E-newsletter | July 3rd, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
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The church office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th. In case of pastoral emergency between tonight and Monday, July 8th, please contact Deacon Susan 336-469-8207.

TONIGHT @ 7pm:

Join us for evening prayer and fellowship in the Coventry Chapel.

Bring a chair, beverage of choice, and a snack to share.


*Rain location is the Commons*

“God is described not as loving, but as Love. And this is our ultimate vocation, our fundamental call from God; not to do, but to be love.”

-Br. Lucas Hall
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Last Thursday St. Paul's hosted over thirty youth and accepting adults for a Youth HangOUT for LGBTQ+ youth and their friends. Youth and young adults alike shared how valuable this safe space is to them. We are thrilled to partner with Forward Wilkes to co-host these monthly HangOUT events at St. Paul's.

Recently, The Trevor Project released their National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. Among some of the key findings of the report from LGBTQ youth in the survey:

• 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered
• 71% of LGBTQ youth reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks in the past year
• Less than half of LGBTQ respondents were out to an adult at school, with youth less likely to disclose their gender identity than sexual orientation
• 2 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that someone tried to convince them to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Youth who have undergone conversion therapy are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who did not
• 71% of LGBTQ youth in our study reported discrimination due to either their sexual orientation or gender identity

Further research released offered some positive news, however. "LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult in their lives were  40 percent less likely   to report a suicide attempt in the past year."

It is our hope that these events will continue to be a light for youth in our community, that in hosting events and being supportive adults to LGBTQ+ teens, we are living out our ultimate vocation to be love.

Rachel Minick
Director of Youth Ministries and Community Engagement

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Dick Underwood Book Club  

The book club will not meet on the 12th and 19th of June. The next meeting will be in the Parish House on June 26 at 6 pm in instead of the usual time to accommodate the Compline service on Wednesday evenings. 
Stock our Clothes Closet - We need: diapers of all sizes, shorts for all ages and shoes. **Give only new or like new as we would want to receive if we were in need. Thank you for your generosity!
 
T-Shirts are here! Stop by the office Wedneday by 5:00pm or next week to pick them up!
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Music @ St. Paul’s - Seeking all congregation input!

  • July 17th 6:00pm Join Rev. Kedron to discuss hopes for the music program ahead of hiring a new choir director. July = Choir break—the choir will take July off to rest and recharge. Sing out when you are in the pews!
  • August—Choir will begin again—join us at 9:45 am on Sundays for a 35 minute rehearsal in the choir room.
  • We will begin the search for a new choir director.

Spread the word!

Please check the Sunday Servants schedule on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Sunday Sermon
June 30th, 2019

Rev. Dn. Susan Whittington
Birthdays:
7 - Bill Carroll
7 - Sophia Shupe
8 - Anne Hannibal     


Anniversaries:
7 - Craig & Elizabeth Freas
8 - Richard & Angie Searcy
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Illness

Jim Andrews, Ken Asel, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, David Blair, Nancy Blair, Connor Bosson, 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, Tom 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, Bob Webber,
Reba Whittington, 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, Jason Westmeyer, 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 Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Third Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 5:1-14
Naaman, 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." So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. And the king of Aram said, "Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel."
He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may 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.

Psalm 30

1 I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health.
3 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4 Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
his favor for a lifetime.
6 Weeping may spend the night, *
but joy comes in the morning.
7 While I felt secure, I said,
"I shall never be disturbed. *
You, Lord, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
8 Then you hid your face, *
and I was filled with fear.
9 I cried to you, O Lord; *
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10 "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; *
O Lord, be my helper."
12 You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.


Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace to this house!' And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.' But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.'
"Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Registration information can be found on our website:
*scholarships available for all summer programs*
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