E-newsletter | December 19, 2018
Schedule change:
We will have one service on Sunday, December 23rd at 9:30. Following the service we will have snacks, hot beverages, and place greenery inside the chapel and sanctuary.

Upcoming Events
Join us at 9:30 on Sunday, December 30th for Lessons and Carols

The story of the  fall of humanity , the promise of the  Messiah , and the birth of Jesus will be told by  Bible  readings, interspersed with poetry, visual arts, dance, and the singing of  Christmas carols hymns  and choir music. You won't want to miss this.
Las Posadas adventures:

Please check the Sunday Servants schedules below and and make arrangements for coverage during this Advent and Christmas season.
Thank you!
Star Words for all!
Children’s Interactive Gospel Reading!
The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6.
Join us as we choose guiding stars for the coming year and celebrate the light of Christ. 
Holy Eucharist at 8:30am and 10:30am
9:30—Intergenerational coffee and crafts in the commons:
2019 Memory Jars


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 ECF 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 the life and ministry of this faithful community. St. Paul’s brings about transformation, renewal, and ensures there is a church welcoming and embracing for all God’s people.
Thank you for your support!
Next Week's Celebrations

Birthdays This Week  
26- Shane Merritt

Anniversaries this week
26– Russ and Teri Ferree
28– Mark and Lani

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, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Janet Hartzog, Peggy Harris, Gerald Hendley, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Kay McCloskey, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, 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 December 23, 2018

Micah 5:2-5a
You, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth;
and he shall be the one of peace.

Canticle 15 Page 91, BCP
The Song of Mary  Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * 
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

 Luke 1:39-55
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."

And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

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