October 2017  Newsletter


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 at 9:00 am – Volunteers are need to setup the pumpkin patch. Please let Stephen Mackenzie (843-863-0606) know if you can help move pallets. He is in charge of the unloading as well as the patch setup.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, UNLOADING PUMPKIN TRUCK PROMPTLY at 12:30 pm.  This has been delayed until further notice.

Instead of bringing your usual pot lock dishes, please bring sandwiches, chips, and cookies. The food table will be set up near the pumpkins and you can eat at any time.

Pumpkin Sales will run 10:00 am – 7:00 pm every day October 1 – 31

We need many people to sell pumpkins. Won’t you sign up to be a pumpkin patch volunteer? See sign-up book in the lobby, or giv Mari Pratt a call at 843-824-9343.



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7,               8:00 am – 1:00 pm       

Outside Church Office & Fellowship Hall

The Dames ask that you look in your garage and closets for things you’d like to donate for their Garage Sale. Call either Faye Pool 843-296-1429 or Annette Malchiodi 843-818-1289 (Two Dames, A Dude & a Truck) to have items picked up.



The mission is clear–the time is now! Get set for the most spectacular and celestial adventure of all time as Mary, Joseph, and a few simple shepherds in Bethlehem encounter the wonder of the Fear Not Factor! The most epic event of all time has been established and all of heaven’s angels are gearing up to fulfill what has been planned. Under the command of archangel Michael, the Heavenly Army has been commissioned to wing flight to earth and unveil God’s most unexpected, miraculous and perfect plan. However, only one angel, the anxious and thrilled Gabriel, has been selected to make the actual announcement of the Fear Not Factor to a few choice people. This is a fun-filled and inspirational 35-minute Christmas celebration for kids. After all, there’s never been another night like the one when heaven and earth collided, as the Fear Not Factor pierced the starlit skies


Christmas Play Practice begins Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 pm

All school-aged children are encouraged to come and participate. Practices will be every Sunday afternoon from 4:00-5:00 pm. The play will be performed Sunday, December 10th . Adult helpers are also needed. If you have any questions or would like to know what help is needed, please contact the play director, Kathy Roys, at 843-572-9393.

Cherubs choir (ages 3 years old to second grade) resumes practice, Sunday,  at 9:40 am

F.I.S.H. choir (third to sixth grade) resumes practice Wednesday, at 7:00 pm.






SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Children’s Games       Hayrides!

Each game will require one or two tickets and each ticket will cost $.25 cents.  

Volunteers are needed to help run the games during the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.. You do not have to work the entire time, you can work an hour or two. If you can help, please let Jill know.

Donations are needed for the Fall Festival

· Small toys (prizes) for the kids

· Any candy that would be appropriate

for age 3 and above.

Please place your donations in the Children’s Donation Box found in the narthex.

For Questions call:

Jill Jones:L 843-569-7334 or


A variety of crafters and vendors will be

located in and around the church office and fellowship hall.




St. James Dames’ Diner will be open! Popcorn, soda, hotdogs, hamburgers and salad will be Available.





Come and support   

the Youth who will have a delicious assortment of baked goods for sale.




If you would like to decorate your car to be part of our trunk or treat, you can start decorating your car as early as 6:00 pm. All you have to do to participate is fill out the form located on the children’s bulletin board or email Jill at

Please make sure you provide your own candy if you are participating in the trunk or treat. We are having a contest for the best decorated car and best candy!

Also, if you would like to donate candy in case someone runs out during trunk or treat, please place your donation in the “Children’s Donation Box” in the narthex and let me know as well.

Thank you,

Jill Jones843-569-7334, or

The Dames Diner will be open during Trunk or Treat.  Just in case you get hunger pangs, hot dogs, popcorn, soda and hot chocolate will be for sale by the St. James Dames


Date                                      Teacher                                     Helper               October 8                 Stephen Mackenzie             Alexis Juricek October 15               Sandy Wendler                      Hailey Jones October 22               Heather Maharrey               Orianna Dean October 29               Aaron Leckie                          Lindsey Leckie

Nov 12                         Stephen Mackenzie           CharlotteMcDonald Nov 19                         Vonda Thompson               Richard Thompson Nov 26                        Dale Van Slambrook          Alexis Juricek

Dec 10                         Play                                            Play                        Dec 17                        Leighton McDonald           CharlotteMcDonald Dec 24                        Wanda Willis                         Bernard Dean       Dec 31                         Sandy Wendler                    Hailey Jones

The UMW will hold our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Kathy Roys will present the program on Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the United States. This should be an interesting look at our work throughout our country. All women are invited to attend.

Since we did not meet in September due to Irma, we will have two special offerings this month. Rural Missions on Johns Island and Bethlehem Center in Spartanburg. Both of these missions provide needed services to children, youth and adults in their areas.

