E-newsletter | August 1, 2018
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, August 5: FIRST FRUITS
8:30am: Holy Eucharist in Chapel with The Rev. Bill Livingston
9:45am: Choir Practice
10:15am: Nursery opens in lower level of the main Sanctuary
10:30am: Holy Eucharist in Sanctuary with
The Rev. Bill Livingston

Monday, August 6:
6:00pm: Meditative Yoga in Labyrinth
Tuesday, August 7:
9:30am: Rockin' Toddlers
7:00pm: Al-Anon in library

Thursday, August 9:
9:30am: Garden Club
11:30am: Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon: Al-Anon in library

Dear Friends,

Words cannot express my gratitude for the service and the reception this past Sunday morning. You truly out did yourself in throwing a wonderful party. My parting gifts were exceedingly generous and I am truly overwhelmed. I've probably quoted this before, but Anne Lamott says that the three essential prayers are "Help, thanks, and wow." So thank you. And wow! 
Love and prayers, Ann
Upcoming Events
Eagle Scout Award
A ll are invited to celebrate Charlie Lankford’s Eagle Scout Ceremony and Dedicate his St. Paul’s Episcopal Church History scout project plaque installed outside of St. Paul’s Historic Chapel.

Sunday, August 19th at 4:00pm , a short ceremony and lunch will be in the Parish House. RSVPs are welcome for food count (BBQ chicken and all the fixings).

Jennifer & Arthur Lankford  704-256-7767  or text  336-262-9747
Youth grades 6-12 are invited to join Rachel on  August 19th for Splash from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. We will leave following the 10:30am service and return to the church by 7:30pm.  Join for an afternoon of fun on Lake Ridgecrest at Camp Ridgecrest located near Black Mountain, NC. Fun, games, and lunch will be provided. Cost: $10, pay at event. 
Back to School Blessing!
Students, teachers, and school employees are invited to bring a school item to be blessed (backpack, notebook, lanyard) on Sunday, August 26th during our worship services. 
If you are able, please bring school supply donations to be blessed and distributed to local schools.
colored pencils
glue sticks
three ring binders
pocket folders
2018 National Acolyte Festival
Saturday, October 6
Come one, come all! Join acolytes from across the United States for a festival Holy Eucharist with re-dedication of service. Bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags and streamers for a festive procession of acolytes, clergy and vergers.

Afternoon workshops offer enrichment and instruction, and tours grant up-close views of the magnificent National Cathedral! Enjoy a picnic lunch, mingle with other participants, greet old friends and make new ones. Don’t miss this premier event of its kind!

Anyone interested in attending this year's National Acolyte Festival, please contact Rachel by August 30th. Thank you! 
Next Week's Celebrations
August 5: George Forester
August 5: Randall Faw
August 6: Bill Harris
August 7: Tonya Bottomley
August 10: Pam Curley
August 11: Anne Marie Reid
August 5: Paul & Susan Hubbard
August 5: Wes & Jeri Martin
August 8: Jeff & Cindy Smith
August 9: Mike & Jean Adams
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, Ken Canter, 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, 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, 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, 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 August 5, 2018
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’“ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’“

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

Psalm 78:23-29
So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.

He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.

So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.

He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
and led out the south wind by his might.

He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
and winged birds like the sand of the sea.

He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
and round about their dwellings.

So they ate and were well filled, *
for he gave them what they craved.

Ephesians 4:1-16
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said,

"When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people."

(When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the
body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

John 6:24-35      
The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
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