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Wallingford, CT 06492

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2014

 

 


 

DECEMBER AT ST. PAUL’S

 

Sunday Worship - 8:00 & 9:30 AM

Adult Forum – 9:00 AM

Church School – 9:15 AM

Vestry – 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Wednesday Eucharist – 12:10 PM in the Chapel

 Choristers – Thursdays at 4:15 – 5:00 PM

Choir Rehearsals – Thursdays at 7:00 PM 

 

WALLINGFORD HOLIDAY STROLL

Friday, December 5

4:00 - 8:00 PM

Community Carol Sing - 6:30 - 7:00 PM

 

HOLIDAY TEA

Saturday, December 6

12:00 PM & 2 PM

Reservations required

 

ST. NICHOLAS SUNDAY

Sunday, December 7

 

CHRISTMAS AT ST. PAUL’S

 

Wednesday, December 24: The Eve of the Nativity

 

4:30 p.m. Christmas Pageant with Carols & Holy Eucharist

(Child Care will be available at this service)

 

10:30 p.m. Choral Prelude

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist with Choir

 

Thursday, December 25: The Nativity of Our Lord

 

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols - PG-rated PJs welcomed! 


 DEADLINE FOR THE JANUARY NEWSLETTER IS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 

 

 

Dear Companions in Christ, 

I have a great idea for an Advent program:  Do nothing.  Together. 

Sure, there's actually a lot of good stuff going on.  (Just read through this newsletter).  I trust you'll find something that strikes your fancy. 

But here's an invitation for the THREE Wednesdays of Advent leading up to Christmas Eve:  December 3, 10 and 17th at 7:00 PM.   The Chapel will be open with lights dimmed, candles lit and maybe some meditative music on.  There will be something brief and seasonal for you to read (or not).  And for fifteen minutes, we'll sit.  Not discussing or doing anything.  Just breathing, just being.  Hoping to remember that the One for whom we wait this Advent is with us all along. 

And if you absolutely cannot make it to the Chapel on Wednesdays at 7:00, do it somewhere else.  And let me know.  The value lies in committing to a specific time and place. 

This is the year for the Advent you've been longing for, right?  More holy, less hectic. 

In great anticipation,

Dee Anne+


 Vestry Update 

In the November meeting, we accomplished two quite significant tasks, both of which have taken time, thought, and careful discussion.   

The first task was to make a change in how we access our endowed funds.  In the past, the Vestry has voted to allow the treasurer to withdraw from the endowed funds in order to make up for the deficit in our budget.  This has been done without recognizing the percentage we are drawing from the funds, and this money has not been incorporated into the budget.  Our current treasurer and the Finance Committee have proposed that we set a target for what percentage we would draw from the endowment and use this amount in developing the budget. This will make us more mindful of the impact on our endowment, especially if we feel we need to withdraw more than the pre-determined percentage.  The Vestry approved this approach and also voted to set the percentage at 6% of the average value of the endowed funds over the previous 12 quarters.  We agreed that this percentage would be taken from all endowed funds, including the Sacred Trust.  The draw from the Sacred Trust would continue to be designated for inreach, outreach, student honoraria and major capital expenses according to the current by-laws—it would NOT become a part of the annual budget.  

A 6% draw from the other endowment funds (aside from Sacred Trust) will still leave us with a deficit that we will need to make up in some way (we hope through pledging!), but it is a percentage that should allow the endowment to maintain its value over time.  We believe that this more intentional and planned use of our endowed funds represents better stewardship of the gifts that have been generously given to the parish in our long history. 

The second major task was to give our final approval to the Safe Church Policy document that we have been working on since the summer.  This is an important step in making sure our parish community is a safe and welcoming place for everyone, and a subcommittee of the Vestry will develop a process for sharing this policy with the parish.

The decisions made at this meeting will make for an even stronger parish community—please feel free to speak with anyone on the Vestry if you have questions. 

