St. Paul's Episcopal Church https://www.stpaulscary.org All are Welcome Sun, 29 Mar 2020 20:10:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Hope for the Journey: Meditations from George and Javier https://www.stpaulscary.org/church-business/meditations-from-george-and-javier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meditations-from-george-and-javier Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:05:14 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22924 Hope for the Journey, a series of meditations by Fr. George and Fr. Javier: "these will be meandering reflections about anything whatsoever—an opportunity for you to see what we’re thinking, reading, and watching these days. Think of it as the stories that we’d share with you if we happened to sit down and chat over coffee. Or think of them as the things that we wish would turn into a sermon, but never quite make it off the cutting room floor."]]> George and I have been talking quite a bit recently. (We already talk quite a bit, to be honest, but it has a different sense of urgency now—especially since we can’t simply walk down the hall to each other’s offices at church.) Over the last few days, a predominant theme of our conversations has been just how impressed we are by the people of St. Paul’s: your resiliency in the face of uncertainty and unprecedented change. Your ability to connect despite the distance. Your generosity and concern for all our neighbors, both those who live near us as well as those who are far.

Given our current circumstances, we’ve been thinking about other ways to stay in touch with you beyond St. Paul’s sermons and our livestreamed services. Over the coming weeks, therefore, we’re planning to share the occasional written post through the St. Paul’s website and social media outlets. We’ll share these as a blog of sorts—each of them a part of a series we’re calling “Hope for the Journey.”

Unlike our weekly update, these will be meandering reflections about anything whatsoever—an opportunity for you to see what we’re thinking, reading, and watching these days. Think of it as the stories that we’d share with you if we happened to sit down and chat over coffee. Or think of them as the things that we wish would turn into a sermon, but never quite make it off the cutting room floor.

A lot of it, I suppose, could make its way into a sermon… but experience tells me that quite a bit of it won’t. We figured that we’d share whatever we’re finding interesting these days—and deliver it to you in a short, digestible format, one that isn’t hampered by the formality of a church service or the need to communicate practical information relating to church life.

We hope that you’ll enjoy them too, of course. And that you’ll take part in the conversation.

We’re all in this together, friends. Take courage. Love deeply. And keep the faith.

— Fr. Javier

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Live Stream of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM on Sundays https://www.stpaulscary.org/worship-music/live-stream-of-holy-eucharist-900-am-mar-15-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=live-stream-of-holy-eucharist-900-am-mar-15-2020 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22692 As a result of the temporary suspension of in-person worship services due to the Coronavirus, the Holy Eucharist with homily, will be live streamed on St. Paul’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stpaulscary) at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays.  A PDF of the Sunday bulletin is available HERE so you can follow along with the service.  The homily will also also be available on the website and podcast.  Click HERE to watch videos of past services.

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Morning Prayer on Facebook Live at 8:00 a.m. M-F https://www.stpaulscary.org/worship-music/morning-prayer-on-facebook-live-at-800-a-m-m-f/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=morning-prayer-on-facebook-live-at-800-a-m-m-f Thu, 26 Mar 2020 22:00:30 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22859 St. Paul’s will be conducting Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. Monday-Friday on Facebook Live. Tune in to St. Paul’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stpaulscary). We will be using The Daily Office Morning Prayer Rite 2.
If you can’t tune in to the livestream at 8:00 a.m., you can also watch the recorded video on Facebook.

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Update March 26, 2020: Stewardship During the Pandemic https://www.stpaulscary.org/church-business/update-march-26-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=update-march-26-2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:00:19 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22907 Dear Friends, I am in touch with you this week to let you know you will find on our St. Paul’s website a new section called St. Paul’s Connects. Please go there (StPaulsConnects) and see the numerous ways we are looking to stay connected during this coronavirus crisis. I’ve asked our wardens, Mary Kintz and Frank Laney, to write this week about stewardship.  While I miss seeing you all face to face, know that you continue to be held in my daily thoughts and prayers.  George
Click HERE for the complete letter from George, Mary, and Frank.

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Update Mar 18, 2020: Message on Coronavirus Protocol (COVID-19) at St. Paul’s https://www.stpaulscary.org/church-business/update-mar-18-2020-message-on-coronavirus-protocol-covid-19-at-st-pauls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=update-mar-18-2020-message-on-coronavirus-protocol-covid-19-at-st-pauls Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:00:25 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22766 Update March 18, 2020: Bishop Rodman has issued new directives for congregations of our diocese regarding the coronavirus. Included in these directives is the extended suspension of in-person worship and gatherings until May 17. Continue reading for the complete letter from George and Javier .]]> March 18, 2020

Dear Friends:

Bishop Rodman has issued new directives for congregations of our diocese regarding the coronavirus. Included in these directives is the extended suspension of in-person worship and gatherings until May 17.

