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Small Group Info for St. Paul’s 2020-2021

St. Ruth’s Circle
Meets 2nd Monday of the month on Zoom
Contact Michelle Krell at mcanderson0509@email.campbell.edu and Megan Marshall-Wicker at marshallmf2@gmail.com to join

St. Lucy’s Circle
Meets monthly on Zoom
Contact Tricia Vaughn at triciavaughn@aol.com to join

St. Margaret’s Circle
Meets Wednesday evenings once a month
Contact Elizabeth Foley at epfoley@gmail.com to join

St. Mary’s Circle
Contact Toni Corpening at toni177@yahoo.com to join

St. Anne’s Circle
Meets for lunch on the 2nd Monday of the month
Contact Lynn Holtzclaw at lynnhoodholtzclaw@usa.net and Peggy Slater at peggypslater@gmail.com

Young Adults small group
Studying liberation theology using the book The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar Romero.
Meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm, in the Ardrey-Graves backyard
Contact Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves at sardrey-graves@stpauls-ws.org to join

St. Paul’s is forming a new support group for military families.   The group will meet regularly with the intent to form a community that provides resources and support for its members.     If you are interested in being a part of this community, please contact Margie Hodgin at owl586@gmail.com.

St. Paul’s Caring in Community Ministry Group has the mission of raising awareness and promoting mental health and well-being through ongoing communication, education,  support, and spiritual practice and care.  The steering team meets every other Wednesday at 4:00, and we are currently meeting on Zoom.   If you are interested in joining our efforts, please contact Nancy Montgomery at montgon@triad.rr.com.

St. Paul’s Walking Group:  Our Caring in Community committee invites all for every other Friday walks.    Our 40 minute walks begin at 9:30 am in a shaded area in Reynolda Village.   We practice social distancing and wear masks.    Email Anne Rahn arahn@stpauls-ws.org  to be added to the email list.   You will receive an email before each walk with details and you simply reply to confirm if you will participate that week.   Do join in for exercise and to reconnect with your parish family!    Even if you feel you can only join in occasionally, we would love to have you.

St. Paul’s Widows Group (Let’s Get Crackin):    Sponsored by the Caring in Community Committee, this is a small group supporting each other from grief to growth.  Facilitated by Sandy Seeber and Anne Rahn the group meets on patios every 4 weeks.    Contact Anne Rahn at arahn@stpauls-ws.org for more information.

Lucy Paynter’s small group
Studying The Wisdom Pattern by Richard Rohr
Fridays from 10-11:30 in the Paynter backyard
Contact lpaynter@triad.rr.com to join

GLADS group for LGBTQ members and allies
Studying The Mystic in You by Bruce Epperly
Meets Thursdays at 7pm in members’ backyards
Contact Lynn Parsley at lynnparsley@gmail.com to join

EFM (Education for Ministry)
Studies Scripture, Christian history and theology through program of study through Sewanee, The University of the South. Learn about registration at http://efm.sewanee.edu
Meets weekly on Sunday evenings from September-May
Contact David Tamer at davelaw@bellsouth.net

Enneagram Group
Studies the Enneagram using a variety of texts
Group starting anew in October
Contact Julie Smith at jdjs1000@gmail.com and Nancy Dunn at nancydunn7678@gmail.com to join

Faith & Justice committee
Sponsors’ presentations are on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12:15-1:15 pm on Zoom
Meets the first Monday of each month from 12:15-1:15 pm on Zoom
Contact Kathy Ausen at kathyausen@gmail.com or 336-918-7839 to get involved

ROSES Group:  ROSES (Reach Out and Serve Episcopal Seniors) visitors provide friendship to a homebound parishioner in their home or care facility.   Currently by phone, mail, or outside with a mask.   This group is sponsored by the Senior Adults Ministry and facilitated by Stephen Ministry.   The group meets every six weeks to discuss their experiences, obtain resource materials and pray for the ministry.  Meeting currently on ZOOM.  Contact leader, Pat Marquardt, (Patriciamarquardt936@gmail.com or 336-923-8089) or Senior Adult Minister, Anne Rahn, arahn@stpauls-ws.org or 336-749-4906, for more information.

Centering Prayer
5:00-6:15 PM, Wednesdays via Zoom or Google Meet
Centering Prayer is a gentle form of silent prayer grounded in the monastic contemplative tradition. After reading and reflecting on a brief passage or chapter, the group observes 20 minutes of silence.
Readings are often drawn from the works of Thomas Keating.
Contact: Gail Phillips at (336) 970-1700 or carolinableu@aol.com

Men’s Ministry Small Group
Meet once a month on Zoom
Contact Warren Allan at warren40@yahoo.com or the Rev. Nick VanHorn at nvanhorn@stpauls-ws.org for more info

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Meets Friday morning at 7:00 AM via Zoom
We review the New Testament lesson and Gospel for the upcoming Sunday and one of our members takes a turn in leading the discussion
Contact Jonathan Engram at Jonathan.Engram@wbd-us.com or (336) 918-3710. 

