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Hurricane Florence: Two Ways You Can Help

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, St. Paul’s has connected directly with Christ Church in New Bern, a town heavily impacted by Florence, to help support their parish during their community’s recovery. The Diocese of North Carolina is also assisting in relief efforts by offering a page where those who wish to help can donate to their choice of relief funds.

Donate through Christ Church, New Bern

Christ Church, in conjunction with local shelters, has created a wish list on of items most needed by displaced residents staying in shelters. Your purchase of items on the list, using the link, will be shipped directly to Christ Church which will distribute donated clothing and supplies where they are needed most. At checkout, look for the Christ Church New Bern Hurricane Relief address, which will come up automatically, and click for your shipment to be delivered to that address.

Christ Church, New Bern, Hurricane Relief Wishlist on

Donate through the Diocese of North Carolina

The Diocese of North Carolina has created a web page where you can donate to disaster relief funds. They offer links to donate directly to the Diocese for relief efforts as well as to Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal Farm Workers hurricane relief efforts. All of these organizations are working diligently with our neighbors to the east in this time of need.

Diocese of North Carolina Hurricane Florence Web Page:

Thank you for your support. If you have questions, contact the Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries, at

This Sunday

All are welcome this Sunday, September 30, the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost.

The Rev. Darby O. Everhard will preach.

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

Part three of a four-part class series, Loving, Liberating, Life-Giving: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, will be offered September 30 in Colhoun A by the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith and the Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Copeland.

Parishioner Martha Metzler will present part three of a four-part class, Doing Ministry Without a Collar, at 10:15 a.m. on September 23 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.

Loving, Liberating, Life-Giving: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life

A four-part class series, Loving, Liberating, Life-Giving: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, will be offered September 16, 23, 30 and October 7 in Colhoun A by the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith and the Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Copeland.

Ordinary, everyday life is saturated with God. Everything we do, are and have is held in God’s hands. So the chief aim of the spiritual life is to find ways to tap into that ever-flowing stream of grace, and whatever pattern we have in our lives for engaging with that stream is our own “rule of life.” Presiding Bishop Curry has invited all Episcopalians to consider how we construct these consistent patterns of grace for ourselves, through a paradigm called “The Way of Love.”

Teachers Sara Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith and Chris Copeland will lead this seminar, exploring the many ways one might grow deeper in faith and build personal awareness of the love and mercy of God through daily spiritual practice.

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves is an Associate Rector at St. Paul’s.

Parishioner Julie Smith is Director of the Lower School and Director of Parent Learning at Summit School.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Copeland is the Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality at Wake Forest University School of Divinity as well as a certified Enneagram teacher in the Narrative Tradition and spiritual director.

Doing Ministry Without a Collar

Parishioner Martha Metzler will present a four-part class, Doing Ministry Without a Collar, at 10:15 a.m. on September 16, 23, 30 and October 7 in the chapel.

Because we are baptized Christians, we are all ministers, whether ordained or not. Counselor and lay minister Martha Metzler will lead this four-week seminar as a bridge to our individual pursuits of God’s calling, using the characters of the Bible as images of diverse ministry. Come and develop your own deeper understanding of how you might see yourself as a minister without a collar.

The Tentmakers. The September 16 class, The Tentmakers will explore Priscilla, Aquila and Paul and how they had a “day job” as tentmakers but became the hands and feet of Jesus as they served their communities. The class will consider who they were and the call for all to serve the Lord, even if the only robe we wear is our bathrobe!

The Businessmen and Businesswomen. The September 23 class will consider Lydia, James, John, Abraham and Solomon as entrepreneurs who were successful in business and who opened their homes and devoted time to God’s people. The class will discuss their impact on God’s ministry and how our own local community leaders have seen a need and made an impact in the name of Jesus.

The Mamas and the Papas. Parents and parenting are the topic of the September 30 class focused different parents in Scripture, what the Bible says about the ministry of parenthood and how each parent’s role as a mother or father is an act of ministry every day.

The Broken Heart with Action. On October 7, the class will explore what breaks our hearts and then figure out an action plan. Glennon Doyle once said, “Find what breaks your heart and that will be your purpose.” This last session will be a time of empowerment, purpose and seeking out opportunities for ministry without a collar.

Next Steps Light Dinner

Caring in Community: Mental Health & Wholeness is sponsoring a Next Steps Light Dinner on Monday, September 24, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Colhoun B.

All are invited to join committee members for an informal discussion about what St. Paul’s can do next to make this church a safe place where mental health is important, understood and openly discussed.

The committee needs your voice in the conversation, whether you or a loved one are impacted by mental health concerns (stress, loss, trauma, addiction and/or mental illness). Parents, caregivers and mental health professionals are welcome, too. Together, one step at a time, we can nurture hope for mental health and wholeness in our church and community!

R.s.v.p. by Friday, September 21, to Nancy Montgomery at or Elizabeth Allen at or (336) 529-2641.

Faith & Justice Program

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series will begin its 2018-2019 series on  Thursday, September 27 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, titled “The Pot Within,” will be presented by the Rev. Rodney Stilwell, Senior Chaplain for Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries.

Drawing on Mark 7:32-37 and Romans 12:1-5, Stilwell will lead a time of listening to God through the work of the potter’s wheel. Using one part theater and one part theology, he will begin with Mark’s story of healing and discuss how listening brings us to transformation and away from destructive conformity.

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

All About Angels

The Children’s Ministries will offer a fun-filled, informative event, All About Angels, on Sunday, September 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Colhoun A.

What does the Bible tell us about angels? What do angels do? Do all angels have wings? How many angels in the Bible have names? What happens when you laugh at an angel?

