This Week at St. Paul’s

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

July 9, 2018
Death of Penn Flournoy
Dear Friends –
I write to inform you of the death earlier today of Penn Flournoy.  A celebration of her life and funeral will be held at St. Paul’s Church on Saturday, July 14th, at 11 am.  Following the funeral, she will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Morehead City, NC.  Please keep the family in our prayers.

Father of all, we pray to you for Penn, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Father Michael
The Rev. A. Michael Singer

July 16, 2018
Death of Thomas Eugene Murphree
Funeral plans for Tom Murphree are not complete. His funeral will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 am, here at St. Paul’s Church.  His burial will be on the family farm in Newport, with full military honors.
Please keep his family in your prayers.
Father Michael
The Rev. A. Michael Singer

July 15, 2018

8:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 – 11:30 am – Staffed nursery in the Parish Hall
10:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
8:00 pm – A.A. Meeting

Parish House renovations
Parish House renovations are starting in the next couple of weeks. Asbestos remediation with removal of all flooring will begin the week of July 23 – there will be no access to the building for two weeks. Renovation plans include removal of the boiler and replacement with heat pumps, remodeling of the kitchen and bathrooms, and painting, flooring and new lighting throughout. The goal is to have all work completed by the beginning of October. We will be functioning out of the office building during the renovation with the relocation of the nursery and vestment rooms.

Musician search committee
St. Paul’s recently organized an organist/musician search committee. The committee is composed of: Lee Barnes,; Rob MacArthur,; Laura Snyder,; Joe Ustach,;  Allison DuBuisson,; Walter Phillips,; Ginny Poindexter,; The Rev. Mary Ogus,;  and The Rev. Michael Singer, . The committee has two purposes; first to discern what St. Paul’s is looking for in their next musician and second, begin the process of searching and the eventual call of our next musician. A job description for this position is available on St. Paul’s website. If you know of someone who is interested, we are accepting applicants through July 21, 2018. The music search committee will meet on Sunday, July 22nd, at 2 pm in the parish office building.

July Outreach–Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence
The funds from St. Paul’s are utilized for general operating support and emergency financial assistance to victims of abuse in the form of housing, and emergency medical needs such as doctors and necessary medications. Victims of domestic violence and their children often have nowhere to go to find safety from ongoing verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.  Through our agency these victims of abuse can obtain safe shelter, individual and group counseling services, food assistance, case management, court advocacy, transportation assistance and we are now providing an on-sight mental health advocate to work specifically with our clients who are dealing with issues of depression, anxiety disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Through our agency many victims of abuse and their children can find hope for a new day, for an opportunity to break the cycle of abuse for future generations. If you would like to make a monetary contribution, there are outreach envelopes at the back of the church for your convenience. Make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church and write “outreach” on the memo line. You may mail your donation to the church office or drop it in the plate during the service.

Coffee hour
Coffee hour following the 10:00 am service will resume on Sunday, August 19.

The Blessing of Acolytes and Servers
Acolytes, because of the duties that they perform, are an integral and important part of the worship offered to God here at St. Paul’s Church. It is a ministry in which both girls and boys may participate, but training and preparation are necessary; it is a privilege and honor to serve God at His altar, and is not, therefore, a ministry to be taken lightly, but with reverence, commitment, and devotion.  The purpose in this service is to glorify God. Acolytes assist the clergy during worship services in a variety of ways. Any baptized member of the parish may serve as an acolyte.  We usually think of acolytes as young people, but adults may serve as acolytes as well.  St. Paul’s is blessed to have many young acolytes and several acolytes who are young at heart.
At St. Paul’s, acolytes are trained and prepared for this sacred duty by Shelvey Lloyd. Shelvey not only trains the young acolytes; she schedules them; each week she greets them, makes sure they are dressed properly, says a prayer for them before they enter the church. We thank Shelvey and all acolytes for their ministry here at St. Paul’s.
On Sunday, August 19, we will have a special blessing and rededication for all acolytes. We encourage all acolytes to attend one of our two services.

