E-newsletter | August 28th, 2019
Kedron's Corner - A little piece for everyone

St. Paul’s has been abuzz with activity this week. Assistance volunteers met with Hospitality House; flower guild folks have been at work; summer activity reflections are going on; an interim choir director is being interviewed; pet blessing preparations are being made; lots of folks are preparing for dear member Arlena Creasman’s celebration of life. It’s amazing to see what happens here in just one week.

As I listened to stories of Arlena’s life, I was struck by her generosity of spirit. She gave to anyone who needed it—a listening ear, a kind word, a supportive hug. She also fed people. She loved to cook and Arlena fed ‘em all. She passed along her joy by teaching the grandkids and great-grandkids to cook. “She taught me her pineapple casserole recipe.” “She taught me her fried chicken recipe!” “She taught me her best cookie recipe.” “Let’s all make what grandma taught us to make and have a feast next weekend,” I heard as wistful smiles crossed sweet faces. There is never enough time with those we love. Thankfully, our faith teaches that we will see them again in a place with God. Until then, we savor the gift of family, food and a busy, caring parish.

See you Sunday, Kedron +
Exciting Staff Updates

2 great things to share about the St. Paul’s Staff are below. Congratulate them when you see them!
Rachel is a finalist for the Great State Heroes award in the Crisis Intervention category through the United Way. The awards banquet is Tuesday, Sept. 10th at the Stone Center. You are invited to join the celebration on the 10 th . Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the United Way building in North Wilkesboro.
Rosie Carlton’s son, Zack, has accepted this amazing offer to play basketball abroad next summer!
A Celebration of Life celebration for Arlena Creasman will be held Thursday, August 29th at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary.

A reception will follow in the Parish House and finger food donations will be accepted in the Parish House from 11:30-12:00.

Our Assistance Ministries will not meet tomorrow, Thursday, August 29th.
Service of Peace 
Sunday, September 8 th @ 4:00 pm 
North Wilkesboro United Methodist Church
The community is invited to worship together and pray for peace.
First Fruits Sunday
September 1st
Please bring baked goods and snacks to share during Coffee Hour. You can place items on the round table in the commons! We look forward to this time to fellowship together.

  • Music at 8:30am worship service
  • Name tags
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries acknowledged at both services
  • Cash offering continues to be split between Crisis Assistance and Step Ahead Ministries
The church office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 2nd.

The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:00am
Our Assistance Ministry Clothing Closet needs donations of the following items:
  • Gently Used Men's and Women's tennis shoes
  • Boys and Girls clothing for children ages 9-12
  • Gently used or new sheet sets and towels

Thank you for your support!
Monthly Parish Breakfast returns
Sunday, September 15th
$5 recommended donation

Same great food...
Same great hospitality...
Looking for a new name!
Do you have a clever name? Email Rachel
with your suggestions!
Save the Date
Community Pet Blessing
Sunday, October 6th @ 4:00pm
Downtown Wilkesboro Commons

Youth will help set up from 2:00-4:00pm

If you are interested in volunteering or helping to plan the event, please email Rachel !
Please check the Sunday Servants schedule on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
The usher rotation schedules have been added to the website: https://stpaulwilkesboro.org/e-news-and-schedules
Sunday Sermon: August 18, 2019
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
1- Debbie Absher
1- Cooper Morris
1- Kevin Morrow
3- Monty Shaw
4- Susan Dudek
6- Debbie Ferguson
6- Noah Wansley
7- Benjamin Searcy

None this week.

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, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, David Blair, Nancy Blair, Connor Bosson, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Ron Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Mike Duncan, Becky Forester, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Kaye Hall, Peggy Harris, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Joan Knox, Pete Mann, Maggie McCann, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Tom and Penny Musson, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Fanny Triplett, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Bob Webber, 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, Jason Westmeyer, 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.

We wanted to share an update that Pete Mann is currently at Villages of Wilkes in rehab. He would love visitors when he is not in dialysis. The best times to visit are Tuesday and Thursday, Saturday afternoons or Sunday.

Pete's new contact info:
Villages of Wilkes
204 Old Brickyard Road, Room 120
North Wilkesboro NC 28659

His new landline will be  336-990-9411  and his cell is  336-262-2267

Thank you!
Jennifer Lankford
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Sirach 10:12-18
The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord;
the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.
For the beginning of pride is sin,
and the one who clings to it pours out abominations.
Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities,
and destroys them completely.
The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers,
and enthrones the lowly in their place.
The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations,
and plants the humble in their place.
The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations,
and destroys them to the foundations of the earth.
He removes some of them and destroys them,
and erases the memory of them from the earth.
Pride was not created for human beings,
or violent anger for those born of women.

Psalm 112

1 Hallelujah!
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
and have great delight in his commandments!
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
and their righteousness will last for ever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5 It is good for them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.
6 For they will never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right;
they put their trust in the Lord.
8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9 They have given freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
they will hold up their head with honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
the desires of the wicked will perish.
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we can say with confidence,
"The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?"
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Luke 14:1, 7-14
O n one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

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