E-newsletter | November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving!

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton

The quote above is among my absolute favorites! And after witnessing your generosity in response to our We’ve Come This Far by Faith initiative, this quote resonates with the outpouring of love and abundance that was on display as our pledges came in promising a year of vitality ahead as well as the promise of opportunities to share our bounty with our wider community. 

This quote is also among just a handful of such nuggets that I carry with me always because they keep me grounded when life becomes turbulent, overwhelming, or confusing.

Life often hands us plenty of opportunities to fall out of touch with deep gratitude and thanksgiving, but if we can mine that deeper vein of gratitude, which lies beneath this kind of surface turbulence, we can always find the way back to equilibrium. 

In this time when we have set aside a special day to remember and give thanks for the many, many blessings of life, I am wishing you all safe travel, time with family and friends, and a day filled with happiness doubled by wonder!

I will be missing the First and Second Sundays of Advent and the wonderful Father Kris Kramer will be with you and Carl will be available for Pastoral Care. I was originally supposed to be on pilgrimage in the Holy Land at this time, but I will be making my move to leave my farm in Independence and making my pilgrimage to be with you here in Wilkes County instead. I will have another opportunity to travel to Israel and I am very thankful for all that is unfolding in the here and now. 

If you are unable to travel to family and friends or if this season brings a date with grief or loss, I wish you those tender mercies of Christ’s grace---grace accompanied by that lovely peace that passes all understanding as well as the company of gentle people that quiet your soul.

In other news: Our liturgy will be changing for Advent with selections to match the Advent themes and mood. Chief among the changes is that at the 10:30 we will be singing the Nicene Creed using a wonderful sung setting from Wonder, Love, and Praise. I look forward to hearing your response to this!

May the blessings of this holiday be yours!
With Thanksgiving, Stephanie+
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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. You should have received your stewardship letters in the mail. We ask that you please review these letters and consider them thoughtfully.

Over the past couple of years, everything has been different, to say the least. And with that, we have had to change the way that we do things in order to navigate this ever-changing world. This year St. Paul’s launched with our Online Giving Platform.

For those of you who pledge, the Online Giving Platform can be especially helpful for you. The platform allows for you to set up a reoccurring gift, to be taken directly from your credit card or banking account, at the time of your choosing. A reoccurring gift is not required to be set up for pledges but can make the process easier.
We believe that financial transparency builds trust and is a mark of stewardship, so we want to take a moment to remind you that there is a small cost for this convenience. You’ll have the opportunity to help cover the cost of processing when you give. Please know that this is 100% optional and will be credited towards your , but we appreciate your partnership in making your gift go as far as possible to impact our mission.

If you have any questions about stewardship or online giving, please reach out to Morgen in the office. 

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.

Ruth Harris
Do you like to sing?

The St. Paul's choir is looking for new members!
Rehearsal is on Wednesday at 5:15 and on Sunday morning at 9:45, followed by the 10:30 worship service. We sing all kinds of music, ranging from Renaissance motets to spirituals, and we have fun doing so!
If interested, contact our Director of Music, Russ Stinson, at russell.stinson@lyon.edu. He'd love to hear from you!
Download our church app!

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 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!


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.

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!
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!
“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 Nov. 2021
Altar Guild
Nov 28 - Mary & Mike Southwell

Nov 28 - Edward Southwell (8:30)
Nov 28 - Jenny Nelson (10:30)

Nov 28 - Amelia & Julie Koch

Nov 28 - Mike Adams (8:30)
Nov 28 - Tim Murphy (10:30)

Nov 25 - Kendall Forester
Nov 29 - Maggie McCann
Dec 01 - Devvie Asel

Nov 28 - Lonny & Joan Bumgarner
Nov 29 - Ron & Tana Myers
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.

Rick Brockner, Jeff Smith

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 November 28, 2021
Jeremiah 33:14-16
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."

Psalm 25:1-9
Ad te, Domine, levavi
1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8 He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.
9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Luke 21:25-36
Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."
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