Is your Building Fund pledge up to date?
Work will soon begin on the parish hall and more than ever we need your building fund pledge. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Diocese Episcopal Church Women gathering at Trinity Center
The annual summer gathering of the Diocese of East Carolina ECW will be Wednesday, August 15, at Trinity Center. Registration will begin at 9:00 am, and the meeting will end after lunch. An exciting presentation is planned.  The speaker will be Barbara Lau, director of the Pauli Murray Project for the Duke Human Rights Center.  This project is inspired by the life and legacy of Pauli Murray, a lawyer and activist, raised in Durham, who became the first black woman ordained as an Episcopal priest. The cost is $20 per person, and we need a head count by August 5.  Please let Allison DuBuisson know if you plan to come (  Checks should be made out to ECW Diocese of East Carolina and left in the ECW mail slot in the office. Closer to the event, we can arrange carpooling for those who are interested.

Mark your calendar!
St. Paul’s will hold a Parish Picnic and Beach Day on Sunday, August 26, as we kick-off our new Church year. We want you to attend. We will be gathering at the Beach House at the Trinity Center (on the Oceanside). Fried chicken will be provided – bring a salad, side, bread or dessert. Supper will begin at 4:30 pm. The Beach House will be open beginning at 2:30 pm so come early to sit on the deck or play on the beach. A sign-up sheet will soon be available on the Parish Hall bulletin board.

Office volunteers
St. Paul’s is currently in need of volunteers to serve in the office this summer. Volunteer days are flexible, Monday – Thursday from 12 noon – 4 pm. If you are interested, please contact Helen O’Neal or Carol Smith in the office.

Please remember that July 20 is the deadline for submission of articles to Carol Smith in the parish office to be included in the August issue of The Epistle, St. Paul’s monthly newsletter.

Collecting your plastic shopping bags
If you have a collection of plastic shopping bags at home and want to get rid of them…. please bring them to church. Father Michael is collecting the bags for an organization in the Wilmington, NC area that takes the bags and crochets them into sleeping mats for the homeless. He will be collecting them only through August 12. There is a container in the rear of the church and in the parish office to place the bags.

Blessing of backpacks and keys
All students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend one of our worship services (8am or 10am) on Sunday, August 19, and to bring your book bags or briefcases to be blessed as you prepare to return to school this fall. Teenagers and young adults are encouraged to also bring their car keys the blessing. We realize that driving is a privilege and with it a responsibility to drive safely for the protection of all. Have your friends and neighbors join us.

Meals for Mamré Wilson and the Eastman family
St. Paul’s will be providing meals two to three times a week to Mamré Wilson and the Eastman family. If you would like to help with this mission, go to Take Them a Meal ( and enter the recipient’s last name and stpauls as the password and sign up. Instructions will be on the website. Please contact Gail Williams at 252-714-8995 if you need help with the sign in.

Snack ingredients needed for VBS
Vacation Bible School’s donation’s list of snack ingredients is posted on the parish hall bulletin board, next to the coffee hour sign-up sheet, near the kitchen. These items need to be placed on the kitchen counter, next to the refrigerator as soon as possible.  Your support is much appreciated in “Feeding God’s Sheep” the week of July 16-20. Thank you!

Parish Secretary on vacation
Carol Smith, St. Paul’s Parish Secretary, will be away from the office and on vacation next week, July 16 – 20.

Wednesday Bible Study
Join us for the Wednesday Bible Study following the noon Eucharist. Each week we will take a close look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome to join us for reflection and discussion as we explore what Scripture means to our lives now.

Yes, there is still time!
This year’s theme for Vacation Bible School is Game On “Gearing up for life’s big game”. VBS will be held this week, July 16 – 20 and is for children 3 years of age through those entering 5th Grade in the fall. Rising 6th Graders are encouraged to serve as helpers. Online registration is available at St. Paul’s website; ( Katie Sherman and Sydnor Greene are this year’s co-directors and need your help. If you would like to help, please contact Katie Sherman, at 919-880-2247 or Encourage your children, grandchildren, godchildren, neighbor children and friends to attend. Game on! Yes, there is still time to register, or….bring your children Monday morning.

Bible memorization for the week:
“I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.” – – Psalm 85:8


Father Michael

The Rev. A. Michael Singer
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
215 Ann Street
Beaufort, NC 28516