ALTAR GUILD NEWS: Didn’t the church look marvelous on Easter Day? Special thanks go to Jan Barbee and Barbara Brickman who handmade the new Easter banners. They certainly brightened our Easter celebration. Also, it is hard to miss our new Paschal Candle stand. Thanks for the handcrafted stand goes to Andy Kintz. It is another great addition to our worship space.
FAMILY PROMISE: Our second Family Promise week of the year is coming up (Apr 30-May 7, 2017). Family Promise helps families without homes achieve independence by providing temporary housing, lodging, meals, case management & educational services. St. Paul’s serves as a host congregation, providing meals, supplies, and volunteer support to families temporarily residing at White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary several times each year. We need volunteers.
- Social Hosting (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat) involves watching and playing with around 4-6 kids between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
- Overnight Hosts (Sun-Sat) from 8:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
Please sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0445aea62f4-family or at St Paul’s webpage under “Outreach.”
ASP CHORE DAY: Youth and adults who are going on the Appalachia Service Project are teaming up Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m.-12 noon to do various jobs at parishioners’ houses as a fundraiser for our trip. If you have work that lends itself to a group effort, yard work for example, hire us to do it! We don’t charge for our work – you donate to our ASP trip instead. Let us help you get some spring chores done! Contact Susannah Vitaglione at email@example.com to sign up to have a job done. ASP folks and any other youth volunteers go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4CADAA2CA46-aspspring to sign up.
ADULT FORMATION: There will be no classes today. Class will resume April 30 in the Chapel from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m., led by clergy and entitled “The Acts of the Apostles, Part I.” Coffee and cookies are available in the Chapel narthex before class.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Spring Mini Ministry Fair will be held in the Parish Hall during coffee hour today. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what’s happening within our parish and beyond.
Next week the Outreach Committee will be hosting coffee hour. Come join them for food and refreshments and to find out more about St. Paul’s many outreach opportunities, including Refuge for Refugees, Wheels4Hope, and Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.
TRANSPORTATION TO CHURCH FOR REFUGEE FAMILY
One of the refugee families we re-settled in 2016 loves coming to St. Paul’s for church. We would like to arrange rides so that they can come more often. They live in North Raleigh and would be a group of 5 or 6, so a minivan or an SUV with lots of seats is necessary! We want to bring them to the 9:00 a.m. service so the kids can go to Sunday School. Can you commit to driving them one way, one Sunday a month? Or round-trip? See the website to sign up if you can help!
REFUGE FOR REFUGEES ESL TRAINING: Please join us for beginning ESL training on Sunday, May 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Gale Herrman, who teaches ESL at Wake Tech, will provide us with information about how to get started teaching ESL. We look forward to learning about how to assist our refugee families in developing effective English skills.
AMAZON SMILE: St. Paul’s is now an active charity on Amazon Smile where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charities selected by the customer! Go to smile.amazon.com and when asked to select your charity, select “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cary, NC” (be sure not to select the St. Paul’s that includes the Diocese of NC in the title). Or, you can go directly to the St. Paul’s link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1327988. Happy Shopping!
SPRING MINI MINISTRY FAIR: This event will be held in the Parish Hall during coffee hour today. Each of the three mini fairs during the year highlights different ministries. Stop by to check out some of the many opportunities to get involved or just enjoy coffee, food, and fellowship. Here are a few of the groups which are participating in the spring fair: Habitat for Humanity, Memorial Garden, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Heifer International, Senior Ministry, Ushers, Women’s Study Group, Julian Gathering, and Urban Ministries (Little Red Wagon).
NEWCOMER CLASS: There will be a Newcomer class for all who are interested in learning about St. Paul’s, the larger Episcopal Church, and opportunities in which to participate. It will be three Tuesday evenings, April 25, May 2, and May 9 in the Chapel, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. You are invited to attend all 3 classes, but attend as many as you can: they are not a continuing series. The classes will be led by Rev. George, while other clergy and ministry leaders will come in to share about the many ministry groups. For more information, contact Frank and Anne Laney at firstname.lastname@example.org at (919) 460-0835.
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) brings thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Their mission is to make homes “Warmer, Safer, and Drier.” St. Paul’s is once again going with a team of youth and adults. This year we will go June 25 – July 1 to a location in North Carolina. There are limited spaces available for youth who are rising 9th graders – graduating seniors. To sign up, contact Kevin Swann at email@example.com.
CURSILLO WEEKEND will be held at St. Paul’s on June 8 11, 2017. Please consider becoming a participant, especially if you are looking for something more in your spiritual life. Cursillo is a spiritual renewal ministry in the Episcopal Church for men and women. For more information please contact Rev. Candy Snively at 919-380-7101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The 2016-2017 Children’s Collection Basket is collecting funds to host a Note in the Pocket Sort Day on June 4, 2017. So far, we have collected $1744.10 toward our $3000.00 goal.
- Children’s Chapel will be held only at the 9:00 a.m. services today. Children ages 3 through 2nd grade are invited to follow the children’s cross processional to the Youth Wing. Children will return to the Sanctuary during the Peace.
- Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for our 2017 VBS, Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows! Registration forms are in the Narthex. We are also in need of parent volunteers to lead the story telling center, games center, and 3-year-old group. Participant Registration Forms are due May 15! We also need lots of youth.
- Today is the last Pre-EYC meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. We will gather on the playground at 11:15 a.m. for a clean-up and family picnic.
- Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Peace & Justice: Be Wise in What is Good.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- EYC Tonight 5:00-7:00 p.m.: TBD! We were going to go on a “Holy Hike” with Rev. Javier, but the weather forecast doesn’t look like it’s going to cooperate for an outdoor activity. Javier and I are working on an alternate plan, so come to EYC ready for anything!
ACOLYTES NEEDED: Calling all 5th-12th graders! St. Paul’s needs more volunteers to be acolytes during church. It is a great way to contribute to the church, get community service hours for your school – and it is lots of fun to be part of the service. Are you interested, but you’re worried you won’t know what to do? No problem! We will provide training for you to go over all the things you need to know. Anyone with interest should contact Jodi Jeffries at email@example.com. Come be a part of our group!