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. for the second in the Lenten series, A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Exploring the History of the Episcopal Church in North Carolina. Today’s forum explores the “Civil Rights 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.
WAKE COUNTY SPONSORS AT DURHAM CAN ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, MARCH 21:
Join hundreds of Durham CAN delegates as they share testimonies from listening sessions, introduce their vision of shared prosperity through local hiring and living wages, and gather reactions from area decision makers. This is a great opportunity to see and hear what an organization like Wake County Sponsors might be able to accomplish across our various institutions. See https://www.wakecountysponsors.org/durham_can_action_3_21.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS:
The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. 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.
Next week Dorcas Ministries will be hosting coffee hour. This local organization provides affordable clothing, food, training, and tools for self-sufficiency. Come by to enjoy coffee and refreshments and perhaps learn how to volunteer in the Dorcas Thrift Shop.
EASTER LILY ENVELOPES will be available in the pews through Sunday, March 31. Giving a lily that will decorate the altar and worship spaces for the Easter services is a beautiful way to remember and / or give thanks for the special people in our lives. The Altar Guild requests a donation of $20.00 per plant. Checks may be made payable to St. Paul’s with Altar Guild Lily noted on the memo line. Please make sure the outside of the envelope is filled out with your name; the name of the person(s) for whom the lily is being given; and a note if the lily is being given in the memory of, or in thanksgiving for that person. All requests must be received by Sunday March 31 to be included in the Easter bulletin. Requests / donations may be placed in the collection plates or dropped off at the church office. Easter lilies may be taken home after the 11:15 a.m. Easter service.
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 email@example.com.
RAINBOW GATHERING: Join us today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We are very excited to have a special guest, Pastor Vance Haywood of St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, who will talk to us about the wonderful programs they have been providing to meet the basic needs of low-income and homeless individuals in Wake county. All are welcome. For more information please contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-348-9599.
FELLOWSHIP EVENTS TEAM (FET):
The FET hosts our 4th Annual Barbecue Luncheon on Saturday, April 6th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets (adults $10, children $5) will be available after the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services and during coffee hour on March 17, 24, and 31. This is a great opportunity to taste wonderful barbecue with a special secret sauce. Pork, buns, chicken, mac and cheese, coleslaw, green beans, corn bread, banana pudding, and cookies are all on the menu. Dine-in or take-out. Think picnic time! Gather your friends, and we can help pack your picnic basket. See you there! New volunteers always welcome. Contact: Skreilly7@gmail.com or Raykoo83@gmail.com.
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 email@example.com.
MULCH MADNESS: Join your fellow parishioners on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. to spread mulch, prune plants, and tidy up the grounds of St. Paul’s. There will be a variety of jobs available – spreading mulch, weeding, pruning, and planting. If you need service hours for school or another project, this is a great opportunity. Please bring a water bottle, gloves, rake, shovel, and wheelbarrow, if you have one. Questions? Contact Julia Rudy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 $1784.72 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 (children in 3rd-5th Grade) will be held today at the 9:00 a.m. worship service. Please meet Father Javier 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.
• Easter Candy-we are accepting donations of individually wrapped, nut-free Easter Candy for our Easter Egg Hunt. Please bring donations to bin in the donation area or to Christine Ingram. Thank you!
• Dorcas Birthday Boxes – Pre-EYC will be making Dorcas Food Pantry Birthday Boxes at their April 7, 2019 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 happening June 17-21, 2019! Registration forms are in the narthex.
• Youth Christian Formation: The lesson is entitled “Caring for Others: Honoring Children.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
• Youth Leadership Team Meeting Today 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Any high schoolers who want to help shape and lead youth ministry, come to work on spring EYC plans and Youth Sunday planning. Meet in Youth Wing. There will be snacks.
• EYC Tonight: Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us and wear your green!