Labor Day Weekend

St. James will have two services only on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Services on Sunday, September 1, will be at 9 a.m. in the Christian Life Ministries Center (CLMC) and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Rev. Mark Woods will preach on the topic of “You Are What You Eat,” based on John 6:41-51.

Fall Classes 2019


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for the Fall 2019

Classes and Groups
“Living the Story,” the Fall 2019 Program Guide to Classes, Ministries, Programs, and Worship at St. James UMC, is now available. Pick up your copy at one of the information booths in the CLMC Commons or the Narthex, or download a copy by clicking the button below.
The guide includes information about all classes, including the TGIW classes which will begin on September 11.
Registration for TGIW classes will open on Tuesday, August 13, at Noon.  Classes will be listed below beginning tomorrow – click on the appropriate “Register Now” button to reserve your spot in the class.

Host a TGIW Dinner

Is your ministry team looking for a boost this winter/spring? Is your small group or Living Water class looking for a opportunity to serve together? Here is a way to promote your ministry, build team spirit, raise a little money, and serve your church community!
Consider preparing and serving a meal for the TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) program! We generally serve about 75 meals each Wednesday evening beginning September 11th through November 20th. This opportunity is open to any ministry, small group, class, or mission team at St. James. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Paula at the church office (752-6154 or and schedule your Wednesday now!

Staff Updates

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Goldenbaum-Yang as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults.
Laura has worked with youth for the last eight years at Camp Don Lee as the Assistant Director for Faith Formation and Environmental Education. She has a Masters in Divinity from Drew Theological School and is a provisional Elder in the UMC. She is married to Daewon, and they have two young children, Sophia and Drew.
As a provisional Elder, Laura will support our young people with a strong theological background, administrative experience, worship leadership, and experience in engaging and connecting with their generation. While having a pastor serve in this role does increase the church’s financial investment, the Administrative Board and the Finance Committee both supported SPRC’s recommendation; our youth and young adults are vital to the life of St. James.
While she wraps up her summer duties at Camp Don Lee, Laura will begin with us part-time in September and move quickly towards full-time. On August 25th the youth will welcome Laura on Sunday night at the Youth Gathering. Laura will be present with us on Sunday mornings starting in September.
Please join us in welcoming Laura and her family, and praying for a smooth transition for our youth and young adult program.


Coming this Fall at St. James  …
We are excited to offer Realm – a new tool to connect you to your Church Community like never before.  Deepen your involvement and build stronger relationships using a simple, easy to use mobile app.  It’s kind of like Facebook without all the noise – connecting you directly to your St. James community.
Watch for more information this summer.

Spring Fling Applications

Applications for the 2020 Spring Fling funds are now available. These funds are available for charitable and/or benevolent institutions in Pitt County to provide for those in need by means of special projects other than routine operational expenses. Applications must be completed and submitted by August 30, 2019.

To download and print your application, click button below.
To request an application via email, or for more information, contact Chris Garcia at 252-752-6154

Youth Summer Schedule

Here are important upcoming dates:
July 29-31 are the NEW dates for the Middle School Mission Trip. The change in date is to allow more time to plan in a way that best serves the community where we will be volunteering. Hurry, spots are limited. We are capping this trip at 10 students, so sign up now! Parents, please volunteer!
August 15-16 will be the Middle School Mystery Trip for youth who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Cost is $60 per participant. Register by July 31 by emailing Ben at or Catherine at
Save the date for Youth Kickoff on August 25 at 6 p.m. Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to kick off the year in a messy way by participating in the St. James UMC Slime Olympics.
Look here for information to come about the Middle School Lock-In on September 13 and the Youth Council Election on September 29.
If you have questions or need further info, please contact Mark at or 252-752-6154.

SJUMC Food Pantry Needs Items

The St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry
needs to be restocked with canned meat, canned fruit, and breakfast foods. Please consider donating canned ravioli and Spaghetti O’s, canned pears, peaches, and mixed fruit, as well as breakfast items of cereal, oatmeal, and grits. The pantry is also low on canned soups.
Deposit your donations in the bins outside of Marianne’s office.
For more information about stocking the food pantry, please contact Sarah Jane Taylor at Thank you!

Mission Mondays are back!

Mission Mondays are back this summer! Our first one will be Monday, June17 at 10:00am at the Town Commons. We will meet at Town Commons, pick up trash left from the previous night’s Sunday in the Park event, have some play time on the playground, and enjoy a picnic lunch! We will provide trashbags and hand sanitizer. Feel free to bring your own lunch, gloves, or any other trash collecting items that you wish to use! Parents or guardians are required to stay for Mission Mondays.

Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story: Summer Sermon Series

Our pastors will preach this summer on how our understanding of the New Testament can be enriched by the Old Testament stories that preceded them.  From Sunday, June 16, through Sunday, August 11, the pastors will examine parallel ideas from Scripture, such as: Read more…