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A Letter From The Rector

St. Paul's Weekly Update

January 6, 2023

Dear Friends,

     The new year is upon us, and I invite you to consider engaging with some Adult Formation offerings beginning this month. Throughout 2023, until Advent, the Sunday gospel readings will be from Matthew’s Gospel. Spend some time with Javier and I as we explore this wonderful gospel.
     I highly recommend the MLK Weekend movie, dinner, and discussion.  I saw the movie Traces of the Trade a few years ago and it is powerful.
     Looking forward to gathering with you this Sunday as we enter into the liturgical season of Epiphany.
Sunday Forums in January: The Gospel of Matthew
     On Sundays from 10:15-11:00 a.m. in the St. Paul’s chapel, join the clergy for a conversation about our lectionary year as we navigate through the Gospel of Matthew.  How does this particular gospel shed light on our understanding of who Jesus is?  What does this have to tell us about who we are called to be today?  See below for the forum schedule.
     As we head back to the chapel for our forums, the sessions will no longer be available via Zoom.  Instead, they will be recorded and posted to the St. Paul’s YouTube page afterward.  We appreciate your patience and understanding; the recordings should be available within a few days of when the particular forum takes place.  
     Please sign up here for a special Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend offering of Traces of the Trade followed by dinner and discussion on Sunday, January 15 beginning at 4:00 p.m.  
     Traces of the Trade is a documentary that tells one New England family’s story as they uncover their ties to the transatlantic slave trade.  It also narrates the significant role that the Episcopal Church played in slavery in the United States.
     We’ll watch the movie together in the sanctuary and then re-gather in the parish hall for a facilitated conversation over dinner.  
 Our meal will be catered by Ragheid Alchaar, a chef who came to the U.S. as a refugee and whose delicious food is becoming a regular part of St. Paul’s activities.  
     This event is free and open to the parish with donations accepted but not required to offset the cost of food.  Offered by the Racial Justice Planning Group.
2023 MLK Day of Service with Rise Against Hunger
     Rise Against Hunger (RAH) is bringing back the MLK Day Collaboration, an opportunity to honor Dr. King by standing with our neighbors to deliver justice for those facing hunger around the world.  This is a fun, family-friendly (ages 4+), high-impact event! 
     You are invited to join St. Paul's volunteers, along with 12 other Raleigh-area organizations, for a Meal Packaging Event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.  The meal packing opportunity is on Sunday, January 15, and Monday, January 16.  You have your choice of locations – either the Rise Against Hunger Warehouse at 3200 Wellington Ct, Raleigh NC 27615 or the Marbles Kids’ Museum (Monday only) at 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh NC 27601.  There will be a variety of shifts available each day. 
     Click the button below to sign up to participate.  You may register for one or more shifts on January 15 - 16, and consider making a donation to cover the cost of the meals you will be packaging. 
Click here to sign up for Rise Against Hunger Event
Sunday Worship Services
     Sunday services are held at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 a.m.  You may attend in-person or online at 9:00 a.m.  If you cannot attend in person, please join us this Sunday for worship at 9:00 a.m. on Facebook Live.  You do not need a Facebook account to participate!  Simply click here at 9:00 a.m. Sunday for the livestream, or click here to see videos of previous services.  
    You may also go to the following web page for the parish prayer list.  Click the “Continue Reading” button to see the names.
Coffee Hour resumes this Sunday.  Join us in the parish hall from 10:10-11:00 a.m. for casual conversation.
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars

January 15 --  MLK Weekend Movie, Dinner, & Discussion
4:00 p.m. - Traces of the Trade with dinner & discussion to follow

January 16 -- Office Closed

January 27-29 -- Bishops' Ball

February 11 -- Blood Drive Saturday

February 22 -- Ash Wednesday

March 10 -- ASP Spaghetti Dinner

Details about these events can be found at
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