Sunday Morning: Our Epiphany series, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, begins today at 10:15 a.m. in the chapel. Please join Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista, as he leads discussion of “Matthew: The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry.”
Wednesday Evening: Our three-part series, The Sacred Enneagram as a Path to Self-Awareness and Spiritual and Personal Growth, concludes n Wednesday evening at 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the youth wing. Myra Hawkins leads this series, which introduces participants to the Enneagram and its roots; provides a brief overview of the nine personality types; and discusses how exploring the enneagram may facilitate spiritual and personal growth. It can provide us the capacity to cut through internal clutter and lead us back into a sacred connection with God.
THE VETERANS AND MILITARY OUTREACH committee needs a chair or co-chairs to lead this ministry. This committee directly helps veterans and current military members in several ways. Please think about serving with this extremely rewarding ministry. Contact: Guy Antonides at email@example.com for the details.
COFFEE HOUR: The Prayer Stitchers Ministry is hosting coffee hour in the parish hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This handiwork ministry – which includes knitting, crocheting, weaving, and quilting – welcomes adults, young people, and children as participants. They enjoy prayer and fellowship as they make items for persons in need. This year they are celebrating ten years of helping, stitching and camaraderie.
Next week there will be a Parish Update in the church following the 9:00 a.m. service. There will not be a formal coffee hour in the parish hall, but the vestry will serve coffee in the narthex before the meeting.
SCOUT SUNDAY: St. Paul’s will recognize the citizenship and volunteer efforts of all Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and their leaders at the 9:00 a.m. service on February 9th. Scouting fosters self-esteem, a sense of value and belonging, accountability, service, leadership, and teamwork. On Scout Sunday, scouts and adult leaders will participate in a variety of roles such as greeters, ushers, and lectors. All scouts and adult leaders are asked to wear their uniforms. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F49AFA92C7-scout or contact Stephany Enders at firstname.lastname@example.org
INVITE, WELCOME AND CONNECT: Have you noticed there are new faces in the church? Or perhaps individuals who just seem new but perhaps you do not know? Do you wish you knew more people at St. Paul’s? Could we do a better job connecting with other members? Join with the Invite, Welcome and Connect committee Sunday, February 9 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall to explore how we can improve the way in which we connect with our neighbors in the pews and to explore ideas for enjoying and networking with others in our church community. Sandwiches will be provided, so it would be helpful to have a count of how many people plan to attend. Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/1cZD11jMte9EXKtg8
or by calling the church office at (919)467-1477. If you have any dietary restrictions, let us know.
DORCAS FOOD PANTRY: St. Paul’s is continuing to support the Dorcas Ministry Food Pantry by providing 50 rolls of toilet paper per week (200 rolls of TP/month). Please bring your donations to the green bin across from the choir room in the narthex or contact Gail Cowper at email@example.com. Thank you for your support.
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE PHASE I TRAINING: St. Paul’s will host a two-day Racial Equity Institute Phase 1 training on April 30 and May 1. Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the REI Phase 1 workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural, and institutional analysis. REI, which is based in Greensboro, believes that organizations often work for equity with multiple understandings of racism that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion.
These workshops are open to the community and fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Scholarship funding is available to help defray the cost for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Email Father Javier at Javier@stpaulscary.org for more information about scholarship support. The full cost for both days including a light breakfast and lunch is $295 for first-time participants. REI alums can attend for $35. Fees are payable online when registering or by check mailed to the OAR Coalition.
You must register in advance through the St Paul’s website for this two-day training, which takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Please only sign up if you can attend both full days.
For questions, please contact Kevin McIntire at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Aleta McClenney at email@example.com.
PRAYER STITCHERS will be hosting a special coffee hour on Sunday, January 19, in honor of our10th Anniversary as a ministry. Please join us in in celebration of our ten-year journey. “Not everyone can save the world, but you can do small things with great love.” (Mother Theresa).
OFFICE CLOSED: The church office will be closed on January 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
There is Children’s Chapel today for children ages 3 years-2nd grade at the 9:00 a.m. service.
Sunday School begins at 10:10 a.m.in the Education Building.
The Children’s Ministry Committee meeting will be held today at 11:10 a.m. in the Conference Room.
The annual Teddy Bear Tea will be held February 8. First Communion Classes will be on March 1, 15, 22, with a special service on the 29th. Registration information will be sent via email and available on the website.
Kids’ Club provides childcare for infants through three-year-olds during worship and Sunday school.
RISE AGAINST HUNGER COMMUNITY EVENT: If you are looking for a service opportunity on MLK Jr. Day, consider participating or leading a team in a community-wide Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging event! On Monday January 20th, teams representing several Raleigh area organizations will gather at the Raleigh Convention Center to pack 150,000-200,000 meals! Teams leads need to (1) recruit 8-10 volunteers and (2) raise $600. Individuals (not on teams) can also participate. Questions? Contact Brooke Mautz or Ramsey McIntire: firstname.lastname@example.org