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Announcements for Sunday, Jan 24

COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:  CANCELED: Winter Mini Ministry Fair will be held in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 service today. There are three mini fairs annually, and each one highlights different groups. Come see what’s happening, sign up for something new, or just enjoy coffee, food and fellowship.

Next week there will be a Parish Quarterly Update in the church following the 9:00 service. There will not be a formal Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall, but coffee will be served by the Vestry in the narthex before the meeting.

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) begins another class in February.  MOMS is a program in which a group of women experience a 7-week journey of personal and spiritual growth.  Through small group discussions and journaling, participants have an opportunity to develop self-esteem, relationship skills, and a more defined sense of their own spirituality.  This class is for mothers of infants through elementary school aged children.  Classes will be Tuesdays, February 16 – April 5 (no class March 29) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Please see the website for more information and registration forms.

Men’s Beach Week 2016: Mark your calendars now for April 17th through 24th for our annual beach trip to Emerald Isle. Sign-up sheet available soon.

The Women’s Study Group will meet next on Tuesday, February 9th from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. in the Bride’s Room to discuss A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power by Jimmy Carter.  Please note that this is a change in books since our original selection isn’t readily available at the public libraries.  From Amazon: “President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls.”  Come join us for a thought-provoking and lively discussion.  For more information, contact Leah Dail (leahdail@gmail.com).

ADULT EDUCATION: Today there will not be a forum.  Instead, all are encouraged to attend our Winter Ministry Fair held in the parish hall between services.  This is an opportunity to learn about some of St. Paul’s many ministries.

APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) MISSION TRIP 2016:  This year we will be going to Tennessee for our ASP Mission Trip from July 10th – July 16th.  St. Paul’s will join other youth in rural Central Appalachia to help Appalachia Service Project (ASP) repair homes for low-income families.

ASP is about more than the home repair – ASP is about building and strengthening relationships with one another and with God.  We share our skills, and we share our faith, and together we make a difference.  I am personally inviting you to consider joining us in this awesome ministry.  Please contact Kevin Swann to volunteer of get more information at 919-607-5913 or swann.kev@gmail.com.

ASP is open to all high school students and rising 9th graders.  We have 25 openings for youth.  We need and must have 12 adults to volunteer as chaperone leaders.

The Little Red wagon collected almost 12.000 pounds of food in 2015, which is almost 6 TONS.

As you know, food is used up and needs to be replaced, and with the holidays over the needs continue.  The Urban Ministries food pantry needs soup, tuna fish, peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and dry beans, and pasta, dry rice, and whatever you find on sale at the grocery store.

We are grateful for your support, and count on your continued efforts to keep the food pantry able to meet the needs of the hungry families of Wake County.  We’re always glad to have your extra paper and plastic grocery bags, too.

2nd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner: Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with a juicy murder mystery and dinner served up by the St. Paul’s Youth. They will be performing “Don Donato Brundizzi’s Prohibition Party: A Mafia Murder” and you get to try and figure out who done it. Dinner will be an elegant three course Italian meal. The event will be from 7-9 pm and child care will be provided ($5 per child, $15 max per family). Tickets are $15.00 per person and there will also be a wine cash bar. Proceeds will go towards Youth Mission trips. Contact Leah Dail at Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org for tickets and more information.

The Winter Mini Ministry Fair will take place next Sunday and the participating ministries will be hosting Coffee Hour.  Each of the three mini fairs highlights different opportunities.  A few of the ministries present at this fair will include: Altar Guild, Appalachian Service Project, Care and Share, Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity, Memorial Garden, Refuge for Refugees, Ushers, and Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE:  So far, we have raised $875,808 from 308 pledges.  Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.  2016 Budgeting has already begun and your pledge is important to help us plan for the future of St. Paul’s!

Sitting at God’s Table : All are invited to a screening of Sitting at God’s Table on Thursday, January 28, 2016, 7:00 PM in the Youth Wing. One filmmaker seeks the answers to why we do what we do in the name of God. She invites religious leaders from five different faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopal) to join her in a surprising conversation based on their candid responses, marked differences, and surprising commonalities. Bishop Michael Curry is one of the participants. Contact Andrea Johnson at 919-348-9599.

Children’s Ministries

  • Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15a.m. services today.  These sessions are for children ages 3 through 2nd grade.  Please follow the cross processional to the youth wing.
  • 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 $1400.00.
  • We need parent assistance in teaching Children’s Chapel!  Please sign up to share a simple story lesson with the children and a brief craft time.  Spring 2016 Children’s Chapel sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544aaa92ca02-2016
  • We are in need of a Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher.  One of our teachers is moving, and we need someone to step in and help with this class.  Please contact Christine Ingram if you can help us fill this special role.
  • Mark your calendars for our second annual Teddy Bear Tea!  This event for our younger parishioners and their guardians will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall.  Come enjoy some special time with your little ones and their stuffed friends!
  • VBS Meetings will start in February!  Our VBS theme will be Heroes and Villains!  Please contact Christine Ingram if you would like to help create this fun and exciting week.

