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This Sunday

All are welcome this Sunday, January 20, the Second Sunday After the Epiphany.

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves 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 chapel

The Rev. Darby O. Everhard and the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves will offer a two-part Rector’s Forum series, Wild Water and Full-Body Prayer: Rituals in the Episcopal Church, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 and 27 in Colhoun A.

Parishioner Martha Metzler, LPCA, will offer a class, The Ministry of Marriage, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 in the chapel.

Child care for infants and toddlers will be available 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms 107 and 114 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.

January Food Drive

In January, St. Paul’s is conducting its tenth annual January Food and Funds Drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Throughout the month, parishioners are asked to place non-perishable food items from the Food Bank’s shopping list in the marked containers in the Goodheart Entrance.

Cash donations are also encouraged and offer a great return on the donor’s philanthropic investment, as Second Harvest can obtain and distribute 7 meals for every dollar donated.

To provide financial support, visit the food bank’s website at to make a secure online donation or mail your check to Second Harvest at 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Eric Aft, Chief Executive Officer for the Food Bank will speak at St. Paul’s services on Sunday, January 27, the day the food drive concludes and the Second Harvest Food Bank truck will be at St. Paul’s to pick up all food donations.

All are encouraged to help “fill the truck” on Sunday, January 27!

Wild Water and Full-Body Prayer

The Rev. Darby O. Everhard and the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves will offer a two-part Rector’s Forum series, Wild Water and Full-Body Prayer: Rituals in the Episcopal Church, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 and 27 in Colhoun A.

Recall the last time you jumped into a pool on a hot summer’s day—the refreshment, the cool water, the all-encompassing joy of play. In the Episcopal Church, worship is like that. When we are baptized and when we receive communion, we are participating in a full-body prayer from our ears and voices to our hands and taste buds. Come learn about how the rituals of Episcopal worship call you be “all in” and share in the joy of worshiping God with your full self.

All are welcome to attend the classes, which are parts two and three of the Episcopal 101 Confirmation Class series.

The Ministry of Marriage

Parishioner Martha Metzler, LPCA, will offer a class, The Ministry of Marriage, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 in the chapel.

Join Martha as she discusses how to love well and serve well within your marriage. We are called to be a light in this world and the way that we love our spouses should make Grace both appealing and approachable. The class will take a quick dive into what scripture says about marriage and how we can redeem the realities that come from two broken people being made one.

Faith and Justice January Program

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.

Am I Doing This Right?

The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser and his wife Kristin Kinser will offer a class, Am I Doing This Right? Observations on the Holy Work of Being a Parent, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 27 in the chapel.

Anxiety around the question, “Am I doing this right?” is something all parents carry with them. However, it’s the wrong question and once you see that, it changes everything. Join Dixon and Kristin Kinser for this class on the sacred work of raising kids, loving God and learning how to ask questions about parenting that matter while leaving behind the ones that don’t.

Town Hall Meeting

For parishioners interested in learning more about proposed changes to St. Paul’s Vestry selection process, a Town Hall Meeting will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 27, in Colhoun B and C.

A Change in How We Select Vestry?
Your Input Requested

by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, Rector

According to the Episcopal Church, a “Vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property.” It is a committee made up of lay people and works with the Rector to steward and administrate the resources and finances of the parish. The way a parish selects a Vestry varies from church to church, and members of the current Vestry at St. Paul’s have some serious concerns about how we select ours.

How We Elect Vestry. St. Paul’s has a 12-member Vestry made up of three four-person classes serving three-year terms. At each year’s Annual Meeting we publicly elect, by simple majority, these four new members from a slate of eight nominees who have been vetted and selected by a Nomination Committee made up of the four out-going Vestry members. It all happens in accordance with our parish by-laws, established in 2001.

The Problem. St. Paul’s current Vestry has asked to change the aforementioned process for electing new Vestry members for two reasons: First, the public election dynamic has proven to be hurtful to parishioners who are not selected and anxiety about this dissuades many from ever letting their name stand. Related to this is the second, more pressing concern: our way of electing does not allow the Vestry to “staff for its needs.”

What this means is that there are skills and knowledge any group charged to deal with the financial and legal matters of a church needs to have: business acumen, investment experience, accounting and legal skills, to name a few. So, what if, for example, the Vestry realizes that the only person in the room who has a finance background is rolling off at the end of the year? By our current process, they have no way to ensure that skill set will show back up in the new class. If this sounds hypothetical to you, it is not. The Vestry has operated without a lawyer ever since Bill Davis rolled off in January 2017. This was alarming to current Vestry members as our work with the nave repair and 875 building marched forward and led to their request for a change.

Changing the By-Laws. But how do you fix it? Putting nothing but lawyers on the slate this year? Well, no, because we need lots of other skills on the Vestry too. The answer this Vestry is asking for is a change in our election process, and that is where you come in.