Outreach Update: 9/10

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

1. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter throughout the summer. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve. Here are the current signups:

September Dinners: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d45aaad2eaa8-center

October Dinners: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d45aaad2eaa8-october

2. We will once again be providing lunch for students at the Winston-Salem Street School this fall. The Winston Salem Street School is a non-profit high school for alternative students, and is our neighbor just down the street on 6th St. While we cannot stay and serve due to pandemic restrictions, we will be dropping of meals for their students in October, November and December. The Sign-Up links are below, and please let me know if you have any questions.

October 6th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094CA9AB28AAFB6-street

November 10th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094CA9AB28AAFB6-1110

December 8th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094CA9AB28AAFB6-128

3. We anticipate crisis financial needs in our community to steadily increase during this time. Job and food insecurities are a byproduct of the necessary precautionary measures taking place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and assisting those with acute financial needs is an important part of our outreach ministries. We continue to offer financial assistance to those in crisis via phone interviews and referrals. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about our financial assistance program, please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries

Seeing White Discussion Group Signups

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens
Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen

This class, available on Tuesdays this fall at either 12 pm or 7 pm, will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day lens. You are welcome whether you were a part of the Waking Up White Book Study or whether you are just joining us.  We hope you’ll be a part of these important, interesting, difficult, and thought-provoking sessions.

Sign up here:

  • There are two sections; 12 pm and 7 pm. Dates are the same for both.

Adult Formation for Fall 2020

Formation continues at St. Paul’s with several opportunities to explore faith, race, and community. We will continue classes online for now as we move closer to in-person opportunities.

We are also excited to announce that adult forums will move to Sundays starting September 13! Join us on Zoom for classes for adults from 11 am – 12 pm.  Schedule follows.

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September 2020

Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Living Abundantly in a Time of Scarcity

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 11, 2020

Led by Sara Ardrey-Graves, Dixon Kinser, Darby Everhard, Martha Metzler, John Shields, Mark Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith What have Christians always done when they need grounding?  Many of us are feeling adrift and helpless when considering our response to the painful events of this year.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reconciliation to a struggling economy to a contentious election, our world has no shortage of suffering right now.  It begs the question, how do we live in an increasingly complex…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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October 2020

Living Abundantly in a Time of Scarcity

October 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 11, 2020

Led by Sara Ardrey-Graves, Dixon Kinser, Darby Everhard, Martha Metzler, John Shields, Mark Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith What have Christians always done when they need grounding?  Many of us are feeling adrift and helpless when considering our response to the painful events of this year.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reconciliation to a struggling economy to a contentious election, our world has no shortage of suffering right now.  It begs the question, how do we live in an increasingly complex…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Living Abundantly in a Time of Scarcity

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 11, 2020

Led by Sara Ardrey-Graves, Dixon Kinser, Darby Everhard, Martha Metzler, John Shields, Mark Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith What have Christians always done when they need grounding?  Many of us are feeling adrift and helpless when considering our response to the painful events of this year.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reconciliation to a struggling economy to a contentious election, our world has no shortage of suffering right now.  It begs the question, how do we live in an increasingly complex…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Adult Confirmation Class Q&A

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Adults new to St. Paul’s or new to the Episcopal Church are invited to join our fall Confirmation class. Confirmation is a ritual in the Episcopal church for us to express our faith in Jesus Christ, reaffirm the promises given to us in baptism, and publicly join the community of faith when the bishop visits us. If you already went through a practice of confirmation in another faith tradition, you would be “received” into the Episcopal Church in a similar ritual. If…

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Outreach Update: Aug. 14, 2020

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

1. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter throughout the summer. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve. Here are the August and September signups:

August 20th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-820

August 27th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-827

September 3rd/10th/17th/24th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d45aaad2eaa8-center

2. St. Paul’s has committed $5000.00 toward the Cook Elementary fund that supports meals and school supplies for students and families in need. Cook is our longtime neighbor, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to the needs of over 100 students and their families during these unprecedented times. For more information about this collaboration please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

3. The 2020 St. Paul’s Stedman Grant recipients have been selected. The Stedman Grant was established in 1931 to provide funding to organizations and projects that benefit the residents of Forsyth County in the area of health, both physical and mental, on advice from the Outreach Committee and Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

In total, $69,000.00 was distributed between these six organizations:

  • Samaritan Ministries: Grant money awarded to Project Cornerstone, an intensive onsite treatment program for homeless men in recovery.
  • Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries: Grant money awarded to the inmate counseling program and chaplaincy services.
  • Trellis Supportive Care: Grant money awarded to support the Veteran’s counseling program.
  • Hawley House: Grant money awarded to support the only women’s licensed inpatient recovery program in our city.
  • Winston-Salem Street School: The street school is a non-profit high school for nontraditional students. Grant money was awarded to a collaboration effort with Crossnore to provide trauma training for teachers and staff to help better understand the needs of students who have experienced childhood trauma.
  • Crisis Control Pharmacy: Established in 1987, Crisis Control Ministry’s Pharmacy was the first licensed free pharmacy in North Carolina. Today, it is the largest free pharmacy in Forsyth County.

