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.

May 20, 2018
Pentecost Sunday – (WEAR RED!)

Sunday
     8:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am – Christian Formation programs
10:45 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 am – End-of-year Sunday School Picnic
1 – 5 pm – Youth Group outing
8:00 pm – A.A. meeting

Reminder – the parking lot will be closed on Sunday to allow for games following the 10:45 am service.

Sunday school for all ages
Please join us Sunday morning at 9:30 am for our various Christian formation programs. There are programs for children and adults. Children will rehearse music they will sing on Sunday, June 3. Should you have questions, please see one of the clergy. Today is the last day of education programs until September 9.

Adult formation class
The Adult Formation Class, as led by Father Michael, will Sunday discuss future adult education and formation classes. We urge all adults to attend. Come, be part of the conversation.

Welcome Deborah Goodwin
On Sunday we welcome Deborah Goodwin to St. Paul’s today. Deborah will share with us her gift of music by playing the flute.

Saying goodbye to Rick Smith
As has been announced, Rick Smith, St. Paul’s Organist/Choirmaster, will leave us in the near future. Sunday, June 3, Youth Sunday, will be his last Sunday with us. Please join us during the 10 am service as we say goodbye to Rick.

Attention graduates
We encourage all graduates to notify the parish office, by May 20, and give us your name and the name of the academic institution from where you are graduating. A list of graduates will appear in the June/July issue of The Epistle.

Teachers to be recognized
Sunday morning, during the 10:45 am service we will recognized all those who taught at St. Paul’s during the past year. Thank you for your ministry as a teacher, to those who work with our children, youth and adults. Enjoy your summer off from teaching.

Tammy Nash out-of-the-office         
Tammy Nash, St. Paul’s Financial Administrator, will be out-of-the-office beginning May 29, for a period of 4 – 6 weeks.  She will be out for medical reasons. Please keep Tammy in your prayers.

Pentecost Sunday
Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. The Day of Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church.
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus’ mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover. While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads.
This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God. The disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ. They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds gathered for the festival. Not only did the disciples preach with boldness and vigor, but by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they spoke in the native languages of the people present, many of whom had come from all corners of the Roman Empire. The apostle Peter seized the moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. The result was that about three thousand converts were baptized that day. The account can be found in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-41.
We are holding our annual picnic Sunday to mark the conclusion of the Sunday School year. Hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and tableware will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a large side dish to share for the picnic. All are invited to attend…invite a friend or two. The parking lot will be closed to set up for the picnic.
Following the picnic there will be activities for children and adults. We will have face painting, a cakewalk, egg toss and more. We are currently asking six individuals to bake cakes for the cakewalk.  A signup sheet may be found in the parish hall.

ECW Old Homes Tour Luncheon
This year’s OHT Luncheon will be held on Friday and Saturday June 22 and 23. Once again we will be serving our special lunches both days. We will continue our tradition and will prepare our delicious sandwiches and famous Beaufort Grocery Hotdogs. After 18 years this has become a very popular event with many people returning year after year. Proceeds from this event help support the Broad Street Clinic, a project of ECW Outreach. Vicki Morris has posted sign-up sheets in the parish hall for food needed and workers for both days. As you see, “it takes a village” for this event to be successful. Please be on the lookout for the sheets and consider helping this be a successful event.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vicki at 808-2071 or 241-5703.  Also, you can catch her on Sunday at church where she will be recruiting help. Thank you for your participation in this wonderful project.

Memorial Day
Memorial Day (Monday, May 28, 2018) is when we as a country remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. On Sunday, May 27, we will remember the men and women of our country’s military who died while in service to our country. Following the 10 am service we will process to the cemetery, place a wreath, say a prayer, and play taps in remembrance of those who died while serving our country.

Youth Sunday celebration
Sunday, June 3, is Youth Sunday at St. Paul’s. During the 10 am service the parish youth will be participating in all aspects of worship. We will acknowledge our graduating high school seniors during the service and a special reception will follow.

Wednesday Bible Study
The Wednesday Bible Study following the noon Eucharist will resume meeting the first week of June. 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.

Service time to change          
Next Sunday, May 27, St. Paul’s later Sunday service will change from 10:45 am to 10:00 am. Please make note of this time change. This change will be in effect through September 2, 2018.

The Epistle
The next issue of The Epistle will be a combined June/July issue. Those submitting articles for the newsletter are reminded that Sunday is the deadline.

Vacation Bible School
This year’s theme for Vacation Bible School is Game On “Gearing up for life’s big game”. VBS will be held 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. In a couple of weeks, online registration will be available at St. Paul’s website. Katie Sherman and Sydnor Greene are this year’s co-directors and will soon be asking for your help. Put the dates on your calendar and encourage your children, grandchildren, godchildren, neighbor children and friends to attend. Game on!

May Outreach — Hispanic Ministries (VOCES, Farm Workers)
Hispanic Ministries is our outreach project for May.  Contributions will be split between the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Newton Grove and an organization that supports our local Hispanic population.  The local monies will be given to VOCES, a local not-for-profit organization supporting our Hispanic community. The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and actively supports opportunities for them to become self-directive. For more information please contact Pennylloyd Baldridge at 252-269-0093. To make a monetary contribution to this cause, you may use an outreach envelope (found at the back of the church) or simply drop your check in the plate during the service. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church and write “outreach” in the memo line. Checks may also be mailed to the church or you can donate online through www.stpaulsbeaufort.com.

Bible memorization for the week:
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.”  — John 15:26

Have a great day.

Faithfully,

Father Michael

The Rev. A. Michael Singer
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
215 Ann Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
252.428.3324
fathermichael@stpaulsbeaufort.com
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