2018 Stewardship — “Sharing God’s BLESSINGS” – St. Paul’s kicks off the 2018 Stewardship Campaign today! Over the course of five weeks, we will hear the voices and see the faces of St. Paul’s parishioners as they describe, in their own words, life and love at St. Paul’s. We will celebrate the conclusion of the “Sharing God’s Blessings” campaign with a brunch on November 12, 2017 – all are welcome to attend. The brunch will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will conclude at 12:00 noon and will be held in the Parish Hall. We hope your family will join us in “Sharing God’s Blessings.” Pledge cards have been mailed to each household and are also available in the Narthex.
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 3 Wednesday evenings, October 18, 25, and November 1, from 7:15-8:30 p.m., in the Youth Wing. You are invited to attend all 3 classes, but attend as many as you can, as they are not a continuing series. The classes will be led by Rev. George Adamik, while other clergy and ministry leaders will come in to share about our many ministry groups. For more information, contact Frank and Anne Laney, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 460-0835.
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 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. Join the Rev. Javier E. Almendárez Bautista this Sunday, October 15 for this month’s class.
ARTS AND CRAFT FESTIVAL FOR OUTREACH will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We need volunteers in all areas, and bakers for the bake sale. To volunteer at the festival please use the link on our web page www.stpaulscary.org/festival, or contact Katie Robinson at email@example.com. To donate your homemade baked goods to the bake sale, please use the link on our web page – www.stpaulscary.org/festival, or contact Gail Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Outreach Committee is hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 service today. Come join them for food and refreshments and to find out more about St. Paul’s many outreach opportunities, including Refuge for Refugees, Dorcas Ministries, Wake Family Promise, and Urban Ministries.
Next week the Arts and Crafts Festival for Outreach will be hosting coffee hour. The Festival on November 4th will feature local artisans, musical performances, a coffee bar and bake sale, a delicious lunch of homemade soups, and more.
Sunday Forum: What Does It Mean to Be Episcopalian? (Sundays in the Chapel, 10:15-11:00 a.m.) Join us this fall as we delve into the rich tradition of our faith. This Sunday, October 15, the Rev. George Adamik will lead a class on Holy Week. Next Sunday, October 22, the Rev. Carr Holland III will discuss The Daily Office and Benedictine Spirituality. Throughout, we’ll reflect on the impacts of our practice of the Christian faith on everyday life.
Wednesday Study: Living the Way of Jesus – The Sermon on the Mount (October 4–November 1; Youth Wing, 6:00-7:00 p.m.). Join Gerri Batchelor and Joe Ryan as we make our way through the Sermon on the Mount: an amazingly thorough distillation of Jesus’ teachings. In this five-part program, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and others reflect on the Sermon on the Mount.
BLOOD DRIVE CANCELED: Our next Blood Drive scheduled for Saturday, October 28 has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.
CALLING ALL VETERANS – Let us thank you for your service. If you have served or currently serve in the U.S. military, St. Paul’s would like to recognize you on November 12, the Sunday after Veterans Day, by listing your name, branch of service, and rank at separation in a special insert in the bulletin. Please email that information to email@example.com no later than November 3 to ensure that you are included.
NOMINATE A VETERAN CAMPAIGN: St. Paul’s Veterans & Military Outreach ministry is seeking youth up to age 17 to share their experience with a veteran. Do you know a veteran that you would like to nominate and tell us about why you nominated them? Submissions may be in writing, in the form of poetry, in music or art form. Feel free to express yourself! Please include military member name, rank, branch of service, duty station, job description, and the reason why you submitted his/her name. You choose the topic of your Expression. Both the veteran and the youth author will be rewarded with movie tickets. The deadline for Expression submissions is October 31, 2017. All forms of expression must be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the church office by October 31, 2017.
CARE & SHARE: Looking for a short-term, meaningful way to serve? Our inreach ministry, Care & Share supports members of our parish family who are in need with supportive services. Among the things we offer is transportation to church services and medical appointments. We are always looking for people willing to drive to medical appointments. Do you have a few hours to spare during weekday hours, on an occasional basis? No long-term commitment is required – and this support is greatly appreciated and needed. To find out more, please contact Melinda Thomas at email@example.com. In advance, thank you for your prayerful consideration of supporting our parish family in this unique and important way.
- 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 $676.98 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Sunday School continues today at 10:10am in the Education Building. All are Welcome!
- Children’s Chapel for children ages age 3 through 2nd grade will be held today at the 9am service. Immediately following the Collect children may follow the cross processional to the Youth Wing.
- Pumpkin Carving is two Sundays away! Please RSVP to Christine Ingram if you plan to bring chili and get your pumpkins, car trunks and costumes ready!
- Children’s bulletins, crayon packs and pipe cleaners are available on the desk in the Narthex.
- 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.
- Happening #64: Several St. Paul’s youth are at this transformative Diocesan event this weekend. Please keep them all in your prayers: Participants – Emily, Ella, Elise, Abby, and Win; Team Members – Emma, Grace, Olivia, Lydia, and Sarah. Leah is also an adult team member.
- Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Peace & Justice: The First Shall Be Last.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- No EYC Tonight: Since a lot of us have been to Happening this weekend and need to sleep!
- Special EYC on October 22: Elisa Benitez is coming to speak to us. She is a community organizer for Alerta Migratoria NC and will be dispelling some of the myths surrounding immigration, as well as how people can best support undocumented community members. She is a graduate student at UNC-Charlotte and a former parishioner at El Buen Pastor in Durham. Parents, youth, and parishioners are invited. She will speak from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Youth Wing.