4. We anticipate crisis financial needs in our community to steadily increase during this time. Job and food insecurities are a byproduct of the necessary precautionary measures taking place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and assisting those with acute financial needs is an important part of our outreach ministries. We continue to offer financial assistance to those in crisis via phone interviews and referrals. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about our financial assistance program, please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries

Vestry Elections: Please Be Informed and Participate

What Changes Will Occur?

At this year’s Annual Meeting, the parish voted to create a new process for vestry elections. In 2021, our parish will move from contested elections to a proposed slate.  Your vestry is excited about this change, as we believe the new process will help the Nominating Committee meet its goals to have:

  • Capable, committed vestry members who want to serve the parish
  • An inclusive vestry that represents a broad cross-section of our parish
  • Vestry members that represent the gifts and talents we think we need
  • A process that encourages capable, faithful members to agree to stand for election

Some things will remain the same. A nominating committee will still discern which candidates will stand for election, additional nominations will still be accepted, and people will continue to vote at the Annual Meeting.

Some things will change:

  • The Nominating Committee will now be composed of both current vestry and non-vestry members.
  • The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates for vestry equal to the number of open positions to be filled (four, not eight)
  • Additional candidates may be proposed up to 12 days before the vestry election. After that date, nominations will be closed.

Who Can Serve on the Nominating Committee? When will they be chosen?

This year, we will have a seven-member Nominating Committee. The four (4) retiring vestry members will serve on the committee, as they have in the past. Vestry will seek three (3) non-vestry members to serve. Vestry hopes that parishioners will nominate, or self-nominate, if they are willing to serve on the Nominating Committee. 

We hope to have the Nominating Committee appointed by the first of September, so please send in your suggestions by August 15, 2020 or earlier. Please ask people if they are willing to serve before sending in a nomination.

Everyone on the Nominating Committee must be eligible to vote in vestry elections, meaning they must be enrolled Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing sixteen (16) years of age or older. In other words, if one can vote, one can serve. Once on the Nominating Committee, a person must “rest” for three (3) years before serving on this committee again. The final selection for non-vestry members will be made by those vestry members NOT on the Nominating Committee.

What happens next?

After the Nominating Committee is selected, this committee will solicit names for vestry service. This will happen in early fall.  The Committee hopes to have its recommended nominees by early December. By January 10, 2021 at the latest, the names, bios and photos of the nominees will be published for the parish. This will be at least four (4) weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. 

Should anyone want to propose additional candidates to run for vestry, names would need to be submitted by Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:00. The Annual Meeting and vote are currently scheduled for February 7, 2021.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Submit Names for Nominating Committee Service:  July-August 15, 2020

Submit Names for Vestry Service September-October 31, 2020

Outreach Update

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

1. Summer Enrichment Update: Due to the pandemic, we were unable to have our traditional in-house Summer Enrichment program this year. Instead, we will be doing Summer Enrichment “To-Go” and delivering lunches and enrichment activities to 50 campers each day for the next two weeks. Please keep the campers and their families in your prayers, and thank you to the Summer Enrichment committee and staff for their creativity, flexibility, and dedication. Look for pictures on our St. Paul’s Facebook page next week!

2. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter throughout the summer. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve. Here are the July signups:

July 30: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-730

August 6: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-86coh

August 13: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-813

August 20: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094CA9AB28AAFB6-820

3. On Thursday, July 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm you are invited to join the “Drive Through Donation” event at Christ’s Beloved Community food pantry. They will have volunteers who will take it from the cars to keep within all safe social distance guidelines, and volunteers wear masks and gloves. The address for the pantry is 3205 South Main St. Winston-Salem, NC 27127.

If you would like to donate, but cannot drive to the pantry on 7/30 then please email Rev. Nancy Vaders for pickup options at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org. The food list, as well as other details, can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/315696686495808/

4. We anticipate crisis financial needs in our community to steadily increase during this time. Job and food insecurities are a byproduct of the necessary precautionary measures taking place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and assisting those with acute financial needs is an important part of our outreach ministries. We continue to offer financial assistance to those in crisis via phone interviews and referrals. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about our financial assistance program, please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders

Director of Outreach Ministries

Phased return to in person gatherings

Greetings St. Paul’s,

Two months ago, our Diocesan bishops issued a pastoral directive in response to COVID-19 asking the parishes of the Diocese of North Carolina to suspend public worship, in-person gatherings, and in-person pastoral care for eight weeks. As we reach the end of those eight weeks, they have issued a new, four-stage plan for re-opening our churches and returning to public worship. These stages move, mostly, in concert with our governor’s three phases for re-opening the state, and both use specific downward trends in public health markers as indicators for when to transition from one stage to the next. I commend the full document, outlining all four stages, to your reading. 

