Announcements for Sunday, Apr 24

CELEBRATING THE MINISTRY OF THE REV. LOIS REARDIN:  We would like to invite parishioners to contribute towards a gift for Lois in recognition of her 17 years of ministry at St. Paul’s by writing a check to St. Paul’s and indicating “Gift for Lois” on the memo line.  We will continue to accept contributions through the month of April, and will make a presentation at a later service.

NEWCOMER CLASS: There will be a Newcomer class for all who are interested in learning about St. Paul’s.  It will meet on Tuesday evenings April 26, and May 3, in the youth wing, 7:00 p.m.  The classes will be led by Father George, while other clergy and ministry leaders will come in to share information about opportunities in which to participate.  For information, contact Frank and Anne Laney, annewlaney@gmail.com or 919-460-0835.

Spring Grounds Workday:  Join your fellow parishioners on April 30th at 8:30 a.m. to spread mulch, prune plants, and tidy up the grounds of St. Paul’s.  There will be a variety of jobs available – spreading mulch, weeding, pruning, and planting.  Please bring a water bottle, gloves, rake, pruning shears, and a wheelbarrow, if you have one.  Contact Julia Rudy jbrudy@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

30 Hour Famine-APRIL 29 & 30: Our youth group and confirmation class is going hungry to help save kids’ lives.  Every $35 we raise can help feed and care for a child for month!

WHAT:  We’re learning about hunger, raising funds to fight it through World Vision, and then going without food for 30 hours to understand what millions face every day.

WHY:  Because we don’t want to be onlookers while nearly 8,000 kids are dying every day from hunger-related causes. We’re choosing to stand up and make hunger our fight.

WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR 30 HOURS? Fasting (starting at school at 12:30) + Games + Friends + Service + God.  You can help by sponsoring a youth.  Contact Leah Dail (leah.dail@stpaulscary.org) for more information.

ADULT EDUCATION FORUMS:  There will not be a forum today.  All are encouraged to attend the parish update in the sanctuary between services.

Next Sunday, a film in the NOOMA series (short films produced by Flannel.org promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences) will be shown in the chapel between services, followed by a discussion period.  From the series overview:  “Jesus encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing.  He inspired, challenged, provoked, comforted, and invited people to be open to God’s work in this world.  Wherever he went, Jesus started discussions about what matters most.”  These films offer an invitation to us to search, question, and join the discussion.

CENTERING PRAYER GROUP – BOOK STUDY:  On Fridays at 9:00 a.m. in the library at Cary Presbyterian Church, (across the hill from St. Paul’s, 614 Griffis Street) the Centering Prayer group is studying Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most.  This is the last book written by Marcus Borg.  We welcome everyone.  For more information, contact Martha Waters, 919-302-5912, or martha.wtrs@gmail.com.

TRANSPORTATION NEEDS: St. Paul’s has a longstanding tradition of providing transportation to those in need.  Care and Share helps with coordinating transportation to both appointments and Sunday Services.  Currently, we have need of transportation to and from the 9:00 am service.  If you are able to help, please contact: Kittied45@gmail.com or melonie.wigley@att.net

PHYSICIANS, NURSES, EMS RESPONDERS:  Our Clergy requests knowing medical persons who would be willing to respond to apparent medical emergencies on Sundays, only during church services and adult ed. offerings.  If you are willing to respond, please send your name and the time of the church service you normally attend to Margie Best at mwbest@bellsouth.net.  The ushers will be given the list of names so that they know who to enlist help from in a need.  Thank you.

ASP Spring Chore Day:  The youth who are attending this year’s Appalachia Service Project trip to Tennessee are ready to tackle your spring projects!  We have designated Saturday, May 7th as our Spring Chore Day, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  Our crews of youth and adults are ready to complete any jobs needed such as weeding, mulch, window cleaning, car washing, and general yard cleanup.  We bring tools and supplies, hoping to help you check something off of your list.  If you are interested in having a team assigned to your home, please contact Stephanie and Brad Hirschy at shirschy@yahoo.com or 919-234-2923.  We will contact you to schedule a time and review additional details.  Your support of St. Paul’s youth and their annual participation with the Appalachia Service Project is greatly appreciated.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE, MAY 15th:  Help the children pack. We have opportunity to help plant “seeds” in the children by helping them to pack meals for stop hunger now.  Donations to support this event will be welcomed (if we surpass the goal, funds will be carried over to the next SHN event) – donations can be made at our registration link.  To register, go to http://events.stophungernow.org/stpaulscary and please note “adult helper” where the registration indicates “affiliation”–this helps us separate the adult helpers from the children and their parents.  If you have any questions, please contact Glenda Swann at swann.glenda@gmail.com or Christine Ingram at christine.ingram@stpaulscary.org.

COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:  Today there is a Parish Quarterly Update in the church following the 9:00 a.m. service today.  In lieu of coffee hour in the parish hall, coffee will be served by the vestry in the narthex before the meeting.

Next week there will be a special coffee hour in the parish hall in honor of children’s Communion.  It will be hosted by the Youth Committee and the Fellowship Events Team.  Please stop by to enjoy coffee and refreshments and to celebrate this joyous occasion.

George and Cathy: A Picnic Contest:  Rev. George and Dr. Cathy are having a contest for the picnic!  Picnic Sunday is June 5, 2016 (it is George’s birthday, too).  The contest is collecting donations for either George or Cathy.  The priest with the most donations collected by May 28 will have to wear either Red Sox gear (for George who doesn’t like the Red Sox) or Patriots Gear (for Cathy who REALLY doesn’t like the Patriots).  All funds collected go to the ministries and missions of St. Paul’s.  Donations are collected in jars in the parish hall each Sunday during coffee hour…find the table with the balloons and gear.  So far George has collected $38, and Cathy has collected $32.  In the case of a tie on picnic Sunday, BOTH priests will wear their gear!

DORCAS:  Thank you for your support of the toilet paper collection for will be May 8th.

PRESCHOOL:  Summer Fun!  Please join St. Paul’s Preschool at Summer Fun Camp.  Week 1 will be Tuesday, May 31st – Friday, June 3rd, and Week 2 will be held Monday, June 6th – Thursday, June 9th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Summer Fun Camp is for children 2- 6 years old.  Applications and information can be found on the Preschool page of the website.

GoDo Outreach Ministry:  Come join GoDo on Saturday, April 30th, as we help the Brown Bag Ministry prepare and serve lunches for the homeless and hungry.  For this particular event, we need 14 volunteers for about half a Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Brown Bag also accepts donations for migrant workers, specifically dried black beans, dried rice, men’s long sleeved dress shirts size S/M, baseball caps, and sunscreen.  If you are interested in participating and/or donating, please contact Joe Sechler at jssechler@gmail.com.  Please look for future GoDo events that will be announced throughout the year!

Our spring blood drive is almost here!  It will be Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  If you are at least 17 years of age, in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds, you are eligible and wanted!  You can save up to 3 lives with just one pint of blood!  Let’s make this the best blood drive yet!  Please sign up at http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=stpaul.  Any questions, please contact Lisa Walt at lisa.walt@yahoo.com.

Arts & Crafts Festival for Outreach is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and we need you!  We need help to make this year’s event a success.  The festival committee needs two more committee members, one to take charge of publicity, and one for a new position that we’re calling facilities coordinator.  It’s a fun event, for a very good cause, and we have a great group, but we’re looking for more wonderful volunteers.  For full information, please contact Sally Moller, at sbm2@nc.rr.com.

FAITH ON TAP:  Join your fellow parishioners, both men and women, in sampling local establishments with more than 10 taps.  The next outing will be Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Tyler’s Tap Room, 1483 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, Apex, NC 27502.  Please contact Tyrus Cohan (228) 223-4558 or tcohan0117@gmail.com with any questions.

Children’s Ministries

  • Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9:00 a.m. service only today. This session is for children ages 3 through 2nd  Please follow the children’s cross processional to the youth wing.
  • Communion Classes conclude today. Participants-please meet Father Carr in the youth wing immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service.  Parents should meet Father George in the chapel immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service for the Parent Companion Class.
  • Please contribute to the Children’s Stewardship Basket as the children continue their collection toward our $2944 goal that will sponsor a children’s Stop Hunger Now Day on May 15, 2016. To date we have collected $2695.85.  We are so close to our goal!  If you and your children would like to participate in our Stop Hunger Now day event on May 15, 2016 from 10:15 to 11:15a.m., registration is easy!  Go to http://events.stophungernow.org/StPaulsCary and sign up!  We are limited to 100 participants (children and adults) and spots are first come, first served-spaces are filling up quickly (87 spots are already filled)!  Children (ages 3 to 5th grade) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at this event.
  • Heroes and Villains Vacation Bible School participant and volunteer registration forms are available in the narthex and the ed. bldg. Please join us for the daytime or evening sessions June 20-24, 2016.
  • Pre-EYC will finish its year today with a picnic and campus cleanup. Thanks to all parents and children for participating!

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Prayer: All Things Through Prayer.” Please note this change: Middle School will meet in Room 13 at the end of the education building hall. High School will still meet in Room 10.
  • Confirmation: Class will meet at the Center for Hope and Healing during the education hour. Cathy will lead a class on Episcopal Polity.
  • EYC Today 5-7 p.m.: Regular EYC. Come join in our Episcopal Youth Community fun and game night.  Dinner is served!