New Year’s resolutions are one
of those things that I really just don’t like. Now I will admit that this might be because I always struggle to keep them, but
that isn’t the only reason. I was reading an article the other day that suggested instead of making New Year’s resolutions
that we have New Year’s reflections, that we stop and reflect on the past year and the new one ahead. The author wrote,
“As the old year draws to a close and a new cycle is about to begin, it's a good time to contemplate the patterns of relationship
that weave the various systems in your life together: beginnings and endings, what is developing and what is dissolving. What
is manifesting, and what are the system's potentials? Where is there movement and flexibility? Where is there "stuckness"
and resistance to change?”
I found this to be a refreshing idea that applies to so many areas of life. How could we though, apply this to our relationship with
God? How often do we evaluate our life as his disciples? Are we living out God’s purpose for our life?
The first words in Rick Warren’s A Purpose Driven Life are, “It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater
than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness… If you want to know why you were placed
on this planet, you must begin with God.”
We each have hopes and expectations for what is ahead of us. I encourage you to take some time to reflect upon God’s calling
in your life and to view this new year as an opportunity to find purpose in and through Jesus. Let us look to Him with faith and
expectation in this coming year.
DELIBERATIONS FROM YOUR DEACON
A Prayer for Myself – Lord, I am doing it again.
I am passively assenting to living in a society that is murdering itself, and most grievously murdering its children. Please forgive
me, for I have the ability, although apparently not the will, to do otherwise. I pray save me from those who are deranged and
have lost their way in the confines of their own minds. Save me from those who would do me, my family, and my friends harm.
But most of all save me from myself. Many times in the folly of my misperceived rights and needs, I am my own worst enemy.
I allow selfishness and personal preference to trump the common good. But what individual right or preference takes precedence
over loving and protecting our children? Why do I not readily see that it is only in sacrifice that I can live in peace and safety with
others? Father, I sense the time for excuse, rationalization, and delay is past. What would you have me do?
Youth @ Council
Youth @ Council 2013 is coming up January 25-27 at St. John's, Roanoke. All youth grades 5-12
are encouraged to attend this fantastic weekend! The theme is "Fireworks: Ignite the Light and Let It Shine" and music will be
provided by renowned Episcopal band Sloan River Project. Cost for the weekend is $90, but money should never be a reason
not to attend. See Sarah Lusk for more information. You don't want to miss this!
We welcome new members!
Bernard Louis Marie from St. John’s, Roanoke
and Elizabeth Lively Hagberg from St. Mathias Episcopal Church, Clermont, Florida.
The Guild of Martha and Mary
The Guild of Martha and Mary will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd at 9:30 am at the home of Leoné Bomberger.
Judy Paxton will serve as cohost. “Let’s Get Physical” with Sara Hupp, Wellness Coordinator, Salem YMCA who will
present this program on fitness. The ladies of St. Paul’s are invited to join the guild members in becoming fit in the new year.
Guild II will meet at 11:00 AM,
January 21, in the Interior Classroom. Our speaker will be Sharon Beasley. Her subject is “Workout Plan for People Who Hate to
Co-hostesses are Leta Mathews, Peggy McElroy and Nancy Wheeler. All women of St. Paul’s are welcome and invited
St. Paul's Ladies Bible Study
St. Paul's Ladies Bible Study will begin a book study of
Max Lucado's book, Facing Your Giants. This will be a six-week study beginning Thursday, January 3. All women of St.
Paul's are welcome as well as their friends and neighbors. The morning class meets in the Philippians Room from 9:30 - 11:30
AM and the evening class meets in the same place from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. The book is available at LifeWay. For further information,
call the church office.
St. Paul’s Men’s Club
"The People and Animals of East Africa" were visited by one of our members. On Thursday, January 10, The Reverend Dr.
David Dixon will share slides and descriptions of his trip to that region. Social Time will be from 6:00 to 6:30 p. m., Dinner
will be from 6:30 to 7:00 p. m. and guest speaker at 7:00 p. m. You may sign up Sunday, January 6, in the Parish Hall or call
the Church Office by Tuesday, January 8. The cost is $5.00 per person.
St. Paul’s Coffee Hour
During the month of
December, refreshments after the 10:00 a. m. Sunday Service were provided by Linda and Ed Cord, Sharon and Mark Seidel,
Saundra Mott-Boyer and Debra Mott, Tracy Lively, Nancy Dixon, Christine and Whit Kelly, Fay Clippard and Nancy Smiley. Mary
Coleman Arnold was this month's coordinator. Thanks for a fabulous job! Refreshments can be simple. Several persons may
combine their contributions.
The Sunday morning Forum class
The Sunday morning Forum class has been well attended
for the past two months when the clergy were leaders. In the spring they may be back. For the Epiphany season and into Lent
we will return to a DVD lecture presentation by Dr. Bart Ehrman of the religion department of the University of North Carolina in
a series on The New Testament. On January 6 from 8:45 to 9:40 a.m. our topic will be "Early Christian Literature." It will be
followed through February 24 by 30-minute presentations on "Early Traditions About Jesus" and separate discussions on the
four Gospels as well as "The Non-canonical Gospels." Adult Forum meets in the Interior Classroom/Youth Room.
We welcome Tracy
Lively to those from St. Paul's volunteering in the Salem Community Clothes Closet. Large size men's and women's work clothes
as well as children’s' winter coats are always needed and may be brought to the closet just west of Carver Elementary School
most Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Used magazines and household linens are also welcomed.
St. Anne’s has many fun
things to do at the beginning of 2013! We will be studying Outer Space, Favorite Books, and begin a unit we call Sensational Me.
