E-newsletter | October 24, 2018
The Bishop is Coming!
Sunday, October 28th
9:30am: “Meet the Bishop” in the Chapel - all are welcome to ask questions and hear from Bishop José
9:30am: Godly Play
9:30am: Youth confirmands meet with Rachel
10:30am: One Service with Confirmation
The cash offering this Sunday will go to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund .
Following Service: Reception in the Commons
* please bring a snack to share
Kedron's Corner
Confirmation Matters
 
"I'm SOOO EXCITED about confirmation!" This was the email I received earlier this week from one of our friends who is getting confirmed this Sunday. I smiled then teared up because this is EXACTLY how it should be. We should be excited to make a public profession of our faith. We should be excited to know we are welcomed unconditionally into the household of God. We should be excited to share with God in loving God's people and caring for God's creation. 
 
My favorite part of the confirmation service is also my favorite part of baptisms, weddings and ordinations. It's the question "Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?" That's our chance show them our love and give a LOUD resounding WE WILL! This is the moment we join in their joy and commitment. I always tell folks that this is the moment you should look up and see the congregation. These are the people who will pick you up, teach you something about God, pray with you, pray for you. They will bring you a meal when you are sick and laugh when you are happy. They will feed your children too many cookies then get on the floor and wipe up the crumbs. They will be your mentors and friends on the journey. This is the best part of joining a Christian community because when we say "We will", we mean it. 
 
This Sunday Bishop José will ask the whole congregation to renew their baptismal promises. I ask us each to carefully answer after we've thought about them. As you know, I think living the Christian life is hard and these promises (especially the last 2) are the epitome of hard in the face of the world we live in today. 
 
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons loving your migrant, black, gay, trans, Muslim, poor, incarcerated neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Will you strive for justice for those on the margins, those outcast, those fleeing violence, those unfairly targeted by voter purging and by discrimination and respect the dignity of every human being? 
 
We can not take on all the ills of our society or solve all the problems of our world. We can, however, take our baptismal vows seriously and do what we can, when we can, in our corner of the world. I, along with you, will renew my baptismal vows this Sunday. I am grateful that together we get to work, struggle and even succeed at actually seeking and serving and respecting like they ask us to. I am SOOO excited about confirmation and hope you are too. See you Sunday! Blessings, Kedron 
Opportunities
Calling All Artists!
Advent bulletin cover art request— will you draw, paint or design a cover for one of our 4 Advent Sundays? Remember the themes of Advent: waiting, candles, light, Mary, joy, peace, love and Christ! (We need the art in a file we can resize to fit the cover - preferably a JPG.)
We need your help to make the annual ECW bazaar and bake sale a success!
We seek your help in making our annual ECW bazaar and bake sale a success. This is ECW's only fundraiser and it raises money we use to financially support vital non-profits doing work for displaced children and those with special needs, recovering addicts, impoverished seniors, neighbors in financial crisis, and the like. 
 
Our bazaar and bake sale is Sunday November 18, 2018, from 830am to 1pm  in the Commons and the adjacent outdoor patio (assuming our parish house is still under renovation). We ask those of you who are crafters, to please consider making crafts and donating them to our bazaar. Whether it's woodworking, art making, ornament making, floral arranging, jewelry making, sewing, knitting, cooking, writing, etcetera, we know folks will enjoy taking home something you have hand crafted. Additionally, we ask all bakers to donate home made sweet or savory fare. Many of our customers use those goodies on Thanksgiving, the following Thursday, and are grateful for one less thing they have to prepare themselves! Finally, we are happy to receive donated "re-gift" items, that is, new or gently used items you have received but have no use for. Let us make them useful to someone else, while simultaneously assisting ECW.
 
ECW members will collect donations on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from noon to 3pm at the choir room entrance on the eastern side of the church building. If needed, we can refrigerate donations in the kitchen adjacent to the teen room, located below the sanctuary. If you prefer, you may drop items off early on the morning of Sunday, November 18, 2018.
 
Thank you in advance for supporting us! Any questions, please call Anne Hannibal 216 644 1595.
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.

If you like: campfires, s'mores, porch rocking, hiking, or just being present in the thin place of Valle Crucis please contact out Ryan Minick ( ryminick@gmail.com) about serving on the Parish Retreat Planning Crew.
Upcoming Events
All Saints Day
On All Saints Day, Sunday, November 4th , we will print the names of those who have died in the last year in the bulletin and pray for them in worship. Please let us know the names of those who are dear to you who you have lost in this last year, so that we can remember them on this day. 

Email any names you would like listed to Lynne by Tuesday, October 30th at office@stpaulwilkesboro.org .
Acolyte Training
Please join Rev. Kedron for an acolyte training following the 10:30am service on Sunday, November 4th. We will meet in the Sanctuary and light snacks will be provided.  
This training is for current acolytes and acolyte hopefuls alike.
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.
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Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, October 28:
9:30am: "Meet the Bishop" in the Chapel
9:30am: Godly Play
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:30am: Confirmation with Bishop Jose
Following Service: Reception in Commons

Monday, October 29:
5:30pm: Yoga class at Labyrinth
Tuesday, October 30:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, October 31:
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club in library

Thursday, November 1:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Next Week's Celebrations
Birthdays:
October 29: Pete Mann
October 30: Richard Shepherd
October 31: Craig Freas
November 1: Maia Cook
November 3: Tim Murphy
November 3: Rose Mary Street
Anniversaries:
None this week.
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, 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, Maggie McCann, Kay McCloskey, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, Curtis Parker, Bob Skees, Ester Small, 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 28, 2018
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Thus says the Lord:

Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,

“Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel.”

See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,

among them the blind and the lame, those with child and
those in labor, together;
a great company, they shall return here.

With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,

I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;

for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Psalm 126
When the Lord restored the fortunes
of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.

Then was our mouth filled with
laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.

Then they said among the nations, *
"The Lord has done great things for them."

The Lord has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.

Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying
the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

A reading from Hebrews 7:23-28
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

Mark 10:35-45   
Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
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