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A Letter From The Rector

St. Paul's Weekly Update

January 13, 2023

Dear Friends,

     The Rev. Rod Reinecke, the founding vicar of St. Paul’s, passed away on December 27, 2022.  In 1958 Rod joined the group of faith-filled founders of St. Paul’s, those 20 families who had a dream for an Episcopal Church in Cary, NC.  
    I was really struck emotionally when I learned of Rod’s death.  On a personal note, when I first arrived at St. Paul’s in 1999, Rod was so welcoming to me, and over the years we became good friends.  I would see Rod at various diocesan gatherings as well as annual clergy conferences, and we would always catch up.  He of course was interested in how St. Paul’s was doing and proud of what we were becoming.  I was always interested in hearing from him more about the history of those early years.  I appreciated Rod’s insights, stories, and incredible sense of humor.  A part of our relationship was a bantering sense of humor which began when I teased him that I was only 5 years old when St. Paul’s began in 1958.  
     I’ve often mentioned that we stand on the shoulders of those who went before us at St. Paul’s.  Rod was a part of those founders who had a dream that 65 years later we continue to live into ever more deeply.  
     Rod’s ministry as a priest was a blessing to so many in this diocese wherever he served.  I invite you to remember and give thanks for the blessing he was to St. Paul’s, as I personally remember the blessing he was to me over the years.  
     May he rest in peace.
     Please go to the link below for Rod’s obituary including plans for his funeral at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington, NC, where he served as rector for 15 years. 
Click here, or on the picture of the Rev. Rod Reinecke below, to read his obituary and learn about his memorial services.
Children’s Formation
January 15 is Socks and Undies Sunday!
     Please help pre-EYC support Note in the Pocket by donating NEW socks and underwear.  All sizes (infant-adult) of garments are needed.  Gently used shoes and clothing are also welcome.  The donation bin is located in the church hallway near the narthex. 
Adult Formation
     Please join us this Sunday as the Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista leads our Adult Formation Session titled “MLK Weekend: Nurturing Beloved Community”.  Gather with us in the St. Paul’s Chapel at 10:15 a.m. 
     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
Looking for a Preschool Home?

     Looking for a preschool home?  Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.  Come join us for the 2023-2024 school year.  We are offering classes for one-year olds through five-year-olds.
     Please call (919-467-3788) or email ( the St. Paul’s Preschool Office to schedule a tour. 
     If you would like to enroll, please complete the appropriate registration forms by January 31st.  Please note, medical forms are not due until the end of September, 2023.
     Please drop off your payment and forms at the Preschool or mail to:
    St. Paul’s Preschool
    221 Union Street
    Cary, NC 27511
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.
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
Join us Sunday Mornings at 9:00 a.m.
for a live stream of the Holy Eucharistic service at

You do NOT need a Facebook account to join us on Sunday morning or for Morning Prayer.

And join us M-F at 8:00 a.m. for Morning Prayer on Facebook Live.

See past services and other videos anytime HERE.

Get more information at our website
Services are offered on Sundays
at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 a.m.

Office hours are 9 a.m. -  3 p.m. M-F
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