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School Supplies Needed!

posted Jul 11, 2018, 10:50 AM by Ken Saunders

The Community Ministries Food Bank is beginning it’s annual “backpack for school children program”.

Backpacks are provided with a custom mix of school supplies by school, grade and teacher so that all students have an opportunity to start their year on the same page and ready to go.

- in the past backpacks were provided for 450-500 students. 
- the attached list identifies the standard items. 
- collection boxes will be in the Parish Hall and the supplies will be taken to the Food Bank weekly for the next 5 weeks (Until August 12, 2018)

The St. James Outreach committee thanks you in advance for your continued support!

Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries
School Supplies Needed

  • - Note Book Paper – Wide Ruled
  • - Note Book Paper – College Ruled
  • - Yellow Highlighters
  • - Multicolor Highlighters
  • - Post It Notes
  • - Pencils – No. 2
  • - 3 X 5 note cards
  • - Dry erase markers
  • - Thin colored markers
  • - Colored pencils (Crayola)
  • - Headphones/earbuds
  • - Zipper binders
  • - Back Packs
  • - 3 ring binders (½ inch, 1 inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch)
  • - Germ-X (small bottles)
  • - Composition Books (not spiral bound)
  • - Ticonderoga Pencils
  • - Scissors (Fiskars)
  • - Pencil pouches (zippered)
  • - Black Expo Markers
  • - Calculators

Tuesday Evening Bible Study - 6:30 p.m.

posted Jun 23, 2018, 3:24 PM by Ken Saunders   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 3:24 PM ]

We are making our way through the Gospel According to Mark.
We begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. 
Starting on June 12th and ending in February 2019.
Come study scripture with us!! ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Men's Prayer Fellowship - 7:00 a.m. (Tuesday)

posted Jan 23, 2016, 7:48 AM by Patti Lane   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 3:26 PM by Ken Saunders ]

Gather with a group of Men from St. James for coffee, fellowship, and Morning Prayer. 

First Sunday Food Collections

posted Dec 17, 2010, 12:58 PM by Paul Adams   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 8:43 AM by Ken Saunders ]

Our local Food Bank’s shelves empty quickly because times are tough for many. To place the less fortunate first, please bring a suggested food item to church the first Sunday of each month. Folks typically do not donate these staples and the Food Bank must otherwise purchase them at retail prices to complete their food baskets. For your convenience, our parish calendar will list them too.
  • January —5 lbs. sugar
  • February —5 lbs. corn meal
  • March —32 oz. bottle of vegetable cooking oil
  • April —peanut butter and crackers
  • May —5 lbs. flour
  • June —5 lbs. sugar
  • July —5 lbs. corn meal
  • August —32 oz. bottle of vegetable cooking oil
  • September —5 lbs. corn meal
  • October —32 oz. bottle of vegetable cooking oil
  • November —peanut butter and crackers
  • December —5 lbs. flour

“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” —Isaiah 58:10 (NRSV)

Soup Kitchen Volunteers

posted Nov 4, 2010, 4:02 PM by Paul Adams   [ updated Feb 18, 2014, 6:59 PM by Ken Saunders ]

The Soup Kitchen at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church needs volunteers to aide with food preparation and serving. Volunteers meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday to plan and prepare the food that is then served on Wednesday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Please contact Mike Russo if you are interested in volunteering.

Greene County Wood Ministry

posted Nov 4, 2010, 3:57 PM by Paul Adams   [ updated Jun 12, 2013, 5:14 PM by Ken Saunders ]

The Greene County Wood Ministry needs volunteers. This program provides free firewood for heating to households who heat with wood and qualify for support through Community Ministries. Volunteers can work on Saturdays at the warehouse on the corner of Church Street and Bernard Avenue helping with the cutting or splitting of wood. Volunteers with access to a pick-up truck can also deliver wood using a website to choose those in immediate need. Check with Mike Russo if you are interested in volunteering.

Backpack Program

posted Jun 17, 2010, 8:42 AM by Paul Adams   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 6:08 AM by Ken Saunders ]

The parish Outreach Committee adopted a local backpack program for Camp Creek Elementary School first graders for the fall. They asked parishioners to either provide a fully supplied backpack or to donate, through the church offerings, an amount of $55.00 that was used to purchase the backpack with the needed items.

On Saint James Day, July 25, five parish youth brought forth 33 backpacks to present as part of the offering gifts. The Reverend Carolyn W. Isley then blessed the backpacks with a prayer. On Thursday, August 5, Conan and Janet Rudd and Bob Strimer delivered the backpacks to Camp Creek where teachers helped bring them to a first grade classroom. Jane Bell, parishioner and the school's principal, shared photographs of the proud new backpack owners.

The fall issue of the East Tennessee Episcopalian will feature an article with more details about this worthwhile program.

Each backpack contains: 

  • 1 – one-inch three ring binder 
  • Pencil pouch for binder 
  • 2 dry erase markers 
  • 1 box of 24 crayons 
  • 1 pair safety scissors 
  • 2 glue sticks (please, no glue bottles) 
  • 2 pkg. #2 yellow pencils 
  • 1 small pencil box (8” x 5”) 
  • 1 container of disinfectant wipes 
  • 2 large packages of pencil-top erasers 
  • 2 boxes Kleenex-type tissues (the flat rectangular ones for better storage) 
  • 1 old mismatched sock to be used as an eraser 
  • 1 box of Ziploc-type sandwich sized plastic bags

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