eNewsletter 10-12-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”




Be a Part of this year’s

Advent Devotional Guide


Advent is our preparation time for Jesus’ birth into our lives. Will you write a devotion for “A Daily Devotional Guide for Advent and Christmas” to help the members of St. James prepare for Christmas?


The guidelines are simple: choose a short Scripture passage on any Advent or Christmas theme, write a personal reflection on that theme, then end with a short prayer. Length limit: 350 words. Deadline: Sunday, November 12. Publication Date: Sunday, December 3

If you would like to participate, please email Chris Garcia at christian.garciapubco@gmail.com. He will send you the guidelines. The guidelines are also posted online on the church’s website. We hope to have enough writers for devotions through Epiphany on January 7.

For more information, call Chris at 341-5705. THANK YOU!


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

Click here to visit us.


Thinking About Joining St. James?

You are coming to worship on Sundays. You are a part of a class. You are beginning to see familiar faces when you come to the church. And you have a desire to be part of something bigger. Maybe it is time to consider becoming a member of St. James UMC!

We are having a new members interest meeting on Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 in Pastor Ben’s office.  We invite you to be a part of the St. James family!
Contact Ben Alexander if you have questions at 252-752-6154 or Ben@stjconnect.org


Hurricane Response

Here is How We Can Help!


The teams of workers that are bringing aid to the hurricane damaged areas are in need of supplies and money.  We may not be able to physically go to these locations, but there are opportunities for us to help from here.


St. James is preparing flood buckets for the ERT teams.  Our goal is to assemble at least 100 flood buckets to send with UMCOR workers. 


There are displays in the Narthex and CLMC Lobbies of the contents of a Flood Bucket.  Take a card (or many cards) from the displays, purchase the items listed, and then bring them to the Commons area at the church by Saturday, October 28th.

Please be sure to purchase the correct size of the item (or a slightly smaller size).


Then on Sunday, October 29th, we will gather after church at 12:15 pm for an assembly party to put all the flood buckets together.  It will be a fun, and much-needed, mission project for the whole family.


We are also collecting monetary support.  If you are able to help, be sure to mark your gifts for Hurricane Relief.



Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Free Event for Everyone!


This year we are inviting all of our new friends at Wahl-Coates school!  We need your help in preparing a parking lot full of decorated trunks.  Organize your small group or Living Water class and join in on the fun – let’s demonstrate the love and grace of God to our guests to contrast the usual dark spirits of Halloween!  What a great witness for the Light!


Please “register” your trunk with Molly Carpenter so that we know how many we have and can arrange the parking lot accordingly.  You can contact her at 752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org.


You can also help by donating candy. Please drop off your donations to the church office.

Contact Molly Carpenter 752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org) for questions or to volunteer.




Registration for the 2018 Upward Basketball season is now underway for boys and girls age Kindergarten/5 through 6th grade. The early registration cost per child for basketball or cheerleading is $75 through October 13, 2017. Registration is then $85 until October 22, 2017. This includes games jerseys and devotional materials.


The kindergarten through 3rd grade girls and kindergarten through 4th grade boys will practice and play games at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. The 5th and 6th grade boys and 4th through 6th grade girls will play at St. James United Methodist Church. The first practices will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 and the first games will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018.


Upward Basketball is a unique sports experience that develops young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Registration applications are available at all information desks throughout St. James UMC or register online at JSMnow.org. We are thrilled to host another exciting season of Upward Basketball. Any questions, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or tpauling@suddenlink.net.




Youth Events for October


On Saturday, October 14th, we will be participating in a district wide youth event called the Son, Salt and Sea. This day trip to Ft. Macon Beach and Morehead City is for youth grades 6-12. We will participate in a beach cleanup and end with worship at FUMC Morehead.  Sign-up has already passed.


On Sunday, October 22nd, we will be participating in the Trunk or Treat from 4:00 – 5:30 pm Middle School students have voted to dress up in sports related costumes / High School to dress up like food.  See Abby for details.


On October 29th, we will be going to Air U in Greenville. We will meet in the CLMC for dinner at 6 p.m., then drive over to Air U. Pick up will be 8:30 pm at Air U. Remember to bring your trampoline socks, or $3 to buy a new pair at Air U that night. If you are going to Air U with St. James Youth, you will need to have a signed waiver the night of Air U (click on www.airu-greenville.com/waiver to print a waiver form or electronically file it).  Sign up by this Sunday, October 15th.


For more information, click here.


UMW’s Parade of Tables

Parade of Table tickets are now available!

You may download a registration form by clicking here and mail your form and payment to Lynn Gammell. Or, you may contact Lynn directly at lynngammell@gmail.com.


Registration forms are also available at the church office.  And tickets will be on sale on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.

The event is Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11:00 to 1:30, with the doors opening at 10:45 am. It will be held in the Christian Life Ministries Center. Kristi Overton Johnson will be our guest speaker. Tickets are $20/person.


Did You Know …

The St. James Higher Ed Committee has been hard at work sending goodie boxes to all of our college age young adults – there are 72 of them! Here’s where St. James kids have scattered to:

16 @ ECU
10 @ PCC
8 ECU Choral Scholars
3 @ Meredith College
5 @ NSCU
2 @ UNC Charlotte
5 @ App State
1 @ Gardner Webb University
3 @ UNC Greensboro
4 @ Western Carolina
2 @ UNC Wilmington
1 @ Harvard
1 @ UNC Chapel Hill
2 in community colleges elsewhere in the state
3 college students that are studying abroad
and other students as well!

