e-Newsletter 11-23-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 ~


In this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for God’s many blessings, for our friends and family, and for the St. James community of faith.  We thank you Lord!


Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!


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

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   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



Invite those you care for to a place of Hope and Love this Christmas. Invite them to experience Christmas at St. James.

There are some Christmas Invite Cards at the Information Booths. Take as many as you wish and use them to invite your friends and neighbors. No one should be alone at Christmas. And no one should be without Jesus. Help us to be a welcoming, inviting family for all!

Through your generosity, we were able to send off 329 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes across the world.  Our prayers go with the gifts as they share the love and blessings of Jesus on this Christmas holiday.


Thank you St. James!


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).




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.)


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!


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.



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.




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.



2017 Honor Card – Benefits Community Crossroads Center

Annually, artist Bill Mangum creates a new painting that shares a subtle message about homelessness and serves both as an educational tool and fundraiser for agencies helping the homeless across North Carolina. To date, over $5,500,000 has been raised to aid the agencies in their outreach missions.

This year’s Honor Card, entitled “Rise” is now available for purchase through the church office. By purchasing the Honor Card and mailing it to family and friends, you are giving a gift in their Honor to Community Crossroads Center. Cards are available for a $5.00 minimum donation.




This Sunday

Christ the King Sunday

Matthew 25:31-46


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“The Kingdom”

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Get In the Game”

Rev. Joyce Day



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.



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St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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 First Stop – Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  more…


Evening Prayer Service – December 3rd at 6:30 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…


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


Angel Tree – Christmas Gifts for Methodist Home for Children foster kids.  more…



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



2017 Honor Card – to benefit Community Crossroads Center.  Available in the church office.  more…


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



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



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, Nancy Bishop, Charlie Swing, Ruth Braddy, Mary Lake, Peggy Fulcher, and Robert Fulghum.


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 the family and friends of Sondra Brown, who passed away November 18th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.



Christopher Lea Matthews was baptized on November 19th at the 9:00 am ConneXion Worship Service. He is the son of Emma Arny and Christopher Matthews. Proud grandparents are Mike and Karen Arny.


John Camden Respess was baptized on November 19th at the 11:00 am Worship Service.  He is the son of Scott and Victoria Respess.  Big brother is Finn.  Proud grandparents are Bill and Joan Respess.







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.



Merry & Bright for LIFE Christmas Ornament Open House


Carolina Pregnancy Center recently received a large donation of collectible Christmas ornaments and has been blessed with a donor who will match all sales up to $12,000!!! As a VIP friend of the ministry, you are invited to attend a Merry & Bright for LIFE Christmas Ornament Open House at the home of our beloved board member, Cammie Melvin.

If you are inclined to make a donation to CPC this Christmas season, why not drop by, write out a donation check, pick out a collectible Christmas ornament, and allow our generous donor to match your gift!

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: 603 Chesapeake Place, Greenville, NC 27858

Bring a friend, and we hope to see you there!!!



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