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St. Paul's Epistle
Week of Nov. 24 -Nov. 30, 2021

The Pastor's Perspective


Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

“Give thanks in all circumstances” – 1st Thessalonians 5:18

     For the past several days, I have been blessed to wake up with a song on my heart.  Today, the song was “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”.  This song was written in 1978 by Henry Smith, but was made popular when it was recorded and released by Don Moen in 1990.  Here are the lyrics:

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One;
give thanks, because he’s given
Jesus Christ, his Son.
And now let the weak say ‘I am strong’,
let the poor say ‘I am rich’,
because of what the Lord has done for us;
Give thanks!


     It’s easy to give thanks when things are going well.  But the apostle Paul tells us to give thanks in ALL circumstances – good or bad.  We don’t have to give thanks FOR the difficult circumstances, but we give thanks that the Lord Jesus will never leave us or forsake us IN the difficult circumstances.  And in the end, Jesus will reverse our circumstances. 
     God has given us His one and only Son; Jesus has given us forgiveness of sins, a relationship with God, and eternal life where there will be no difficult circumstances.  It is for those blessings that we should be grateful.  In fact, Christians should be the most thankful people on the planet!
       As you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, give thanks with a grateful heart.  Give thanks to the Holy One.  Give thanks because He’s given you Jesus Christ His Son.  Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Faithfully,
Jason +
The church admin offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.
We will be back on Monday morning, ready to start another week!!



“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.– John 1:5
 
     For many of us, 2021 has been another very dark year.  We have all been touched by sickness, unrest, isolation, and death.  Soon we will experience the longest night of the year – “the long, dark night of the soul”.  It’s the time of year when, for some, the memories of the past hurts or present losses can be overwhelming.  Because of the past or the strangeness of the present, for some, the upcoming holidays will be most difficult – they may be a season of pain.
     Recognizing that this is not a season of joy for everyone, we invite you and all those who are broken, weary, and hurting to come to A Light in the Darkness:  A “Blue Christmas” Service on Wednesday, December 8, 20210 at 7:00PM at St. Paul’s Church.  At the service, you will be able to offer any pain, loneliness, or sadness you may feel to our great sign of hope:  Jesus, the Christ Child.  You can light a candle in memory of someone you will miss during this holiday season.  There will also be prayer teams available to pray for you to receive the healing that Jesus was born to bring you.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  All are welcome.  
A great big thank you to those who opened their hearts to the elderly and disabled in our community.   For those who did not get the opportunity  to share your love; you have another opportunity to give generously to a family in need. Another angel tree is coming. More details will be shared this Sunday.
Commitment Sunday was on November 14.  If you have returned your Commitment Card, thank you.  If you have not, please either mail it to the church at 710 Main Street, Conway, SC 29526 or bring it to church on Sunday, November 28.  


Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 30

 
     Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been called #GivingTuesday.  This is a global movement that encourages generosity towards the needs of others.  This year, Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 30.  In recognition of #GivingTuesday, the Vestry has designated all extra donations above and beyond your pledge will go to our Matthew 25 Fund for outreach to the needy in our community.  If you donate cash, please put it in an envelope and write #GivingTuesday or Matthew 25 on the envelope.  If you write a check, please put #GivingTuesday or Matthew 25 on the memo line.  Donations may be mailed to the church office (710 Main Street, Conway, SC 29526) or placed in the offering plate at church this Sunday.  Thanks again for your generosity!


ATTENTION!

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.  
 

Quiet Day

Saturday, December 4, 2021 
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
In the St. Paul's Chapel

 
In this busy commercial holiday season let's take time to contemplate the real meaning of Christmas.
 




 
 
THE VILLAGE is set for Sunday, December 5th from 5-6:30pm. Please RSVP to Sean ASAP. The children/students will have a festive dinner, decorate cookies and watch a special movie. Hope you can make it.
















 

Sunday, November 28
VPOD-Ryan Smith, Pete Bourey
Altar Guild-Jackie Browder, Barb Hilgeman, Jacquie Olster, Eunice Roberts
 
7:45
Usher-Pete Bourey
Acolyte/Lector-Jacquie Olster

9:00
Usher/Greeter-VPOD 

10:00
Usher-Ann and Ty Singleton
Greeter-Larry Biddle, Mike Strite 
Lector- Lee Brown
Acolyte-Kay Hungerford
The flowers on the altar are placed by The Browder’s in Thanksgiving for Harper, Dan, & Jody and in Loving Memory of Mert.

 

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
Please pray for:
Short-term:  Beth Artz, Joanna Beall, Melodie Beall, Theresa Benway, Bob Donougan, David Friddle, the David Hewitt family, Mike & Beth Leslie,  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


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

9 Facts About Lung Cancer

1. Lung cancer is one of the most preventable of cancers and also one of the deadliest among both men and women.  Smoking and vaping causes the majority of lung cancers — both in smokers, and in people exposed to secondhand smoke. But lung cancer also occurs in a small population of people who never smoked/vaped or those who never had prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke from air pollutants.

2. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell (SCLC) and non-small cell (NSCLC).  Each type of non-small cell lung cancers have different kinds of cancer cells, which grow and spread in different ways. These are: squamous cell carcinoma, large cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma that line the alveoli and makes substances such as mucus. In general, about 13% of all lung cancers are SCLC, and 84% are NSCLC.

3. The American Cancer Society estimates about 235,760 cases (119,100 men, 116,660 women) (about the population of Norfolk, VA) are diagnosed annually and 131,880 deaths (69,410 men, 62,470 women) occur.  Lung cancer is 12.4% of all cancers but 25% of all cancer deaths. The overall 5 year survival rate is only 21.4%, and for small-cell cancer the rate is 7%. The average age of diagnosis is about 70.

4. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of death among men and women, making up 25% of all cancer deaths. More people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

5. Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer is 1 in 15, while in women it is 1 in 17. The risk is higher in those who smoke or vape, or routinely breathe second hand smoke.  Black men are 15% more likely to develop lung cancer than white men, but white women are 14% more likely to develop lung cancer than black women. The lung cancer rate has been dropping over the past few decades as tobacco use has gone down. 
 
6. Risk factors for lung cancer include: smoking and vaping (quitting at any age can significantly lower the risk of developing lung cancer), exposure to secondhand smoke, previous radiation therapy, exposure to radon gas (low risk in Horry County), exposure to asbestos, arsenic, chromium, or nickel,  and a family history of lung cancer.
 
7. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer include a new cough that doesn’t go away, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, chest pain, hoarseness, losing weight without trying, bone pain and headaches.
 
8. Treatments can include surgery (wedge resection, segmental resection, lobectomy, pneumonectomy, lymph node removal), radiation therapy; chemotherapy; stereo-tactic body radiology; targeted drug therapy; targeted drug therapy; immunotherapy; and palliative care.
 
9. Lung cancer can cause such complications as: shortness of breath, which can lead to COPD; coughing up blood (hemoptysis); pain that can spread to the lining of a lung or to another body part (such as a bone); fluid in the chest (pleural effusion); or the spreading to other body parts
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