Vaccination Clinics At St. Paul’s

Our sister congregation, La Iglesia Episcopal San José, hosted their first Covid vaccination clinic on Sunday, May 23 from 2-5 p.m. in Lawrence Hall. The vaccine was free, and sign-ups through the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry as well as walk-ups were accommodated. St. Paul’s provided the location, donated drinks, and supported the clinic with our presence. About 120 doses of the Phizer vaccine were administered. It was encouraging to see the number of teens being vaccinated.

Three weeks later on Sunday, June 13, a second clinic was held to provide the second dose of vaccine as well as first doses for newcomers. Again, the people of St. Paul’s provided support for San Jose’s outreach effort. This second clinic received coverage from WRAL TV, and a link to their report can be found here and a transcript can be found here.

While many of us are already fully vaccinated, we all may know some folks who aren’t. Getting vaccinated is a beautiful way to love your neighbors, and encouraging unvaccinated people to take the vaccine is a close second. The vaccination rate in Johnston County is lagging the rest of the state, and until we reach herd immunity here, the risk of infection is very real.

Parish Profile Published!

St. Paul’s Search Committee took a big leap forward this month, finalizing the Ministry Portfolio located at on the Diocesan website. Information in the portfolio began with consideration of your survey responses, followed by structuring that data, along with fact-checking and opinions of the Search Committee members, into a document that we felt best represented our congregation. A draft was provided to the Vestry, who offered valuable input, which led to the final version that we provided to the Diocese.

Now we begin a new phase in the process of finding a rector. The position will be posted until July 15th at which time, the committee will receive the applications. Please be patient during this period. The search process requires absolute confidentiality, and the committee is not allowed to discuss any information about applicants. When the committee narrows down the field, the bishop will interview the finalists. With the bishop’s approval, the committee will submit a single candidate to the Senior Warden to begin the next stage.

We wait to see who answers our call, hoping that one of those who respond will be the perfect fit for St. Paul’s. Please continue praying the St. Paul’s Search prayer on a regular basis. This provides a powerful support for our work.

The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia!

St. Paul’s celebrated the Eucharist for the first time in over a year on Easter Sunday with distribution of Communion taking place on the labyrinth. Pictures from the service are below

We are planning to resume limited in-person worship at the 11 a.m. service
beginning April 11, the Sunday after Easter. At present we are limited to 25 people in the church (including the worship team), and the service will continue to be live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live. To make sure everyone has an opportunity to worship in person, we will continue to use the dedicated email ( Beginning each Monday, you can indicate your desire to come to church the following Sunday, and you’ll receive a confirmation of your reservation by Thursday afternoon.

Rector Search Begins

St. Paul’s is pleased to announce the formation of a Search Committee to identify and recommend a new parish rector. The committee is chaired by Allen Wellons, who is assisted by Linda Armstrong, Leo Daughtry, Nancy Gibbs, Joyce Kilpatrick-Jordan, and Sherrill Weathers, with Don Overby serving as Vestry liaison. Because congregational input and support is of immense importance, the Search Committee will soon be sending each St. Paul’s family a survey that will help begin the process. We ask that when you receive your survey, you complete and return it as quickly as possible. Each Sunday during the search, St. Paul’s will pray a Search Committee prayer in community. The committee asks that St. Paul’s members also include this prayer in their daily devotions. Praying for the work of the committee and for the rector candidates is always important and necessary. More information will follow as needed.

ECW News

After breaking for the summer, the ECW held their first meeting on Saturday, September 19. It was a delight to see members in person and was a very productive gathering.

We are not letting the pandemic thwart our fundraising efforts and have come up with a creative solution for both our October Souper Sunday and our December Bake Sale.

This year our “Souper Sunday” will be held on Saturday, October 24, and will be a –
“Souper Saturday Sidewalk Sale”
Pre-orders for any of four of our popular soups (including Brunswick Stew) can be placed by completing and returning this form OR by contacting one of the following ECW members:

    Pat Hovorka    (919) 351-0094
    Theressa Rose    (919) 306-1643
    Kay Hewitt    (919) 934-6800

Orders will be available for curbside pickup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. See the enclosed order form for variety of soups available at $10/quart, payable in advance or at pickup. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s with the notation “ECW Soup Sale”. Deadline to place an order is Friday, October 16.

Our December Bake Sale will also be on a pre-order basis with curbside pickup. Stay tuned for additional details on the delicious goodies that will be available.

Unfortunately, due to changes in deadlines with the publisher, our St. Paul’s Cookbook will not be available this December. However, we are still moving forward with the project and are planning a release date sometime next year. In the meantime, please continue to submit your recipes either by entering them directly online or by utilizing the enclosed form. We look forward to seeing recipes from any and all who would like to contribute.

To submit a recipe(s) online go to
Enter the login: stpaulsecw and the password: pickle213

To submit a handwritten recipe, please use the enclosed form, then mail to St. Paul’s or drop it through the mail slot on the office entry door. Feel free to copy the form for additional submissions.

If you have any questions regarding the cookbook project, please contact any of the following committee members: Nancy Gibbs (committee chair), Pat Hovorka, Theressa Rose, Kay Hewitt, Sherrill Weathers, and Jenny Batten-Wiley.