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “What Do I Believe? The Only Son of God.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10. The Education Hour is from 10:10-11 am.
  • EYC Tonight 5-7 pm: We will continue to explore the theme of Justice. Father Carr will help us learn more about our Christian response and responsibilities to issues of justice in the world. It will be a fun evening of learning and activities.
  • Murder Mystery Rehearsal Tonight 3-5: Bring your scripts and be ready to rehearse! Snacks will be provided.

 

Announcements for Sunday, Jan 17

ADULT EDUCATION FORUM SUNDAY, JANUARY 17: All are welcome to attend forums in the Chapel between the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services.  Today’s topic:  “REFUGE FOR REFUGEES“.  Come to hear our guest speaker, a Syrian refugee, who will talk about his journey from oppression and jail to U.S. citizenship.

Next Sunday there will not be a forum.  Instead, all are encouraged to attend our Winter Ministry Fair held in the parish hall between services.  This is an opportunity to learn about some of St. Paul’s many ministries.

COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:  The Julian Gathering is hosting Coffee Hour in the parish hall following the 9:00 service today.  This small group meets in the Cry Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for contemplative prayer and discussion of the writings of Julian of Norwich.  Stop by the parish hall to learn more about this unique opportunity for prayer and study.

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) begins another class in February.  MOMS is a program in which a group of women experience a 7-week journey of personal and spiritual growth.  Through small group discussions and journaling, participants have an opportunity to develop self-esteem, relationship skills, and a more defined sense of their own spirituality.  This class is for mothers of infants through elementary school aged children.  Classes will be Tuesdays, February 16 – April 5 (no class March 29) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Please see the website for more information and registration forms.

Men’s Beach Week 2016: Mark your calendars now for April 17th through 24th for our annual beach trip to Emerald Isle. Sign-up sheet available soon.

APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) MISSION TRIP 2016:  This year we will be going to Tennessee for our ASP Mission Trip from July 10th – July 16th.  St. Paul’s will join other youth in rural Central Appalachia to help Appalachia Service Project (ASP) repair homes for low-income families.

ASP is about more than the home repair – ASP is about building and strengthening relationships with one another and with God.  We share our skills, and we share our faith, and together we make a difference.  I am personally inviting you to consider joining us in this awesome ministry.  Please contact Kevin Swann to volunteer of get more information at 919-607-5913 or swann.kev@gmail.com.

ASP is open to all high school students and rising 9th graders.  We have 25 openings for youth.  We need and must have 12 adults to volunteer as chaperone leaders.

The Little Red wagon collected almost 12.000 pounds of food in 2015, which is almost 6 TONS.

As you know, food is used up and needs to be replaced, and with the holidays over the needs continue.  The Urban Ministries food pantry needs soup, tuna fish, peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and dry beans, and pasta, dry rice, and whatever you find on sale at the grocery store.

We are grateful for your support, and count on your continued efforts to keep the food pantry able to meet the needs of the hungry families of Wake County.  We’re always glad to have your extra paper and plastic grocery bags, too.

The Women’s Study Group will meet next on Tuesday, February 9th from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. in the Bride’s Room to discuss A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power by Jimmy Carter.  Please note that this is a change in books since our original selection isn’t readily available at the public libraries.  From Amazon: “President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls.”  Come join us for a thought-provoking and lively discussion.  For more information, contact Leah Dail (leahdail@gmail.com).

The Winter Mini Ministry Fair will take place next Sunday and the participating ministries will be hosting Coffee Hour.  Each of the three mini fairs highlights different opportunities.  A few of the ministries present at this fair will include: Altar Guild, Appalachian Service Project, Care and Share, Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity, Memorial Garden, Refuge for Refugees, Ushers, and Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.

 PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND COUNTERING ANTI-ISLAM BIGOTRY IN 2016.”  David H. Schanzer, Associate Professor at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, will speak on this topic Saturday, January 23, 3:00 p.m. at the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies, 1391 SE Maynard Road, Cary.  Professor Schanzer will analyze current trends of violence and backlash against Muslim Americans and suggest a path forward for those seeking a more peaceful and just society.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend this timely and important presentation.  More information is available at www.iitsnc.org/activities and at the adult education display in the narthex.  Persons planning to attend are requested to RSVP to iitsnc.org/rsvp2 by January 22.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE:  So far, we have raised $855,488 from 303 pledges.  Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.  2016 Budgeting has already begun and your pledge is important to help us plan for the future of St. Paul’s!