At least once a week, we will be writing a letter to you to keep you informed of how St. Paul’s will comply with these directives and share ways that we are continuing in ministry together. As George has said over the years, St. Paul’s is a faith community that lives in the rhythm of gathering and being sent forth. Responding to the coronavirus through social distancing does not need to mean disconnectedness. During this time, we will simply need to experience community in new and creative ways.

The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, recently said: “The church cannot be cancelled, the church can only adapt! Press on, take care of one another, take care of yourself. God is trustworthy!”  Let this remind us all that we are the Church. While we will not be gathering face-to-face for the weeks ahead, church will continue because we are the Body of Christ, even when we are apart.

Many of you have been asking us, “How can I help?” Below are some opportunities to do that in the coming weeks:

  1. Pray and worship with us. Our worship will continue each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. via livestream. You can find the link on the St. Paul’s Facebook page as well as our website. We are also looking to offer other opportunities for worship during the week. Stay tuned for more information on those offerings.
  2. Participate in the care of our St. Paul’s community. Our Clergy and the Care and Share Ministry are reaching out to those most vulnerable and isolated in our parish community. We are planning to provide care within the parameters set by the diocese, which may include picking up groceries for the homebound and making regular phone calls for fellowship and connection. If you are interested in participating in this important ministry, please contact the co-chairs of our Care and Share Ministry, Margie Best (mwbest@bellsouth.net; 919-303-3830) and Melonie Wigley (melonie.wigley@att.net; 919-264-4401).
  3. Continue to support St. Paul’s financially. The work of the church is significant–maybe now more than ever. From opportunities to gather together in new and creative ways, to our ability to care for those most vulnerable within our community, to our ministry to those outside our church walls, our ministry will continue in the midst of this pandemic. There are several ways you can make your financial offering:
    • You can elect to have your checking or savings account drafted on a monthly basis by completing an Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form and mailing it back to the church office for processing.  Funds are drafted once a month, on or around the 15th of the month.
    • You can donate with a credit card via PayPal by using the Donate button on this page:
      www.stpaulscary.org/stewardship/donate-to-st-pauls/
    • You can mail your check to the church office: 221 Union Street, Cary, NC 27511.
  4. Care for our wider community. There are a variety of ways to contribute to the community at large. Dorcas Ministries of Cary and Urban Ministries of Wake County, two of our significant ministry partners, are receiving donations at this time. (Please check their website for updated information regarding what kind of donations they are receiving.) There are also a good number of volunteer opportunities and feeding programs in Western Wake County. Keep in mind that you can make donations to the Rectors’ Discretionary Funds as well, which are reserved for those needs in the community that fall outside of St. Paul’s operating budget.

We will make more information available as we go forward. These are challenging times, my friends. But together, we can walk into the dream that God has for us.

The Rev. George Adamik, Rector
The Rev. Javier Almendarez-Bautista, Associate Rector

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St. Paul’s Connects: New Resource https://www.stpaulscary.org/communications/st-pauls-connects-new-resource/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=st-pauls-connects-new-resource Thu, 26 Mar 2020 06:00:00 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22916 A new resource has been added to our website: St. Paul’s Connects (stpaulscary.org/connects).  This page provides the latest updates and resources for the St. Paul’s community during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Click HERE for St. Paul’s Connects.

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Beware of Email Scam! https://www.stpaulscary.org/church-business/beware-of-email-scam-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beware-of-email-scam-2 Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=21424 Recently St. Paul’s parishioners have received emails pretending to be from one of the clergy. Our clergy will not ask you for help, gift cards, or any such items in an email. Do not respond to these emails.

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St. Paul’s Cares Lenten Forums https://www.stpaulscary.org/worship-music/st-pauls-cares-lenten-forums-mar-1-8-15-22-29/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=st-pauls-cares-lenten-forums-mar-1-8-15-22-29 Mon, 09 Mar 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22493 NOTICE: All in-person gatherings are canceled through May 17, 2020.]]> NOTICE: All in-person gatherings are canceled through May 17, 2020.

ST. PAUL’S CARES Lenten Forums: Living Into Our Baptismal Promises.  Join us on Sundays in the chapel from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for 2020’s Lenten series – an exploration of the five areas that compose our St. Paul’s Cares Initiative.  With the help of guest speakers as well as St. Paul’s clergy, we will explore how our Christian faith informs our mission within and beyond the church’s walls.

  • March 1 – Caring for Creation (Gen 1:31)
       Sarah Ogletree, NC Interfaith Power and Light
  • March 8 – Working for Justice with All Our Neighbors (Jer 29:7)
       Devin Ross and Stephan Whitley, organizers with ONE Wake

The following sessions were originally scheduled for Lent but have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Continue to follow our website for updates and rescheduled events.

