E-newsletter | September 19, 2018
Kedron's Corner
“For most of us our inner theologian is 6, 8, or 13 years old. How does that theologian faithfully wrestle with the complicated social issues that we face in the world today?” I am watching the “Baptized for Voting” class on Facebook that I mentioned on Sunday and this quote comes from the professor. As she was introducing the class, she spoke of the need for continuing Christian education throughout our lives. I was so struck by her statement I wrote it down. I think this is so true. We go to Sunday school as kids, maybe vacation Bible school, maybe a Christian summer camp. Then we hit college and begin our adult lives using only the Christian formation we had as kids. This leads me to think 2 things: 1. Christian formation for children is of vital importance and 2. We have to uncover meaningful ways to offer adult formation.

I cannot say enough what a gift it is to have a Children’s and Youth minister on staff at St. Paul’s. I love all the ideas and care Rachel has for the kids here and in our wider community. You will notice her trying new things over the coming months. She’s thinking about next summer too and what programs we can offer to connect with even more of our neighbors. If you have kids or love them, chat with Rachel and get involved in laying that Christian foundation.
How do we as adults want to be formed? What type of experience would help you deepen your faith, deepen your knowledge of God or help you feel more connected to God? Tonight at Chez Paul we’ll talk about formation and how we might use Wednesday nights going forward. I want to hear from you. Do you have ideas or desires? Do you want a class? A retreat? A mission trip? We are free to mold our ministry to meet our needs. I want to learn your needs and your gifts. Clergy are called to do ministry with the people. I am excited to meet you and discover your passions and talents.

I look forward to both focusing on formation for children and finding ways to continue that formation for all of us. See you Sunday, Kedron
Hurricane Relief Fund
Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to partner with us as we support dioceses that are preparing to respond to hurricanes and other tragic storms.

Right now, your contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Hurricane Relief Fund will support impacted communities as they prepare
for and mobilize storms like Hurricane Florence. Your donation will meet urgent needs
by providing critical supplies such as food, water and other basics and will help us to provide long-term assistance as needed.

We respond to storms in the United States through partnerships with Episcopal dioceses. Our US Disaster team offers resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide emergency support so those
most impacted can make a sustained recovery after the storm. The benefit of our partnership with Episcopal churches is that these congregations are already deeply integrated within their communities - they are there before responders arrive and will remain long
after the news cameras have gone.

To contribute to our Hurricane Relief Fund, CLICK HERE .

Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are working together for lasting change.
How does being Episcopalian inform us as voters? Why and how does the Episcopal Church take positions on “political” issues? How do we live out our baptismal vows at the voting booth?

**Watch the class at home on Mondays, then join Rev. Kedron on Sunday mornings in the parish house for a discussion at 9:30 am. Let her know if you want to participate! (comment here or rector@stpaulwilkesboro.org)
Children's Chapel
After a wonderful gathering of school-aged church friends this past Sunday, I am happy to announce a weekly Children's Chapel from now until Advent. At that time we will introduce other options for children's worship (how's that for a teaser) and then evaluate programs after Christmas. 

Children's Chapel provides our children ages PreK-5th grade an opportunity to worship together in the Chapel during the first portion of the 10:30am service. Children will rejoin their families following the sermon and continue worship in the Sanctuary. Children's Chapel is based on the worship structure and will help the children to practice worship behaviors together. Children will gather in the Commons before the 10:30am service.   
Parish House Renovations
St. Paul’s is embarking on an exciting renovation of the Parish House kitchen, a move of the men’s bathroom and an expansion of storage space. Joe Fesperman will have blueprints available and discuss specifics of the plans this Sunday, September 23rd, at 9:30am in the Parish House parlor (that is soon to be remodeled).
Upcoming Events
Beginning in the Middle
Middle School Retreat

Time & Location
September 28, 5:30pm – September 30, 1:00pm
Valle Crucis Conference Center, 146 Skiles Way, Banner Elk, NC

Beginning in the Middle is a conference for youth in grades 6-8 and is a weekend of fun, fellowship and faith. Youth have the chance to grow in their faith through games, small groups, and topics that pertain to their daily lives.

This year we will discuss how we live our lives through the lens of Wearing Love. We will discuss accepting ourselves, accepting others, and how to show love by treating others with compassion.
Registration is  due by September 22, 2018.

The cost includes lodging, meals, and program for the weekend. Scholarships are available and can be requested during registration. Registration is through Campdoc.

Cost : $136, per youth.
Kitchen Clean Out Day!
We are getting ready for a kitchen renovation at the Parish House. Please join us in the Parish House on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am to pack up the kitchen. Lunch will be provided.
Save your boxes!
Save the Date - Youth Event
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.
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, September 23:
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:30am: Adult Forum
9:30am: Coffee Club
9:30am: Sunday School - Children & Youth
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
5:00pm: Adult Confirmation Class in Parish House
5:00pm: Middle School Youth meet
6:00pm: High School Youth meet
Tuesday, September 25:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, September 26:
5:30pm: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club

Thursday, September 27:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Next Week's Celebrations
September 23: Dan Bumgarner
September 23: Larry Cline
September 26: Mary Anne Caplinger
September 27: Bram Koch
September 28: Mike Adams
September 29: Mary Sue Pruitt
September 29: Becky Mullins
September 24: Tony & Sharon Lyall
September 25: Dick & Sheree Sloop
September 27: Drew & Pam Mayberry
September 28: Jeff & Lisa Beard
September 29: Carl & Franz Yale
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 23, 2018
Jeremiah 11:18-20
It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;
then you showed me their evil deeds.

But I was like a gentle lamb
led to the slaughter.

And I did not know it was against me
that they devised schemes, saying,

"Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
so that his name will no longer be remembered!"

But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
who try the heart and the mind,

let me see your retribution upon them,
for to you I have committed my cause.

Psalm 54
Save me, O God, by your Name; *
in your might, defend my cause.

Hear my prayer, O God; *
give ear to the words of my mouth.

For the arrogant have risen up against me,
and the ruthless have sought my life, *
those who have no regard for God.

Behold, God is my helper; *
it is the Lord who sustains my life.

Render evil to those who spy on me; *
in your faithfulness, destroy them.

I will offer you a freewill sacrifice *
and praise your Name, O Lord, for it is good.

For you have rescued me from every trouble, *
and my eye has seen the ruin of my foes.

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes
and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Mark 9:30-37
Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
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