Category Archives: Outreach

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

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.

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, 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

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

New in St. Paul’s Bookshop

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.