Children’s Ministries

  • Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15a.m. services today.  These sessions are for children ages 3 through 2nd grade.  Please follow the cross processional to the youth wing.
  • 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 $1400.00.
  • We need parent assistance in teaching Children’s Chapel!  Please sign up to share a simple story lesson with the children and a brief craft time.  Spring 2016 Children’s Chapel sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544aaa92ca02-2016
  • We are in need of a Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher.  One of our teachers is moving, and we need someone to step in and help with this class.  Please contact Christine Ingram if you can help us fill this special role.
  • Mark your calendars for our second annual Teddy Bear Tea!  This event for our younger parishioners and their guardians will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall.  Come enjoy some special time with your little ones and their stuffed friends!
  • VBS Meetings will start in February!  Our VBS theme will be Heroes and Villains!  Please contact Christine Ingram if you would like to help create this fun and exciting week.

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers will attend the Adult Education forum “Refuge for Refugees.” There is a guest speaker, a Syrian refugee, who will talk about his journey from oppression and jail to U.S. citizenship.  Meet in the Chapel.
  • EYC Tonight 5:00 -7:00 p.m. and then stay for our Lock In: We will continue to explore the theme of Justice.  Father Carr will help us learn more about our Christian response and responsibilities to issues of justice in the world.  We will have lots of fun through the night and then go and participate in the MLK Day of Service from 10:00 -12:00 on Monday.  Please RSVP to Leah so we can plan food and transportation
  • Murder Mystery Rehearsal Tonight 3:00 – 5:00: Since it’s a holiday weekend and exams are over, let’s get a lot of rehearsing done!  Snacks will be provided.
  • Bishop’s Ball Jan 29-31. This is such a fun Diocesan event. Register online at http://www.dionc.org/digital_faith/events/3165329.  For more information, contact Leah (Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org).

Announcements for Sunday, Jan 10

BARBECUE LUNCH: The Fellowship Team is putting on a festive Barbecue Lunch on Saturday January 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are for sale in the parish hall at Coffee Hour between services and outside the narthex after the late service.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10.

ADULT EDUCATION FORUM SUNDAY, JANUARY 10:

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, EPISCOPAL BUILD AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE HAMMER”.  During Lent, St. Paul’s is participating in a build with other Wake County Episcopal congregations.  A family has been selected for this project and will work side-by-side with volunteers to make their dream of home ownership come true.

Please plan to attend this forum to hear Rick Beech, Vice President for Program Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, give an overview of the Habitat movement including newer efforts such as Christian Community Development and Advocacy as well as the Episcopal Build. The topic for Sunday, January 17 is “REFUGE FOR REFUGEES.” Come to hear our guest speaker, a Syrian refugee, who will talk about his journey from oppression and jail to U.S. citizenship.

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.  There is no need to sign up, no homework, and nothing to bring but yourself!  This group is for anyone looking for something more casual than adult education forums in the Chapel, but more structured than Coffee Hour.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY RESUMES WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 20. “Knowing God”, a course in the Kerygma series, Great Themes of the Bible, will be led by the Rev. Carr Holland. We will explore questions such as “Can we trust God to be loving, fair and just?” and “How can we know the unknowable God?” This seven-session course meets weekly (except Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday), ending on March 9. Meetings are Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the youth wing. Each participant has the cost of $20 for a resource book, payable on receipt of the book. Class size is limited to 25 participants so sign up soon by email to Beth Barnes (eanbarnes@gmail.com.) or at the Adult Education display in the narthex.

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 919-467-1477 extension 10, to renew the request. Please contact Melanie Fairbrother by Tuesday, January 13, 2016 to renew your request.  Call or email anytime to remove a name.  Please do not assume that we know the name should be renewed.

COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:  The Newcomer Ministry is hosting Coffee Hour in the parish hall today following the 9:00 a.m. service.  Come join them for food and refreshments and to find out more about this ministry of welcome.  There are opportunities for greeters, bread bakers and deliverers, and telephone callers.

Also during Coffee Hour this week, Newcomer co-chair Frank Laney will be presented with a 2015 NC Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award.  This award recognizes role models who inspire other lawyers to invest their time and talents in service-oriented activities.  In addition to his work at St. Paul’s, Frank has volunteered as a scoutmaster, PTA leader, judge for Odyssey of the Mind, high school band booster, and organizer for the Cary Music and Arts Festival.

Next week the Julian Gathering will be hosting Coffee Hour.  This small group meets in the Cry Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for contemplative prayer and discussion of the writings of Julian of Norwich.  Stop by the parish hall to learn more about this unique opportunity for prayer and study.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE:  So far, we have raised $820118 from 291 pledges.  Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.  2016 Budgeting has already begun and your pledge is important to help us plan for the future of St. Paul’s!

The WINTER MINI MINISTRY FAIR will take place on January 24 during Coffee Hour.  There are over sixty ministries and groups at St. Paul’s.  Each of the three mini fairs showcases only about a third of these many opportunities, and each mini fair is different!  Come see what’s happening, sign up for something new, or just enjoy coffee, food, and fellowship.  Here are some of the ministries who will be on hand: Altar Guild, Care and Share, Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity, Memorial Garden, Refuge for Refugee Team, Urban Ministries, Ushers, Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, and more.

The Little Red wagon collected almost 12.000 pounds of food in 2015, which is almost 6 TONS.

