E-newsletter | July 15, 2020
Dear Friends,
I have just been reading over the results of the St. Paul’s Summer Check-in that was sent out two weeks ago and wanted to share my first impressions with you. Thanks to everyone who responded; 69 responses is a very good return for an online survey.
The survey was commissioned by the Vestry and prepared by Dave Barton, so special thanks go to Dave as well. The Vestry as a whole will have the opportunity to discuss the results at their July meeting next Sunday, so it is will be another week before we can share any definite conclusions that emerge. However, there are several things that stand out.

  •  While most respondents expressed appreciation for our online services, about three quarters of them are open to in-person worship, with appropriate safeguards. Just over half said that receiving communion was important to them. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I think this can be done safely.
  • Caution in regards to the safety of our members and a desire to meet together sooner rather than later were expressed about equally.
  • Nearly 90% of respondents had watched St. Paul’s online worship at least some of the time. We seem to share with many other churches a conviction that this will continue to be an important part of our outreach.
  •  There was also an opportunity to comment about matters beyond worship. The most common observation stressed the importance of transparency at this time, seeing to it that both decisions that are made and the process by which they are made are shared openly. Several members applauded the printing of Vestry minutes in the newsletter (which will continue).
I would personally like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey and share their thoughts, prayers, and opinions for and about St. Paul’s. I was touched by many peoples’ expressions of faith that God will lead us through these challenging times, and by your love for this church and all that it represents. As one of my favorite senior wardens used to sign off on his monthly column, “Stay tuned!”

Fr. Steve

Our Virtual Worship services are no longer streaming live, but can be found on our website, YouTube, and Facebook
Marty Johnson with the Wilkes County Schools has asked for help to meet the meal needs of school children during August 1-17.2020. His staff has been working without a break since the pandemic began, and he is scheduling staff to have both a vacation and staff training during that period.
The schools are currently serving approximately 3300 meals daily at 5 brick and mortar sites, which are East Wilkes High, Central Wilkes Middle, Mulberry, Traphill, and West Wilkes Middle. They have 15 mobile sites from the five brick mortar. 
The Health Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank have come together to provide these meals during the first two weeks in August. The meals will be distributed at the same sites that the schools are currently using. 
We need your help to devise a system that helps meet the critical need that children know where their next meal is coming form and that it be healthy. We really need help distributing the meals at the sites. Meals will be passed out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

If you can help volunteer please contact Jenny Richardson at 336-467-0833 or  j.richardson@ymcanwnc.org
We are excited to offer a week of Virtual VBS this year. Join our volunteer leaders for a week of faith formation and fun, July 27-31 .
This summer, families are invited to explore our Baptismal Covenant through Water of Baptism, Water of Life by Anne Kitch. Written materials from the book and all supplies will be provided to each camper the week before Virtual VBS. The activities of Arts Camp in a Box might be playful, but the meaning in them is profound.
The Baptismal Covenant is at the heart of our faith; it is the statement of what we mean when we say we follow Jesus.
Water is a rich and powerful symbol: it is the source of life and necessary for life. All the water that ever will be already exists; it has been here since the beginning of time. All water is holy water.

Registration is open to the children and grandchildren of St. Paul's members.

Please click on button below to register! 
Prayer Flags
Time to Turn Them In

I hope everyone has been enjoying working on their Prayer Flags. If you haven't started, it is not too late. Please turn in your flags by Monday, July 20th at 10:00 am . They can be brought by the church office or Canter Construction. Please call ahead. Thank you!!

Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom.

During this time in our world, it would be nice to send these thoughts into the wind. You do not need to be able to sew to make one. I made the one just sewing with a needle and thread and glue. I made mine 8.5 x 11 and folded 6" back to run a cord through.  Any fabric will do and you can also search "Prayer Flags" on the internet and get all kinds of instructions to make one. Use your imagination and I know they will be beautiful. I would like to have these by the middle of July. 

We will be hanging them in front of the church and maybe our prayers will be sent into the world.

If you have any questions please call me at 336-566-1311 or
email - ccanter123@gmail.com.

Can't wait to see all the beautiful flags.
Carol M Canter                 
June Minutes Now Available

The 2020 Vestry Meeting minutes are now available on St. Paul's website under Vestry. Click button to go directly there
Readers for Virtual Services in June, 2020

July 5 Mary Anne Caplinger
July 12 Nancy Scroggs
July 19 Tom Carnes
July 26 Dick Sloop
Prayers of the People

July 5 Denise Sturdivant
July 12 Joe Fesperman
July 19 Jeri Martin
July 26 Robin Shumate

July 19 - Ashley Barton
July 19 - Joe Richardson
July 23 - Sandra Oliver
July 24 - Margo Hurd

July 19 - Ricky & Stella Brockner
July 22 - Kent & Amber Wansley
July 24 - Bob & Jane Will

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made online
or by calling the office during regular office hours.

Bulletins are printed on Wednesday 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 Tuesdays will be included in the weekly e-newsletter.
Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Jim Andrews, Ken Asel, Pam Baugh, Robert Baugh, Dot Beamon, Betty Blevins, John Brame, Fern Brinkley, Jacob Brown, Mary Bumgarner, Paul Clark, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Jackie Davis, Mike Duncan, John Farris, Craig Freas, Estelle Gille, Mike Graf, Edward C. Griffith III, Bert Hall, Kaye Hall, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Steve Jackson, Lorraine Little, Pete Mann, Maggie McCann, Ann McNeill, Gus Newton, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Mari-Claire Rucell, Stanley Sanders, Ann Self Sigmon, Beth Sims, Bob Skees, Linda Sloop, Carolyn Stephens, Shirley Sturdivant, Fanny Triplett, Mari-Claire Ucello, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Delores Weaver, Phil Webb, Bob Webber, Donna Webber, Kim Wyatt, 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, William Grant, Edward C. Griffith IV, Jacob B. Hall, Brandon Moore, Russ Necessary, Zach Necessary, John W. Pardue, Charlie & Lauren Pendry, Adam Pinkerton, Avery Smith, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Patrick Szvetitz, Jackson Triplett, Levi Walker, Jason Westmeyer, Nathan Wyatt, and all others who serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.
The Lessons for July 19, 2020
Genesis 28:10-19a

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel.

Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23

1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6 Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
10 If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night,"
11 Darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike.
22 Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
try me and know my restless thoughts.
23 Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
and lead me in the way that is everlasting.
Romans 8:12-25

Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”
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