This Week at St. Paul’s

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.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

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

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.


From the Rector:
Santa is always good to me but this year he was exceptional. My stocking was filled with all sorts of goodies including everything miniature Ginny Gordon sells. As I sorted through socks and candy, candles and measuring spoons a small orange box caught my attention. I shook it first, peeled the tape from the sides, sniffed it and then began to open the lid.  Inside was a beautiful tiny compass complete with moving parts. It was clearly a charm for my bracelet. It will soon dangle alongside an ancient Roman coin, an enameled Christmas tree, and a St Francis medal.
We need compass’ don’t we? Whether it is on our boats, in our cars, on our phone’s or on our wrists. We need to have tools to help us find our way. Some speak of love being the compass… “He or she was My North, My South, My East and My West…”  TS Eliot talked about God being the still point of the turning world. We like to know where we are going before we ever set out. Yet, this world does not accommodate our expectations or our plans. Humans fail us even when they wish otherwise. God is constant and is simultaneously everywhere at one and the same time regardless if we can read the map, chart the course or get a signal from the GPS. Spiritual practices help put that compass in operation. By spiritual practice I mean routine engagement in prayer or meditation, scripture or spiritual reading, walking with or driving your boat while seeking connection with God. Is there anything more holy than setting a course for the gulf stream and realizing how small you are when you can no longer see land? Is there anything more sacred than sitting with your child or your grandchild as they are imagining? Is there anything more important than stopping where you are and asking what is my next most faithful step when the way before you is opaque at best and filled with pain at the worst?  As one of the early church teachers said…. the only way to fail in our spiritual practice is not to try.
So my friends, find a way to try this week. Find a way to try.

Keep the Faith and let the faith keep you.

Vestry, Class of 2022 Elected
At the annual meeting held January 5, 2020, vestry members for the class of 2020-2022 were elected. The vestry-elect are: David Clawson, Jeanette Holland, Diane Meelheim, and Sam Williams. We thank all those who allowed their names to be placed in nomination. The vestry thanks outgoing members Anna deButts, Norma Gardner, Jack Gilstrap, and Gail Williams for their dedication and service to St. Paul’s.

Adult Formation Forum 
On January 26, and February 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Rev. Tambria Lee will lead the Adult Formation Forum exploring the history, the geography and the mystery of Heaven and Hell. We will meet in the Parish House Parlor.

Crosswinds Super Bowl Subs Fundraiser- orders due Sunday
On Sunday, February 2, the Crosswinds Youth will offer food and treats to enhance your Super Bowl Sunday. The youth will prepare subs and snacks that can be pre-ordered on Sunday January 12, 19,  and 26. Look for order forms in the bulletins or the Parish Office. All profits will go to support the youth and their mission trips. Thank you for supporting our youth!

Mindfulness + Meditation + Movement
If you have already left behind your resolutions to be more active, take more time for yourself, or to try something new, it’s not too late. Mindfulness + Meditation + Movement, a gentle 75-minute class to engage body, mind, and spirit, is coming back to St. Paul’s. The class will be led by Cindy Cash and will meet in the Parish Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45 a.m. beginning on January 21st, and will dismiss by 8 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, and the class may be modified for individual needs, including the use of a chair. Participants should bring a yoga mat, strap, blanket, blocks, and/or any props for comfort and ease, and should plan to practice barefoot. This class is donation based, and checks may be directed to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund through the St. Paul’s office. This session is expected to continue through Lent. For further information email or call Cindy at or 252-230-0719.

Foyer Dinner Groups
The English word foyer is derived from “foier”, the French term for hearthside and projects an image of warmth and comfort. Foyer Dinner Groups are a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather and get to know others with whom we might not otherwise interact. There is no agenda or plan – just casual fellowship and a refreshing meal. Newcomers are especially invited to join one of the groups. Groups will consist of approximately eight individuals who will meet for dinner monthly rotating among the members’ houses. It is customary for all participants to host one gathering or partner with another to host in whatever way works best for those involved. Sign up sheets will be posted before the end of the month in the Parish Hall. We look forward to your participation!

Music Notes for the season of Epiphany
The Hymn of Praise #421 All Glory be to God on High is known as one of St. Paul’s Hymns of Christ. Contained within the letters of St. Paul in the New Testament are certain passages believed by many scholars to have been hymns about Christ already in use by the early church, or hymns composed by Paul and included in his letters; these passages are very carefully written, quite precisely expressed, and contain uncommon vocabulary. In either case, the passages point to the theology of the person of Christ and they continue to be sung in the church. ( St. Paul’s Hymns of Christ) The Psalm is sung to a plainsong tone accompanied by handbells. The settings of the Sanctus and Fraction Anthem, the Doxology and Choral Introit are selected for use throughout the seven weeks of Epiphany.

ECW Membership Meeting
ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Membership Meeting All women of the church are invited to our annual membership meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 27 in the parish hall.  Your ECW board will provide a simple supper with soup and chili, fresh bread, and dessert.  We will enjoy a short program and discuss our plans for the coming year.

ECW Lenten Retreat
Our ECW Lenten Retreat will be at Trinity Center on Saturday, March 7, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. The Reverend Stephen Elkins-Williams will be our leader for the day. He is currently Priest-in-residence at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Durham and formerly was rector at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill.  Our group limit is 30 people.  A signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the parish hall. The cost for Trinity Center and lunch is $20 per person.  To guarantee your space, please sign up and payment due by January 27.  First come, first served!  After that date, we will open it up to other local Episcopal churches.

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.

Outreach for January – Hope Mission
Hot cooked lunches are prepared daily, except Sundays, at Hope Mission’s 1410 Bridges St. in Morehead City, averaging 90 people daily. It operates a thrift shop at 1502 Bridges Street and shelters for homeless men and women. It also provides emergency funding to those in need. The non-profit opened its doors in 1990 as a ministry of Faith and Victory Church to help meet the needs of the hungry. Contact Sarah Jo Safrit, 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

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, Jan 27
6:00PM                                     5 Loaves-First Baptist Church
Tuesday, Jan 28
6:45-8:00AM                             Mindfulness + Meditation + Movement
6:00-8:00PM                              Inward Journey of Faith
Wednesday, Jan 29                            
9:00-11:00AM                           Inward Journey of Faith
Noon                                         Holy Eucharist
12:40PM-2:00PM                     Lectionary Study
6:45PM-8:15PM                       Choir Rehearsal
8:00PM                                     AA Meeting
Thursday, Jan 30
6:45-8:00AM                             Mindfulness + Meditation + Movement
Friday, Jan 31                  
8:00PM                                     AA Meeting
Sunday, Feb 2                         The Presentation of Our Lord
7:30AM                                    Crosswinds Super Bowl Sub Making
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
2:15-4:00PM                            Core Sound Friends
8:00PM                                     AA Meeting