E-newsletter | October 9th, 2019
Kedron's Corner- Showing Affection

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” –C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Dinner, bath, stories then bed. School nights follow the same schedule and pattern each night in our house. One of my little ones came downstairs last night and asked for a lullaby. By this time, we had already made dinner and were sitting down to eat. Goodness, really? Go to bed, kid. That’s what I was thinking but what I asked him instead was to give me a few minutes to eat and I’d be right up. By the time I got upstairs he had fallen asleep and all I could do was pull up the covers, move a few toys and say a prayer over him. I lingered in the darkness and wished I had come right when he asked.

We know our faith teaches us about love though we talk less frequently about affection. C.S. Lewis says it is the basis of happiness. Affection, tenderness, fondness—these are the soft, gentle parts of love. Sometimes we plan our acts of affection say for an anniversary or birthday. Sometimes we get unplanned opportunities to show our affection. Paul reminds us in the letter to the Galatians, “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” God requires that we love and when we do there will be great things to reap. This week, might we all look to show affection especially in impromptu and unexpected ways. It will fill your heart and create happiness in others.

See you Sunday, Kedron +

Chez Paul Wednesday, October 16th @6:00pm Cost: $8 adults $4 children.
The meal will be catered by Dean’s 

Menu: Hot Chicken Salad, green beans, slaw, yeast roll, and pound cake. Vegetarian option will be Mac & Cheese green beans, slaw, roll, and pound cake. Please sign up in the commons or call the church office by Monday, October 14th. See you there!
All Creatures Great and Small!
Our Community Pet Blessing was such a success! We loved seeing all creatures great and small- lots of dogs, two cats, a duck, a bunny, and a beautiful horse!

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #4092,  Peek-A-Boo's Pet Sitting, LLC Wilkes Rescue Group  ,  Waggles Pet Supply and Dog Wash, LLC. .,  Wilkesboro United Methodist Church , and  Jeri Martin George Cox , and the voices of the children’s choir!
Clothing Assistance Needs:
We could use the following items for our Clothing Closet - blankets, towels, wash cloths, and men and women’s tennis shoes in good condition.
Also, men’s pants (casual) size 34 36 and 38.
Thank you!
Everyone is welcome to join the ECW at our October meeting on Monday, October 14th at 12noon in the Parish House. Please bring your own bag lunch. We will have a special guest presenter. Our guest Aletha Johnson will share an inspiring Wilkes county story of addiction and healing in her immediate family. We will also discuss our annual fundraiser, the bazaar and bake sale. 
Please join us!
Wilkes and N. C. Guardian Ad Litem Program Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB & J) Food Drive.

The Wilkes and N. C. Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is launching the third annual PB & J food drive to collect plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly to be donated to local food banks.

A collection box is located in the commons area between the Chapel and Sanctuary at Saint Paul’s.

How can you help? You can bring plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly to this location or the local GAL office on the second floor of the Wilkes County Courthouse. The GAL program will make deliveries of the peanut butter and jelly donations collected to the local food banks throughout this campaign. This food drive will end during the week of Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Day of Service.

The Wilkes ( and other counties in the 23rd Judicial District…Ashe, Alleghany and Yadkin) and N. C. Guardian ad Litem program equips community volunteers to serve abused and neglected children by advocating for their best interests in court across this state. We need more volunteers to “Be a Voice” for a Child.” To learn more about the program visit the website at volunteerforgal.org or call 1-800-982-4041. Locally call 1-336-651-4421.
Christ the Liberator will have a fall Vespers service on October 20th at 5:00pm in the Chapel.
The Outreach committee will meet in the Chapel after 10:30 service on Sunday 10/20

The agenda will include: 1) discussion of this year’s work so far, 2) an exciting upcoming new project from Carol Canter and Vanessa Greer and 3) distribution of our remaining funds. We have received letters requesting financial support for two holiday gift giving programs.

All are welcome. Please come and bring your ideas and enthusiasm as we continue to do Christ’s work in our community.

Joe Fesperman
The annual ECW Bake Sale and Bazaar will be held on Sunday November 24th.

We would like to sell in addition to your baked goods, any craft items that you make (pottery, knitted or crocheted items, jewelry new or used, art work, woodwork etc).

Please be thinking of what you would be willing to make to donate to the sale. This is the only fundraiser that ECW has for the year!

More information coming soon! Mark your calendars!
Please check the Sunday Servants schedule on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
The usher rotation schedules have been added to the website: https://stpaulwilkesboro.org/e-news-and-schedules
Sunday Sermon: Sunday, October 6th
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Oct. 9- Amy Will
Oct. 9- Thomas Will
Oct. 11- Glenn Smith
Oct. 12- Rosa Jolly

Oct. 11- Bert & Sandra Hall
Prayer Requests

The office is in the process of implementing a more efficient and accurate way to maintain an updated prayer list and spoken prayer cycle. New prayer requests can be made online at  www.stpaulwilkesboro.org/prayers
or by calling the office during regular office hours.

Please take a moment to review the prayer list below and notify the office with any updates or changes that need to be made. When new prayer requests are submitted for spoken prayers, they will be added into the Prayers of the People cycle for up to 3 weeks.

Bulletins are printed on Wednesday mornings and requests submitted after that time will not be in the printed bulletin for that week, but may still be spoken. Prayer requests received by noon on Tuesdays will be included in the weekly e-newsletter.
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Jim Andrews, Ken Asel, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, Betty Blevins, Connor Bosson, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ron Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Mike Duncan, Becky Forester, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Kaye Hall, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, Pete Mann, Maggie McCann, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Marty Moore, Becky Mullins, Tom and Penny Musson, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Fanny Triplett, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Bob Webber, 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.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c

N aaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. She said to her mistress, "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."
When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me."
But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel." So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha's house. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean." But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?" He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, "Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, `Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel."

Psalm 111

1 Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.
3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
holy and awesome is his Name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
his praise endures for ever.
2 Timothy 2:8-15

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David-- that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful--
for he cannot deny himself.

Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."
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