BUDGET UPDATE: Thank you! You may be wondering how things turned out with our recent stewardship requests. Well, St. Paul’s, because of your openness and generosity, last week the vestry approved a budget that includes over $1 million in pledges to support our mission and projects! That’s record territory for us as a parish, and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate your help.
Sunday Morning: Join Dr. Sam Laurent, Episcopal Campus Minister, Duke University, in the chapel today at 10:15 a.m. as we continue the series, Nurturing Faith: From Childhood to Adulthood. Today’s forum explores “Young Adults and Faith.” We’ll examine ways in which faith is nurtured in older teens and young adults.
Wednesday Evening: Our spring Wednesday evening series will be Finding God with Emily Dickinson. The leader, George Van Arnam, is a retired pastoral counselor.
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE PHASE I TRAINING will be offered at St. Paul’s: The Greensboro-based Racial Equity Institute (REI) brings its two-day Phase I training to Cary for the first time where it will be hosted in the St. Paul’s youth wing. Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural, and institutional analysis.
You must register in advance (by March 7) on the St Paul’s website for this two-day training – April 10 and 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please only sign up if you can attend both full days. The cost is $275 for first-time participants and includes a light breakfast and lunch.
A few seats have been reserved for St. Paul’s parishioners, and the Outreach ministry has set aside scholarship funding to help those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Email Father Javier (email@example.com) for more information about scholarship support. Please make your check payable to St. Paul’s and note Racial Equity Institute in the memo line. If paying for other individuals, please also include their names.
CAPITAL PROJECT UPDATE: Today at 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall. Please attend a casual lunch and discussion with campaign co-chair Rick Bradley. Learn about how your generosity will improve the life of our parish. The plans that will be reviewed include substantial renovations, new construction, and much needed repair on our facilities. A brief presentation will precede your questions. A short video will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Care and Share is hosting coffee hour in the parish hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This is an in-reach ministry where members of St. Paul’s respond to short-term needs of parishioners, such as providing visits, meals, or transportation. Join them for coffee and snacks and to learn more about this compassionate and helpful ministry.
Next week Children’s Ministries will host a special Communion Celebration coffee hour. Please stop by to enjoy coffee and refreshments and to help celebrate this joyous occasion.
DORCAS MINISTRY FOOD PANTRY: St. Paul’s is recruiting 4 volunteers to work at the Dorcas Food Pantry on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. starting March 9th. Children ages 11 and up can serve with a parent. Training will be available from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the food pantry on 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 and 3/30. For questions see Nancy Fierke – Dorcas Ministry Liaison.
MEN’S BEACH WEEK: Each year, the men of St. Paul’s gather in Emerald Isle for a week of fun at the beach – just to have a great time! This year, Men’s Beach week runs from Easter Sunday, April 21st through Sunday, April 28th. Choose to come for one or more nights – the sign-up sheet is in the narthex. For more info, please contact Mike McInerney at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or (919)656-4629.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER: Saturday, March 9 – 6:30 p.m.: Youth Ministry is proud to produce yet another tantalizing murder mystery designed to intrigue and entertain you. This year we will be performing The Dead Man’s Chest. Our mystery takes place in 1857 in New Orleans at a Mardi Gras Ball. We predict mayhem and murder will ensure. Come help discover who done it. Tickets are $20.00 per person and there will also be a wine cash bar. Proceeds will go towards Youth mission trips. Please RSVP by March 7th at: http://bit.ly/2IrH4K2. Please note this is a new, corrected link.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER will be held Tuesday, March 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. This event, sponsored by the Men’s Group, is a great way to start off your Lenten journey. Come by and have lots of good pancakes with all the fixings. Cost to be announced.
RESILIENCE: Childhood trauma can have life-long physical and emotional consequences. Next Sunday, March 3rd, a light lunch will be served starting at noon, and from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. the movie Resilience will be shown in St. Paul’s parish hall, followed by a discussion of how to recognize and respond appropriately when we encounter a traumatized child or adult. The discussions will be directly relevant to parishioners serving in the many St. Paul’s Youth and Outreach Ministries – but all are invited! Please register through the link on the St. Paul’s website (stpaulscary.org) by February 25th so we can have food and childcare available for you.
SCOUT SUNDAY: St. Paul’s will recognize the citizenship and volunteer efforts of all Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts at the 9:00 a.m. service on March 10th. On Scout Sunday, Scouts and adult leaders will participate in a variety of roles such as greeters, ushers, or lectors. All Scouts and adult leaders are asked to wear their uniforms. Sign up at https://bit.ly/2TlHQJv or contact Kathleen Neff at Kathleen@trioptimum.com or Julia Rudy at email@example.com.
• The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2019 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 9, 2019. So far, we have collected $1580.79 toward our $3000 goal!
• Children’s Chapel will be held today at the 9:00 a.m. worship service and is open to all children ages 3 through 2nd grade. Please follow the Children’s Cross Processional after the Collect.
• Clergy-led Chapel will be held today at the 9:00 a.m. worship service and is open to all children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Meet Father Carr at the door to the courtyard after the Collect.
• Sunday School (Children’s Formation) continues today at 10:10 a.m. in the Education Building.
• Communion Classes (ages 1st grade and up) continue today. The children will meet Father Carr on the kitchen side of the youth wing at 10:10 a.m.
• Easter Candy – we are accepting donations of individually wrapped, nut-free Easter candy for our Easter Egg Hunt. Please bring donations to the church office or to Christine Ingram. Thank you!
• VBS will be happening June 17-21, 2019! Be on the lookout for registration forms and more information coming soon!
• Youth Christian Formation: The lesson is entitled “In Relationships: Friendships.” Middle School meets in the youth wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
• Murder Mystery Rehearsal 4:00-6:00 p.m.: This is an important 2-hour rehearsal. Meet in the parish hall. Have lines through page 44 memorized.
• EYC Today 4-6 p.m.: Note the special time. It’s our annual bowling party with Pre-EYC at Buffaloe Lanes in Cary. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, text Leah to see if there’s space available (919-696-1547). Bring $12 for bowling and shoe rental and extra for the snack bar fi you want. No food will be served and no arcade games this trip.