OUTREACH IMMERSION EXPERIENCE ON JULY 29: Grow in knowledge and love for our nation’s farmworkers
It’s the second most important thing Jesus asked of us, but how can we truly love our neighbors as ourselves without even knowing them? To help us begin to know our neighbors, the Outreach Committee will be offering Immersion Experiences starting this summer. These events will offer opportunities to engage with our neighbors who may not be the members of our community that we interact with every day. We hope to promote a dialogue that will:
• nourish our capacity to reflect and break down stereotypes and assumptions
• foster our capacity to form authentic relationships cross-culturally
• heighten our awareness of our impact on other communities
• cultivate a deeper respect and compassion among us for humankind as a whole
• strengthen our ability to love and serve our neighbors by understanding their experiences more deeply
Our first experience will take place on the evening of July 29th when we will bring a meal and share fellowship with farmworkers in eastern North Carolina. We will take a van from St. Paul’s to a farmworker camp to see and experience how farmworkers live. Please see the website for more information and to sign up.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Memorial Garden Committee is serving refreshments in front of the church following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This ministry works to provide a beautiful, spiritual space for the interment of ashes and the remembrance of family and friends. Please stop by to learn more about this important ministry.
Next week refreshments will be provided by the Men’s Group. 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.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Sunday: Today in the youth wing between the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services, a film in the NOOMA series will be shown, followed by a discussion period. From the NOOMA 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. All are welcome to attend.
Wednesday Night at the Movies: Wednesday in the youth wing at 7:00 p.m. the film “Sitting at God’s Table” will be shown. Five religious leaders from different faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopal) join for a progressive meal as they ‘break-bread’ with one another. They engaged in a surprising conversation based on their candid responses, marked differences, and surprising commonalities.
The Right Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is featured in the film. At the time he was the Bishop of our Diocese.
Next Wednesday, one in a series of films will be shown based on the book, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. Narrated by Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the world’s leading historians and Professor of the History of the Church at St. Cross College, Oxford University, the films take us to historical points of interest relevant to Christianity and Mr. MacCulloch discusses the evolution of the Christian faith and its four main forms: Orthodoxy, Oriental Christianity, Western Catholicism and Protestantism.
Join us on Wednesday evenings for enlightening, thought-proving films. All are welcome!
PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS AND CULTURES TOGETHER: PACCT will not meet in August, the next meeting will be September 6th, 2016. For more information, please contact Andrea at 919-348-9599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE CLOSED: The office will be closed Friday during the month of July.
• Have you ever considered joining the Sunday School Teaching Ministry? If so, please act quickly as we have two spots remaining – one in 3rd grade and one in 4th grade! Sunday School teachers work in teams of three, so you have every 3rd Sunday off. The lessons are fun and easy and the children are delightful! You can learn so much by explaining Bible Stories to children. No prior teaching experience is not necessary, just a love of God and children! Please contact Christine Ingram to sign up or have your questions answered.
• Children’s Ministries is thrilled to announce the June 2016 — May 2017 Children’s Collection beneficiary! Please join us in collecting for “A Note in the Pocket!” They provided new and like new clothing to children in need in Wake County. In addition to collecting funds, we will also be collecting new and like-new clothing and participating in clothing sorts a couple of times a year. We will also have “Socks and Undies Sundays!” Stay tuned for additional information about how you and your children can help with this new opportunity.
• Children’s Chapel will continue at the 9:00 a.m. and
10:45 a.m. services all summer, with the exception of Labor Day weekend.
• “Shake It Up” Sundays – August 7 & 21: Come have a milkshake and play games together over the summer. We meet in the Youth Wing from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Please email to let me know if you are coming (Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org) so I have enough milkshake-making ingredients!
• Movie Night and Mission Trip Fundraiser August 20th: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come watch a movie (title TBD) outside on a big screen. Think drive-in without a car! It’s a family-friendly movie for a hot summer night. The screen will be set up in the courtyard. We will sell concessions (popcorn, candy, and drinks) and accept donations to go towards future mission or pilgrimage trips. The movie will run from 8:30-10:30 pm.