E-newsletter | March 13th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner -
Call when you need care
Churches love to describe themselves as families implying we love and care for each other no matter the circumstances. We can and we often do well. The challenging part of this idea is that we don’t always know how and when to care for each other. We don’t live together. We work in a variety of places and our needs vary. Here’s a short list that will help us care for one another:
  • Call the church when: someone is in an accident, becomes critically sick, is dying. Your clergy will get there as soon as possible.
  • Call the office ahead of time when you are going to have surgery. We are happy to come to the hospital the day of surgery if possible or have prayers with those awaiting surgery at church or home in the days preceding a procedure.
  • When you or someone in your family wants to be on the prayer list. Call the office. Call the office when your family or friend on the prayer list passes away or gets better so we can take them off the prayer list. Please do not ask the clergy or staff on Sunday to add you to the prayer list—it’s too busy on Sunday to keep up with important details like this.
  • When you are wandering in the desert times of life. When you need someone to listen without judgment and support you.
  • Call if you need help and can’t get something tended to—we have a ton of talented and generous people who might be able to drive you somewhere, fix something, bring you a meal.
  • If you are new to the church—call and help us get to know you.
  • When joyful events happen. Call and invite us to bless babies and homes or give thanks for a new job or opportunity. Life is full of happy occasions too.
  • Last and most importantly, call when you need care. Speak up; reach out.

There are about 140 people in church every Sunday at St. Paul’s. That means there are another 200 people or more who call this place their church home. In a parish our size, there will always be more to do than can be done by one clergy person. Thankfully we have a Deacon and Pastoral Assistant who, though work outside the parish, are able to help in this area.

Pastoral care is but one part of the role of clergy. Working with staff, planning worship, leading the Vestry, tending to emergencies, writing sermons, caring for buildings, meeting with members, participating in the community and Diocese, financial planning, reading and studying and prayer—all of these things take time and energy. Please call when you need prayers or support. Speak up; reach out. Do not let your frustration build wondering why no one is calling you or assuming you are intentionally being ignored. This is not the case I promise.

Give yourself some grace and assume that you are loved and valued. Then give me and the parish some grace knowing that a phone call to the office helps your clergy (and your church) know how best to care for you.

Blessings, Kedron +
Children and Youth are invited to join us at church for a day of fun and fellowship next Tuesday, March 19th from 9:30am-2:00pm. To register, email Rachel at stpaulscyfm@gmail.com
Lenten Bible Study Opportunities

Join Carl Elledge for a study on the book of Hebrews during Lent. Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the Chapel, beginning Sunday, March 10th. 
Join us 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! 
March 10, 2019 Sermon: The Wilderness Waits
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Upcoming Events
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Tuesday, March 12:

7:00pm Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, March 13:
6:45pm Choir Practice
7:00pm Underwood Book Club meets ______

Thursday, March 14:
Assistance Ministries meet in Parish House

12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library


Sunday, March 17:

8:30am Holy Eucharist in Chapel

Men's Breakfast in Parish House

9:15 a m: Book of Hebrews study with Carl Elledge in the 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

Join in!

New Chalice Bearer training: Sunday, March 17th, following 10:30 service

Instructed Eucharist: Sunday, March 24th
*Why do we do what we do? An Instructed Eucharist is worship explanation in real time. While worship is happening, we will give a brief description or reason for each segment of our liturgy.
National Acolyte Festival
Saturday, October 5th

Join acolytes from across the United States for a festival Holy Eucharist with re-dedication of service.
Email Rachel (stpaulscyfm@gmail.com) if you are interested in attending this year.

We will hold a planning meeting to discuss fundraising and travel details in April.

Parish Retreat Planning Meeting is postponed. Contact Rachel (stpaulscyfm@gmail.com)
in the office if you have ideas or input into the retreat. We will put this back on the calendar soon!
Did you know that St. Paul’s provides space for community groups?

Pictured is a music class for kids. We also host 12 step groups and are discussing policies to open our space for private events.

What a gift our beautiful spaces are to our community!
St. Paul's Celebrations
Birthdays this week:
 19- Sharon Burkenbine
21- Jeff Beard
21- Kathie Smith
22- Alison Huskey McCormick
22- Kent Wansley
23- Sherry Griffith
23- Johnny Johnson

Anniversaries this week:

None 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, David Blair, Nancy Blair, 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, Bertie Pardue, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Ryan Rigby, Elsanaa Thompson, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, 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, 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 Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

Psalm 27
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
the Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom then shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who 
stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army should encamp against me, *
yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4 And though war should rise up against me, *
yet will I put my trust in him.
5 One thing have I asked of the Lord;
one thing I seek; *
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
and to seek him in his temple.
7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe 
in his shelter; *
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
and set me high upon a rock.
8 Even now he lifts up my head *
above my enemies round about me.
9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; *
have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
12 Hide not your face from me, *
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13 You have been my helper; 
cast me not away; *
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14 Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
the Lord will sustain me.
15 Show me your way, O Lord; *
lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, * 
for false witnesses have risen up against me, 
and also those who speak malice.
17 What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the Lord *
in the land of the living!
18 O tarry and await the Lord's pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
wait patiently for the Lord.

Luke 13:31-35
Some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

Thursday, April 18- Saturday, April 20th 9:00am - 12:00pm

Children and Youth are invited to join in a
Journey to Jerusalem during Holy Week.

Crafts, games, and fun with friends! Register online!
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