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St. Paul's Epistle
Week of Nov. 10 - Nov. 16, 2021

The Pastor's Perspective

Are You Committed?

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.”– Psalm 37:5
     This Sunday, November 14, marks the end of our Stewardship season.  On Sunday, we will all turn in our “Commitment Cards” and commit our time in worship, our talents in service and ministry, and our treasure to the mission and ministry of the church for the coming year.  In this day and age commitment is a difficult thing.  There are lots of things, people, and events that compete for our time, talent, and treasure.  There is also this cultural phenomena called “FOMO” – the “Fear Of Missing Out” – that causes some people to be hesitant to commit to anything for fear that something better may come along.  On top of that, the pandemic has disrupted our lives which has caused an additional fear of commitment. 
     Commitment can be difficult; but most things that are worthwhile are difficult.  Fortunately, we worship and serve a God of unlimited resources.  He wants us to worship Him, He wants us to serve Him and minister to others.  He wants us to support the mission and ministry of the church.  So He provides the resources for us to do so.  He is the giver of all good gifts, and He gives us what we need to do His will.  God gives us a Sabbath – a day of rest and worship.  He gives us gifts of the Spirit to empower us to serve in ministry.  He gives us financial resources so that we can have the necessities of life.  He has even given us His one and only Son Jesus, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  Our extraordinary God is committed to us.
     We have an opportunity to commit to Him.  On November 14, I’m asking you to join me and commit to the LORD, our extraordinary God and to St. Paul’s Church, our extraordinary church family.  Please return a Commitment Card on November 14 and commit to give back to our extraordinary God for Who He is and for all He’s done.  Commit to give your time in worship, your talents in ministry and service, and your treasure/money to support the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s Church.  If you cannot attend worship services in person on November 14, please mail your Commitment Card to the church office with the self-addressed stamped envelope you received. 
     Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.”  Trust in Him to provide, commit to Him as He has committed to you, and watch Him act in extraordinary ways.  Thank you in advance for your commitment.
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Thank you, Veterans, for preserving our freedom!

St. Paul's chapter of The Order of the Daughters of the King, "The Women at the Well", rededicated their lives to service on Monday, November 8, 2021.

The holidays are quickly approaching.  On November 21, 2021, at the 7:45 am and 10 am services, in the narthex, Christmas cards can be ordered.  You will be able to see an example of the cards themselves, along with the verse. 
There are 10 cards and 10 envelopes in each package.  The cost for each package is $10 but $5.00 of that is being given to St. Paul's church. The donation can be either by cash or check.  Please make checks payable to Deborah Spellerberg. It will take approximately one week for the cards to be delivered and can then be picked up after services.
Hoping to see you on November 21st.  Thank you.
Deborah Spellerberg


Children of all Ages

It's that time of year, again.  It's time for the Christmas Pageant.
I'm looking for adults, youth, younger ones, basically children of all ages to take part in the pageant.  We need angels, shepherds, sheep, an innkeeper, kings, and of course a Mary and Joseph.  I could also use a few people to help with directing the people participating. 

If you would like to participate, please let Deacon Dawn Rider know by texting her at 843-902-0549.

Let's make this year's pageant the best ever.  
Please join St Paul’s and Light from Light for A Brighter Haiti. This dinner and fellowship is an opportunity to hear about what is going on at Lespwa Timoun and how you can continue to support the ministry.  Click on this link to purchase tickets

This is a call for volunteers as well as a notice for the community in need about this Holiday distribution.  Volunteers are needed for Friday late afternoon, November 19th and Saturday morning, November 20th.  Email

Pop Up Drive Through Distributions:

Fridays,  November 19, December 17, 10 AM to Noon
Conway Recreation Center

1515 Mill Pond Road
Conway, SC 29527
New Beginnings Monthly Food Distribution – Drive Thru
Held at Church of the Resurrection

8901 Highway 17 Bypass, Northbound side
Surfside Beach, SC 29577 (843) 215-4500

Upcoming Dates
November 20, 2021
Cars start lining up at 7:00 A.M.
Hablamos Español
Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month

Larry Nowak, President of Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand
and Chairperson of New Beginnings Monthly Food Distribution
This is a no cost event in partnership with Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand and the Lowcountry Food Bank
Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand
P.O. Box 2871, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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Sunday,  November 14
VPOD-Betsy Bullard,  Dave Hilgeman
Altar Guild- Nancy Mathews, Diane Russell, Bev Kimbell, Mary Ruggio

