St. Paul's Episcopal Church
JUNE AT ST. PAUL’S
Sunday Worship - 8:00 & 9:30 AM
Church School – 9:15 AM
Vestry – 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Wednesday Eucharist – 12:10 in St. Luke’s Chapel
Prayer Group – 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 PM in Chapel
DAY OF PENTECOST
Sunday, June 8
Sunday, June 8
10:30 AM in St. Luke’s Chapel
GIRLS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY MEETING
Tuesday, June 10
CHURCH SCHOOL COFFEE HOUR
Sunday, June 22
Following the 9:30 AM service
in Wilkinson Hall
Please advise us of – change of address or telephone numbers,
- illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths,
- requests for baptisms, weddings, etc.
with the Music Director situation?
Dear Companions in Christ,
As I write this our former (ouch!) Music Director Paul Thomas is getting settled in his new home of Charleston, South Carolina. But I wouldn't be surprised if he has lingering thoughts of the wonderful send-off given here at St. Paul's. Among other things, how could one not cherish receiving a carefully hand-written note from a little chorister declaring: "Dear Mr. Thomas, You are the best music director ever."
Well, "ever" is a long time, and there have been quite a few good music directors over the Christian centuries. (J. S. Bach, for one, comes to mind. . .) For now our job here is to appreciate the time Paul served with us, and pray that he continues to flourish in his new position. And, yes, pray that God will once again send us just the right faithful Christian who happens to be blessed with an abundance of musical talent and good humor. Not much, eh?
However ambitious its goals, I do believe that our search process is in the right hands. Our Music Director Search Advisory Committee is chaired by Wendy Oestreicher, ably assisted by Pam Doerner, Carol Gervais, Robert Knowlton, Anne Leone, Kristin Liu and Chuck Maynard. These good folks are a nice mix from different services, length of time in the parish, choir membership (or not) and experience on previous search committees. They all appreciate our parish commitment to "making a joyful noise unto the Lord." Their role is to assist the Rector in interviewing, auditioning and discerning who to call as our next Music Director.
At this point we've been receiving and screening applicants in anticipation of beginning to meet with candidates later in June. We'll see where the spirit leads us, but our fondest hope would be to have someone in place by late summer if possible.
In the meantime, we're fortunate to have Kyle Brazauski with us beginning June 8. You may recall Kyle from his previous visits to St. Paul's. He is an organ student at the University of Hartford who began taking private lessons with distinguished local organists while still in high school. Kyle faithfully volunteers to play at the Masonic services whenever he is on school break. It is a pleasure to have him with us at the beginning of a promising career.
Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to the festivities surrounding Paul's farewell. Thank you for your patience, support and goodwill during this time of transition. Most of all, thank you for your prayers for God's guidance throughout this process.
And remember, when in doubt, sing LOUD!
Vestry Update – May 2014
During our meeting in May we received updates on a number of ongoing items of interest to all. First, planning for the upcoming mission to Nicaragua is reaching an end. The Rice and Beans Dinner on May 10th was a big success and the results are still being tallied. Flights have been reserved and final coordination for our team’s stay in country has been finalized. All we need now is a resounding sendoff in July.
The search for a new music director is well under way. A committee has been formed and postings have been placed in a number of venues throughout the state as well as with the American Guild of Organists. The audition process will take place throughout the next 6-8 weeks as applications are received and reviewed. We discussed the sendoff for Paul and Meredith on May 25th and wish them success in their new careers in Charleston, SC.
Reports were provided regarding the Memorial Garden and a need to bring the contract for placement in the garden in line with the bylaws that govern its use. Additionally, we discussed two relatively new funds that have been created. These are the Friends of Music fund started under Paul Thomas’ initiative and a fund created by a bequest from Mildred Specht that has been identified for use to support Christian education. The vestry has established a committee to draft guidelines prior to the next annual meeting for each of these funds.
Amy Foster & Chuck Maynard
GRADUATION TIME IS APPROACHING!
Congratulations grads! Please send in names of the graduates in your family (and dates of graduation, plus any education or work plans) by Sunday, June 15 so they may be included in our prayers and be recognized in church on Sunday, June 22.
“Supper 8” – Monthly Revolving Supper
At our Vestry retreat in March we discussed the possibility of starting a supper group as a means of fellowship and enabling people from both services to meet and get to know one another. The concept is, based on those who indicate an interest in participating, 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 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.
There will be baskets in the front and rear of the church during the month of May for you to fill out a form indicating your interest. Once we have a list of names we will set up each group, notify you of your group, and get you off and running. Should you have questions please contact either of us in church or send us an email. Our email addresses are in the back of the newsletter.
Nancy Harrington & Chuck Maynard
Support the Nicaragua Service Trip!
The trip to Nicaragua is rapidly approaching. The airfare has been reserved and at over $800 per person, it’s not inexpensive. If you are on Facebook, please share the GoFundMe link found on the St. Paul’s page. The more times the link gets shared, the more exposure the trip gets which could lead to more donations. If you aren’t on Facebook, please consider putting something in the “Change for Change” jars at the front and back of the church, or write a check to St. Paul’s, earmarked “Nicaragua Trip”, and place it in the offering or drop by the church office during the week. Every donation helps!
