E-newsletter | March 5th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner -  How does faith inform our changing nation?

Two weeks ago the Southern Poverty Law Center published its Annual Count of Hate Groups. America has hit a record high of 1,020 official hate groups; the vast majority of which adhere to some form of white supremacist ideology.

A number of factors contribute to the rise in hate groups—one of the factors being the diversification of our country. As the population changes, folks retreat into race or ideology groups and are willing to act out against those different from themselves.

If this is true, then our future will be filled with hate because America is rapidly moving away from a white, European American majority and has already left being a white Christian majority nation. Our country is wildly diverse and though we can try to avoid it by separating ourselves from others, it will become harder and harder. I appreciate a cartoon I saw the other day that said “Equality is not pie. More for you does not mean less for me.” How can we value those different from us and see their presence as contributing to my well-being instead of pie?

If our country is becoming more diverse and therefore headed towards more hatred, our faith is going to be tested. Do I really believe that God created everyone in God’s image? Do I really want to worship a refugee from the Middle East who time and again prefers the poor and needy? Do I believe that I am obligated to be my brother/sister’s keeper? It might be worth some time in prayer and study of our faith as our country marches on towards the future.

See you Sunday—Kedron +

Children are invited to join Rachel and Mrs. Jeri at 5:30pm to celebrate and bury the Alleluias before feasting on pancakes!
Pancakes will be served from 5:30-7:30pm in the Parish House- join us for fellowship and food. Donations will be accepted with proceeds benefitting our Family to Family Grocery Ministry.
Lenten Bible Study Opportunities

Join Carl Elledge for a study on the book of Hebrews during Lent. Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the Chapel, beginning Sunday, March 10th. 
Join us for an evening bible study beginning March 11th. Join Bev Cook for a study on the Book of Isaiah in the Parish House on Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm. Feel free to bring your dinner or a snack to share- sign up in the Commons! 
March 3, 2019 Sermon:
Our mountains are awfully close to others valleys
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Upcoming Events
The ladies of ECW invite you to join them for the March 11th 2019 meeting at 12:00 noon. It will be held at the Midtown Market in North Wilkesboro. Blair Finley will speak about herbs and spring planting methods. Please bring a bag lunch and a drink. We will be sitting at picnic tables. If raining, we will move to the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse. Thank you!
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Sunday, March 10:

8:30am Holy Eucharist in Chapel

9:15 a m: Book of Hebrews study with Carl Elledge in the Chapel

9:30 am: Children and Youth Sunday School and Coffee Club meet in Lower Level of Parish House

9:45am    Adult Choir Practice

10:15am  Nursery opens for children ages 0-4 (The nursery is located on lower level
of the Sanctuary)

10:30am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary

Shrove Tuesday
Tuesday, March 5:
5:30pm Burying Alleluias
5:30-7:30pm Pancake Supper in Parish House
7:00pm Al-Anon in library

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 6:
12:05pm Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:00pm Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary- Children's Chapel offered

Thursday, March 7:
Assistance Ministries meet in Parish House

12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library


Join in!

Reader/Prayers of the People training: Sunday, March 10th following 10:30 service

Chalice Bearer training: Sunday, March 17th, following 10:30 service

Instructed Eucharist: Sunday, March 24th
National Acolyte Festival
Saturday, October 5th

Join acolytes from across the United States for a festival Holy Eucharist with re-dedication of service.
Email Rachel (stpaulscyfm@gmail.com) if you are interested in attending this year.

We will hold a planning meeting to discuss fundraising and travel details in April.

Parish Retreat Planning Meeting:
Join us at Dooley's on Wednesday, March 13th at 5:00pm for a planning session. Dutch treat!
Dismantling Racism Retreat for Youth
  • April 5-7
  • St. John in the Wilderness, Flat Rock, NC
  • High School Youth Only -- 9th through 12th grade

We are excited to journey with our youth to live into our Baptismal Covenant to seek justice by dismantling racism. Throughout the weekend our youth will have the opportunity to look at racism through the lens of faith, our nation's history, our privileges, and our internalized oppression. We will end the weekend with a discussion on reconciliation followed with Eucharist.

The weekend will be facilitated by the writers of the Dismantling Racism curriculum for youth from the Diocese of Atlanta. The writers worked hand-in-hand with a committee from the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing to create this powerful program for youth. Prior to the weekend an email will be sent to parents of registered youth discussing in detail what topics we will be covered.

Dates/Times: Friday, April 5th at 7 p.m. through Sunday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m. 
Youth must commit to the entire weekend.

Location: St. John in the Wilderness, Flat Rock. We will be spending the weekend at the church and using the parish halls for lodging, meals and program.

Cost: $20, per youth. Scholarships are available. Registration is through CampDoc software  here .
St. Paul's Celebrations
Birthdays this week:
 12 - Misty Hartzog
12 - Kathleen Rouse
12 - Wynn Southwell
 13 - Bob Arthur
14 - Joe Fesperman

Anniversaries this week:

None this week.

  *Birthdays and Anniversaries will be celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month in each service.
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, Dot Beamon,
Michael Blackwell, David Blair, Nancy Blair, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown,
Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis,
Mike Duncan, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Peggy Harris, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann,
Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Ryan Rigby, Elsanaa Thompson, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Bob Will, 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, 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 First Sunday in Lent
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, "Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us." When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: "A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me." You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Qui habitat
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 He shall say to the Lord,
"You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust."
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,
10 There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.
14 Because he is bound to me in love,
therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, *
and show him my salvation.

Luke 4:1-13
After his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone.'"
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours."
Jesus answered him,
"It is written,
'Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.'"
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
'He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,'
'On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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