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.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
The Last 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

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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:

There is nothing that makes me happier than anticipating snow. I love the preparations prior to it. Do we have enough wood or gas for the fireplace? Is the pantry filled with comfort food and the fridge stocked with milk from the grocery store at the last minute which everyone is compelled to buy even if they don’t drink it? There is something wonderful about watching it come down and blanket the world in white quietening the sounds around us so that we might hear the heartbeat of the landscape. Despite those preparations, I woke up disappointed this morning.

What does it mean to wait in anticipation of something? Liturgically we are posited on the cusp of two very different yet powerful moments in salvation’s time. Jesus heads up the mountain of Transfiguration on Sunday and is driven the very next week into the wilderness where he is tempted by Satan. In between comes the invitation to observe a “holy Lent.”  What exactly are we anticipating as we head into the season of Lent? What makes it holy?

We are it seems invited to consider our lives as holy anticipation. Making room for the one who came among us as one of us to reside in our own lives as well. One of the ways residing happens, holiness happens is through spiritual practice. Spiritual practices are things like intentional and prayerful reading of scripture, praying the daily offices, fasting and other acts of self -denial, meditation using icons or music. These are but a few opportunities for you to make room for God’s presence in your life.

The good news is that God is way more reliable than the weather forecast. “Bidden or unbidden” as Carl Jung once said, “God comes.” Rain, hail, sleet or snow…God always comes.

Keep the Faith and let the Faith keep you.


The Transfiguration of Jesus
The last Sunday in Epiphany recounts the Transfiguration of Jesus, which begins the transition from the end of the season of Epiphany to the beginning of Lent which begins this Wednesday on Ash Wednesday. Today we stand with Peter, James and John as the glory of the Lord is revealed. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this occasion during Jesus’ earthly ministry when He revealed the mission he came to fulfil, and he revealed the glory of who he is. The Transfiguration of Jesus offers us a glimpse of what is possible, not only for Jesus but for all humanity. The Transfiguration serves as the culmination, the climax, of Jesus manifesting his glory and his identity as the Son of God. From this point on, Jesus sets out to Jerusalem, to suffer, die and be resurrected. But having glimpsed this glory means this world can never be the same and neither can we.

Ash Wednesday
St. Paul’s will be offering two services on Ash Wednesday, February 26: Noon and 7:00 p.m.

From Suffering to Salvation Lenten Devotions Inspired by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Please pick up your copy of this invaluable guide for Lent. These devotions allow readers to recall how Jesus willingly suffered to open the door to our Salvation. Each Lent, we are called to prayerfully consider that sacrificial love, receive it, share it and demonstrate it to others. A spiritual icon of the 20th century, Henri Nouwen wrote about this love which continues to captivate millions. In these pages, Nouwen excerpts are accompanied by Scripture passages and original reflections composed by author Christopher Klofft. The booklets are available now in the back of the church, the Parish Hall, and the Office Building.

Adult Formation Forum 
On February 23 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.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Join us on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. for our annual Shrove Tuesday Dinner. The Men’s Bible Study will cook the meal and Crosswinds, St. Paul’s youth group, will serve and clean up following. The menu includes Regular and Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Fruit, as well as Gluten free Pancakes, Coffee, Milk, Orange Juice, and Water. Pancakes will be served until 6:30 pm followed by the burying of the Alleluia. Donations will be accepted and will go toward our youth group, Crosswinds, for their mission work. Bring your family and your friends.

Simple Supper and Compline
Beginning Wednesday, March 4, we will meet for a simple supper at 5:45pm. The supper will be followed by the Compline Service at 6:15pm.  If you would like to volunteer, with a partner maybe, to bring a simple supper, please look for the sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.

ECW – Soup for the Episcopal Migration Ministries
The Diocesan ECW, in response to the Bishop’s Outreach project, is raising funds for the Episcopal Migration Ministries by Baking for the People at the Border.  Here at St. Paul’s, we will instead be cooking soups!  During February you are invited to make soup and package  in approximately 4 cup -1-quart size containers which can be purchased at the dollar store.  Labels to list ingredients are available in the parish hall.  You can bring your soup to the parish hall anytime during February and put it in the freezer.  We will sell the soup (and accept donations) during coffee hour on Sunday, February 23.

Lent at St. Paul’s
Shrove Tuesday, Feb 25 5:30 p.m. Pancake Dinner
Ash Wednesday, Feb 26 Noon Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Thursdays, Feb 27 – April 12 noon Noonday Prayers
Wednesdays, March 4 – April 1 noon Holy Eucharist
5:45 p.m. Light dinner
6:15 p.m. Compline

ECW Annual Lenten Retreat
Our annual ECW Lenten Retreat will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Trinity Center.  The Reverend Stephen Elkins-Williams is Priest-in-Residence at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham.  He will conduct a spiritual retreat with a theme of “Sacred Time,” guiding participants in reflecting on three of the great Lenten Gospels, in a spirit of quiet reverence and anticipation.  Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the parish hall.  Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch.

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

Outreach for February – Broad Street Clinic
The Broad Street Clinic, founded in 1992, is one of the many outreach programs that is supported by the generosity of the parishioners of St. Paul’s. The clinic presently provides medications and medical attention to citizens without insurance and serves over 850 individuals in the community. Many local doctors and nurses  volunteer their time to provide the medical services that individuals need. The clinic relies upon donations, grants, and fund raisers for their operation and receives no federal, state, or local monies for their operation. Individuals may qualify by having one of five chronic diseases: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and thyroid disease. On many days the clinic will dispense over 600 medications to patients, all of which are free. This truly saves lives every day. Volunteers continue to be needed for many duties such as filing, answering the phones, and assisting in the pharmacy. Donations are always welcome. Contact Carl Ragsdale, parish liaison, at 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, Feb 24
6:00PM                                    5 Loaves-First Baptist Church
Tuesday, Feb 25                    Shrove Tuesday
6:45-8:00AM                            Mindfulness + Meditation + Movement
5:30PM                                    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Wednesday, Feb 26               Ash Wednesday
Noon                                       Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
1:30-2:15PM                            Julian Gathering
6:00PM                                    Choir Rehearsal
7:00PM                                    Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
8:00PM                                    AA Meeting
Thursday, Feb 27
6:45-8:00AM                           Mindfulness + Meditation + Movement
Noon                                       Noonday Prayers
Friday, Feb 28                 
8:00PM                                    AA Meeting
Sunday, March 1                    The First Sunday in Lent
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