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This Sunday

All are welcome this Sunday, November 25, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost.

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves will preach.

  • Holy Eucharist at 7:45 and 9:00 a.m. in the nave
  • Morning Prayer at 11:15 a.m. in the nave
  • Holy Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser will conclude his six-week series, The Good Book: How to Read, Mark, Learn and Inwardly Digest the Good News of the Bible on November 25 at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A.

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves and Parishioner Julie Smith will conclude their four-part class series, Stress and Health: A Deeper Dive into the Enneagramat 10:15 a.m. on November 25 in the chapel.

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.

Annual Giving Update

Pledges are still coming in, bringing us closer to our $2.2 million goal for the Share Joy stewardship campaign!

As of Wednesday, November 21, we have raised $2,102,248.44 from 536 pledges, which amounts to 95.5% of our goal.

Thank you to all who have pledged!

It is not too late to contribute! We hope you faithfully consider making a pledge for the Share Joy campaign, if you have not already.

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.

Scenes from the October 14 Campaign Celebration Picnic

The Good Book

The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser will offer a six-week series, The Good Book: How to Read, Mark, Learn and Inwardly Digest the Good News of the Bible on October 21 and 28 and November 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A.

For Episcopal Christians, the Bible is the norming norm of our faith. We read it, sing it, preach it and build our doctrine on it. Yet for many the Bible remains opaque and mysterious. What is the Bible? Where did it come from? And what does it mean to believe it?

Dixon’s two-part, six-week Rector’s Forum series will explore these very questions. Part one of the class will explore of the history, nature, and origins of the Bible. Part two will employ those learnings through a study of the book of Jonah.

Stress and Health: A Deeper Dive into the Enneagram

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves and Parishioner Julie Smith will offer a four-part class series, Stress and Health: A Deeper Dive into the Enneagram at 10:15 a.m. on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 in the chapel.

Do you ever feel disconnected from yourself when you’re stressed? Do you ever want to find ways to move back to a more healthy emotional place? Are you interested in exploring what health and flourishing looks like for your personality type?

We all respond differently to challenges and successes, and these reactions reveal a whole new level of depth to each person’s Enneagram type. The Christian tradition teaches us that God shapes us through the paths of forgiveness, reconciliation and amendment of life. The Enneagram is one way we can learn from our circumstances rather than constantly be reactive and spin in stress.

This course will serve as a continuation of last spring’s Enneagram class, as we study and explore each of the nine types as they reveal our best and worst selves.

Holiday Honor Cards

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 nvaders@stpauls-ws.org.

Senior Adults Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 28, St. Paul’s Senior Adults will welcome the Rev. Nancy Vaders as speaker.

As St. Paul’s Director of Outreach Ministries, Nancy manages the church’s Crisis Ministry, disbursing funds to help fill such needs as helping a fire victim get into a new apartment, assisting a domestic violence victim and her year-old daughter, and buying a bus ticket so a man could attend his mother’s funeral in Virginia.

Nancy will talk about how the St. Paul’s Crisis Ministry works, who it helps and where the funding comes from.

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. No reservation is necessary. All are welcome.

Town Hall Meetings

For parishioners interested in learning more about the upcoming ReNEWal Campaign priorities, St. Paul’s will host two town hall dinner meetings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 and Monday, December 3 in Colhoun A.

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.

Dinner will be provided at both meetings. Child care will be provided at the November 28 meeting. R.s.v.p. to Director of Stewardship Margaret Turner at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1210, or mturner@stpauls-ws.org if you plan to attend.

Faith and Justice November Program

The Faith & Justice Committee’s 2018-19 Lunch and Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, November 29, at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, “Food, Community, Mercy and Justice,” will be presented by Mark Jensen, PhD, Teaching Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Dr. Jensen’s PhD work was in pastoral care, psychology of religion, and theology. His current research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of faith, health, food systems, sustainability and community. In discussing the resources of the Christian tradition, particularly the Eucharist, that inform our mandate to engage with our neighbors and move toward beloved community, Dr. Jensen will explore the realities of food insecurity, telling stories and sharing facts about the crisis of hunger in our own community and how we, as Christians, can gain awareness and come to action.

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

Prison Ministries Sunday

On the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, St. Paul’s will observe Prison Ministries Sunday.

Prayers will be offered at services that day for those who are incarcerated and their families and for jail and prison employees.

Parishioners of all ages will gather at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A to bag Christmas gifts for approximately 75 children whose fathers are incarcerated in the Forsyth Correctional Center, a minimum security prison off Cherry Street.

