St. Paul’s Epistle


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

Reducing Waste, Growing Faith 

As we kick off our new composting efforts at St. Paul’s this month, I invite you to see this as more than a practical way to make a positive impact on our environment. I believe it this can also be an opportunity for spiritual growth. “How could the way we sort our trash relate to our spiritual lives?” you might be asking!

First, there is a theological connection between composting and Christian faith. When we compost, we are practicing resurrection! What appears to be dead – trash that we could just bury in the landfill and never see again – could actually contain the miracle of new life! Our food scraps, compostable containers, paper, etc., when properly composted, break down into rich nutrients that can replenish soil and foster healthy plant growth. What we would toss aside, God can use for good. Each time you place something in the compost bin, pause to remember the resurrection, and consider the other ways God may be creating new life all around you.

Second, this new system of sorting our waste into compost, recycling and trash may take some getting used to. Every time you go to throw something away at church now, you will need to stop for a moment and think about what items go in which bin. Instead of getting annoyed by this, let’s choose to use this as a chance to slow down and be more mindful. As you separate your waste, use those moments as a brief prayer time, remembering that God calls us to slow down, pay attention, and consider how our actions impact others.

Third, it is a privilege to discard items! In many less prosperous places around the world, every bit of food is eaten and every container is repurposed. Each time we throw away, recycle or compost items, may it be a reminder to give thanks to God for the abundance we enjoy.

I challenge you to think of other ways we can deepen our faith as we reduce our waste at St. Paul’s! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


Joyfully Yours,


Top Row: St. Paul's cheered on the Durham Bulls in July; for many of our Montagnard youth, this was their first baseball game; Middle & Bottom Row: Youth cleaned out litter in Walnut Creek on their local mission trip, St. Paul's campers & counselors at Camp Caroline's Spirituality, Arts & Sailing camp; Diane & Amanda with the famous butter chalice at the Disciples of Christ General Assembly in Iowa!

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Join us Sunday, August 4th - Tuesday, August 6th as we embark on Operation Creation! Together we will learn about God's creation and how we can better care for our planet! VBS begins at 6:00pm with dinner, music, and games. Then we break up by ages to reflect on creation Bible stories, spend time in nature, and learn new ways of caring for creation! VBS is designed for toddlers - completed 5th graders. Middle and high school youth are welcome to volunteer alongside adults. There will also be a group study for adults on similar topics. We hope you will join us!
Announcing St. Paul's 2019 All-Church Retreat:

"Nourishment for the Journey"

Friday, September 20 - Sunday, September 22
Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC

Registration: Click here to view or print this year's registration form!
Hard copies are also available in the church office & fellowship hall. 

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.
Mark your calendar for these important dates -

more information on St. Paul's Facebook page and in midweek emails!

  • August 4 - 6: Vacation Bible School
  • August 25: Sunday School Kick-off and Promotion Sunday
  • September 1: Youth & Children's Sunday School Resumes
  • September 8: Worship & Wonder Resumes; Youth Group Kick-off
  • September 20 - 22: All-Church Retreat at Millbrook Baptist, Raleigh
  • September 27 - 29: CYF Retreat at Camp Caroline
  • October 4 - 6: Chi-Rho Retreat at Camp Caroline

August 4
9:02 Worship -  "Let Us Make," Rev. Diane Faires (Worship & Wonder Story)

11 am Worship - Master's Men (Message in Music)


August 11
9:02 & 11 am Worship: Rev. Linda Harding

August 18
9:02 & 11 am Worship: Sermon Series on Creation, Rev. Diane Faires 
*Elder Ordination in 11 am Worship

August 25

9:02 & 11 am Worship: Sermon Series on Creation, Rev. Diane Faires 
Dear St. Paul's Family,
I thank you for the thoughts, prayers, and flowers during my time in the hospital and rehabilitation. I am doing much better, but I am confined to a rollator (walker with a seat) and cannot drive. Your phone calls and visits are really appreciated.  I continue to pray for all of you.

Sandy Wenger

Dear friends,
We are truly grateful for our St. Paul’s family and the many ways you expressed your caring and concern when we lost our much-loved cat, Frosty, and, now as we are recovering from water damage to our home. 

Jim and Cheryl Fairchild

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! 

August 2 Bess Shirley     
August 3 Michael Caves
August 3 Ralph Messick
August 4 Mark Law
August 6 Deborah Riley
August 6 Bill Rouse, lll    
August 7 Melba Moore 
August 9 Thomas Caves
August 9 Joe Toomer     
August 10 Howard Ellis  

August 10 Gay Law

August 11 Chelsea Fritz  
August 17 Gene Bailey
August 17 Kenny Britt
August 17 Patrick McCarthy
August 20 Jane Randolph
August 21 Desiree Clemons
August 22 Susann Westlake
August 27 Gale Barefoot  
August 27 Peggy McRight
August 28 Emma Gibbs
August 28 Heather King 
Tyler and Rachael Barker         August 1
David and Kathy Osborne        August 30
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