e-Newsletter 11-09-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


New Studies During Advent


The season of Advent is a time of preparation. We need to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. During Advent we remember the first coming of Christ as an infant—God putting on human flesh and becoming fully dependent upon the care and nurture of human parents. We also look forward to Christ’s second coming when the kingdom of God will be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven. Take time this Advent to let God speak to you.


St. James is offering three different Advent studies. Sign up online or by calling the church office (www.stjconnect.org or 252-752-6154). Childcare will be available if requested at least one week ahead.


Wednesday Women group will be studying The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. What makes Christmas so special? What is God’s purpose for Christmas? Teaching from the Gospel of Luke in three sessions, Rick Warren helps you see not one but three purposes of Christmas as announced by the angel at the birth of Jesus: Christmas Is a Time of Celebration, Christmas Is a Time for Salvation, and Christmas Is a Time for Redemption. You will discover that Christmas is God’s idea and why Jesus is the greatest gift God gave the world. Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 p.m., November 29-December 13. Led by Edie Snider.


Both men and women are welcome to join Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. Because of Bethlehem love is born and hope is here. Because God became human we know that God understands what it’s like to be human with all the hurt and pain, all the joy and happiness, and all the temptations to sin. Because God became human, died on the cross, and was raised we celebrate Easter and our own resurrection. Join the celebration—Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m., November 29-December 20. Led by Rhonda Asher.




The New Beginnings Living Water class will be studying Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley and Chris Seay. Are you fed up with how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the growing groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be―a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth, not a retail circus. In four compelling sessions, Advent Conspiracy invites you to substitute compassion for consumerism by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully―because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less―and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More―of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All―the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, the sick, in ways that make a difference. Sundays 9:50-10:45 a.m. beginning November 26. This class is led by Sarah Jane and Carney Taylor and meets in Room 23.


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

Click here to visit us.


Remember to bring your Turkey Tree items to the church by Sunday, November 19 at 9:00 am.
We have our young people ready to pack the boxes that morning and have the feast boxes available to be distributed by the time you leave worship.
Would you be willing to deliver Thanksgiving meal boxes on Sunday afternoon?  We anticipate needing about 30 boxes to be delivered to families on Sunday afternoon, November 19th.  The packed boxes will be available for pick-up that Sunday morning at 10:45 in the Commons Area, near the coffee and donuts.  We’ll have addresses, phone numbers, and general directions for each box.
It is a very rewarding experience and a great family task. If you would be willing, please contact the church office (752-6154 or Info@stjconnect.org) or click the button below to sign up.


St. James has two full-time employment opportunities available.  If you or someone you know might be interested in one of the following positions, please contact Ben Alexander at ben@stjconnect.org.  The new positions are:


Director of Weekday Ministries

Director of Congregational Engagement


Click here for more information on these positions.


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


“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.” ~ Psalm 118:1

God has indeed blessed us in so many ways! And we want to take a moment in our busy lives, to say “Thank you”. Join us as we praise our great God as ONE Church!


The service will be in the Christian Life Ministries Center this year, with music by our choir AND our praise team. There will be something in the service for all ages and we will share a light Fellowship meal with our Youth following the service.


In order for us to provide enough food for everyone, we ask that you RSVP by Wednesday, November 15th. Let us know how many in your family will be there. You can RSVP by contacting the church office (252-752-6154 or Info@stjconnect.org) or online by clicking here.

Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 pm
in the Christian Life Ministries Center




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 next St. James Adventurers trip will be Sunday, Nov. 26.  We will go to the ECU- N.C.A&T basketball game. The tickets are $10.00 And include a concession voucher worth $5.00. If you are interested in going, contact Dana at the church office (252-752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) and give her your money by Nov. 17.


We will meet at the church at 3:15 on the 26th.
If you have any questions contact Anne or Scott Heritage at 756-5838


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.


Come “Hang the Green” for Christmas

This year, we are doing things a little differently to prepare for Advent and Christmas.  We are kicking it all off with a Hanging of the Green Celebration Party!  On Saturday, December 2nd, we invite the entire St. James community to join in the fun and fellowship as we sing carols, pray over the decorations, decorate the trees and worship spaces, and conclude with a family meal of hot soup and sandwiches.

We plan to start at 4:00 pm in the Christian Life Ministries Center, move to the Sanctuary, and then end in the Fellowship Hall around 6:00 pm.  There will be things to do for all ages!  The holidays often center around our families, and what better way to prepare for the season than with your church family!



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



Amos 5:18-24


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)

The last TGIW meal will be this Wednesday.  It will be a good meal, so make sure you get your reservation in!  We will start TGIW again in the new year on January 17th.


Upcoming Menus:

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


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…


St. James Adventurers – ECU Basketball Game – Sunday, November 26th.  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…


Santa’s Visit – Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  more…



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


Boston Butt for the Holidays – Order yours by Tuesday, December 12th.  more…


IF:Gathering 2018 – Mar5ch 17.  Register now 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…


Sock and Mitten Tree – Collecting Dec. 3rd – 11th.  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.


Sock and Mitten Tree – Collections Dec. 3 – 11.  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 E.T. Tyson on the death her “adopted mom”, Carol Ann Hillis, who passed away November 8th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.




The Burn Worship Experience


The next Burn Worship Experience will be this Friday, November 10th at Covenant UMC.  It will be 6 hours of continuous praise & worship beginning at 7:00 pm and ending at 1:00 am.


Come and join us for prayer and singing.








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