Lector training: Are you interested in becoming a lector? Lectors are parishioners who read the Lessons and the Prayers of the People during the service. Lector training for new lectors (and refresher for current lectors) will be next Sunday, Feb. 10, in the church with Rev. Carr Holland immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service. We hope to see you there!
PHOTO DIRECTORY: We need more people in the photo directory!!! Due to the low turnout from the first set of photo sessions, we are offering more photo sessions. We need you to sign up to be in the directory. We have partnered with Lifetouch Portraits to create a new photo directory. The signup is available online at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/yclxe0ge/. The dates of the portrait sessions will be February 18th and February 19th. These sessions will take place in the chapel. Each family/person that sits for a photo will receive a free 8×10 from Lifetouch. If you have any questions or would like to help with this fun exciting event, please contact Jill Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Mornings: Join Rev. J. Carr Holland, III, in the chapel today at 10:15 a.m. as we delve into the series, Nurturing Faith: From Childhood to Adulthood. Today’s forum explores “Stages of Faith Development,” how we grow in faith throughout our lives.
Wednesday Evenings: Our winter series, Spiritual Practices, guides us through the basics of seven spiritual practices. Each session begins with a short video. This week, on February 6, Shane Claiborne introduces “Money: The Joy of Sharing,” as we discuss stories of faith experiences through ancient spiritual practices. Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. in the youth wing.
For more information on Adult Formation, please see the page on St. Paul’s website and E-News.
WAKE COUNTY SPONSORS: As part of our participation with Wake County Sponsors (an interfaith group working on solutions in our community), St. Paul’s has been invited to share fellowship TODAY from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at The Islamic Association of Raleigh located at 808 Atwater St., Raleigh, NC. Please join us!
Souper Bowl of Caring FEB 3rd: The youth are collecting food staples for Urban Ministries and invite the parish to help. Food will be collected outside the Music Room today. Please help us surpass last year’s record 220 pounds. Thank you in advance.
WINTER MINI MINISTRY FAIR: This event will be held today in the parish hall during coffee hour. Different ministries are highlighted at the three mini fairs each year. Here are some of the groups which will be on hand at this fair: Dorcas Ministries, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Episcopal Farmworkers, Preschool, Ushers, and Wake County Sponsors.
Altar Flower Memorials: The Altar Flower Chart for 2019 is in the narthex. Flowers are usually given in memory of or / and in thanksgiving for loved ones, or to commemorate special occasions in our lives. The Altar Guild requests a donation of $45.00. Checks may be made payable to St. Paul’s with Altar Guild flowers noted on the memo line. Please sign up on the flower chart at least 3 weeks in advance for your name to appear in the appropriate Sunday bulletin. Stop by the sacristy after the 11:15 a.m. service if you would like to take the flowers you donated home.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS
The Winter Mini Ministry Fair will be held in the parish hall during coffee hour today. The three mini fairs each year highlight different groups. A few of the groups present at this fair will include: Dorcas Ministries, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Mystery Book Group, Children’s Ministries/Pre-EYC, Kids’ Club, Preschool, Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry, Ushers, Habitat for Humanity, Refuge for Refugees, and Wake County Sponsors. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what’s happening within our parish and beyond.
Next week the Veterans and Military Outreach (VMO) ministry will host a Valentine Social themed coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service. Stop by and pick out a valentine for your special someone. There will be vintage Valentines available for adults and mazes, games, and cute pin-on Valentines. As a ministry, the VMO seeks to provide basic items for organizations that directly support homeless veterans, annually sponsors training for veterans seeking service animals through its dog biscuit initiative and works to highlight and support those currently serving in our military.
USO – LOVE COLLECTION: The VMO ministry has invited USO representatives to be special guests next Sunday, February 10th, when VMO hosts a Valentine Coffee Hour Social following the 9:00 a.m. service. USO “strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to Nation” (USO.org). The St. Paul Preschool has collected toys for USO as part of the annual USO – LOVE Collection; and the St. Paul’s Youth have made homemade cards for the troops.
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 have the opportunity to 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. We have collected $1525.54 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.
- Sunday School (Children’s Formation) continues today at 10:10 a.m. in the Education Building.
- Communion Classes (ages 1st grade and up) start today. The children will meet Father George on the kitchen side of the Youth Wing at 10:10 a.m.
- Youth Christian Formation: The lesson is entitled “Seeking Other Interests: Talent & Skill.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- Murder Mystery Rehearsal 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Meet in the Parish Hall and bring your script.
- EYC Tonight 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Souper Bowl Food Pickup – Wear weather-appropriate clothing and good shoes. We will go back around to the surrounding neighborhood and pick up the grocery bags with food donations. There’s no dinner afterwards – go have fun at your Superbowl parties!