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You’ve heard of Black Friday.  And then there was Cyber Monday.
Now we can participate in Giving Tuesday on November 27th!

UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season.  It offers the opportunity to start the holiday season by giving instead of receiving.


Stewardship 2019 – This is WHY

For all the “WHY’S” that make St. James our spiritual home, it takes the “HOW” of your financial support to make it run! Please prayerfully discern your anticipated contributions for 2019 and return your commitment card by placing it in the offering plate, mailing it to the church office, 2000 E. 6th St., Greenville, NC 27858, Attention:Marianne Leventry, or press the button below to submit your commitment online.

Advent Devotions Needed

Advent is our preparation time for Jesus’ birth into our lives.Advent-Devotional-Sidebar
Will you write a devotion for “A Daily Devotional Guide for Advent and Christmas” to help the members of St. James prepare for Christmas?
The guidelines are simple: choose a short Scripture passage on any Advent or Christmas theme, write a personal reflection on that theme, then end with a short prayer.
Length limit: 350 words.
Deadline: Monday, November 12.
Publication Date: Sunday, December 2
We hope to have enough writers for devotions through Epiphany on January 6. If you would like to participate, please email Chris Garcia at
For more information, call Chris at 752-6154. THANK YOU!

Operation Christmas Child

Did you know it is less than 3 months until Christmas!
Yes, it is that time again when we have the opportunity to share the love of God and bring joy into the lives of children around the world!

Operation Christmas Child is ready to launch.
Beginning October 7th, empty shoeboxes waiting to be filled with gifts and love will be available to be picked up in the Fellowship Hall. A brochure with a cut-out indicating whether the gifts are for a boy or girl, the age range of the child and general instructions for filling the box will accompany each shoebox. Place the filled shoeboxes on the Fellowship Hall stage by Sunday, November 18th.
What can make the shoebox so powerful?
The prayer that accompanies each box. Pray as you shop, pray as you make selections, pray as you pack – pray for the child, and believe that God will direct each shoebox to a particular child.
“Lord, you know what a child’s need is and which child will receive this box. Direct me in making choices that will bless this little one in ways I cannot imagine, because most of all this gift is a means to demonstrate your love.”
For more information, contact Rea Purvis at

Jamaica Team Fundraisers

The Jamaica Mission Team is taking pre-orders for fundraising items to support the team’s March 2019 mission trip to Jamaica.
The team is selling homemade cookies for $10 per box. Each box contains two dozen cookies. The cookie distribution date is December 1.
Jamaica Mission Team members are also selling cooked 8-10 pound Boston butts for $25. Buyers may pick up the pork on December 15, beginning at 10 a.m.
To pre-order a box of delicious cookies or the generous pork cut,
call Johnny Branch at 252-375-6361 or email him at

C4C Update

YOU can make a difference in the life of a student or teacher by giving a few hours each week. Please consider joining the team of amazing volunteers with Congregations for Children (C4C). There are opportunities to share your time and talent at Wahl Coates School in a variety of ways.
  • The Captain’s Crew luncheon, held monthly in the Fellowship Hall of St. James, honors one student per classroom who has been nominated by their fellow students to attend a pizza luncheon and hear a motivational speaker. Volunteers help set up, serve pizza, and interact with the children. Dates are this Friday, October 19, as well as December 14, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 12, and May 24. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bicycle Safety Training needs two to three volunteers per training session. The sessions will be from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Currently, we need volunteers for the following dates:   Tuesday, Nov 13   Thursday, Nov 15   Friday, Nov 16 Tuesday, Nov 20. Volunteers help the coach set up a bicycle course and teach bicycle safety.
  • Book Fair Volunteers On Tuesday, November 13, we need volunteers to help out with the Preview Day. They will help students locate prices of items as well as help our younger students create a short wish list for them to take home to their families. On Wednesday through Friday, November 14-16, we will need volunteers to help monitor the fair as well as help customers find books and prices of items. They may also need to help with bagging items at checkout. We are asking for 3 volunteers per time slot, but will be happy with whatever help I can get. Time slots are 8:00-10:00am, 10:00-12:00pm, 12:00pm-2:00pm.
  • Upcoming Performance Dates to support at Wahl Coates School are: “Stories from Afar” (Theater) – November 29th – 9:00 am; 1:00 pm; 6:00 pm Winter Concert for Chorus/Orchestra – Dec 11th at 6:00 pm
  • Volunteers are also requested to work in the classrooms by reading, tutoring, or mentoring students, assisting teachers in the classroom, or by doing office work. Here are specific grade-level requests: 2nd grade – read with students, help in math, and file papers 5th  grade – read with students Kindergarten – paperwork jobs for an afternoon volunteer
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Artie Rogers at (252)917-2139 or

Blood Drive

C’mon!  We know you’ve got it in you!



There is Power in the Blood.

St. James is hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. You can put the power of your faith into action and help save a life!

The Blood Drive will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 18th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment visit and use the sponsor code “St. James UMC”
The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help with the event.
Volunteers can work for one or more hours in the canteen, as a monitor, or as a greeter.
To help, please contact Tyrone at 252-752-6154 or

Blood.  It’s in you to give.

What Is Congregational Care?

You may have heard Rev. Joyce Day being called by a different title this year. On January 1, 2018, her role changed from being Minister of Adult Discipleship to being Pastor of Congregational Care. So now you may be wondering what Congregational Care is. Well, it’s a lot of things.


Honor Card Event – Community Crossroads Center

Please join us & Help Support the Needy & Homeless in our Community by attending the unveiling of artist William Mangum’s
Community Crossroads Center Honor Card Reveal Villedge Wood-Fired Kitchen & Bar 207 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 5:30 – 7:00 pm
For more information about the honor card, please visit No Ticket is needed, but please RSVP to Or call 252-752-0829.
By purchasing the Honor Card and mailing it to family and friends, you are giving a gift in their Honor to Community Crossroads Center.
Please join us on the 13th of November or visit our website at to purchase Honor Cards or make a donation.

Hurricane Florence Response

We are blessed and grateful for the wonderful response to the request for donations of supplies, food, and other basic necessities.  The response has been so good that there is no longer a need for most of the items.
Prayers are still requested and those who can volunteer to join a work team.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Paula Hamlin at the church (252-752-6154 or and she will contact you when opportunities arise.
Financial donations are always welcome and are still being collected through St. James UMC.  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.