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Hurricane Florence Response

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September 19, 2018
Dear St. James Family,
Thank you for all the ways you have already assisted in the Hurricane Florence efforts, and for your desire to be a part of the recovery in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  In addition to your prayers, we would like to encourage you to share your time, talents, and treasure in the following ways.  Please prayerfully consider how you can be the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbors who have been impacted by this event.
1) DONATE SUPPLIES: We will be collecting and delivering supplies for relief through Joy Soup Kitchen, Grifton Mission Ministries, Ann Street UMC in Beaufort, and First UMC in Morehead CitySupplies can be left on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.  Needed general supplies include:
  • Tarps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Feminine products
  • All kinds of hygiene and toiletry products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Lanterns
  • Power bars (the surge protector kind, not the protein bar food)
  • Extension cords

Needed food items include:

  • Pop top cans of meat, veggies, etc.
  • Large cans of veggies to cook hot meals
  • Divided clamshell plates to distribute hot meals
  • Small jars peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Baby formula
  • Bottled water
For more information, contact Tyrone Walston at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154).
2) JOIN A WORK TEAM: For those who are interested in being a part of a work team, please contact Paula Hamlin at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154). We will compile a list which will be provided to the Sound Conference disaster relief team.  You will then be contacted.
3) PARTICIPATE IN THE C4C FOOD DRIVE: C4C will hold a food drive the week of Sunday, 9/23 through Sunday, 9/30, in which you can support the program with food or monetary donations. Collection bins for donations are located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas.  Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC; add “Backpacks” to the memo line.
The C4C Backpack Ministry serves children at Wahl Coates Elementary.  This ministry provides supplemental food bags to children at Wahl Coates Elementary each week during the school year.  Without this food, these children would have little to nothing to eat on the weekends. Due to the expected influx of displaced children into our community after Hurricane Florence, we believe we will see the demand for weekend backpacks rise.  In addition, parents who will be out of work due to the hurricane will have increased financial strain, making our weekend backpacks that much more important for these families.  As a part of the Hurricane Florence relief fund, we are requesting support for additional food items and volunteers to serve the expected rise in demand.
Backpack Food Drive Items Needed: 
  • Protein (beanie weanies, chef boyardee, vienna sausages)
  • Pop-tarts
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Chips
  • Crackers (Cheez-its)
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Individual-size cereal packs
  • Water
  • Capri Suns juice boxes
  We will also need additional volunteers for packing food bags, shopping at Aldi and Sams Club for the above items on a regular basis.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.
4) GIVE TO THE CHILDRENS COLORING BOOKS AND CRAYONS DRIVE: The American Red Cross and the First UMC in Morehead City are in need of these items for the shelters. Supplies can be left at the Children’s Check-In Desk in the Commons. For more information, contact Molly Carpenter at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154).
5) SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS FINANCIALLY: Click on the Donate now button below for online donations.  Or, make checks payable to St James UMC, placing the text “Hurricane Florence” in the memo line.  These checks can be placed in the offering at Sunday worship services, brought to St James, or mailed to: St James Methodist Church, Attn: Marianne Leventry, 2000 E. 6th St, Greenville, NC 27858.


St. James’ Missions Committee

Growing In Grace – Gearing Up for Fall

The C4C Backpack Ministry of St. James United Methodist Church is in immediate need for volunteers.  Our Backpack Ministry of C4C provides supplemental food bags to children at Wahl Coates Elementary each week during the school year. Without this food, these children would have little to nothing to eat on the weekends.
We have more requests this school year than any previous year, and we still have not received all of the anticipated requests from the Kindergarten classes.  Even if we have enough food and funds, we may not be able to meet the needs of these children due to lack of volunteers. We do not want to be in the unfortunate position of having to turn down their requests.
We need the most help from volunteers willing to shop for food. We are looking for volunteers to commit to being purchasers for a specific item for the school year.  The volunteers would shop at either Aldi or Sam’s Club, and would make sure their items was always in stock at the church prior to a packing Sunday.  The time commitment (depending on how often you wanted to shop) could be as little as one hour per month or every few weeks.  
If interested, please contact Allie Plumb. She will be able to provide more specifics. or 309-530-5638
We thank you in advance for your consideration in helping us to serve as many students as possible through the Backpack Ministry.
We will hold a food drive on Sunday, 9/23 where the congregation can support the program with food donations or monetary donations. Collection bins will be located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas for donations. “Shopping guides” with suggested items to purchase will be passed out on Sunday 9/16.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC and put “Backpacks” in the memo line. No amount is too small and any contributions are greatly appreciated. There are also opportunities for people to sponsor a child. A $100 contribution feeds a child for a semester and $200 feeds a child for the school year.
Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.