To change the way St. Paul’s selects the Vestry means we have to change our parish by-laws, requiring a majority vote of the congregation at the Annual Meeting. That bring me to the purpose of this article. The Vestry has been researching how other churches choose their Vestry and they have found a way they are confident fits our needs at St. Paul’s. The Wardens asked me to describe the process so that when it comes up for a vote at the Annual Meeting, everyone understands what we are voting on.

The New Method. The new method for Vestry selection would begin by expanding the Nominating Committee, currently made up of only the four out-going Vestry members. The new committee would expand to include four more members, chosen from the parish at large. These new members would be nominated by open call to the parish, which is the same way we currently call for Vestry nominations. The hope is that more folks on the Nominating Committee will magnify the committee’s knowledge of what is happening in the parish and therefore expand the network of relationships they have to find good candidates.

The at-large members of the Nominating Committee would be selected from at least six potential candidates, four of whom would be chosen by drawing lots. The Vestry finds this to be not only fair, but also a more theological way of making the choice (Proverbs 16:33, Acts 1:22).

This Nominating Committee of eight would begin its work in the fall, preparing a slate of only four qualified Vestry candidates based on the needs of the Vestry for the coming year. That slate of four will be presented at the Annual Meeting where the congregation simply votes up-or-down on the slate as a whole.

The Vestry and Wardens propose this solution because it solves the two aforementioned problems while expanding the parish’s involvement, participation in, and transparency of our Vestry selection process. Win, win.

What Do You Think? If we make this change it would require a vote at the February 3, 2019, Annual Meeting to change the by-laws so we could implement the new procedure in 2020. The Vestry is keen for everyone to understand what is being proposed so that they can answer questions or even reconsider if a better solution is proposed.

The Vestry feels confident in this path because many other churches of a comparable size select Vestry in a similar manner (Christ Church Charlotte, Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati). So now they want to hear from you. Please send any questions or concerns to any current Vestry member or email our Senior Warden, Allan Burrows, at The Vestry will also host a town hall meeting to go over this process and answer any questions on Sunday, January 27 during the formation hour in Colhoun B and C.

Thank you for taking time to read this and keep this process in your prayers. The Vestry’s desire is that our process make us a better people who love God and live God’s mission more faithfully in Winston-Salem. That sounds pretty good to me, too.

An Invitation to St. Paul’s Parents of Preschoolers

Attention St. Paul’s Parishioners with Preschoolers:

If you are looking for a superior-quality preschool program for your child, you are cordially invited to consider St. Paul’s Preschool.

Early open enrollment and registration for the Preschool’s 2019-2020 school year will begin Friday, February 1 and continue for St. Paul’s parishioners and returning families through Monday, February 25, when enrollment opens to the general public.

The Preschool typically enrolls many returning students during the early open enrollment period as well as newcomers from within our parish. Classes fill quickly, so February is the best time for St. Paul’s parishioners to secure their child’s spot in a Preschool class for the fall.

For more information about the Preschool, visit the St. Paul’s Preschool web site.  Registration forms will be posted there by February 1. Registrations will be processed and classes filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Preschool at (336) 723-4395 or email Head of School Karen Norris to ask questions and arrange a tour.

Summer Fun 2019

As you make plans for your family this summer, keep in mind that St. Paul’s Preschool offers Summer Camps. This year’s dates are already set:

  • June 3-7
  • June 10-14
  • July 15-19
  • July 22-26
  • August 5-9

Plans for Summer Camp themes and activities are still in the making. More information will be posted on the Preschool web site soon.

Family Serving Sunday

On Sunday, February 10, St. Paul’s Children’s Ministries will sponsor its first Family Serving Sunday with the theme, “Love thy neighbor,” in honor of St. Valentine’s Day.

Participating families will choose from three projects:

  • Cooking class and meal preparation for guests at Ronald McDonald House
  • Caroling and visiting homebound parishioners
  • Animal blanket and toy-making for the Forsyth Humane Society

Advance registration is required, and each project has a limited number of spots open. Families may register by emailing the Rev. Lauren Villemuer-Drenth, Director of Children’s Ministries, at

In-person registrations will be accepted in the library on Sunday morning, January 27, and on Sunday morning, February 3, if spaces are still available.

All registered participants will meet in Colhoun A at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10 to work on their projects.

Homebrewed Church History

Dr. Bill Leonard and Matthew Phillips will teach a three-part Rector’s Forum series, Homebrewed Church History, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, 17 and 24 in Colhoun A.

Church history is the collection of stories of a lot of aggressive fights over the ideas people hold most dear, and sometimes the winners are not the most savory characters. Over three weeks, Dr. Bill Leonard and Parishioner Matthew Phillips will focus on some of the most intriguing stories as we think about controversies over spiritual life, heresy and punishment in the church, what salvation means, and how churches break apart and come back together. We’ll find inspiration in the sometimes strange corners of church history for a more vibrant and faithful church future.

