e-Newsletter 11-02-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Thanks to all who donated items and assembled the Flood Buckets. We were able to prepare 68 buckets to help equip the UMCOR Emergency Response Teams currently working in areas devastated by this fall’s hurricanes.

Thank you St. James!


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

Click here to visit us.


During each service last Sunday, we reflected on our financial commitments for 2018.  We received 150 pledge cards with a total commitment of $751,457.  And cards are still coming in!  If you missed last weekend, or if you weren’t ready to commit, please bring your pledge card into the church office to be part of what God is preparing for St. James UMC.


To print your own commitment card, click here.


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




You are coming to worship on Sundays. You are a part of a class. You are beginning to see familiar faces when you come to the church. And you have a desire to be part of something bigger.

Maybe it is time to consider becoming a member of St. James UMC!


We are having a new members class that will meet in two sessions on Sunday, November 12 from 2:00-4:00 pm and Sunday, November 19th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

We invite you to be a part of the St. James family!

Contact Mark Woods if you have questions at 252-752-6154 or Mark@stjconnect.org


This 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.



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 have one more Chrismon  workshop tomorrow
Friday, 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 – 717-1149 or Betty Fuqua, bettyboopf@suddenlink.net – 756-3226.


Has the death of a loved one stolen the Merry from your Christmas?  No matter how long it’s been since your loved one died, your memories may still make the holidays a painful time.


You don’t have to get through this season alone. GriefShare’s “Surviving the Holidays” workshop can help.

Sunday, November 12, 2017
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

at the St. James Retreat House
2000 E. 5th St.
Greenville, NC

There is a cost of $5.00/person. Lunch is provided.

Register by contacting Joyce Day at 752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org




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.


Potted poinsettias are used to decorate our church throughout Advent. These poinsettias, $10 each, may be purchased in honor or memory of family, friends, and other loved ones. Please fill out the form below and return it and your payment to the church office by Monday, December 3rd. You may also make a contribution to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, given in honor or memory of a loved one. These funds assist people in need throughout the year.
(Forms are available in the church office. Poinsettias may be picked up after the Lovefeast service on December 17th.)





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.



Girl Scouts Prepare Girls for a Lifetime of Leadership

For over a century, Girl Scouts has served as the largest girl-led Movement in the world! Our mission? To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

As a Girl Scout, your girl will be welcomed into a safe, exciting place where she can be inspired, try new things, face her fears, build community, and inspire others! A place where she can embrace her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) all while building important life skills, making new friends, and exploring her faith.

To learn more about faith-based opportunities within Girl Scouts or to join a troop, contact Deborah Brady (dbrady@nccoastalpines.org or 252-717-6527) or visit www.nccoastalpines.org.






This Sunday



Matthew 5:1-12


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. Dennis Adams



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


Upcoming Menus:

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

Nov. 15:  Swiss Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

(host:  United Methodist Women)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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…


New Member Class – Sunday, November 12th at 3:00 pm.  more…



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


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


Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 pm.  more…



Family Movie Night “Polar Express” – Friday, December 1st at 6:15 pm.  Sponsored by Relay for Life.  more…


Hanging of the Green Party – Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  more…


Advent Poinsettias to Honor a Loved One – order by Sunday, December 3rd.  more…


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


Missions & Opportunities


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…


Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out 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…



RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  more…



Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  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…


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, 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:

Carolyn Williamson, Wade & Dorothy Harmon, Maxine Anderson, and Chuckie Edwards.


Sympathy is extended to Liz Freeman on the death her husband, Donald Basnight Freeman, Jr., who passed away November 1st.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



We thank you for all the prayers and care we have received from our St. James family over the last few months!
Dan and Nancy Bishop




We welcomed the following new members on October 29th:

  • Robert, Jennifer and Rebecca Greenland, who transferred from Church of the Redeemer Anglican Church in Wilson, NC
  • Darlene and Joe Hunniecutt.  Darlene transferred from Memorial Baptist in Williamston, NC.  Joe is joining us as an affiliate member.
  • Diane Ramsey, who transferred from Unity Community Church in Dunedin, FL.


Congratulations to Bryant Cooke and Hannah Jessup who were married in the Sanctuary on October 28th.  Hannah is the daughter of Robert and Kim Jessup.






No Evening Prayer Service this week

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.




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.



ECU Religious Studies Upcoming Lectures


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.



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