E-newsletter | September 18th, 2019
Kedron's Corner- God’s ways

I sat on the couch late last Sunday afternoon and listened as my husband and children played UNO. I learned a great deal:
1. Learning to play a game is hard.
2. Games that skip a player are not well received by children.
3. My kids have said “darn it” a lot. A. Lot.
4. Getting skipped isn’t fun.
5. Debating rules is part of the game apparently.
6. It’s VERY funny to skip daddy and REALLY funny if he has to draw a handful of cards.
For half an hour I giggled a bit and grimaced at how hard it is to learn a new thing. In the reading appointed for this Monday morning, the disciples see Jesus after the resurrection and some doubt it’s him. Not only were they his disciples before his death, they have been told he will be there! Yet, seeing him in a new light, being with him in a new way is just plain hard. God’s ways are counter-intuitive and it’s hard to learn them. To think love when we want to slam on the horn. To think love instead of gossiping. To think love instead of getting ahead of someone else. Our faith requires us to pause and remember how hard it is to learn new things especially things like God’s ways. Our faith is about learning God’s ways and how easy is it to forget that? Come to church and be reminded of God’s ways and let’s all work to learn them together.

See you Sunday—Kedron +
Chez Paul- Wednesday. September 23rd

Chez Paul will be catered by Roselli’s on September 25th. The menu will be lasagna (meat or vegetable), Sunny Italy salad, bread and a Roselli’s cream puff. $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Please sign up by Monday, September 23. There will be a sign up sheet in the Commons Sunday or you can call the office at St. Paul’s.

Please join us for fun and fellowship after the 5:30 Holy Eucharist at 6pm.
Monthly Parish Breakfast
Volunteers Needed

The breakfast committee is looking for a few more hands. Jobs include set up and prep, cooks, dishwasher, and runners. If you are interested in helping out with our monthly parish breakfast, please contact David Shupe . The next breakfast will be Sunday, October 20th.
Beginning in the Middle
Middle School Retreat
September 27-29, 2019

Beginning in the Middle  is a conference for youth in grades 6-8 and is a weekend of fun, fellowship and faith. Youth have the chance to grow in their faith through games, small groups, and topics that pertain to their daily lives. The youth will listen to talks given by high school students about topic such as peer pressure, friends and family. They will have the chance to dig deeper into these topics in small groups with their peers and explore how God is at work in their lives.

Cost : $145 
Includes six meals starting with supper on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday, lodging, a t-shirt, and programming. 

Register on CampDoc . If you don't have a CampDoc account you will be prompted to create an account. If your youth has attended Camp Henry with in the last 24 months then you should have an account on file as this is the same registration system that Camp Henry uses. 

Location Valle Crucis Conference Center , 146 Skiles Way, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Please contact Eden with any question about the event at  elewis@diocesewnc.org

Please contact Rachel once you have registered to arrange Friday/Sunday transportation to the event!
Bishop’s Day in the Deanery
Tuesday, September 24

Bishop José will be at Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton for an open forum and teaching session that is open to everyone in our deanery from 2:30 to 4:00pm. 
Christ the Liberator will have a fall Vespers service on October 5th at 5:00pm in the Chapel.
During the month of October, Denise Sturdivant will be leading a women’s study of the book, “Why Religion?” written by Elaine Pagels.

We will meet at the office of Canter Construction every Wednesday from 12-1 pm.

If interested contact Denise @ 336-262-1558 or email@  sturdivant1600@gmail.com .

There will also be a sign up sheet in The Commons. 
Volunteers Needed for
Free Pharmacy Day
November 7th and 8th

The Health Foundation is working with NC MedAssist to bring over $100,000 worth of over-the-counter medication and other health supplies to folks in need in Wilkes! To pull this off, we're going to need a lot of help--which is where you come in!

We're looking for volunteers to assist with setting up the space on November 7th, client sign-up, client shopping, and cleaning on November 8th for our free pharmacy. 

We need people with and without medical knowledge to work in a fast-paced environment for a three-hour shift. Volunteers for set-up and clean-up shifts must be able to lift 20+ pounds! If you're interested, sign up for a shift  here  -- and feel free to forward this email to anyone who can help!

We'll be at the First United Methodist Church in North Wilkesboro, and we hope you will join us!

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 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
22- Alaina Grit
22- Angela Nardini
23- Dan Bumgarner
23- Larry Cline
26- Mary Anne Caplinger
27- Bram Koch
28- Mike Adams

24- Tony & Sharon Lyall
25- Dick & Sheree Sloop
27- Drew & Pam Mayberry
28- Jeff & Lisa Beard

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, 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, 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
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 8:4-7
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, "When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain;
and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances,
buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat." The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

Psalm 113
1 Hallelujah!
Give praise, you servants of the Lord; *
praise the Name of the Lord.
2 Let the Name of the Lord be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the Lord be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6 He takes up the weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7 He sets them with the princes, *
with the princes of his people.
8 He makes the woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.
1 Timothy 2:1-7
First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all -- this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Luke 16:1-13
Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' Then the manager said to himself, `What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' He answered, `A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, `And how much do you owe?' He replied, `A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
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