MUSIC MINISTRIES REHEARSALS begin. Want to participate in St. Paul’s Music Ministries? We have five vocal choirs and three handbell choirs for all ages. On Wednesday September 4, Epiphany and Advent Choirs meet from 6-6:45 p.m. (Grades K-5) followed by Advent Bells (Grades 3-5) from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m., followed by St. Paul’s Choir (Adults) from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. On Thursday, September 5, we begin with the youth ensembles. Canterbury Choir (Grades 6-12) is from 6-7:00 p.m. (note the NEW time!) and Canterbury Bells (Grades 6-12) meet from 7-8:00 p.m. This is followed by Bells of St. Paul’s (Adults) from 8-9:00 p.m. (also a new time). All vocal choirs need more singers, including the 9 O’clock Choir that meets on Sundays only, and the Advent Bell Choir has plenty of room for more children. Canterbury Bells may have openings. Bells of St. Paul’s is currently filled but both need substitutes. Please contact Rusty McKinney, Minister of Music, at either firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Music Office at 467-6241 for more information on openings in bells or to join a vocal choir.
Sunday: There will be no Adult Formation today. Our fall series, Roots Down: Exploring through the Old Testament and the Monastic Tradition, begins at 10:15 a.m. on September 8, 2019, in the chapel.
Wednesday: Please join us Wednesdays, September 11-October 16, 7-8 p.m., in the youth wing for our 6-week series based on Adam Hamilton’s DVD and book, Moses: The Reluctant Prophet. Hamilton describes Moses as “the single most important figure in the Hebrew Bible” (the Old Testament), and “for Christians, Moses’ life serves as the backdrop for much that is found in the Gospels.” We’ll retrace the route of the exodus and reflect on what we can learn from Moses to apply in our own lives. Books are available on Amazon for under $10, and two copies will be available during the sessions.
REFUGE FOR REFUGEES COMMITTEE will welcome another refugee family in early September. This family (mother and two adult sons) comes to us from Sudan, though they had left Sudan and are presently living in Ethiopia. We are asked to furnish a two-bedroom apartment in Raleigh. We will clean the apartment on Saturday morning, September 7 and move furniture in that afternoon.
Ways you can assist are listed in the SignUpGenius which can be found on the St. Paul’s website and Facebook page. Sign up for any items that appeal to you. Note that volunteering to assist with cleaning and moving furniture are available at the end of the SignUpGenius. For more information contact our team leader Beverly Yekeson at email@example.com, or team member MM Cupitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS AND COFFEE HOUR: There are no refreshments this week. We hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend with family and friends.
Next week the Eucharistic Ministers will be hosting coffee hour. Eucharistic Ministers are lay persons who assist the clergy in administering Communion. Please stop by to enjoy coffee and refreshments and to learn more about this special ministry.
WOMEN’S STUDY GROUP: Join us Tuesday, September 10 at 12:00 noon in the Bride’s Room. We will be discussing the book, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. Please contact Joyce Loughlin at email@example.com if you have questions.
ADULT CONFIRMATION RETREAT: Adults are invited to take part in a One-Day Confirmation and Enquirers’ Retreat on Saturday, September 7 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.). This retreat is for those who wish to be confirmed, but also for anyone who wants to grow deeper in their understanding of the Christian faith and Episcopal tradition. If you haven’t been confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, take advantage of this opportunities to explore the faith and grow deeper. Please contact the Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register or if you have any further questions. Our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman, will be joining us for confirmation services on Sunday, September 22.
PLEASE COME TO A LISTENING SESSION!
As a part of Wake County Sponsors, St. Paul’s is working with other faith-based institutions to find solutions to problems facing our community. We are listening to residents from all over Wake County to hear their concerns. This will shape the issues we will tackle in the upcoming months and years. The next session will be Sunday, Sep. 29, 10:00 a.m., n the chapel. Please see the link on the website to sign up to come to one of these sessions. Contact Katie Bricio at email@example.com.)
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE (REI) PHASE I TRAINING OFFERED AT ST. PAUL’S:
St. Paul’s will host a two-day Racial Equity Institute Phase 1 training on October 9 and 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the REI Phase 1 workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural, and institutional analysis. Email Father Javier at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about scholarship support. The full cost for both days, including a light breakfast and lunch, is $275 for first-time participants. The Outreach Support Team has set aside scholarship funding to help defray the cost for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. REI alums can attend for $35. Fees are payable online when registering or by check mailed to REI. Please only sign up if you can attend both full days. For questions, please contact Kevin McIntire at email@example.com or Aleta McClenney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Children’s Chapel, for children ages 3 yr. – 2nd grade, will be held today at the 9:00 a.m. service.
- Church School Teacher Sign-Up: Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered. We appreciate you! We still have 2 more positions to fill (one in 4th grade, one in 5th grade). Please email email@example.com if you’d like to teach Sunday school, which begins September 8th.
- Kickoff Sunday, September 8th: Mark your calendars for the start of our new programming year.
- Christian Formation will begin on Sunday morning 10:15-11:00 a.m. (High School in Room 10, Middle School in the youth wing). Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) will kick off from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the youth wing with special games, activities, and food. If you are planning on doing us the honor of coming to the kickoff, please rsvp at www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FA7FB6-eyckick, so that we can purchase the right amount of food for everyone.
- Youth Registration Form: Please fill this out https://form.jotform.com/82118970270153 for each youth by September 15th so all our information is up to date. Volunteers Needed: With a youth minister and a new school year upon us, volunteers are needed to participate in youth ministry events! Your age, how much teen culture you know, and whether or not you’re a Biblical Scholar are not important. What is important is your love for God, a willingness to listen to (and learn from) the youth, and a great attitude. Email Zack Rugen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.