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Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, Mar 15, 2020

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Spaghetti Dinner has been canceled.

St. Paul’s Cares Lenten Forums: Living Into Our Baptismal Promises

Join us on Sundays in the chapel from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for this year’s Lenten series – an exploration of the five areas that compose our St. Paul’s Cares Initiative.  With the help of guest speakers, as well as St. Paul’s clergy, we will explore how our Christian faith informs our mission within and beyond the church’s walls. 

March 15 – Walking with our LGBTQ+ Siblings (Gal 3:28)

   The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista

March 22 – Welcoming Immigrants, Refugees, and Farmworkers (Lev 19:34)

   Refuge for Refugees Ministry

March 29 – Seeking Racial Reconciliation (2 Cor 5:16-20)

   The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista

ST. PAUL’S CARES YARD SIGNS WILL BE AVAILABLE EACH SUNDAY OF LENT, lining up with the forum theme for the day!  A limited number will be available at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.  Pick yours up in the narthex between services or outside the chapel after the Sunday forum. 

COFFEE HOUR:  Care and Share is hosting coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 a.m. service today. This is an in-reach ministry where members of St. Paul’s respond to short-term needs of parishioners, such as providing visits, meals or transportation. Join them for coffee and to learn more about this compassionate and helpful ministry.

Next week the Rainbow Gathering will be hosting coffee hour. The mission of the Rainbow Gathering ministry is to provide a supportive community and an inclusive gathering place for individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, their allies, families and friends. 

PRAYER LIST RENEWAL: We ask that those who have requested friends and loved ones be included on the prayer list, email the office at stpauls@stpaulscary.org or call the office at 919- 467-1477 extension 10, to renew the request.  Please contact Melanie Fairbrother by Monday, March 23, to renew your request.  Call or email anytime to remove a name.  Please do not assume that we know the name should be renewed. 

LENTEN BOOK STUDY: Join the priest onTuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. or Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for diocesan-wide Lenten Book Read of Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman.  The book is available on Amazon.com as well as other book sellers. 

Women’s Beach Week or a day or two:  Registration for Women’s Beach Weekend in Emerald Isle (April 26 – May 3) has started.  Cost is $50 a night.  Stay all week or as many as you want.  Join us for fellowship, relaxation, sun, and fun.  This is open to all St. Paul’s women, especially new members.  This is a wonderful way to meet some awesome women.  Scholarships are available.  Please sign up on our poster in the narthex and fill out your form.  Please contact Yvon Daniel @ 919-747-1199 or yvdaniel60@gmail.com for questions or assistance. 

MEN’S BEACH WEEK:  Has Men’s Beach Week sounded like a good thing, but for one reason or another, you just haven’t made it there yet?  We’re having a very casual info session at Fortnight Brewing on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. – stop in, perhaps grab a beverage, meet some of the current beachgoers, and find out what goes on.  This year, Men’s Beach Week runs from Sunday, April 19th through Sunday, April 26th.  Choose to come for one or more nights – the sign-up sheet is in the narthex.  For more info, please contact Mike McInerney at (919) 656-4629 or Michael.k.mcinerney@gmail.com. 

Fellowship Events:  We have planned a docent-led trip to the Art in Bloom festival at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  We only have a few remaining tickets at $29 each.  Please contact Sheila Reilly at SKreilly7@gmail.com if you would like a ticket. 

St. Paul’s ONE Wake Core Team will meet on today after the 11:15 a.m. service.  We will be starting at 12:30 p.m. in the conference room.  The primary purpose of this meeting is to develop our strategy for turning people out for the May 31st official launch.  We will be determining a realistic number to report back to the ONE Wake organizers of how many people we hope to turn out.  Interested in joining the ONE Wake Core Team or have questions?  Contact Katie Bricio or Christina Myers at onewake@stpaulscary.org.

update: Message on Coronavirus Protocol (COVID-19) at St. Paul’s

Following the guidance of our bishops, when we gather on Sunday, please exchange the Lord’s Peace verbally, without handshaking or embracing. At the time of Holy Communion, only the bread will be served. Remember that, even when you receive only one of the elements, you have fully-participated in the Eucharistic meal. You may also come forward and receive a blessing instead, if that is your preference.

Our response and practices will continue to evolve as the situation does, and we will inform you of any cancellations or changes. Updates and current recommendations can be found on the NC DHHS website (https://bit.ly/2W8YekP).

CHILDREN’S Ministries:  

There is Children’s Chapel today for children ages 3 years-2nd grade at the 9:00 a.m. service.

Sunday School begins at 10:10 a.m. in the education building. 

First Communion Classes begins at 10:10 a.m.  Please meet in the youth wing area.  

Kids’ Club provides childcare for infants through three-year-old’s during worship and Sunday school.

Easter Lily envelopes will be available in the pews through Sunday, March 22.  Giving a lily that will decorate the altar and worship spaces for the Easter services is a beautiful way to remember and / or give thanks for the special people in our lives.  The Altar Guild requests a donation of $25.00 per plant.  Checks may be made payable to St. Paul’s with Altar Guild Lily noted on the memo line.  Please make sure the outside of the envelope is filled out with your name and the name of the person(s) for whom the lily is being given and a note if the lily is being given in the memory of, or in thanksgiving for that person.  All requests must be received by Sunday March 22 to be included in the Easter bulletin.  Requests / donations may be placed in the collection plates or dropped off at the church office.  Easter lilies may be taken home after the 11:15 a.m. Easter service.