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Global Leadership Summit 2018

You have influence
and the ability to positively impact your community and world.  No matter where your influence is – in your family, school, work, or church – when you commit to grow your leadership, everyone around you wins!
That’s why you are invited to The Global Leadership Summit 2018, August 9-10, for two days of world-class leadership training.


Summer Reading

There is a wonderful tradition of catching up on our reading through the Summer months. This year at St. James, we’re offering an opportunity to join together in a Summer Reading program. Knowing how summer schedules are, each book will only have ONE discussion session. Even if you can’t make the discussion, we would encourage you to pick up a few of these titles!


Caregiver Support Group

The St. James Congregational Care Ministries is beginning a weekly caregiver support group. If you have a loved one who depends on you for care–either at home or in a nursing facility–you know that it is both a blessing and a challenge. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Support groups are designed to do just that. Together we bear one another’s burdens and share one another’s joys.
Beginning on June 7, we will meet every Thursday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the church parlor. The group will be Christ-centered, but we plan to open it up to the community, so if you have any friends you would like to invite, please do so. This is an open group–come when you can and miss when you need to.
For more information, contact Joyce Day at or (252) 752-6154.

Letters of Freedom and Love

Join Marianne Leventry in digging deeper into Paul’s letters. This summer, we will slowly read Galatians and Colossians by using Lectio Divina. In these letters, Paul gives words of instruction in living in the Spirit and how to live a life directed by love. This 10 week study will start on Wednesday, June 20th at noon.
Register by emailing Marianne at or by calling 252-752-6154 extension 205.

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.

South Doors to be Locked

Do you use either of these doors
when you come to church?
As part of an effort to keep us all safe and secure on Sunday mornings, the Board of Trustees would like to keep the doors facing 8th street locked at all times. They will still function as an exit, but will now be locked for entry.
If you need to deliver items using the south entry, please contact Alan Gill at the church (252-752-6154 or to arrange for access.

Congregations For Children (C4C)

The school year is winding down, but there are still opportunities to be involved with our partners at Wahl Coates Elementary.
  • There will be a garden at Wahl Coates next year! Anyone who loves to garden would be a great asset to volunteer at the school. Contact Lora for more details.
  • Anyone have extra coolers?? There is a need for gently used or new coolers at Wahl Coates.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and service!
There are many other ways to be a part of the Congregations For Children ministry …


New Girl Scout Daisy Troop Forming

Girl Scout staff are helping to start a new Daisy Troop 1813 at St. James!       The new troop will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm in the Christian Life Ministries Center. The first meeting is Thursday, May 3rd for girls currently in kindergarten and 1st grades. At that first meeting, we will conduct a sample troop meeting with an activity and snacks.
This is a new troop that will need at least two parents to volunteer as troop co-leaders, but Girl Scout staff will help lead the first few meetings and be on hand for a strong start! For more information, contact Brooke Banson Vallely at Go to and search for Troop 1813 to pre-register!

Our Core Values

St. James is a large church. There are many activities, events, groups, ministries, and gatherings going on all the time. But at the core of all these things, are the values and ethics that we hold dear. They are what inspire us to do all of these things. They are our core values. This is who we are.


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.