Sunday. Join us at 10:15 a.m. today between services in the youth wing for a Rob Bell NOOMA video and informal discussion. These short videos encourage us to examine our faith in new ways, and we’ll finish in time for you to get to the 10:45 a.m. service.
Wednesday. We continue our study of Richard Rohr’s book, The Universal Christ, Chapters 15 and 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the youth wing. For more information, including a schedule and video resources, please contact Gerri Batchelor at email@example.com.
DIRECTORY LANDLINES: If you are a household who has dropped your landline since January 2019 and are now using cell phones, please choose one primary number to print in the church directory. This is all our database allows in the household field. Please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org with updates so we have the appropriate record for you or call Melanie Fairbrother in the church office at 467-1477.
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE (REI) PHASE I TRAINING OFFERED AT ST. PAUL’S:
St. Paul’s will host a two-day Racial Equity Institute Phase 1 training on October 9 and 10. Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the REI Phase 1 workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural, and institutional analysis. These workshops are open to the community and fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. The Outreach Support Team has set aside scholarship funding to help defray the cost for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Email Father Javier at email@example.com for more information about scholarship support. The full cost for both days, including a light breakfast and lunch, is $275 for first-time participants. REI alums can attend for $35. Fees are payable online when registering or by check mailed to REI. You must register in advance on the St Paul’s website for this two-day training, which takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Please only sign up if you can attend both full days. For questions, please contact Kevin McIntire at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aleta McClenney at email@example.com.
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS AND SUMMERTIME REFRESHMENTS: The Men’s Group is serving refreshments in front of the church following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This group fosters fellowship while providing various service projects and activities for the parish, including Lobster Fest, Men’s Beach Week, and food for the Parish Picnic and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
The End of Summer Mini Ministry Fair will take place next Sunday and the participating ministries will be hosting coffee hour in the parish hall. The three mini fairs each year highlight different groups.
PLEASE COME TO A LISTENING SESSION!
As a part of Wake County Sponsors, St. Paul’s is working with other faith-based institutions to find solutions to problems facing our community. We are listening to residents from all over Wake County to hear their concerns. This will shape the issues we will tackle in the upcoming months and years. Sessions will be offered on the following Sundays:
8/18, 10:00 a.m., Curry Center
8/25, 5:00 p.m., Curry Center
9/29, 10:00 a.m., Chapel
Please see the link on the website to sign up to come to one of these sessions. [If you are a ministry leader and would like to have a listening session at one of your upcoming meetings, we are happy to facilitate! Contact Katie Bricio at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
END OF SUMMER MINI MINISTRY FAIR: This event will be held in the parish hall during coffee hour on August 25th. Different ministries are highlighted at the three mini fairs each year. A few of the groups present at this fair will include: Acolytes, Adult Formation, Children’s Ministries, Greeters, Lobster Fest, Men’s Group, Prayer Stitchers, Rainbow Gathering, Veterans and Military Outreach, and Youth Ministries.
ADULT CONFIRMATION RETREAT: Our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman, will be joining us for confirmation services on Sunday, September 22. Adults are invited to take part in a One-Day Confirmation and Enquirers’ Retreat on Saturday, September 7 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.). This retreat is for those who wish to be confirmed, but also for anyone who wants to grow deeper in their understanding of the Christian faith and Episcopal tradition. If you haven’t been confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, take advantage of this opportunities to explore the faith and grow deeper. Please contact the Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista (email@example.com) to register or if you have any further questions.
THE CARYING PLACE RACE FOR HOME: Please join us Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2 at 8:00 a.m. Race participants must preregister at www.labordayraceforhome.org. The races are free for St Paul’s members who use the following code: StPaulsSponsor. St Paul’s is sponsoring an information table and the Prayer Stitchers are donating hats to sell at the race. All proceeds will support The Carying Place. Please contact Carolyn Anderson if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-460-9525.
THE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL FOR OUTREACH: Do you have a hobby? Painting, ceramics, quilting, woodworking, something else? The Arts & Crafts Festival is looking for donations of new, handmade items to sell at the St. Paul’s Table. The Festival will take place on Saturday, November 9, with proceeds going to outreach ministries. If you have items to donate, please contact Sally Moller, email@example.com.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES: Children’s Chapel, for children ages 3 yr. – 2nd grade, will be held today at the 9:00 a.m. service.
Church School Teacher Sign-Up: We need you! If you feel called to teaching Church School this coming school year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include what age group you might be interested in helping with and when you last took Safe Church Training.
Backpack Blessings: Bring your backpack to the August 25th 9:00 a.m. service to receive a special back-to-school blessing.
Pre-EYC: Fall pre-EYC activities are on hiatus until a new advisor for the group can be found.
YOUTH: Kickoff Sunday, September 8th: Mark your calendars for the start of our new programming year. Christian Formation will begin on Sunday morning 10:15-11 (High School in Room 10, Middle School in the youth wing). Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) will kick off from 4:00-7:0- p.m. in the youth wing with special games, activities, and food. If you are planning on doing us the honor of coming to the kickoff, please rsvp here (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FA7FB6-eyckick) so that we can purchase the right amount of food for everyone.
Youth Registration Form: Please fill this out https://form.jotform.com/82118970270153 for each youth by September 15th so all our information is up to date.
Volunteers Needed: With a youth minister and a new school year upon us, volunteers are needed to participate in youth ministry events! Your age, how much teen culture you know, and whether or not you’re a Biblical Scholar are not important. What is important is your love for God, a willingness to listen to (and learn from) the youth, and a great attitude. Email Zack Rugen at email@example.com for more information.