COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Care and Share is hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This is an in-reach ministry where members of St. Paul’s respond to short-term needs of parishioners, such as providing visits, meals or transportation. Join them for coffee and snacks and to learn more about this compassionate and helpful ministry.
RESILIENCE: You are invited to attend a showing of the movie Resilience in the St. Paul’s Chapel next Sunday, March 18th at 4:00 p.m. Resilience describes the long lasting physical and mental health effects of chronic childhood stress and repeated trauma. It challenges the viewers to develop community strategies to prevent and respond effectively to such childhood trauma. Attendees March 18th will serve as a focus group to decide whether Resilience should be shown, later, to St. Paul’s parishioners and others in the larger Cary community. The movie and discussion will last about 2 hours. If you have questions or if you plan to attend, please contact Jackie Straub at email@example.com.
ADULT FORMATION: Lenten Series: Loving Our Neighbors Near and Far, Sundays in the Chapel, 10:15-11:00 a.m. Join us as we continue our series that explores the role of our faith in public life. Today, Rabbi Ariel Edery of Beth Shalom in Wake County, will explore rabbinic teachings concerning the relationship among the people of Israel, their neighbors, and the stranger. His talk is entitled, “The Talmud and Our Neighbors.”
Next Sunday, March 18, the Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista will discuss the life of Absalom Jones, an abolitionist who was the first African-American man to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1804. His talk is entitled, “Neighbors in Our Midst: The Life of Absalom Jones.”
Third Sunday of the Month — Intro to St. Paul’s: If you are new to St. Paul’s and would like to know more about our community, join a member of the clergy next Sunday at the baptismal font – just inside the main entryway to the church – at 10:15 a.m. for a short introduction to St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Church. We will take a brief tour of the church grounds and have plenty of time for questions and conversation. Plan to join us next Sunday.
Wednesday Eucharist and Conversation (Noon and 7:00 p.m.): Engaging the Word in Lent. In seasons of preparation in the church, it is customary, not simply to fast from things which may distract us, but also to take up practices which will help us focus on the meaning behind our worship and prayers. These mid-week Eucharist services will be meditative and include an opportunity for reflection and conversation. (Wednesdays at noon and at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel – March 7, 14, and 21.)
Fellowship Events Team invites you to the 3rd “ANNUAL” BBQ Luncheon on Saturday, April 14th in the Parish Hall. Luncheon includes chicken or pulled pork, made with a special sauce, served with delicious sides and dessert. Food will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Take out available.) Tickets are $10.00/adult and $5.00/child. On sale March 18, March 25 and April 8, during coffee hour and in front of the church after the Sunday Services. Tickets can also be reserved online at https://tinyurl.com/stpauls2018bbq. Join us for food and fellowship!
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Beach Week 2018: Registration for Women’s Beach Weekend in Emerald Isle (April 29 – May 6) has started. Cost is $40 a night, plus help with a meal or 2. This trip is open to all women (graduated high school and up)! Sign the poster in the narthex, fill out the forms, and turn in your check as soon as you can. Leave your forms in the folder on the poster, mail them to the church office, or email them to Yvon Daniel at email@example.com.
HERMANO DAY: Sunday, March 18th, is our annual “Hermano Day.” We will be joined by representatives from the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. The EFwM serves the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families, including providing clothing, bedding, food, & medicine in 47 labor camps. Please bring donations of men’s clothing and bedding to church that day. The following items are needed and welcomed: men’s work pants (smaller sizes), men’s long-sleeved shirts (small sizes), men’s socks and underwear, sheets (twin are best), towels, blankets, dried pinto beans, rice and tortillas. Clothing and bedding can be new or used. Monetary donations are always welcome. Please make checks out to the “Episcopal Farmworker Ministry.”
Men’s Beach Week (April 22-29) registration is going on now! $70 a night includes food and oceanfront lodging. New attendees are welcome – try out a night or two, or come for the whole week. More information, registration forms, and the sign-up sheet are in the narthex. Questions? Please contact Mike McInerney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919)656-4629.
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.” 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.