Families with children as well as adults interested in learning all about angels are invited to participate. The event will feature stations for crafting, games and learning activities.

Contact the Rev. Lauren Villemuer-Drenth, Director of Children’s Ministries, at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1220, or

Parish Communications Survey

As we look to the fill the position of Director of Communications for St. Paul’s, we’re taking time to assess our current communications tools and identify areas for improvement.

Your input on how communications at St. Paul’s is working for you is important, so we hope you’ll take a few minutes to complete a short online survey. Access the survey here.

Paper copies of the survey are available at the 2nd floor reception desk, at the back of the nave and outside the chapel.

The survey deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2018.

ECW Fall Luncheon

The ECW Fall Luncheon, featuring guest speaker Randy Eaddy, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, will be held on Monday, October 1, at 11:30 a.m. in Colhoun A.

All adult women of the church are invited to attend. Those whose surnames begin with the letters A through P are asked to bring salads to share. Those whose surnames begin with the letters Q through Z are asked to bring desserts. Beverages will be provided.

Child care will be available if requested. Contact Kate Reece at

Rise Against Hunger

On Sunday, October 14 at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A, parishioners of all ages are invited to participate in the Rise Against Hunger food packaging event.

Parishioners will help package 10,000 nutritious meals to be used in crisis situations and in feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries.

Senior Adults October Luncheon

On Wednesday, October 17, St. Paul’s Senior Adults will welcome the Rev. Dr. Earl Crow as speaker. His program is titled “The Christian Attitude Toward War and Violence.”

A graduate of Duke Divinity School and the University of Manchester, Dr. Crow taught religion and philosophy at High Point University. His religion column is published on Saturdays in the Winston-Salem Journal.

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.

Senior Trip to Kanuga

St. Paul’s Senior Adults will visit Kanuga Conference Center Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19, staying at the Kanuga Lake Inn.

The group will travel by coach bus, leaving the St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:30 Thursday morning and arriving at Kanuga in time for lunch.

After lunch, Activities Director Nate Williams will lead a moderately strenuous walk to the waterfalls in Dupont State Forest next door to Kanuga. Group members are also free to enjoy the afternoon on their own at Kanuga.

After a 5:00 p.m. reception, followed by dinner, the group will enjoy game night, featuring bridge, Chronology and other favorite card and board games.

Following breakfast at Kanuga Friday morning, after some free time, the group will take a LaZoom Asheville tour featuring sights of the city as well as entertainment by actors.

The group will enjoy lunch catered by 67 Biltmore on the way home. The bus is expected to arrive back in Winston-Salem by 5:30 p.m.

The total cost for the trip is $235 (double room) or $280 (single room). To reserve your place, mail a check to Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn, payable to St. Paul’s with “senior Kanuga trip” noted in the memo line. Include your roommate’s name if you choose a double room.

Call Anne at (336) 723-4797 for more information.

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.

Compassion and Resilience in Family, Work and Faith

Dr. Susan Campbell will teach a class, Compassion and Resilience in Family, Work and Faith, on October 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the chapel, with a follow-up discussion on October 28 led by the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves.

Loving our neighbors as ourselves can be a hard charge at times, for many reasons. Loving ourselves well is a necessary start. On October 21, Dr. Susan Campbell will discuss the role of compassion in empathy and resilience, and suggest ways we can nurture those traits in ourselves and in the people we love and lead.

On October 28, the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves will lead a follow-up class for further discussion of ideas for practical application. Campbell is a clinical psychologist who has worked for almost 30 years in academic, medical, non-profit and private practice settings. Throughout her career, a primary focus has been on the development of practices and policies that improve the lives of children and families. A graduate of Davidson College and Georgia State University, she maintains a private practice in Charlotte, where she is an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

La bohème

This event is sold out. 

St. Paul’s Senior Adults Ministry will take a group to see and hear Piedmont Opera’s production of Puccini’s La bohème at The Stevens Center of the UNCSA on Sunday afternoon, October 28.

A passionate, timeless story of love among young artists in Paris, La bohème is among the world’s most popular operas. Depicting the joys and sorrows of love and loss, the opera reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

The group will meet in the side parking lot at St. Paul’s at 1:30 p.m. and travel by bus to The Stevens Center. To reserve your place, send a check for $62 per person to Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn. Contact Anne at (336) 723-4797 or

Stress and Health: A Deeper Dive into the Enneagram

The Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves 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.

Brunswick Stew

Just in time for Thanksgiving, St. Paul’s Senior Adults will cook a batch of Brunswick stew, ready for pick-up outside the kitchen after the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services on Sunday, November 18, or by special arrangement with Senior Adults Minister Anne Rahn.

The stew, which must be ordered and paid for by Tuesday, November 13, is $13 per quart.

Download an order form and mail it, with your check, to Anne. Printed order forms are available at the back of the nave, outside the chapel and at the reception desk. Contact Anne at (336) 723-4797.

Call for Vestry Nominees

St. Paul’s is now accepting nominations for qualified candidates to serve a three-year term on the Vestry, beginning in February 2019.

An eligible candidate must be an enrolled, confirmed adult communicant in good standing, as defined by the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina which state, “A communicant in good standing is a communicant who, for the preceding year, has been faithful in corporate worship (unless for good cause prevented) and has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.” He or she must be a pledging member of the parish.

If you or someone you know loves St. Paul’s and is sincerely devoted to furthering its mission and ministries, you are encouraged to nominate that person as a potential candidate. You may submit your nominations, including self-nominations, by Sunday, November 4, to Janice Bennett at

An Old Salem Christmas Carol

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

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.