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.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m.                                    Christian Formation classes for all ages
9:30 a.m.  – 12 Noon                  Staffed Nursery
10:45 a.m.                                  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


From the Rector:
When the breeze blows it is as if the gorgeous Aspen trees are clapping their hands. There is a myriad of fall colors dotting the hillside flashing iridescent golds, reds and oranges. Unusual architecture, strange smells and blessed relief from heat and humidity greeted me upon my arrival in the Land of Enchantment known as New Mexico. I am here on a continuing education event called The Seminary of the Wild where I will hear one of my religious idols speak. He is a Franciscan priest named Richard Rohr. He is known for his prolific and profound theological writing the content of which often irritates the Vatican. When that happens, you know there is something worth reading!  In his book Everything Belongs he writes: “At the base of all reality is God’s radical grace.” One becomes aware of that when one tunes into the moment. Every moment is an opportunity to see and be transformed and more deeply connected to God. It is pretty simple really provided we allow it.

You don’t have to fly across the country to be open to the moment. But, there is something profound about being pulled out of your comfort zone into a new setting that opens the mind and the heart. We get so addicted to our routines and the comfort they provide that we lose sight of the possibilities of God. Sometimes all you need to do to open that reality is alter your routine. Maybe you go down Front Street instead of Moore when you walk the dog. Maybe you sit on your front porch instead of your back. Maybe you drive to the beach and take a walk instead of thinking you might do that. Maybe you order something different in a restaurant or call a friend you haven’t talked to in years. Maybe you believe that God is as interested in you as you are in God.

Radical grace assumes that, just as it assumes that in God’s economy everything ultimately has a purpose … “all things working together for good.” Be on the lookout this week for those moments of insight and awareness sponsored by your willingness to do things differently. Sometimes those slight changes can open a doorway into a new beginning or hope otherwise unseen propelling you closer and closer to the God in whose image and likeness you are continually being remade.

Keep the Faith and let the Faith keep you,

Tammy Lee+


We welcome The Rev. Rob Abrams, recently retired rector from St James Wilmington as our Celebrant and Preacher on Sunday, October 20. The rector is away doing continuing education. She returns on Friday. Should you have a pastoral emergency please contact Norma Gardner, Senior Warden or call the church office for the name and number of the priest on call

Mindfulness, Meditation, Movement

Cindy Cash will offer classes in November and December in the Parish Hall to help alleviate some of the holiday stress. These classes will make use of gentle exercise, prayer and meditation. The ultimate goal is to build physical, spiritual and emotional strength and a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit. These classes are for everybody. A one-time fee of $25.00 will be donated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. For further information email or call Cindy at or 252-230-0719.

Christian Formation for all ages

Christian Formation for all ages meets at 9:30 a.m. At St. Paul’s, we are continuously striving to offer programs and classes that speak to the people of our parish. We invite all of God’s people to come and learn what wonderful things God has planned for you! Please register your children on the St. Paul’s website,, or pick up a hard copy to complete. For more information on classes please speak to the Rector. We have a class for everyone!
Faith Formation Forum  will feature The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon. It is a video discussion series taught by Professor Bart Ehrman at UNC Chapel Hill, facilitated by David DuBuisson. It will meet in the parlor in the Parish Hall during Sunday School. This Sunday, October 20, the class will discuss “The Beginnings of the Gospel Traditions”, next Sunday, October 27, the class will explore “The Earliest Gospels”.

Adult Inquirers

Are you interested in joining the Episcopal Church? Are you baptized and/or confirmed in another denomination and want to formally become a member? Are you curious about what it means to be Episcopalian or just interested in renewing your understanding after years of faithfully worshipping at St. Paul’s? Rev. Tammy  Lee will lead the class that will be meeting on Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 11, 19, December 3, 10, January 7, and 14. To register contact the church office at 728-3324 or

The Epistle – deadline –  OCTOBER 20

Spooky Spaghetti Dinner – Save the date

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. for a Spooky Spaghetti Dinner. Spooky spaghetti and all the fixings will be provided. Look for a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall soon!

