E-newsletter | January 2, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner


What I’d really like to give you for Christmas
 is a star….
Brilliance in a package,
  something you could keep in the pocket of your jeans
  or in the pocket of your being.
Something to take out in times of darkness,
  something that would never snuff out nor tarnish,
  something you could hold in your hand,
  something for wonderment,
  something for pondering,
  something that would remind you of
  what Christmas has always meant:
  God’s Advent Light into the darkness of this world.
But stars are only God’s for giving,
  and I must be content to give you words and wishes and
    packages without stars.
But I can wish you life
  as radiant as the Star
  that announced the Christ Child’s coming,
  and as filled with awe as the shepherds who stood beneath its light.
And I can pass on to you the love
  that has been given to me,
  ignited countless times by others
  who have knelt in Bethlehem’s light.
Perhaps, if you ask, God will give you a star.

Ann Weems, “Kneeling in Bethlehem”

Christmas isn’t over! Come this Sunday, Jan. 6 th as we welcome the Wise Ones to the manger and each receive a Star Word for the new year.

See you Sunday, Kedron +
Advent to Christmas:
Director of Youth Ministries & Community Engagement
Rachel Minick
Youth Group will meet SUNDAY, January 6th and 20th
Before children, there were hobbies. Time and space consuming hobbies. One of those hobbies was scrapbooking. In 2006, a scrapbooker named Ali Edwards began a trend of choosing one little word to focus your intentions for the coming year. I have been following along ever since. I used to craft scrapbook pages filled with journaling about the word that I chose, now it is simply documented in Instagram posts. Last year, the word CULTIVATE jumped out at me on December 30th, replacing the word I had already chosen. 2018 saw the Giving Garden, Little Free Pantry, and new programs such as Rockin' Toddlers and Arts Camp VBS. During 2018, I began each month by setting my intentions on what and how I would CULTIVATE. Some intentions were cultivating kindness, community, and relationships. In November, as I reflected on the word CULTIVATE, I began thinking about 2019. At the time I was leaning toward the word PRUNE. Because something I learned from Giving Garden was that you must prune in order to see new growth and I thought that after a year of cultivating, it might be time to prune. However, a new word replaced it right before Christmas. My word for 2019 is NOURISH. I look forward to seeing where this new word takes me as I continue to reflect on all of the blessings that CULTIVATE brought in 2018.

May your heart be open as you are gifted a STAR WORD this Sunday to guide you in 2019,
Star Words for all!
Children’s Interactive
Gospel Reading!
The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the
Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6.
Join us as we choose guiding stars for this year and celebrate the light of Christ. 
Holy Eucharist at 8:30am and 10:30am.
9:30am—Intergenerational coffee and crafts in the commons:
2019 Memory Jars

A new way you can be involved in sharing with our neighbors is the Grocery Relief Ministry. We received a $5,000 matching grant from the Diocese through the Human Hurt & Hope Fund to support this program.
The goal is to provide a week's grovery supply for families using the heathy eating choices selected by a nutritionist. Our job will be to shop for the groceries and pack the provided bags for distribution through our Assistance Ministries. On Sunday, December 2nd we will have the bags and lists available in the commons. In addition, a copy of the 501(C)3 letter will be provided to present to the merchant to save taxes on the purchase. As part of the grant, we will be able to provide store gift cards for your use. If you choose to use your own funds, a letter acknowledging your gift will be provided. Because of the grant terms, we have to keep an account of all bags purchased using personal funds or the grant provided funds. For questions about this ministry, please contact JOE & WILLIE BARBER at williebarber@ymail.com or DEACON SUSAN at ridinhabit@gmail.com.
December 23, 2018 Sermon 

Fourth Sunday in Advent: What else did Mary know?
Rev. Kedron Nicholson

Upcoming Events
Annual Meeting and Vestry Slate:
Annual Meeting Jan. 20 th  (after 10:30 worship)

Join us on Jan. 20 th  to elect Vestry members, approve the 2019 budget and celebrate our parish. There will be worship at 8:30, however, we encourage everyone to come to a shortened 10:30 worship and stay for the meeting. The canons of the Diocese of WNC call for a parish-wide gathering once a year to do the business of the church. Your voice is important! Children can play in the nursery with our nursery worker, Morgen, if they like or stay in the sanctuary for the meeting.

The following people have been nominated for the 4 open slots on Vestry: Doug Merritt, Ramona Curtis, Mark Williams, Dick Sloop . Nominations from the floor will be taken at the Annual Meeting and a simple majority vote will be taken. Thank you to those who are standing for election!
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, January 6th:  

8:30am      Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:30am      Intergenerational Coffee and Crafts in the Commons: 2019 Memory Jars
9:45am       Choir Practice
10:15am     Nursery opens for children under 4
10:30am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary

Next Week

Tuesday, January 8:
7:00pm            Al-Anon in library
Wednesday, January 9:
6:45pm       Choir Practice
7:00pm        Dick Underwood Book Club
Thursday, January 10
11:30am -1:00pm Assistance Ministries at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church
12noon Al-Anon in library

St. Paul's Celebrations
2- Franz Yale
2- Bryan Will
3- Denver Owens
6- Joe Manolovich
6- Teri Ferree
8- Ann Willardson
10- Shirley Sturdivant
10- Claudia Eller-Tobey
12- Erin Southwell
4- Edward and Erin Southwell

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, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Dan Bumgarner, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Tim Day, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Peggy Harris, Janet Hartzog, Gerald Hendley, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Kay McCloskey, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, Bob Skees, Ester Small, Carolyn Stephens, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Dick Whittington, Susan Whittington, and 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, Mike Earley, William Grant, Edward C. Griffith IV, Jacob B. Hall, Jonathan Johnson, Brandon Moore, Russ Necessary, 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.
Readings: The Liturgy of the Word for January 6th, 2019
First Reading                                                      
Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
     and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
     and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
      and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
      and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around;
      they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
      and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses' arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
      your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
      the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
      the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
      all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
      and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.


Second Reading                         
by Ann Weems from “Kneeling in Bethlehem”
It is not over, this birthing.
There are always newer skies into which God can throw stars.
When we begin to think that we can predict the Advent of God,
that we can box the Christ in a stable in Bethlehem,
that’s just the time that God will be born in a place we can’t imagine and won’t believe.
Those who wait for God watch with their hearts and not their eyes, listening, always listening for angel words.

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