Congratulations to all of the leaders, volunteers, shoppers, and sight-seers!  A preliminary income total for the 2019 Spring Fling event was $61,000!  Amazing!  We will keep you updated as more money is still coming in and after all of the expenses have been paid.
On behalf of our recipients and St. James, we say “Thank You All!!”
The weather is warming and our thoughts are turning to Spring ….
Spring Fling, that is!

The annual Spring Fling will be on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 including the largest yard sale in Pitt County, the Unique Boutique, a bake sale, book sale, art sale, chicken dinner sales, and the evening auction.
Spring Fling Week, April 21st-27th, is a most amazing time around St. James UMC with everyone serving Christ and our community in exciting ways. We hope that you will be a part of it this year!
*** Important Note ***
We are nearing the last opportunity to donate items.
Donations will only be collected up to Noon on Wednesday, April 23rd.
All of the proceeds from Spring Fling are used to support organizations in our local community. The Spring Fling 2019 recipients are:
The Disabled American Veterans
Easter Seals UCP Summer Moore Children’s Center
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Greenville Learning Center
Grifton Mission Ministries
Operation Sunshine
Riley’s Army
Third Street Academy
Save these dates! There will be more information to come:
  • Friday, March 1st, Storage Trailers arrive. Donate your treasures to sell at Spring Fling!
  • Thursday, April 18th, the Tents go UP!
  • Sunday, April 21st, Unloading of the trailers beginning at 2:00 PM.
  • Monday – Friday, April 22nd – 26th, Spring Fling Work Week and Large Item Pick-Up.
  • Saturday, April 27th, the main event … Spring Fling 2019!

Spring Fling – Art Sale

Spring Fling Highlight – ART Sale!

Find your artwork treasures in the Fellowship Hall at this year’s Spring Fling on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Choose from prints, pottery, and other art items.  Even if you do not like any of the prints, buy one for the frame.  They offer value that you cannot find anywhere else! 
They are more than worth the purchase price.   All of the artwork will be reasonably priced.  We hope you will stop by and enjoy our gallery.  We look forward to helping you make a selection that will brighten your home.
Do you want to be part of this year’s Spring Fling?
click on the button below to volunteer.

Spring Fling – Book Sale

Spring Fling Highlight – Book Sale

More than 5,000 books and media will be up for grabs at the Spring Fling Book Sale on April 27 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 
This popular book sale gives visitors the opportunity to pick up some favorite books—and discover new reads—at great prices.
Individual hardbound books are only $1.00.  Paperbacks cost only 25¢.  Children’s books are also priced at just $1.00.  Individual CDs/DVDs are $2.00 each.  You want old school?  Cassette tapes  are only 25¢.  Cash and checks are accepted for payment.
Oversize books/book sets/CD and DVD sets are priced as marked.
Get ready for your summer reading at the Spring Fling Book Sale.  Find your book for the beach or the plane.  Novels, North Carolina fiction, travel, history, biography, health, and religion—all categories will be abundantly represented. 
Don’t miss out on finding that book you need. 
Do you want to be part of this year’s Spring Fling?
click on the button below to volunteer.

Spring Fling – Bake Sale

Spring Fling Highlight – Bake Sale!

Do you enjoy a tasty treat while you’re shopping?  Are you looking for a yummy pie?  a delicious cake?  a sweet cookie?  a chocolaty brownie?  a fresh loaf of home-made bread?  a pretty little cupcake?
You will find all that and more at Spring Fling.


Spring Fling Barbecue Chicken

Spring Fling Highlight –

Barbecue Chicken Lunch!


1,900.  27.  5 a.m.  11 a.m.  $8.00.  ½.  1 p.m.  20.  4/27/19.

Those are critical numbers to keep in mind for the Spring Fling Barbecue Chicken Lunch on April 27.

For the 27th year, the United Methodist Men will be cooking and serving a barbecue chicken lunch as a part of the St. James United Methodist Church Spring Fling.   We plan to have about 20 cookers in place to cook 1,900 chicken halves.   For only $8.00 per plate, customers will receive a half-chicken smothered in Tom Barrington’s vintage barbecue sauce, sides of seasoned cooked red potatoes, seasoned green beans, and a dinner roll.  Plates will be available for pick up beginning at 11:00 a.m., and will continue until 1:00 p.m. on Spring Fling, April 27. 


Spring Fling Auction

Spring Fling Highlight – Auction!

Spring Fling Auction, Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. in the CLMC
Here’s the next item up for bids.
Can I get a $25 bid?
Now who will bid $30? Now $40? Now $50?
SOLD! For $50.
Isn’t it exciting—it’s Spring Fling Auction time again! And everybody wins at the Spring Fling Auction. The buyer goes home with a treasure and the community non-profits are able to receive their requested grants for their projects.


Plant Sale at Spring Fling


Spring Fling Highlight – Garden Shop!

Garden Shop at Spring Fling
(to the tune of “Down on the Corner” and with apologies to Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Early on Spring Fling, just about breakfast time
Over by Wahl-Coates, the plants are doing fine.
Flower pots and planters, flags, and garden tools
Just about all you want – to make your yard look cool.

Down near the corner, close to the street
The Spring Fling Garden Shop will be the place to meet.


Unique Boutique

Spring Fling Highlight –

Unique Boutique and Nana’s Nook

The Youth Room was transformed into the Unique Boutique for Spring Fling 2018. Come see what 2019 has in store.

Unique Boutique, located in the Youth Room of the CLMC, features treasures pulled from the goods donated to the yard sale and auction. Available objects are a step above the yard sale items and include the following:
  • antiques
  • nautical-themed goods
  • jewelry
  • seasonal and holiday pieces
  • toys
  • clothing
  • glassware
  • vases
  • pottery
  • home décor
  • a variety of accessories


Yard Sale

Spring Fling Highlight – Yard Sale!

Lisa Spruill and Lizabeth Collins at the Yard Sale tent last year, organizing your donations for sale.

This is one of the hallmark events of Spring Fling. People line up on 6th Street after midnight to be ready when the Yard Sale opens at 6:30 a.m. under the giant tent in the field next to the CLMC parking lot.

Members of the Seekers Sunday School Class sell breakfast foods beginning at 5:00 a.m. for eager buyers.  Munch on a cheese or ham biscuit or sausage patty while sipping coffee, juice or Pepsi products as you wait for the opening prayer and the announcement: “Spring Fling is open!” The success of the Yard Sale is due to your donations. Here are very important reminders to keep in mind as you prepare your items for donation and take them to the trailers on the east side of the CLMC parking lot:


Spring Fling 2019

SPRING FLING 2019—Large Item Donation and Storage
It is not too early to get ready for SPRING FLING 2019! The upcoming event will be April 27, 2019. That seems like a long-time away, but you can begin donating your large furniture and appliances (potential tax credit for 2018) NOW!