St. Paul’s Epistle

JULY 2019

Rev. Diane Faires, Senior Minister
Rev. Amanda Kerr, Associate Minister

For the Beauty of the Earth 

God calls us to be good stewards of creation, using our resources wisely and well for God's glory. Doing ministry effectively, though, often involves lots of stuff. To share meaningful fellowship over food, we often generate garbage cans overflowing with plates, cups, utensils and extra bits of food. To study God's word and to worship, we often create stacks of paper. And so, it's up to us to also dispose of the materials of ministry in ways which do minimal harm to creation. 

In addition to recycling, which has become a regular habit for many of us, in the coming year we have a goal of composting more of the waste we collect at church. If you're interested in the many ways composting is good for the earth, including helping reverse climate change, watch this video or read this article. 

The composting initiative has come from several of our members, who believe we can make a positive difference in our world by limiting what we add to the landfill. Ruth Circle initiated a conversation about composting, and our own Julie Moore works for the NC Composting Council. Drawing on their advice and generous donations, we plan to add a composting bin to the new trash and recycling bins in the Fellowship Hall. Signs near the bins will indicate what items can be composted. Beginning in August, the compost will be picked up each week by CompostNow, a local organization which has the capacity to compost a wider variety of items than we could in a "homemade" composting pile (including meats, bones, and tableware). We will try using the CompostNow service through the end of 2019, and decide if there is enough support to continue. The service will cost $100/month, and thanks to donors we have the first 5 months covered. 

Once we have used up all the existing paper and plastic goods in the church kitchen, we plan to switch to compostable disposable products, and of course using reusable "real" dishes is encouraged, too, whenever possible!  Julie is happy to speak to any groups in the church about composting and its benefits. If you want to help with St. Paul's efforts to be a greener church, please let Amanda or I know.

As we all learn what can go in the compost and why it matters to us as people of faith, it is our hope that we can grow in our stewardship of the earth, even as we reduce our waste! 


Joyfully Yours,


Top Row: Evening Worship at Camp Caroline; Middle Row: CYF High School Campers with Traveling Jesus, St. Paul's High School & College Graduates; Bottom Row: Friends at Nori West's Eagle Scout Ceremony, Robert Barker on the Ukulele in 9:02 Worship!
Announcing St. Paul's 2019 All-Church Retreat:

"Nourishment for the Journey"

Enjoy a weekend of spiritual nourishment at the 2019 All Church Retreat! This year's retreat will be a little different, but with the same spirit of play, worship, rest and renewal. To make it easier for more people to attend, we are having the retreat close to home, a little later in the fall. Millbrook Baptist Church in midtown Raleigh will be our host. They have lovely gardens and a labyrinth, which will help us as we explore meditation and other spiritual practices that we can incorporate into our daily lives. Our speaker will be J. Dana Trent, a local Baptist clergywoman who has written several books on meditation, sabbath, and interfaith relationships.

The retreat will begin with dinner, worship and games at 6 pm on Friday, September 20. On Saturday, we will enjoy interactive group sessions led by Dana, service projects, field trips and other fun group activities for all ages. Of course, there will be the annual talent show, too! The retreat will conclude Sunday morning, September 22, with worship in a local park and a cookout. Our friends from Covenant Christian Church will join us for the retreat again this year.

Click here to view/print this year's registration form!
Hard copies are also available in the church office & fellowship hall. 
Interested in a mission trip to Guatemala in Summer 2020?

We're trying to see if there is enough interest to plan an international mission trip next summer to volunteer with partner Solomon's Porch. Contact Diane if you might want to go.
July Worship
  • July 7: Travel Stories (Luke 10:1-11), Rev. Diane Faires
  • July 14: Travel Stories (Luke 10:25-37), Rev. Diane Faires
  • July 21: Guest Preacher Rev. David Mallory (Diane & Amanda @ General Assembly)
  • July 28: Abide in Me (John 15:1-5), Rev. Diane Faires
SUMMER IS HERE: St. Paul's Youth have a full summer planned with weeks spent at Camp Caroline and a local mission trip based out of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh. Here is a reminder of some important summer dates so you can be praying for our youth:
  • Raleigh Youth Mission Trip: June 30 - July 4
  • Created to Be Me Camp (8th graders): July 14 - 19
  • Alpha Camp (K - 2nd graders): July 28 - August 2
ADULTS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: If you are interested in helping with meals, decorations, or leading small groups for Vacation Bible School, (Sunday, August 4th - Tuesday, August 6th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm), please email Amanda ASAP.

  • August 25: Sunday School Kick-off and Promotion Sunday
  • Sept. 27 - 29: CYF Retreat at Camp Caroline
  • Oct. 4 - 6: Chi-Rho Retreat at Camp Caroline
St. Paul's office will adopt an abbreviated schedule for the summer. Summer office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30am - 2:30pm. If you need assistance from our Office Administrator, Rachael, she will be available during these times. On Mondays and Fridays, one of our ministers will usually be in the office, but camps, mission trips, General Assembly and "other duties as required" may take them away some weeks. Phil Kraemer will continue to be available Mondays 9am - 4pm and Tuesdays 9am - noon. If you have questions for any of our staff, we are happy to respond to email and phone messages as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding, as much of the work of ministry takes place outside of the church walls -- especially in the summer! 
July 1       Neh Siu
July 7       Leon Jordan Jr.    
July 9       Bob Wolfe            
July 11      Lua Rocham           
July 18      David Reid           
July 18      Nick West            
July 19      Eloise Sinodis 

July 19      Elias Sinodis        
July 21      Carolyn  Ellis 
July 22      Judy Caves           
July 22      Peyton Stamper
July 25      Katie Crowe          
July 26      Peter Bermel       
July 28      Geoffrey Mullin  
July 29      Josie Ragland      
July 30      Joe Sinodis          
July 30      Sandy Wenger   
July 31      Dot Banks

Michael and Laura Klauke           July 5  
Kevin and Bess Shirley                July 11
Ross and Amanda Sinodis           July 24
Breck and Cheri Barker                July 30
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