E-newsletter | February 6th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner -
A steady diet of church

A lady asked the famous evangelist Billy Sunday, "Why do you keep having revivals when it doesn't last?" "Why do you keep taking baths?" Sunday replied.

I know some folks come to church here and there or C & E (Christmas and Easter) and while I always welcome everyone at church any time, I assume they get less out of it than you regulars. You hear the Bible stories again and again; you say the prayers together and confess together; you watch the kids grow up. You see the funny things that weren’t quite planned to go that way and the sweet things that get celebrated. You smile as a little one becomes a big one and carries fire or the cross. You hear the preacher over and over and start to know them. You share coffee with old friends and remember when you were newcomers.

Church is a place where friends are made and faith is formed. That doesn’t happen overnight. One needs a steady diet of scripture, reflection, study and formation. (Not to mention pot lucks, stewardship campaigns, parish retreats and music!) We need small doses of big stories and lessons so that we can live out the big dreams of God. I love what is happening at St. Paul’s and appreciate how your ministry has formed over time. I am enjoying getting to know the whole community here and am especially grateful for you regulars. You are making our family feel right at home and I know the church stands because of you.

See you Sunday, Kedron +
Waking Up White
Book Study
Sundays Feb. 24 th and March 3 rd
4:00-5:30 @ the Nicholson’s
I seem to be constantly reminded that we are a segregated society. There will be no change unless we put ourselves in positions to learn and grow. Join me in reading Waking Up White (I haven’t read it, but hear good things and the reviews are great.) and opening up the conversation of race and privilege in America.
Please buy your own book.
or 336-667-4231
There will be an Outreach Committee meeting in the chapel following the 10:30 service this Sunday, February 10th. 
All are invited.
Did you miss the Ministry Fair on Sunday?

There are brochures and sign up sheets in the commons. Find a way to use your talents for God's glory at St. Paul's.

Thank you to our Ministry Representatives for their help on Sunday morning.

If you signed up to plug into a new ministry or remain on your current ministry team, watch you email and this space for announcements about upcoming training and scheduling!


Volunteers are needed on Sunday, February 17th (time TBD) to load pallets of food onto a truck at Aldi, and unload the truck at St. Paul's. The more hands on deck, the better! We will have several hundred pounds of food to move before we can package bags on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, February 20th we will hold a Family to Family Grocery Ministry bag packing party, with special guest, Bishop José McLoughlin. There will be a Potluck dinner at 6pm and we will package grocery bags from 6:45pm-7:45pm.

On Saturday, February 23rd , we will host a Grocery Giveaway from 10:00am-12:00noon. Volunteers are needed to greet our neighbors, distribute bags, and make and serve coffee and baked goods. Contact Rachel for details or to save your spot as a volunteer. Sign up sheets are in the commons.
Seasons of the Spirit: Winter
  • Friday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Valle Crucis Conference Center
  • $46 for full program and lunch; $91 to add lodging Thursday evening

Winter is a season of slowing down, resting, dormancy, and waiting. We are invited to an unhurried pace in the circle of life where we may find time for withdrawal and restoration of energy.

During our time together, we will explore the spiritual winter that we experience in life. Maybe you are in this season, a time of loss, or perhaps relishing the stillness and stretching your soul. Come along on a journey to map our seasons, explore the paths we have taken, and seek our commonality found in the image of God that dwells within us. We will explore this topic through scripture, story, discussion, song, art, prayer, guided meditation, reflection time and creative spirituality. 

Facilitator Rebecca Husband-Maynard received her Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and received a Certificate in Spiritual Formation through Columbia Theological Seminary. Her husband, Mark, and she reside in Elkin, NC.

Register online securely  here .
February 3, 2019 Sermon
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Upcoming Events
Friday, February 15th

Youth group outreach activity!
We will work with the youth at FBCNW to make PLARN (plastic yarn) which will be crocheted into mats for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

Breakfast will be provided.

Meet at the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro. Contact Rachel with questions. All youth ages 5th-12th grade are welcome and invited to bring a friend.
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
ECW News and Announcements:
Thank you for your support donations of candy, kleenex, notepads, pens, pencils, nail files and other toiletries. 

This Sunday is the last day in our collection, please remember to bring something from the list if you are able!

We will fill the goodie bags at our February 11th ECW meeting at 12noon in the lower level of the Sanctuary. Bring your lunch and goodies to add to the bags! 
We appreciate your support,
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Sunday, February 10th:

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

Following 10:30 Service:
Outreach meeting in Chapel

Wednesday, February 6:
5:30pm      Wednesday Evening Healing Service in Chapel
6:45pm      Choir Practice
7:00pm      Dick Underwood Book Club in Parish House

Thursday, February 7:
11:30am Crisis Assistance at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church
12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library

Monday, February 11:
12:00noon ECW meets

Tuesday, February 12:
7:00pm       Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, February 13:
6:45pm         Choir Practice
7:00pm        Dick Underwood Book Club in Parish House
Thursday, February 14:
11:30am       Crisis Assistance at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church
12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library

Save the Date for an evening bible study beginning March 11th. Join Bev Cook for a study on the Book of Isaiah in the Parish House on Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm. Feel free to bring your dinner or a snack to share- sign up in the Commons!

St. Paul's Celebrations
Birthdays this week:

  6– Joe Barber
6– Becky Craft
9-Haylee Hilton
12– Ralph Jolly
14– Carl Elledge
15-Carol Claycomb
16– Jeri Martin
17– Dick Sloop
17– David Shupe
17– Tate Moris

Anniversaries this week:

11– Jack & Carol Claycomb
18– John & Peggy Harwell

  *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, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Tim Day, 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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; 
the whole earth is full of his glory."
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!"
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!" 

Psalm 138                                                                                             
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
before the gods I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
because of your love and faithfulness;
For you have glorified your Name *
and your word above all things.
When I called, you answered me; *
you increased my strength within me.
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
that great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
he perceives the haughty from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
your right hand shall save me.
The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
O Lord, your love endures for ever;
do not abandon the works of your hands.


Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.


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