E-newsletter | September 12, 2018

Thank you from Kedron, James, Mills and Walt

A BIG thank you from the Nicholsons for all your warm words and thoughtful acts of welcome. Sunday was a joy and the lunch was lively and delicious. Thank you for cooking and decorating! We look forward to getting to know you and being part of the life of this parish and community.
Kedron's Corner
There is one thing that didn’t make our move from Florida to North Carolina. In fact, there were almost 2 things! Bobo the cat was so unsure about moving that he hid outside for over 24 hours. Thanks to a very patient James, when BoBo appeared he was cuddled (captured?) and made the ride to our new home. There is one thing that didn’t though. In fact, it couldn’t. My cocktail tree. A few years ago, James gave me the most wonderful Christmas gift—a cocktail tree. It is a tree that has multiple citrus fruit grafted onto the same plant. They come in all sorts of combinations; mine has oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

We planted it in our front yard. The boys would help me water it in the dry seasons and in early summer we’d go visit and try to guess what fruit the green buds would eventually become. I visited it just about every time I went on a run…just to take a peak and say hello. I’m not much of a gardener though I come from some very good ones.
The first year I only got grapefruit and lemons. The next year limes were in abundance. And this year, well this year the tree is LADEN with fruit. I love my tree because it creates and gives away the most amazing gifts. I have cooked and seasoned and squeezed with joy every gift from that tree. But it didn’t, couldn’t, come with us here. Citrus trees like the heat and the rain and the humidity of Florida; moving to the climate of NC would be an impossibility. Thankfully, for the rest of us, change isn’t quite that hard. Change is hard, but it doesn’t actually kill us.
I know you’ve been through lots of changes lately. As we enter this new season together, I am aware that change isn’t ending just yet. Changes are afoot in the parish house. You’ll notice the entire service printed in the bulletin this week. Rachel and I are working on making our sanctuary more family friendly. You are having to adjust to hearing a new voice in worship. For the Nicholsons, everything is new. We are reminding ourselves that change is hard, but new life is the gift. I hope you are too.
Like my cocktail tree, we will leave some things behind and new things will grow at St. Paul’s. I fully believe the Holy Spirit is playing an integral part in all the changes around here. I look forward to seeing what grows! See you Sunday, Kedron +
Volunteers Needed

Handy Folks Needed
James could use 2-3 handy folks to help him reconstruct the boy’s outdoor playset. If you have time to help, call the office or email Rev. Kedron and she’ll get you in touch with James. rector@stpaulswilkesboro.org
Upcoming Events

Children's Chapel 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. 
Men's Breakfast
The Men’s Breakfast will meet on Sunday, September 16th from 8:00-10:15am in the Parish House and will be cooked and served by the men of St. Paul’s. A donation of $5.00 per person to cover our cost is appreciated. Come join your fellow parishioners for delicious food and fellowship.
If you would like to get involved with the Men’s Breakfast, please contact Ken Canter at rkencanter@aol.com .
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
File Cabinet Needed
We are looking for a file cabinet for the office. If you have one you no longer need, please contact the church office @ 336-667-4231.
Members and friends of St. Paul's,

Exciting news! Late September, early October, the first remodeling of the Parish House in over 20 years will begin and take 2 months to complete. The planned work will expand the kitchen, replace existing appliances and add 2 new ones, provide more storage space, add a beverage serving area and move the men's bathroom.

These changes will better allow us to live into our Crisis Assistance and Step Ahead ministries of serving our neighbors and to grow into some of the goals expressed in our recent Appreciative Inquiry study. There are multiple anticipated benefits of this work. 

  1. The kitchen will change from a serving kitchen to one where food can be more easily prepared and served. 
  2. Reorganization and moving the front wall 2+ feet into the room will make the kitchen easier to use. People will be able to serve, prepare and begin cleanup simultaneously.
  3. With an everyday available cook top stove and griddle, a new sink will be installed to wash pots. The new stove will be fueled by natural gas.
  4. A new dishwasher and rearranged work area will make it more likely we will be able to use china rather than paper plates. This can make the kitchen "greener" and consistent with previous environmentally friendly goals.
  5. The two new appliances will be an ice maker and a warmer. This will provide ice for both Wednesday evening and Thursday midday Crisis activities. The warmer complements the use of the oven for Crisis meals where we routinely serve 60-70 people weekly.
  6. There will be more counter space.
  7. Construction of a new beverage serving and storage area where the current water fountain resides will improve serving efficiency and provide the kitchen with a designated "dirty space" thereby making the kitchen more hygienic.
  8. A new air conditioner in the kitchen will make meal preparation more comfortable.
  9. Moving the men's bathroom will alleviate the current road block that can exist at the kitchen's entrance and generally make the area more sanitary.
  10. A larger, more user friendly kitchen opens up possibilities for ministry, ie. youth meals, better facilities for wedding and post-funeral receptions and for community events at large.
  11. A switch to natural gas and the extensive work itself will require a new ventilation, hood and fire suppression system which is badly needed to help insure parish house safety.

Planning for this undertaking has been ongoing for over 6 months and involved parishioners involved in both the Crisis ministries and Men's Breakfast. Cubic Construction is the contractor and Trimark Foodcraft of Winston Salem will supply the appliances.
As expected, this undertaking is expensive and projected to cost approximately $165,000. An incredibly generous anonymous donor has provided $75,000 startup funding and pledged an additional $50,000 of matching funds for every dollar raised by St. Paul's. Over the last 1 1/2 years there have been multiple inquiries about financial support for the chapel preservation, cemetery/labyrinth and handicapped accessibility projects. Now is the time to step forward. The Capital Fund raising goal for this work is $50,000. This will be a one time request and is separate from the pledge amount given yearly. A separate mailing will go out in the near future about this year's Stewardship campaign.

Sunday morning, September 16th, between services, with Men's Breakfast available, blueprints of the proposed work will be available and questions will be answered. Please feel free to bring a checkbook that Sunday. Rest assured that will be several opportunities to financially assist St. Paul's expansion of Christ's work among us.

Joe Fesperman
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, September 16:
8:00am: Men's Breakfast in Parish House
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:15am: Nursery opens in lower level of the main Sanctuary
10:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary
10:30am: Children's Chapel
11:45am: Vestry meeting in Parish House
5:00pm: Confirmation Class in Parish House
Tuesday, September 18:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, September 19:
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 20:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Next Week's Celebrations
September 16: Jim Lyall
September 18: Jim Sturdivant
September 20: Tina Duncan
September 20: Kitty Owens
September 20: Tamara Burkenbine
September 21: Ron Myers
September 21: Amelia Minick
September 22: Alaina Grit
September 22: Angela Nardini
September 19: Bill & Marietta Carroll
September 19: James & Beverly Cook
September 21: Joe & Jenny Richardson
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 September 16, 2018
Isaiah 50:4-9a
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,

that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.

Morning by morning he wakens--
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.

The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.

I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out
the beard;

I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;

therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.

It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

Psalm 116:1-8
I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.

Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *
"O Lord, I pray you, save my life."

Gracious is the Lord and righteous; *
our God is full of compassion.

The Lord watches over the innocent; *
I was brought very low, and he helped me.

Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *
for the Lord has treated you well.

For you have rescued my life from death, *
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord *
in the land of the living.

James 3:1-12
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by
hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue-- a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

Mark 8:27-38 
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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