As you know, food is used up and needs to be replaced, and with the holidays over the needs continue.  The Urban Ministries food pantry needs soup, tuna fish, peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and dry beans, and pasta, dry rice, and whatever you find on sale at the grocery store.

We are grateful for your support, and count on your continued efforts to keep the food pantry able to meet the needs of the hungry families of Wake County.  We’re always glad to have your extra paper and plastic grocery bags, too.

APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) MISSION TRIP 2016: This year we will be going to Tennessee for our ASP Mission Trip from July 10th – July 16th. St. Paul’s will join other youth in rural Central Appalachia to help Appalachia Service Project (ASP) repair homes for low-income families.

ASP is about more than the home repair – ASP is about building and strengthening relationships with one another and with God. We share our skills, and we share our faith, and together we make a difference. I am personally inviting you to consider joining us in this awesome ministry. Please contact Kevin Swann to volunteer of get more information at 919-607-5913 or swann.kev@gmail.com.

ASP is open to all high school students and rising 9th graders. We have 25 openings for youth. We need and must have 12 adults to volunteer as chaperone leaders.

Children’s Ministries

  • Sunday School, Children’s Chapel. Clergy-Led Chapel and Pre-EYC all resume today!  Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services today.  These sessions are for children ages 3 through 2nd grade.  Please follow the cross processional to the youth wing.
  • Clergy-Led Chapel will be held at the 9:00 a.m. service today.  Please follow Father Carr out the door by the courtyard.  This Chapel is for children ages 3rd grade-5th grade.
  • 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 $1381.78.
  • We need parent assistance in teaching Children’s Chapel!  Please sign up to share a simple story lesson with the children and a brief craft time.  Sign up here or at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544aaa92ca02-2016.
  • Pre-EYC will gather today at 11:15 a.m. on the playground for a day of clean up!  All 4th and 5th graders are welcome to join us!
  • Next weekend is a long weekend (with a holiday on Monday), but we will still have Sunday School and Children’s Chapel.

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “What Do I Believe? God the Creator.”  Middle School meets in the youth wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.  The Education Hour is from 10:10-11:00 a.m.
  • EYC Tonight 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.:  Our theme for January is Justice so come fellowship with friends after our long break and do activities centered on our theme.  We’ll also go over the spring calendar of events, so come find out what we have planned.
  • Murder Mystery Rehearsal Tonight 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.:  All high schoolers please come to get parts and scripts.  We will be rehearsing every Sunday in January from 4:00 – 5:00.
  • Bishop’s Ball Jan. 29-31.  This is such a fun Diocesan event. Register online at http://www.dionc.org/digital_faith/events/3165329.  For more information, contact Leah (Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org).

Announcements for Sunday, Jan 3

BARBECUE LUNCH: The Fellowship Team is putting on a festive Barbecue Lunch on Saturday January 16th.  Tickets are for sale in the parish hall at Coffee Hour between services and outside the narthex after the late service..” Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10.

ADULT EDUCATION FORUM SUNDAY, JANUARY 10:  HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, EPISCOPAL BUILD AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE HAMMER”.  During Lent, St. Paul’s is participating in a build with other Wake County Episcopal congregations.  A family has been selected for this project and will work side-by-side with volunteers to make their dream of home ownership come true. Please plan to attend this forum to hear Rick Beech, Vice President for Program Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, give an overview of the Habitat movement including newer efforts such as Christian Community Development and Advocacy as well as the Episcopal Build.  Forums are held in the Chapel between the 9:00 and11:15 services.

CONVERSATION AND COMMUNITY, an adult education small group discussion opportunity, resumes Sunday morning, January 10, in the Conference Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 services.  Selections from Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking, are used to facilitate spiritually focused conversation and to foster friendships.  There is no need to sign up, no homework, and nothing to bring but yourself!  This group is for anyone looking for something more casual than adult education forums in the Chapel, but more structured than Coffee Hour.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY RESUMES WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 20.   “Knowing God”, a course in the Kerygma series, Great Themes of the Bible, will be led by the Reverend Carr Holland.  We will explore questions such as “Can we trust God to be loving, fair and just?” and “How can we know the unknowable God”?.  This seven-session course meets weekly (except Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday), ending on March 9.  Meetings are Wednesdays at 7 pm in the Youth Wing.  Each participant has the cost of $20 for a resource book, payable on receipt of the book.  Class size is limited to 25 participants so sign up soon by email to Beth Barnes (eanbarnes@gmail.com.) or at the Adult Education display in the Narthex.

COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:  The Photo Ministry will be hosting Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall today following the 9:00 service. This group takes photos at various St. Paul’s activities and events. These pictures are posted on the church website for all to enjoy. Next week the Newcomer Ministry will be hosting Coffee Hour. Come join them for food and refreshments and to find out more about this ministry of welcome. There are opportunities for greeters, bread bakers and deliverers, and telephone callers.
Also during Coffee Hour next week, Newcomer co-chair Frank Laney will be presented with a 2015 NC Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award. This award recognizes role models who inspire other lawyers to invest their time and talents in service-oriented activities. In addition to his work at St. Paul’s, Frank has volunteered as a scoutmaster, PTA leader, judge for Odyssey of the Mind, high school band booster, and organizer for the Cary Music and Arts Festival.

