E-newsletter | August 21st, 2019
Kedron's Corner- Bearing Burdens

After rolling my ankle last week and finding myself in some serious pain, I seem to keep coming across sayings about pain. I found this one particularly poignant: “We think that our job as humans is to avoid pain, our job as parents is to protect our children from pain, and our job as friends is to fix each other’s pain. Maybe that why we all feel like failures so often—because we all have the wrong job description of love. People who are hurting don’t need Avoiders, Protectors, or Fixers. What we need are patient, loving witnesses. People who sit quietly and hold space for us. People to stand in the helpless vigil to our pain.” – Glennon Doyle

It’s in our nature to want to help and fix and yet usually there is little we can do except help someone know they aren’t alone. And isn’t that really what we need? In times of distress having someone to talk to, lean on and just be with is worth more than any gift given. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he encourages them to “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (6:2) I bet there is someone who could use your help in bearing a burden this week.

See you Sunday—Kedron +
Welcome Back Sunday
Sunday, August 25th - 9:30am
Back to School Blessings, Sunday School Open House, and Coffee Hour between services!

Join us for a Sunday School Open House and Back to School Blessings: bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, or computer bag ... receive a blessing and a Peace Be Upon You tag to take out into the world.

Children and Youth can meet their Sunday School teachers and see their classrooms which are located on the lower level of the Sanctuary.

Students and Teachers (and anyone else who wants to create a tag) are invited to design their own Backpack Tag that reads Peace Be Upon You.  In Hebrew, it's Shalom aleichem; in Arabic, it's As-salamu alaykum. This universal message of peace is used around the world by many different cultures and religions.

Everyone is invited to take part in our back-to-school prayer station in the Commons. If you are interested in becoming a Prayer Partner for one of our children/youth this school year, please see Rachel on Sunday. The only expectation is for adults to pray for their student throughout the school year. If a Prayer Partner wants to send cards throughout the year, they can be addressed to the student and mailed to the church office.

There will be coffee and breakfast snacks in the Commons.

We will also bles s our Sunday school teachers at the 10:30 service on August 25th!
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.
Assistan ce Volunteer Meeting on August 27th
Crisis & Step Ahead volunteers are invited to gather August 27th at 10:00am in the Parish House. We will hear from Hospitality House about ways we can help our neighbors especially as winter approaches.
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!
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
25- Marietta Carroll
29- Steve Jackson
29- Tina Krause
30- Tony Goodnight 

26- Jim & Rose Andrews

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, 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.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 58:9b-14
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places, 
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water, 
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.
If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call the sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;
then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Psalm 103:1-8

B less the Lord, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.
3 He forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;
4 He redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5 He satisfies you with good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
6 The Lord executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.

Luke 13:10-17
N ow Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
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