St. Paul’s is a diverse parish, with parishioners of all ages and stages of life. For three generations of one family—Roy and Elizabeth Morgan, daughter Heather, son-in-law Pete Zifchak and the Zifchak’s daughter Mary Elizabeth, “the church is our family’s foundation and rock,” said Heather. “We are glad St. Paul’s is here for our life’s celebrations and for our challenges, too.”
“St. Paul’s offers the liturgy, music and education we appreciate,” said Roy. “It’s a welcoming and spiritual place that nourishes all of us. The church is open to diversity among God’s children and has many ministries that allow us to give of ourselves as volunteers while at the same time enriching us.”
Heather first visited St. Paul’s while a student at Salem College. “I joined in 2003, right after Pete proposed,” she said. “I knew this was where I wanted to be married, attend church and raise my family.”
Pete, who attended Holy Family Church while growing up in Clemmons, was confirmed at St. Paul’s in 2007, two weeks before Mary Elizabeth was baptized. “After we became parents I wanted our entire family to be a part of St. Paul’s,” he said.
“Mary Elizabeth started at St. Paul’s Preschool the moment she was old enough,” added Heather. “The friends she made in Preschool are still her friends today.”
Roy and Elizabeth moved to Winston-Salem soon after their granddaughter was born. At St. Paul’s, Elizabeth is a Stephen Ministry Leader, Flower Guild member, Lector and Chalice Bearer. Roy volunteers weekly at the front desk and has delivered altar flowers to home-bound parishioners.
Heather is a founding member of St. Margaret’s Circle, a Lector and a volunteer for the Guild of the Christ Child, Vacation Bible School and the Bazaar. She is also a member of the 1876 Society in recognition of her planned gift to St. Paul’s. “My newest endeavor is joining the choir,” she said. “My daughter joined last fall and I joined with her. My mother sings with us at the nine o’clock service and in the adult choir at 11:15. Pete is an early riser and comes with us for the rehearsal. He also checks out the bacon and coffee. It has been a wonderful year and the perfect way never to miss a Sunday.”
The Morgan and Zifchak families encourage fellow parishioners to pledge their support to the 2018 Annual Giving campaign. “Each week as we sing, ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow,’ I hope we all remember how truly blessed we are in so many ways, including the blessing of being part of St. Paul’s,” said Elizabeth. “There’s a verse in Luke that says, ‘From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.’ To our family, that serves as a mandate to support St. Paul’s.”
Visit the Annual Giving home page.
Read a campaign message from our Rector, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser.
Read a campaign message from Campaign Co-Chairs Laura and Brad Ross.