LOCATION: 116 South Church St. - Monroe, NC 28112
MAILING: PO Box 293 - Monroe, NC 28111
OFFICE HOURS: Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Our Christian Mission
The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
is to sustain a community:
shaped by worship,
connected through faith,
and called to share God’s love.
WELCOME TO St. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH!
We open our doors to a world longing to be close to God. We are a Christ-centered community of faith and prayer in the historic Episcopal and Anglican traditions, devoted to deeper intimacy with God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. With rich liturgical and sacramental worship throughout the week, active outreach programs, and a variety of educational opportunities, St. Paul's is a place where the inner life and the outer life feed one another as we become what we are created by God to be - in His image. "The Glory of God is man fully alive." St. Irenaeus
"Making Lent Special for Children" from Deb Smith
During Lent, the weekly online bulletin will have a special section just for YOU, St. Paul's Children, on Lent. Each week, you'll see some prayerful reflections, and some suggestions on
things we can do during the week to help us feel closer to God. This first reflection provides a little background.
Q: What is Lent?
A: Lent is a period of time lasting 40 days when we focus on preparing for the most joyful and Holy days of the year--Easter!
Q: Why does Lent last for 40 days?
A: After Jesus was baptized, He spent 40 days fasting to prepare for His work on Earth
Q: Why do I see so much purple during Lent?
A: Purple is the color for Lent, because it's the color of repentance and sorrow for sins.
Q: What are we supposed to do during Lent?
A: Lent is a great time to "clean our souls."
Q: Huh? What does THAT mean?
A: Don't worry! It just means looking at ourselves and our daily actions to see what we can change about ourselves in order to get closer to God. We should look at what comes between us and God. For example, do we pick on our younger siblings? Do we make fun of people? Do we "talk back" to our parents and teachers? What else do we do that we are not proud of? Lent is such a great time to reflect on our actions and make changes. But I won't kid you, it's hard. That's why we read Jesus's words, because His words keep us on the right path when we start to slip.
Q: How can I get started on "cleaning my soul" during Lent?
A: Try focusing on three things:
1) Prayer: Focus on God's words. This can mean going to church or reading a passage in your Bible. Here is a prayer to focus on this week:
"Jesus, I want to spend time with you. Hold my hand and walk beside me as I struggle. Remind me to keep your Word in my heart and show me how I can serve you better and make you the center of my life."
2) Fast--that means give up something. It can mean giving up sweet treats, or it can mean giving up something that we do, but aren't proud of. Like, complaining. Here are suggestions of ways to fast this week:
- Don't watch T.V. for a whole day.
- Give up second helpings.
- Don't eat between meals.
- Give up play time to do at least two chores around the house.
- Do not complain.
3) Do. Do one thing each day that you ARE proud of.
- Whenever you eat, say a prayer for those who don't have enough food to eat.
- Help your parents make dinner or set the table without being asked first!
- Let someone else play with your toys...even your favorite toy!
- If you get an allowance, give up some of it to a food pantry or your favorite charity.
- Think of someone who has put God first in his/her life, and say a prayer of thanks for that person.
Let's get busy cleaning our souls and getting closer to God! Amen!
Have a Holy Lent,
NEW E-MALES TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY
The E-Males announce the start of a wonderful ministry providing short term transportation to the people of St. Paul’s for medical appointments, grocery store, or assist in any errands as needed within the Monroe area. Please fill out the form below and hit "send," or simply call the church office (704-289-8434) for the E-Male representative who will contact you to confidentially and discreetly discuss your needs and arrangements. Thanks and God bless you.
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LITERACY COUNCIL Thank you to EYC for BOOKDRIVE
WAY TO GO EYC!!!
LENTEN LUNCH Thank you from Gail Greer
I cannot say thank you enough for all the wonderful people who helped with the Lenten Lunch today. From set up, decorating, preparing food, serving our guests and then cleaning up, you were wonderful! Again, it is so special to ask for help and always be answered with "Sure, what do you want me to do". We are blessed with the talent of giving of ourselves at St. Paul's. Again, Thank you. Peace and Blessings to all, Gail Greer
for more information about this exciting new ministry
Through God's grace we are invited during Lent to surrender to the death of the false self as we anticipate the resurrection of new life. A focused opportunity to let go of those elements in our daily attention, so that we may give our intention to God, this Lenten Time of Silence supports us in a holy transformation.
Adequate seating for everyone will be available so registration will not be needed. The time will include two 30 minute periods of Centering Prayer, Taize and a silent contemplative walk. The doors will open at 12:30 PM. Please arrive early, settle into your seat and prepare for the first period of Centering Prayer which will begin promptly at 1 PM. Signs will direct you to parking.
Fr. Brad Smith
Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Co-coordinator, Contemplative Outreach of Piedmont, NC
LENTEN LUNCHES 2015
Light Lunch follows
Offering supports: Turning Point
DATE - LOCATION - PREACHER
March 4: St. Luke's Lutheran, The Rev. Dr. David McLean (Mt. Calvary AME Zion)
March 11: First Presbyterian, Fr. Brad Smith (St. Paul's Episcopal)
March 18: Our Lady of Lourdes, The Rev. Kenneth Fink (St. Luke's Lutheran)
March 25: Central United Methodist, Fr. Benjamin Roberts (Our Lady of Lourdes)
April 1: Mt. Calvary AME Zion, The Rev. Chris Dawson (1st Baptist)
Aprill 3: Good Friday Stations of the Cross (Begins 10:45 at First Presbyterian and ends at St. Paul's Epsicopal with Noonday Prayer. All are welcome.)
New Tract Rack Additions
As you know we have 4 tract racks: 2 in the nave, 1 in the office hallway, and 1 in the parish hall. With Lent upon us, you might want to check out some of the available titles. There are a variety of subjects for your interests. Each are free, but if you'd like to make a donation to help offset the cost, anything would be appreciated.
-How to Keep Lent
-Fasting: Some Questions & Answers
-The Future that is Easter
-Confirmation: Commissioning for Christ
-De-Cluttering as a Spiritual Activity
-Seasons of the Church Year: A Word About Each
-What to Expect When You Visit an Episcopal Church
-Customs and Practices
-Forgiveness: Who Needs It?
-Words of Comfort
-Briefly About Baptism
-Raising Children of Faith
-Children and Holy Communion
-When Children Receive Communion
-How to Pray
-Twenty Questions About the Episcopal Church
-Before and After Holy Communion
-The Book of Common Prayer
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