At the District UMW Annual meeting on September 16, our local unit at St. James earn certificates for Diamond Unit, 5 Star Unit, 5 Mission Unit, and Mission Today. All of these awards represent our work with mission support and education. Great Work, women!

The United Methodist Men’s Group meets every fourth Monday of the month in the meeting room at 7:00 pm All men are invited attend. See you October 23.

                                              The Lay Servant classes were held on September 15, 17, and 17. We had two in attendance, Debbie Reid and me. We had such a wonderful time and learned so much.

Praying more can go in March.

Libby Murdock

Veterans Ministry Meeting. Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm in the Sr. High Room in the Sanctuary Building.

Please do your best to attend this meeting. We will discuss the scheduled Veterans Day celebration fundraiser and church services. I also have some important subject to share with all.

Our Veterans Day Celebration fundraiser will be Saturday, November 11, 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the fellowship hall. We will be hosting an ART show and sales with food, door prizes and raffles. If anyone would like to donate paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography, wood, metal, quilting or other art, please contact Cheryl or Willie Walker at 843-900-5388 or

Our Veterans Day Celebration is set for Sunday, November 12 during both services

Our car wash fundraiser netted $302.00 which

will be used for food, water, supplies, Veterans Day, and Christmas for our veterans

Thank you, and God Bless,

Willie and Cheryl Walker

Ushers are needed for the 11:00 am

Worship service. If you can serve, please see Anne Dennis or give her a call at 843-270-5364. Guidance will be provided.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The United Methodist Men’s Group meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room. All men are invited. Looking forward to seeing you on September 25.




The Dames ask that you look in your garage and closets for things you’d like to donate for their Garage Sale. Call either Faye Pool 843-296-1429 or Annette Malchiodi 843-818-1289 (Two Dames, A Dude & a Truck),to have items picked up. The Garage Sale is Saturday, October 7, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the St James UMC’s fellowship hall.


                                              THE PUMPKINS ARE COMING


October 1                  Pumpkins arrive Potluck luncheon, unloading of the truck October 15              Second load of Pumpkins to be unloaded.                         October 21              Fall Festival Children’s Games, face painting, story time Craft                                       Show sponsored by the UMW St. James Dames Diner                October 28 Trunk or Treat Haunted Houses

Pumpkin Sales will run every day from October 1 – October 31.

Mark your calendars now and plan to be a PPP (Pumpkin Patch Person) in October.

For further information contact Vonda Thompson at 843-824-9343



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 The UMW is taking registrations for the Fall Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, October 21.

For more information contact Susan Stewart at 843-553-5534 or 843-870-5386, or email – or call Vonda Thompson 843-824-9343.

Spaces are still available.





For families who have submitted a pledge card for 2017, quarterly pledge contribution reports were sent by e-mail on July 16. If we don’t have your e-mail, they were “snail-mailed.” If you have submitted a 2017 pledge card and did not receive a report, please contact me, Janette Blackwood 843-576-4638, or

Remember that you are able to give to St. James UMC from your home computer or smart phone. This is an excellent option for those who do not wish to carry checks or go to the ATM. You can even give while out of town. Simply follow these easy steps:

1) Go to our church website at

2)  On the left-hand column, click on “Online Giving”

3) Scroll down to the underlined online link and click on it. This takes you directly to the secure online giving site. On the left-hand side, you will note options to register as a new user or to give without logging in.

This takes you directly to the secure online giving site. On the left-hand side, you will note options to register as a new user or to give without logging in. If you give regular gifts to St. James United Methodist Church, it is recommended that you take the extra minute to make a log-in account, as this will allow you to access a real time record of your gifts which are needed for future tax returns. Creating a log-in also gives you the opportunity to set up regular bank automatic drafts if you would find this an easier option for the future. You can also text your gifts to St. James United General Budget, text the amount to 843-636- 7455. Register your credit or debit card information and press enter. Thank you for your generous gifts, and contact me if you have any questions at 843-576-4638, or

Alter Flowers

If you would like to provide the altar flowers for a certain Sunday, please print your name on the calendar (in the lobby) on the date you wish to provide the flowers. Also, please print the name(s) of person(s) you are honoring or remembering and the special occasion. This information will be placed in the bulletin. There are two options for providing flowers:

1. Have the flowers automatically ordered through the church office. The cost is $40.00 and are delivered to the church. You then make your check payable to St. James UMC.

2. You can provide your own flowers, You will be responsible for purchasing the flowers, picking up the arrangement and getting it to the church by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. You must contact the church two weeks prior to placing the flowers to prevent an automatic order to the florist.

The flowers are yours to keep after the Services are over





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