St. Paul’s narthex has a new addition. A TV monitor has been placed on the wall in a corner of the narthex, easily visible to those entering the church. Postings on the monitor will welcome visitors and will keep parish members current and informed. Continue reading below.Continue reading
Tags are still available on the St. Nicholas Tree (see picture taken Nov 25, 2015). Each tag represents a child who will have a merry Christmas due to your generosity. Please take a tag and shop for one of these children, who is served by a local agency. Gifts will be received by St. Nicholas himself on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Cash donations are also welcome. Please bring or mail checks, made out to St. Paul’s with “St. Nicholas” in the memo line, to the church. Read more.
Please join Children’s Ministries for the annual “Crafts and Cookies” coffee hour Nov 29 at 10:10 AM! Formerly known as the Intergenerational Coffee Hour, this is a festive morning of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and craft making. All ages and stages are welcome; bring your visiting family and friends.
The St. Paul’s Choir will present an Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 PM. This program consists of nine scripture readings, each followed by a related piece of music. The Bells of Saint Paul’s will perform an arrangement of “O Come. O Come Emmanuel.” The event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends!Continue reading
- Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. This Chapel is for children ages 3 through 2nd Grade. Please follow the cross processional to the youth wing.
- Clergy-led Chapel for 3rd-5th graders will be held at the 9:00 a.m. service. Please meet the clergy at the back of the church during the cross processional.
- Our Children’s Stewardship Basket is collecting for Stop Hunger Now. Please contribute as the children continue their collection toward our $2900 goal that will sponsor a children’s Stop Hunger Now Day on May 15, 2016. Money for this event will be collected June 1, 2015 through May 15, 2016. To date we have collected $746.92.
- We still have openings for actors and actresses in our Christmas Pageant. Please contact Christine Ingram if your child would like to participate.
- Pre-EYC meets this Sunday (11/22) at 11:15 a.m. in the parish hall.
- Join us next Sunday (11/29) for Cookie and Craft Coffee Hour in the parish hall at 10:10 a.m. We will provide Chocolate Chip Cookies and an “any” age craft for everyone. All ages and stages are welcome!
- Sunday School: This week’s lesson is entitled “True Friendship: Trusting A Friend.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing. High School meets in Room 10.
- EYC Today: Tie Dye T-Shirts Regular EYC for both groups, 5-7 p.m. You should have already ordered a t-shirt. We’ll have all the supplies, so come ready to be creative. Wear clothes that can get dye on them, just in case.
- Babysitting Fundraiser: The youth will host a Parent’s Night Out on December 4th from 6-9 pm. We welcome children ages 2 through 5th grade for a night of fun while you parents have a night off for holiday shopping or a meal where you cut only your own food! We are raising funds for upcoming youth events, so all donations are welcome. Please provide dinner for your child; we’ll have water and lemonade. If you have any questions, contact Leah at Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org.
- Next Week 11/29: No Sunday School or EYC.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) and the Stay at Home Parents (SAHP) are co-hosting Coffee Hour following this week’s 9:00 a.m. service. MOMS is a special course that offers mothers a place to share the concerns and positive experiences that have influenced their spiritual growth. SAHP provides an informal opportunity for fellowship for parents and a playtime for little ones. All parishioners – not just parents! – are invited to stop by, enjoy coffee and refreshments, and find out more about these special ministries.
Next week, Children’s Ministries will be hosting Coffee Hour. In honor of the First Sunday of Advent, they are offering an intergenerational activity as well as coffee and refreshments. Volunteers in our children’s programs provide exciting and enriching opportunities for our young people all year long. Please plan to stop by to thank them and take part in a fun activity.
CONVERSATION AND COMMUNITY, an adult education small group discussion opportunity, meets Sunday mornings in the Conference Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. Selections from Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking, are used to facilitate spiritually focused conversation and to foster friendships. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kasia Hinkson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (919) 869-5106.
