E-newsletter | June 5th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
TONIGHT:

Join us for evening prayer and fellowship in the Coventry Chapel.

Bring a chair, beverage of choice, and a snack to share.
Pentecost and End of Year Celebration
CORRECT DATE!

Following the 10:30 service on Sunday, June 9th we will celebrate Pentecost and the End of the Sunday School year with an all-church picnic at the lake! Join us at the Ann Shelter at Fort Hamby for a picnic. We will provide chicken, paper products, silverware, and drinks.

If your last name begins with an A-L, please bring a side dish and if your last name begins with M-Z, please bring a sweet treat to share!

Come to church in picnic clothes and come ready to play and fellowship. There is a playground and beach access close by the picnic shelter.

*Please bring cash for parking!*
This Benediction was offered by Nadia Bolz-Weber at the funeral of Rachel Held Evans on Saturday, June 1st:

Blessed are the agnostics. Blessed are they who doubt. Blessed are those who have nothing to offer. Blessed are the preschoolers who cut in line at communion. Blessed are the poor in spirit. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.

Blessed are those whom no one else notices. The kids who sit alone at middle-school lunch tables. The laundry guys at the hospital. The sex workers and the night-shift street sweepers. The closeted. The teens who have to figure out ways to hide the new cuts on their arms. Blessed are the meek. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.

Blessed are they who have loved enough to know what loss feels like. Blessed are the mothers of the miscarried. Blessed are they who can’t fall apart because they have to keep it together for everyone else. Blessed are those who “still aren’t over it yet.” Blessed are those who mourn. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.

I imagine Jesus standing here blessing us because that is our Lord’s nature. This Jesus cried at his friend’s tomb, turned the other cheek, and forgave those who hung him on a cross. He was God’s Beatitude— God’s blessing to the weak in a world that admires only the strong.

Jesus invites us into a story bigger than ourselves and our imaginations, yet we all get to tell that story with the scandalous particularity of this moment and this place. We are storytelling creatures because we are fashioned in the image of a storytelling God. May we never neglect that gift. May we never lose our love for telling the story. Amen. 
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Sunday School Classrooms!
Rachel could use volunteer help on TUESDAY, JUNE 11th to pack up classrooms in the basement of the Parish House and relocate items to the classrooms on the lower level of the Sanctuary. Volunteers can meet in the Parish House parking lot at 10:00am.
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Father’s Day Clothing Drive
At our Thursday Assistance Ministries we give out clothing and we are out of men’s clothing. Please bring your best offerings of new or like new men’s items to share with our neighbors to worship on Father’s Day, June 16 th . Dress shirts, T-shirts, pants, shorts and new socks welcome. Thank you!
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Do you like to sing? Does your voice in the shower rival your favorite artist? Are there days that music truly seems to be your “Stairway to Heaven”? If any of these things or others strike a chord, now would be a great time for you to come and sing in the choir. 

This summer, as St. Paul’s begins the process of choosing a new choir director, being a member of the choir is easier than ever. Rehearsal is Sunday morning promptly at 9:45 for 35 minutes in the choir room (ground floor of the sanctuary, just beyond the library). Anthems for the most part will be sung in unison. In addition to the hymnal selections will come from 2 newer resources: Wonder Love & Praise and Lift Every Voice and Sing. Steve Reid will outfit you with a dashing/fashionable/chic blue and white robe complete with cross. 

Come try it out, reserved seating available, all are welcome.
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A big thank you to our anonymous donor who gave a new wireless microphone for use in the sanctuary. This technology makes our sound more clear and easier to hear. Thank you for your generosity!
Upcoming Events
Music @ St. Paul’s

Please join me either  June 30 th  at 9:15 am  in the chapel or  July 17 th  at 6:00 pm  in the parish hall to talk about music at St. Paul’s. I’d appreciate hearing what you like about music here and what you dream for our music program. Bring your ideas and hopes. I plan to begin searching for a new director in the late summer and your input will be of great value.

Thank you, Kedron
Newcomer Happy Hour and Lite Bites!

Where: Diane and Monty Shaw's home

When: Sat. June 15th 5:00-7:00.

RSVP to the church office and directions. 
Please check the Sunday Servants schedule on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Sunday Sermon : Jesus leaves it to us...
June 2nd, 2019

Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Birthdays:

10- Wes Martin
11- Cat Reid
12- Mike Graf
13- Pam Mayberry
14- Jean Adams

Anniversaries:

9- Kathleen Rouse & Richard Shepherd
11- Ken and Carol Canter
11- Steve & Jan Jackson
12- Mike & Mary Southwell
12- Scott Jessee & Laura Yanes
15- Mary & Mac Lankford
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Illness

Jim Andrews, Ken Asel, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, 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, Tom Jackson, John Jacobson, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Bertie Pardue, Bob Skees, 
Carolyn Stephens, Ryan Rigby, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Susan Whittington, 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, 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
Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
`In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "

Psalm 104:25-35, 37

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.
27 There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.
28 All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.
29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.
31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.
32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.
33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
35 May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the Lord.
37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *
Hallelujah!


John 14:8-27

Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you."
["I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."




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