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, December 15, 2019
The Third Sunday of Advent

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.                                  Advent Lessons & Carols
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


From the Rector:
Dear Friends:

The Christmas Flotilla reminded me of what it is like to wait in anticipation for the arrival of wonder, love and praise. As the whole town gathered in darkness we looked with expectation toward the horizon for the first sign of light. We were not disappointed. As it slowly moved toward the harbor you could feel the energy shift. People were at one and the same time awestruck and joyful. The boats came one by one toward us, heralding sounds of the season and representing everything that human nature seems to possess. Blue Christmas, The Grinch, the longing for peace – all themes in this year’s entries.

My prayer for us all is that we await the coming of the Christ with as much expectation as we did those boats on the sea. . . confident that his presence will mean more than we can desire or pray for.

Keep the faith and let the faith keep you.
Tammy +

Advent & Christmas at St. Paul’s
Tuesday, December 24
4:00 p.m. Christmas Pageant & Eucharist, family friendly service
10:00 p.m. Festal Eucharist with Choir & Trumpet
Sunday, December 29
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Christmas Carols Abounding
   (one service only, no Sunday School)

Saint Nicholas letter
It’s not too late to write a letter to “Saint Nicholas” in anticipation of his arrival Christmas Eve. This is an opportunity for your child to express gratitude and thanksgiving for gifts already given and to express care and concern on behalf of someone they know and love. It’s also an opportunity to share the story of the real St. Nicholas and his love for the poor. A “mailbox” will be available in the parish hall through December 24th for the children’s letters.

Project Christmas Cheer – Return gifts Sunday
Wrapped and tagged gifts should be brought to the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 15 and put around the PCC tree. Those delivering food and gifts should come to the Parish Hall on Friday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m. If you are able to help that day readying items for delivery, please contact Barb Ackermann at 443-797-4569 or

Christmas Eve Pageant
Rehearsals will be held in the church on December 15 and December 22 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 at 252-422-5756.

Poinsettias for Christmas
Each year St. Paul’s Altar Guild decorates the church with poinsettias, given by parishioners in memory of or in thanksgiving for friends and loved ones. The suggested donation is $20.00. Please complete the enclosed form and place it with your donation in the offering plate or hand in to the office no later than Wednesday, December 18.

Candlelight Christmas presented by Brierwood Ensemble
On Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 p.m., The Brierwood Ensemble will present Candlelight Christmas, featuring festive works by French Baroque composers Jean-Marie Leclair,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, along with Caroline Lizotte’s contemplative harp lullaby La Madone and traditional carols.There will be a reception following the concert with hot cider and cookies.

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.

Outreach for December – Hospice of Carteret County
Hospice of Carteret County provides care for critically ill individuals with a life expectancy of no more than six months. Volunteers are needed and will be trained to provide hospice services. Contact Barbara Bryan, parish liaison, at  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

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, Dec 16             
6:00PM                                     5 Loaves-First Baptist Church
Wednesday, Dec 18
Noon                                       Holy Eucharist
12:45PM-2:00PM                    Lectionary Study
6:45PM-8:15PM                      Choir Rehearsal
8:00PM                                     AA Meeting
Friday, Dec 20                  
8:00PM                                     AA Meeting
Sunday, Dec 22                The Fourth Sunday of Advent
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