ADULT EDUCATION: All are welcome to attend forums in the Chapel between the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. This week, our forum is a follow-up to the Diocesan annual convention held Nov. 20-21. Join Rev. George Adamik for “What We Did at Diocesan Convention.” There will not be a forum next Sunday, Nov. 29.
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: “Understanding Scripture, A Three-Part Study” Trying to understand Scripture can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This study covers three main questions: Where did the Bible come from? How did we get the Bible we know today? How do we use the Bible in today’s world? Andrew Zawierucha, a St Paul’s parishioner, will teach this class. Andrew has a background in Biblical languages and literature with a seminary degree in New Testament studies. All are welcome to come to one or all of the offered sessions held on Thursday nights (Dec. 3, 10, and 17) at 7:00 p.m. in the youth wing. Child care will be available on request.
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: So far, we have raised $587,727 from 181 pledges. The great news is that of those who have pledged so far: 82% have increased their pledges an average of 9%. Further, 24 are new pledges. These are early results; we still have many more pledges to receive. Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.
PRAYER STITCHERS will not meet Wednesday, November 25th. We resume our weekly Wednesday morning schedule Dec. 2, 10-noon, in the youth wing. All needle crafters and those who would like to learn are welcome! Join us for prayer and fellowship as we make items for others. Questions? Contact Beth Barnes (email@example.com, 919-380-7214) or Marilyn Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-800-7043).
SITTING AT GOD’S TABLE: Given the current state of religion in our world, one filmmaker seeks the answers to why we do what we do in the name of God. She invites five religious leaders from different faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopal) to join her for a progressive meal as they “break bread” with one another and engage in conversation with candid responses, marked differences, and surprising commonalities. The film features Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and will be shown Tuesday December 1st at 6:30 p.m. For more information text/call Andrea Johnson at 919-348-9599
FAITH ON TAP: Bottle shops! They’ve sprung up everywhere. So let’s try them out! We will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 – Neighborhood Bottle Shop – 1341 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Contact Tyrus Cohan, email@example.com with any questions.
THE LITTLE RED WAGON: The Little Red Wagon is always available for your food contributions to the Urban Ministries of Wake County food pantry. Priorities this week include peanut butter, soup, cereal, and canned beans (pinto, kidney, black. etc.). But anything you find on sale at the grocery store will be put to use, and if you can get multiples, that’s fine, we feed lots of families in a day. We’re also happy to have your extra paper or plastic grocery bags, to pack for our families who need food. Thanks as always for your continued support.
STAY AT HOME PARENTS GROUP (SAHP): Join us in Kids’ Club on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:35 a.m. to socialize with other parents and find playmates for your little ones. We have no requirements or agenda, just come to chat and play! Contact Tara.Muller@me.com for more information and to be added to our email list.
ST. NICHOLAS IS COMING TO ST. PAUL’S! St. Nicholas is coming December 6th! The Advent Tree has been up for a week, and many of the 430 tags on the tree have been taken. The tags list the names & needs of children supported by 6 service agencies in our community. For more information about these ministries, visit the St. Nicholas Ministry under the Outreach section.
Please take one or more of the tags from the tree and purchase a gift for each child. The tags are self-sticking, so peel the back off and stick the tag to your gift – it will help keep the tag and the gift together. Bring those gifts to our St. Nicholas Day service on Sunday, December 6th. St. Nicholas will visit both our 9:00 a.m. service and our 11:15 service on that day to gather the gifts and then deliver them to the children. Gifts will be delivered to the service organizations that afternoon, so be sure to get the gifts back to the church by noon on the 6th. It is an exciting day at St. Paul’s, and we invite you to be a part of this wonderful outreach event at which we can share the love of Christ with others.
Bread Ministry bakes and delivers bread to visitors each week. Bakers are needed to bake two loaves of bread and bring them to the church kitchen two or three times a year. Drivers are needed to deliver the bread to visitors on Sundays after the service. Each of these jobs requires only a small time commitment and is a great way to welcome newcomers. Would you like to help with the bread ministry? Please contact Sally Moller at firstname.lastname@example.org.