Category Archives: Outreach

Donate a Book Bag

Parishioners are invited to donate a backpack-style book bag for one or more Kids’ Café students. Labels with the children’s names, gender (B for boy and G for girl) and school grade are posted on the outreach bulletin board in the first-floor stairwell off the Goodheart Entrance. Peel off and remove the label for the child to receive the backpack.

Suitable backpacks are available locally at Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Ollie’s, Gabe’s, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.

Bring the backpack, marked with the child’s name, gender and grade, to the front desk or to Director of Stewardship and Outreach Ministries Sally Dudley’s office by Wednesday, August 23.

Shredding Event

St. Paul’s will host a free shredding, recycling and donation event to benefit The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem on Saturday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the parking lot behind the church. All are welcome to bring documents to shred, as well as computers and electronic equipment to be recycled. Donations of clothing, housewares, books, DVDs and furniture will also be accepted for sale in the Salvation Army Family Store.  Cathode ray tube televisions will not be accepted. Cash donations may be dropped in the Red Kettle. COR365 Information Solutions is donating the shredding services.

New in St. Paul’s Bookshop

New in the St. Paul’s Bookshop, Chemo Pilgrim: An 18-week Journey of Healing and Holiness by the Rev. Cricket Cooper is a very personal book of illness, spirituality, and healing.

The Rev. Cooper, an Episcopal priest, received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, for which she would need to undergo an 18-week/six-cycle chemotherapy treatment plan. She decided to pair each of the chemo treatments, if possible, with a pilgrimage to some holy site or religious community. The journey’s sharp ups and downs led her to understand that there is one path and we travel it together—sometimes to unexpected places.

After counting down the 18 weeks of the chemo, much to her oncologist’s (and Cooper’s) chagrin, the cancer was not cured. The book recounts her subsequent month of radiation therapy. Cooper’s terror of this treatment was allayed when she was able to see the radiation as “Healing Light” and realize that December—her radiation month—is also the month of the Jewish Festival of Lights, of the Solstice, of Christian Advent/Nativity/ Epiphany and other faith-based celebrations of light.

Taking as her meditation the Episcopal Collect for Advent 1: “Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light,” she explored what this might mean beyond the context of Advent and in her own situation.

While waiting for the “all-clear” report from the doctors, Cooper faces residual issues of moving from the status of being a patient to the status of being “a survivor.”

You do not need to have or have had cancer to appreciate this book.  Any of life’s adversities will do.  This book is peppered with wisdom, including the deepest of wisdoms – differentiating pain from suffering.

St. Paul’s Bookshop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday hours will resume after Labor Day weekend.

Profits from the Bookshop support outreach at St. Paul’s.

Jail and Prison Ministries Training

The Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries will offer a training session for volunteers on Sunday, October 15, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 950 File Street, Winston Salem NC 27101.

St. Paul’s Prison Ministry conducts a worship service at the jail four times a year. Current volunteers must receive this training annually to remain active in the ministry. Upon completing the training, new volunteers may begin serving after the jail staff processes their applications.

Trainees must be at least 21 years old and are asked to bring a photocopy of their driver’s license or other photo ID to the training session.

Contact Temp or Amy Elliott at (336) 924-6790 or nthia19@aol.com.