E-newsletter | September 26, 2018

Please join us at church this Sunday, September 30th, at 9:30am for a combined service in the sanctuary.
Kedron's Corner
“Life is brutal. But it’s also beautiful. Brutiful, I call it. Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly that they can’t be separated.”— Glennon Doyle (https://momastery.com/blog/about-glennon/

I started this article originally by writing “these last few days have been beautiful”, then I decided that “brutiful” is a more accurate description. Bob Strickland passed away Friday and ever since St. Paul’s has been abuzz with activity. I have seen the selfless giving of time, energy, creativity and love. It was as though each person instinctively knew their role and wove their gifts together to make the most amazing service and reception happen. You worked with technology (to much success!), filled candles, folded napkins, ordered food and flowers, made bulletins, set up tables, dressed the altar, loved on the family all the while telling stories of Bob or Lowe’s or of how St. Paul’s takes care of folks. It was beautiful. 

It was brutal too. I watched a widow touch the casket of her beloved and couldn’t image what it would be like to go to sleep without her partner of 66 years. I listened to Carla wrap us each in the Lord’s Prayer and saw many a tear. I saw a daughter thank God for her daddy. I heard many a tale of Bob and how he will be missed by his friends. 

It is a brutiful thing we do in church— celebrating life and death, joy and pain, heartache and resurrection at the same time. Tonight I go to sleep with sadness for a sweet lady who lost her love and gratitude for the multitude of hands and hearts that made her husband’s entrance into the land of light and love absolutely perfect. Here’s looking at you: Jim, Bill, Mary Anne, Ruth, Rachel, Lynne, Fern, Carla, Al, Don and team, Heather, Wes, and Bill. 💕
to be hosted at
  SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2018
On Saturday, September 29th the Recovery Eucharist will be at 10:45am with Bishop Jose McLoughlin, Celebrating and Bishop Porter Taylor, Preaching.
Youth … No Charge … Clergy - $25 - daily $50 rate and daily COUPON rate $25 . . . (doesn’t include meals)
For more information please visit www.wncrecovery.org .
Upcoming Events
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!
Yoga Classes
Yoga classes will start again on October 1st from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Columbarium. They will meet every other week, weather permitting. Hope to see you there!
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.
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.
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, September 30:
One Service Only
8:45am: Choir Practice
9:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary
9:30am: Children's Chapel
5:00pm: Adult Confirmation Class in Parish House

Tuesday, October 2:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library
Wednesday, October 3:
5:30pm: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club

Thursday, October 4:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Next Week's Celebrations
September 30: Lorraine Hubbard Little
October 2: Amelia Koch
October 3: Karen McElwee
October 4: Carla Bowers
October 1: Bob & Pam Baugh
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 30, 2018
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased. So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child,’ to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.”

So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!”

Psalm 19:7-14
The law of the Lord is perfect
and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the Lord is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.

The statutes of the Lord are just
and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the Lord is clear
and gives light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean
and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
than honey in the comb.

By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.

Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.

Let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
James 5:13-20
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Mark 9:38-50
John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
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