This Week at St. Paul’s

This Week at St. Paul’s

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

From the Rector:

Dear Friends in Christ:

I just took a long walk through the streets of Beaufort with a friend and a physician. Five plus miles to be exact where we passed friend and stranger, all observing their appropriate social distance and all trying to find hope in the midst of a rapidly changing landscape. I knew the governor was speaking this afternoon and I kept wondering what further changes would be in store. We are like the photo of a dead and budding flower side by side that I sent out on St. Paul’s Instagram (@stpaulsbeaufortnc) yesterday “living in that strange and liminal time known as between the now and the not yet.” Dr. Seuss called it the waiting place. Some sarcastically referred to the waiting place as purgatory. It is in that place where what has been is no more and what is coming is like nothing we have ever known.

The gifts of the waiting place are found in Paul’s fifth letter to the Romans. In it he writes that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint.  Greg Sterling the Dean of Yale Divinity School said he was disturbed by this sequencing… preferring instead what felt obvious…. Shouldn’t it read that suffering produces hope and hope produces endurance and endurance produces character. But character sometimes is a fleeting thing even if hope is like manna….it is only good for the moment, the day.

Greg goes on to ask why Paul put faith last on the list of all of this…It is only in living through it that our faith becomes shaped into something that feels more tangible. A true rock in a storm, a shelter in fitful weather, something worth clinging to as we are battered about in our too small lifeboats. There is truth to that hymn… “All my hope on God is founded.”

“All my hope on God is founded.”  Try that on for size in these days of waiting ahead. I promise you, it will be good enough. Trust that there is something holy and good on the other side of this madness.

Keep the Faith and let the Faith keep you,

Rev. Tambria Lee +


I am inviting the entire parish to a series of Zoom meetings known as Tea with Tammy. Think of it as a different form of coffee hour. We will post the link in a parish email to you and you are invited to sign on then. Depending upon the response we will subdivide into groups. We know of at least three groups: those who are working from home, those who are providing essential services, parents with small children. If you are having trouble with the technology, we will help you through it. Let us know by email if you wish to participate and we will add you to the list. Respond to church@stpaulsbeaufort.org.

We are working as we speak on getting resources out to our children. Sunday School by Zoom may well be a possibility at St. Paul’s. I have ordered special children’s Bibles for each household. The Children’s Illustrated Bible. Until then, my former colleague Boykin Bell in Chapel Hill is doing some wonderful things with the children. See the link on Chapel of the Cross’ website for these details https://cotcchildandfam.org. I would also invite you to look at Virginia Theological Seminary’s webpage for education of young souls. https://buildfaith.org.


March 29, 2020
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


We will have the following opportunities to connect through online experiences. Be sure to look for emails and check our Facebook page for more information. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Follow us on Instagram @stpaulsbeaufortnc.
Daily Lectionary Readings may be found here: The Lectionary Page.net.

Morning Prayer for Sunday, March 29, 2020, The Fifth Sunday in Lent, will be live on Facebook at 10:45 a.m. and will be posted later on YouTube. The order of service can be found here:Morning_Prayer_March_29_2020.

Compline for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 will be live on Facebook at 7:00 p.m. The order of service can be found here Compline_New Zealand Night Prayer.

Noonday Prayer for Thursday, April 2, 2020 will be live on Facebook at noon. The order of service can be found in the Book of Common Prayer BCPonline on page 103.

All of the services which are live on Facebook will be available later on our YouTube channel and will remain on our St. Paul’s Facebook page to watch at your convenience.

Please note that you do not have to “be” on Facebook to participate in the live streams of services. All you have to do is click Facebook and when it asks if you want to create an account click “Not Now”. You will be able to see all of St. Paul’s posts, but not able to comment on them.

If you have any difficulty connecting to any of the above links, please contact the church office at church@stpaulsbeaufort.org. We will be happy to call you and walk you through the steps.


How can we pray for you? Rev. Tammy is in church every day praying. Please send your prayer requests to church@stpaulsbeaufort.org.


Dear St. Paul’s Parishioners, Family and Friends – During these trying times, let us continue to pray for one another, for our community, for those who are sick, and for those who work to heal, and those who are developing a cure for COVID-19.

If you or anyone you know needs something, please call or email the office. If you do not want to go to the grocery store or to pick up a prescription, or anything due to concern of being at risk, let the church help you.


Vestry will be calling the St. Paul’s family to check on you, so if you see a number come up on your phone and you don’t recognize it, it could be one of your Vestry members.


Stewardship
Charles Dickens could have been writing about today when he wrote, “It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times….” Today is a time of fear and a time of hope,  a time of challenges and a time of blessings, a time of apartness and a time of community.
In our little corner of the world one beacon of hope and blessings is our own St. Paul’s.  We don’t have the physical togetherness we take for granted, but we still can participate in worship services via various mediums. St. Paul’s enables us to worship in our homes as many of the earliest Christians did.
To help our church continue to operate and support us all we need to try to maintain our pledge commitment as we can.  Today’s economic issues are real and frightening, but just as our individual needs must be met, so must the church’s needs. You can mail your contribution in or send it by Vanco click here: St. Paul’s Beaufort Stewardship. If you are paying a pledge please make sure you indicate this. If you have any difficulty using Vanco, please contact Tammy Nash at tammy@stpaulsbeaufort.org or Glenn Dunn at dunngm@gmail.com

So wash your hands, pray, hope, and pledge as you can.


Parish Emails will be sent to keep you informed about church closures, new parish initiatives, online services, as  well as other information. If you have provided us with your email address and are not getting these emails, please double check your spam/junk folders. If you have changed your email address, please contact the church office at church@stpaulsbeaufort.org so we can get you added to the email recipients list.


Upcoming

April 1      Compline at 7:00 p.m. via St. Paul’s Beaufort NC Facebook Live
April 2      Noonday Prayer at noon via St. Paul’s Beaufort NC Facebook Live
April 5      Morning Prayer at 10:45 a.m. via St. Paul’s Beaufort NC Facebook Live

All services are available to watch following the live stream on
St. Paul’s Facebook page and St. Paul’s YouTube channel.


Although the Church Office Building is closed we are available through phone messages or email. All messages and emails are being checked on a regular basis. Please contact us if you have a need or know of someone who is in need.  Staff will be here as needed to make sure that our St. Paul’s family is kept informed of services that are being streamed and needs of our families and communities are being met as best we can.


All activities that take place at the Church are suspended until further notice.

Please contact the office at 252-728-3324 if you have a pastoral emergency. For all other needs or questions please email church@stpaulsbeaufort.


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, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Phillips at 252-241-6363 or cjp101445@gmail.com.

Outreach for March – Thompson Child and Family Focus
This is a leading provider of clinical and prevention services for children and families across the Carolinas. Founded as an orphanage in 1886 by two Episcopalians, the non-profit changed its focus to provide treatment of emotionally disturbed children. Early childhood, family support and mental health services are provided. 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 www.stpaulsbeaufort.org.

Prayer RequestsTo 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 church@stpaulsbeaufort.org,  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 www.stpaulsbeaufort.org to check out upcoming events, catch up on The Epistle, and make donations online.