E-newsletter | March 20th, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner :
 Why do we pray?

There are lots of right answers to this question: to change ourselves, to be in conversation with
God, to calm our hearts, to support those we care about. In some very primal way, I think it’s to keep us human. We pray to make sure we remember that we are not far from whatever or whomever it is we are praying for. We pray for the poor, knowing that it could be us. We pray for the sick knowing that we are one heartbeat way from being sick. We pray for those in prison aware that we are stuck if not imprisoned by our habits, addictions or a relationship. We pray for those in any need or trouble because we ourselves have been there too. We pray for those who have died because we have all lost someone we love and that love doesn’t end with death.

One of the 2 great commandments is to love our neighbors as ourselves. We know how much we prioritize our own needs. Prayer helps us put others needs right up there with our own. Prayer has a profound impact on our hearts. Prayer shapes us into the compassionate, empathetic, loving people God created us to be. That, in turn, creates a community of people who are attuned to each other’s needs, a community that values each person. Say your prayers even if it’s just naming others or saying “help, Lord.” God hears and your heart will be changed. See you Sunday for Lent 3.

Blessings, Kedron +
Youth Group meets
Sunday, March 24th 5:30-7:00 pm
Dress to be outside. We will participate in an outdoor service project (weather permitting) and return to the Parish House for dinner.

Special thanks to our children who spent some of their time off of school packaging dishcloths for our Dishcloth Ministry on Tuesday. What a blessing!
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 17, 2019 Sermon:
Rev. Mike Tanner
Upcoming Events
Please check the Sunday Servants schedules on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
Sunday, March 24:

8:30am Holy Eucharist in Chapel

9:15 am: 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

Monday, March 25:
6:00 pm     Lenten Bible Study with Bev Cook
Tuesday, March 26:
7:00pm       Al-Anon in library

Wednesday, March 27:
6:45pm         Adult Choir
7:00pm         Dick Underwood Book Club in Parish House
Thursday, March 28:
11:30am Crisis Assistance
12:00noon Al-Anon meeting in library.

Join in!

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.
Your assistance is needed:
We need help identifying these pieces of art that came out of the parlor in the Parish House. If you know anything about their origin or history, please send us a message in the office. Thanks!
St. Paul's Celebrations
  24 - Bob Laney                                       26 - Jacob Adams
24 - Jeremy Lyall                                   27 - Edward Griffith           
25 - Wayne Boyd                                    29 - Mike Southwell
25 - Sharon Lyall                                30 - Kaye Hall
25 - Christopher Nardini            


29- Jim & Luci Smoak

  *Birthdays and Anniversaries will be celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month in each service.
Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.

Rik Absher, Jim Andrews, Joe Barber, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, David Blair, Nancy Blair, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Tim Day, Mike Duncan, Priscilla Eaton, 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, 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 Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 3:1-15
M oses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”
But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you':
This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.”

Psalm 63:1-8
O  God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
that I might behold your power and your glory.
3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
my lips shall give you praise.
4 So will I bless you as long as I live *
and lift up my hands in your Name.
5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
6 When I remember you upon my bed, *
and meditate on you in the night watches.
7 For you have been my helper, *
and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

Luke 13:1-9
A t that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."
Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

Unbinding the Heart: A Mountain Yoga Retreat
Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16
Facilitated by Chad Hallyburton
Lodging in the Farm House and Annex.

$214 full (program, meals, and lodging inclusive); $124 commuter

It has been said that when all the knots that bind the heart are loosened, we'll find true life. Spend a weekend "unwinding" with yoga, meditation, hiking, good food, good people, and more. No yoga experience needed. 
Chad Hallyburton is a student, teacher, and practitioner of yoga from Cullowhee, NC. His passion is bringing people together to explore their own physical, mental, and spiritual strengths and frailties in the context of community. www.centeringyoganc.com

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!
VBS Registration is open our our website:
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