E-newsletter | December 9, 2021
336.667.4231
office@stpaulwilkesboro.org

This has been a busy and exiting week for Mother Stephanie as she is in the midst of a move to relocate to Wilkes!

Mother Stephanie will be back for services this Sunday.
We would like to say “Thank you!” for your faithful giving and dedication to St. Paul’s. Without your support, and the support of the parish, St. Paul’s would not be able to have the impact on our community that we do.

We have had an amazing response thus far and this is your invitation to make your pledge if you have not already done so.

we have so much for which to be thankful and your generosity of spirit never ceases to amaze! Thank you for all that you do and for all that is made possible by your generosity. 
SOCK DRIVE

Thank you to everyone who has donated towards our clothing and coat drives. Our clothing ministry is now in need of socks for all genders and sizes.
Please consider donating only gently used or new items to this important cause
All donations can be dropped off by the church office.

Dear Friends,

In addition to our children’s lunch bags, we will be making Christmas parcels for the children that come to Crisis Assistance. With your help we can put a smile on their sweet faces. We hope to have them ready to hand out mid December. I already have gloves, socks, blankets, toothbrush, toothpaste, coloring books, crayons, notebooks, balls, jump ropes, and there is a sponsor for matchbox cars and necklaces. I am asking for donations of individual packets of instant oatmeal, granola bars, Christmas candy, hot chocolate packets, or monetary donations and we will be happy to shop for you. Please bring donations to the church office or call me if you have any questions, 336.984.9690. Thank you.

Peace,
Ruth Harris
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PARISH OFFICE PROJECT
IS STILL IN MOTION!
Plans are moving forward to upgrade the parish office space. We are in discussion with an architect who is planning a revision that is focused the ground floor of the sanctuary that currently houses the library and choir room. These plans will insure accessibility, staff safety, and confidentiality of visitors among other needful improvements.
MASKS REQUIRED IN WORSHIP

Masks will be worn for inside worship and other inside activities for the foreseeable future.

In small group gatherings of vaccinated individuals it is appropriate to have a discussion as to whether you want to wear masks or not. But please wear masks if even one member of the group prefers this important safety measure.

Please help us put an end to this Pandemic by getting vaccinated.

Love yourself, love your neighbor, get vaccinated!
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
AND
YOURSELF!

GET VACCINATED!!

PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY!
Assistance Ministries on Thursdays!

Our Assistance team is back in business! A special thank you to all of those who come out and volunteer their time.
Crisis Assistance and Step Ahead will be holding lunches from 11:30am-1:00pm on Thursdays. For now, the lunches provided will be bagged.

SIGN UP TODAY!
Sponsor our Sunday Flowers to Honor Your Special Memories and Occasions!


Signup sheet and envelopes are in the commons.
Cost: $40 for one vase and $80 for two.
Sign up for one or both vases.



Standing order with City Florist, who will bill the church monthly. If you want something special for your two vases, call City Florist with your request. In that case, if you pay them directly, let them know your flowers replace our order.
If you want to “do your own thing” sign up for both vases then let Kathie Smith know at least a week before your chosen Sunday, so that the standing order can be canceled.

You can now access the flowers sign up form online! Click the button below to sign up today.
The form can also be accessed via the app.
Join us for Worship on YouTube or click on the link on our website!
Ongoing Ministry Opportunities Below!
Listed below are on-going opportunities to give, participate, and serve at St. Paul's. We don't want these ministry activities to become "wallpaper" as they do change slightly from time to time so check in each week and see what invitation to serve might be calling your name!
CARE & FEEDING FUND
Offering Hospitality in Time of Need
Thank you for your generosity! $2230.00 so far...

Hospitality is a primary call of faith community. We all have times in our lives when circumstances overwhelm our basic needs and that is when the the care and feeding of our members becomes a paramount need.

There are many in our church family that could use and appreciate a meal. Since COVID, our Feed My Sheep Teams have been inactive.

