E-newsletter | November 21, 2018
Kedron's Corner- Growing up! 
I woke up the other day to laughter and a little voice saying “let’s not go back to sleep” followed by more laughter. We still have the baby monitor in our boys’ room because they are little and upstairs and just because they can feed and dress themselves and I wake up at every cough does not mean it needs to be turned off and stowed away; no it does not.

I am watching them grow and find myself in this weird space of grown and not grown children . They say these very grown up things that stop me in my tracks like “I don’t enjoy that. I’ll take a pass.” I stop and think oh, my baby is not a baby anymore. Then, one will ask something so innocent like “do all the reindeer live with Santa or in a barn?” And I am thrust back into the world of little boys.

The other night, they were fighting about who gets to start the prayers we say each night. (Not a bad thing, right?!) One started to sob because it was his turn yet the other had started them. Thinking it was time to teach him an easy lesson about fighting with his brother, I asked him, “What’s the most important thing in life?” Through his sniffles he said, “family.”

Well, my work is clearly done here!! I scrambled for what to say next. I thought I was going to teach him. But he already wants to say his prayers and knows family counts more than anything. His brother piped up and said we could start a calendar and take turns and the sniffling one could be first. Be still my heart. 

Growing up is hard. Deciding what to care about and when to give in is hard. Watching your babies stumble and learn is hard.

What’s not hard is being sentimental and teary when your kids or neighbors or strangers do kind things. What’s not hard is smiling when you see unexpected beauty or a newborn or tender kiss between a long-married couple. What’s not hard is finding ourselves in the middle of a grown and yet not grown up faith. That’s where most of us are and God meets us there. God meets me and you in the middle of all we are doing-- growing up, growing old, learning new things or teaching mommy that you already know what's important. God is present in all of it. I pray you feel God around you this week. See you Sunday.

Blessings, Kedron +
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Prayground opens Sunday, December 2nd
We are experimenting with different ways to engage our children here at St. Paul’s. For the last 2 months we have had children’s chapel in a separate space. Beginning in December for 2 months, we are trying something new: A Prayground.
The Prayground is a soft space where kids can sit, stand, play with soft toys and be kids while in church. Our hope is that this space helps small children feel comfortable in this big space where it’s hard to be if you are small. We encourage parents and caregivers to sit close by and help kids participate in worship. This addition may mean moving seats for those who sit by the space (it will be by the Baptismal font, see photo). How we welcome children directly affects how they feel here, understand God and their involvement in Church. Please help parents know we love their children, appreciate their hard work in getting kids to worship and enjoy seeing their kids grow. We are one body of Christ and it takes all of us to reflect the fullness of God.


Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the
joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient
wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love
whatever is just and true and good, following the example of
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, pg. 829


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2018 IRA Charitable Rollover

Have you taken your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) yet for 2018?
 
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a contribution to St. Paul’s directly from your Traditional IRA simply by instructing the plan administrator to make the transfer directly to St. Paul’s as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). You are allowed to transfer up to $100,000 a year to the charities of your choice.
 
Your gift will be transferred directly to St. Paul’s, will not be reported as taxable income and will count toward your minimal distribution requirements for 2018.
 
And, most important, your generous support will help sustain God’s work bringing a radical welcome, love and inclusiveness to our community.
Director of Youth Ministries & Community Engagement
Rachel Minick
 St. Paul's will host a table featuring a kids' craft and cider in the Carolina West Commons during the Wilkesboro tree lighting ceremony and celebration on Dec 1, beginning at 4:30pm. This is a wonderful way to be present in our community and a visible way to love our neighbors. Wont't you help us? Help will be needed to setup, breakdown, and assisting with the offered crafts. Let Rachel know if you can help, office # 667-4231 or email: stpaulscyfm@gmail.com

There will be an Intergenerational Advent Wreath making event between services on Sunday, December 2nd at 9:30am, in the Commons. Please bring greenery from your yard to share and bring your advent wreath form. Candles are provided for a suggested donation of $5.00.
 