R4R: Our new Refuge for Refugees family (Mom, Dad, and 4 boys: 11, 10, 7, & 5) has arrived and are settling in. They came from a rural part of Afghanistan and have had to flee for their lives since the dad was a translator for the U.S. Army. The family lives just outside the Cary town limits. Your monetary donations will help this family meet their ongoing needs for food, shelter, utilities, etc. as they settle in and look for employment. If you have contributions to make or if you would like to become more actively involved with them — taking them to medical appointments or helping with shopping or other needs, contact Mike Harrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or MM Cupitt at email@example.com.
RAINBOW GATHERING: As a follow-up to the Pauli Murray Project presentation held in November, the Rainbow Gathering would like to invite the congregation and friends to the March 16th monthly meeting to view the Durham County Library’s video of Bishop Curry discussing Pauli Murray and why the Episcopal Church elevated her to sainthood. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the youth wing. For more information please contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORKDAY: Saturday, March 17th is the Spring Workday in the Memorial Garden and the surrounding area. Chores will include blowing leaves, laying pine straw, spreading mulch around the Garden and the Kids’ Club, and planting azaleas. If you would like to join the Memorial Garden Committee in this endeavor to prepare the Memorial Garden for Easter and spring, please email Jackie Straub at email@example.com.
Church Office will be closed friday, March 16, 2017
Easter Lily Envelopes will be available in the pews through Sunday, March 18. Giving an Easter Lily to decorate the altar and worship spaces on Easter Sunday is a beautiful way to remember and give thanks for the special people in our lives. The Altar Guild requests a donation of $20.00 per plant. Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with Altar Guild Flowers noted on the memo line. All requests must to be received by Sunday, March 18, to appear in the Easter bulletins.
The Women’s Study Group will meet Tuesday, March 13th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Bride’s Room to discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. From Amazon books: two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. The book follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. This will be an interesting book to discuss, so we hope you will join us. If you have any questions, contact Leah Dail at LeahDail@gmail.com.
60th Anniversary: This year marks St. Paul’s 60th anniversary! Throughout the next six months parishioners may reflect on our past 60 years and celebrate our next 60 years, as well. We are hoping to develop a new picture directory, to put together a timeline that includes not only memorable events for the church but also personal events of our parishioners and cap it all off with an anniversary party in September. We will also be highlighting the many wonderful parishioners and ministries of St. Paul’s, and there will be monthly devotionals and reflections provided in the weekly bulletins. This month we want to remember our members, past, present and future. If you have any special memories you would like to share about St. Paul’s parishioners, please contact Sherri Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Ministry at St. Paul’s: Wake County Sponsors
Have you volunteered at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter? What if we also worked on policies that could end hunger and homelessness? What if people of different faiths found common ground working on issues that affect the entire community? Clergy and lay leaders have been meeting for the past year to discern how to form a broad-based, non-partisan organization to address issues that benefit everyone in Wake County. Informational meetings are coming up. Spend a couple hours learning and sharing time with faith-filled individuals who are motivated to find common ground and new ways to collaborate.
►Monday, March 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Cary First Christian Church (1109 Evans Road)
►Thursday, March 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh (813 Darby St)
►Saturday, March 17, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh (7109 Leesville Rd)
Contact Katie Bricio at email@example.com f you are interested in attending. All are welcome!
- 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 $1777.28 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- TODAY is PJ Sunday! We are wearing our PJs in honor of Daylight Saving Time!
- Sunday School will start at 10:10 a.m. in the Education Building.
- Clergy Led Children’s Chapel, for children ages 3-2nd grade, will be held at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services today.
- VBS Participant Registration forms are available in the Narthex. VBS will be June 18-25 form 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day.). Please email Christine Ingram if you are interested in volunteering or leading the Craft center.
- 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.
- Communion Class Participation Forms are available in the Narthex. They are on the table with the children’s crayon packs. Please return them to Christine Ingram by April 1, 2018.
- Pre-EYC will be bowling with EYC today from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Buffaloe Lanes. Please email Christine Ingram for RSVP instructions if you have not already RSVPed for this event.
- 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 “Success & Failure: Signs of Success.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- Confirmation Class: Meets in the Curry Center from 10:15 until 11:00 a.m.
- EYC Tonight: We will be bowling with Pre-EYC at Buffaloe Lanes. It is $12.00 for bowling and shoe rental. There is no dinner served. Drop off and pick up at the bowling alley.