COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Men’s Group is hosting coffee hour. 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.
Next week coffee hour will be co-hosted by the Senior Ministry and Dorcas Ministries. The Senior Ministry offers social and educational activities for older adults and for children of older parents. Dorcas Ministries is a local organization which provides affordable clothing, food, training and tools for self-sufficiency.
ADULT FORMATION: Lenten Series: Loving Our Neighbors Near and Far, (Sundays in the Chapel, 10:15-11:00 a.m.) Join us next Sunday, February 18, as we begin a new series that explores the role of our faith in public life. Dr. Luke Bretherton, Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, will kick off the series with a discussion of faith and civic engagement. His talk is entitled “Healing Babylon: Faithful Politics in a Time of Division.”
On Wednesdays during the Lenten season, the clergy will once again lead contemplative services and conversation using the Sunday Lenten readings. Join members of St. Paul’s as we mark the season of Lent together for these mid-week Eucharist services, beginning on Wednesday, February 21. (Wednesdays at noon and at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel)
Murder Mystery Dinner and Fundraiser: “Miss Iggy’s Saloon Shindig: A Wild West Who Done It” on Saturday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the youth of St. Paul’s will be presenting another juicy murder mystery and dinner. Our mystery is set in Deadwood, a downtrodden, almost forgotten town. Someone – but who? – is driven to murder. Come help discover who done it. The event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and child care will be provided. Tickets are $20.00 per person and there will also be a wine cash bar. Proceeds will go towards Youth Mission trips. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/Ylpre2vPeVjpEDzr2. Contact Leah Dail at Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org for more information.
Lenten Quiet Day-2018: The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a vowed non-residential community of Episcopal women who strive to live a life of simplicity and prayer, invite you to attend a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church in Hillsborough. The topic, Wellsprings of Hope, will include three meditations followed by quiet time and will be led by the Rev. Susannah Smith. Continental breakfast and warm lunch included. Suggested donation: $10.00. Please R.S.V.P. to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/10/17.
PRAYER LIST RENEWAL: We ask that those who have requested friends and loved ones be included on the prayer list, email the office at Melanie.Fairbrother@stpaulscary.org or call the office at 467-1477 extension 10, to renew the request by Monday, February 19, 2018 to renew your request. Call or email anytime to remove a name. Please do not assume that we know the name should be renewed.
Cursillo Weekend – April 5-8, 2018: If you are looking for something more in your spiritual life, or if you need a “kick-start,” you may want to consider attending the next Cursillo Weekend being conducted in the Diocese of NC. The weekend will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Concord, NC, April 5-8, 2018. Cursillo is a spiritual renewal ministry in the Episcopal Church for men and women. The cost of the weekend is fifty dollars ($50.00) which includes accommodations and all meals. For more information, about this Cursillo Weekend, contact your parish priest, or go to the Cursillo website, nccursillo.org. At the Cursillo website, you’ll find Pilgrim, Sponsor, and Weekend Team applications, which should be mailed to the Weekend Leader’s mailing address, P.O. Box 859, Lewisville, NC 27023.
Adult Confirmation Classes during Lent: If you would like to explore the Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition, adult confirmation preparation is an excellent way to begin the journey. Confirmation classes for adults will take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel beginning on February 13 – immediately following the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – and continue through the Lenten season.
Attendance is expected if you would like to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church during the Bishop’s Visit (date TBD). You are welcome, however, to attend classes even if you do not plan to be confirmed. Please email the Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER: It is a long-standing Anglican tradition to mark Shrove Tuesday – the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent – with a celebratory community gathering and a pancake supper. Join us on Feb. 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for a festive gathering and good food. Costs are $7 per adult: $3 for each school-age (K-12) child: pre-school-age children are free, and there is a cap of $20 per family. The tradition of eating pancakes represents a final hearty meal – full of sugar, fat, and eggs – before the penitential season of Lent: just don’t forget about Ash Wednesday services the next day.
Women’s Beach Week 2018: Women’s Beach Weekend registration has started. The dates are April 29 – May 6. Cost is $40.00 a night plus help with a meal or 2. Come for the weekend or the whole week. This trip to Emerald Isle, NC is open to all women (graduated high school and up)! Where else can you get quite time, game time and beach time. Please sign the poster in the narthex, fill out the forms and turn in your check as soon as you can. Completed forms can be placed in the folder on the poster or mail them to the church office or email them to Yvon Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REFUGE for REFUGEES has been assigned a new family, arriving in late February. This family is from Afghanistan and has six family members. We know few other details at this point so, to find out more, check the church website for updates. Or contact Mike Harrell at email@example.com, or MM Cupitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 24 – June 30 to a location in Tennessee. Registration for the ASP Trip has begun. There are limited spaces available for youth who are rising 9th graders – graduating seniors. To sign up, contact Kevin Swann at email@example.com or (919) 607-5913.
ASP SPAGHETTI DINNER: Enjoy fellowship and fabulous food at this ASP fundraiser. This year’s Spaghetti Dinner will be from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, March 9th, in the Parish Hall. Individual plates are $5.00 for children and $8.00 for adults or feed the family for $20.00. There will also be an auction of baskets. Join us for a fun night! Our youth and adult volunteers will be volunteering with ASP this summer, and we appreciate your support.
- 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 $1591.98 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Sunday School will start at 10:10 a.m. in the Education Building and Children’s Chapel, for children ages 3-2nd grade, will be held at the 9:00 a.m. service.
- VBS Participant Registration forms are available in the Narthex. VBS will be June 18-25 (note the date change). Please email Christine Ingram if you are interested in volunteering or leading the Craft center.
- Lent Activities for Children: Pancake Supper on February 13.
- Ash Wednesday Services for families will be held on February 14 at 5:45 p.m. This is a very brief and simple service geared toward our youngest parishioners. Hope to see you and your children.
- We need Easter Candy for our Easter Egg Hunt! Please drop off candy donations (small, peanut free, individually wrapped) in the bin located in the collection area by the Music Room. Thank you.
- Pre-EYC meets today from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Urban Ministries for a tour and volunteering. We hope many of our 4th and 5th graders and their families will attend.
- The presence of children is a gift to the Church and children are always welcome in our services. If you feel the need, Nursery care for babies and young children is available – please see an usher to escort you to the Nursery (Kids’ Club). Our Bride’s Room is in the back of the Sanctuary and is open to anyone needing a place for a crying baby or restless child.
- Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Peace & Justice – Apathy: Surrounded by Apathy.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- EYC Tonight 5-7p.m.: We’re going to get into the Olympic Spirit by having an Olympic-themed game night. Come prepared to move around and have fun playing EYC versions of your favorite Olympic sports.
- Murder Mystery Rehearsal: 4-5 p.m. tonight. Please have ALL lines memorized.