Each month ECW members gather together for fellowship and to discuss ways in which we can assist those in need in our communities. We invite all women of St. Paul’s to join us. Please come and take part as we bring our projects to realization. Your input is important, plus new and fresh ideas are always welcome.

~ Pat Hovorka, President

St. Paul’s Welcomes Interim Rector

Rev. Jill Beimdiek has accepted the vestry’s call to be St. Paul’s Interim Rector while the search for a permanent rector is underway. Since she cannot immediately meet everyone during the pandemic, her introductory letter follows:

Dear People of St Paul’s,
I am very much looking forward to joining the St. Paul’s family as your Interim Rector. In these strange days of the coronavirus pandemic, this joining will be different–it may be a while before we meet face-to-face, and it will be longer than any of us want before we are gathering on Sunday mornings. So for now I’ll opt for a written introduction.

Many people ask about my last name: Beimdiek. It’s pronounced Bime (like lime) – dick. It’s Dutch and means “by the dike.” I’m very used to it being mispronounced, so don’t worry about it. And you may be wondering what to call me. God knows me as Jill, and calling me by just my first name is fine with me. If you’re uncomfortable calling your priest by first name, I’m okay with Mother Jill.

I am delighted to be back in the Diocese of North Carolina. Bishop Michael Curry ordained me in 2004 and I haven’t had the privilege of serving in the Diocese until now. I’ve served churches in suburban Philadelphia, then Fayetteville, Greenville and Goldsboro, and most recently Columbia, SC. My husband of almost 10 years and I decided our move from Columbia would be our last (our fourth since we married) and we opted for the Triangle. I had spent 15 years in Durham before seminary and two of Chuck’s three adult children are in the area (Durham and Garner; the third is in Fayetteville). We built a house in a 55+ community near RDU and moved in April.
I am what is known as an intentional interim priest. I like the challenges of being with a congregation during the time between long-term priests. I’ve done training in interim ministry and seek to help a congregation become strong, clear about its ministries and identity, and ready to welcome a new rector. The down-side of interim work is knowing from day one that I will have to say good-bye. I sometimes joke with vestries during an interview that if they call me as their interim, I will come fired. It is ministry for a defined time, and when the new rector is called, I exit. It is never easy.

Before seminary at Yale, I worked as a policy analyst in the US Senate, taught English at Duke, coordinated clinical trials in pediatric hematology and oncology, and wrote for the pharmaceutical industry–it’s an odd vocational series, I grant you, but in hindsight I see God giving me opportunities to gain very useful skills as I repeatedly considered and rejected a call to ordained ministry (I first thought I might be called in the early days after the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood). I also gained a lot of experiences in the church over 20+ years as I “bargained” with God about the rather persistent call that I was choosing to ignore, thinking if I agreed to a request in my home parish (co-chairing stewardship, advising acolytes, chaperoning youth trips, vice-chairing a capital campaign, etc.) God might drop the gentle nudges about ordination. God won. And I’ve been blessed beyond anything I could have imagined to serve as a priest in God’s church.

I look forward to meeting you, whether via Zoom, a phone call, or a socially distanced visit. Stay tuned for more information about how we can begin to get to know each other. In the meantime, know that I am holding St. Paul’s and all of you in my prayers.

Grace and peace,

St. Paul’s Outreach Committee Supports FLAG Project

Through a Facebook post the Outreach committee was made aware of a local project to financially support.  The committee was given a generous donation with a request the funds go locally to help during our current health crisis.   The Facebook article seemed like the perfect opportunity to make this request come true.   FLAG — Front Line Appreciation Group is our current endeavor to support.    The FLAG project started in New Jersey and has now caught on to several other states as the entire country faces the same issues.   A group of people in Clayton decided to use this program to help out our neighbors and friends in the restaurants and health facilities that are available to us at St. Paul’s.      The funds go to purchase meals from our local restaurants that are currently suffering financially due to the closure orders.   These meals are packaged and delivered to both our Smithfield and Clayton hospitals and donated to our health care workers who are on the front-line of taking care of all who are in need of medical help.   This not only keeps our favorite local restaurants with some much needed income but also provides the health care workers with nutritious quality meals at no cost to them.   This frees these workers from having to wonder where they will get something to eat without relying on fast-foods or sandwiches every day.  We all know someone that either is a local restauranteur or health care worker, some even from St. Paul’s,   We are in a position to help them out.     The Brotherhood is also considering making a large donation to FLAG.   If you would like to make a donation you can mail your check to St. Paul’s with FLAG in the memo line.   Let’s keep helping out!

Episcopal Relief & Development and Diocese of NC Offer Guidance in Responding to Coronavirus Concern

Common Sense Guidelines

April 1, 2020

By The Rev. Dr. Jim Melnyk

What follows below are a series of updates dealing with the fallout of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The latest updates from our Diocese are at the top of the list:

The link below, will bring you to the most current update from our Bishops outlining information dealing with the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic. It includes information on the suspension of in-person meetings, pastoral care, and worship services through at least May 17, 2020 as well as other resources for communal safety, pastoral care, and worship.