Acolyte Training

Being an acolyte is a service of honor to God and to the worshiping community. As acolytes bring in the light, they remind us that the light of Christ is present when we gather in the name of Christ. When they depart carrying the light, we remember that each of us carries the light of Christ out of the church and into the world. Acolyting on Scout Sunday Would you like to serve as an acolyte? We will be scheduling an Acolyte Training for anyone 3rd grade and up who would like to serve. Please contact Betty Fuqua at
Come and join us for the training and see if it is something for you!  No experience necessary.

Fall Classes 2018


Register here for the Fall 2018

Adult Classes and Groups
Can you believe that summer is almost over? Students are already returning to town and we are preparing our fall routines. Do you find it difficult to stay connected and growing in your faith amongst all the busy-ness? There are a whole lot of opportunities to stay connected at St. James this fall!
The Fall Program Guide is now available! We are excited about the range of classes and groups offered this fall for all ages and hope that you will find a place to connect and grow with us. You can register for the Fall Classes right here or by calling the Church Office (252-752-6154).


Serving the Body Through Holy Communion

Do you have a heart to serve the body of Christ? Serving Holy Communion is a wonderful way to experience it! We are asking all those that would like to participate in this ministry, to contact Joyce Day at 752-6154 or

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 .

Welcome to our new Staff Members

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is excited to introduce two new staff members joining St. James this month.
Chris Garcia has been asked to take on the position of Interim Director of Congregational Engagement, through which he will help members of the congregation and our visitors better engage in our ministries. As a part of that effort, he will: 1) Organize how we track and engage visitors and new members; 2) Connect people in the church with ministry opportunities; 3) Provide staff support for the special events of the church; and 4) Help oversee the Communications processes for the church. You can reach Chris at the church by calling (252) 752-6154 x218, or by emailing
Tyrone Walston joins the staff as our new Facility Manager. Tyrone will be working with the Board of Trustees to maintain the building and grounds for the St. James facilities. His responsibilities include managing the St. James calendar, scheduling the facility for events and meetings, and supervising our custodial staff. Tyrone is also the one to contact if you need a door code for entry to the facilities. You can reach Tyrone at the church by calling (252) 752-6154 x207, or by emailing
Welcome to Chris and Tyrone!

Worship Technology Coordinator

Sound Board
We are expanding the role of our technology coordinator. If you are technologically inclined and willing to manage volunteers, consider being a part of our team!
Title: Contemporary Worship Technology Coordinator
This position will oversee the worship technology for our two Sunday morning contemporary services, including equipment maintenance, repair, purchases, inventory, etc. This person will also staff regular Wednesday rehearsals, ensuring that equipment is ready prior to the arrival of staff and volunteers, as well as assist with special events and provide general technological support as needed. Of special importance is the recruitment, training, and overseeing of volunteers from the church. We anticipate this position being approximately 20 hours per week.
Please submit resume and cover letter to Alan Gill at, or mail to St. James United Methodist Church, c/o Alan Gill, 2000 E. 6th Street, Greenville, NC 27858.

Braille Bible

We now have available in our Curriculum Library, braille editions of most of the books of the Bible. These are available to be checked out as needed or for use in the library itself.
For more information, contact Joyce Day at or (252) 752-6154.

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.