St. Paul’s offices and the church remain closed on Tuesday, December 11 and will open at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12.
- Morning Prayer will not be offered Wednesday morning.
- The 10:30 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist will be offered at the side altar in the nave.
- Noonday Prayer will be offered Wednesday in the chapel and on St. Paul’s group page on Facebook.
- Wednesday choir rehearsals will take place as scheduled.
Before venturing out in bad weather for any church services, events and meetings, please check your email inbox, the St. Paul’s web site, the church group Facebook page or the Facebook fan page for weather-related news as forecasts are updated and decisions are made.
Information will also be available on the WXII Closings and Delays page.
All are welcome this Sunday, December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent.
St. Paul’s clergy will continue a four-part sermon series, The Great “O” Antiphons of Advent, based on Hymn 56, “O come, O come Emmauel.”
The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser will preach.
- Holy Eucharist at 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. in the nave
- Choral Evensong at 5:00 p.m. in the nave
St. Paul’s clergy will offer two Rector’s Forum classes titled “A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies” at 10:15 a.m. on December 16 and 23 in Colhoun A. This Sunday’s movie is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Child care for infants and toddlers will be available during the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services in rooms off the first-floor Preschool hallway, accessible through the Goodheart Entrance. Children’s Chapel will be offered during the 9:00 a.m. service.
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.
Pledges are still coming in, bringing us to within $69,171.56 of our $2.2 million goal for the Share Joy stewardship campaign!
As of Wednesday, December 5, we have raised $2,130,828.44 from 547 pledges, which amounts to 97% of our goal.
Thank you to all who have pledged!
If you have not yet pledged, we hope you will prayerfully consider doing your part now to help make up the $69,171.56 shortfall between our current total and our goal. Pledges of any amount will be most appreciated!
Pledging is easy. Please click HERE to pledge online or call Margaret Turner, Director of Stewardship, at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1210, to make your pledge.
Learn more about the campaign here.
All are welcome to meet for Morning Prayer in the chancel area of the nave weekdays at 8:15 a.m. to start the day in prayer and community.
Parishioners are encouraged to volunteer to lead the services. Contact the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1211, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to serve.
St. Paul’s will offer Noonday Prayer services Monday through Friday throughout Advent, December 3 through 21. The services, which typically last five or six minutes, will be held in the chapel and live-streamed on the church’s Facebook group page so that all may pray together in person, by phone, tablet or computer. Each day’s liturgy will be posted so those who miss the noon live-stream can pray at their convenience.
If you have a Facebook account and are following the page posts as a member of the church’s group, the posts should appear in your feed at noon on weekdays throughout Advent. Recordings of the live posts will remain on the page and can be seen by logging into your account and accessing the page.
All are welcome to attend the services in person as well.
An Order of Service for Noonday is found in the Daily Office section of The Book of Common Prayer on pages 103 to 107.
More information about An Order of Service for Noonday is posted on the web site for The Episcopal Church.
St. Paul’s clergy will offer two Rector’s Forum classes titled “A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies” at 10:15 a.m. on December 16 and 23 in Colhoun A.
The classes will view and discuss two popular children’s Christmas movies—Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
How might you experience these movies, in adulthood? What wisdom can they teach us about the Christian faith and life? This two-part series will be a light-hearted exploration into Advent themes through the characters of Rudolph and Charlie Brown.
Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served.
St. Paul’s Flower Guild is hosting a Holiday Tea honoring retired guild members on Tuesday, December 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the home of Joan Greason, 745 Arbor Road in Winston-Salem.
All current and retired members of the Flower Guild are invited.
R.s.v.p. to Joan Greason at (336) 722-8019 or email@example.com or Kathy Acton at (336) 692-8291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, December 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel, St. Paul’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist, St. Thomas Day:
A Service of Light and Hope.
The Christmas holidays may bring joy, but for many people, the season draws out doubt, depression and loss. The week we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a good time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ.
All are welcome to join us for worship and a time to meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.
On Sunday, December 23, at 5:00 p.m. in the nave, St. Paul’s will present its eleventh annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The service was inspired by the Christmas Eve service of the same name held in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge and includes carols and readings from the Bible.
This year, to observe the 100th anniversary of the King’s College service, St. Paul’s service will include carols from the first service 1918.
The opening carol is always “Once in Royal David’s City.” At St. Paul’s, the readers of the nine lessons have traditionally included community leaders and leaders from within the parish. The carols will be sung by the St. Paul’s choirs.
- “Once in royal David’s City” (Irby)
- Up, Good Christian Folk (R.G. Woodward)
- Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)
- As Up the Wood (Martin Shaw)
- A Great and Mighty Wonder (Michael Praetorius)
- A Virgin Most Pure (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- “O little town of Bethlehem” (Forest Green)
- Blessed be that Maid Marie (Trad./Charles Wood)
- In dulci jubilo (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
- O Night, Peaceful and Blest! (Normandy Carol)
- Childing of a Maiden Bright (10th century Spanish hymn)
- “While Shepherds watched their flocks” (Winchester Old)
- The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius)
- “Of the Father’s love begotten” (Divinum mysterium)
- The Lamb (Sir John Tavener)
- Hark,the herald angels sing (Felix Mendelssohn)
Remember your family and friends this holiday season with Crisis Control Ministry Holiday Honor Cards.
All proceeds support our neighbors in financial crisis who are facing hunger, eviction, utility shut-off or illness without prescription medication.
Cards are available at the second floor reception desk for $5 each.
Contact Nancy Vaders with any questions at email@example.com.
