eNewsletter 01-12-17


This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


Our own Dr. Dennis Ross is riding his bike from Greenville, North Carolina to Key West, Florida on January 17 with a goal of raising $100,000 to combat childhood hunger. 100% of donations will go toward making sure that 1,200 kids and teens across eastern North Carolina have a fun and safe place to go to receive dinner after-school. That includes donating to our Growing In Grace ministry which supplies weekend food to children at Wahl-Coates. Help make a difference by donating to such a great cause!


Donating is easy and no gift is too small. Go to www.riding4areason.org and click on the Donate button.


To learn more about the ride and Dr. Ross’ passion for combating childhood hunger, click here.



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

Click here to visit us.


Imagine a Fresh Expression of Church


If you believe that the church can have an impact in our community …

If you want to see St. James be known for showing God’s love and compassion in Pitt

     County …

If you want to see how the church can affect change in our culture …

If you are a member or leader of the St. James community …

You will want to be a part of this exciting workshop!


What: Life as Mission
Who:  Anyone interested in being the church in
the world through your everyday lives
When: Friday, Jan. 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m. &
Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:00 a.m.-Noon


Luke Edwards, Pastor of King Street Church, a Fresh Expressions community of Boone Street UMC, will lead our time together.


Dinner will be served Friday evening and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning.  Sign-up now by clicking the button below.




Wednesday, January 25, 2017


St. James is starting a ministry of fun, fellowship, and exploration. You are invited to join us for our first day trip to Washington, NC to visit the North Carolina Estuarium. What is an Estuarium you ask? It’s a place where you can explore the science, art, nature and history of the place where the rivers meet the sea—in this case at the Pamlico/Tar River estuary. We will stop for lunch in downtown Washington and walk the waterfront. We will leave St. James at 9:30 am and return by 2:30 pm.

Cost for the Estuarium is $5 for Adults / $3 for  Children.  Lunch is not provided.


January 25th is a teacher workday so kids, teens, young adults, adults, and seniors are invited. You must register because space is limited.


Scott and Anne Heritage are coordinating this new program. It will be a great opportunity to meet church members of all ages in a relaxed, fun way. Call the church office at 752-6154 to sign up for the first St. James Adventure!




Walking With Jesus

Lenten Devotional Guide

Lent is our preparation time for Easter — the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Will you write a devotion for “A Daily Devotional Guide for Lent” to help the members of St. James prepare for Easter? The guidelines are simple: choose a short Scripture passage on Lenten theme, write a personal reflection on that theme, then end with a short prayer. Length limit: 350 words. If you have a suggestion for an image to go with your devotion, please provide that, too. The deadline to submit your devotion is Friday, February 10th. A copy of the guidelines can be found at the Information Booths at the church, or download one here.


To participate, please email Chris Garcia christian.garciapubco@gmail.com.  We hope to have enough writers for devotions to run from Ash Wednesday through Easter.



Start the New Year off right!

TGIW is Back!


TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday!) meals and classes began last night with a lively fellowship.  There is still opportunity to join a class this winter/spring!  Just click the button …




Reservations are required for the dinner so we can know how much food to prepare. The reservations must be in to the church office by the prior Monday at 5:00 pm.  Click the button below to make your reservation …


“Let the wise also hear and gain in learning,
and the discerning acquire skill”
~ Proverbs 1:5


Confirmation 2017

It’s our belief that Jesus mentored his disciples in a way of life… And it’s our wish to see our young people nurtured and discipled through a strong, ongoing mentoring relationship.


Registration packets are now available – click here to download your copy.


Registrations are due by Friday, January 27, 2017.  If you have questions or concerns about the Confirmation preparation process, please contact Ryan Dunn, Youth Director, at 252-752-6154 or ryan@stjconnect.org.


Most years my family and I have had our fair share of cause to Thank God around the Thanksgiving table and every other day of the year. However, in 2016 we seemed to have more than our share of being thankful, especially for healing, for increased contact with extended family members, for my mom not dying alone, and for the prayers and help from church family.


On January 2nd, 2016, I should have realized that when I fell off a back porch and my “grand dog” came over and licked my face that this was only the beginning of a series of bazaar events worth writing home about. On January 17th, a parent died during her morning nap. Then two days after Easter I fell again and broke my spine; on Halloween an A-fib episode resulted in another week in the hospital and a “Pacemaker.” Just before that, my car was smashed in my own parking lot by a hit and run driver resulting in a costly insurance deduction just before Christmas. And if that wasn’t bazaar enough, while taking my daily walk with my walker, a truck-load of people, who apparently thought I was Hispanic, yelled, “go home ‘spick!”

