eNewsletter 10-19-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


This Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Free Event for Everyone!


Come on out and enjoy the fun!

It’s TBT (Turn Back Thursday) – Check out the good times for Trunk or Treat from 2010!




Be a part of something special at this year’s Trunk or Treat!

It’s scary how much fun this is …

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


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.




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


Sunday, November 5, is All Saints Sunday. We will offer a special worship service that evening at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary where we will remember the lives of loved ones we have lost during this past year. If you have had a loved one die between November 6, 2016 and now and would like us to remember them during this service, please contact Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or (252) 752-6154.



This is the last chance to register for the 2018 Upward Basketball season. Registration is $85 and must be done by Sunday, October 22. Cost includes game jerseys and devotional materials.


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.


Hurricane Response

Here is How We Can Help!


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 worship 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.




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

You can download the guidelines by clicking here.  Questions?  contact Chris Garcia at christian.garciapubco@gmail.com.


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.




Youth Events for October


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 has now passed.


For more information, click here.


The new school year has begun and we are aware of some volunteer needs at Wahl-Coates Elementary. The C4C (Congregations for Children) Committee have opportunities to serve in a classroom or in the school office. If you might be interested or would like more information, contact Lora Joyner (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net ) or Sandra Harvey (341-0782 or harveysw@gmail.com).


Book Fair Volunteers – November 13-16

We are in need of volunteers to staff a book fair Nov 13 -16 which will be open 8-3 each day.  If interested contact Sharon Phillips, Media Coordinator at Wahl Coates (phillis@pitt.k12.nc.us) or Lora Joyner. Any available times would be most appreciated!!

Also looking for donations to: All 4 Books which is a fund to help purchase books for those students who cannot afford to purchase a book for themselves during the book fair.


Be a Role Model!

Would you be willing to share your story and /or what good character traits have been important in your career with some of the students? The Wahl-Coates Captain’s Crew Luncheons for Positive Behavior meets one Friday a month and would like to invite a guest speaker each month.

Speakers are asked to incorporate some advice/support to parents to help parents raise productive citizens, ie. ways child can volunteer in the community, ways to raise an independent child, ways to be a responsible person.

The luncheons will be held at St. James from 12-1 pm on December 1, January 26, February 23, and April 27.  Speakers are asked to arrive a few minutes early (around 11:45), present a 10-minutes talk and then help hand out certificates.  Speakers are done by 12:15 pm, but are welcome to stay for lunch after that.

Contact Lora Joyner for available dates (531-7481 or lora.joyner@suddenlink.net).


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!


This 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 shoe boxes 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


Philippians 2:1-11


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Rev. Mark Woods



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


Upcoming Menus:

Oct. 25:  Spaghetti, Salad & Brownies

(host:  Girl Scout Troop 4144)

Nov. 1:  Hot Dogs, Baked Beans and Salad

(host:  Relay for Life)

Click here to make a reservation for the Wednesday meal.





St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


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 Assembly 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…



Advent Devotional Guide – Devotions due Sunday, November 12th.  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, Nancy Bishop, Kent Stephenson, Frances Strawn, Chris Langley, Margie Watson, Lottie Mozingo, Brenda Walter, and David Wiggins.


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:

Jean Taylor, Doris Ward, Graham & Nancy Whiteford, Nancy Whitlow.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.




Congratulations to West Hughes and Jackie Symons who were married on October 14th.







Preschool Teacher Opening January 2018

St. James UMC Preschool is seeking a 4-day 3 year old teaching position beginning in January for the remainder of the 2017/2018 school year. The position may continue in the fall.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for spiritual, academic and social growth through qualified instruction and prayerful nurturing. If interested, please contact Susan Cahoon at preschool@stjconnect.org.



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


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.


The Department of Anthropology is hosting the Middle East Lecture Series. 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


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