Mary's Weekly Newsletter




This Sunday’s service (January 17) will be virtual at 10:00 am. Father Jeff will be presiding. You may view the service on YouTube (recommended) by clicking on this link If you are having problems viewing on YouTube (low volume) try Facebook at the this link:

We hope to be online for the full service!

Stewardship: If you have not already done so, please return your stewardship form either by mail or place it in the collection plate.



Attached is the Bulletin with the readings, prayers and music for this Sunday.



ECW’s next regular meeting will be in TBD.

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING: Meeting by Zoom (it’s really easy by smart phone or computer). Call Phyllis Kombol to find out how to connect. 704-763- 1970 (P) / 828-652-3017 You may also join the meeting simply by going to You will be placed in the waiting room and Phyllis will allow you in.


St. Paul's Lake James:
Event calendar on website: Facebook Page: St Paul's Episcopal Church Lake James


Instagram Account: stpaulchurchlakejames
Note that on every website page at the bottom are links to the St. Paul's Facebook and Instagram accounts


Prayer List:


Special Needs and Concerns:
For the Sick in our Congregation: Barb Janssen; Mike Fowler; Peggy Brittain; Mark Raines; Faye Trunkfield; LuJuan Harrill; Alex Fowler; Toon Scott; Jerel Hoffman; Biff Bauer;.


For Our Families & Friends: LJ Dragon Boat founder Patti Kirchhoff; Gin Creswell's granddaughter, Kylie, Jan Henley’s sister and her husband; LuJuan Harrill's mother Marie; Tyler Hodge, friend of Pat LaFevers; Betty Fowler's brother Howard.

Thanksgivings for the Blessings of This Life: helping hearts and hands giving generously to our community


Those whose ministry is public safety: Lake Deputy Tyler Gantt; Burke and McDowell Sheriff and Police Departments; NC Swift Water and Mountain Rescue Teams.
Those in the Military: those deployed to combat zones, especially Afghanistan. The families who wait for the safe return of their soldier. National Guard units deployed to assist in Hurricane and Fire Disasters.


First Responders: health and well-being of all care-givers and home health aides; refresh and restore the reservoir of hope in the hearts of EMTs.

Care Facilities: implementation and effectiveness of infection prevention protocols; sufficient PPE for everyone.


Concerns of the Congregation:

Christ’s Comfort and Consolation:


Those celebrating a Birthday or Wedding Anniversary:


Happy Birthday to JoAnne Stewart on January 18 and Francis Bailey on January 23.



January 8 - Daughters of the King at 10 am. You may join via Zoom.

January 15 - Daughters of the King at 10 am. You may join via Zoom. January 18 - Yoga 5 PM Parish Hall
January 22 - Daughters of the King at 10 am. You may join via Zoom. January 25 - Yoga 5 PM Parish Hall

January 29 - Daughters of the King at 10 am. You may join via Zoom. February 7 – Vestry Meeting following the 10am service
February 14 – Annual Parish Meeting – Parish Hall and Zoom


Breakfast Schedule: No one scheduled at this time





January 17: Mary Stang

Cross Bearer:

January 17: Dave Stang



JoAnne Stewart



January 24: Charles Bostian January 24: Joy Valamossi

GOOD SAMARITAN CLINIC is participating in the National Long-Sleeve Shirt Drive. Long sleeved shirts protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure and heat related illnesses. The Clinic is accepting donations. Check the website for times or phone the Clinic 828-212-4181.



Up to 100 low income families from Glen Alpine/Western Burke County receive food distributions (perishables and non-perishables) each week at the Glen Alpine Food Pantry.
The 4th annual "Christmas Hams” project is underway. Each $10 will purchase a small boneless ham for a family as a special Christmas distribution during the week before Christmas.

Will you help? Send your contribution check with "Christmas Hams” in the memo line to Glen Alpine Food Pantry, P.O. Box 7, Glen Alpine NC 28628 (yes, it’s tax deductible—501c3).
The ongoing support of St. Paul’s and our other 6 partner churches has been a blessing and encouragement. THANK YOU! Contact Phyllis Kombol 704-763- 1970 (cell) or for more information.


Food Pantry:
Dave put a box in front of the Parish Hall door marked “BUCM Pantry Food.” You can stop by the Church and drop off your donations. Dave will monitor the box, and take your Pantry Food donations to BUCM on a regular basis. BUCM

requests: Canned Chicken & Meats, Canned Soup, Canned Pasta, Green Beans, Salad Dressings, Canned Fruit, Whole Potatoes, Flavored Rice, Mac’n Cheese, Canned Beans, Cookies, Crackers, Peanut Butter. Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thank you.


Soup Kitchen:

Hot meals are being prepared daily in the Soup Kitchen, Monday through Sunday. Meal preparation is going VERY WELL! Soup Kitchen Teams are now back in the Kitchen, albeit, with scaled down numbers of volunteers. Dave has been working in the Soup Kitchen weekly, preparing and serving lunches in Styrofoam boxes to the homeless and needy. We are also preparing “To Go Dinners” (typically sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, pizza, etc.) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and a “double” on Fridays for the weekend and Holidays.

Soup Kitchen Team Duty:


Clothing Store:

Please come by and shop at the “BUCM Clothing Store” for gently used women, men,andchildrenclothing. Lotsofwomen’sandmen’sclothingincluding:blouses, skirts, shirts, tees, pants & slacks, blue jeans, warmers & sweaters, jackets, coats, and winter wear -- in all sizes – as well as lots of children’s clothing and toys for all ages. Prices are very, very reasonable.

Eyeglasses and Eye-Ware Needed:

Dave put a plastic jug INSIDE the BUCM “Pantry Food Box” in front of the Parish Hall door. Thanks to everyone who can help out with their eye-ware donations.


Clothing Collection:

Dave has placed a BUCM Collection Box (blue box) at the Lake James Fire Station, across from 3-Way Supply. You can place your donations into the box. You may also place items on the picnic table outside by the Parish Hall, or give them directly to Dave. He will drop them by the BUCM Clothing Store.



READINGS for The Second Sunday after the Epiphany First Lesson: 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 20
Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18
Second Lesson :1 Corinthians 6: 12 – 20 Gospel: John 1: 43 – 51

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1865 N Powerhouse Rd, Morganton, NC 28655, USA

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