Yet, as I sat at the table at Thanksgiving with my family, on an unseasonably warm weekend at the Outer Banks, the list of Thankfulness far outweighed any remaining hardships. Certainly I have been thankful for the sacrifices of my son, who drove back and forth from Greensboro to help out, and I would like to offer special thanks to St. James UMC for continued prayers all year, for hospital visits, for cards, for transports to church, to the store, to medical appointments at times that my son was not here, and for understanding and forgiveness when I have participated even less than usual.

When you think about it, though, none of my experiences compare to the Bazaar events that have taken place in our Nation and the World. Nothing compares to the pain of displaced Flood Victims, the agony of loss of lives to injustice, war, and tragedies both here and abroad or the frustration of a bazaar election year that has had a rippled effect on both national and worldwide challenges to peace. And while we serve a God with both Omnipotent Power, we may need to “wait” before we understand what it takes from the “Children of God” to resolve, to heal, and to prevent such hardships and tragedies.

Happy New Year,
Lynn Olsefski




A Note from Ryan


On January 1st, it was announced that Ryan, Gina, and Braden would be moving to the Nashville, TN area.  Read more about his call and the adventure that God has opened for the Dunns.


(Click here to read Ryan’s letter)




Our Record of Faithfulness






Receipts and Expenses for December 2016

    Revenue from Contributions …. $159,681.81
    Other Revenue …………………….     $1,113.55
Total Revenue ………………………… $160,795.36
Total Expenses ……………………….. $106,331.02
Revenue over Expenses …………..   $54,464.34

Financial Totals for 2016

   Revenue from Contributions .. $1,523,988.91
   Other Revenue ………………….        $8,655.38
Total Revenue ……………………… $1,532,644.29
Expenses ……………………………. $1,531,144.29
Revenue over Expenses …………       $1,500.00


This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Pointing At Jesus”

Isaiah 49: 1-7 & John 1:29-42

Rev. Johnny Branch


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Pointing At Jesus”

John 1: 29-42

Rev. Mark Woods



Committees that will meet this week include:

Finance Committee

     Sunday at 1:00 pm

Administrative Board,

     Sunday at 2:00 pm

Sonshine Group

     Sunday at 4:00 pm

Altar Guild,

     Sunday at 4:00 pm


     Monday at 7:00 pm



The Church Office will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



TGIW Fellowship meals.

Click the button below to make your reservation for next week:



Wed., Jan. 18:

Menu:  Tacos & Fixin’s

(hosted by: Children’s Ministry)


Wed., Jan. 25:

Menu:  Baked Spaghetti, Salad & Dessert

(hosted by: Relay for Life Team)



St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Women’s Breakfast – Sunday, Jan 15th at 9:50 am.  more…



Acolyte Training – Sunday, Jan 15th at 3:00 pm.  more…





Purple Ribbon Gala for Relay for Life – Saturday, Jan. 14th.  more…


New Year, New Study! – WOW (Women On the Way) begins Sunday, Jan. 15th.  more…


TGIW Is Back! – Continues this Wednesday, Jan. 18th.  more…





XYZ January Gathering – Thursday, Jan. 19th at 12:00 pm.  more…



St. James Adventures – Wednesday, Jan. 25th.  more…


Confirmation 2017 – Registrations due by Friday, Jan. 27th.  more…


Life As Mission Weekend – Fri-Sat, Jan. 27-28.  more…



Valentines Dinner – Saturday, Feb. 11th at 6:30 pm.  more…



Methodist Home for Children Sunday – Sunday, Feb. 19th.  more…


Missions &  Opportunities


Help Dr. Ross support Growing in Grace – Support Dr. Ross’ bike trip to Key West!  more…


Be a Part of the Lenten Devotional Guide – share your story.  more…


Host a TGIW Dinner – Looking for hosts for late March and April.  Sign up for your Wednesday night now.  more…


Recycle Greeting Cards for St. Jude’s – Collection Bins are available Dec. 18 – Jan. 15.  more…


Joy Soup Kitchen – Help provide soup & sandwiches to the hungry.  more…


Keep God’s Children Warm – Donations of warm clothes and coats are collected at main office.  more…


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…


Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out 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:

Dolores Harris, Mike Board, Sam Stephenson


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:

Audry James, Lois Narron, Carolyn Williams, Nora Hix, and Peg Fulcher.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.







Looking for a Sunday Morning Class?


The Men’s Bible Class was established at St. James in 1954—just two years after our church doors opened. Since then, this group has offered men of all ages an opportunity to gather for singing, fellowship, and Bible study every Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:45.  Recently, we’ve lost a lot of our older members who are now enjoying conversation with our Lord up in heaven. We would love to see this group continue its legacy of growing people in discipleship while they are still in this life!  Won’t you join us?  While we’ve traditionally been a men’s group, we are now welcoming both men and women.  We meet in the Conference Room (with nice, comfy chairs!).  What better way to start the New Year than to take the leap into a deeper life of discipleship?





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