All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day, one of seven principal feast days in the church calendar commemorates all the saints of God, known and unknown. In the Nicene Creed, Christians affirm their belief in “the communion of saints.” To observe this day, St. Paul’s Church will have a service at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 1. One of the ways we observe this day is by listing the deceased in a list called The Necrology. The Necrology will list all the names of all our loved ones (church members or not) who have died in the year since the last All Saints’ Day (November 1, 2018, through October 31, 2019). This list will also be read aloud in our worship services on November 1. While we have the names of church members who have died in the last year, if you have a loved one you would like on the list, please contact the church office. You are also invited to include the names of any loved one in the past who has died previous to this past year. To submit names for the necrology, please email or call the church at 252-728-3324 by October 30.  The Daughters of the King will host a reception following the service. Don’t forget to mark your calendar and plan to be part of this special worship service and invite your friends. If you are able to serve as an Acolyte, Crucifer, Eucharistic Minister or Lector for this service, please contact the office, 728-3324, by Friday, October 25.

Attention all St. Paul’s Bakers
The ECW Bazaar, November 9th, Bake room needs your baking talents. Homemade cakes, pies, breads, cookies, cupcakes, party foods or your baking specialty needed. Gluten free baked goods are also wanted. Bring your goodies to the Parish Hall the afternoon of Friday, November 8th or before 9:30 a.m. the morning of the bazaar. Plastic containers are available now in the Parish House. Please clearly label each item.

Frozen Foods – for the ECW Harvest Bazaar
It is that time of year again!   What better way to prepare for the holidays than to stock your freezer with wonderful foods for our ECW Harvest Bazaar.
Upon review, the following items have been some of our most popular sellers at past bazaars.

  • Soups: vegetable, vegetable beef, chicken, seafood bisque, chili with beans, Tuscan soup, Brunswick stew, and collard soup.
  • Quiches, tomato pies, chicken pot pies (individual and large).
  • Casseroles: all kinds of chicken, beef, etc.
  • Breads, desserts, muffins, cheesecakes, pound cakes, etc.
  • Breakfast casseroles, etc.

Please help by providing some of these items or a favorite food of your own.  We have found that it is best to freeze in quart size containers for soups and freeze in containers of at least four servings for casseroles. There will be labels available for you to put on your containers in the Women’s Sunday School room and in the Parish Hall – please see Norma Gardner after church service on Sunday.  You should name your item; list all ingredients in the item, how to cook that item and how many it will serve. If you have questions, please call Brenda Chadwick at 728-5846 or Norma Gardner at 349-2555. We will be receiving frozen foods November 7 and 8 in the choir room. Many thanks for all your contributions, time and effort!

Stewardship Campaign

To date we have received 40 pledges and 27 Time & Talent Sheets. We have also received 3 new pledges. Six people have volunteered for three new ministries. St Paul’s has so much to share with the world and every person who calls this their church home is part of that vision. What matters most is not how much you give in time, talent, or treasure,  but rather that your gift be a reflection of your relationship to the God who loves you more than you can ask or imagine, desire or pray for.    –Stewardship Committee
If you have not received a pledge packet from St Paul”s for the coming year and wish to receive one, kindly call the church office at 1-252-728-3324 and we will be glad to get you one.


St. Paul’s is pleased to offer the option of filling and submitting your 2020 Pledge Card ONLINE!
On the St. Paul’s website click Stewardship at the home page and then click Online Pledging from the drop-down menu.
The prime intention of the Pledge Card remains the gathering of Pledge data.  However, you may elect, with the pledge form, to commit to a method of payment for your pledge as well.
If you do NOT wish at this time to commit to a method of payment, please enter an amount and a frequency of payment and then select  the PLEDGE NOW – PAY LATER payment option and continue to the second page to enter and submit your personal information.

It is that simple.

Outreach for October – Five Loaves Mission

This mission serves a hot supper each Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. to anyone needing a meal and fellowship. It operates out of First Baptist Church and is an ecumenical outreach between members of St. Paul’s and First Baptist. It operates solely from donations of space, food and volunteers from both churches. Contact Nancy Ustach, parish liaison, at for more information. To make a monetary contribution, 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” and Five Loaves Mission in the memo line. Checks may also be mailed to the church or give online at

Parish Advent Quiet Day – Save the date

Mark your calendar for the Parish Advent Quiet Day sponsored by the Daughters of the King, Saturday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s.

