E-newsletter | October 17, 2018
Kedron's Corner
Move towards your discomfort
 
In the sermon Sunday, I shared a spiritual challenge my friend Carrie issued. It was a challenge to “Move towards your discomfort” in an effort to learn something new, grow and change. Could stepping into something that causes you discomfort lead us to be better disciples I wondered Sunday? What is uncomfortable for you? What places, things, people or systems make you uncomfortable and how can you take a step towards one of those? Here is the link to Carrie’s video.
She’s already posted an update. She has received a story of parents letting their kids climb high and jump by parents who are naturally more protective. She’s gotten a story of a woman looking into the genealogy of her family, courageously learning about her southern ancestors who owned other people. Someone is making a HUGE art installation for their work. A mom has stopped shaving her legs to give her daughter a new image of beauty. So many brave stories have been received of people spending time with people with whom they have tension. Won’t you try it too? Where is your discomfort? Where could you be more open and from whom could you learn? If you do step out, share your story with me. I’d love to hear it. Let’s encourage each other to be brave and move into area of discomfort. I am certain in so doing, we will become better followers of Jesus. See you Sunday! Blessings, Kedron +
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
Message to St. Paul's Parishioners:
I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to and for the parishioners of
St. Paul’s. Your cards and notes as well as your prayers have meant the world to me, they have lifted my spirits and touched my heart. I am confident that guidance from my PCP and Cardiologist I find a path forward to restored health.

Blessings, Kay McCloskey
Announcement
We are thrilled to announce that we have a hired a nursery worker, Morgen Love. She is employed by Gordon Baptist Christian School in the daycare with 0-4 year old children. She is infant and adult CPR and First Aid certified, trained in Safe sleep methods and playground safety. She is passionate about caring for children and we are so happy to have her joining our St. Paul’s family this Sunday, October 21st. 
 
Nursery will be provided for infants-4 years old in the Parish House from 9:30-10:10am and below the sanctuary from 10:15am until the end of the second service.
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. 
Opportunities
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.
Upcoming Events
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.
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, October 21:
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:30am: Coffee Club - Sunday School for Parents
9:30am: Sunday School - Children & Youth
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:15am: Nursery opens
10:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary
10:30am: Children's Chapel
11:45am: Vestry meeting
6:00pm: Youth Group meets

Lynne out of office until Thursday, October 25.
Tuesday, October 23:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, October 24:
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club in library

Thursday, October 25:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Next Week's Celebrations
Birthdays:
October 24: Iris Hilton
October 24: Janae Sloan
October 26: Joan McCord
October 27: Laurie Love
Anniversaries:
October 22: Roland & Nancy Scroggs
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 21, 2018
Isaiah 53:4-12
Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;

yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
 
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?

For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.

They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,

although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.

When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;

through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light;

he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will allot him a portion with
the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;

because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;

yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16
Because you have made the Lord your
refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,

There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.

Because he is bound to me in love,
therefore will I deliver him; *

I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
With long life will I satisfy him, *
and show him my salvation.

Hebrews 5:1-10
Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;
as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:35-45    
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
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