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Adult Classes – Summer 2017

summer_3913cLooking for ways to keep learning this summer?

Summertime is more laid back and relaxed for most of us, so what a great opportunity to spend time with God. Sign up for one of these study options today at stjconnect.org or by calling the church office at 752-6154. Childcare may be available if requested two weeks ahead of time and if there is more than one family needing it.

 

 


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Reception for the Branch Family

On Saturday, June 24th at 5:00 pm, St. James will host a cook-out and reception to honor Johnny and Susan Branch.  As they prepare for retirement, we wish them well and reminisce on the many adventures we have had in ministry together!

There will be hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixin’s.  The cook-out is free, but we ask that you RSVP and let us know how many to cook for!  Please call Dana at the church office (252-752-6154 or Dana@stjconnect.org) or fill in the reservation form below.

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New Small Group Opportunity!

Our schedules seem to be getting more and more hectic.  Even so, many of us want to stay on track with our spiritual journeys and keep our relationship with God strong and growing.  How do we do that along with everything else that fills our calendars?  

Bible Study GroupSt. James is developing neighborhood small groups to help fill this need, and we are now looking for folks willing to host such a group in your home for at least the first two months as these new groups get launched.

 
Here’s what you need to know:
•    New groups will be given weekly questions to discuss based on the Scriptures used in the previous Sunday’s worship services.  
•    The group host will open up your home as a meeting place for the group and will, at least in the beginning, facilitate the conversation by encouraging discussion around the questions.
•    Members of the group can also draw on what they heard in the sermon (either in worship or online).
•    Each group will make decisions about when and how often to meet (weekly, twice a month, or monthly) and about other things such as childcare and refreshments.
•    After the group becomes established, different group members can choose to play host and/or facilitator for one or more months on a rotating basis.  You may also choose to use different material for your group discussions subject to approval from the Adult Ministries office.
•    The church can provide you with a list of St. James folks who live in your neighborhood and can also send out invitations for your group if you like.
•    You can also invite others in your neighborhood who are not yet connected to a church.  What a great way to offer the love of Christ to someone who has not yet experienced it!
 
If you are interested in helping us launch a small group in your neighborhood, please contact Joyce Day at 252-752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.
 


Congregations For Children (C4C)

At St. James, we have a unique opportunity to reach out to our neighbors by participating in the classrooms at Wahl-Coates Elementary School.  Are you ready to help?
 
There is an immediate need for proctors for the End of Grade Testing in May.  
If you are interested in assisting in this very worthy mission area, please contact Lora Joyner at lora.joyner@suddenlink.net
for more information.

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Help Needed at the Information Desk

Help our guests and visitors feel welcome!
Greet your friends as they arrive for church.
 
Your help is needed to cover the Information Desk at the 8:45 am service. It is for a short time before and after the service. If you are interested in helping or desire more information, please contact Lynn Gammell at Lynngammell@gmail.com
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We also need help in The Commons area on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact Alan Gill at Alan@stjconnect.org
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Welcome to our new Staff Members

On Sunday, April 23rd, our Staff-Parish Relations Committee announced 2 new staff members that will begin in ministry with St. James this summer.
 
 
We welcome Abby Gillette as our new Director of Youth Ministries!  Abby and her husband Eric will be moving from Abilene, TX to join us in early June.  We look forward to welcoming them into the St. James community and we are excited about the inspiration, ideas, and passion that they bring!  Welcome Abby and Eric!
 
 
 
 
 
 
On July 1st, we will welcome our new Senior Pastor, Rev. Ben Alexander.  Ben will be coming from Pittsboro United Methodist Church where he has been serving since 2011. He and his wife Sarah have a six-year-old son, Thomas, a two-year-old daughter, Hope, and their first “child,” Donnie the dog!   Ben served as an Associate Pastor at Front Street UMC in Burlington.  A native of Chapel Hill, Ben is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (BA in History in 1999), and Duke Divinity School (MDIV in 2008).  In case you are wondering about his loyalties, his Duke Diploma is framed in a lovely shade of Carolina blue.  He loves reading, hiking, coffee, travel, and practical jokes.  We look forward to welcoming the entire Alexander family in July!


Spring Fling Results

 
 
What a successful weekend at the 25th Spring Fling!!
We give thanks to God for the blessings we received and we give thanks to the many volunteers for serving selflessly!
 
Not all of the counting has been done, but as of Monday, April 23rd, we were able to raise over $49,000 to help benefit our beneficiaries (listed below)!

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AGAPE Christmas Boxes

Give as Christ Gave to You – Project AGAPE
 
As Christ gave himself for us, we give ourselves for others. One way we do this is by remembering children who are less fortunate than us.

Thanks to NC Conference churches, over 3,000 Agape boxes were sent as Christmas presents for children in Armenia in 2016. Many went to immigrant children from war ravaged Syria.

YOU can be part of the Miracle!


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RealLifeHardings.com

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 (www.reallifehardings.com)! 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
www.reallifehardings.com and contact us anytime with any questions at reallifehardings@gmail.com.
 


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.