Your Wardens,

Amy and Chuck


Wallingford’s Holiday Stroll takes place on Friday, December 5, 4:00 - 8:00 PM!  St. Paul’s will provide music, goodies and respite for strollers who want to enjoy a beautiful space without being pressed to buy anything.  Come lend your voice to our Community Carol Sing, 6:30 - 7:00 PM. For more information please contact Nancy Harrington or Carole Ireland.

 

 

St. Paul’s Holiday Tea 

Join us for St. Paul’s Holiday Tea on December 6!  A relaxing time of  music, a plate full of tasty sandwiches and desserts, good company and of course, your choice of tea.  A few tickets are available for the 2 PM seating. For more information please contact Carissa Neubig  

 

Adult Forum – Advent Bible Study 

After a break for the Stewardship celebration and Thanksgiving, the Adult Forum will resume on December 7 for a three-week study of the lessons appointed for those Sundays in Advent.  Feel free to join in on what will surely be a thoughtful discussion, and bring a Bible if you can.  The Adult Forum meets at 9:00 am on Sundays in Wilkinson Hall.

 

GIRLS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY AT ST. PAUL’S  

December:

Saturday December 6:  GFS meeting 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Theme TBA

Tuesday December 16:  Christmas Party!!  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

All girls ages 5 and up are invited to join and bring a friend too!  Girls’ Friendly is a Christian service organization within the Episcopal Church.  All of our Tuesday meetings are upstairs in the classrooms.  Our Saturday meetings are usually in Wilkinson Hall.

Please contact Karen Rowe if you have questions.  Remember: If school is cancelled due to weather, we are cancelled.   


Saint Nicholas Sunday – December 7 

We will be singing songs about St. Nicholas, reading the Litany of St. Nicholas, learning about “Symbols of Christmas”, the Blessing of the Candy Canes and more.  Join us for this Advent event! 

 

 

CHRISTMAS FLOWER MEMORIALS 

For those who wish to have Christmas flowers as memorials for loved ones, please have names and contributions in to the parish office by Friday, December 19th.  Suggested contribution is $25. 

Ministers at St. Paul’s

 

We are in need of parishioners who would be willing to serve at the Sunday services in any of the following capacities: crucifers, acolytes, ushers, chalice bearers, and intercessors.  Training will be available.  If you are interested please contact the Rector, and if you have questions feel free to speak with Jane Smith.

 Happy December!!

Church school continues to chug along and what a great time we are having! We have many fun and exciting activities coming this month!  December 7th is St. Nicholas Sunday and there will be a family friendly service at 9:30!  Our church school children will also present a lively culmination of what they learned in our most recent rotation: Believers Around the World. They will be offering treats from the various countries we visited.  What fun!! Much of December will be focused on getting “stage ready” for the Christmas pageant.  I cannot wait to see all of our talented children reenact the story of the birth of Jesus!   

Christmas Pageant! This year's Christmas pageant planning is underway! We seek shepherds, innkeepers, angels, parent volunteers and more!! Practices will be held today,  December 7 after church with a light lunch, the 14th and 21st during church school at 9:00 AM and a dress rehearsal on the 24th at 3:15 PM before the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve service.  If you're interested in participating please contact Nichol Whitehouse or Adam Abbate or sign up after church school today.

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT ST. PAUL’S

 

Wednesday, December 24: The Eve of the Nativity

 

4:30 p.m. Christmas Pageant with Carols & Holy Eucharist

(Child Care will be available at this service)

 

10:30 p.m. Choral Prelude

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist with Choir

 

Thursday, December 25: The Nativity of Our Lord

 

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols - PG-rated PJs welcomed!

 


"Supper 8" - Monthly Revolving Supper 

As mentioned in past newsletters St. Paul’s has started a monthly supper group as a means of fostering fellowship and enabling people in the congregation to meet and get to know one another.  Enough people filled out the interest forms so that 3 groups of 8-9 people kicked off the initial dinners in September with resounding success.  Plans are already in the works for October’s dinner.

