SUNDAY: Jennie Belle, Immigration and Farmworker Director of the NC Council of Churches, will lead today’s segment of our Lenten series on Faith and the Common Life in the Chapel from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Join us as we explore how our faith informs our public witness. This week’s class is “The Life of Christ and Immigration.” Coffee and cookies are available in the Chapel narthex before class. Next Sunday: “The Psalms and Nonviolent Communication part 2,” led by The Rev. Canon Rhonda Lee, Diocese of North Carolina.
WEDNESDAY: Join us for a Lenten study in the Youth Wing from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. The class, led by Andrew Zawierucha and Leah Dail, focuses on spiritual exercises that have enriched the lives of Christians for hundreds of years. We will learn about practicing and reflection of the disciplines based on the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. Child care will be provided. Please email Beth Barnes at email@example.com to ensure we have adequate staff for childcare.
EASTER LILY ENVELOPES will be available in the pews through Sunday, April 2. Giving an Easter Lily that will decorate the altar and worship spaces on Easter Sunday is a beautiful way to remember and give thanks for the special people in our lives. The Altar Guild requests a donation of $20.00 per plant. Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with Altar Guild Flowers noted on the memo line. All requests must to be received by Sunday, April 2, to appear in the Easter bulletins.
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) brings thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Their mission is to make homes “Warmer, Safer, and Drier.” St. Paul’s is once again going with a team of youth and adults. This year we will go June 25 – July 1 to a location in North Carolina. There are limited spaces available for youth who are rising 9th graders – graduating seniors. To sign up, contact Kevin Swann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERMANO DAY: Today is “Hermano Day” at St. Paul’s. Please welcome Juan Carabana, the Co-Director of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. He is here to tell us about the work of the ministry as well as collect our donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the ministry, please make your checks out to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. Thank you!
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Dorcas Ministries is hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This local organization provides affordable clothing, food, training and tools for self-sufficiency to those in need. Stop by to enjoy coffee and refreshments and perhaps learn how to volunteer in the Dorcas Thrift Shop.
Next week there will be a special coffee hour in honor of Children’s Communion. It will be hosted by Children’s Ministries and the Fellowship Events Team. Please stop by to enjoy coffee and refreshments and to celebrate this joyous occasion.
DORCAS MINISTRIES is sponsoring the NC Baptist Men’s Dental Bus on Saturday, April 22. They are looking for dentists, hygienists, and volunteers so that they can provide services to those in our community who need selected dental services. The clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, contact email@example.com or call 919-469-9861, ext. 202.
TRANSPORTATION TO CHURCH FOR REFUGEE FAMILY
One of the refugee families we re-settled in 2016 loves coming to St. Paul’s for church. We would like to arrange rides so that they can come more often. They live in North Raleigh and would be a group of 5 or 6, so a minivan or an SUV with lots of seats is necessary! We want to bring them to the 9:00 am service so the kids can go to Sunday School. Can you commit to driving them one way, one Sunday a month? Or round-trip? See the website to sign up if you can help out!
SENIOR LUNCHEON, Sunday, April 2, 12:30 p.m.: The Youth would like to invite all Senior St. Paul’s Parishioners to our Annual Luncheon for Seniors – and it’s brunch this year! It will be held on Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30 in the Parish Hall. This is our way to celebrate and say thank you to the older generation at St. Paul’s. Please RSVP to Leah Dail at 919-467-1477 or by email to Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org.
MEN’S BEACH WEEK 2017: Men’s Beach Week runs Sunday, April 23, through Sunday, April 30. Join with the men of St. Paul’s for food, fellowship, and fun at Emerald Isle in our ocean-front rental. For more information, contact Men’s Group President Fill Bowen at 919-215-4543 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available online or in the narthex.
WOMEN’S BEACH WEEK 2017: Mark your calendars now for April 30th through May 7th for our annual beach trip to Emerald Isle. See the sign-up poster in the narthex or contact Yvon Daniel at 919 747 1199 or email at Yvdaniel60@gmail.com.
GLENAIRE FUN RUN:, St Paul’s is registered to have a team at Glenaire for a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 1st. The race will start and finish at the Glenaire, just two minutes from the church. To register and participate, go to www.glenaire5k.org. Select the St Paul’s Fundraising Team when you register because the church with the most registrations will receive $250 for their ministries. If you prefer, you can pick up a registration form in the narthex (a separate form is needed for each person participating in the event.) Please return paper forms to Youth Coordinator, Leah Dail or Director of Children’s Ministries, Christine Ingram today so they can be taken to Glenaire on Monday in time to order your race shirt. If St Paul’s wins, the money will be split between the youth and the children’s ministries. This will be fun for your entire family. We hope you can join in the fun on April 1st.
CURSILLO WEEKEND will be held at St. Paul’s on June 8-11, 2017. Please consider becoming a participant, especially if you are looking for something more in your spiritual life. Cursillo is a spiritual renewal ministry in the Episcopal Church for men and women. For more information please contact Rev. Candy Snively at 919-380-7101 or email@example.com.
ACOLYTES NEEDED: Calling all 5th-12th graders! St. Paul’s needs more volunteers to be acolytes during church. It is a great way to contribute to the church, get community service hours for your school – and it is lots of fun to be part of the service. Are you interested, but you’re worried you won’t know what to do? No problem! We will provide training for you to go over all the things you need to know. Anyone with interest should contact Jodi Jeffries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come be a part of our group!
• The 2016-2017 Children’s Collection Basket is collecting funds to host a Note in the Pocket Sort Day on June 4, 2017. So far, we have collected $1464.75 toward our $3000 goal.
• Children’s Chapel will be held at the 9:00 a.m. only services today. Children ages 3 through 2nd grade are invited to follow the children’s cross processional to the Youth Wing. Children will return to the Sanctuary during the Peace.
• Communion Class will finish today. Participants should gather on the kitchen side of the Youth Wing at 10:10 a.m. The Communion Class for Parents will be held at 10:10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
• Please pray for our PreEYC retreat attendees and leaders as they return home today form their adventures!
• Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for St. Paul’s VBS: Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows! Registration forms are located in the Narthex. We are also in need of parent volunteers to lead the story telling center, games center, and 3-year-old group. We also need lots of youth volunteers! Please contact Stacy Lyerly at email@example.com to sign up to help!
• We need CANDY! Please drop off any candy donations at the church office. Small, peanut-free, individually wrapped candy is especially welcome.
• Sunday School: The lesson today is entitled “Difficult Decisions: Life or Death.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing. Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
• Confirmation Class: continues today in the Curry Center during the education hour.
• Confirmand Brunch: 12:30 p.m. today in the Youth Wing.
• EYC Tonight 5:00-7:00 p.m.: “Listening Without Prejudice” at St. John’s, Wake Forest, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: We will meet at St. Paul’s at 5:30 p.m. to carpool to St. John’s. Youth should have already RSVP’d with Leah to go (for transportation), but if you’ve realized at the last minute that you can go, contact Leah by 12:00 today. Please eat dinner before we leave. No meal will be served. We hope to be back at St. Paul’s by 9:15 p.m.