United Thank Offering 2019

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church.  Through the UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God.  Give thanks for the good things that happen every day.  As you give thanks, put some coins or dollars into a UTO Blue Box, or set aside an offering reminder for later.  Each year, 100 percent of the collected offering supports grants for ministries at home and overseas as an outreach of the Episcopal Church. The UTO Blue Box and envelopes are available in the Men’s and Ladies Sunday School classes and are always available at the back of the church. Though we hope you will add to your boxes year-round, our Ingathering Day this year will be on Sunday, November 3.

Operation Christmas Child 
Touch the heart of a needy child this Christmas with a gift filled shoebox and the Good News of Jesus Christ. Brochures include all the facts you need to know to pack a shoebox for a child overseas. Brochures will be available in the church office and at the back of the church.  Preprinted boxes from Operation Christmas Child (OCC) were generously donated by a parishioner this year. We do not need any shoebox donations this year.  The OCC shoeboxes will be available for pick-up on Sunday, November 3. Filled shoeboxes need to be returned to the church on Sunday, November 17 or brought to the church office before this date.

Annual Parish Meeting
St. Paul’s will hold its annual meeting on January 5 at 9:30 a.m. 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 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 on January 5: David Clawson, Ilse Englehardt, Jeanette Holland, Michelle Laughridge, Diane Meelheim, Amanda Schoden, and Sam Williams. The congregation is welcome to make further nominations for the vestry by emailing the church office. All nominations must be members in good standing of St. Paul’s, at least 18 years old, and have agreed to be nominated.  The election results will be sent by mail following the annual meeting.

Quotable Quotes
          The more you give, the more comes back to you, because God is the greatest giver in the universe, and He won’t let you out give Him. Go ahead and try. See what happens.
                                                                                            Randy Alcorn

Thank you from Justin and Wanda Sands:
Dear Pastor/Congregation,
I am writing to thank you for the donations you have made to my family and I they are greatly appreciated. Some people make choices to change lives, thank you and your congregation for being one of them! Your generous donations have helped us out in so many ways from being able to fly back home and start the cleanup to see what needs to be done next and to keeping our daughter in college which is so very important to us.
Since Hurricane Dorian my daily prayer is “God give us the strength to get through each day and lead us in the direction you will have us to go”, so we are trusting in Him to take care of us and our needs and he has not let us down. God has surrounded us with amazing friends over the years and so many of them along with you all have helped us in our very time of desperation. We have a very long road to recovery but with Gods help and your continued support we will get there. In the shadows of darkness and the most horrible storm we have ever gone through we thank God for life, and we are and have been so blessed.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers and again thank you so much for all you have done for us.   God Bless, Justin and Wanda Sands

Help for Ocracoke

The needs for Ocracoke continue to evolve. Money is appreciated. It will be used to purchase current needs, and to repair and clean the school. Checks should be made to Cedar Island Fire Department, memo Ocracoke. We will post updates on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Donations may be left at the Church Office Building during office hours. For pickup or questions, contact Debbie Corbet-Cooper, 252-732-1784. For current needs, see

A big THANK YOU to those who have already donated or volunteered!

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour is a great opportunity to build our community and welcome newcomers and make them feel at home here at St. Paul’s. Please consider hosting a coffee hour, either alone or with another individual or family. The sign-up sheet to host coffee hour is located on the bulletin board in the parish hall

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.

St. Paul’s website

Go to to check out upcoming events, catch up on The Epistle, and make donations online.

Calendar of Parish Events

Monday, Oct 21
6:00PM                                      Girl Scouts – Parish Hall
6:00PM                                      5 Loaves-First Baptist Church
Wednesday, Oct 23
Noon                                          Holy Eucharist
12:40PM-2:00PM                       Lectionary Study
1:30PM-2:15PM                         Julian Gathering
6:45PM-8:15PM                         Choir Rehearsal
8:00PM                                       AA Meeting
Friday, Oct 25   
8:00PM                                      AA Meeting
Sunday, Oct 27                 The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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
8:00PM                                      AA Meeting