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St. Paul's Epistle
Week of September 22- September 28, 2021

Pastor's Perspective
 

You Are God’s Firstfruits

 
            Yesterday (September 21) was the first day of Fall.  That means it’s harvest season:  corn is being picked, wheat is being cut, and cotton is being picked.  Where I grew up, Fall was the “Black Friday” season for farmers.  Crops were harvested and sold and farmers had enough money to pay off debts from the growing season with some money to spare.  It was the farmer’s hope that the first fruits of the harvest paid the farmer’s debts and the remaining harvest was all profit.
            There are many references to God’s harvest and firstfruits in the Bible.  The people of Israel offered firstfruit sacrifices during the Passover to celebrate God delivering them from the Angel of Death and from slavery in Egypt.  During the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the firstfruit of the Spring harvest was given as a sign of trust that God would make the rest of the harvest plentiful.  In the Fall, the people of Israel offered up firstfruit sacrifices in thanksgiving for God’s provision.       
          Many of our small groups are studying the Book of James this Fall, including mine.  James 1:18 says that WE are God’s firstfruit offering of creation.  God has redeemed humanity first through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus as a sign of the promise to redeem all of creation when Jesus returns at His Second Coming.  Since we are the firstfruits of salvation, we can have hope in the fact that God will finish what He started and redeem all of creation when Jesus comes back.
            Since we are God’s firstfruit offering to creation, we offer our firstfruits back to God in thanksgiving for all He has done for us.  Our firstfruit offerings include:
  1. Our worship – We offer our time to the LORD on the first day of the week in the first hours of the day in worship in church.  That means your worship is important and pleasing to God.
  2. Our service – We offer our talents and abilities as we use them in service to God and in service to others.  That means your service in ministries inside and outside the church are important and pleasing to God.
  3. Our finances – We offer the firstfruits of our labor – our money – to God in thanksgiving for all He has given us.  We also offer the first 10% of our labor as a sign of trust:  trusting that God will make the rest of our labor fruitful and profitable.  That means your financial giving to the church is important and pleasing to God.
           As the Fall Stewardship season approaches, take some time and prayerfully take inventory of everything the Lord has done for you.  He has saved you, He has seen you through a very difficult season of life, and He will finish what He’s started.  Let’s finish 2021 strong.  Make worship, service, and giving a priority.  It is pleasing to the Lord Who has given us His Son because He loves us.  Thank You, Lord, for firstfruits!
 
Faithfully,
Jason +
The next St. Paul’s Church Family Fun Night is Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 6PM at the church.  We will have a hotdog cookout and fun and fellowship.  Please RSVP by contacting the church office at (843) 248-4706 or stpauls@sccoast.net

Update on Haiti


Get to know the Bishop Candidates!

In one month, The Very Rev. Chip Edgar, The Rev. Dr. Rob Sturdy, or The Rev. Chris Warner will be elected as Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina.  To get to know them and their positions on key theological, ministry, and personal issues, please use the following link and watch the candidate videos and recordings of the walkabouts where the candidates answer important questions:  https://adosc.org/about/bishop-coadjutors-search-process/the-walkabouts/
 
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, the clergy and lay delegates from each church will gather at Christ Church in Mount Pleasant for the election.  Please review this information and speak to your lay delegates about your prayerful discernment.  The lay delegates representing St. Paul’s Church are Jack Benson, Kathy Benson, Deb Wright, and Cathy Strite.  Larry & Ginny Biddle are alternate delegates should one of the delegates not be able to attend.  God
bless our next bishop!

If you  want to sign up for Cancer Care training, please contact Deb Wright
 
(sassyfrass55@yahoo.com), or call Rose Mary in the church office at 843.248.4706. Six weekly training meetings will begin on October 4 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.

*Contact Jeanne Browder or Betsy Bullard if you have questions!
If you’re interested, use this link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KBQvrMRM8S0wUf8mliysbos44GDLsjWnRN6uwSHa7mg/edit?usp=sharing 


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September 24, 10 AM to Noon
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Little River, SC 29566
 
Fridays, October 22, November 19, December 17, 10 AM to Noon
Conway Recreation Center

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

8901 Highway 17 Bypass, Northbound side
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Upcoming Dates
 
October 16, November 20, 2021
 
NOTE NEW START TIME: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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, September 26

VPOD-Betsy Bullard, Dave Hilgeman
Altar Guild-Marie Bennett, Sue Harrison, Lee Brown, Lisa Bennett

7:45
Usher-Scott Johnson
Acolyte/Lector-Willard Wadman 

9:00
Greeter-VPOD 

10:00
Usher-Larry Biddle, Joe Ruggio
Greeter-Eileen Sause, Sharon Sorrells 
Acolyte- Jen Bryan 
Lector- Dee Saddler

 
Happy Birthday To:
Sept.  2 - Beverly Kimbell, William Gascoigne
Sept.  3 - Ann Schmidt, Estelle Shelton, John Lesnansky, Keith Bullard,
               Patricia Grace
Sept.  4 - Charlotte Speedy, Deborah Amaral

Sept.  5 - Brandi Hooks

Sept.  6 - Janie Talbert, Kathy Benson  
Sept.  8 -
Patricia Milley
Sept.  9 - Jacquie Olster, Lorretta DeMaria
Sept. 10 - Betty Norman
Sept. 11 - Alice Bethel
Sept. 14 -
Paula Haas
Sept. 15 - Patrick Hooks
Sept. 16 - Sean Richardson
Sept. 18 - Dawn Rider
Sept. 19 - Robert Whitlatch
Sept. 20 -
Timothy Belvin Jr., Wendy Lange
Sept. 22 - Diane Gascoigne, Joy Wadman, Mariza Lorena Valenzuela
Sept. 25 - Diahann Saddler, Glen Sincovic
Sept. 26 - Shelton Long
Sept. 27 - Dorothy Silvernail
Sept. 28 - Amy Brooks, Sherry Smith
Sept. 29 - Orrin Stacy
Sept. 30 - Anthony Abajian

 
Happy Anniversary To:
Sept.  4 - Travis & Vanessa Todd
Sept.  7 -  Robert & Jacquelyn Wiley
Sept. 11 - William & Debbie Morgan
Sept. 16 - Kenneth & Garaciela Wicks
Sept. 19 - Robert & Martha Fay
Sept. 20 - Frank & Lorretta DeMaria
Sept. 23 - Zachary & Allie Jeffords Bennett
Sept. 24 - Bill & Cheryl Kellas
Sept. 24 - Bill & Patty Taylor
Sept. 30 - Brad & Wendy  Lange
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
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