What’s Happening at St. Paul UMC

Sunday is Christmas Eve (Dec 24th): We will have our 11am Service of Lessons and Carols & a 4pm Service with Communion and Candlelight
Please come!

Calling ALL
Sunday Scripture Readers ! !
Please sign up on the sheet
in the Narthex.

If you have announcements for the Church Bulletin, please email to Richard @ rmw1@att.net before 5:00pm on the Tuesday prior to your requested placement Sunday
Be inspired by our Sermons online at
https://stpaulumcdurham.com/sermons/
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The Choir at St. Paul UMC
welcomes new members !
All ages & levels of singing experience are
welcome & encouraged to come.
Enjoy singing new and old hymns.
Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening
7:30-8:30 pm & Sundays before services, 10:30-11am
“Come make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

CHRISTMAS WISH TREE FOR YOUTH
Thank you for bringing gifts for the Youth Wish tree!
We’ll be delivering the gifts to the Youth for Christmas.
See Gwen Burney with any questions.

Bible Study with Pastor Kori will resume in January, Wednesdays at 10am!

Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse
OPEN TO ALL – PLEASE COME & ENJOY!
December 23rd – Closed for Christmas
December 30th – Closed for New Year’s
January 6th – The Commanderrs
January 13th – Gnarly Blue

Doors open @ 6:30 pm – Concerts start @7:30 pm!
Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, Durham, NC

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Each Wednesday Evening: Community Worship!
6:30 pm Coffee and Fellowship
7:00 pm Worship
@ Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse
Come and enjoy a cup of coffee, great music,
teaching and fellowship.
You belong here! Invite your friends!
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Joint Finance/Trustees Committee Meetings
We will meet quarterly on the first Sunday of each quarter @ 5pm. Here are the 2018 dates: January 7, April 1, July 1 & Oct 7; we’ll continue discussions regarding the budget & projects funded by the sale of the Murray Avenue home.
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Mr. Darius E. Moore, Family Recruitment Specialist for the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina
will be presenting information regarding Foster Care & Adoption opportunities
on Friday, January 19th at 6:30pm in the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse.
All are welcome to come and hear more about the children in our community who need us!
## Corridor District Winter Leadership Training ## January 20th, Hillsborough, 9am – 12noon – 4 concurrent sessions: 1) Staff/Pastor Parish 2) Organizing for Mission and Ministry 3) Apportionments 4) Status and Role of Women in the Church
Let’s plan to attend – Advance Registration is required – see Marianne or Pastor Kori for information

Electronic Giving Online!
Go to Electronic Giving Online if you are interested in supporting Community Worship, our Youth Group, the Playground, the Elevator fund, or any other aspect of St Paul’s missions and activities!
https://stpaulumcdurham.com/electronic-giving/
As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available in the Narthex or from Marianne Ward @ rmw1@att.net

Colonial Village Neighborhood Association Meeting
January 7th at 4:30pm in Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse – All neighbors are welcome to come and be involved in this vibrant neighborhood!

All-Church Breakfast – 5th Sundays at 9am!
All are invited! On these particular Sundays, there will be no Sunday School. Here are the dates for 2018:
April 29 – July 29 – September 30 – December 30

URBAN MINISTRIES
Want to help serve our neighbors in Durham?
St. Paul will be serving lunch on these Saturdays in 2018:
January 27; March 24; May 26;
July 28; Sept 22; Nov 24
Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. If you sign up and cannot serve, please help us by finding a replacement volunteer…
We meet at 11am at Urban Ministries,
410 Liberty St, Durham, NC.
Contact Wayne Davis, 919-317-1964
for information & if you can help serve. Thanks!

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URBAN MINISTRIES
Want to help serve the less fortunate in Durham?
**We are collecting non-perishable food
(like canned goods) for Urban Ministries.
Please leave your donations in the box in the Narthex. Thanks! **

We are collecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and Box Tops for Education for the local schools; Drop these items in the containers in the Narthex!

Goal Setting for St. Paul 2018 and Beyond!
Short-term goals: All but one are done!
What’s next?
ALL OF US: Let’s get the Workgroups together to discuss the plans for the medium and long-term goals for Church Council consideration.
Playground: The next Phase of this project will continue when the playset arrives for installation. A big thanks to this committee for championing this effort! Questions? Email Teresa Crabtree @ tcmj506@frontier.com
Website: Our new website has launched! A new page has been added for the Choir! Follow the link on the front home page. Please take a look and email Marianne @ rmw1@att.net with comments!
Marketing: Church Council on 11/12/17 approved the purchase of the Electronic Sign for the front of the Church. Installation is forthcoming.
We are transforming our community!!
Contact Marianne Ward @ rmw1@att.net with any questions.

Remember to pray for: the family of Lawrence Lugar, Judy Hayes, Linda Lane, Lois Dunbar, Harold Brock, Doug Whaley, Jim Huntley, Loretta Ragan, Rhonda Turner, Louise Frate, Jane McNeill, Tank O’Briant, Don Crowe, Betty Hudson, those who are lost, Pam Powell Lutz, Susan France, Bobby Finch, John & Mary Christy, Diane Powell, Gwynne Cameron, Shelia Couch, Wilton Dickerson. Feel free to take a Senior Saints Roster from the Narthex and remember our Sr. Saints with cards, calls or a visit: Billie Bisplinghoff, Jesse & Dare Carden, Ann Cook, Carolyn Howard, Phyllis Jones, Ann Lloyd, Doris Stephens & Dot Wentz.

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