This Week at St. Paul’s

Welcome to This Week at St. Paul’s. This is a weekly and occasional email from St. Paul’s Church with announcements pertaining to the life and ministry of this parish.

December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent

8:00 am, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am, Annual Parish Meeting
9:30 am, Christian Formation Classes for all ages
9:30 am, Staffed Nursery – second floor of office building
10:45 am, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
8:00 pm, A.A. meeting


Presiding Bishop’s Pastoral Visit

This weekend, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be traveling to East Carolina for a pastoral visit to connect with those whose communities were impacted during the hurricanes in September.

These gatherings will provide an opportunity for those who have been doing the work of relief and recovery to share their stories and to allow Bishop Curry to respond pastorally. There will also be a Q&A session and a reception, allowing time for those in attendance to connect with one another and with Bishop Curry.

Saturday, December 8th at 4:00pm
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
711 Henderson Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Sunday, December 9th at 2:00pm
St. James Parish
25 South 3rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

Annual Parish Meeting
St. Paul’s will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, December 9 at 9:30 am in the Nave of the Church. Please plan to attend as we will be presenting the 2019 Budget and voting for four new Vestry members. There are seven parish members who have agreed to put their names up for nomination to the vestry.  We are so pleased they have agreed to serve if elected at this meeting. We will elect four of the seven to be vestry members for the next three years. The following members have been nominated as candidates for the St. Paul’s vestry and will stand for election today: David DuBuisson, Glenn Dunn, Charles Hale, Diane Meelheim, Frieda Menzer, Amanda Schoden, and Joe Ustach. Enrolled members in good standing who are sixteen (16) years of age or older are eligible to attend and vote in the meeting.

*Michelle Lasky has withdrawn from running for the vestry due to obligations within the church.

Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas will make his annual visit to St. Paul’s on Sunday, December 9 and will have a gift for all children at both services. There will be no Children’s Chapel today as Saint Nicholas will be talking with the children during the service.

Advent Meditation Materials Available
Advent is a time of waiting, preparation and expectation. Like the winter season, it is a time of deepening darkness, when we contemplate shadows and silence even as we wait for the dawning of the light from on high, Jesus. Advent booklets for self-study are available in the rear of the church and in the church office. Please feel free to take these materials home with you as we prepare for the coming celebration of our Lord’s nativity, and the final coming of Christ “in power and glory.”

Christmas Eve Pageant
The 2018 Christmas Eve Pageant Committee will be assigning roles and costumes on Sunday, December 9. Rehearsals will be held in the church on December 16 and December 23 between 9:30-10:30 am. The Pageant will be held at the 4pm Christmas Eve service. All cast members need to report in their costumes to the God Pod classroom between 3:30-3:45 pm on December 24. If you have any questions, please call Sylvia Wheatly.

Project Christmas Cheer
Wrapped and tagged gifts should be brought to the church on Sunday, December 9. Food and gifts will be delivered on Friday, December 14. Volunteers are always needed! Those scheduled to deliver should meet at the church at 10:00 am. Please contact Barb Ackermann at 443-797-4569 or to see how you can help.  Thank you for your on-going contributions to help others; it is a joyful experience to witness the generosity of the people of St. Paul’s church.

Blue Christmas service
On Thursday, December 20, at 6:00 pm, St. Paul’s will offer a Blue Christmas service. The Blue Christmas service is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. Through readings and music, we will give light to our darkness and hope to our despair as we recall the Christmas story of Emmanuel, “God with us,” the Comforter who came to offer us peace and healing.

Hanging of the Greens for Christmas 
Decorating the church for the Christmas season will be Saturday, December 22.  We will hang wreaths, garland, and put out the poinsettias, etc.  All are welcome to help.   Plans now are to meet at the church at 9:00 am; please watch the bulletin in case there is a change in the time.

Christmas at St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s will be offering the following services this Christmas season:
December 24 – Christmas Eve:
4:00 pm – Family Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
10:00 pm – Festal Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
December 30 – First Sunday after Christmas:
9:30 am – Christmas Lessons and Carols
     Refreshments will follow this service

                                            “No Sunday School”

Please let the church office know if you are able to serve during any of these special services.

The Epistle
St. Paul’s newsletter, The Epistle, is now being sent electronically to our parishioners. If you have trouble opening the link in the email to view The Epistle, it is available for viewing on the St. Paul’s website: There will be black and white copies available in the back of the church. If you wish to have a black and white copy mailed to you, please contact the church office.

If you have not completed your year-end contributions and want them to count as a tax deduction in 2018 they must be received or postmarked with a date no later than December 31, 2018.  Checks mailed with a postmark after December 31, 2018, brought to the church office, or placed in the offering plate after December 31, 2018 will be considered a contribution for 2019, no matter the date on the check. We must abide by IRS rules in order to retain our tax-exempt status. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Outreach for December – Hospice of Carteret County
Hospice of Carteret County is a not-for-profit organization.  Hospice is dedicated to ensuring a safe environment of respect, compassion and dignity to patients facing a terminal illness. Hospice of Carteret County provides Teaching, assistance and support to care givers, Nursing services, Registered Nurse on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Medical social worker and chaplain for support and counseling, Physical, occupational and speech therapy services, Dietary counseling, Volunteers, Pain and symptom management, Medical equipment and supplies and Grief education and counseling. Hospice of Carteret County offers care for those suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s, end-stage heart diseases, end-stage respiratory diseases and other life limiting illnesses. Hospice of Carteret County is the only not-for-profit hospice agency in Carteret County. You may make monetary contributions to this cause.  There are outreach envelopes in the back of the church for your convenience.  Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church and write “outreach” on the memo line of your check.  You may mail your donation to the church office, drop it in the plate during the service, or give online at St. Paul’s website

Updated Needs for Hurricane Relief
NEW: Gym bags are needed for high school students who take food home. Please bring the gym bags to the church and we will see that they are delivered to the high school.
There continues to be a need for clothing for elementary aged children. Please drop your donations of new and gently used clothing off at the church office. Jeanette Holland will see that they are picked up and taken to the school system for distribution.
The Salvation Army’s new headquarters are at 810 Arendell Street, in the old Beam Cooper Gainey building. Donations are needed for their Capital Campaign to fund a new building. The Army continues to provide replacement appliances for families who lost theirs in the hurricane. Donations are needed for these appliances.  You can write a check to the Salvation Army and write “local appliance project” in the memo line.  Checks taken to the church office will be picked up by Deborah Van Dyken.
Do you know of anyone in the church family who needs help? Please inform Mother Mary.
Please watch the bulletins and weekly church news Emails for updates on how you can help with hurricane relief.

Do you enjoy coffee hour?
If you enjoy attending…maybe you will consider hosting a coffee hour. This is an important part of St. Paul’s ministry that helps build our community and welcomes new people to the church. The sign-up sheet to host coffee hour is located on the table next to the refrigerator in the kitchen of the Office Building.

St. Paul’s website
Go to to check out upcoming events, catch up on The Epistle, make donations online, and connect with Sign Up Genius for opportunities to serve.

Carol Smith
Parish Secretary
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
215 Ann Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
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