E-newsletter | August 29, 2018
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, September 2: FIRST FRUITS
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel with The Rev. Bill Livingston
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:15am: Nursery opens in lower level of the main Sanctuary
10:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary with
The Rev. Bill Livingston

Monday, September 3:

Tuesday, September 4:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library
Wednesday, September 5:
5:30pm: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
6:00pm: Chez Paul pot luck in Parish House
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club

Thursday, September 6:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library

Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9:
Rachel @ Diocesan Youth Council

The Rev. Kedron Nicholson's first services will be on September 9. After the 10:30am service, we will have a cover dish lunch in the Parish House to welcome Kedron and her family to our Parish. 
Jim and Mary Iva Gray appreciate the food, visits, dog walking, prayers and concern that you have shared with Ruth as she struggles with debilitating Alzheimer's. She is now in the memory care facility at Rose Glen Manor. Ruth cannot have visitors until September 12th but would like to receive cards. The address is:

Rose Glen Manor 240 Independence Ave, Room 109, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Your continued prayers are much appreciated.
Upcoming Events
Chez Paul Returns
Please plan to join us for a Chez Paul Potluck Dinner
on Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00pm
in the Parish House.

Children's Chapel begins September 16th
Children ages 5-8 are invited to join Rachel in the Commons before the 10:30am service. We will have a short lesson in the Chapel and re-join the service immediately following the sermon. The nursery will remain open for children birth-4years old. 
Save the Date - Youth Events
September 28-30  – Beginning in the Middle – Middle school retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center 
November 16-18  – High School Conference at Valle Crucis Conference Center
ECW Update
"Sadly, summer is nearing an end. Happily, ECW resumes in September! Please join me Monday, September 10, 2018 at 12 noon as I begin my one year term as president. I've been a member at St. Paul's for about 5 years and have assisted with nursery duty, ushering, chalice bearing, crisis ministry, weeding the grounds, vestry, and ECW. Please bring a dish to share, and come with stories about what you did last summer, and ideas for what you want ECW to look like this year. Thank you, Anne Hannibal
Calling all candidates for confirmation! 
We will begin a new confirmation class on Sunday, September 9th with a retreat-style gathering from 5:00-8:00pm. Dinner will be provided. Following our initial meeting, we will meet on the following Sundays (time and location TBD): September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, and October 21. Bishop José will join us on October 28 and candidates will be presented for confirmation. A reception will follow the 10:30am service that day. 
Adult and youth (6th-12th grades) are encouraged to join this confirmation class. Contact Rachel or Deacon Susan for more information or to sign up. 
Next Week's Celebrations
September 3-Monty Shaw
September 4-Susan Dudek
September 6-Debbie Ferguson
September 6-Noah Wansley
September 7-Benjamin Searcy
September 8-Jim Andrews
None this week
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All those who are ill or unemployed. All those who are on our prayer list.
Rik Absher, Carol Ambrose, Jim Andrews, Joe Barber, Ken Canter, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Presiding Bishop Curry, Ann Davis, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Janet Hartzog, Gerald Hendley, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Whit Loflin, Maggie McCann, Kay McCloskey, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Donna Moore, Bertie Pardue, Jeffrey Parisi, Curtis Parker, Bob Skees, Ester Small, Duane Smith, Carolyn Stephens, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Dick Whittington, and Cole Younger.
Armed Forces
Let us pray for the safety of all our troops , especially Rob Beauchaine, Matthew Cage, Alex Cline, Philip Cooney, Karl Duerk, Mike Earley, William Grant, Edward C. Griffith IV, Jacob B. Hall, Jonathan Johnson, Brandon Moore, Russ Necessary, Charlie & Lauren Pendry, Adam Pinkerton, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Patrick Szvetitz, Jackson Triplett, Nathan Wyatt, and all others who serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout
the world.

Please send to the church office the addresses of troops with connections to office@stpaulwilkesboro.org , especially those abroad.
Readings: The Liturgy of the Word for September 2, 2018
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Moses said: So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.

You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.
Psalm 15
Lord, who may dwell in your
tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?

Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.

There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.

In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the Lord.

He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.

He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.

James 1:17-27
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.

If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
When the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;

in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’

You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
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