E-newsletter | July 1, 2020
Dear Friends,
As I mentioned last week, the Vestry discussed at its June meeting last Sunday, the desirability of resuming public worship in the coming month. While we didn’t reach a firm conclusion, I think we did achieve some clarity around the issues involved in gathering together again.
First things first: our foremost concern is taking care of one another’s health and well being. For churches, refraining from public worship, especially indoors, and requiring people to wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing at whatever events did take place during the past three months, was never about restricting the rights of individuals to respond to the pandemic in whatever way they saw fit. But as soon as we venture into public space we become, whether we acknowledge it or not, our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Loving our neighbors as ourselves means putting their health and safety ahead of any concerns we might have for ourselves.
This was clearly the mind of the Vestry as well. We were also aware that cases of COVID-19 had been on the rise in North Carolina for the past two weeks, although they seem to be holding steady in Wilkes County. Better to exercise caution, we thought, than to rush into gathering too hastily. This is also the counsel of the Diocese, as Bishop McLoughlin stated in his message on June 24: “1. No indoor, in-person worship will be allowed during Phase 2. Clergy may continue to offer virtual worship from the sanctuary of their church with the understanding that no more than 10 people may assist in the liturgy.
2. Outdoor in-person, worship or other church events will be allowed with no more than 25 persons present and where you can adequately space people or family groups 6 feet or more apart.”
These are the same guidelines that have been in effect since the beginning of May. Resuming worship in accordance with them would mean that we could gather outdoors, say, in the labyrinth, with no more than 25 people present. If we held two services then, obviously, twice as many people would be able to attend. One vestry member suggested that people bring their own chairs, so that we would not have to spend very much time cleaning and disinfecting the space between services.
Another vestry member mentioned how important it is to receive communion. This can actually be done safely, by having the elements broken into individual portions prior to the service and having each person take the bread and wine for themselves as they come forward to receive the sacrament. This has in fact been the practice at the ministry for homeless persons in Asheville, the Church of the Advocate, for years. Although it does away with the symbolism of “one bread, one body,” this practice is still preferable, I think, to not sharing communion at all.

We are talking here about beginning outdoor worship the middle or end of July. There are plenty of details yet to be worked out. How can we determine who will be able to attend each service without exceeding the capacity of our space? What is the best way to live-stream the service for those who are unable to attend? Do we have adequate supplies, e.g., of hand sanitizer and masks for those who need them? But these issues are quite manageable.
It would be very helpful to know how many people are willing and able to attend a celebration of the Eucharist Sunday morning in the labyrinth. The Vestry agreed to send out a brief questionnaire to determine the congregation’s attitudes towards reopening, which you will find directly below in the newsletter. Do let us know your thoughts.
I passed a church where the sign in front quoted Hebrews 10:25: “Do not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some.” That’s fair enough, although the verse concludes, “Encourage one another.” But to this verse we should remember to add Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” That is what we are all about.
Fr. Steve

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 95
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Requesting volunteers
to make a
Prayer Flag.

Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom.

During this time in our world, it would be nice to send these thoughts into the wind. You do not need to be able to sew to make one. I made the one just sewing with a needle and thread and glue. I made mine 8.5 x 11 and folded 6" back to run a cord through.  Any fabric will do and you can also search "Prayer Flags" on the internet and get all kinds of instructions to make one. Use your imagination and I know they will be beautiful. I would like to have these by the middle of July. 

We will be hanging them in front of the church and maybe our prayers will be sent into the world.

If you have any questions please call me at 336-566-1311 or
email - ccanter123@gmail.com.

Can't wait to see all the beautiful flags.
Carol M Canter                 
We are excited to offer a week of Virtual VBS this year.

Join our volunteer leaders for a week of faith formation and fun,
July 27-31 .

Registration is open to the children and grandchildren of St. Paul's members and every participant will receive a box of supplies the week before camp.

Please click on button below to register! 
New Volunteer Advocate Training
  August-September 2020
Online Virtual Training
Virtual Training Classes:
5:30 – 7:30 PM 
August 4 th
August 11 th
August 18 th
August 25 th
September 1 st  
September 8 th     
There are also weekly online individual work in-between class meetings
Registration Deadline:
July 21 st , 2020
*Must be approved by GAL District Administrator prior to participating training
District Main Office:
Wilkes County Courthouse
500 Courthouse Dr., 
Ste. 2037
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Readers for Virtual Services in June, 2020

July 5 Mary Anne Caplinger
July 12 Nancy Scroggs
July 19 Tom Carnes
July 26 Dick Sloop
Prayers of the People

July 5 Denise Sturdivant
July 12 Joe Fesperman
July 19 Jeri Martin
July 26 Robin Shumate

July 5 - Beth Graf
July 7 - Bill Carroll
July 7 - Sophia Shupe
July 8 - Anne Hannibal

July 7 - Craig & Elizabeth Freas
July 8 - Richard & Angie Searcy

Pete Mann has moved to the skilled care building at Villages of Wilkes.

His new address is:
204 Old Brickyard Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 .

He absolutely loves mail! His phone will be moved in about two weeks.
Thank you for all of your love, support and prayers. He loves his church and all of you!

~Jennifer Lankford and Alison Mann

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made online
or by calling the office during regular office hours.

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, Pam Baugh, Robert Baugh, Dot Beamon, Betty Blevins, John Brame, Fern Brinkley, Jacob Brown, Mary Bumgarner, Paul Clark, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Jackie Davis, Mike Duncan, John Farris, Craig Freas, Estelle Gille, Mike Graf, Edward C. Griffith III, Bert Hall, Kaye Hall, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Steve Jackson, Pete Mann, Maggie McCann, Ann McNeill, Gus Newton, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Stanley Sanders, Ann Self Sigmon, Beth Sims, Bob Skees, Linda Sloop, Carolyn Stephens, Shirley Sturdivant, Fanny Triplett, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Delores Weaver, Bob Webber, Donna Webber, Susan Whittington, Kim Wyatt, 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, Avery Smith, 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 for July 5, 2020
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

The servant said to Laban, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’
“I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also” —let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”
And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.” Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death

Psalm 45: 11-18

11 "Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
forget your people and your father's house.
12 The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13 The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
the rich among the people seek your favor."
14 All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15 In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16 With joy and gladness they are brought, *
and enter into the palace of the king.
17 "In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18 I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever."
Romans 7:15-25a

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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