need of boxes for the feasts. Copy paper boxes with a lid are ideal for this project. If you have any that could be donated, please bring them to the church office.


If you have questions about this project, please contact Susan Barrett (susanbarrett@gmail.com).


Operation Christmas Child

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!


This Sunday, October 22nd, 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.





Opportunity at Carolina Pregnancy Center

Carolina Pregnancy Center (CPC) is looking to hire an Office Manager to join our team! You will be working in a very Christ centered environment where the major goal of the staff and volunteers is honoring the Lord in the work we do, thus bringing unity to the Center. The Office Manager supports the day to day operation of the Center and helps to set the atmosphere. Major duties include answering the phone, scheduling client appointments, data entry, welcoming clients, administrative support of annual fundraising events, and supervision of project-related volunteers.  CPC’s mission is to provide abortion alternatives, post abortion support, and abstinence education with the hope of transforming lives through the grace of Jesus Christ.  Please send your resume to laura@carolinapregnancycenter.org.



Cancer Support Resource

Hearing the words, “You have cancer” are traumatic, frightening, and overwhelming. If you or a loved one has heard those words recently, you may be interested in a new resource available from Joyce Day.  We have one copy of Kenneth C. Haugk’s new book, “Cancer: Now What?” that you are welcome to borrow. If you decide you would like your own copy, we can help you order it. The author draws on what he learned “as he supported his wife during her fight with cancer, as well as the wisdom and knowledge of over 3,500 cancer survivors, loved ones, and medical professionals. The result is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for navigating the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings” (back cover). Dr. Haugk is a clinical psychologist and pastor and is the founder of Stephen Ministries. If you are interested in borrowing this book, contact Joyce at (2520 752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.





This Sunday


Exploring the Core Values of

     St. James UMC


Philippians 2:1-11


This Sunday is Family Worship!  Children are encouraged to worship with their families and there will be children’s messages in each service.  There will not be Children’s Church this Sunday.


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:

Nov. 1:  Hot Dogs, Baked Beans and Salad  (host:  Relay for Life)

Nov. 8:  Baked Potato and Salad Bar  (host: God and Country Class)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Chrismon Workshop – Friday, October 27th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  more…


Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



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


Flood Bucket Assembly Party – Sunday, October 29th.  more…



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




Chrismon Workshop – Friday, November 3rd, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  more…


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



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



GriefShare’s Surviving the Holidays – Sunday, November 12th, 12:30 – 2:30 pm.  more…


Advent Devotional Guide – Devotions due Sunday, November 12th.  more…


Red Cross Blood Drive – Sunday, November 19th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  more…


IF:Gathering 2018 – February 9-10.  Register and Save the Date!  more…


Missions &  Opportunities


Hurricane Response – Flood Bucket Assembly this Sunday!

Click here for more information


Turkey Tree – Thanksgiving meals for Growing In Grace families.  Bring items by Sunday, Nov. 19th. more…


Angel Tree – Christmas Gifts for Methodist Home for Children foster kids.  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, Patti Frank, Kent Stephenson, Frances Strawn, Chris Langley, Margie Watson, Lottie Mozingo, Brenda Walter, David Wiggins, Peggy Fulcher, and Dawson Bailey.


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:

Jean Taylor, Doris Ward, Graham & Nancy Whiteford, Nancy Whitlow.


Sympathy is extended to Chips and Dorothy Smith on the death of Dorothy’s father, Elbert Lee “Tom” Ellrod, who passed away October 19th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



Victoria Ruth Godwin was baptized on October 22nd at the 11:11 am ConneXion Worship Service.  “Ruthie” is the daughter of Preston and Amber Godwin.  Big sisters are Georgia (5/18/08 – 12/10/15) and Sailor.  Proud grandparents are Lynn and Vickie Hudson.


Congratulations to Lucas Harrison and Allie Thomason who were married on August 26th.  Lucas is the son of Darrell and Sandy Harrison.







No Evening Prayer Service in November

We will not be offering Evening Prayers in November because the special All Saints Sunday worship service will be held that first Sunday. Please plan to join us again on Sunday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. The December service will be an opportunity to spend some quiet time with God as we move into the busy Advent season. We will be offering healing prayers with the option of being anointed with oil. For more information, contact Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or 752-6154.



Preschool Teacher Opening January 2018

St. James UMC Preschool is seeking a 4-day 3 year old teaching position beginning in January for the remainder of the 2017/2018 school year. The position may continue in the fall.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for spiritual, academic and social growth through qualified instruction and prayerful nurturing. If interested, please contact Susan Cahoon at preschool@stjconnect.org.





ECU Religious Studies Upcoming Lectures


Rev. Dr. William Barber will deliver the 25th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture on October 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Hendrix Theater. The title is “Poor People’s Campaign and National Call for Moral Revival”.


The lecture is free and open to the public. Free tickets can be obtained through Central Ticket Office (CTO) in advance or at the door in Mendenhall. Call (252) 328-4788.



The Department of Anthropology is hosting the Middle East Lecture Series. The next presentation is by Dr. Cecil P. Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University, with “My Study Abroad Experience Excavating at a Biblical City”, and Dr. Jennie R. Ebeling, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville and Author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, with “Making Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: Women’s Roles in Old Testament Religion”Thursday, October 26 at 4 p.m. | Flanagan 265 | Reception to Follow


Dr. Stephen Prothero will deliver the Whichard Distinguished Guest Lecture. He will speak on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7 pm in Hendrix on the ECU campus, on “Religious Literacy in an Age of Strongmen.”

Professor Prothero is Chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, including Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (HarperOne, 2016), God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010), and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007). His books have been published on five continents and translated into eight languages.



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.




ONE Worship Fest


A Community Worship experience for the whole family! One Worship Fest will be on Saturday, November 4th, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Five Points Plaza in Uptown Greenville. Experience worship through music with Opendoor Worship, Reimage Creative Arts, One Promise, and Sound the Messenger. Enjoy food from Villa Verde, Kona Ice, and Smash Waffles. And check-out the KidZone with inflatable bouncers by NuLook, face painting, bubbles, and more!
Follow us on facebook @OneWorshipNC



Bach and Beyond – Organ Concert


The 2017-2018 Fisk on Fourth Concert Series continues with Bruce Stevens, University Organist at the University of Richmond. An international performing and recording artist, Mr. Stevens will present “Bach and Beyond: German, Italian, and French Organ Works from Two Centuries Plus.”

Join us Friday November 10, 2017 at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East Fourth Street, Greenville, North Carolina for this special event. All concerts feature The Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ, C. B. Fisk, Opus 126. The concert is free of charge.



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