e-Newsletter 11-16-17

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“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


“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. 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



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   Thanksgiving Service                 Sunday, November 19th at 6:00 pm

   Family Movie – Polar Express    Friday, December 1st, 6:15 pm

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

   Santa’s First Stop – Santa Visit    Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

   Advent Carol of Bells                 Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm

   Moravian Lovefeast                    Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm

   Salvation Army Bell Ringing     Friday, December 22nd


   Christmas Eve Morning Services

        9:00 ConneXion Worship Service in the Christian Life Ministries Center

       11:00 Worship Service in the Sanctuary

   (Note that there will not be an 8:45 AM or an 11:11 AM service that morning)


   Christmas Eve Services

         3:00 pm    Children’s Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         5:00 pm    ConneXion Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         7:00 pm    Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

       11:00 pm    Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary



Turkey Tree Food Items are due to the church THIS Sunday, November 19th by 9:00 am.


Would you be willing to deliver a Thanksgiving meal box on Sunday afternoon?  The boxes will be ready by 10:45 AM on Sunday, November 19th.  We need some volunteers to pick them up in the Commons (near the coffee & donuts) and deliver them to our Growing In Grace families.  It is a very rewarding experience and a great family mission.  If you would be willing, please contact the church office (752-6154 or Info@stjconnect.org) or click the button below to sign up.



Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes are due to the church by THIS Sunday, November 19th.





Angel Tree and Sock and Mitten Tree Items are due at the church by Monday, December 11th.  You will find information for these trees in the Fellowship Hall.



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 tomorrow, 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


St. James UMC 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.


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. 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. 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. 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.


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 between 5:00 & 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!



Santa’s First Stop

A Visit With Santa


Save the date for “Santa’s First Stop”!

On Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00-5:00 pm, plan a visit with our “Santa” (Ed Daughtry) at St. James.


Come and enjoy cookies & milk, make a craft, and hear the Christmas Story. A photographer will also be present to mark your memory!

We encourage all to register for one of the hours to help avoid a long line for Santa. You can register online by clicking the button below or by calling the church office (252-752-6154 or Info@stjconnect.org).




2018 Advent Devotional Guides

are being prepared

Advent is a season of preparation – preparing our homes with Christmas decorations, preparing gifts for our loved ones, and preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. A wonderful way to prepare our hearts is to take a moment each day for a time of devotion and prayer.


The Devotional Guides will be available beginning Sunday, December 3rd, for you to pick up at the church. We are also offering the opportunity to again receive the Advent devotions via email. This new set of daily devotionals are written by your fellow members of St. James UMC and can be sent to your email inbox for the season of Advent & Christmas (December 3rd – January 13th)

To receive the emails, click on the register button below and fill out the form. Then on December 3rd, you will begin to receive your daily emails.


Family Movie Night

On Friday, December 1st, the St. James’ Relay for Life team will sponsor a Family Movie Night.  Join us at 6:15 pm for a special presentation of “Polar Express”.


There will be hot dogs, popcorn, and hot cocoa ($1/each) and every child will receive a silver bell!  There is a suggested donation of $5 per person / $15 for family of 4 / or $20 for family of 4 or more.   Contact Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or linncoxot@yahoo.com) or Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net) for more information!  Wear your pajamas!


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.)





Boston Butt for the Holidays

Too busy to cook during the holidays?  Or maybe just too worn out?  We can help!

The Jamaica Mission Team is preparing a Boston Butt just for you. You can pick up the deliciously seasoned and grilled main dish between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 16th. You can serve it right away or re-heat it on a later date. (approximately 8-10 servings)

Order your Boston butt today for only $25 each. You can order at the church office (252-752-6154 or info@stjconnect.org). Orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 12th!

All proceeds will go towards the work of the St. James Jamaica mission teams.




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


1 Thessalonians 5:1-11


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Children of Light”

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“The Day of the Lord”

Rev. Ben Alexander



TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday)

TGIW has concluded for the fall semester.  We will start the fellowship meals again in the new year on January 17th.



St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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



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


The Advent Conspiracy Class begins Sunday, November 26th at 9:50 am.  more…





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


The Purpose of Christmas Class begins Wednesday, November 29th at 6:15 pm.  more…


Because of Bethlehem Class begins Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 pm.  more…





XYZ Christmas Party – Thursday, November 30th at Noon.  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…


Advent Carol of Bells – Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm.  more…


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


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


IF:Gathering 2018 – March 17.  Register now and Save the Date!  more…


Missions & Opportunities


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


Operation Christmas Child – Fill a shoe box for children around the world.  Shoe boxes are due THIS 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.



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


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, Brenda Walter, David Wiggins, Peggy Fulcher, Dawson Bailey, Nancy Bishop, and Charlie Swing.


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:

Katherine Brannon, Dorothy Briley, Austin Britt, Martha Coffman, and Vince Colombo.


Sympathy is extended to Calvin and Mary Shearin on the death Mary’s brother, Joseph Collins, who passed away November 11th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



Congratulations to Carl and Kelli Augustson on the birth of their son,Lance Howard Augustson, who was born on November 7th, 2017.  Proud siblings are Stella and Rex.



We welcomed Jill Gooch as a new member on November 12th at the 9:00 am service.  Jill transferred from The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, NC.


We welcomed West and Jackie Hughes as new members on November 12th at the 9:00 am service.  West transferred from First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, NC, and Jackie transferred from Salem United Methodist Church in Simpson, NC.






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.




Cypress Glen Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Get Ready for the Holidays! Visit over 40 vendors for all of your holiday needs! Visit the Resident and Staff Bake Sale! And while shopping, stop for Breakfast and lunch in the Café!

Sponsored by the United Methodist Retirement Homes Foundation to Benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. Call Lauren Harrell at 252.830.0036 for additional information or visit www.cypressglen.org.



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