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Annual Giving: Giving Hands, Grateful Hearts

Dear St. Paul’s Parishioner,

Have you ever looked at your own hands and thought about what awe-filled things they can do?

Your hands do amazing things. From holding a child for the first time to feeding someone in need, your hands foster love and grace.

This year’s campaign, Giving Hands Grateful Hearts: Grow, Give, Bless, and Serve, celebrates the many ways this parish shares God’s abundant love and grace with others.

Your pledge of any amount helps us grow in our relationship with Jesus. It allows us to serve our elderly community through the ROSES Ministry, to give over 90 children an opportunity to participate in Summer Enrichment and Vacation Bible School and blesses all of us through the liturgy and worship at St. Paul’s every Sunday and through the week. None of this is possible without the support of all the parishioners of St. Paul’s. Although we cannot participate in every ministry here, by making an annual pledge, your hands and hearts become an intricate component in all the ministries that make St. Paul’s the place it is. 

We invite you to prayerfully consider how your hands and hearts can be used here St. Paul’s. We hope this year will be the inaugural year for you to pledge to St. Paul’s! We have enclosed a pledge card and confidential reply envelope in this packet. You can place the completed card and envelope in the offertory plate during any worship service or simply mail it. You can even pledge online at

Also enclosed is a notecard. We encourage you to write your prayers for the coming year on it and share how your hands and hearts can bless others here at St. Paul’s and in our larger community. On November 17th, we will bring up our prayers (and pledge cards if you haven’t yet pledged) to the altar for a special blessing.


Tim Cooper, Co-Chair            Kate Cooper, Co-Chair

More About the Giving Hands, Grateful Hearts Campaign

ReNEWal Update: September 2019

Nearly 10 months ago, we kicked off the St. Paul’s reNEWal Campaign with a simple question posed in the words of Charles Kuralt:  What is it that binds us to this place as to no other?  We suggested then that what binds us to St. Paul’s is more than just the bells or the stone walls or the memories that are created here; that our love for this place is based on the fact that it is, as it was meant to be, a home for all people to know and to love Christ as he loves us and to share that love with one another and with others.  And it was our hope that through this campaign and the sharing together of time, resources and love, we would all experience and enjoy a sense of reNEWal, Inside and Out, our theme for the campaign.

On this 90th anniversary service today, let us assure you that during the past 10 months we have witnessed an outpouring of love and commitment, of sacrifice of time and resources and of a sense of renewal at St. Paul’s that we know will continue to bind all of us and generations to come together for at least another 90 years.  We will never be able to thank all of you enough, but thank you.

We are forever grateful for all of the time and energy that so many people have contributed towards the reNEWal campaign and related projects.  In particular, we want to thank our campaign cabinet:  Jonathan and Kristie Blanco; Jimmy and Grace Broughton; Morris and Colleen Friedman; Ricky and Sally Shore; Scott and Lauren Wierman; and Kevin and Aimee Williams.  We also want to thank the many volunteers who helped call on parishioners, hosted events or assisted in many other ways.  Thank you also to Allan Burrows, Tom Connors, Henri Brown, Jim Ruffin, Steve Ashworth, Tom McDowell, Bill Goodson, Joe Opperman, Larry Robbs, Jeff Allen, Kerry Nesbit, Todd Davis and so many others for their tireless work on the projects and the campaign.  Thank you to Dixon and to all of the clergy and staff of St. Paul’s for all of their work, especially to Margaret Turner who has been such a tremendous help and a pleasure to work with throughout this campaign.   

We are pleased to report that thanks to the generosity of more than 350 individuals and families at St. Paul’s, the $10 million campaign goal has been exceeded.  St. Paul’s has received more than $10,200,000 in gifts and pledges.  In addition, St. Paul’s has already received cash payments of almost 50% of that amount or nearly $5 million.  As a result, St. Paul’s will realize significant savings on the interest expense it will have to pay under its line of credit that is being used for some of the campaign projects.  Such generosity has enabled St. Paul’s to up-fit the building across the street, which we are excited to unveil today; to restore, renovate and preserve this beautiful church, with the work expected to be completed next year; to renew Dalton Memorial Garden, which is expected to be started and completed next year; and to add to St. Paul’s unrestricted endowment.  Thank you to all for your faith, for your love and support, and for your generosity.  We are truly grateful. 

