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Advent Studies

The season of Advent is a time of preparation. We need to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. During Advent we remember the first coming of Christ as an infant—God putting on human flesh and becoming fully dependent upon the care and nurture of human parents. We also look forward to Christ’s second coming when the kingdom of God will be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven. Take time this Advent to let God speak to you. St. James is offering three different Advent studies. Sign up online or by calling the church office ( or 252-752-6154). Childcare will be available if requested at least one week ahead.


Boston Butt for the Holidays


Too busy to cook during the holidays?


Or maybe just too worn out?


We can help!

The Jamaica Mission Team is preparing a Boston Butt just for you.  You can pick up the deliciously seasoned and grilled main dish between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 16th.  You can serve it right away or re-heat it on a later date.  (approximately 8 – 10 servings)
Order your Boston butt today for only $25 each.  You can order at the church office (252-752-6154 or  Orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 12th!
All proceeds will go towards the work of the St. James Jamaica mission teams.

RFL Bracelets

The St. James’ Relay for Life Team have beautiful anchor bead bracelets for sale just in time for Christmas!  They would make a prefect Christmas gift! The bracelets are $15 each.
Contact Linnley Cox (252-327-8675 or or Lora Joyner (252-531-7481 or to get yours today!

Christmas Poinsettias


We plan to use 50 poinsettias to decorate the church for Advent. You will be able to pick up poinsettias after our Moravian Lovefeast service on December 17th. Please fill out a form and return it with your payment to the church office by Sunday, December 3rd. Forms can be found at the Information Booths or the church office.
You may also make a contribution to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, given in honor or memory of a loved one. These funds assist people in need throughout the year.
Forms are available in the Church office, at the information booths, or by

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.


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
Book Fair Volunteers – November 13-16
We are in need of volunteers to staff a book fair Nov 13 -16 which will be open 8-3 each day.  If interested contact Sharon Phillips, Media Coordinator at Wahl Coates ( or Lora Joyner. Any available times would be most appreciated!!
Also looking for donations to: All 4 Books which is a fund to help purchase books for those students who cannot afford to purchase a book for themselves during the book fair.
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.
Speakers are asked to incorporate some advice/support to parents to help parents raise productive citizens, ie. ways child can volunteer in the community, ways to raise an independent child, ways to be a responsible person.
The luncheons will be held at St. James from 12-1 pm on December 1, January 26, February 23, and April 27.  Speakers are asked to arrive a few minutes early (around 11:45), present a 10-minutes talk and then help hand out certificates.  Speakers are done by 12:15 pm, but are welcome to stay for lunch after that.
Contact Lora Joyner for available dates (531-7481 or


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.
Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 9:30-12:00 noon,
St. James will again be offering free used clothing for men, women and children. Donated items may be left in the bin labeled as such in the hallway outside the treasurer’s office. The program is in conjunction with the Food Pantry distribution every Thursday. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March.


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.

Sock, Mitten, and Underwear Tree

The St. James United Methodist Women will be sponsoring the SOCK AND MITTEN TREE.  Donations will be collected from Sunday, December 3rd through Monday, December 11th.  
The Tree and collection boxes will be located on the stage in the Fellowship Hall and in the lobby of the CLMC. The following items will be collected socks, underwear, gloves, mittens and toboggans for elementary age children.
The items collected will be distributed to the Methodist Home for Children Angels and the students at Wahl Coates Elementary School.
Thank you for your generous donations.

St James App

Promo Side 1We know you are busy and time is precious.  There’s not enough time in the day to read newsletters and emails anymore.  For many of us, our connection to the world is through our smart phones.  And now, you can find out all that is going on at St. James with the new St. James App.
* Stay up to date with all announcements and upcoming events.
* Listen to a prior week’s sermon.
* Quick connection to the church’s email, phone or facebook page.
* Immediate notifications of critical information or weather closings.
We don’t want you to miss a thing!  Download your free app at the Apple iTunes or Google Play today.  Search for “St James UMC”.