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- The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2018 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 3, 2018. We have collected $2202.36 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Sunday School resumes today! Please join your Sunday School teachers in the Education Building at 10:10 a.m.
- Communion Classes start today! Please meet Father George on the kitchen side of the Youth Wing after the 9:00 a.m. service.
- There is no Children’s Chapel today. The Children’s Ministries’ leaders are on a retreat with 17 of our 4th and 5th graders! Please pray for the children and adult chaperones as they enjoy all God’s creations.
- Next week is the last Sunday to bring clothing donations for the Note in the Pocket collection bin. New and gently used clothing and shoes are welcome.
- Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Success & Failure: Failure in God’s Eyes.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- No EYC Tonight for Middle Schoolers: We are coming back from the Diocesan event, Genesis. Sorry, but it’s time to catch up on homework and sleep.
- EYC Tonight for High Schoolers 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: We are going out to dinner. Meet at St. Paul’s at 5:30, and we will carpool there. Pick up is at Chipotle (100 Wrenn Drive, Cary) at 7:00 p.m.
SPRING MINI MINISTRY FAIR: Join us today in the Parish Hall during coffee hour. Some of the ministries which will be on hand are: Memorial Garden, Communications, Heifer International, MOMS, Mystery Book Group, Outreach, Prayer Stitchers, Senior Ministry, and Women’s Study Group.
ADULT FORMATION: There will be no Adult Formation today, April 15. However, please join us in the chapel next Sunday, April 22, from 10:15-11:00 a.m., when we begin the Adult Formation series, Spiritual Practices in Daily Life. We will explore some spiritual practices that you can take home with you, as well as how our Sunday worship informs what we do on our daily walk with God and our neighbors. The Rev. J. Carr Holland will open the series with a discussion of “Sacred Listening in Relationships.”
On Wednesday evening, April 18, the Adult Formation Committee invites you to the start of a five-part video and discussion series, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. The video, by Methodist pastor and author Adam Hamilton, questions the Biblical basis for five common statements and why Hamilton finds that each statement contains partial truth. This Wednesday we’ll examine the statement: “Everything Happens for a Reason.” (7:00 p.m. in the Youth Wing)
MONTHLY DEVOTIONALS: Welcoming in Christ is a discipleship-stewardship emphasis linking St. Paul’s 60th Anniversary and the Anniversary Capital Campaign. To supplement this, each month a special devotional centered on a theme will be offered. The theme for April is “Easter and Eastertide with celebrations of renewal and resurrection: Focus on children and youth along with their leaders.” You can find these devotionals on our St. Paul’s website (www.stpaulscary.org). If you’d like to share your thoughts on a theme, you may email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts & Crafts Festival: Our 6th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival for Outreach will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in selling your handmade items at the festival, please contact Anne Babb at email@example.com for an application or more information. Applications from St. Paul’s members must be received by May 18 to be considered for early acceptance. Please remember all items must be handmade by the vendor. For general questions about the festival, please contact Sally Moller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT CHORE DAY (ASP): Need some help moving that mulch you just bought? Maybe you need some help in the yard or spring cleaning? ASP volunteers are here to help. To help fund our mission trip to Tennessee this year, we would like to help you with some of those spring chores on Saturday, May 12th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. We will fit in as many jobs as we can, but it is a first come first serve! Please contact Susannah Vitaglione at email@example.com or 919-619-5103 if you would like to hire some ASP youth volunteers. (Please keep in mind that we won’t be using dangerous machinery or pick out poison ivy.)
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Spring Mini Ministry Fair will be held in the Parish Hall during coffee hour today. A few of the groups present at this fair will include: Appalachia Service Project (ASP), Communications Committee, Memorial Garden, GoDo Service Ministry, Senior Ministry, Julian Gathering, Heifer International, Photo Group, and Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS). Don’t miss this opportunity to see what’s happening within our parish and beyond.
Next week the Vestry will be hosting coffee hour. The Vestry serves our parish by providing leadership; setting goals and budget priorities; planning for the future; and monitoring resources and finances.
MOMS Transitions: Please join MOMS Transitions (formerly MOMS College Conversation) for conversation and fellowship on Thursday, April 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Youth Wing. Open to mothers of high school juniors through young adults, this is a time to get together, share wisdom, and enjoy each other’s company. There is no preparation or homework. Bring a snack to share and join us! If you have questions, contact Alana Loughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org, Katie Bricio at email@example.com, or Aleta McClenney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) is preparing two fall sessions: one for “Baby Moms” (infants through 5th graders) and one for “TNT Moms” (teens and tweens). The focus of MOMS is connection, support, and growth during the changes and challenges you will face on your motherhood journey. The groups will meet one evening per week for seven weeks starting in September and ending in October. See the website for more details as we get closer and email Ann Lockhart at email@example.com to get on the interested list or with any questions. Attention MOMS Alumni: we will be calling on you for logistical support, watch your email, and thanks.
SENIOR MINISTRY Arboretum Tour: Ready to enjoy a walk in a nationally acclaimed garden where the plants are especially adapted to our NC Piedmont climate? Come join the Senior Ministry for a docent-led tour at the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh) on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is a $5.00 donation and parking is free. If you wish to carpool, meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. Following the tour, join us for lunch at Briggs in the Tryon Village Shopping Center. We plan on meeting there at noon. Lunch will be at your own expense. To RSVP via Sign-Up Genius, please go to the St. Paul’s website, or contact Jean Huey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-303-5769.
Men’s Beach Week: TODAY is your last chance to sign up for Men’s Beach Week (April 22 to 29) at Emerald Isle. $70/night for room and food. See the sign-up sheet are in the narthex or contact Mike McInerney at email@example.com or 919-656-4629.
PULSE MINISTRY: Guess Who’s Calling: Three times a year, the eight members of the Pulse Ministry will call 10 parishioners each to ask two simple questions and jot down their responses. You may be one of these randomly selected parishioners! Often, we choose not to answer the phone if we do not recognize the phone number. If this occurs, Pulse members will leave a message stating that we are with St. Paul’s and have two questions about St. Paul’s that we would like your feedback on. Your responses can be anonymous if you choose. Only the clergy receive the information. It is valuable information in helping the clergy to detect trends and make positive adjustments for our wonderful community. This is an awesome opportunity to share your opinion on two questions: (1) What do you like about St. Paul’s and (2) Are there any changes you would like to see in the services and/or programs at St. Paul’s. Please return these calls!
Newcomer Ministry will host a Newcomer Gathering on Sunday, April 22, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Curry Center. We’ll have a simple supper and time to get to know each other. If you have visited St. Paul’s recently and would like to chat with the clergy, some ministry leaders, or other new folks like yourself, please come! It will be casual and friendly. The Curry Center is located at the north end of the parking lot. Follow the side walk through the wooded area to the Curry Center. Please RSVP to at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 16 and let us know if you can or cannot attend. We hope to see you on April 22!
JULIAN GATHERING: This discussion group meets for contemplative prayer and study on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century mystic and author of The Revelations of Divine Love. Julian’s insights serve as a catalyst for discussions on prayer, faith, and other spiritual topics. The group will be reading Julian’s book again from the beginning, starting on April 25. This will be a great time to join, although newcomers are always welcome. Extra copies of the book are available at each meeting. For more information, please contact Lanny Wase at Lannywase@mac.com.