E-newsletter | January 23, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC
336.667.4231 office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
Kedron's Corner -
Working together means we thrive

Churches plateau and cease to grow because they do one or more of the following things:
1. Expect their pastor to lead everything
2. The leadership body micromanages everything
3. Volunteers are unempowered
4. Leaders lack strategy.

I don’t remember where I found this list, but I have kept it as a guide for some time now. It reminds me that churches thrive when the pastor and people work together to accomplish God’s mission. We must each feel empowered to serve in the way we are called and we must each strive to find a way to serve.

If God has called you into a community (like St. Paul’s) then there is a place for you to serve. No one else will take care of our parish and no one else will see that it glorifies God—it’s up to us. On Sunday, Feb. 3 rd when you arrive at church there will be tables, sign- up sheets and people to chat with about different ministries. Won’t you stretch and try a new ministry? Give of yourself to ensure this place soars. And in response to the list above:
1. I promise not to lead everything (I can’t and don’t want to! I love seeing you do ministry.)
2. The Vestry will not micromanage. They will take seriously their role in finance and buildings and grounds as well as helping create vision.
3. Let’s all encourage each other to do ministry that fills their hearts. If you don’t know what that is, pray about it. Then, talk to others and ask what they see in you. Come chat with me.
4. As my time here lengthens, we will create a plan for the future. Each decision I and the Vestry make is for the good of the whole parish.

See you Sunday when we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul and learn more about our namesake—Kedron +
New in 2019: Enhanced First Fruits Sundays–
1st Sunday of each month
Introducing some music at 8:30am worship
Name tags for everyone!
Coffee Hour –please sign up to host in the commons
Birthdays and Anniversaries acknowledged at both services
Cash offering continues to be split between Crisis Assistance and Step Ahead Ministries
Our Family to Family Grocery ministry could use volunteers to shop for food items, assemble bags, and help with distribution when the time comes.

As part of the grant from the Diocese through the Human Hurt & Hope Fund, we are able provide store gift cards for your use. You can contact Rachel Minick in the office (336) 667-4231 or stpaulscyfm@gmail.com to obtain a gift card.

If you choose to use your own funds, a letter acknowledging your gift will be provided. Because of the grant terms, we have to keep an account of all bags purchased using personal funds as well as the grant provided funds.

For questions about this ministry, please contact JOE & WILLIE BARBER at  williebarber@ymail.com or DEACON SUSAN at ridinhabit@gmail.com.

Please save the date - for a bag packing party on Wednesday, February 20th. We will hold a potluck dinner at 6pm and package grocery bags from 6:45-7:45.

On Saturday, February 23rd, we will host a Grocery Giveaway from 10am until 12noon. Volunteers are needed to help distribute groceries, make and serve coffee, bring baked goods, and visit with our neighbors during distribution hours. Contact Rachel for details or to save your spot as a volunteer.
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 .
Please send February events and information to Rachel in the office at stpaulscyfm@gmail.com by Monday, January 28th at 5:00pm for publication.

Thank you!
January 13th, 2019 Sermon : We All Play a Part
Rev. Kedron Nicholson
Upcoming Events
What if?
What if I want to bake communion bread?
What if I want to usher with a friend?
What if I feel called to visit my neighbors who cannot make it to church and take them communion?
What if I have always wanted to carry the cross in the processional?
What if...?

Join us in the Commons on Sunday, February 3rd for a ministry fair to learn about options for serving at St. Paul's and find the answer to your "what if?" 

Tables with information and hosts will be set up between services and following the 10:30 service. 

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.
We need your help! Please bring clean plastic grocery bags to Rachel during office hours or on Sundays. Thank you!
The Feed My Sheep teams need more members!

Feed My Sheep is made up of 11 teams that prepare a meal for a church family due to illness, death in family, new arrival, or hospitalization.
This is done on a rotating basis and some of our teams could use more help. With the rotating system, the hope is that each team will only be called upon about 3-4 times per year. If you are not currently on a team and would be willing to join a team please contact Gwen Temple at 828-266-5530 or email her at  gt1116@aol.com . We could really use your help!

Thank you!
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:
Please support the ECW Valentine's Day outreach project. We make goodie bags for to members and neighbors on our prayer list and member who are homebound.
We are asking for donations of candy, kleenex, notepads, pens, pencils, nail files and other toiletries. Please fill the box we have placed in the commons, over the next four weeks, with your donations. We will collect them and fill the goodie bags at our February 11, 2019 ECW meeting. 
We appreciate your support, Episcopal Church Women 
Please contact Gwen Temple at gt1116@aol.com with addresses for those on our Military Prayer List who are actively serving our country. ECW would like to send them a Valentine if the family would like for them to receive one.
Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, January 27th:  

Holy Eucharist in Chapel
Children and Youth Sunday school, Coffee Club in the lower level of the Parish House
Choir Practice
Nursery opens for children under 4
Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary


Looking Ahead
Tuesday, January 29:
 Al-Anon in library
Wednesday, January 30:
Choir Practice
Dick Underwood Book Club
Thursday, January 31:
11:30am -1:00pm         
Assistance Ministries at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church
Al-Anon in library

Sunday, February 3rd:
What If- Ministry Fair in Commons

Wednesday, February 6:
Healing Service in the Chapel 


St. Paul's Celebrations
Birthdays this week:
28- Marianne Beamon
30- Doug Merritt
31- Ben Staley

Anniversaries this week:
None this week
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, 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, Gerald Hendley, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Pat Jones, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Kay McCloskey, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Bertie Pardue, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Ryan Rigby, Elsanaa Thompson, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Dick Whittington, 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, Jonathan Johnson, 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.
My brother, US Air Force Master Sergeant Mike Earley has been on our military prayer list and I am happy to request he be removed. Mike enlisted and started his career on April 9, 1981 and will retire on Saturday, February 2, 2019. It is with upmost appreciation I thank St. Paul's for the faithful prayers, care packages to Mike and comrades when he was deployed to the middle east several times, and the many cards and letters through out the year letting him know St. Paul's cares.
Please continue to pray for servicemen and women who keep us safe and free.

Mike's address is: 3329 Birchwood, Trenton, MI 48183

My son and I will be traveling to MI to attend his ceremony 2/2 and I will share photo's! I was present when he left for boot camp and thankful to be at the retirement 37 years (almost 38 yrs.) later!!
Mary Earley-Arthur
The Lessons Appointed for Use on 
the Feast of the
Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
Acts 26:9-21
P aul said to King Agrippa, "Indeed, I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things against the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is what I did in Jerusalem; with authority received from the chief priests, I not only locked up many of the saints in prison, but I also cast my vote against them when they were being condemned to death. By punishing them often in all the synagogues I tried to force them to blaspheme; and since I was so furiously enraged at them, I pursued them even to foreign cities.
"With this in mind, I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, when at midday along the road, your Excellency, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions. When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, `Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.' I asked, `Who are you, Lord?' The Lord answered, `I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you. I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles-- to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
"After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance. For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me."

Psalm 67
Deus misereatur
M ay God be merciful to us and bless us, *
show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
2 Let your ways be known upon earth, *
your saving health among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide all the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
6 The earth has brought forth her increase; *
may God, our own God, give us his blessing.
7 May God give us his blessing, *
and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.


Matthew 10:16-22
J esus said to the twelve, "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."


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