Memorial Garden Update
The Memorial Garden Committee has some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, due to the costs of buying additional stones and engraving the names and dates of the deceased, the fee for internment in either the Memorial Garden or the Columbarium is being raised to $400 from the original $300 fee set eighteen years ago.
The good news is that the increase will not go into effect until September 1, 2014. Anyone wishing to reserve a space in the Memorial Garden or Columbarium may do so, through August 31st, at the current price.
Application forms are available in the church office.
Camp Washington “Camperships” available
We’re happy to offer financial help to make it possible for children in the parish to attend our Diocesan Summer Camp. If you are interested, please contact the Rector with information regarding the dates of the program which interests your family. All queries must be in by Sunday, June 15. For more information, go to campwashington.org
Summer Book Group
This year's title is Learning to Walk in the Dark by New York Times best-selling author Barbara Brown Taylor. It's described as a book that helps "provide a way to find spirituality in those times when we don't have all the answers" -- which should make for great conversation! Copies are available here for $13.50, or you may purchase your own copy (available in Kindle format). Financial assistance is available upon request. Please sign up on the easel near the Main Street entrance, indicating if you will be participating in the afternoon or evening session. The afternoon group tends to meet here at church, while the evening group has met in homes. Please see the Rector with any questions.
Church School News! - We are in the home stretch, my friends! There are just 3 short weeks left and we are going to go out with a bang! Here is a quick outline of what you all can look forward to!!
· June 8th- Pentecost (Blow Art activity)
· June 15th- St. Paul’s Church school presents….The Battle of Knowledge: A Game Show! Who will be the top winners and take home the grand prizes?!!
· June 22nd- Church School hosts a fun and delicious coffee hour, featuring a make your own sundae bar. We pay special recognition to all who have helped out this year!!
I do hope you can all make these last few weeks. Also, it’s not too late to invite friends and get them hooked for the fall! Please don’t feel discouraged if you haven’t come for a while, we would still love to see you! Let’s go out strong and with a bang!! Sincerely, Becky Scalesse, Director of Christian Education
St. Paul’s Memorial Fund
St. Paul’s Memorial Flower Fund was established to ensure that flowers would be on the altar all year long, even on Sundays when there is no particular memorial requested.
Easter and Christmas are funded separately during the weeks leading up to the holidays.
The Flower Memorial Request Form included in this Newsletter should be filled out and returned to the parish office with a check or cash. A contribution of $35 per date is suggested. Please make checks out to St. Paul’s Memorial Flower Fund. Please do not include donations or contributions for any other fund in this check.
Send the names of the persons to be remembered well ahead of the desired date to insure their inclusion in the appropriate Sunday bulletin. Thank you!
THRIFT SHOP NEWS
Shop till you drop during the month of June at the St. Paul's Thrift Shop when all clothing for men, women, teen & children is 1/2 price (does not include accessories such as shoes, purses, ties, belts & jewelry). We also have a nice selection of household items, curtains, linens and small children/baby items. Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We also are in need of gently worn shoes for men & children and as always, we would love to have some new volunteers. Contact Jane Smith if you are interested .
………… to everyone who donated plants and mulch to the Rogation Sunday gardening efforts. Thanks to Rob Page, Sue Geis, Jackie Iverson, Bob Mansfield and Larry Stowe for their gardening efforts. Thanks to Kristin Liu and Erin Hermann for providing refreshments to the workers!
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the following Feast Days: All Saints Day (November 1, 2014), The Baptism of the Lord (January 11, 2015), and the Easter Vigil (April 4. 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 email@example.com.
Dear friends at St. Paul’s,
How can we ever thank you all for the love and support you extended to us during our recent bereavement? We so appreciate the many cards, offers to help, and phone calls; and would like to express special thanks to those who took time out of their busy lives to participate in the memorial service and the reception which followed.
It was so meaningful to have members of the congregation serve as ushers, crucifer, lector, Eucharistic ministers and intercessor. The music provided by the choir, Paul, Meredith and the congregation was glorious! Our thanks to them.
To have priests Dee Anne, Brendan, and Wanda all involved in the service and then singing along with the choir as our Jon sang solo with Paul Pender and his group playing “I’ll Fly Away” was so uplifting!
How blessed we are at St. Paul’s to have busy cooks and kitchen helpers and flower arrangers who provide such wonderful service in such a time of need. There were many comments about how lovely and convenient the reception was.
Last but certainly not least, thanks to Bob Mansfield for the tolling of our great bell 88 times as we processed to the Memorial Garden for the rendering of military honors by a USMC detachment.
Abundant and sincere thanks to all for helping to celebrate the life of husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Gene Leone.
Ann & Jon Leone and the rest of the Leone clan
May 3, 2014
The parish office is open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
The telephone number is (203) 269-5050.
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax – (203) 269-3813
Web Site – www.stpaulswallingford.org
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