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Update on Open Staff Positions

On behalf of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), I wanted to take a moment and update the congregation on our open positions.

Regarding the Youth Director position, we have been very fortunate to have several good candidates apply for this position.  Telephone interviews have been completed and we are currently coordinating with our top 5 candidates to come in for face to face interviews.  We expect to have all of the face to face interviews completed by the end of March and an offer made shortly after.  We will make an announcement shortly after acceptance.

Regarding the Senior Pastor position, Rev. Linda Taylor, our district superintendent, has met with Johnny and the SPRC to understand the attributes that will be critical to the success of St. James and the new pastor.  As you may know, the Senior Pastor is an appointed position made by Bishop Ward.  This means that the SPRC will not interview candidates as we did with the Associate Pastor position.  The Cabinet (which includes the Bishop and District Superintendents) will discuss the attributes we provided and will look at all the churches in the conference and will use prayer to allow the Holy Spirit to guide the discussion and ultimate placement of our Pastor.  Once the final determination is made, the SPRC will be notified and we will announce at all of the church services the following Sunday.  We expect this to be sometime in late April.

Hopefully, this update has provided some clarity and timing on our open positions.  I would ask that you be in prayer for the SPRC, the Bishop and Cabinet, along with Johnny and Susan during this time of transition.

May God Bless.

Tim Barrett

SPRC Chair

Easter Donations

On Easter Sunday our bulletins will contain a listing of special donations “in honor of” or “in memory of” loved ones of this congregation.  This is a wonderful way to honor the saints that have gone before us as we look forward to the time that we will see them again on that great resurrection day!  If you would like to have a loved one listed in the bulletin, please fill out the dedication form (available in the church office) and return it to the church office by Sunday, April 9th.

We will not be purchasing Lilies this year to decorate the Sanctuary.  Instead, these donations will be used for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund which assists those in need in our community.

Spring Fling Concessions

We have a new addition to the concessions at the Spring Fling auction … Moe’s!
In addition to the regular Nathan hot dogs and Chick-fil-A sandwiches, we will be offering delicious Moe’s burritos.

In addition, Moe’s is offering a 20% discount on Sundays when you present a St. James church bulletin.  Thank you for supporting Moe’s and Chick-fil-A in Winterville – they are supporters of St. James Spring Fling!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Spring Fling, Saturday, April 22nd!

One Great Hour of Sharing

On March 26, 2017, we invite you to join with thousands of others across the nation in a special offering to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  When we participate in One Great Hour of Sharing, we help cover the operating budget of UMCOR.  Your support makes it possible for UMCOR to direct 100% of all other contributions to the projects our donors specify, instead of using this money on administrative or fundraising costs.

It is a powerful statement that your gifts enable UMCOR to respond in times of crisis.  UMCOR is an incredible organization that we are honored to have in our family.
•    When Katrina struck in 2005, UMCOR was there with heartfelt prayers, tears, monetary donations and volunteering spirits.
•    After earthquakes struck Japan and Haiti, UMCOR was there.
•    After forest fires displace hundreds of families, UMCOR is there.

•    As millions of refugees and migrants seek out safety and opportunity, UMCOR is there.
All over the world, UMCOR is there, providing compassion and hope to those who desperately need it.  And that only happens through the generosity and faithfulness of United Methodists like you!
There will be special offering envelopes available that morning or you may indicate UMCOR on your gift.
One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday is March 26

Relay for Life Bake Sale

Bakers and Candy Makers!
Do you like to bake?
Do you have a special recipe that you like to make?
assort_baked_goods-1Here’s the chance to put your skills to use to help the St. James Relay for Life team!  Relay for Life Bake Sale will be on Palm Sunday, April 9th in the Fellowship Hall and we would love to include YOU!
Donated goods can be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall Kitchen on Saturday, April 8th, or early on Sunday the 9th. If you can price your items, it is appreciated!
Contact Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or, Linnley Cox (252-327-8675  or, or the church office (252-752-6154 or for information.