Until such a time when we can get those teams up and running we are starting a Care & Feeding Fund.

We have received $2230 worth of donations towards our Care and Feeding Fund. A special thank you to those who contributed.

If you would like to donate to this fund by writing Care and Feeding Fund in the memo line of your check, we will purchase food and deliver to our parishioners in need.

Donations can be mailed or dropped off by the church office. And again, please make all checks out to St. Paul’s with the memo of Care & Feeding Fund.
Thank you!
SHAWL MINISTRY
“You created every part of me, knitting me in my mother’s womb. 
For such handiwork, I praise you. Awesome this great wonder!”
 Psalm 139:13-14



Prayer shawls are made to provide warmth, comfort, healing, and peace to those who may need it.

If anyone is inclined to knit or crochet a shawl and would like to donate it to the churches shawl collection, donations can be dropped off at the church office.

A special thank you to those who have made and donated shawls in support of our ministry.

For further information please visit www.shawlministry.com


The Oct/Nov/Dec issues of Forward Day by Day are in the mailbox by the front door of the office.





New Vestry Minutes have been added. October minutes are now available!

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Serving in Dec. 2021
Altar Guild
Dec 12 - Laurie Love, Ramona Curtis, & Tom Carnes
Dec 19 - Mike & Mary Southwell
Dec 24 - Pam & Drew Mayberry (Early)
Dec 24 - Pam & Drew Mayberry (Late)
Dec 26 - Mary Lankford, Sharon Greene, & Bonnie Merritt

Readers
Dec 12 - Laurie Love (8:30)
Dec 12 - Tana Myers (10:30)
Dec 19 - Edward Southwell (8:30)
Dec 19 - Beverly Cook (10:30)
Dec 24 - Robin Shumate & Denise Sturdivant (Early)
Dec 24 - Lisa Beard & Joe Fesperman (Late)
Dec 26 - Robin Shumate (8:30)
Dec 26 - Jeri Martin (10:30)


Acolytes
Dec 12 - Keyonni Staley & Tom Carnes
Dec 19 - Amelia & Julie Koch
Dec 24 - Jenny Nelson & Drew Mayberry (Early)
Dec 24 - Tom Carnes & Drew Mayberry (Late)
Dec 26 - Tom Carnes & Jenny Nelson

Ushers
Dec 12 - Jeff Beard (8:30)
Dec 12 - Ron Myers (10:30)
Dec 19 - Bill Harris (8:30)
Dec 19 - Sandra Elledge (10:30)
Dec 24 - Jeff Beard (Early)
Dec 24 - Joe Richardson (Late)
Dec 26 - Mike Adams (8:30)
Dec 26 - Ryan Minick (10:30)
Birthdays:

Dec 10 - Colleen Manolovich
Dec 10 - Donald Bishop
Dec 13 - Philip Stone
Anniversaries:

No anniversaries this week!
Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made by using the app under "contact us" and then the "prayer request" tab, or by emailing the office at office@stpaulwilkesboro.org, or calling the office during regular office hours.

Bulletins are printed on Thursday mornings and requests submitted after that time will not be in the printed bulletin for that week, but may still be spoken. Prayer requests received by noon on Wednesday will be included in the weekly e-newsletter.
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.

Short-term
Rick Brockner, Jeff Smith

Long-term
David Temple

Armed Forces
Let us pray for the safety of all our troops, especially Micha Duerk, Cole Griffith, Zach Necessary, Walker Pardue, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Jason Westmeyer, 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.

The Lessons for December 12, 2021
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall fear disaster no more.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands grow weak.
The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
so that you will not bear reproach for it.
I will deal with all your oppressors
at that time.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home,
at the time when I gather you;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes, says the Lord.

Canticle 9  Page 86, BCP
The First Song of Isaiah    Ecce Deus
Isaiah 12:2-6
Surely, it is God who saves me; *
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3:7-18
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.
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