Prayer Stitchers: Prayer Stitchers resumes our weekly Wednesday schedule January 6, 10:00 – 11:30 am in the Youth Wing.  We begin 2016 with a celebration of the sixth annual anniversary of the beginning of our ministry.  All are welcome to join us at our meeting for prayer and fellowship as we make a wide variety of items for people in need and afterward for a dutch treat lunch at Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza Bar.  Patrick Jane’s is in the Shoppes of Kildaire (near Staples),1353 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary.  Questions?  Contact Beth Barnes (eanbarnes@gmail.com, 919-380-7214) or Marilyn Mitchell (mdmitchel19@gmail.com, 919-800-7043).

The Little Red wagon is always ready to take your food contributions for the Urban Ministries food pantry.  Last week you broke the bank!  We took in 463 pounds of food on Monday, December 7, thanks to the Preschool’s TK food drive.  But of course the food is provided to families five days a week, so more is always needed.  Right now the biggest needs are dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, dry rice and dry beans.  But whatever you have in your pantry that you can spare, or whatever is on sale this week at the grocery store, will be happily accepted and given away. We’re always glad to have your extra paper or plastic grocery bags, too.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE:  So far, we have raised $796,918 from 277 pledges.  Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.  2016 Budgeting has already begun and your pledge is important to help us plan for the future of St. Paul’s!

FOUND:  Class ring, please call the office if you are the owner.

Children’s Ministries

  • Church School : Resumes January 10, 2016

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: No classes until January 10, 2016. Enjoy the break.
  • EYC: Resumes January 10 also, 5-7 pm.
  • Bishop’s Ball 1/29-31. This is such a fun Diocesan event. Register online at http://www.dionc.org/digital_faith/events/3165329. For more information, contact Leah (Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org).

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Mission Trip 2016:
This year we will be going to Tennessee for our ASP Mission Trip from July 10th – July 16th.  St. Paul’s will join other youth in rural Central Appalachia to help Appalachia Service Project (ASP) repair homes for low-income families.

ASP is about more than the home repair- ASP is about building and strengthening relationships with one another and with God. We share our skills and we share our faith, and together we make a difference.  I am personally inviting you to consider joining us in this awesome ministry.  Please contact Kevin Swann to volunteer of get more information at 919-607-5913 orswann.kev@gmail.com.

ASP is open to all high school students and rising 9th graders. We have 25 openings for Youth.  We need and must have 12 Adults to volunteer as chaperone leaders.

 

Announcements for Sunday, Dec 20

NO PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY DEC 27

 UPDATE DECEMBER 29: Coffee Hour Ministry Highlights:
The Photo Ministry will be hosting Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall on Jan 3 following the 9:00 service. This group takes photos at various St. Paul’s activities and events. These pictures are posted on the church website for all to enjoy.

On January 10, the Newcomer Ministry will be hosting Coffee Hour. Come join them for food and refreshments and to find out more about this ministry of welcome. There are opportunities for greeters, bread bakers and deliverers, and telephone callers.

Also during Coffee Hour on Jan 10, Newcomer co-chair Frank Laney will be presented with a 2015 NC Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award. This award recognizes role models who inspire other lawyers to invest their time and talents in service-oriented activities. In addition to his work at St. Paul’s, Frank has volunteered as a scoutmaster, PTA leader, judge for Odyssey of the Mind, high school band booster, and organizer for the Cary Music and Arts Festival.

Coffee hour schedule for January:

January 3: Photo Ministry
January 10: Newcomer Ministry
January 17: Julian Gathering
January 24: Winter Mini Ministry Fair
January 31: Vestry Quarterly Parish Update

Giving during Advent

St. Paul’s offers many opportunities to share your resources and there is no better time of year to give than during the Season of Advent. Here are a few giving opportunities:

  1. Advent Envelopes – Blue envelopes provided in the pews throughout Advent, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Funds collected in these envelopes are designated to continue the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s.
  2. Christmas Plate -All undesignated collections in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day collections will go to Outreach, specifically toward the Episcopal Build for Habitat for Humanity.
  3. Food Donations for Urban Ministries – Help feed our hungry neighbors by dropping off food items in the Little Red Wagon in the narthex. Food items are collected all year long-not just during Advent.
  4. Heifer International invites us to honor our friends and loved ones with Christmas gifts that help struggling families lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. Our donations placed in the Heifer Ark on Sunday mornings buy working animals for families in need around the world. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Heifer honor cards will be available in the St. Paul’s narthex. Please take a card for each donation of $10, to send to family members or friends you wish to honor with your charitable gift. St. Paul’s donations in 2015 have now surpassed $5000 for the GIFT ARK of animals. With your generosity, we can give life-changing gifts to even more impoverished families and communities this year. Alison Arnold, 919-605-0761, alisonearnold@gmail.com

The St. Paul’s Preschool Transitional Kindergarten (TK class) would like to thank the congregation, especially the Pre-EYC, for their contributions to the 2nd annual TK Food Drive. We appreciate your generosity in making our “Be Thankful” project a success!

