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This Sunday

All are welcome this Sunday, April 22, the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. Please note the morning services are at 8:00 and 10:00.

The Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman, Bishop of North Carolina, will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service. The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser will preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services.

  • Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. in the nave
  • Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at 10:00 a.m. in the nave
  • Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

EYC will meet in the youth room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Sunday to watch a movie, “The Greatest Showman.”

Child care for infants and toddlers will be available during the 10:00 service in rooms off the first-floor Preschool hallway, accessible through the Goodheart Entrance. Children’s Chapel will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. service and a scavenger hunt will follow.

Visit an online liturgical calendar listing the readings for Sundays and major Holy Days from the Revised Common Lectionary. Read Fred Horton’s commentaries on the diocesan web site.

Sunday, December 13, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“A Season of Giving?”
Presented Sunday, December 13, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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At a time of year when we are presented with so many opportunities to give, what are we, as Christians, to do when directly confronted by those known as “panhandlers?” How do we give in that context? Or do we give at all? Dixon discussed the theology of Christian giving and offered some brass-tacks practical advice for dealing with those who confront us to solicit our gifts.

Living While Black

Thursday, November 19, 2015
The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, continued on Thursday, November 19. The program, titled, “Beyond the Headlines: Living While Black,” featured parishioners Joyce Jacob-Mua and her son Louis-Patrick Mua and the Rev. Lawrence Womack, Rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Their conversation focused on the challenges racism imposes on everyday life for African Americans. The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser facilitated.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“The Beautitudes, Part 6 of 6”
Presented Sunday, November 1, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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Starting on Sunday, September 20, and concluding on November 1, 2015, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser presented Blessed Are: The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who get insulted. They are all named as blessed by Jesus. But what does that mean, why is it important, and why would Jesus kick off his longest recorded sermon with all these blessing proclamations? Parishioners joined Dixon in a six-session deep dive into this group of sayings, often called the Beatitudes, with discussions about the meaning of blessings, and what it means for our lives today.

November 1, 2015, Class by David Nelson

“How God Came to Be: An Exploration of the Trinity”
Living the Trinity
Presented November 1, 2015, by Dr. David Nelson

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Dr. David Nelson presented a six-part series, How God Came to Be: An Exploration of the Trinity, on Sundays in the chapel, beginning September 20 and concluding November 1, 2015. The class explored the doctrine of the Trinity by considering how it came to be within the context of the church’s witness and worship.

Sunday, October 25, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“The Beautitudes, Part 5 of 6”
Presented Sunday, October 25, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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Starting on Sunday, September 20, and concluding on November 1, 2015, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser presented Blessed Are: The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who get insulted. They are all named as blessed by Jesus. But what does that mean, why is it important, and why would Jesus kick off his longest recorded sermon with all these blessing proclamations? Parishioners joined Dixon in a six-session deep dive into this group of sayings, often called the Beatitudes, with discussions about the meaning of blessings, and what it means for our lives today.

Law Enforcement and the African American Community, Part 2

“Law Enforcement and the African American Community, Part 2”
Presented October 22, 2015, at St. Paul’s

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The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, continued on Thursday, October 22, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Colhoun Room. The program featured parishioner Joyce Jacob-Mua and Winston-Salem Chief of Police Barry Rountree. The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, Rector, and the Rev. Corey Miller facilitated the discussion.

Sunday, October 18, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“The Beautitudes, Part 4 of 6”
Presented Sunday, October 18, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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Starting on Sunday, September 20, and concluding on November 1, 2015, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser presented Blessed Are: The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who get insulted. They are all named as blessed by Jesus. But what does that mean, why is it important, and why would Jesus kick off his longest recorded sermon with all these blessing proclamations? Parishioners joined Dixon in a six-session deep dive into this group of sayings, often called the Beatitudes, with discussions about the meaning of blessings, and what it means for our lives today.

