E-newsletter | November 13th, 2019
Grow with Us!

Stewardship kicks off Nov. 10 th  and runs until Dec. 1 st . Look for your packet in the mail and help us grow in 2020.
Pledge Statements
Thank you for your gifts to St. Paul’s! Pledge statements have been sent out detailing your pledge donations thus far in 2019. Early in the new year we will send out statements detailing all your financial gifts—pledges as well as flowers or other donations. Thank you for your generosity.
Stewardship Garden—Help us Grow! 

The children planted a small garden to participate in stewardship month. Notice the sign by the parish hall and look for the flowers to grow in the spring. Great job, kids!
Wednesday, November 13th Schedule:
Holy Eucharist with healing at 5:30 pm
Children and Youth Compassion in Action (details below) at 5:45 pm
Chez Paul at 6:00 pm
Adult Choir Practice at 6:45 pm
Dick Underwood Book Club at 7:00 pm

Children and Youth
Compassion in Action

In our Children's Sunday School class this year, we have been teaching and discussing Bible stories of compassion. It is our hope that the children are inspired to turn these concepts of compassion into action.

Our most recent lessons have been stories of Jesus traveling with his disciples through towns and villages teaching and healing those in need. We have discussed what being a shepherd like Jesus means and how our community is full of modern-day shepherds who guide and protect us daily. Our class has been working very hard creating a special thank you to the Wilkesboro Police Department. We have filled bags with treats and thank you notes. 

This Wednesday evening at 5:45 pm everyone in the Parish is invited to join us. We will gather at the Parish House to deliver our gifts and gratitude. You may walk with us or drive, it is up to you! We will return in time for Chez Paul at 6:00 pm. Remember to dress warmly. From what we understand, it might be rather chilly. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we teach our most precious young people. We consider it a blessing to spend our Sunday mornings with them.

May grace and blessings be in your path, 

George Cox
Morgen Love
Jeri Martin

Children are a gift from the LORD;  they are a reward from him. 
Psalm 127:3
Diocesan Convention 2019

It was a privilege to represent St. Paul’s at the 97th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of WNC on Nov. 8-9 at the beautiful Trinity Church in Asheville. Bishop Jose McLoughlin led us in Holy Eucharist Friday evening. His sermon on the nature of what it means to “abide in Jesus” was inspiring. He challenged us to “bear fruit and be people of healing, reconciliation and justice-making.”

Convention on Saturday opened with Morning Prayer and the joyful singing of “I’ll Fly Away!” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addressed us through video inviting us to participate in the Jesus Movement by “going out with the Good News of God in Christ in word and deed” as we promise in our Baptismal Covenant. Guest speaker the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers (who we were delighted to meet and get a selfie with!) helped us better understand the nature of Episcopal Evangelism as she led us through a series of exercises where we shared our stories and listened to others share theirs. This sharing and listening in a respectful, non-judgmental manner led to a recognition of God’s presence in our lives. Her presentation “Embracing Evangelism & Jesus’ Way of Love” is available on the diocesan website under the convention link.
Details on the diocesan budget, elections, and resolutions may also be found on the website. Convention was a great opportunity to learn more about the work and mission of our diocese and how we at St. Paul’s can be more involved. We will share more in the coming months!
Call for Artwork!

Share your artistic talents on our bulletin this Advent season. Below are links to the readings for each week. If you are inspired and interested in creating a piece of art, please contact Rachel for more information!

Family to Family Grocery Packing Event

If you are able to help pick up the bulk order of groceries and set up on
Friday, November 15th at 10am
please email or call Rachel !

On Sunday, November 17th , join us in the Parish House between services to help package special Family to Family grocery bags to be distributed to our neighbors in need prior to Thanksgiving.

Grocery bags will be distributed through our Assistance Ministry and directly to families in need who have children who will be out of school for a week during Thanksgiving Break.

Our packaging will coincide with breakfast, so bring your appetite and helping hands! Children and Youth Sunday School will not meet this Sunday, however, there will be a role for everyone- please join us!
Sunday- November 17th

We look forward to serving breakfast from
8:30-10:15 on Sunday, November 17th! 

Thank you, 
Men of St. Paul's
If you have any PINT or QUART sized jars you can donate to the Bake Sale, please bring them to the church office during office hours for Iris Hilton to pick up.
You may buy the jar back at the Bazaar - it will be full of delicious Apple Butter!
A huge thank you from

With gratitude for all who have supported the launch of this new program by attending our fundraiser, buying t-shirts, and making donations, we celebrate our first event held last Wednesday in the Parish House. Beverly Cook led participants in a joy-filled card making activity. Conversations and sweet treats were shared while creativity flowed throughout the space.

We look forward to our next event in December and 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!
Sunday Sermon: "Church holds the memory of Christ"
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
19- Riley Canter
19- Kieran Cook
20- Maria Curtis
20- Kathi Johnson
23- Jim Smoak

20- Justin & Bobba Norman
Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made online
or by calling the office during regular office hours.

Bulletins are printed on Wednesday mornings and requests submitted after that time will not be in the printed bulletin for that week, but may still be spoken. Prayer requests received by noon on Tuesdays will be included in the weekly e-newsletter.
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, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, Betty Blevins, Connor Bosson, Jacob Brown, Ron Canter, Tom Carnes, Lori Clonch, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Jackie Davis, Mike Duncan, Becky Forester, Craig Freas, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Kaye Hall, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, Pete Mann, Maggie McCann, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Gus Newton, Marty Moore, Tom and Penny Musson, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Beth Sims, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Shirley Sturdivant, 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 for November 17th, 2019
Malachi 4:1-2a
See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.

Psalm 98
1 Sing to the Lord a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
2 With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
3 The Lord has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4 He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
5 Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6 Sing to the Lord with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
7 With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
8 Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
9 Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
when he comes to judge the earth.
10 In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone's bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

Luke 21:5-19
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down."
They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!' and, `The time is near!' Do not go after them.
"When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
"But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls."
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