As a reminder, the concept is to divide people up into groups of 8.  Each month the group would get together at a member’s home for dinner.  The date and time is up to the group.  The host would be responsible for the main course and beverages.  The other members would provide the appetizers, salad, side dishes, and dessert.  During the course of the dinner the group would decide the date and time for the following month’s dinner and who would host it.  Each group would remain intact for a period of 4 months.  At the end of the 4th month new groups of 8 would be established for the next 4 month period.  Over the course of a year each person would have an opportunity to get to know 24-28 people whom they may not have known before.  These are not meant to be formal affairs, but informal come-as-you-are get-togethers to socialize and meet other people in the congregation. 

We hope more people will participate and enable us to establish some additional groups of 8 when we move people around in January.  If you are interested in participating please fill out the enclosed green form and return it to the church office or place it in one of the baskets in the front or back of the church.  We would like all forms submitted by Sunday, December 7th  so that we can form the groups, notify each group member, and start a new round of dinners in January.  Should you have questions please contact either of us in church or send us an email.   

Nancy Harrington & Chuck Maynard


Stewardship Update:

Still Giving thanks 

Thank you for making this year's Stewardship Brunch a huge success.  It was well-attended and we had more than enough food for everyone.  Thank you so much for those who have sent in their pledge cards so far! It was also great to have some folks personally hand them to me at the brunch.  To-date we have received close to 100 pledges, of those almost a third have increased their pledge over last year.  We have also received almost ten new pledges so far this year.  Thanks be to God! 

 We still have more to go to meet last year's total in pledges.  If you have not yet returned your pledge card, please do.  If you need a new pledge card, they are available on the tables at both entrances and in the office during the week.  Thank you all!  If you have any questions, please contact Ralph Nardi. 

Ralph Nardi, Stewardship Chair


Property Committee 

            Many thanks to Al, Ray, Bill, John, & Curtiss for all of their help during the fall work night. We: replaced burned out light bulbs, cleaned radiators (and found a broken belt), checked emergency lights, and repaired weak pews. The crew worked diligently, and we were done in time to help with pie making. 

            The exterior of the church has been cleaned, mortar joints pointed, new protective glass installed on the rose window, missing slates replaced, gutters on the Thrift Shop repaired and missing shingles replaced, dormers repaired, etc. etc. 

            Don't forget to inspect the new storage shed constructed as Dan Woronick's Eagle Project. He moved the Rowe shed into the play area to be used as storage for the nursery school, demolished the old shed behind the Thrift Shop, and constructed the Dan Lyon designed shed. Two thirds of the money was raised by Dan, and the rest came from the Sacred Trust Fund. Thanks, Dan!

 

Holy Baptism

 

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the following Feast Days:The Baptism of the Lord (January 11, 2015),  the Easter Vigil (April 4. 2015) and Pentecost (May 24, 2015). Preparation for this celebration of Christian initiation includes a formal application and participation of parents and godparents in our Baptism Workshop and Rehearsal. Please direct any inquiries to the Rector at 203-269-5050 or rector@stpaulswallingford.org. 

 

Note Cards for Sale 

The Memorial Garden committee is selling boxes of six note cards for eight dollars each.  A sample of each of the cards displaying the beautiful artwork of our resident artist, Dan Lyon, may be seen on the counter just outside of the sanctuary.  Pictured are various drawings of St. Paul’s church, the belfry, and the garden gate.  As one woman commented, “They’re really pretty enough to be framed.”  Boxes of cards may be purchased from any member of the garden committee and Robin Hunter and Leigh Barnes will specifically be available after the 8:00 service and Wendy Oestreicher and Lois Olesen after the 9:30 service.  During the week, please contact Deb Page in the church office.  All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be donated to the Nicaragua Service Trip for next year. 

 

Thank you for a great Holiday Fair! 

Many, many thanks to the many, many people who contributed to our spirit-filled Fair in November. It was fun, beautiful and allowed us to show off the great spirit of the St. Paul's community to our neighbors in the larger Wallingford community.  It also raised over $6,000, a thithe (or ten percent) of which will go to a specific outreach.  Every little effort helpd a lot.  Special thanks to our chiar, Karen Rowe.

Holiday Fair Chairperson WANTED! 

