e-Newsletter 11-30-17

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“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


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!  This Saturday, December 2nd, we invite YOU 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 decorating with your church family!



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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

   True Meaning of Christmas Tour   Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am – 5:00 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!

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 available this Sunday!

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 this Sunday, December 3rd, for you to pick up at the church. We are also offering the opportunity to receive the Advent devotions via email (just click the button below). 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 through Epiphany (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.)


On December 10th at 6:00 pm, the St. James Music Ministry will present its Seventh Annual Holiday Bells and Tea in the Fellowship Hall. This event (formerly known as the Advent Tea) will feature traditional tea and cider with lots of goodies!  Music will be provided by the Circuit Riders and St. James Ringers bell ensembles with holiday favorites.




The True Meaning of Christmas Tour

Volunteer To Spread the Christmas Cheer!

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road this Advent season to extend Christmas invitations in 21 cities across the U.S. (and Greenville is one of them!) “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” will be traveling through 16 states unwrapping the true meaning of Christmas through holiday cheer, free hot cocoa and support for local churches.


The tour will communicate the true gift of Christmas with passersby via:
• Offering free hot cocoa and invitation cards, given by friendly volunteers from local United Methodist churches.
• Creating a video of people answering the question, “In your opinion, what is the true meaning of Christmas?”
• Gathering prayer requests from anyone who stops by so that a local faith community can support them.
• Creating awareness of the denomination and the ministries of local churches.


The tour is an extension of the denomination’s national advertising campaign. But more importantly, it is an opportunity for St. James to be present in our community and sharing the Christmas cheer!


The Christmas Tour Truck will be at Greenville Mall on Sunday, December 17th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We need volunteers to help distribute free hot cocoa to shoppers and share St. James information cards to invite them to Christmas services. What a fun way to spread the Christmas cheer and share the true meaning of Christmas!


You can sign up for a 30-minute segment or stay the whole afternoon. To sign-up, contact Alan Gill at the church (752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org) or click the button below.



New Studies During Advent


There is still time to sign up for the Advent studies!


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.




Ringing the Salvation Army Bells

St. James UMC has established a Christmas tradition to serve the Greenville community by ringing the Salvation Army bells on one day during the Christmas holidays. This tradition was initiated by the late Les Garner and coordinated for over 20 years by Mike Board. In 2016, we collected $8,462. Last year, the total was $10,678. These funds allow the Salvation Army to meet the needs of many people who are less fortunate in our community and saves them from having to pay employees to ring the bells on that day.


With your help, we will be ringing the bells at 20 kettle sites throughout Greenville on Friday, December 22. We plan to have volunteers ring for 2-hour periods at each site beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 8:00 pm.


This serving ministry is one that many have enjoyed! It not only provides a valuable service to our community, but adds a special reminder of us all to the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus.

We are now signing up volunteers to serve! If you can help, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or 252-375-2267 or tpauling@suddenlink.net.




This Sunday

First Sunday of Advent

Mark 13:24-37


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Advent Awakenings”

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Keep Awake”

Rev. Mark Woods




Family Worship During Advent

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
During Advent, we are encouraging families to worship together. So from December 3rd – 24th, we will not offer Children’s Chapel or Childcare for school-age children during the worship services. Instead, we are excited to have them join us for worship in the Sanctuary or the Christian Life Ministries Center where all services will include a children’s message. Nursery is still provided for infants-4 year olds, and we will have Sunday School classes as usual for all ages.




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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Coming Events


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…


Big Band Christmas at St. James – Friday, December 15th at 7:30 pm.  more…


True Meaning of Christmas Tour – Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  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 with Growing In Grace Ministries – Team Leaders needed.  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, and Peggy Fulcher.


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:

Jack & Lucy Fenton, Mary Harvey, Edith O’Neil, Jo Smith, and Stan Walter.


Sympathy is extended to Esther Fulghum on the death of her husband, Robert Fulghum, who passed away November 24th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.








Have a Safe Holiday!

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, we tend to see more car break-ins in our community.  Please do your part by not leaving valuables visible in your car and making sure your car is locked while in the church parking lot.  Be smart and safe during this holiday season!




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