We will be taking a field trip to the Salem Public Library and having blue days at school. Please excuse our casual attire on Pajama
Days! Pajama days are a long time tradition at St. Anne’s and the students enjoy wearing their pjs, slippers, and eating donuts
for snack! We will be having parent-teacher conferences towards the end of the month.
Thank you to the St. Pauls’ youth group and Jackie Frackelton for blessing us with a Cricut machine! We are very excited to have
this, and it gets our creative juices flowing! Thank you to all who have supported the youth with their fundraising.
Note for your calendar: Registration for the 2013-2014 school year will open to St. Paul’s families on February 4th. All currently
enrolled students and St. Paul’s families receive priority in class placements, however, classes are filled on a first-come, first served
basis as we receive the completed form and $75 registration fee. If you are in need of a registration form or have questions
regarding the school, please contact us at 389-4087. Thank you!
Chorister’s Choir will resume rehearsals on
Sunday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. in the Choir Room. Children in grades 2- 5 are invited to attend. This choir is scheduled to sing
once a month for the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Parents are encouraged to have their child become a member of this group
of enthusiastic singers. Please call Rose Ann for additional information, 389-9307.
Chancel Choir rehearsals
resume on Wednesday, January 9. 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. We look forward to having new members join the choir.
The requirements are that you attend weekly rehearsals and be present on Sundays to sing for the 10:00 Worship Service.
If you are a singer, but have questions about joining, please contact Rose Ann, 389-9307.
The St. Lucia Program
The St. Lucia Program at St. Andrew's Catholic Church
was a marvelous gift to the community. The combined choir of four churches and handbell players of two churches presented
a delightful program of Advent and Christmas music. We appreciate the hard work of members of the Chancel Choir and
Canterbury Ringers who made this program so successful. The church was filled with many in the audience standing throughout
the program. A special thanks goes to all of those members of St. Paul's Church for their attendance!
note paper, featuring her art work of St. Paul's Church is available in the church office. The cost is $10.00 for 20 note cards
St. Anne's Episcopal Day School 2013-2014 School Year Registration
Registration for the 2013-2014 school year will open to St. Paul's families on Monday, February 4th. We will have availabilities
for 2 1/2 year olds to 4 year olds in 2 to 5 day programs. All currently enrolled students and St. Paul's families receive priority
in class placements. However, classes are filled on a first-come, first served basis as we receive the completed registration form
and registration fee. Please contact Allison Netting, Director, at 389-4087 for more information or to receive a registration form!
The Prayer Chain at St. Paul’s
The prayer chain at St. Paul’s
is one of our most far reaching ministries. We currently have seven different ministry teams consisting of thirty-seven persons. The
list of names who receive our prayers is confidential and varies in number but remains at around seventy-five plus. The names
consist of family and friends of our church family. We update and revise the list each month as needed. Some of our teams work
by e-mail and some by telephone. Please continue to add the names of those in need of prayer. We always welcome new members
to join the prayer chain ministry. Call either Kathy Pellant at 389-7098 or Gerry McClanahan at 389-3404.
From the Parish Nurse, January, 2013
Sometimes I am asked to write an article on a particular topic which is troubling or interesting a parishioner. A parishioner with high
blood pressure was recently told by her medical provider that she needed to limit the salt in her diet and asked for information on
this subject. Although not everyone is sensitive to the effects of sodium, here are some ideas to try if you are interested in lowering
your salt intake.
First of all, we all need some salt (or more precisely, sodium) to help maintain the right balance of fluids in our bodies, help
transmit nerve impulses, and help regulate the contraction and relaxation of our muscles. Too little sodium in our blood can
be as much of a problem as too much. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the average person needs
no more than 2300 mg/day of sodium (1500mg if over 51 years of age). We know to limit how much salt we add to our food
at the table. However, table salt is only one source of sodium in our diet.
There are many foods which are high in sodium which may not taste “salty.” Examples of high sodium foods include:
1. Processed and prepared foods such as breads, prepared frozen dinners, pizza, cold cuts, bacon, some cheese, soups
and fast foods.
2. Natural sources of sodium, such as milk and other dairy products
3. Prepackaged mixes for potatoes, rice, pasta, and stuffing
4. Regular canned vegetables, olives, pickles, and sauerkraut
5. Fresh meats (especially poultry) which have brine or broth added to them
6. Some “heart healthy” products--although these products may be lower in fat, they often have added sodium to make
up for the taste lost in extracting the fat.
The best way to find the sodium content of any food is to read the label. I will use the label from a common brand of cream
of broccoli soup as an illustration:
1. First check the number of servings in the product—in this case, there are 2.5 servings per can
2. Check the amount of food per serving—in this case, the serving size is ˝ cup
3. Check the sodium content for each serving—in this case, each ˝ cup serving contains 750 mg of sodium,
which means if you eat the whole can, you will be taking in 1875 mgs of sodium in one meal!
So how can we lower our sodium intake and still enjoy our food? Believe it or not, it is possible, practical, and economical.
There are many spices which enhance taste without adding sodium—just steer clear of anything with “salt” in the name, such
as celery or onion salt. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables without sauces, or look for canned vegetables with the label “no
salt added” (which usually cost the same as the salted brands). There are now cheeses, cold cuts, and bread which come in
thinner slices, so you can still make a sandwich which is lower in salt, but still delicious and satisfying. There are even lower
sodium peanut butters, chips, and cottage cheese for those late-night snackers.
Lowering your salt intake may seem difficult at first, but it will soon become second nature once you get used to checking
labels and train your taste buds to enjoy your new, healthier diet. A good source for more information is