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New Studies Now Online (& Some Old Standbys, too!)

To keep us connected and growing in faith, several new studies will be available online, beginning April 1.
Reverend Mark Woods will offer a new six-week class on the Book of James that will meet online.  Classes will meet on the Zoom app  at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, from April 1 through May 6.  Click here to register.  Mark will email participants with information about how to connect online.

Raychl Smith and Reverend Ben Alexander will co-facilitate a weekly video discussion of Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories (link below) on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.  Click here to Register

We will meet to get organized on Wednesday, April 1.  There is no advanced reading needed for this initial meeting.

Participants should go ahead and order the book:  


Reverend Ben Alexander is also offering a series called Binging the Bible.  Ben discovered through a recent informal poll that folks would rather binge on the Bible than on Netflix.  So, Ben has begun a weekly Bible Study called “Binging the Bible.”  In the first session, Ben will equip folks with questions and things to look for in a book of the Bible.  Then, the next week in a follow-up session, Ben will speak about that book via video. At the end of the discussion, Ben will introduce the next book.  There will be three different sessions of “Binging the Bible”: 

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Thursdays at 12 p.m.

Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Sunday School classes are continuing to meet online.  The classes will still meet on Sundays, but at varying times.
The Seekers class is postponing its next study in favor of keeping connected with weekly devotions and discussions and prayer requests online.  To join, email Lora Joyner at
The Faith Followers class will begin Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety, a Max Lucado e-book.  To join this study, email Sarah Jane Taylor at
The Faith Foundations class is moving to Zoom!  To join them in their studies, email Artie Rogers at
The Life Enrichment class has also begun meeting on Zoom, continuing their study of Adam Hamilton’s The Walk.  To join them, email Jim Hix at
The Women on the Way (WOW) class has weekly check-ins to discuss their reading of Max Lucado’s How Happiness Happens.  During those check-ins via email, class members also share prayer concerns and praise reports.  For more information, email Laura Smith at
The Bible Study class is now meeting online through Zoom, continuing their study of 2 Thessalonians.  To join them, email Aaron Sampson at
The Growing Together class has moved to Zoom, with children invited to their Sunday sessions.  It will be a time to reconnect, not to do a study at this time.  To join them, email Spencer Letchworth at

Online Giving

Please click the button below to continue or to start your financial support of St. James UMC.  If you have questions about your donations or the online process, email Marianne at

Serving the Body Through Holy Communion

Holy Communion is a beautiful act of worship as well as a means of experiencing God’s loving grace. Serving communion offers a special blessing to those who serve in that role. At St. James we celebrate Holy Communion every first Sunday of the month as well as on special occasions such as Christmas Eve and our Super Services.
If you would like to be on our list of potential servers, please email Joyce Day at or call her at (252) 752-6154.

Realm Connect App

Did you know that Realm has an app?

Did you know it can run on your phone or tablet with all the information as your computer?
Check your news feed for upcoming church events or announcements from your TGIW class from the convenience of your smart phone. Download the Realm Connect app, Login with your Realm account, and get started today.  (click Read more to find out more …)


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.
Keep God’s Children Warm clothing giveaway will begin for the season on Oct. 17th in the Fellowship Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will continue every Thursday through the 2nd week of March 2020.
We are in dire need of men’s coats and other winter clothing for men.
You may begin leaving donations of used (or new) winter clothing for all ages during the first week of October. There will be containers on the stage in the Fellowship Hall (please note the change of location).
Thank you for your continued support!
Judy Neufer and Sharon Loy
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at or 570-437-9046. Find out more about this ministry by clicking on the “more” link below.


Hurricane Response – How Can We Help?

We watched as Hurricane Dorian left a trail of damages in its wake. Now is the time for us to become part of the restoration process.


Together In Education

Support Wahl-Coates School through Together In Education
As part of St. James’ ongoing efforts to support our neighborhood school, Wahl-Coates Elementary, please consider linking your Harris Teeter VIC card to Wahl-Coates. The school code for Wahl-Coates is 2852. All you have to do to enroll is to tell the cashier or customer service representative that you want to link your card to Wahl-Coates, and they can do it for you at the register.