Sunday, October 4, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“The Beautitudes, Part 3 of 6”
Presented Sunday, October 4, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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Starting on Sunday, September 20, and concluding on November 1, 2015, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser presented Blessed Are: The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who get insulted. They are all named as blessed by Jesus. But what does that mean, why is it important, and why would Jesus kick off his longest recorded sermon with all these blessing proclamations? Parishioners joined Dixon in a six-session deep dive into this group of sayings, often called the Beatitudes, with discussions about the meaning of blessings, and what it means for our lives today.

Sunday, September 27, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“The Beautitudes, Part 2 of 6”
Presented Sunday, September 27, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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Starting on Sunday, September 20, and concluding on November 1, 2015, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser presented Blessed Are: The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who get insulted. They are all named as blessed by Jesus. But what does that mean, why is it important, and why would Jesus kick off his longest recorded sermon with all these blessing proclamations? Parishioners joined Dixon in a six-session deep dive into this group of sayings, often called the Beatitudes, with discussions about the meaning of blessings, and what it means for our lives today.

Law Enforcement and the African American Community

“Law Enforcement and the African American Community”
Presented September 24, 2015, at St. Paul’s

Please note: This recording includes the soundtrack of a video containing profanity.

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The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, returned for its third season on Thursday, September 24, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Colhoun Room. The program was the first of a two-part series titled, “Beyond the Headlines: Law Enforcement and the African-American Community.” The September 24 session was a conversation with John Lewis, St. Paul’s Building and Grounds Supervisor, a Mason and former football player and winner of the Brian Piccolo Award at Wake Forest University, and Mark Davidson, a retired N.C. Highway Patrol Officer and candidate for Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Also participating in the conversation were St. Paul’s Rector the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser and the Rev. Corey Miller.

Sunday, September 20, 2015, Rector’s Forum

“The Beautitudes, Part 1 of 6”
Presented Sunday, September 20, 2015, by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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Starting on Sunday, September 20, and concluding on November 1, 2015, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser presented Blessed Are: The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who get insulted. They are all named as blessed by Jesus. But what does that mean, why is it important, and why would Jesus kick off his longest recorded sermon with all these blessing proclamations? Parishioners joined Dixon in a six-session deep dive into this group of sayings, often called the Beatitudes, with discussions about the meaning of blessings, and what it means for our lives today.

Transportation Volunteers Needed

St. Paul’s Transportation Ministry serves parishioners who are unable to drive, providing rides to church services and medical appointments. More volunteers are needed.

Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn, who coordinates the program, is updating her call list of volunteer drivers. If you are willing to be contacted and able at least occasionally to provide transportation for a fellow parishioner, contact Anne at arahn@stpauls-ws.org or (336) 723-4797.

Revisioning Mental Health: A Christlike Response

The Faith & Justice Committee lunch and speaker series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, April 26 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A. The program is titled, “Revisioning Mental Health: A Christlike Response.”

In a Christian community we seek to make a healthy, Christlike response to challenging emotional life crises as well as mental illness. Come hear what St Paul’s is doing to respond to this issue.

The panelists are Dr. Elizabeth Allen, Chair, St. Paul’s Caring in Community:  Mental Health and Wholeness Committee, the Rev. Susan Dobyns, retired pastoral psychotherapist and Robert D. “Bob” Mills, President and Executive Director of Minds Renewed: The Consortium for a Christlike Response to Mental Health.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.

Get Rowdy for ReadWS

ReadWS is sponsoring a fund-raising event, “Get Rowdy for ReadWS,” on Saturday, April 28 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Wise Man Brewing, 826 Angelo Brothers Avenue, Winston-Salem, 27101.

The event will feature live music, food trucks, children’s activities and a silent auction.

Contact Emily Hall at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1509.

Encountering Others: Looking for Christian Values through Story

St. Paul’s Faith and Justice Committee will offer “Encountering Others: Looking for Christian Values through Story” in Colhoun A at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays, April 29, May 6, 13 and 20.

This four-part series examines the idea that our values become visible and develop as we tell our stories to ourselves and others and that it can be helpful to think of values, not as abstract concepts, but as behaviors that exist only in relationship.

Based on talks presented earlier this year by Trinity Wall Street, we will see key moments from video presentations by people such as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who is thinking about how all values come from the fact that God is determined to create a beloved community and everything he wants from and for us occurs in relationship with others.

