Pledging for the 2019 Operating Budget
Letters have been sent and the website “clicks” have been activated – we’re ready for you! We have tried to keep things simple this year, to avoid confusion about pledging to the Capital Campaign (for large scale improvements to the buildings and grounds) and pledging to the operating budget for 2019, your annual gift. Look for factoids each week that shed light on the impact every dollar has in our community. Please return those pledges, or pledge online, by November 11th.
Pledging as of this week
109 pledges, including 10 new pledges.
Total Pledged: $315,782.
Welcoming in Christ 60th Anniversary Campaign
- Our fundraising goal thermometer is currently on display in the Narthex and Parish Hall.
- Thank you to everyone that has been able to pledge. Pledging is still open! Please pledge on the St. Paul’s website or return your paper pledge to the church office.
Capital Campaign Pledging Update as of this week
Pledges to date: 142.
Amount Pledged to date: $1,702,413.
INTERFAITH GATHERING: St. Paul’s is delighted to host a gathering of six different faith-based institutions TODAY from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. These institutions are all interested in forming a group in Wake County to work on finding solutions to community problems. (You may have heard this group referred to as Wake County Sponsors.) The six institutions gathering with us on this date are: the Islamic Association of Raleigh, Antioch Bible Fellowship, Grace AME Zion Church, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, and Riley Hill Baptist Church. The purpose of this gathering is simply to get to know our fellow participants in this endeavor. JOIN US!
MONTHLY DEVOTIONALS: “Welcoming in Christ” is the discipleship-stewardship emphasis linking St. Paul’s 60th Anniversary and the Anniversary Capital Campaign. To supplement this, each month a special devotional reflection will be offered. The theme for November continues “Expanding the Mission and Influence of the Church.” You can find these devotionals on our St. Paul’s website (www.stpaulscary.org). If you’d like to share your thoughts on a theme, you may email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COFFEE HOUR MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS: The annual parish meeting will be held in the Church today following the 9:00 a.m. service today. Please plan to attend this important meeting to elect Vestry members and to hear updates about our parish. In lieu of coffee hour in the Parish Hall, coffee will be served by the Vestry in the Narthex before the meeting.
Next week the Veterans and Military Outreach (VMO) ministry will host coffee hour. 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.
ASP CHORE DAY: Don’t worry about your piles of leaves! Let ASP volunteers take care of it for you! On November 17th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. we will have our fall chore day. The teens and adults that volunteer for the Appalachian Service Project every summer are hoping to help you with your fall chores. We can help with raking, sweeping, digging, and more. Please call, text or email Susannah Vitaglione at 919-619-5103 or at email@example.com.
Sunday Mornings: There will be no Adult Formation today, November 4. Join us in the sanctuary after the 9:00 a.m. service for the St. Paul’s annual meeting. On November 11, we resume our fall series, Going Deeper – Ancient Teachings for a Vibrant Faith, at 10:15 a.m. in the chapel. The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista will continue the conversation on our patron saint, the Apostle Paul. We will explore his witness regarding the shape, order, and purpose of the Christian community. What do Paul’s teachings mean for us today, and how do his teachings impact our witness as a community of faith in Cary?
Wednesday Evenings: Join us for Adult Formation at 7:00 p.m. on November 7 in the Youth Wing, as we continue the series, Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis. Drop in for any sessions you’re able to attend, as we listen to and reflect on Jesus’ teachings as part of renewing our discipleship and witness.
The Arts & Crafts Festival: Last year, the Arts & Crafts Festival raised approximately $6500 for outreach. This was possible only because of the volunteers who signed up to help. Please consider helping out for a two-hour shift on Saturday, November 10. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s important. www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cafa72ba20-volunteers1. If you like to bake, we would love to have your specialty in the bake sale. You can sign up here at www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4eaaa62-da31stpauls1. You’ll find more information, and the sign-up links, at www.stpaulscary.org/festival/.
- Today is Pajama Sunday! We are wearing our PJs in honor of the end of Daylight-Saving time.
- The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2019 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 9, 2019. We have collected $763.70 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 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.
- One more 5th grade Teacher is needed for Sunday School (Children’s Formation). Thank you to all our Sunday School Teachers that are already giving their time and talent to the children of St. Paul’s!
- Christmas Pageant Participation forms are available by the children’s bulletin board in the education building. Completed forms are due at 10:00 a.m. on November 18.
- Youth Christian Formation: The lesson today is entitled “Dealing with Stress: Growing Stronger.” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- EYC Tonight 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Forgiveness. High School youth are leading EYC tonight so come learn a little, pray a little, have fun together, and break bread together.
- Carnival Thank You: Thank you to the 39 youth and 7 adults who helped with the Carnival – what an amazing turn out! You guys helped make it a smashing success. And thank you to the parish for coming out to support us. We raised $350 for the Middle School mission trip to the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry in June. Thank you.