  • Walking with our LGBTQ+ Siblings (Gal 3:28)
       The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
  • Welcoming Immigrants, Refugees, and Farmworkers (Lev 19:34)
       Refuge for Refugees Ministry
  • Seeking Racial Reconciliation (2 Cor 5:16-20)
       The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
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What’s Happening in Children’s Ministries (Mar 15, 2020) https://www.stpaulscary.org/children/whats-happening-in-childrens-ministries-mar-15-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-happening-in-childrens-ministries-mar-15-2020 Sun, 08 Mar 2020 22:00:05 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22585 NOTICE: Read Message on Coronavirus. Click HERE. More to follow.
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Education

All in-person Adult, Youth, and Children’s Formation activities are cancelled through Saturday, March 28, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Continue to follow our website for updates and rescheduled events, including communion classes.

Upcoming Events

The Children’s Ministry Committee will be hosting a special coffee hour on March 29th, at 10:00am, to celebrate the 2020 Communion Class graduates, our special children who have completed their Eucharistic education. Please help support the committee by signing up to volunteer your time and/or food donation. We appreciate your continued support of St. Paul’s! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A4FAEAB2DA4F85-stpauls1. The CMC will be meeting this Sunday, March 8, at 11:15am, in the Conference Room.

Easter is on its way and that means it is almost time for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! We will be using the same process as last year, where we hide empty eggs for the children to hunt. Children can collect one egg, or 100! All eggs will be turned in to the collection area in the Courtyard, where the children will receive a bag of treats in exchange for their eggs. Please feel free to donate nut-free candy and other small Easter trinkets (stickers, etc.) to put in the treat bags. Donations will be accepted through April 5th. Please bring to the Church office or contact Natalie Sroka at natalie.sroka@stpaulscary.org. Thank you for your help!

Children’s Ministry Calendar

Mar 15            Communion Class #2, Youth Wing, 10:10am

Mar 22            Communion Class #3, Youth Wing, 10:10am

Mar 22            Communion Class for Parents, Curry Center, 10:15am

Mar 29            Communion Celebration, Sanctuary, 9:00am

Apr 5              Palm Sunday/Yes Children’s Chapel/No Sunday School

Apr 10            Stations of the Cross, Sanctuary, 12:00pm

Apr 12            Easter Sunday, Egg Hunt, 10:30am

May 10           Mother’s Day/No Sunday School

May 17           Last Day of Sunday School

All the best,
Children’s Ministries Committee

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Youth News (posted Mar 10, 2020) https://www.stpaulscary.org/youth/youth-news-posted-mar-10-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=youth-news-posted-mar-10-2020 Sun, 08 Mar 2020 20:00:00 +0000 https://www.stpaulscary.org/?p=22587 NOTICE: Read Message on Coronavirus. Click HERE. More to follow.
This post is a weekly youth news update from Zack Rugen, Youth Ministries Coordinator (youth@stpaulscary.org). Click Continue reading below.]]>
All in-person Adult, Youth, and Children’s Formation activities are cancelled through Saturday, March 28, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Continue to follow our website for updates and rescheduled events, including the ASP spaghetti dinner.


Tonight’s talk was not comfortable for everyone. We discussed mental health, how prevalent it is, and the importance of reaching out to trusted adults when we are not feeling mentally well. It’s a heavy topic, but I thought it was essential that we discussed it. 

Speaking of heavy topics, next week we will have the youth group of All Saint Anglican Church join us and we will be discussing substance use together. All are welcome, and I hope you’re able to join us! 

Please reach out if you have any questions about the material I am presenting.

QUICK UPDATES

Sign up Genius. I do need parents to sign up for most future EYC Sunday evenings. I try not to ask a whole lot of the parents when they come, and their input is always welcome during our discussions. If you are available, it would be a joy to have you with us.  Thank you. 

EYC Advisors: (3/22 – 5/24 all need advisors) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FA7FB6-eycadvisors5

EYC Meals: (4/19, 4/26, 5/31 all need meals) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FA7FB6-eycmeals4

Sunday School Teachers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49AFAA2FA7FB6-christian1 

One Wake: May 31st.

I would really love to have our youth help represent Saint Pauls at the One Wake gathering on May 31st. I had a couple of youth sign up and say they were interested in attending which is beautiful! Think about what it would mean to have your children stand in solidarity with 30 plus organizations and their congregation as we advocate for living wages, affordable housing, and funding for schools. 

Happening and Genesis: March 27th  – 29th  

Happening is a renewal weekend for high school youth. The event allows young people to encounter Christ in an intentional Christian community. The event is led by youth with clergy and lay adult support. Highlights of the weekend include talks, songs, worship and small groups. Happening is a youth event under the authority of the diocesan bishop.
https://www.dionc.org/digital_faith/events/3174711

Genesis is a middle school event during which young people grades 6-8 are encouraged to learn more and grow deeper in their faith through talks and the leadership of high school age youth. The theme for 2020 is relationships with God and relationships with ourselves. Join us for a youth lead weekend with talks, music, small groups, friends and fun.
https://www.dionc.org/digital_faith/events/3179939

Thank you all so much. 

God Bless,
Zachary Rugen
Interim Youth Program Coordinator

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