E-newsletter | October 3, 2018
Kedron's Corner
 You are loved here
The stories of assault and trauma have been pouring forth. I’ve heard them in person, read them on the internet, and prayed with survivors. Churches are called to speak out at injustice and to comfort those in pain. Jesus showed us how to name oppression and work against systems that allow for violence against any group. We are called to bind up the broken hearted and heal the wounded. From the women telling of the empty tomb on Easter day to today, the world has questioned women’s stories. We place truth in the hands of those with power and influence. We assume that weaker in body also means weaker in spirit or memory. There is much to work on in our society to change our culture, and I hope we each find our own way to make our society safer and more just. Please know you are safe here. If you are hurting or wounded from assault, you will be listened to here. You are believed here. You are loved here. If you are sad or confused because your friend or family member has been wounded, you are safe here. You will be believed here. You will be loved here. Please know that I am always available, and if you are not comfortable talking to me about an issue, I will do my best to help you find someone. See you Sunday, Kedron +

Rachel's Reflections
This past weekend I chaperoned one of our church family as she attended her first Beginning in the Middle conference. I was inspired by her bravery even before we left Wilkesboro. Though Valle Crucis is a familiar place, a place that has been constant in her life, this experience was brand new but she said that felt ready to go and make new friends. 

At Beginning in the Middle, community is formed, faith expanded, and the takeaway is more than just the tee shirts, painting, and crafts that came home. The youth played games, sang songs, and participated in Family Group discussions. They also learned how to lay hands and pray for their peers during a healing service, comforted one another, and spent time in nature learning to pray in eight different ways. To hear, see, and feel the Holy Spirit moving in the hearts and lives of middle schoolers is an honor. The community of St. James in Black Mountain crocheted personal prayer squares for all of the youth in attendance. There were enough for the adults to take one too, since leaving Valle Crucis I have prayed with the square and so has Amelia. I hope that the youth who were in attendance will also take and share their experiences with their friends and loved ones as they Wear Love Everywhere... 
Crisis Assistance Ministry & Step Ahead Program
Thursdays @ 11:30am-1:00pm
These ministries have moved to the Wilkesboro United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at 309 W. Main Street in Wilkesboro while we renovate our Parish House kitchen.

11:30am: Hot lunch is served
11:30am-1:00pm: Assistance & Step Ahead

To volunteer, contact Carol Canter @ 336-566-1311
To donate lunch, contact Mary Southwell @ 336-469-3216 or Ruth Harris @ 336-984-9690
Casting Call

We are looking for parishioners age 0-100 to appear in a short film about St. Paul's. No on camera speaking required. You will be asked to reflect on one of the following (or similar) statements reflecting on your love of St. Paul's: 
I love St. Paul's because...
St. Paul's gives me....
Because of St. Paul's....
At St. Paul's I found...
I give _____ to St. Paul's because ____.... 
If interested, contact Rachel stpaulscyfm@gmail.com or 336-990-0291 for more information.
Upcoming Events
Yoga Classes
Yoga classes, taught by Laurie Brintle-Jarvis, will start on October 1st from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the labyrinth. They will meet every other week, weather permitting. If you have props (blocks, straps or blankets), please bring them to class. The class theme will be Worry less, trust more. $5.00.
Stewardship is Coming!
November is the month for harvest and celebrating our blessings. During the month we’ll each be asked why we love our community, what we want to build upon and what we can give to continue God’s work in this place. 

Save-the-date November 25th 5:00 pm Harvest celebration in the Labyrinth. Music, food, raffle and fun for all ages as we wrap up stewardship. 
Save the Date - Youth Event
Join us as we explore how to let our own light shine when facing times of darkness in our personal lives, our community, and the world.

The cost, $136 per youth, includes lodging, meals, and program for the weekend.  Scholarships are available and can be requested during registration. 

Registration is through Campdoc and the retreat is listed as an event under Camp Henry. 
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, October 7: FIRST FRUITS
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:30am: Coffee Club - Sunday School for Parents
9:30am: Sunday School - Children & Youth
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:15am: Nursery opens
10:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary
10:30am: Children's Chapel
5:00pm: Adult Confirmation Class
6:00pm: Youth Group meets

Monday, October 8:
12:00noon: ECW meets
5:30pm: Christian Ed Committee meets
Monday-Wednesday, October 8-10:
Kedron @ Clergy Conference

Tuesday, October 9:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, October 10:
5:30pm: Evening prayer in Chapel
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club in library

Thursday, October 11:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
6:00pm: Stewardship Committee meeting
Next Week's Celebrations
October 9: Amy Will
October 9: Thomas Will
October 11: Glenn Smith
October 12: Rosa Jolly
October 13: Teal Griffin
October 10: Don & Pam Curley
October 11: Bert & Sandra Hall
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, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, 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, Becky Self Phillips, 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, Levi Walker, 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 October 7, 2018
Genesis 2:18-24
The Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,
for out of Man this one was taken.”
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Psalm 8
O Lord our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens.

You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?

You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;

You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

O Lord our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,

“What are human beings that you are
mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them?

You have made them for a little while lower
than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under their feet.”

Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,

“I will proclaim your name to my brothers
and sisters,
in the midst of the congregation I will
praise you.”

Matthew 6:26-33
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-- you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, `What will we eat?' or `What will we drink?' or `What will we wear?' For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
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