While today marks the conclusion of the reNEWal campaign, it also signifies the beginning of a new era in the life of St. Paul’s.  As we celebrate the first 90 years we also begin setting the course for what the next 90 years might bring for St. Paul’s.  It is our hope that just as our beautiful, life-giving spaces are being renewed so too will each one of us continue to be renewed and reinspired to fill these spaces – to fill them with our presence and the presence of our families, friends, neighbors and others who we do not even know; fill them with prayer and song; and fill them with volunteerism, outreach, love and compassion so that we might welcome others in and offer help to those in need.  And to remember that what binds us to St. Paul’s is more than just the bells or the stone walls or the memories that are created here; that our love for this place is based on the fact that it is, as it was meant to be, a home for all people to know and to love Christ as he loves us and to share that love with one another and with others. 

Click here to see more photos from the 90th Anniversary and ReNEWal update.

Fall 2019 Formation at St. Paul’s

Living into our Sacred Stories

How can we connect to what is sacred in our lives? This Fall at St. Paul’s we will explore the sacred stories that weave together the shared story of our church home.

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May 2020

Life After Life After Death: Why and How Resurrection Matters

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What happens after we die? There is not a more existential question for all of humanity it has haunted us for millennia. Yet, Christianity has claims to answer this question with something bold: death is not the end of the story, resurrection is! But what does that mean? Is it real? How can you know? Join the rector, D. Dixon Kinser for this two-week Zoom class on the theology and implications of resurrection. Christian hope is not in life after…

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The Station at St. Paul’s Opens

After months of construction and renovation, the clergy, staff, and vestry are excited to open the doors to the newest addition to St. Paul’s. The Station at St. Paul’s officially opened on September 8, 2019, on the 90th Anniversary of the first service in the sanctuary. The building, constructed in 1961, was built for IBM and most recently housed the WSJS 600 AM radio station.

Today, the building opens following an extensive renovation made possible by the generous parishioners of St. Paul’s and the hard work of all involved. In addition to Sunday classes for children and adults, the building also houses an extensive amount of outreach programs including READWS whose mission is to reach, teach and advocate for struggling readers by training tutors, educators and parents to use the evidence-based, best practices of a multisensory structured literacy approach. Kids Café, another vital ministry of St. Paul’s, operates Tuesday through Thursday evenings and serves dinner followed by a homework session guided by volunteers who assist students with daily assignments.

If you would like to know more information about outreach at St. Paul’s, click here >>

For inquiries about the Station at St. Paul’s, please email Jason Franklin at

Hurricane Dorian

From the Diocese of North Carolina:

AS WE CONTINUE TO PRAY the effects of Hurricane Dorian will be minimal throughout North Carolina, we also need to consider those devastated by the storm so far, especially our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas.

As always, we encourage those who want to help to support Episcopal Relief & Development’s Hurricane Relief Fund. This ongoing fund is used to provide help and relief following whatever storm develops, wherever it is needed. Already, Episcopal Relief & Development is hard at work in the Bahamas.


This particular storm also brings the need for relief even closer to home. More than 60 students at Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, call the Bahamas home, and Hurricane Dorian has impacted their families in ways we cannot yet measure as news and updates from the islands are still hindered by spotty communication. We do know there has been horrific flooding along with the destruction of both family homes and commercial buildings.

The Gamma Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Saint Augustine’s is working to raise funds specifically for the students’ families affected by the storm. To contribute to this relief effort, donations can be made by check to (make checks payable to “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Psi Chapter” and note “Hurricane Dorian Relief” in the memo line):

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Psi Chapter
c/o Lavar Stubbs
St. Augustine’s University
1315 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610

Donations to the Bahamian families of Saint Augustine’s students can also be made online via the Diocese of North Carolina.