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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.

Lent Mission Focus – Community Crossroads Center

St. James has a long history with the Greenville Community Shelter.  We were one of the early churches that worked together to start a local shelter for the homeless in Pitt County.  We provided volunteers to staff the opening week of the shelter.  Through the years, St. James has provided untold volunteer hours, countless meals, large amounts of supplies and resources, and much needed money to keep the Shelter operating.

With that tradition and history in mind, the St. James Mission Committee has selected the Community Crossroads Center (formerly the Greenville Homeless Shelter) as our Lenten Missional Focus.  The need is great for the center as last year alone they provided shelter and food for 560 different people.  So let us do as Jesus asks and help feed the hungry and invite in the stranger.

You may give donations at any time during the season of Lent with an indication that they are for the Lenten Focus or CCC (Community Crossroads Shelter).

Van Drivers Needed

Van drivers are needed for a new program at St. James, The St. James Adventurers. This is a multi-generational mission for all people to go on one-day field trips. Plans for the next few months are trips to visit the museums in Raleigh, the bird sanctuary in Scotland Neck, the U.S.S. North Carolina in Wilmington, and a baseball game in Kinston. The church needs van drivers to drive the participants to these events. These trips will occur on various days, some on weekdays and some on weekends.

Drivers will receive $10 per hour plus admissions fees and lunch will be paid for. Also drivers need to be trained, have a valid drivers license (a commercial license is not needed) and a church background check.

If you are interested in driving please contact Joyce Day at or 752-6154.

Spring Fling 25th Anniversary Logo

This year will mark the the 25th Annual Spring Fling at St. James!
To commemorate this event, the Spring Fling committee has designed a special 25th Anniversary logo.  Spring Fling shirts will be available soon for $15.
Spring Fling will be April 22nd, 2017!

Quarterly Contribution Statements

Our goal is to be good stewards of God’s resources. One way we can do this is by emailing your quarterly contribution statements. You can help us by making sure we have an accurate email address for you.
As of April, 2017 all quarterly statements will be emailed. If you prefer to receive a paper statement mailed to you in lieu of an emailed statement, please contact Marianne Leventry at 252-752- 6154 or
For tax purposes, you will always get a paper copy of your year-end statement.

Bible Collection for Homeless Shelter

bibles.pile.jpgThe Bible Sunday School Class has been collecting Bibles for Community Crossroads, the homeless shelter. People using the shelter cannot believe that the Bibles are there for them to take as their own. We have so far taken about forty Bibles and now there are only three left for the residents there.
If you have any Bibles to donate, please take them to Room 22 or give them to Aaron Sampson. We will be taking Bibles continuously as they are donated.

TGIW Reservations!

TGIW-BannerThank God It’s Wednesday – January 11th through April 26th
Make Your Reservations Here!
Dinner begins serving at 5:15 PM, with the children’s programming starting at 6:00 pm and most adult classes scheduled at 6:15 pm.
Cost for dinner is: $5/person or $15/family of 3 or more. You may prepay at the church office, or pay at the door.  You can prepay for the entire semester and then not be inconvenienced with having cash or a check book every week.

Please make your reservation for the dinner by the prior Monday at 5:00 pm. It will help our cooks know how much food to prepare. You can make a reservation by: (1) Calling the church office at 752-6154, (2) registering online by clicking the button below, or (3) fill out a TGIW Dinner reservation card at worship and place it in the offering plate/basket. If you need to cancel, please do before the Monday at 5:00 pm reservation deadline.



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.