Irish poet and reconciliation leader Padraic O’Tuoma emphasizes storytelling itself as a value and that struggles over perceived conflicting values can mask God’s desire for us to be present to each other and respect each person’s story.

Other speakers will be presented as well, and the classes will be facilitated by Stephanie Lovett, Jocelyn Connors and other members of the Faith and Justice Committee.

Know Thyself: The Enneagram

Know Thyself: The Enneagram as a Path of Grace and Mercy will continue April 8, 15 and 29 and May 6 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., in Colhoun B and C. Class leaders will be the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, Nancy Dunn and Julie Smith.

Building on the winter Enneagram seminar, this class will explore the nine personality types of the Enneagram model of the human psyche. Each type experiences change, stress, love and community differently, and we will learn not only about the intricacies of our individual types, but our relationships to other types around the circle. The class schedule is as follows:

February 18 – One: The Perfectionist
February 25 – Two: The Helper
March 4 – Three: The Achiever
March 11 – Four: The Individualist
March 18 – Five: The Thinker
April 8 – Six: The Loyalist
April 15 – Seven: The Adventurer
April 29 – Eight: The Challenger
May 6 – Nine: The Peacemaker

United Thank Offering

The Episcopal Church Women’s United Thank Offering spring ingathering will be held at all services on Sunday, April 29.

There will be envelopes in the pews and chapel chairs that day for contributions, which you can then place in the offering plate or basket. Your offering may be made in cash or by check, payable to St. Paul’s ECW with “UTO” indicated in the memo line. You may also mail your offering to the church.

The United Thank Offering is an Episcopal Church Women’s ministry that is more than 100 years old. It directly supports our goal to be a missionary diocese. Twice a year, St. Paul’s ECW collects our offerings and sends them to the UTO diocesan chairman. A presentation is then made to the National Church where a select committee considers the many requests that have been received from both at home and abroad. We are especially proud that St. Paul’s is consistently among the largest UTO contributors in our diocese.

Let us show our thankfulness for all God has done for us by sharing our blessings with others. Please return the blue envelope with your gift on Sunday, April 29, or consider making a donation by mail.

Summer Enrichment Counselor Position Open

St. Paul’s 46th annual Summer Enrichment Program has an opening for a female camp counselor, a paid staff position that will begin with required training from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 27, and continue while the program is in session, weekdays from Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 27. The program will not meet on July 4.

Working with staff and volunteers, the counselor will supervise first- through ninth-grade students during creative activities and field trips. To be considered, the candidate must be a college-bound graduating high school senior or current college student who enjoys and, ideally, has experience working with children and who has strong leadership and communications skills.

Contact Summer Enrichment Program Committee Chair Vicki Robins at robins1028@hotmail.com for more information. To apply for the job, include your full name and contact information, your interests, your experience supervising children and your college plans. Applications are due by Friday, May 4.

The Enneagram and Christian Spiritual Practices

Dr. Christopher T. Copeland will teach a two-part class, “The Enneagram and Christian Spiritual Practices,” on Sunday, May 13 and 20 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the chapel.

Copeland is Director of Leadership Development and Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

For those with some knowledge of the Enneagram, these classes will offer spiritual practices for each of the types to interrupt habits and patterns and grow personally and spiritually. The class will “pray through the Enneagram” by talking about and engaging in classical Christian practices. All are invited to be a part of the experience.

Senior Adults May Luncheon

On Wednesday, May 16, St. Paul’s Senior Adults will welcome Jemmise Bowen, Director of the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Emergency Family & Single Women Shelter, as luncheon speaker.

In her program titled, “Homeless but Not Hopeless,” Bowen will share some of the lessons she has learned from working with homeless men, women and children.

Fellowship begins at 11:15 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 in the Colhoun Room. The program begins at noon. The cost is $6. All are welcome.

 

 

Senior Adults Virginia Trip

This trip is sold out.

St. Paul’s Senior Adults Ministry will take an overnight trip to Virginia on Tuesday, May 22 to Wednesday, May 23.