The Rev. Dr. Bill J. Leonard is the James and Marilyn Dunn Professor Emeritus of Baptist Studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, which he served as founding dean. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Leonard has focused on the translation of the highest quality academic work to the mission and life of local churches like St. Paul’s, where he is a popular guest speaker.

Parishioner Matthew Phillips is an Associate Teaching Professor of Law and Ethics at Wake Forest University School of Business. He teaches courses in business law and ethics across the Business School’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Practicing Your Faith at Home

Parishioner Julie Smith will teach a class, Practicing Your Faith at Home, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 10 in Colhoun B and C.

This class will offer an opportunity to learn more about several spiritual practices, such as the Examen, Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, and to consider ways to allow them to become part of daily life. These practices are gifts to bring healing and to foster a deeper relationship with God and with our community. Julie will lead us in making these spiritual tools accessible, familiar and valued in our daily routines.

Senior Adults Reynolda House Visit

The Senior Adults Ministry has planned a visit to Reynolda House Museum of American Art on Friday, February 15, for a docent-led tour on opening day of a new exhibition, Hopper to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

Hopper to Pollock showcases drawings and paintings from nearly every major American artist from the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition features 40 masterpieces of modern art by celebrated American artists including Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and more, supplemented by a small selection of works from the private collection of Reynolda’s founder Barbara Babcock Millhouse.

Art lovers of all ages are welcome to join this Senior Adult Ministry outing. The bus leaves St. Paul’s side parking lot at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, February 15. The group will stop at 1703 Restaurant for lunch on the way back to the church, at your expense.

To reserve your place, send a $20 check, payable to St. Paul’s with “Reynolda House” noted in the memo line, to Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn. Contact Anne at or (336) 723-4797.


Relationships and the Enneagram

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves will teach a class, Relationships and the Enneagram, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 17 in Colhoun B and C.

Using the book The Path Between Us, by Suzanne Stabile, we will discuss how the Enneagram helps us open our eyes to our behavior in relationships. Your Enneagram type can reveal your expectations, failings and beliefs about love and friendship in your personal relationships. If you are interested in growth in how you relate to others and already know your Enneagram type or have a basic working knowledge of how the Enneagram can be a spiritual tool, this is the class for you.

Senior Adults Luncheon

On Wednesday, February 20, St. Paul’s Senior Adults will welcome as speakers leaders of the ReNEWal Capital Campaign.

ReNEWal Campaign Chairs Charlotte and David Broughton will be on hand to discuss campaign initiatives and present a video produced by Todd Davis. Other campaign leaders will be available to provide project details and answer questions.

Fellowship begins at 11:15 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 in the Colhoun Room. The program begins at noon. The cost is $6.00. All are welcome.

Faith & Justice February Program

The Faith & Justice Committee’s 2018-19 Lunch and Speaker Series will continue on Tuesday,* February 26, at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A. The program, “Race in Film,” will be presented by Dale M. Pollock, Distinguished Scholar of Cinema Studies, School of Filmmaking, UNCSA.

*Please note this program is being presented on a Tuesday rather than the customary Thursday scheduling.

Pollock will look back in film history to examine the deep roots of Hollywood racism. Only by understanding the power of the images created in films such “The Birth of a Nation” and “King Kong” can we comprehend the depth and breadth of racism in the movies.

We will see how two kinds of filmmaking emerged—one for white audiences in which black Americans were solely house servants, porters and bathroom attendants, and a more vibrant but limited number of African-American-made films by a paucity of black directors.

Things began to change when black actor Sidney Poitier became a genuine movie star in the 1950s and 60s with films such as “The Defiant Ones,” although co-star Tony Curtis always got top billing. Not until Spike Lee made “Do the Right Thing” 1989 did a genuine black directorial voice emerge, enabling filmmakers such as Jordan Peele to make a crossover hit in “Get Out” that appealed to both black and white audiences while making several pertinent points about contemporary racism by using an outrageous story premise.

Hollywood continues to grapple with the politics of making films for and about people of color, although great strides have been made in recent years.

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

Though it is not required in order to appreciate the February 26 presentation, you may wish to view three films recommended by Dr. Pollock. They are listed in the order of viewing he finds most helpful:

  • “Get Out” directed by Jordan Peele (2017)
  • “The Defiant Ones” directed by Stanley Kramer (1958)
  • “King Kong” directed by Merian C. Cooper (1933)

“Get Out” is available on Prime Video and through the Forsyth Public Library. “The Defiant Ones” can be seen on HBO. The original black and white version of “King Kong” is shown on Prime Video and is available from the Forsyth Public Library.

Augsburg Homeless Overflow Shelter

St. Paul’s is supporting the Homeless Overflow Shelter at Augsburg Lutheran Church on Fifth Street by preparing and serving dinner on Tuesday, February 26.

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 February 26,  visit

Contact the Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries, at

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 for instructions and application forms.