For the sake of this letter, however, I want to highlight specifically Stages One and Two. They represent “what happens next” and help provide a sense of what our summer will look like at St. Paul’s. As a reminder, the broad strokes of these two stages are as follows:

Stage One:

Where we are now. Worship Gatherings and church meetings are happening online. The Church staff is working from home while pastoral care is offered over the phone and online.

Stage Two:

During Stage Two, worship gatherings can expand indoor participation to 25 people (35 people outdoors) in spaces where social distancing can be practiced. Masks, as well as other tracing and screening protocols, must be observed, and the Holy Eucharist may be offered in the “spiritual communion” paradigm we have become familiar with during Holy Week. The church offices can re-open for staff, but social distancing, sanitation, and mask protocols must be practiced. Also, groups of smaller than 15 may consider gathering in properly ventilated church spaces that are large enough to accommodate appropriate social distancing and using mask protocols.

The earliest we will be transitioning from Stage One to Stage Two in the Diocese of North Carolina is now July 1. This is an estimate rather than a fixed date, but our bishops are hopeful that conditions will allow for it. Which means three things for us today:

1.) Sunday Morning Streaming Will Continue

We have had great success in our live streaming thanks to the talents and dedication of Jason Franklin as well as the generous parishioners who loaned us equipment. It is clear now, however, that live streaming is something we need to figure out how to continue indefinitely. So, the church has already enhanced our internet service, and we are allocating resources to upgrade and expand our video equipment. This will allow for live streaming to remain part of St. Paul’s common life both now and when worshippers start returning to the nave.

2.) We Are Making a Plan for Re-Opening

Part of the Diocesean directive requires each parish to develop a strategy for opening once Stage Two arrives. As you can imagine, this has a lot of moving parts and will require careful discernment. The clergy and staff are currently working on that plan as it relates to both work and worship so that, when it is time to safely re-open St. Paul’s, we will be ready. As July 1 nears, we will let you know more.

3.) The Church Staff Plans to Return to the Office in July

Stage Two marks the first time that the staff may return to work in the office. How we do this safely has yet to be determined, but it will be part of the plan we submit to the Diocese. Again, we will let you know more before July 1.

Finally, I want to recognize that for some of you, this information will feel comforting because there is a plan. However, for others of you, it will feel like the dropping of a boom. Two months ago, we had no idea how long this would last or how pronounced the impact of COVID-19’s would be. The truth is, we still do not, but I know we all hoped it would be better by now. The fact that it is not presents another level of grieving and adapting to another new normal, which takes its toll on our hearts. So, never forget that God is in this with us, and though it may be a while before we are all back together, none of us are in this alone! We are St. Paul’s, and this is what we do.

Easter Peace and much love friends,

Dixon+

Fifth Week of Easter, 2020

Outreach Update: May 16, 2020

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

  1. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve.

5/28 Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-528

6/11 Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-611

6/18 Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-618

2. On Thursday, May 21st from 5:00-7:00pm you are invited to join the “Drive Through Donation” event at Christ’s Beloved Community food pantry. They will be collecting donations on Thursday May 21st from 5:00-7:00 pm. They will have volunteers who will take it from the cars to keep within all safe social distance guidelines, and volunteers wear masks and gloves. The address for the pantry is 3205 South Main St. Winston-Salem, NC 27127.

If you would like to donate, but cannot drive to the pantry on 5/21 then please email Rev. Nancy Vaders for pickup options at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org. The food list, as well as other details, can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/237024137401394/

3. We will continue our partnership with The Winston Salem Street School, The Porch Kitchen and Cantina and Front Street Capital to provide take-home frozen meals to Street School students and their families. These meals are distributed every Wednesday to students. If you’d like more information about this collaboration and/or are interested in being a sponsor please contact Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

4. The BackPack Program continues to feed hungry children during this time even when they are not in the school buildings. Given permission by the Second Harvest Food Bank, we are distributing our regular bags of food through South Fork Elementary School and Bolton Elementary School cafeterias. To date, six volunteers have delivered more than 1000 packets of BackPack food to the families who arrive at the school for lunches provided by the school system. Our meals help with weeknight and weekend food for these children. St. Paul’s will continue to take this food to the schools through the current school year and will start again when school opens in the fall.

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders

Director of Outreach Ministries