The trip, planned and led by Sally Engram, will begin with a visit to Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s summer home. After lunch at the Liberty Station in Bedford, the group will tour the National D-Day Memorial. Following a reception at our hotel, the Appomattox Inn and Suites, we will dine at the Babcock House in Appomattox.

After breakfast at the Appomattox Inn we will visit the Appomattox Court House and the American Civil War Museum’s Appomattox location. The group will eat box lunches from Babcock House on the way back to Winston-Salem.

The total cost of the trip, including transportation by coach bus, meals and lodging, is $196 per person, double occupancy, or $246 for a single room. The bus will leave the St. Paul’s parking lot at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22 and is expected back by 5:00 p.m. the following day. To reserve your place, send a check payable to St. Paul’s for the full trip cost to Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn. Contact Anne at (336) 723-4797 or arahn@stpauls-ws.org.

 

The State of Black Winston-Salem

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, May 24 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, titled “The State of Black Winston-Salem: A Cause for Concern for All Camel City Residents,” will be presented by James Perry, President and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League.

The 2017 State of Black Winston-Salem report shows that black residents in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County earn only 62 cents for each dollar made by white residents. Black residents have a home ownership rate that is half that of white residents. Black residents are half as likely to have access to healthful food. Black residents have a death rate 1.23 times that of white residents. Black residents are 1.4 times more likely than white residents to be arrested for nonviolent traffic offenses in Winston-Salem.

Most shocking, perhaps, are the education indices. Black third-graders in Forsyth County are approximately 60% less likely to read at grade level than white third graders.

The state of black residents in Winston-Salem challenges all discerning residents. Learn about the challenges and become part of the solution.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.

 

Welcome Brunch

St. Paul’s Welcome Committee will host a brunch for visitors and newcomers from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 3, in Colhoun B and C.

Visitors and newcomers are invited, along with anyone else in the parish who would like to connect with new people, tour our facilities, learn about ministries, and enjoy a delicious brunch.

R.s.v.p. to Betsy Bost at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1219, or bbost@stpauls-ws.org.

Senior Adults to Visit York Farm

St. Paul’s Senior Adults will visit York Farm in Mt. Airy on Saturday, June 9.

York Farm was founded by Wesley York in the late 1800s. His great-grandson, former parishioner Kyle Montgomery, is now farming the land. Kyle traveled to South America, China and India to learn international applications of organic farming practices. Today York Farm aims to honor the traditions of the family-run farm while providing the community with fresh, nutritious organic produce. York Farm supplies a number of farm-to-table restaurants, including the Diamondback Grill.

The group will travel by bus, leaving the side parking lot at 9:00 a.m. After a  two-hour tour of the farm, the group will eat lunch at 13 Bones in Mt. Airy.

To reserve your place, send a check payable to St. Paul’s for $25 per person  to Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn. The cost of lunch is not included. Contact Anne at (336) 723-4797 or arahn@stpauls-ws.org.

Vacation Bible School

Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School, to be offered from 9:00 a.m. until noon, Monday July 30 through Friday, August 3, in Colhoun A.

This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage. Participants are invited to experience the ride of a lifetime with God. Along the river, children will discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and they can trust God to be with them through everything. Music, crafts, games, science, snacks, puppets, and more!

The cost is $15 per child, payable by check when you return your registration form.

Download a registration form

Please mail your check and your completed registration form to:

The Rev. Lauren A. Villemuer-Drenth
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
520 Summit Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Scholarships are available.

For details or to volunteer to help, contact the Rev. Lauren A. Villemuer-Drenth, Director of Children’s Ministries, at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1220, or lvillemuer-drenth@stpauls-ws.org.

Memorials Committee Funding Requests

Funding Requests to the Memorials Committee are now being accepted.

The committee oversees and recommends expenditures from the St. Paul’s Memorial Fund, comprised of all unrestricted memorial gifts to the church. Any St. Paul’s program or ministry may apply.

Contact Parish Administrator Tom McDowell at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1214 or tmcdowell@stpauls-ws.org for instructions and application forms.