Adult Advent Video Series!
Coffee Club meets in the lower level of the Parish House on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. Starting this Sunday, November 25th, the Coffee Club will begin an Advent video and discussion series called Advent Conspiracy. Please join us!
Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Advent is the story of a wondrous moment when God entered our world to make things right. It is the greatest story ever told and it changes everything—including the way we celebrate Christmas.
FAMILY TO FAMILY GROCERY RELIEF MINISTRY
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.
November 11, 2018 Sermon 

Sunday, November 18th Sermon: Thanksgiving is messy and so is life
Rev. Kedron Nicholson

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Thank you to the Cook family and friends who served the most delicious Thanksgiving Feast that was shared with our neighbors on Thursday, November 15th.
Upcoming Events
Please join us in the Commons on Sunday, November 25th at 5:00pm for an evening of fellowship to celebrate the gifts of this community. Enjoy food and a special musical performance by crowd favorite, Horseplay!
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The Wilkes Chamber Singers will hold their first Christmas concert at St. Paul’s on Sunday, Dec. 16th at 3:00pm. This community group which was started by Greg Wright of the First Baptist Church in the early 1990’s consists of choir members of local churches and schools. Ann Fortuna directed the group for many years. Debo Cornett is the current conductor and she is assisted this year by Larissa Leapley, Jim Brooks, and Mike Norman. Members from our choir are George Cox, Steve Reid, Cindy Smith, Nancy Scroggs, and Ramona Curtis . The concert will consist of many beautiful Advent and Christmas pieces. An additional concert will be at the NW Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Dec. 18th, at 7:30pm. Come and enjoy!
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, November 25:
8:30am- Holy Eucharist in Chapel
9:30am- Coffee Club - Sunday School for Parents
9:30am - Sunday School - Children & Youth
9:45am - Choir Practice
10:15am- Nursery opens for children under 4
10:30am- Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary
10:30am- Children’s Chapel meets in Commons






Monday, November 26:
5:30pm - Yoga Class in Commons
Tuesday, November 27:
All Day - Kedron at Fresh Start
7:00pm  - Al-Anon in library
Wednesday, November 28:
6:45pm - Choir Practice
7:00pm  - Dick Underwood Book Club

Thursday, November 29:
11:30-1:00- Crisis Assistance and Step Ahead at Wilkesboro UMC

Next Week's Celebrations
Birthdays:
 
25- Kendall Forester
29- Maggie McCann
 
 
 

 

Anniversaries:

28- Lonny and Joan Bumgarner
29- Ron and Tana Myers
 


Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All those who are ill or unemployed. All those who are on our prayer list.
Illness
Rik Absher, Jim Andrews, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Dan Bumgarner, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Alvin Emmanuel, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Janet Hartzog, Gerald Hendley, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Kay McCloskey, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Glenn Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, Curtis Parker, Ryan Rigby, 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 November 25, 2018
2 Samuel 23:1-7
These are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, son of Jesse,
the oracle of the man whom God exalted,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:
The spirit of the Lord speaks through me,
his word is upon my tongue.
The God of Israel has spoken,
the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly,
ruling in the fear of God,
is like the light of morning,
like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, 
gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.
Is not my house like this with God?
For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, 
ordered in all things and secure.
Will he not cause to prosper
all my help and my desire?
But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away;
for they cannot be picked up with the hand;
to touch them one uses an iron bar
or the shaft of a spear. 
And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.


Psalm 132:1-13
Memento, Domine
1 Lord, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
2 How he swore an oath to the Lord *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 "I will not come under the roof of my house," *
nor climb up into my bed;
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
5 Until I find a place for the Lord, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6 "The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7 Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
10 For your servant David's sake, *
do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11 The Lord has sworn an oath to David; *
in truth, he will not break it:
12 "A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
13 If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."



Revelation 1:4b-8
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.



John 18:33-37
Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”


 
St. Paul Servants
November 25
Chalice Bearer/Lector 8:30
Lisa Beard
Usher 8:30
Glenn Smith
Chalice Bearers 10:30
Pam Baugh
Gwen Temple
Lector 10:30
Joe Fesperman
Prayers of the People
Elizabeth Freas
Oblation Bearers
David and Connie McNeill
Acolyte Leader
Wansley
Acolytes
Crucifer 1-Bill Harris
Torch-Ruth Harris
Torch-Noah Wansley
Gospel-Alexander Wansley
Server-Alexander Wansley
Greeters
Doug Morris
Denise Morris
Communion Bread
Ramona Curtis
Ushers 10:30
Sandra Elledge, Chief
Monty Shaw
Jim Lyall
Denise Morris
Altar Guild
Bonnie Merritt, cpt.
Mary Lankford
Robin Shumate
Bryan Hartzog
Nursery Attendants
Morgen Love
Ashley Barton
Feed My Sheep
Shepherd
Sandra Elledge
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