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A Letter From The Rector

St. Paul's Weekly Update

March 10, 2023

Dear Friends,

     Please join me in congratulating the Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats as she rejoins the Diocesan staff as the interim canon missioner for congregational vitality beginning March 21, 2023. For more information about this appointment please go to this link: The Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats Rejoins Diocesan Staff as Interim Canon Missioner for Congregational Vitality | Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
     During the next few weeks of Lent there are formation as well as worship opportunities being offered for your spiritual development. Tonight, help support our youth who will serve in the Appalachia Service Project this summer, by coming out for a delicious spaghetti dinner.  Next Sunday, March 19
th, is Hermano Day, and there are specific needed items listed below for you to donate.  With April just around the corner, St. Paul’s is a vital part of the Habitat for Humanity Episcopal Build.  Information below will provide you information regarding signing up to help. 
     Just a reminder that if you have not yet pledged to support the operating budget for 2023 you may still do so. Click on the button below to pledge
     Hope to see you at church this Sunday.  Don’t forget to set your clocks forward Saturday night.
Remember Your 2023 Pledge
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
     Please join us in the Parish Hall tonight, March 10, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a delicious spaghetti dinner (gluten free options available) cooked by our Men’s Group.  Show your support for our Youth Ministry’s trip to Appalachia, making houses warmer, safer, and drier in a transformative experience. 
     We will have raffles for gift baskets and opportunities for you to become shareholders in this amazing ministry. $5 for children, $8 for adults, $20 for families. Come and join the fun! Questions?  Contact Stephanie Hirschy at
     If you would like to be a part of this trip or the group that supports it, you can learn more on the St. Paul’s ASP webpage, or by contacting Kevin Swann at
Adult Formation
     On Sundays between 10:15-11:00 a.m. in the St. Paul’s Chapel, join us for a conversation about leadership. 
     We all have ideas about what makes for a good leader – and, maybe, one too many examples about what doesn’t.  What does it mean to be a leader, and what qualities does a good leader embody?  How does Jesus’ life and ministry shape our understanding of faithful leadership, both within the church as well as out in the world? 
     As we head back to the Chapel for our in-person forums, the sessions will no longer be streamed live online. 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. 
Lenten Wednesday Eucharist: 7:00 p.m.
     This Lent, join the clergy for contemplative prayer services each Wednesday leading up to Holy Week (March 15, 22, and 29).  We will use the readings for Lent as our guide and have ample time for meditation and reflection. 
     Services will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Paul’s Chapel, just past the courtyard.  All are welcome.
Hermano Day 2023 is Sunday, March 19
     Sunday, March 19 is Hermano Day at St. Paul’s, when we recognize the sacrifice of our neighbors who do the hard work of planting and harvesting our food.  One way the Farmworker Ministry here at St. Paul’s supports the work of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Newton Grove, NC, is by collecting donations of clothes and other items (see below for a list of most needed items) and presenting them on Hermano Day.  Financial donations are always welcome.  Contact Katie Bricio ( with any questions, or if you need to drop off donations before March 19. 
    The items needed most include:
Work Pants – sizes 30 through 34: used are fine; and preferably lightweight, not jeans
Long sleeved shirts – sizes small, M, L, preferably lightweight and light colors
Towels – bath and hand towels
Socks – sport all sizes
T- shirts – short and long sleeved, sizes small and medium
Baseball caps – M, L
Bandanas – to cover head and the neck
Shower bags/or individual items:
Shampoo (medium/regular size)
Shaving razors
Shaving cream
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
Athlete’s foot cream
Ibuprofen or Tylenol
Band aids
Courtyard Committee Mulch Madness
     Saturday, March 18, at 9:00 a.m., we are looking for help moving mulch into the courtyard in preparation for the growing season.  Wheelbarrows, mulch rakes and muscle power are welcome; please consider signing up HERE.  Contact Julia Rudy at if you have a pickup truck and would be willing to bring a load of mulch.
Habitat for Humanity Episcopal Build
     St. Paul’s Day at the Habitat for Humanity Episcopal Build ls Saturday, April 1, 2023.  The build is located on Old Poole Place in Raleigh.  We have pledged to provide at least 15 volunteers and to provide lunch for the crew that day, working from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Join us and be part of this great experience! 
     The Episcopal Build is a coalition of eleven Episcopal churches in the Diocese of North Carolina who have joined together to strengthen relationships while serving hard working families in need of affordable housing.  Volunteers must be 16 years of age to participate, and you must register in advance on the Episcopal volunteer hub
     Can’t make it April 1?  Sign up for any day that works for you.
     If you have questions about how to participate, please contact Kevin McIntire, leader of our St. Paul’s crew, at
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 coffee and casual conversation.
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.

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