St. Paul's Epistle
Week of October 6 - October 12, 2021
God is Good All the Time!
There’s an old saying that goes, “God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.” I know this statement to be true in my heart, but sometimes it doesn’t register in my mind. When times are difficult, it is easy to question the goodness of God. Thankfully, He IS good, even when we don’t see His goodness right away.
Later this month, our church family will be given an opportunity to remind ourselves that God is indeed good all the time. At your small group meeting next week or in the mail, every family will receive a devotion book called The Ordinary Ways of God, by David Roseberry. This is a daily devotion that will take us through the Old Testament book of Ruth. The characters in the book of Ruth experience pestilence, death of loved-ones, loss of income, fear, hopelessness, and despair. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But through the difficulties, God is good; and by the end of Ruth, the characters experience healing, new life and new birth, provision, faith, hope, and joy. That should sound familiar, too, doesn’t it? God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.
Our church family will begin to read The Ordinary Ways of God daily devotion together on October 22. In preparation, please go ahead and read the Old Testament book of Ruth in your Bibles. Ruth is short and sweet – it’s only 4 chapters with a total of 85 verses. You can probably read the whole thing in less than 10 minutes. But it will be 10 minutes well-spent in God’s Word, remembering that our loving God will see us through the difficulties of life because He is good…all the time.
St. Francis & The Blessing of the Stuffed Animals
The man we call Saint Francis was born in 1182 in the Italian city of Assisi. His father was a rich business man, and Francis spent much of his youth partying and enjoying the good life. But encounters with beggars and lepers changed his life, and he decided to renounce worldly riches and devote his life to the Lord Jesus and to the poor. He traveled around Europe preaching the Gospel and caring for the poor.
Francis also loved animals. He once wrote a song, The Canticle of the Creatures, dedicated to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” On the day Francis is remembered by the Christian Church (October 4), it is popular to bless pets because of Francis’ love for animals. At St. Paul’s Day School, our students brought stuffed animals to be blessed by Deacon Dawn Rider.
VIRTUAL MEN’S SUMMIT OCTOBER 9, 2021 John Yates, Sr. to Speak on “Faith in the Home”
Men, save the date October 9, 2021 for the upcoming Men’s Summit featuring John Yates, Sr, pastor and author, who will speak on “Faith in the Home”. John Yates, Sr. has written several books including “How a Man Prays for His Family” and “Raising Kids with Values that Last”.
The Summit will be simulcast to the churches throughout the Diocese to enable men in our local churches to join together for this program. Men may be able to attend the Virtual Men’s Summit by either contacting their local Parish or online through a link to be provided for the event. Attendance questions can be directed to Russ Gantt or Les Sease.
John Yates, Sr. will provide two talks focused on Faith in the Home and he will set the stage as our 2022 Christian Men’s Conference speaker. This will also be a time of prayer for families, praise worship, testimonies, and small group discussion. Summit time is from 8:30 am to 12 noon Saturday, October 9. The Diocesan Men’s Ministry Leadership Team is very excited about this upcoming event home.
Starting Date Change!!
If you want to sign up for Cancer Care training, please contact Deb Wright (email@example.com), or call Rose Mary in the church office at 843.248.4706. Six weekly training meetings will begin on October 18 at 1:30PM for the day session and at 6:30PM for the evening session. The training materials are provided free of charge from Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
1 0 F A C T S A B O U T BRE A S T C A N C ER
1. In the US, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
2.The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being female and aging. About 95% of all breast cancers in the US occur in women 40 and older.
3. Women who get regularly screened for breast cancer have a 47% lower risk of dying from the disease compared to those who don’t.
4. Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options.
5. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
6. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US and the first leading cause of cancer death among women globally.
7. In the US today, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors — the largest group of all cancer survivors.
8. Every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.
9. Every minute, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer. That’s more than 1,400 women every day.
10. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
Happy Birthday To: October 11 - Wayne Schmidt, Bill Kellas
October 14 - Jacquelyn Whitlatch, Nancy Mathews
October 15 - Jeffrey Fout
October 16 - Lauri Rinskey
October 17 - Philip Hungerford
October 18 - Nicholas Rider
October 19 - Heather Underwood
October 21 - Jerry Edwards
October 22 - Stan Klekotka, Kay Hungerford
October 23 - Grayson Gatlin, Caroline Groom
October 30 - Leola Mitchell, Gene Pharr
October 31 - Hannah Collins
Happy Anniversary To: October 06 - Chris & Joan Murphy, John Avinger & June Craig-Avinger
October 12 - Gene & Angela Pharr
October 15 - Jacob & Lindsey Rider
October 17 - Tim & Debbie Tilma
October 20 - Jeffrey & Mollie Fout
October 24 - Roy & Janie Talbert
October 25 - Hayes & Elizabeth Drake
October 27 - Sean & Robin Richardson
October 28 - Glenn & Lois Sincovic
Please pray for:
Short-term: Beth Artz, Joanna Beall, Melodie Beall, Theresa Benway, Bob Donougan, David Friddle, Michael Mefford, Vern & Jean Simmons, Neil Spellerberg, Janet Starosto, Janelle Warthen, Ken Wicks
Long-term: Shay Gaillard & Family, Ithalia Hewitt, Bob Hill, Aaron Joyner, Jack Joyner, John Lesnansky, Suzanne Damiano-Owen, Cindy Palmer, Lewis Rider, Norm Smith, Kate Strite, Ellis Todd, Fran Tuohy, Bob & Jackie Whitlatch, Natalie Wicks, Scott Wiley, Blair Zoll