Stewardship: So far, we have raised $764,608 from 259 pledges with an overall total increase in individual pledge amounts of 8%.  Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.  2016 Budgeting has already begun and your pledge is important to help us plan for the future of St. Paul’s!

Coffee Hour Ministry Highlights: The Men’s Group is hosting Coffee Hour in the parish hall today following the 9:00 service. 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. There will be no Coffee Hour next week.

Prayer Stitchers will not meet Wednesday, Dec. 23. Our next meeting will be January 6, 10:00 – noon, in the youth wing.

Prayer Stitchers and Outreach: To everyone who donated yarn and all who made items for sale at the Nov. 14 Arts and Crafts Festival and for homeless veterans and families, a big Thank You! Your generous contribution of items to the Festival resulted in sales totaling more than $1,800 with all proceeds going to Outreach ministries.  The large number of hats and scarves you made have been distributed to homeless veterans, children, and families to help them stay warm this winter.  All are welcome to join us as we make items for others.  Donations of yarn are always welcome, too. Contact Beth Barnes (eanbarnes@gmail.com), Marilyn Mitchell (mdmitchel19@gmail.com) or Carolyn Anderson (your gifts@bellsouth.net) for more information.

The Little Red wagon is always ready to take your food contributions for the Urban Ministries food pantry.  Last week you broke the bank!  We took in 463 pounds of food on Monday, December 7, thanks to the Preschool’s TK food drive.  But of course the food is provided to families five days a week, so more is always needed.  Right now the biggest needs are dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, dry rice and dry beans.  But whatever you have in your pantry that you can spare, or whatever is on sale this week at the grocery store, will be happily accepted and given away. We’re always glad to have your extra paper or plastic grocery bags, too.

Barbecue Lunch: The Fellowship Team is putting on a festive Barbecue Lunch on Saturday January 16th.  Tickets are for sale in the parish hall at Coffee Hour between services and outside the narthex after the late service.  Get your loved ones a “stocking stuffer.” Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10.

End of Year Check Requests: We are beginning our process of closing out our 2015 financial year, and we need all checks requests turned in to Christine Ingram or Brandy Satterfield by December 20, 2015.  Thank you for your help.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE:

December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve

4:00 p.m. Child-friendly celebration of the Eucharist with a special homily for all the children.

7:00 p.m. A celebration of the Eucharist filled with wonderful Christmas carols.

10:30 p.m. A celebration of the Eucharist that concludes near midnight making this service our “Midnight Mass.”

December 25, 2015 Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Gather on Christmas for a quiet, contemplative celebration of the Eucharist.

December 27, 2015 First Sunday of Christmas: Two Services Only

7:30 a.m. Eucharist – Rite I

10:00 a.m. Lessons & Carols with Eucharist – Rite II

 

Found:  Class ring, please call the office if you are the owner.

Children’s Ministries

  • Sunday School, Children’s Chapel and Pre-EYC are all on Christmas Break until January 10, 2016.
  • 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 in May 2016. Money for this event will be collected June 1, 2015 through May 15, 2016. To date we have collected $1159.36.

Youth

  • Sunday School: No classes until January 10, 2016. Enjoy the break.
  • EYC Today:
    • Painting Youth Wing 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Dress appropriately.
    • Caroling & Cookies 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come ready to sing for our neighbors around the church. There’s a special signup for cookies and hot chocolate: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4baeaa229-christmas. Dress festively and for the weather.

ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LOBBY

Announcements for Sunday, Dec 13

Giving during Advent

St. Paul’s offers many opportunities to share your resources and there is no better time of year to give than during the Season of Advent. Here are a few giving opportunities:

  1. Advent Envelopes – Blue envelopes provided in the pews throughout Advent, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Funds collected in these envelopes are designated to continue the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s.
  2. Christmas Plate -All undesignated collections in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day collections will go to Outreach, specifically toward the Episcopal Build for Habitat for Humanity.
  3. CHRISTMAS Poinsettias -Honor or memorialize a loved one by donating to the altar guild. Poinsettias are used to decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve. Red Poinsettia envelopes are located in the pews. Today is the last day that donations will be accepted. There is a $20 suggested donation for each poinsettia.
  4. Food Donations for Urban Ministries – Help feed our hungry neighbors by dropping off food items in the Little Red Wagon in the narthex. Food items are collected all year long-not just during Advent.
  5. Heifer International invites us to honor our friends and loved ones with Christmas gifts that help struggling families lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. Our donations placed in the Heifer Ark on Sunday mornings buy working animals for families in need around the world. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Heifer honor cards will be available in the St. Paul’s narthex. Please take a card for each donation of $10, to send to family members or friends you wish to honor with your charitable gift. St. Paul’s donations in 2015 have now surpassed $5000 for the GIFT ARK of animals. With your generosity, we can give life-changing gifts to even more impoverished families and communities this year. Alison Arnold, 919-605-0761, alisonearnold@gmail.com

