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.

February 17, 2019
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

8:00AM                                    Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30AM                                    Christian Formation Classes for all ages
9:30AM-12Noon                      Staffed Nursery
10:45AM                                  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:30PM                                    Crosswinds Gathering & Dinner

From the Rector:
Ellison, a former student of mine, is known as a “grad made good”. She is an amazing young woman who works for the state department in The Hague. I visited her last fall and we had a wonderful time exploring museums and flower markets and catching up since her college days. She is like a child to me and I am so proud of who she has become and the difference she is making in our world simply by being herself. She is insightful in ways most young people her
age are not. This is no doubt fueled in large part by her prior postings in some of the most challenging environments in the world. I think some would call her an old soul, but I call her soulful. She is always looking for that place where the light is trying to get in…those cracks in humanity or in our own lives. One afternoon we just happened to be walking by the World Court, the place where crimes against humanity are tried. We were trying to decide where to have dinner that night. “Deciding where you are going to have dinner is a first world problem Tammy. First world!” She said it sarcastically explaining how that became a phrase used by many expats to gain some perspective. At the time, the world court hovering in the background, I both laughed and cringed at the truthfulness of the statement. How often do I allow a miniscule concern to dominate the landscape? How often do I forget what others are struggling with on a daily basis? The basic necessities that I take for granted like home, health, happiness, safety, security. In a world where we are trying to let the light in are we able to stop for a moment and gauge what is a first world problem and what is real problem? Have we become so self – focused that our world is the only world, our problems, the only problems? As we move toward the end of Epiphany, a season begun by wise men who were following the light of God, may that light shine so brightly in our lives that we might know the difference between a first world and a third world problem and one that is begging to become our first world concern.

Keep the faith and let the faith keep you,


BBQ Plate Fund Raiser for Martha DaSilva
Join us in showing support for a  former secretary and fellow parishioner, Martha DaSilva, who is gravely ill. On February 24, the church will serve a plate lunch of Roland’s BBQ, slaw, baked beans, a roll and brownie. Cold plates can be picked up after the 8:00 service and Sunday School; hot plates will be available to eat in or take out after the 10:45 service. There is a limit of 200 plates. Order sheets are in the church bulletin and can be turned in at coffee hour.

ECW Annual Lenten Retreat – March 9
Our annual ECW Lenten Retreat is on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Trinity Center in Salter Path. We are excited that our own rector, The Reverend Tammy Lee, will lead us with the theme “Crafting a Rule of Life.”  The cost, which includes lunch in the Trinity Center dining hall, will be $20 per person. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Parish House by the February 28 deadline!

Lenten Study and Suppers
Beginning Wednesday, March 13, we will begin our Lenten Study. We will meet for a light supper from 5:30pm – 6pm with the study/reflection from 6pm – 6:45pm. Look for sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the Parish House soon!

Patti Dill ECW Scholarships Available
The ECW values its students and all the work they do for St. Paul’s. If you are a graduating high school senior, a member of St. Paul’s, and planning to continue your education we invite you to apply for a $1000.00 Patti Dill ECW scholarship to help with your education. The application is in the Church office. Please complete and return it no later than May 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Phillips at 252-241-6363 or

Prayer Requests
To add your name or the name of a loved one to the prayer list, contact the St. Paul’s Office at 728-3324 or email Individuals will remain on the prayer list for three weeks.  To keep the person on the list longer, simply contact the Office with that request at the end of three weeks, doing so as long as needed. The person to be listed must give permission for their name to be included in this public prayer request list. This is to protect their privacy and respect their wishes.

Epistle Deadline
The deadline for submissions for the February issue of The Epistle newsletter is February 20th.

Bulletin Deadline
Starting this week, bulletins will be printed on Thursdays for distribution on the following Sunday. The deadline to be included in the bulletin is noon on Tuesday. Send announcements to Announcements submitted for the bulletin by noon on Tuesday will also be published in Friday’s This Week at St. Paul’s email.

Outreach for February – Broad Street Clinic
This ministry assists the non-profit Broad Street Clinic through newsletter publication, office help, record keeping, etc.  The Clinic serves uninsured, low-income people in our community especially adults with serious, life-threatening chronic diseases of the heart and lungs, diabetes and high blood pressure.  For more information, contact Elaine Barber, (H) 252-729-3838, (C) 252-241-6691 or To make a monetary contribution to this cause, make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church and write “outreach” on the memo line of your check. You may use an outreach envelope, drop your check in the plate during the service or give online at

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.