E-newsletter | September 5, 2018
Next Week's Calendar
Our new Priest In Charge, the Rev. Kedron Nicholson will begin her Call here at St. Paul’s this coming Sunday. Let’s welcome Kedron, James and sons, Walt and Mills with a delicious covered dish lunch after the 10:30am service this Sunday!  
Sunday, September 9:
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
Following Service: Covered dish lunch in Parish House
5-8:00pm: Confirmation Class Retreat
5:00pm: Middle School Youth meet
6:00pm: High School Youth meet
Monday, September 10:
12:00noon: ECW meeting in Parish House

Tuesday, September 11:
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, September 12:
5:30pm: Holy Eucharist in Chapel
6:45pm: Choir practice
7:00pm: Dick Underwood Book Club

Thursday, September 13:
11:30am: Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library
Upcoming Events
Calling all candidates for confirmation! 
We will begin a new confirmation class on Sunday, September 9th with a retreat-style gathering from 5:00-8:00pm. Dinner will be provided. Following our initial meeting, we will meet on the following Sundays (time and location TBD): September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, and October 21. Bishop José will join us on October 28 and candidates will be presented for confirmation. A reception will follow the 10:30am service that day. 
Adult and youth (6th-12th grades) are encouraged to join this confirmation class. Contact Rachel or Deacon Susan for more information or to sign up. 
ECW Meeting
Please join us Monday, September 10, 2018 at 12 noon in the Parish House. Bring a simple dish to share. The meeting will be presided by new president, Anne Hannibal. Kedron Nicholson will be attending. Hope all ladies in the church will try to attend!
Volunteers and Donations needed 
St. Paul’s will be hosting a game and treat table at the Annual Halloween Parade and Festival at the Carolina West Wireless Community Commons, Downtown Wilkesboro on Saturday, September 15th. 

Volunteers are needed from 2:00pm-3:00pm to set up the table and games, and then in shifts from 4:00pm-8:00pm to help keep the game running smoothly. Donations of candy will be accepted in the office to be given out during this event. Contact Rachel at 336-667-4231 with questions. 

Children's Chapel begins 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. 
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
Next Week's Celebrations
September 9-Sharon Thomas
September 10-Linda Wansley
September 11-Richard Canter
September 11-Aaliyah Kilby
September 12-Bailey Koch
September 12-James southwell
September 15-Whit Loflin
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.
Rik Absher, Carol Ambrose, Jim Andrews,
Joe Barber, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Presiding Bishop Curry, 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, 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 9, 2018
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
‘Be strong, do not fear!

Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,

with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;

the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;

Psalm 146
Praise the Lord, O my soul! *
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any
child of earth, *
for there is no help in them.

When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
and in that day their thoughts perish.

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
whose hope is in the Lord their God;

Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
who keeps his promise for ever;

Who gives justice to those who are
oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.

The Lord shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

James 2:1-17
My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one

who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

Mark 7:24-37
Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
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