COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The Communications Committee will host coffee hour. This committee works to keep us informed about the many activities of our parish through the website, newsletter, Sunday bulletins, narthex monitor, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, podcasts, and more.
Next Sunday, Coffee Hour will be hosted by the Veterans and Military Outreach ministry. One of their projects is Backpacks for Veterans, which seeks to provide basic items for homeless veterans who receive services at the Durham VA Medical Center. The VMO also works to highlight and support those currently serving in our military.
ADULT FORMATION: Worshiping with the Saints and Mystics of the Church (Sundays in the Chapel, 10:15-11:00 a.m.) Join us as we begin a new series during this season after the Epiphany. Today, the Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista will lead a discussion on Dr. Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader whose teaching on radical nonviolence influenced the Civil Rights movement of the 20th century. Next Sunday, January 21, Lanny Wase, leader of the St. Paul’s Julian Gathering, will discuss Julian of Norwich, a 14th century Christian mystic.
On Wednesday evening, January 17, the Adult Formation Committee invites you to the series, A Church Epiphany. These sessions will focus on what has been described as an epiphany for the church, the emerging church movement of recent years. This Wednesday, we will hear from Ilia Delio’s talk, “The Universe Within.” Delio’s works reveal the sacrament of God at work in evolution and the universe. (7-8 p.m. in the Youth Wing.)
OFFICE CLOSED: The church office will be closed Monday, January 15th, because of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.
BOOK STUDY: Join us as we read the Rev. Pauli Murray’s Proud Shoes together and discuss the family story of this remarkable woman who is honored as a Saint by the Episcopal Church. Lawyer, priest, advocate for the rights of women, people of color, and the economically marginalized, Murray’s life represented intersectionality before such a word existed. In Proud Shoes, she tells the story of her family from slavery through Reconstruction.
Because of the anticipated interest, we are offering two groups, both of which will meet at the church. Members of the Rainbow Gathering will lead discussion on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., January 25-February 8. A second group will meet on Sunday evenings, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., January 28-February 11, over a shared meal. Participants will decide how they want to structure dinner prior to their first meeting.
Both groups will have the opportunity to participate in the walking tour offered by the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice in Durham after we have completed the book. Sign up for either gathering through the St. Paul’s website. For questions, contact Andrea Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aleta McClenney at email@example.com.
The Senior Ministry is planning a lunch and movie afternoon on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Lunch reservations are 12:15 p.m. at Travinia Italian Kitchen, 1301 Market Center Drive, Morrisville, and the movie is the “Darkest Hour” at 2:35 p.m. at Stone Theaters, 3400 Village Market Pl, Morrisville. Tickets for the movie may be purchased online prior to the movie at stonetheaters.com or at the theater. The restaurant and theater are in Park West Village at the intersection of Cary Parkway and Hwy 54 in Morrisville. Lunch and movie tickets will be paid individually. You may RSVP at Sign-up Genius or contact Jean Huey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-303-5769 to RSVP and for transportation needs.
Prayer Stitchers: Got Yarn? We need your yarn remnants to continue our ministry of providing warmth and comfort. Even a small piece of yarn will be put to good use. If you have yarn left over from a project, we would be honored to give that yarn new life that will help needy people in our community. Yarn donations can be left in the hall across from the choir room or can be taken to the office during the week if you would like a donation receipt. Our yarn supplies are low, and we will gratefully accept all donations! Questions? Call Carolyn Anderson, 919-460-9525.
Third Sunday of the Month — Intro to St. Paul’s: If you are new to St. Paul’s and would like to know more about our community, join a member of the clergy next Sunday at the baptismal font – just inside the main entryway to the church – at 10:15 a.m. for a short introduction to St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Church. We will take a brief tour of the church grounds and have plenty of time for questions and conversation. Plan to join us next Sunday.
- The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2018 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 3, 2018. We have collected $1209.66 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Sunday School today is at 10:10 a.m. in the Education Building and Children’s Chapel, for children ages 3-2nd grade, will be held at the 9:00 a.m. service.
- Calling all Vacation Bible School (VBS) volunteers! It is time to start planning our 2018 VBS, Journey to Bethlehem. VBS will be held June 11-15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. Please email Christine Ingram if you are interested in volunteering or heading up a center (Story, Craft, Games, and Science). Meetings will be minimal and will start in late January.
- The 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Tea will be held on February 3, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Parish Hall. Hope you and your stuffed friends can join us! All are welcome!
- Pre-EYC meets today at 11:15 a.m. 4th and 5th graders – we are looking forward to seeing you!
- The presence of children is a gift to the Church and children are always welcome in our services. If you feel the need, Nursery care for babies and young children is available – please see an usher to escort you to the Nursery (Kids’ Club). Our Bride’s Room is in the back of the Sanctuary and is open to anyone needing a place for a crying baby or restless child.
- Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Peace & Justice: Controlled by Possessions.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- EYC Tonight 5-7 p.m.: Regular EYC. Come ready to play games and have fun fellowshipping together.
- Murder Mystery Rehearsal: 4-5 p.m. tonight.
- Martin Luther King Day of Service: Youth are invited to participate in a Habitat House Refurb in Wake Forest from 8-1 on Monday. We will leave St. Paul’s at 7:30 a.m. to paint and insulate a house and then participate in an interfaith luncheon and worship service. Any age youth can participate. Email Leah (email@example.com) to sign up.