E-newsletter | July 22, 2020

Dear Friends,

This is a follow up to last week’s summary of the parish survey and check-in. In keeping with the favorable response from many parishioners, we would like to resume public worship at St. Paul’s during the month of August, with services to be held at 8:30 and 10 AM in the labyrinth. Obviously, there are many details to be worked out, including the availability of the rest rooms, seating, and what to do in case of inclement weather. All of those will be addressed in next week’s newsletter.

The guidelines from the Diocese are quite strict, and necessarily so. Above all, we will need to limit attendance to 25 people at each service, and ask everybody to wear masks and maintain a six foot distance between individuals and family groups. But first and foremost, we need to have a definite idea of how many people will be in attendance. If you plan to attend either of the services, please let the church office know in advance. E-mail the office: office@stpaulwilkesboro.org and let us know how many people and which service you will be attending. We will let you know whether or not we can accommodate you; if there are already 25 people signed up you will be at the top of the list for the following week.

As I write this, I find myself cringing! Reservations for church? Really? In this strange season we are being asked to do things, out of consideration for one another, that seem unheard of. But with God’s help we will not only get through this experience, but we will discover our strengths as a community of believers and learn a great deal, as we have already, about how we can serve each other and our community in bold and creative ways. That, at least, is my hope and my prayer.

As always, our services will continue to be livestreamed, as well as being available on the parish website for viewing at a later time. Do keep one another in your prayers as we grope our way forward, trying to be responsive to the needs of all our members.

Fr. Steve

Our Virtual Worship services are no longer streaming live, but can be found on our website, YouTube, and Facebook
VBS Box Pick -Up

We are so excited for Virtual
VBS next week.

There will be two times for box pick up:


Box pick up will take place in front of the Parish House at St. Paul's.

Please email Rachel Minick and let her know which day you are able to come by so she can have your materials ready for you.

Email: rachlhawkins@gmail.com

Forward Day by Day can be picked up from the brass mailbox by the office door.
Help Needed Feeding Wilkes Co. School Aged Children in August

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
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 29 - Douglas Morris
August 1 - Mark Stone
August 1 - Marianne Strafer

July 31 - Cindy Hartley & Timothy Wilkie

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, Rosie Carlton, 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 26, 2020
Genesis 29:15-28
Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Confitemini Domino
1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.
8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:
9 The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11 Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."
45b Hallelujah!
Romans 8:26-39

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 13:31-33,44-52

Jesus put before the crowds another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
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