HERMANO DAY will be held Sunday, March 31. This is our 21st annual “Hermano Day.” Members of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry will be at St. Paul’s to accept our donations of clothing /bedding /food for migrant farmworkers in need. Migrant farmworkers arrive in NC with only the barest of necessities and live in remote labor camps on farms just an hour from Cary. The following items are the most needed: men’s work pants (smaller sizes), men’s long-sleeved shirts (small sizes), men’s underwear/ t-shirts – small sizes, Men’s socks and athletic shoes (small), sheets (twins are best), towels, light blankets, dried pinto beans, rice and canned fruit. Clothing /bedding can be new or used. Monetary donations can be made out to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO CHURCH ON MARCH 31.
Sunday Morning: Join the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner in the chapel today at 10:15 a.m. as we begin the Lenten series, A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Exploring the History of the Episcopal Church in North Carolina. Today’s forum explores “the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.” Rev. Graebner, the Diocesan Historian, retired as rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough.
Wednesday Lenten Offerings: Eucharist and Bible study will be offered at noon and 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
THE WOMEN’S STUDY GROUP will meet Tuesday, March 12th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Bride’s Room to discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama. Amazon Books writes, “In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.” This will be a such an interesting book to discuss, so we hope you will join us. If you have any questions, contact Leah Dail at LeahDail@gmail.com.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:
Today is Scout Sunday and members of various local scout troops are hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. Scouting fosters self-esteem, a sense of value and belonging, accountability, service, leadership, and teamwork. Stop by to learn more about opportunities in our area.
Next week the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) will be hosting coffee hour. ASP is a home repair ministry to needy families of Central Appalachia. Youth and adult participants grow spiritually, gain self-confidence, and build relationships as they work together.
ASP SPAGHETTI DINNER: Please join us Friday, March 22, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for fellowship and fabulous food at our fundraiser. Individual plates are $5.00 for children and $8.00 for adults or feed the family for $20.00. There will also be an auction of baskets. Join us for a fun night! Our youth and adult volunteers will be volunteering with ASP in Kentucky during the week of June 23-29 this summer. If you have any questions about the Appalachia Service Project, please contact Kevin Swann at email@example.com.
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.
We’re having a very casual info session at Fortnight Brewing on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. – stop in, grab a beverage, meet some of the current beachgoers, and find out what goes on. For more info, contact Mike McInerney at (919) 656-4629 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Episcopal Coalition: The Episcopal Coalition house started on Mar. 2. St. Paul’s volunteers can sign up to work any Thurs., Fri., or Sat. through April. Sign up at: vhub.at/episcopalbuild. Contact Kevin McIntire at email@example.com if you have questions.
FREE CONCERT: The Choir of William & Mary, under the direction of James Armstrong, will give a concert on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. here at St. Paul’s. The program entitled Alleluia! Three Hundred Years of Celebration in Song will feature works from England, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, and the United States by Buxtehude, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Chesnokov, Skulte, Gjeilo, Poston, Randall Thompson, Copland, Whitacre, as well as African-American spirituals arranged by Dawson and Belfield. One of our own, Sara Richard, is a member of the Choir. Admission is free and open to the public. All are welcome! Invite your friends.
HELP NEEDED RAISING MONEY FOR OUTREACH: Since 2013 the Arts & Crafts Festival has been raising money for outreach at St. Paul’s. In 2018 we raised over $7200. We need your help to continue this good work. Please consider joining the planning committee for this year’s festival on November 9.
We need volunteers in all areas. Are you an organizer? Do you love setting up displays? Will you have a few hours to transport tables on the weekend of the festival? This is a fun way to get involved at St. Paul’s. For more information, please email Sally Moller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The flower on the altar is giving in thanksgiving for the birth Jaxon Speight Greco, son of Daniel and Ashton Greco and the grandson of Lorraine and Ralph Greco.
• 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 $1737.30 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.
• 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!
• Dorcas Birthday Boxes – Pre-EYC will be making Dorcas Food Pantry Birthday Boxes at their April 7th meeting. We need birthday party items for children ages 8-10 to host a simple birthday party for 8-10 guests. We need cups, plates, napkins, wrapping paper, cake mix and frosting, candles, banners, decorations, party favors, and a gift for the Birthday child! Please bring donations to Christine Ingram. Thank you!
• VBS will be June 17-21, 2019! Registration forms are in the narthex.
• Youth Christian Formation: The lesson is entitled “In Relationships: Single or Married.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
• Murder Mystery: Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s show another stunning success and thank you to all the parishioners who supported us. All of you are helping us to go spread the good news and to experience God in amazing ways.
• No EYC Tonight: Rest and catch up on things after a weekend of Murder Mystery fun!