E-newsletter | February 27th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner
It’s been a challenging week for our Methodist brothers and sisters. Their denomination’s governing body approved a plan that prohibits LGBTQ ordinations and prohibits same gender marriages along with penalties for those who defy the plan. The plan is being challenged as to its constitutionality apparently so there may be another pronouncement coming. Either way, damage has been done. Hearts are hurting and lost. There are factions gathering and plotting. Members and clergy alike are struggling with their Church making division a higher priority than unity.

It’s a conversation that our own denomination has struggled with for generations. The Episcopal Church made baby steps then took steps that felt like steps backwards to some then finally passed inclusive policies that extends to all in both ordination and marriage arenas. We discussed, debated, lost members, gained members, lost churches, broke hearts, brought tears of joy and sadness throughout our struggle. This is happening now to our neighbors.

If you are friends with a Methodist, don’t invite them to St. Paul’s. Listen to them. Love them. Encourage them to stay at their parish and be part of the conversation. Encourage them to witness to love and inclusion and faithfulness. Remind them, if needed, that God isn’t a denomination and that no “plan” can infect their hearts or actions. Love always wins. It make take time. It may take more tears. It may mean eventually going somewhere else, but don’t let them leave yet. Love them in the struggle like so many have with us and pray they continue to be a beacon of love and light in the tradition they love.

I missed you Sunday but am all better—see you this Sunday!
Blessings, Kedron +
We are so thankful for the support of our Family 2 Family Grocery Ministry.
Last week we distributed 21 bags on Thursday and 24 bags on Saturday morning during the Grocery Giveaway. The weather was cold and rainy, but the kindness of our volunteers warmed the hearts of our neighbors while they enjoyed warm coffee and baked goods in the Parish House.

Together with Beulah Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church North Wilkesboro Youth, we packaged 120 bags of groceries!

February 24, 2019 Sermon:
Rev. Mike Tanner for Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Upcoming Events
Please bring baked goods and snacks to share during Coffee Hour. You can place items on the round table in the commons! We look forward to this time to fellowship together.
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Sunday, March 3:

8:30am     Holy Eucharist in 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

4:30pm Book Study at Nicholson Home

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


High School Spring Retreat
  • March 1-3
  • Valle Crucis Conference Center 
  • For 8th through 12th graders

Join us this spring as we discuss how to live into our faith with courage and not fear. We will be discussing topics such as relationships, social pressures, and how we put our trust in God. 

In the spring current 8th graders are welcome to attend the conference. Also, Bishop José will join us on Sunday for Eucharist and the Blessing of the Seniors. 

Cost: $136, per youth. Includes lodging, meals, and programs. Meals start with supper on Friday and end with Lunch on Sunday. Scholarships are available at time of registration. Registration is through CampDoc software  here
Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish House. Please sign up in the Commons to help in the kitchen (cooking/cleaning) and to help serve!
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:

Anniversaries 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, 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, 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 Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Exodus 34:29-35
Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Psalm 99
Dominus regnavit
1 The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
4 "O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."
5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.
9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
[On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." Jesus answered, "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.

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