AnnouncementsCurrent News and Announcements at St. James



UMW Days for Girls

The St. James United Methodist Women will be holding workshops on September 9th and 23rd & October 7th and 14th from 9am to noon in Room 21 to sew and prepare kits for our Days for Girls Project. The kits will be distributed by the St. James Mission Team in October. We are hopeful to prepare 50 kits for distribution.
We need volunteers to sew, cut and assemble the items required for each kit. We also are requesting donations of washcloths, small bars of soap, gallon ziplock bags and girls size underwear.
The collection area for donations is located at the UMW Bulletin Board in the main hallway.


TGIW Reservations!

TGIW-BannerThank God It’s Wednesday – September 6th – November 15th –
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 may 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 so before the Monday at 5:00 pm reservation deadline.


Upward Basketball at St. James UMC

upward-basketball-web-bannerYes!  Upward Basketball is returning to St James this fall.

Every child is a winner! This is the slogan of Upward Basketball & Cheerleading and yet Upward is about a lot more than dribbling, bounce passes and cheers. It is one of the most intentional tools for helping us make disciples of Jesus Christ!
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.


Worship Survey Results

Dear friends,

Worship is at the heart of the life of a church.  Our missions, our spiritual formation, our evangelism all flow from how we are formed in worship to praise God and to offer the whole of our lives to our Lord Jesus Christ.  At St. James, we take seriously our call to excellence in all aspects of worship.   

So we want to thank you for your participation in our worship survey this past June. The purpose of this survey was to take a pulse of the congregation—give members an opportunity to communicate about the worship—so church leaders could get a sense of what possibly should be tweaked in order to improve our excellence in worship.  The purpose of the survey was NOT to make wholesale changes and the timing of the survey at the time of great staff turnover was a coincidence.

Here are the results:


Hurricane Harvey – How Can We Help?

As we watch news coverage of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Harvey continue to produce, we want to help.  UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) outlines specific ways that you can help now, even as rescue efforts remain underway.  Click the UMCOR logo below for information.
Currently, the best way to donate financially is through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. You may give online to the fund by clicking the button below, or you may donate offline with a check. If you donate with a check, you can make it out to St. James UMC, but please designate UMCOR Advance #901670 in the memo line.
Trained Early Response Teams Requested for Harvey Relief
The Emergency Rescue operations are complete and there is now a need for ERTs (Early Response Teams) in the Texas/Louisiana area.
The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged Early Response Teams (ERT) for Hurricane Harvey response. All ERTs should click here to register.
The Texas Annual Conference is also ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey response.Team leaders can register their team by clicking here or go to the Texas Conference website at and click on “Disaster Volunteer Team Registration.”
The Rio Texas Conference is also registering trained and badged ERT teams and individuals at
When the Texas Annual Conference invites volunteers to come, we will publicize that information. In the meanwhile, please pray for those impacted by the storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.

Keep God’s Children Warm

homelessKeep God’s Children Warm.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, …”  (Matthew 25:25-26)

Jesus calls us to serve Him by helping our neighbors who are going through tough times.  When we gather our resources, we can make an amazing impact on the lives of those in need.
We are in need of someone to lead the “Keep God’s Children Warm” mission project this fall. It is an important way we can serve our community by sharing coats, hats, gloves, and warm clothes with our Food Pantry patrons during the winter months. If God is leading you to a new way to serve and you are interested in more information, please contact Karen Arny at or 252 258-5499.


Congregations For Children (C4C)

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 ) or Sandra Harvey (341-0782 or
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. Are you a Doctor, Law Enforcement, Minister, Nurse, Musician, or other professional? We would enjoy having you share for 10-15 minutes with the students. The luncheons will be held at St. James from 12-1. Contact Lora Joyner for available dates (531-7481 or


Parade Of Tables

The St. James Women’s Ministry and United Methodist Women are hosting a Parade of Tables Event on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.  Our speaker for the luncheon is Kristi Overton Johnson.

Tickets are $20.00 and must be purchased in advance.  Stay tuned for more updates
Are you interested in hosting a table?  Click on more information below:
Contact Lynn Gammell ( for more information.

Security Codes for Entry to Church Building

On Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, the doors of the church are unlocked and everyone is free to come and go as needed. During the church office hours (M-F, 8:00am – 5:00 pm), there will be a receptionist at the main door by the commons area who will open the door for you. All other times, a personal security code is required for entry.
Don Harvey, our facilities manager, will be happy to assign a 5-digit security code for you to enter the building between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. You can contact him at the church at 752-6154 or We want the church building to be accessible for us all, but we also want it to be a safe place. Please protect your security code by not sharing it with others. Encourage others to receive their own code from Don.

St. James’ College Students

We care about our college students!
The Higher Education & Campus Ministries Committee sends notes and care packages to our college students throughout the year. They are still a part of the St. James family!
If you have a college student in your family, please send your student’s mailing address to .