E-newsletter | September 25th, 2019
Kedron's Corner- Where does the time go?

In her book Practicing Resurrection, Nora Gallager tells her story of discerning what to do and how to live after her brother’s death. His death means her own life no longer makes sense. Pulled in different directions all the time, Gallager discovers she lost more than her brother, she has lost her “own wild life and lost the sacred in the world.” At one point she recounts a conversation between 2 of her friends as they were leaving a monastery. “Take good care of yourself, Dan,” said Anne. Dan stopped and said,” No, I don’t think so.” “I beg your pardon?” Anne asked. “I don’t take care of myself,” Dan replied. “I spend myself.” For Gallagher, her brother’s death gave her urgency to uncover new, more meaningful ways to spend herself. It prompted her to look for the sacred and choose to seek God more deeply. We each choose how we will spend ourselves, how we will use the time we have. How can we spend ourselves in more meaningful, more faithful, more loving ways? Where do we give our time? Our energy? Our hearts?

See you Sunday, Kedron +
New Staff Announcement:
Justin Smith, Choir Director

Justin is a Music Educator with Wilkes County Schools and we are delighted that he is joining us as Choir Director. He brings years of experience in music education and leading music ministries to this role. Welcome, Justin!

Please plan to celebrate in the Commons this Sunday following the 10:30 service!
All Creatures
Great and Small!
Animals play an important role in our lives. Many of us have a deep connection to animals that mean much more to us than the word “pets” can describe. They are members of our family and we love them, but probably never more than they love us. Saint Francis is a patron saint for many causes but is best known for his care and concern for animals and the environment.

This year, in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis, we will celebrate with a Community Pet Blessing at Wilkesboro Commons on Sunday, October 6th at 4:00pm .

If you have not witnessed pet blessings before, you are in for a WONDERFUL treat - it is marvelous chaos! We are happy to partner with Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, a local girl scout troop, Wilkes Rescue Group, Waggles, and Peek-a-Boo's Pet Sitting. Bring your furred, feathered, and scaled babies or pick up a Blessing to Go!  We'll have treats! For the safety and comfort of all pets, we ask that you bring them in a carrier or on a leash.
The Dick Underwood Book Club  this fall will read Garry Wills "Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America." This is not a book about the Civil War battle, but a careful, examination of the Gettysburg Address in its full context. The address is in many ways a religious document, drawing on Transcendental ideas delivered with an eye on the oratory of the Greek Revival. Wills ' study describes Civil War era attitudes toward death and sacrifice and how to honor both. Wills also shows how Lincoln's words reshaped our views of the country and what the war would mean for us. 

We will start this Wednesday the 25 at 7pm in the library after Chez Paul. If you are interested I can still order a book for you. Contact Scott Jessee at  jessees1949@gmail.com . We will be happy to have you join us!
Christ the Liberator will have a fall Vespers service on October 5th at 5:00pm in the Chapel.
During the month of October, Denise Sturdivant will be leading a women’s study of the book, “Why Religion?” written by Elaine Pagels.

We will meet at the office of Canter Construction every Wednesday from 12-1 pm.

If interested contact Denise @ 336-262-1558 or email@  sturdivant1600@gmail.com .

There will also be a sign up sheet in The Commons. 
Volunteers Needed for
Free Pharmacy Day
November 7th and 8th

The Health Foundation is working with NC MedAssist to bring over $100,000 worth of over-the-counter medication and other health supplies to folks in need in Wilkes! To pull this off, we're going to need a lot of help--which is where you come in!

We're looking for volunteers to assist with setting up the space on November 7th, client sign-up, client shopping, and cleaning on November 8th for our free pharmacy. 

We need people with and without medical knowledge to work in a fast-paced environment for a three-hour shift. Volunteers for set-up and clean-up shifts must be able to lift 20+ pounds! If you're interested, sign up for a shift  here  -- and feel free to forward this email to anyone who can help!

We'll be at the First United Methodist Church in North Wilkesboro, and we hope you will join us!

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
September 29- Becky Mullins
September 29- Mary Sue Pruitt
September 30- Lorraine Hubbard-Little
October 2- Amelia Koch
October 3- Karen McElwee

September 29- Carl & Franz Yale
October 1- Robert & Pam Baugh
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, Ken Canter, Ron Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Mike Duncan, Becky Forester, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Kaye Hall, Peggy Harris, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, Joan Knox, 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
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 6:1a,4-7
Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,
and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria.
Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
and lounge on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock,
and calves from the stall;
who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,
and like David improvise on instruments of music;
who drink wine from bowls,
and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile,
and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

Psalm 146

1 Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord, O my soul! *
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
for there is no help in them.
3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
and in that day their thoughts perish.
4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
whose hope is in the Lord their God;
5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
who keeps his promise for ever;
6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.
7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
8 The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
1 Timothy 6:6-19
There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time-- he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Luke 16:19-31
Jesus said, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house-- for I have five brothers-- that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, `No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"
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