E-newsletter | August 22, 2018
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, August 26:
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel with The Rev. Mollie Turner
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:15am: Nursery opens in lower level of the main Sanctuary
10:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary with
The Rev. Mollie Turner

Back Pack Blessing at both services
Monday, August 27:
6:00pm: Meditative Yoga in Labyrinth

Tuesday, August 28:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, August 29:
6:45pm: Choir practice

Thursday, August 30:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Back to School Blessing!
Students, teachers, and school employees are invited to bring a school item to be blessed (backpack, notebook, lanyard) on Sunday, August 26th during our worship services. 

If you are able, please bring school supply donations to be blessed and distributed to local schools.
crayons, pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, composition books, pocket folders
Dear Friends at St. Paul's,

I believe that God gives us friends to help us understand what love is all about. You have proved that to me again and again. For love, compassion and support for me during my recent health issues has been awesome. Please know that I appreciate every kind deed and pray that God will bless each of you as He used you to bless me! God be with you...

Pat Jones
New Priest in Charge
Welcome Rev. Kedron Nicholson

It is with Great Joy and excitement that Your Vestry can announce that the Reverend Kedron Nicholson has accepted our unanimous call as PRIEST IN CHARGE.

Several weeks ago, the Canon to the Ordinary, Rev. Augusta Anderson met with the Vestry and
presented us with several options for transition. We made this decision based on how healthy and committed our Parish is at this time. Not wanting to slow our momentum with a traditional discernment, the Vestry decided to call a Priest In Charge.

For the next two years, Reverend Kedron will have the responsibilities of a Rector and will immediately lead our worship, outreach, pastoral care and all of the ongoing administration
of the Parish.

Through this 2 year period, we will together discern whether Kedron will become our Rector. If she is not installed as Rector after 2 years, we will move forward with a traditional search.

The Vestry strongly believes that this transition model provides stability and keeps us moving forward in our missions and ministries.

Rev. Kedron and her family are planning to move by September 1, 2018. Hopefully, she will be in the pulpit on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of September.

The Vestry thanks you for all of your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. We are very excited for you to meet Rev. Kedron, her family and to begin a new chapter at St. Paul’s together.

God Is Good _ All the Time!

If you have any questions , please contact me or any member of your Vestry.

Peace,

Connie McNeill
Senior Warden
336-414-7855 or crmac@charter.net
The Rev. Kedron Nicholson has 16 years of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church joyfully helping all ages engage the Gospel through worship, education and service. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned her degree in anthropology. She entered seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 2002 and was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Atlanta.
 
The priesthood has taken her on an adventure she never could have dreamed. She has done mission work in El Salvador, Botswana, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Fiji and all over the United States. She is passionate about outreach and says that Matthew 25 is a guiding light in her life— Jesus said, “When you did it to the least of these, you did it unto me.” Philippians 4:4 is also central to her life, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice!”
 
She has served a wide variety of parishes from rural to urban, large to small in all levels of leadership. She recently led a mid-sized parish in Florida, empowering them to navigate the challenge of a changing neighborhood. They achieved their goal of looking more like the surrounding neighborhood (more colorful, a variety of economic levels, more diversity in sexuality). On the national level, she has served as program facilitator and chaplain with the Episcopal Church Building Fund.
 
Engaging worship with relevant sermons, welcoming and friendly, hospitable, energetic and joyful are all ways she describes her approach to ministry. She says, “I strive to preach the Gospel with authenticity merging everyday life, current affairs, news and humor with Jesus’ message of love, forgiveness and acceptance.”
 
Coming to Wilkesboro from Jacksonville, FL Reverend Kedron is married to James and they have twin boys Mills and Walt. She loves soccer, big handbags, cooking, reading and dreams of traveling to exotic places when her boys get older. Clearly her superpower is multi-tasking.
Upcoming Events
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
Birthdays:
August 28-Pat Jones
August 29-Steve Jackson
August 30-Tony Goodnight
August 30-Drew Bowers
August 31-Franklin Sturdivant
August 31-Christine Oliver
September 1-Debbie Absher
September 1-Kevin Morrow
September 1-Cooper Morris
Anniversaries:
August 26-Jim & Rose Andrews
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All those who are ill or unemployed. All those who are on our prayer list.
Illness
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, 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 August 26, 2018
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Psalm 34:15-22
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, *
and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against those who
do evil, *
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them *
and delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted *
and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

Many are the troubles of the righteous, *
but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.

He will keep safe all his bones; *
not one of them shall be broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked, *
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *
and none will be punished who trust in him.

Ephesians 6:10-20
Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

John 6:56-69 
Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”

Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
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