St. Paul’s Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist will be presented Monday, December 24, at 3:00 p.m. in the nave as part of the traditional Christmas Eve afternoon service.
Child care for infants and toddlers will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m.
All children who wish to participate in the pageant should arrive early to dress in costumes before the service begins.
St. Paul’s families traditionally bring gifts to the Family Carol Service and Holy Eucharist at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. During Communion, children are invited to come forward with their families and place their gifts in the baskets.
The gifts will be given to the residents of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, a residential facility for approximately 500 children and adults, ranging from six to 90 years old, who have developmental disabilities.
The center requests that the gifts be left unwrapped.
A variety of gifts, all of which should be new, are appropriate, especially:
- White crew socks
- Slipper socks with non-skid soles
- Girls’ and women’s nightgowns, pajamas and robes
- Boys’ and men’s pajamas and robes
- Baseball hats
- Men’s and ladies’ cologne sets
- Toys and games for all ages, such as picture books, Barbie dolls, cars and trucks, playing cards of any kind, puzzles, basketballs, footballs and soccer balls
- Basic arts and crafts items such as coloring books, colored pencils and crayons, washable markers, drawing tablets, glitter-glue, art stamps and acrylic paint for painting tee-shirts
If you are unable to attend the Family Carol Service but would like to donate a gift, bring your donation to the church office.
Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24
Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist 3:00 p.m.
All are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts for residents of Murdoch Center.
Festival Holy Eucharist 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Preludes start at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Child care will be available during the 5:00 service for infants through four-year-olds, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25
Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
No child care will be provided. Children are welcome to attend the service with their families.
The Children’s Ministries will sponsor A Visit to Bethlehem Village on Sunday, January 6, at 4:00 p.m. in the Colhoun Room.
During the event, children and families will travel back through time to Bethlehem Village to learn about Epiphany and life in Bethlehem, visiting Hebrew School, the Synagogue, the Baker’s Shop, the Carpenter’s Shop, the Pottery Shop and more.
The visit will conclude in time for all to attend the Feast of Lights pageant at 5:00 p.m.
This year’s Feast of Lights celebration will be on Sunday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the nave.
An annual tradition at St. Paul’s since 1927, this pageant depicts the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the spreading of his light throughout the world.
A Chili Cook-Off to benefit outreach ministries will follow the Feast of Lights.
Kevin and Emily Shute are co-chairing the Feast of Lights Committee this year. Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in joining St. Paul’s, and the Episcopal Church, in 2019?
Adults desiring confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church will participate in weekly Sunday morning classes beginning January 13 and be welcomed into our church by the bishop at our annual bishop’s visit on Sunday, April 28.
For more information or to enroll, contact the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves at email@example.com.
St. Paul’s is supporting the Homeless Overflow Shelter at Augsburg Lutheran Church on Fifth Street by preparing and serving dinner on Tuesday, January 15.
From December 1 through March 31, Augsburg opens its doors each night to provide a meal and shelter overnight for as many as 20 homeless men. Augsburg is one of five overflow locations in Winston-Salem and part of a broad coalition of churches, called City With Dwellings, which shelter more than 100 men and women on any given winter night.
Dinner volunteers provide an entree, side dishes drinks and desserts for 35 people, bringing their prepared food to Augsburg’s parish hall entrance at 7:15 p.m. and staying to serve the meal, leaving at 9:15 p.m.
To volunteer to help on January 15, visit https://stpaulswinstonsalem.org/011519augsburgsignup.
Contact the Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Faith & Justice Committee’s 2018-19 Lunch and Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, January 24, at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A. The program, “Income Disparities through the Lens of Gender and Race,” will be presented by Sabrina Slade, Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Winston-Salem Foundation.
Slade, who directs both the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem and The Black Philanthropy Initiative, will share the history and current state of income disparities in our community based on factors highlighted in two reports produced by The Winston-Salem Foundation. She will also offer recommendations for addressing gender and racial disparities in an effort to create a more equitable, vital community for all.
Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.
On Tuesday, January 29, the Young Adults’ group will meet at 6:00 p.m. for Taco Tuesday at the Old Winston Social Club, 1131 Burke Street.
The Young Adults’ group, for parishioners and friends in their 20s and 30s, normally meets for tacos on the last Tuesday of each month. Contact the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves at email@example.com to express your interest and join the email list.
The Night of Las Posadas
The Night of Las Posadas, written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola, is a children’s book is about the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter on Christmas Eve. This year Sister Angie, who is always in charge of the celebration, has to stay home with the flu, and Lupe and Roberto, who are to play Mary and Joseph, get caught in a snowstorm. But a man and a woman no one knows arrive in time to take their place in the procession and then mysteriously disappear at the end before they can be thanked. That night we witness a Christian miracle, for when Sister Angie goes to the cathedral and kneels before the statue of Mary and Joseph, wet footprints from the snow lead up to the statue.
Dog in the Manger:
Finding God in Christmas Chaos
Christmas card trauma. Over-the-top decorations. Post-Christmas blues. Dog in the Manger: Finding God in the Christmas Chaos has laugh-out-loud humor anchored by spiritual truths. Author Tim Schenck helps us maintain our spiritual sanity through the often frenetic chaos of Advent and Christmas. Dog in the Manger also explores the major characters of the season in new ways, including John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, and of course, Jesus. Thoughtful questions following each section make Dog in the Manger ideal for personal reflection, seasonal book groups, or a last-minute Christmas gift.
St. Paul’s Bookshop is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Profits from the Bookshop support outreach at St. Paul’s.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions and application forms.