E-newsletter | May 8th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner : Nature is hurting
A report came out this week from the United Nations saying nature is in the worst shape ever in human history.

Extinction looms over 1 million plants and animals. It’s our collective fault as humans. We are developing too much land, overfishing, excel learning global warming by burning fossil fuels, polluting land and water and allowing invasive species to crowd out native plants and animals. 

There’s actually some good news amid all the bad— “it’s not a terminal diagnosis” says co-author of the report Andrew Purvis. Frighting climate change and saving species can be done. Individually, we can each contribute to the saving of our world. We can eat less meat and more veggies, walk more, bike more, support environmental measures, use alternative forms of energy and reduce our waste and trash. 

Are there things you’d like to do at St. Paul’s? Let me know your ideas! See you Sunday— Kedron +
Vestry Update 

There was much to celebrate in our April Vestry meeting. Financials show that expenses are within 13$ of budget. Unfortunately, pledges are behind a good bit for the year and we will send statements out as a reminder to folks. Summer is coming and we don’t want to use reserves for operating expenses. 

Our playground needs updating for safety, shade and and seating. The Vestry approved some short term solutions to get us through this summer knowing that a longer term plan is being formed for the future. 

The Vestry is working hard on defining the Mission, Vision and Core Values of St. Paul’s. Having these in place would help guide our ministry, focused our efforts and give us ways to market St. Paul’s to the wider community. Look for more from the Vestry soon! 
We are all excited about the Cuatro de Mayo party and fundraiser and all that is happening this summer. We hope the parish is equally excited about all that is going on. Summer may be a time of slowing down, but church will be going full speed with some wonderful new experiences! 
May 5th, 2019 Sermon:
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
New St. Paul's T-shirts!

Sign up for a shirt in the Commons.

There are two fabric options for adults and youth sizes are available!
Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 12th:

8:30am Holy Eucharist in Chapel

9:15 am: 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 Sanctuar y

Monday, May 13th:
12noon ECW Meeting

Tuesday, May 14th:
7:00pm       Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, May 15th:
6:45pm         Adult Choir
7:00pm         Dick Underwood Book Club in Parish House
Thursday, May 16th:
11:30am Crisis Assistance in Parish House
12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library.


Please join us on Monday May 13th for our final ECW meeting this season. Our guest speaker is Rick Cook from the senior resources Center who is an expert on Medicare and Senior prescription drug plans. Please bring a dish to share at noon on Monday. We will meet in the parish house.
Arts Camp VBS - Volunteer Meeting

Thursday, May 23rd in the Parish House

RSVP to Rachel if you plan to attend.
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!

May 17th- Mark Cook
May 17th- Matthew Minick


May 12th- Ray and Cassie Stone

  *Birthdays and Anniversaries will be celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month in each service.

Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.

Jim Andrews, 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, Priscilla Eaton, 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, 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, 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 Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:36-43
N ow in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, "Tabitha, get up." Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Psalm 23
Dominus regit me
T he Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever

John 10:22-30
A t that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."

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*scholarships available for all summer programs*
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