Hello Friends!

We are the Harding family! My wife and I moved to Greenville, NC eight years ago to help plant Ignite Church as youth pastor and children’s pastor. The last eight years has been a very fruitful time of helping others grow in their relationship with God, as we continued to grow in relationship with God. Over the past year God has called our family of seven to Uganda, Africa.

In Uganda we will be working with a ministry called Arise Africa International. Over the past 20+ years they have planted over 250 churches in and around Uganda! They are also involved in many other ministry projects such as building schools, hospitals and feeding the hungry, just to name a few.

Our family officially flies out of Raleigh, NC on March the 27th! We are so excited about this new adventure God is calling us to, and want to share with you some ways you can help us fulfill God’s calling on our family.

1. PRAY – Cut out a picture of us and put it on your fridge! We believe greatly in the power of prayer and its importance in everything we do. Pray for the people of Uganda, for Arise Africa and their many ministries and for our family as we partner with them to preach the Gospel! You can also sign up for our newsletter at our website so you can stay up to date on our ministry and prayer concerns.

2. SHARE – Write a quick couple of sentences about us on Facebook and share our website (! We want to have as many people praying for us as possible so help us get the word out!

3. GIVE – Prayerfully consider partnering with us financially to reach the lost in Uganda and make disciples of ALL nations! You can do so by clicking on “GIVE” in the top right corner of our website. All donations are tax deductible!

Thank you so much! We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of your church giving us the opportunity to share our story with you. We are very excited about boldly following God’s call to Africa with our brothers and sisters in Christ back home supporting us. You can read more of our story at and contact us anytime with any questions at

XYZ Coordinator Opportunity

If you love to put together fun programs and events, you are just the person we need!
Our XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) group is in need of someone to organize monthly programs for our lunch meetings, coordinate our annual Christmas party, and possibly put together occasional trips to day events such as plays. XYZ meets the third Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. This group of young-at-heart adults (ages 55 and up) enjoys playing games and hearing speakers who can address second-half of life issues as well as just fun and interesting topics.
The program coordinator will work with Joyce Day, Minister of Adult Discipleship to plan and carry out programs and events. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Joyce at (252) 752-6154 or

Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life*


A Small Group Study by the Bridge Builders,
from 6:10 to 7:45 PM on Wednesday Evenings, from March 8th through March 29th.

Are you busy all the time?

Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of most weeks?

Ever feel overwhelmed by the expectations and obligations in your life?

It may surprise you that the Bible offers relevant answers that have the power to change your life. This 4 week small group study is based on the sermon series of this Title*, presented  by Rev. Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas during January of 2011. This study (videos, discussions, scripture)  is designed to help you find your own “Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life”.
If you desire more information, contact Jim Hix (756-2970 or or Joyce Day (752-6154 or
Wed. March 8, 2017 Slowing Down in a Hurry Up World
Wed. March 15, 2017 If I Don’t Do It . . . Remember Rule #6
Wed. March 22, 2017 Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World
Wed. March 29, 2017 Why Less is Usually More

Lenten Devotional Guide


The St. James Lenten Devotional Guide is now available!

It includes daily devotionals for the season of Lent (March 1st – April 16th) written by your fellow members of St. James UMC.  You can pick up a printed copy of the Devotional Guide this Sunday at church or during the week at the church office.

Or, if you spend more time with your email than you do a book, we offer the daily devotionals delivered to your email inbox every morning.  Sign up here and begin to reflect and focus on the true meaning of this wonderful season.

Lenten Devotional 2017


He Chose the Nails – Lenten Study

Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gift of the cross. The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace.

In this five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow, the nails that tore his flesh and the seamless robe that he removed for us. The empty tomb is where he forever defeated sin and death.

So as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. And as we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”
Join Wednesday Women
March 15-April 12, 2017, 6:15-7:45 pm (after TGIW dinner) for Max Lucado’s Lenten study, He Chose Nails.