E-newsletter | February 20th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner -
 4 kids under 8

My childhood friend, Elizabeth, and her family visited last weekend. You may have seen them in church and wondered if I had a sister. My son will often pick her out as “mommy” when we look through old pictures! Unfortunately it rained all weekend and we spent most of our time watching kids race through the house and picking up after them. That gave us lots of time to talk and that is good for the soul. It is a lovely thing to meander from topic to topic covering siblings, parents, old adventures and lots of “remember whens...”. We laughed and hugged and talked about everything from the inane to the tender.
I read recently that friends are good for you. Friends: Increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost your happiness and reduce your stress, improve your self-confidence and self-worth, help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one, encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise.
I was glad that your Vestry recognized a need around friendship. At their retreat, they decided to make “Relationship building” a priority for this calendar year. We will gather together simply to know one another better and have fun—look for events coming soon. It’s a wonderful thing to have such a diverse parish and getting together more can only be good for us. Don’t be shy. Please join in and share yourself—we can all use more friends.

See you Sunday, Kedron +
Share Love Challenge
Lots of love was shared this Valentine’s Day—here’s a list of shared things I am aware of:

Sent a note to a friend
Mailed a letter to an old friend
Filled the Free Pantry to the brim
Sent goodies to the church office
Took great care of a grandchild
Had friends over for tea
Sent cards to family
Sent emails to loved ones
Brought chocolate
Enjoyed chocolate together
A special thanks to our Sunday evening Aldi-loading-dock-food-movers! Many hands made for quick work and helped set the stage for our Family to Family meal packaging and giveaway events.
 Tonight, Wednesday, February 20th we will hold a Family to Family Grocery Ministry bag packing party, with special guest, Bishop José McLoughlin. There will be a Potluck dinner at 6pm and we will package grocery bags from 6:45pm-7:45pm.
On Saturday, February 23rd , we will host a Grocery Giveaway from 10:00am-12:00noon. Volunteers are needed to greet our neighbors, distribute bags, and make and serve coffee and baked goods. Please contact Rachel in the office (or email stpaulscyfm@gmail.com) if you are able to bring baked goods on Saturday.
*Volunteers should arrive between 9:30-9:45am on Saturday.*

If you have a rolling cart or wagon, please bring it on Satruday for use in helping to load grocery bags into vehicles!
February 17, 2019 Sermon: Love is not just red and pink and flowery and glittery...

Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Vestry Meeting Summary  2.20.19

The Vestry (leadership team) met Sunday and began by discussing how heathy churches interact. We discussed direct communication, not triangulating and making sure that we are treating people with respect. We discussed gossip and how that hurts a parish and that gossip often comes at times of transition; we mentioned that gossip is often based on misinformation or a lack of information and encouraged ourselves to be aware of healthy ways to stop gossip. 
The Vestry is charged with 3 main areas of concern: caring for the finances and as we always do, we received a financial report from our Treasurer; buildings and grounds and we received an update on the kitchen redo from our Jr. Warden and discussed opening our buildings for non-member weddings; and with care of the clergy. The Vestry discussed their stated priorities for the year: an articulated mission, creating a culture of adult learning, and building relationships. A question was asked about the process for moving the Priest-in-Charge to Rector. We do not have that information at this time, but have asked the Diocese to send it.
**The treasurers report and full minutes are available in the office at any time. 
Upcoming Events
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Sunday, February 24:

8:30am     Holy Eucharist in Chapel

9:30 am: Children and Youth Sunday School and Coffee Club meet in Lower Level of Parish House

9:45am    Adult Choir Practice

10:15am  Nursery opens for children ages 0-4 (The nursery is located on lower level
of the Sanctuary)

10:30am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, February 27:

6:45pm Choir Practice

7:00pm      Dick Underwood Book Club in library

Thursday, February 28:
Assistance Ministries meet in Parish House

12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library


Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish House. Please sign up in the Commons to help in the kitchen (cooking/cleaning) and to help serve!
Children gather around to hear Mrs. Jeri tell about the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Godly Play.
St. Paul's Celebrations
Birthdays this week:
Feb 27– Becca Hartzog
Feb 28– Bob Skees

Anniversaries this week:
 Feb 28-Monte & Diane Shaw
Mar 2 - John & Sandra Oliver

  *Birthdays and Anniversaries will be celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month in each service.
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All those who are ill or unemployed. All those who are on our prayer list.

Rik Absher, Jim Andrews, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Tim Day, Mike Duncan, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Peggy Harris, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Ryan Rigby, Elsanaa Thompson, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, 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, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Patrick Szvetitz, Jackson Triplett, Levi Walker, 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.
"Ruth Gray thanks everyone for the cards, visits and prayers. I especially want to thank the ECW ladies for making the beautiful quilt for me."
Thank you.
Jim Gray

The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. I will provide for you there--since there are five more years of famine to come--so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.'"
And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42

1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2 For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
3 Put your trust in the Lord and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4 Take delight in the Lord, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord *
and wait patiently for him.
8 Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9 Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10 For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.
11 In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12 But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
41 But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the Lord; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42 The Lord will help them and rescue them; *
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because they seek refuge in him.

Luke 6:27-38
Jesus said, "I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

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