ADULT ED: “Conversation and Community” is a small group discussion which meets in the conference room between the 9:00 and 11:15 services. Selections from Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking, are used to facilitate spiritually focused conversation and to foster friendships.  All are welcome to attend and join the discussion. ADULT ED FORUMS will not be held in December.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: So far, we have raised $727,036 from 231 pledges with an overall total increase in individual pledge amounts of 8%. Please join your fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider an increase of your pledge this year.  2016 Budgeting has already begun and your pledge is important to help us plan for the future of St. Paul’s!

COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Fellowship Events Team and Children’s Ministries will be co-hosting Coffee Hour in the parish hall today following the 9:00 a.m. service. After the Christmas Pageant, come to the parish hall to enjoy coffee and goodies in celebration of this joyous event.

Next week the Men’s Group will be 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.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: “Understanding Scripture” 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, is teaching this class.  Andrew has a background in Biblical languages and literature with a seminary degree in New Testament studies.  All are welcome to attend the session on Thursday night, Dec.17, at 7:00 p.m. in the youth wing.

The St. Paul’s Preschool Transitional Kindergarten (TK class) would like to thank the congregation, especially the Pre-EYC, for their contributions to the 2nd annual TK Food Drive. We appreciate your generosity in making our “Be Thankful” project a success!

The Little Red wagon is always ready to take your food contributions for the Urban Ministries food pantry. Last week you broke the bank!  We took in 463 pounds of food on Monday, December 7, thanks to the Preschool’s TK food drive.  But of course the food is provided to families five days a week, so more is always needed.  Right now the biggest needs are dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, dry rice and dry beans.  But whatever you have in your pantry that you can spare, or whatever is on sale this week at the grocery store, will be happily accepted and given away. We’re always glad to have your extra paper or plastic grocery bags, too.

End of Year Check Requests: We are beginning our process of closing out our 2015 financial year and we need all checks requests turned in to Christine Ingram or Brandy Satterfield by December 20, 2015.  Thank you for your help.

Church Work Day
Volunteers are needed to perform light bulb replacement and upgrades on December 19th starting at 8:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Since this work day is so close to the holiday, the Kids’ Club will be open from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. to provide childcare for the children of work day volunteers.  Space is limited.  If you are able to attend the work day, please email or call Jason Sayers jason.l.sayers@gmail.com or 919-491-6042.

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, tcohan0117@gmail.com with any questions.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE SCHEDULE:

December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve

4:00 p.m. Child-friendly celebration of the Eucharist with a special homily for all the children.

7:00 p.m. A celebration of the Eucharist filled with wonderful Christmas carols.

10:30 p.m. A celebration of the Eucharist that concludes near midnight making this service our “Midnight Mass.”

December 25, 2015 Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Gather on Christmas for a quiet, contemplative celebration of the Eucharist.

December 27, 2015 First Sunday of Christmas: Two Services Only

7:30 a.m. Eucharist – Rite I

10:00 a.m. Lessons & Carols with Eucharist – Rite II

BARBECUE LUNCH: The Fellowship Team is putting on a festive Barbecue Lunch on Saturday January 16. Tickets are for sale in the Parish Hall at Coffee Hour between services and outside the Narthex after the late service.

FOUND:  Class ring, please call the office if you are the owner.

Children’s Ministries

  • Thank you to all the children and parents that participated in the 2015 Christmas Pageant. What a wonderful experience for everyone!
  • Sunday School, Children’s Chapel and Pre-EYC are all on Christmas Break until January 10, 2016.
  • 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 in May 2016. Money for this event will be collected June 1, 2015 through May 15, 2016. To date we have collected $1068.60.

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: No classes until January 10, 2016. Enjoy the break.
  • EYC Today, 5-7 pm: is our Annual Christmas Party. Come join the fun! Here’s what you need to do/bring:
    • Wrapped gift for the gift exchange. Please get something fun (Is it something YOU would want to receive?) and $10 or less. We’ll do the traditional white elephant exchange.
    • Wear your tackiest (most festive?) Christmas sweater / outfit for our Annual Contest. Prizes will be awarded.
    • No need to bring an appetizer – we have dinner planned.
  • Next Week 12/19 & 20: Prepping and Painting the youth wing. Come Saturday the 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to prep the room and then Sunday Dec. 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to do the actual painting. Dress appropriately. There will also be EYC from 6-7 for caroling and cookies.

