e-Newsletter 12-14-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



You won’t want to miss this traditional gathering which has its roots in the Moravian Church.  Together we will celebrate this special occasions by sharing a simple meal (bread and coffee) with friends and bring to life the true meaning of unity, liberty and love for all who participate.

Year after year we look forward to the moment when the lights are dimmed and the trays of candles are unveiled.  Made of pure beeswax – symbolizing purity – for 200 years, the illumination of these candles washes over each of us like a cleansing wave.


Plan now to celebrate the birth of Christ

through this powerful and simple service.


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

Click here to visit us.


   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


   Fourth Sunday in Advent Services – Sunday, December 24th

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

       11:00 pm 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!


It was Standing Room Only at the Advent Carol of Bells this year!

A Big THANK YOU goes to Betty Fuqua and her team who organized the classy arrangement of food items and to Nicole Franklin and her team of musicians.

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 Christmas Tour Truck will be at Greenville Mall on Sunday, December 17th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 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.


Year-end is a perfect time to pause and reflect on our many blessings. While we are remembering our family and friends and blessing them with gifts, it’s also a good time to remember our church.


Financial Giving in 2017 is coming to a close. In order to receive credit for your contributions, all transactions must be received in the church office or be postmarked by Saturday, Dec. 31, 2017. According to IRS regulations, anything received on Jan. 1, 2018 or later will be credited to your 2018 giving record. If you would like your giving to be automatically drafted from your checking account, please contact Marianne at 252-752-6154 or Marianne@stjconnect.org for more information.


Thank you St. James for being such a generous, caring, and spirit-led community!



2017 Advent Devotional Guides

All of the Advent Devotional Guides have been distributed.  If you would like to receive the online daily emails, please click the button below and register.



Ringing the Bells with the Salvation Army

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.




Church Office Hours during Holidays

The church office will be closed on Friday, December 22nd and Monday, December 25th for the Christmas Holiday. It will also be closed on Monday, January 1st.

Please be aware that many of your church staff have saved vacation days in order to spend the holidays with their families. The church office will be open during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but it will be managed with a much smaller staff. Not all telephone calls or emails may be answered immediately, but we will respond as soon as we can.


If you have a questions regarding end-of year donations, you may contact Marianne Leventry, Financial Administrator, directly at 252-752-6154, ext 205, or Marianne@stjconnect.org. If you have a need to talk with a Pastor, please contact Rev. Mark Woods directly at 252-752-6154, ext 203, or Mark@stjconnect.org. If it is not an emergency, you can leave a message on the main phone line or send an email to info@stjconnect.org and we will get back with you in the new year.



Expanding the 11:00 am Usher Team

Psalms 84-10 says: “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand outside. I’d rather be a door-keeper in the house of God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Our Ushers represent St. James in a very visible way as door-keepers, greeting the wearying of the world into the sanctuary.  Many times an Usher is the first person a guest encounters at St. James. Would you be interested in serving our church in this important ministry?
We are looking to expand our corp of Ushers for the 11:00 am service in the Sanctuary. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Bill Cox at 252-531-3466.



Old Board Games Needed for Wahl-Coates School

As we look to purchase gifts and new toys for our children, consider donating your old games for use by Wahl-Coates students. The Music Teacher, Dawn Wilson, is in need of used games that she will modify for musical activities. Games needed are: Jenga (or similar), Candyland, Headbanz, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Twister, and Sorry. These games do not need to be in new condition or have all the pieces. She is also in need of timers (sand or others), spinners, and blank dice. If you have any of these items to donate, please place them in the bins near the Children’s Check-in area.

Remember to turn in your box tops for credit to Wahl Coates. Also, you can list Wahl Coates as a preferred school with your VIC Card at Harris Teeter.

Lastly, Wahl Coates is collecting plastic bottle tops. Bring yours to the church for collection near the Children’s Check-In area.



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.





We are grateful for your encouraging response to the recent letter about our finances, including a few generous one-time gifts towards our Building Disciples Loan.  Thank you for your continued efforts to help us finish 2017 strong and for your generosity!


This Sunday

Third Sunday of Advent


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Luke 1:26-38

“The Annunciation”

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Isaiah 40:1-11

“The Way”

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.

Look next week for the list of adult classes and programs!



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St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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…


Women on the Way – New Study for New Year – begins Sunday, January 7.  more…


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


Missions & Opportunities


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


Serving Opportunities with Growing In Grace Ministries – Team Leaders needed.  more…


Serving Opportunities at Wahl-Coates – Volunteer help needed with C4C (Congregations for Children).  more…



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



Host a TGIW Dinner this Spring – Dates now available Jan. 17 – March 21.  more…


Meals On Wheels Drivers Needed – 4-5 Wednesday mornings a year.  more…


RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  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, Ruth Braddy, Mary Lake, Peggy Fulcher, and Dorothy Harmon


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:

Sharlene Vainright, Barbara Bremer, Helen Whitehurst, Debbie Ambert, and Linda Israel.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Tom Johnson who passed away December 10th.


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!




Taking Steps Toward Hope

Grief involves many emotions and can resemble the movement of the ocean, coming and going like the tide. It’s common to have waves of anger, guilt, numbness, sadness or relief. All of these are normal reactions when someone you love dies, be it from a long illness or sudden tragedy. Experiencing grief and bereavement is a journey. Everyone’s experience is different and unique. You may feel alone and need someone to share your thoughts and feelings.

Living on After Loss provides an outlet for those who are experiencing grief. Living on After Loss is a structured, small group that meets once a week for an 8 week series. Here you will find a safe place to learn, understand, and cope with a loss. The first 2 sessions will focus on basic information about the grieving process, reactions to loss, and coping strategies. The next 6 sessions will provide support that will help you identify the feelings and
physical effects of loss, provide awareness of the grieving process, help in redefining yourself, and promote awareness of your potential support systems. Seats are limited and preregistration is required.

Tuesdays, January 9 – February 27, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesdays, April 10 – May 29, 2018
12:00pm to 1:30pm

East Carolina University Family Therapy Clinic
612 East 10th St, Greenville, NC 27834


Pathways to Hope is an ongoing, monthly support group where different topics will be discussed each month. You are welcome to come and go based on your needs with no start date or end date.

The second Tuesday of every month
5:30pm to 7:00 pm

Vidant Wellness Center
2610 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville, NC 27834


Living on After Loss and Pathways to Hope are provided as a community service by Vidant Home Health and Hospice. These programs are free for individuals in our community who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives.
For further information, call (252) 847-1236.



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