I am currently looking for a replacement chairperson or persons for our annual holiday fair 2015 and beyond.  If you feel called to organize our fair, please contact me.  I have been chairing our wonderful fair for many, many years and feel that it’s time for a change in leadership.  Change is good!  There are many ways to have a fun and successful fair.  I know there are many talented people at St. Paul’s! 

Think about it and then contact me. 

Thanks! 

Karen Rowe, Chair

St. Paul’s Holiday Fair and Luncheon 


Nicaragua Service Trip - St. Paul's next service trip to Nicaragua is scheduled for August 1 -10, 2015.  If you are interested in joining the trip, please contact Rob Page (rpage01@snet.net), Donna Regan or Nancy Harrington.  Information about service trips can be found at www.elporvenir.org or by speaking to anyone from St. Paul's who went to Nicaragua in 2014.  A $100 deposit, information and waiver forms are due by January 31st.  There will be room for up to twelve people on the trip.  Positions fill fast! 

 

Nicaragua Fundraiser! We are selling Episcopal items which will go toward financing for our service trip that will take place in august.  For the next couple of weeks we will have a table out after both services where you can purchase items such as aprons, dog leashes, dog collars, sweatshirts, teddy bears, baseball caps, key chains and the very popular T-shirts "Top Ten Reasons for Being an Episcopalian" written by Robin Williams (long and short sleeves). In addition, the Memorial Garden Committee is selling note cards created by Dan Lyon with beautiful drawings of and around St. Paul's Church.  The purchase of these cards will also go toward the Nicaragua Trip.  Thanks for your support!

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES 

Again this year we will not be mailing offering envelopes due to the high cost to do so.  We will be placing the boxes of envelopes on a table in the back of the sanctuary.  all boxes will have names on them and will be placed alphabetically.  Please make sure that you pick up your box and not someone else's! If you are unable to get to church to pick up your offering envelopes, please call the parish office and we can arrange for them to be delivered to you.  If there is not a box with your name on it and you would like offering envelopes, please contact the parish office and we will be happy to get them to you.  Any questions, please call Debi Page at the parish office - 203-269-5050. 

 

Diaper Collections:  We are in need of people who would like to assist with our monthly diaper collections for Covenant to Care.  We could use 1 or 2 additional people and it would involve purchasing and delivering diapers to Nurturing Families in Meriden every 3 to 4 months.  Please contact Pat Sousa for more information. 

Wallingford Homeless Shelter -  The shelter is open and two people from St. Paul's are needed to help as meal servers on a few Sunday nights starting from 6:30 PM for up to 2 hours.  the sign-up sheets covering the first three months are posted on the easel in the back of the church.  Prior experience not necessary.  We're also looking for folks who can prepare meals during the holidays.  If you have any questions please contact Trudy Guth.  Thanks for you help!

 

THRIFT SHOP NEWS: 

Our Thrift Shop is having a 1/2 price sale on all winter clothing and accessories (excluding jewelry) during the month of December as well as Christmas items!  We have a wonderful selection of clothing for the whole family (especially tots & teens) and many items that would make wonderful gifts!  Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.

 

Readers – Ushers – Crucifers – Acolytes – Chalice Bearers!

Please check your schedules for services and times you are serving. If you are unable to fulfill your obligation, please obtain a substitute for yourself!  If you would also inform the parish office of any changes it would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you. 

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Please help us keep the prayer list in the Sunday bulletin current.  Let us know if there are names that can be taken off so that new names may be put on. 

 

Companions in Mission Conference

 

Finding Jesus in the least, the last

 and in ourselves.

 

March 7, 2015

Trinity Episcopal Church

Tariffville, CT

 

For more information go to:

companionsinmission.net

 

 

Times for St. Paul’s Sunday Service

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Sunday – 5:00 PM

Monday – 8:00 AM

Wednesday - 2:00 PM

Saturday - 7:00 PM

 

 

Please advise us of   

change of address or telephone numbers,

illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths,

requests for baptisms, weddings , etc.

 

The parish office is open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

 The telephone number is (203) 269-5050.

E-mail – stpaulsepiscopal@snet.net

Fax – (203) 269-3813

Web Site – www.stpaulswallingford.org 

If we are not in the office, please leave a message.

 

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