Please keep our young adults in your prayers!


Operation Christmas Child

Did you know it is less than 3 months until Christmas!  Yes, it is that time again when we have the opportunity to share the love of God and bring joy into the lives of children around the world!


On Sunday, October 22nd, the Commons and the Narthex will be filled with empty shoe boxes waiting to be filled with gifts and love. Each box contains a brochure with a cut-out indicating whether the gifts are for a boy or girl, the age range of the child and general instructions for filling the box. Place the filled shoeboxes on the Fellowship Hall stage by Sunday, November 19th.



Keep God’s Children Warm

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th, St. James will again be offering free used clothing for men, women and children. Donated items may be left in the bin labeled as such in the hallway outside the treasurer’s office.


The program is in conjunction with the Food Pantry distribution every Thursday from 9:30 am to Noon. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March.


Since Karen & Mike Arny began this program it has proven to be very popular. They are not able to continue with it this year, so I will be carrying it on. However, it is better to have two people there on a regular basis to help with sorting the clothes, and displaying them as well as greeting folks and making them feel welcome. If you are able to help it would be very much appreciated!


Please email me, Judy Neufer, at judith.neufer@gmail.com or call 570-437-9046. Thank you.


This Sunday


Exploring the Core Values of

     St. James UMC


Psalm 1


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Rev. Ben Alexander



TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) continues through November 15th.


Upcoming Menus:

Oct. 18:  Soups and Salad

(host:  WOW (Women on the Way) Class)

Oct. 25:  Spaghetti, Salad & Brownies

(host:  Girl Scout Troop 4144)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Youth Event – Son, Sand and Sea – Saturday, October 14th.  more…



UMW Days for Girls Workshop
– Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 am to Noon.  more…


St. James Book Club – Sunday, October 15th at 5:00 pm.  more…


XYZ Luncheon – Thursday, October 19th at Noon.  more…


Chrismon Workshop – Friday, October 20th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  more…


Duke Day – Saturday, October 21st.  more…



New Member Information Meeting – Sunday, October 22nd at 10:00 am.  more…


Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  more…



Upward Basketball Registration – Sue by October 22nd.  more…



Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



UMW’s Parade of Tables – Saturday, October 28th, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.  more…


Flood Bucket Assmebly Party – Sunday, October 29th.  more…



Youth Event – AirU.  Sunday, October 29th at 6:00 pm.  more….




Chrismon Workshop – Friday, November 3rd, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  more…


All Saints Service – Sunday, November 5th at 6:00 pm.  more…



Pilgrimage 2017 – Youth Event – November 10-12.   more…

Missions &  Opportunities


Hurricane Response – How We Can Help!

Click here for more information


Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, October 28th. more…



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


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


Operation Christmas Child – Fill a shoe box for children around the world.  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…


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:

Sam Stephenson, Ed and Betty Yancey, Susan Hiatt, Patti Frank, Jim Josephson, Nancy Bishop, Kent Stephenson, Frances Strawn, Chris Langley, Margie Watson, and Lottie Mozingo.


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:

Lois Narron, Woody & Linda Peele, Madeline Roy, and Charley Swing.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.






Cancer Support Resource

Hearing the words, “You have cancer” are traumatic, frightening, and overwhelming. If you or a loved one has heard those words recently, you may be interested in a new resource available from Joyce Day.  We have one copy of Kenneth C. Haugk’s new book, “Cancer: Now What?” that you are welcome to borrow. If you decide you would like your own copy, we can help you order it. The author draws on what he learned “as he supported his wife during her fight with cancer, as well as the wisdom and knowledge of over 3,500 cancer survivors, loved ones, and medical professionals. The result is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for navigating the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings” (back cover). Dr. Haugk is a clinical psychologist and pastor and is the founder of Stephen Ministries. If you are interested in borrowing this book, contact Joyce at (2520 752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.





ECU Religious Studies Upcoming Lectures


An evening with filmmaker and scholar, Cherif Keita. Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 pm. B-103 Howell Science Building. Sponsored by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Professorship. For more information, contact hellwegj17@ecu.edu.
Cherif Keita is William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.


The Department of Anthropology is hosting the Middle East Lecture Series with the next presentation is by Dr. Cecil P. Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University, with “My Study Abroad Experience Excavating at a Biblical City”, and Dr. Jennie R. Ebeling, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville and Author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, with “Making Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: Women’s Roles in Old Testament Religion”Thursday, October 26 at 4 p.m. |Flanagan 265 | Reception to Follow


Rev. Dr. William Barber will deliver the 25th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture on October 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Hendrix Theater. The title is “Poor People’s Campaign and National Call for Moral Revival”.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Free tickets can be obtained through Central Ticket Office (CTO) in advance or at the door in Mendenhall. Call (252) 328-4788.


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.



Bikers for Diapers


With the support of Pregnancy Center Directors and Motorcycle Ministries, we can bring much needed diapers and wipes to children who are in need. Our mission: to give a helping hand to Babies in Eastern North Carolina.

We will collect diapers and wipes at St. James – bring them to the collection bins near the main office. The Motorcycle Ministries will deliver them to the Carolina Pregnancy Centers across eastern NC. Please bring your donations by Sunday, October 29th.



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