Usher- Dave Hilgeman
Acolyte/Lector-Jacquie Olster

Usher-Harriett and Joe Louis
Greeter-Josie and Blair Zoll 
Lector-Mollie Fout
Acolyte-Jennifer Bryan

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

9 Facts About Pancreatic Cancer

1. Pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnosis early as the pancreas is deep in the body and can’t be felt or seen by health care professionals until the cancer has grown very large and/or has metastasized.
2. There are no routine tests for pancreatic cancer for those of average risk, and no test has been shown to help lower the risk of dying from this cancer. Tests are generally only for those with high family risk factors.
3. Some tumors growing in the pancreas can be benign, but others become cancerous if left untreated.
4. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include: smoking (25%), smokeless tobacco use (vaping, chewing tobacco), excessive alcohol and coffee consumption, being overweight, diabetes, or being exposed to chemicals in the dry cleaning and metal working industries, as well as genetic proclivities.
5. Men are more likely to get pancreatic cancer than women. The risk rises with age as the average age of diagnosis is 70.
6. The American Cancer Society annually reports 60,430 diagnosed cases (31,950 men; 28,480 women) and 48,200 deaths (25,250 men; 22,950 women). SCDHEC lists the rate of pancreatic cancer slightly higher for SC than the national average, with an annual average of 883 new cases reported and 766 deaths.  South Carolina is ranked #14 in the United States for pancreatic cancer.
7. Pancreatic cancer is 3% of all cancers each year in the United States and 7% of all cancer deaths. The risk factor is 1 in 64. The 5 year survival rate is less than 10%.
8. Symptoms may include: jaundice, belly pain, back pain, fatigue, new onset of diabetes, loss of appetite, blood clots, chest pain, gall bladder enlargement.
9. Cancer can affect anyone regardless of status, wealth, age, gender, education, etc. Celebrities who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer include: Alex Trebek, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Jobs, Margaret Mead, Rex Harrison, Patrick Swayze, Jack Benny, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Crawford, Sally Ride, Donna Reed, Richard Crenna, Melvin Belli, Anne Francis, Count Basie, Fred Gwynne, Ben Gazzara, Michael Landon, Henry Mancini, Keenan Wynne, Pernell Roberts, Lorraine Hansberry, Mickey Spillane, Randy Pausche, Frank Church, Art Fleming.


Happy Birthday To:

Nov. 02     Ken Faircloth
Nov. 03     Leigh Corontzes
Nov. 04     Eileen Sause
Nov. 07     Santos Wilfredo Valenzuela
Nov. 08     Matthew Dangerfield
Nov. 10     Hunter Smith
Nov. 13     Harley Dowler, Blake Bryan
Nov. 14     Hayes Drake, Anna Grace Roberts
Nov. 15     Julie Hardwick
Nov. 16     Taylor Harrelson
Nov. 17     Jean Barber,James Holbert, Andrew Brooks
Nov. 18     Linda Benway, Kerry Smith
Nov. 19     Jody Browder, Ron Speedy
Nov. 20     Kevin Belt
Nov. 22     John Avinger, Richard Smith
Nov. 23     Jeffrey Mong
Nov. 24     Janet Starosto
Nov. 26     Marilyn Todd
Nov. 28     Jimmy Jordan, Marilyn Bule
Nov. 29     Sue Harrison, Connor David Schuk, Christopher Zoll
Nov. 30     Carol Klekotka, Kenneth Wicks

Happy Anniversary To:

Nov. 05     Wil & Sarah Valenzuela
Nov. 06     Terry & Ryan Smith
Nov. 20     Jack & Kathy Benson, Peter & Linda Bourey
Nov. 24     Jimmy & Sammie Jordan
Nov. 27     Anderson & Barbara Stacy
Nov. 29     Dave & Kim Gabel

The funeral service for George Thompson will be Saturday, November 20, at 10AM at the church.  Interment will be in the Memorial Garden on the church grounds.  A visitation will follow the interment in the Parish Hall. 
Please pray for:
Short-term:  Beth Artz, Joanna Beall, Melodie Beall, Theresa Benway, Bob Donougan, David Friddle,  Michael Mefford, Kitty Kenney & Victoria, Vern & Jean Simmons, Neil Spellerberg, Ann Sprinkle, Hoss Stacy, Janet Starosto, Joe Triacca, 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, Todd Whitesides, Natalie Wicks, Scott Wiley, Blair Zoll
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