ST. NICHOLAS DAY WILL SOON BE HERE! Saint Nick will make his annual visit to St. Paul’s during both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday, December 8, 2019. Our tradition at St. Paul’s is to provide gifts to children in need identified by the organizations listed below.
The St. Nicholas tree is up in the narthex (lobby), decorated with tags containing information about these children. You may choose a tag from any agency. Please use the adhesive label and stick the child’s name tag on each gift. A request: Please give only one wrapped package per child…you may purchase many items but please put all items into one package and wrap (if wrapping is indicated) that one package.
Again, this year, we have grouped tags for families. If you are inclined to make purchases for an entire family, please look for these tags in envelopes on the small tree next to the St. Nicholas figure. The envelopes indicate the number and ages of the children, their wishes can be found inside.
December 8, 2019 is the day to bring your gifts and present them to St. Nicholas! If you are unable to attend services on this day or it looks like weather may be a factor, please deliver your gifts to the church BEFORE St. Nicholas Sunday so they will reach these wonderful children on time. Presents received after noon of December 8 will not get to the child this year.
We work with the following ministries:
CommWell Health – A not for profit health system in Newton Grove serving migrant families of the seasonal farm workers who remain throughout the winter each year. Please WRAP these gifts.
The Healing Place – A rehab shelter for “homeless, addicted” men and women in Raleigh with a success rate of nearly 70%. Gifts are distributed to residents who can then provide a taste of Christmas for their children from whom they are separated. Please leave the gifts for the Healing Place UNWRAPPED so that the parents can wrap their own gifts. *Gift wrapping supplies are a welcome donation!
West Haven (formerly Episcopal Housing Ministry) – This ministry helps provide affordable housing through new construction or renovation of existing buildings in our local area. Please WRAP your gift for these children.
Families Together (PLM)—Families Together (PLM) is an ecumenical organization helping homeless families reach independence. It is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the state, housing an average of 90 parents and children every night in Wake County. Please WRAP your gifts for children from Families Together.
Extra undesignated and monetary gifts are welcome and will be used this season or later in the year to purchase gifts at economical prices, when available. These checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s and note in the memo “St. Nicholas Fund.”
We in return benefit from the joy that is felt by helping others. I look forward to sharing this day with you.
The Rev. George Adamik