The staff of St. James UMC
Wishes you a blessed Christmas and
New Year –
Rev. Suzanne Walker
Ginny Byrne
Vance Ross
Tim Moore
Lisa Fickle
Jill Jones
Ariel Kelly
Rhonda Kinser
Kim McKenzie


Children’s Christmas Play, Sunday, December 10,
During the 11:00 am Worship Service.
ALL Christmas play participants are needed at dress rehearsal
Saturday, December 9. 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Following the dress rehearsal, there will be a Christmas party 3:00 –
5:00 pm. All children are invited to the Christmas party even if they
are not in the play. A special visitor will be arriving around 4:00 pm
Donations for food for the party are welcomed and appreciated. If you can donate, please contact Jill
Jones at 843-569-7334.

Children will be bringing Christmas cheer to the veterans at the VA Hospital on Saturday.
December 16, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. They will be singing Christmas Carols, bringing
presents, and playing Bingo with them. All participants, please meet at the church at 10:15 am..

CHILDREN’S CHOIR taking a break during Christmas vacation. F.I.S.H. resumes
practice on Wednesday, January 3. Cherubs resumes practice on Sunday. January 7.

Come hear our beautiful choir Sunday, December 17
At the 8:45 am and 11:00 am services.



5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

8:45 and 11:00 am

The Worship Committee is selling Poinsettias to be placed in the church sanctuary beginning Sunday, December 17. If you would like to place a Poinsettia in the church in honor of, or in memory of someone, or to the Glory of God, please fill out the form below. You can put the form along with your payment in the offering plate on Sunday, or bring the form and payment to the church office between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday. Or, you can mail it with your check to St. James United Methodist Church, 512 St. James Avenue, Goose Creek, SC 29445. The deadline for ordering Poinsettias is Sunday, December 10. The cost is $12.00 each. Please make checks payable to St. James United Methodist Church, and print in the memo line “for Poinsettias.”


In Memory of: ______________________________________________________________________

In Honor of ______________________________________________________________________

In Memory of: ______________________________________________________________________

In Honor of _____________________________________________________________________

Number of Poinsettias __________________ Total $ _______________________________

Given by: _____________________________________________________________________

Giving Tree

Gifts need to be
at the church
by Sunday,
December 10.
Thank you for
your generosity.

 The SPPRC would like
to present our Pastor,
Staff and Praise Band
with monetary
Christmas gifts again
this year through your
generous donations.
If you would like to contribute towards these gifts,
please put your donation in the envelope provided
in the bulletin and place it in the offering plate on
Sunday. Or, you can mail your check to St, James
UMC, 512 St. James Avenue, Goose Creek, SC
29445. Please accompany your check with a note
on how you’d like your check distributed: Pastor
Staff, Praise Band. We are taking donations
through Sunday, December 10.
Thank you,
Cathy Applequist
Chair of SPPRC

Beginning Class for Lay Servant Ministries will be held on January 6. However, registration form and fee of $35 must be received at the
District office before Monday,
December 11. Please contact Libby Murdock for forms and further information.  843-761-1466. Also, forms are available on the bulletin board in the sanctuary building.

Come one, come all and help us pray for all.
St. James UMC Prayer Warrior Club will meet at
Gilligan’s in Goose Creek on Saturday, December 16,
12:00 pm. Would love to fill a couple of tables. During
this time, we will set meetings for January.
Love and prayers to all,
Libby Murdock

To all who participated In the Charge Conference
to make it a success, thank you. Your efforts were
appreciated. We have included the list of the 2018
Church Council and Elected Committees at the end
of this newsletter.
Pastor Suzanne

The Dames


The Dames would like to thank all who supported
us this past year. Especially our husbands and our
wonderful men from the church who acted in our
plays – you know who you are. We feel we have
embarrassed you enough. What wonderful sports
you were. We thank you from the bottom of our
demented hearts.
We were able to give $600.00 towards the moving
and tuning of the Grand Piano and will be paying
$5, 500.00 towards the principle of the mortgage
before the end of the year. We have donated a
grand total of $54.000.00 towards the mortgage
principle since we were formed. Thanks to the
efforts and talent of all of our hardworking
members who unselfishly give of their time, talent
and funds to make us a success. We are Blessed in
so many ways. But, it is with your support that we
continue to help our church. Thank you.
The Dames

The hospitality team thanks everyone who came
to the Thanksgiving Pot Luck. It was the best
one ever!!
Anne, Carolyn, Joyce & Clyde, Sandy,
Donna & Dale

 The United Methodist Men’s Group meets every
fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the
meeting room except there will be no meeting
December. We will resume January 22. All men
are invited.

Our Annual Christmas Dinner will be held Tuesday,
December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Vonda Thompson, 116
Bromwich Dr., Goose Creek. All women of the church are invited to attend. We just need a reservation, so we will have enough seating. Everyone is to bring a covered dish to share. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Vonda
Thompson, 843-824-9343 or Susan Stewart, 843-870-5386.

Other UMW News

Our Mission Project for December will be collecting
clothing for the nursing department at Westview
Primary School. There is a huge need for emergency
clothing for children ages 3-7 – underwear, shorts,
pants for children who accidentally soil their clothes.
All sizes are needed, including larger sizes. Also,
many kids are unable to purchase jackets, hats,
mittens for the playground/bus stop. Any of these
items can be brought to the UMW Christmas Dinner
and will be delivered to Westview Primary. A box
will be placed in the meeting room for others who
wish to participate in this project. We will be
collecting items indefinitely.
Killingsworth Home in Columbia is our special
Mission for December. Killingsworth serves as a
home to women who are in transition for whatever
reason. It is a mission of the South Carolina
Conference of UMW. Monetary donations will be
accepted at the Christmas Dinner for Killingsworth

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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