Greening of the Church (Dec 20, 2015)

Join the Altar Guild in the Greening of the Church. On December 20th, immediately following the 11:15 service, we will be putting up garlands, arranging poinsettias, setting up the nativity scene, and enjoying the spirit of Christmas.  All supplies and decorations will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

Announcements for Sunday, Nov 8

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, NOV 8
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COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the church following the 9:00 a.m. service today.  Please plan to attend this important meeting to elect Vestry members and to hear parish updates.  In lieu of Coffee Hour in the parish hall, coffee will be served by the Vestry in the narthex before the meeting.

Next week Coffee Hour will be hosted in the parish hall by the St. Nicholas Ministry.  Each year this ministry offers parishioners an opportunity to contribute gifts to children of families in need.  Stop by to learn how to be part of this generous outreach ministry.

CONVERSATION AND COMMUNITY will not meet today.  Instead, everyone is encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting held in the sanctuary between services.  Conversation and Community will resume next Sunday.

ADULT EDUCATION: There will not be a forum today.  Instead, everyone is encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting held in the sanctuary between services.

Forums resume next Sunday with Architecture of the Holy Eucharist [The Building of a Prayer].  Have you ever wondered why the words of the Eucharistic Prayer may change from season to season, or how the text got to be in the form it is today from the first days of the disciples gathering to break bread together?  We will explore the various Eucharistic prayers from the Book of Common Prayer and uncover some of the “mystery” of the “Holy Mysteries”!  Cathy Deats is our leader.

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 sbm2@nc.rr.com.

ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL:  Don’t forget the Arts & Crafts Festival is this coming Saturday, November 14, from 10 to 4.  Please take home the flier you’ll find in your bulletin, tell your friends, and join us for a fun day of shopping, prizes, music, food, and more.  Check our website for more details. www.festival.stpaulscary.org

FAITH ON TAP:  Bottle shops!  They’ve sprung up everywhere.  So let’s try a few of them out! Here are the upcoming dates and locations for Faith On Tap. We will meet at 7:30 p.m.

  • November 21 – Tasty Beverage Co. – 327 W. Davie Street, Suite 106, Raleigh
  • December 19 – Neighborhood Bottle Shop – 1341 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

Contact Tyrus Cohan, tcohan0117@gmail.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.

WAKE INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK (WIHN) Homeless Ministry (Nov 8-15):  St. Paul’s is co-hosting a WIHN week with White Plains Methodist Church from Nov 8-15.  WIHN offers multi-generational outreach opportunities for St. Paul’s families.  Parents and children volunteering together are encouraged and welcome.  Come to help setup sleeping areas on Sunday, Nov 8 at 2:00 p.m., or be social hosts by interacting with kids thru play on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Overnight hosting during the week is also available or you can provide hot breakfast on Saturday, Nov 14.  Contact Kathleen Neff, kathleen@trioptimum.com or Myrna Belingon, tmb.jersey@gmail.com for additional information and/or to sign up as a volunteer.

FELLOWSHIP EVENT: Please join the fellowship team for our annual trek to Replacements Limited in Greensboro on November 21st.  We will be meeting in the parking lot at St. Paul’s before 9.30 a.m. and carpooling to Greensboro with a stop for lunch at a place to be determined.  We will be back at St. Paul’s by 4:00 p.m.  Replacements is a huge warehouse emporium of silver, china, crystal, and many gift items so you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  For further information, call Barbara Brickman at 919-469-9966 and look for a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

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.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

Children’s Chapel will be held today at the 9:00 a.m. service only.  The 11:15 a.m. Chapel is cancelled today.  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. services on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22.
  • 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 in May 2016.  Money for this event will be collected June 1, 2015 through May 15, 2016.  To date we have collected $701.67.
  • Christmas Pageant Participation Forms are available on the church website and near the Children’s Ministries Bulletin Board in the education building.  No prior experience necessary.  Forms are due by 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 15 (next Sunday!!!).  Please return forms to Christine Ingram or Christa Magee.
  • Pre-EYC meets in the parish hall TODAY at 11:15 a.m.  This meeting will be facilitated by St. Paul’s High School Youth!  We hope all our 4th and 5th graders will attend!

YOUTH

  • Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Cost of Relationships: Sharing the Burden.” Middle School meets in the youth wing. High School meets in Room 10.
  • EYC Today:
      • Middle School: Regular EYC 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      • High School: Helping with Pre-EYC 11:15 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and then go out to lunch together.  No evening EYC for HS.
  • Youth T-Shirts: We are getting Youth Ministry t-shirts for both youth and adults.  Contact Leah to order yours by today.  They are $7.00.  We will tie dye the shirts at EYC on Nov. 22.

Free Planned Giving Webinar (Dec 1)

Please join the members of St. Paul’s Endowment Board by registering for a free webinar about planned giving offered by the experts at the Episcopal Church Foundation on December 1st. Your fellow supporters of the endowment are actively seeking other parishioners interested in leaving a legacy to St. Paul’s that will last for generations to come.

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