St. Paul’s joins Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries to offer this annual holiday outreach ministry, “In The Name of the Father,” to provide colorful bags filled with gifts for imprisoned fathers to present to their children.

Contact the Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries, at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org.

Noonday Prayer on Facebook Live During Advent

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.

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, December 4 and 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 be a part of this outreach ministry, visit https://stpaulswinstonsalem.org/120418augsburgsignup.

Contact the Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries, at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org.

Las Posadas

On Sunday, December 9, starting at the Goodheart Entrance at 4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s will celebrate Las Posadas, a traditional religious observance popular in Mexico, Spain, South and Central America and the Southwestern United States.

Spanish for “lodging” or “accommodation,” Las Posadas commemorates the journey of Joseph and Mary as they search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. While traditional observations are held over nine evenings, St. Paul’s observance will take place in one evening  filled with fellowship, music and fun.

Mary and Joseph will meet St. Paul’s families, Preschool families and others from the community in the Goodheart  Entrance. Participants will receive sombreros, maracas and candles and learn a song for the journey. Joseph will lead the group to nine doors to be visited throughout the church.

At the conclusion of the journey, all will enjoy dinner and a piñata.

O Thou Key of David

Dr. Mark Ardrey-Graves will offer a single-session class, O Thou Key of David: Unlocking the Secrets of the Great “O” Antiphons at 10:15 a.m. on December 9 in Colhoun A.

Have you ever wondered why we sing the Advent Hymn “O come, O come, Emmanuel” every Sunday during Advent every year? Have you ever wondered why it has so many stanzas? What’s with all of these images, names, and metaphors? This beloved Advent hymn (#56 in the Hymnal 1982), it turns out, is an adaptation of the so-called “O Antiphons,” which are among the most ancient liturgical prayers in Christianity, grounded in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. Mark’s class will dig into the origins, history and purpose of these Antiphons, how they have been prayed and sung over the past 1,500 years, and how they continue to speak to us today.

An Old Salem Christmas Carol

This event is sold out.

St. Paul’s Senior Adults Ministry will take a group to see “An Old Salem Christmas Carol” on Sunday, December 9, at the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium at SECCA. The St. Paul’s bus will leave the side parking lot at 1:30 p.m.

This world premiere adaptation of the Dickens classic with a local twist was written exclusively for The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem.

It’s 1887, and hard times have fallen on the people of Winston and nearby Salem. Tobacco rolling machines are replacing manual jobs, and heavy rains have hurt farms. Making things worse is Ebenezer Scrooge, a mortgage lender who has no holiday spirit. In the heart of Old Salem, can three spirits teach him the true meaning of Christmas?

To reserve your place, send a check for $23 per person to Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn. Contact Anne at (336) 723-4797 or arahn@stpauls-ws.org.

Parish Christmas Dinner

All are invited to enjoy food and fellowship at the Annual Parish Christmas Dinner, hosted by the ECW, on Monday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Colhoun Room.

The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, December 5. 

Delicious food, festive holiday cheer and music will help kick off your holiday season! You won’t want to miss it.

A special holiday dinner will be prepared by ECW and served by the Men’s Ministry.

The cost is $25 per person, and reservations are required. R.s.v.p. to Anne Butler at 2670 Reynolds Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Please enclose your check, payable to ECW, and note if you prefer to sit with specific friends or groups.

Contact Kate Reece at kmreece18@gmail.com for more information.

St. Thomas Day Service

On Wednesday, December 20, 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 day 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.

Gifts for Murdoch Center

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.

New in St. Paul’s Bookshop

The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is now available in St. Paul’s Bookshop.

Two billion people watched Bishop Michael Curry deliver his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) at Windsor Castle.  Bishop Curry shares the full text of the sermon from the 2018 royal wedding, plus an introduction and four of his favorite sermons on the themes of love and social justice. Although we know Bishop Curry, the world has now met him and has been moved by his riveting, hopeful and deceptively simple message that love and acceptance are what we need in these strange times.

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.

New in St. Paul’s Bookshop

New in the St. Paul’s Bookshop is a book by Rob Bell, What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.

Bell takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures, maintaining, “You cannot get to the holy without going through the human.”

When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask, “Why did God say that?” To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking, “What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?”

In asking these questions, Bell goes beyond the one-dimensional question of “Is it true?” to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power. Bell addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible? Bell recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.

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.

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.