St. Paul's Episcopal Church
NOVEMBER 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 in St. Luke’s Chapel
Prayer Group – 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 PM in Chapel
Choir Rehearsals – Thursdays at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 9
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
NICARAGUA SERVICE TRIP MEETING
Sunday, November 10
10:45 AM in the Chapel
Tuesday, November 19
PROPERTY WORK NIGHT
Tuesday, November 19
CHORAL EVENSONG FOR THE FEAST OF ST. CECILIA
Friday, November 22
6:00 PM with reception to follow
THANKSGIVING BASKET MAKING
Sunday, November 24
After the 9:30 AM service
DEADLINE FOR THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER IS
Sunday, November 24
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Dear Companions in Christ,
Sure, why not?
That's the attitude I suggest you take while reading about the various opportunities in this newsletter or encountering announcements at church. Instead of automatically dismissing something as "not your thing", try opening yourself up to something new. You may just find it's your "thing" after all.
For instance, on Friday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. we're having Evensong in honor of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Never been to Evensong before? It's a short and relaxing service of beautiful music -- and who doesn't need that at the end of a busy week. Don't think the kids would like it? Our regular child care will be available. Like to treat yourself to some wine or sparkling water and cheese on a Friday night? That's what we're serving at the reception.
Of course that's just one example. How about bringing in non-perishable food items on Sunday and joining the offertory procession to the baskets by the altar rail? Or sending up your child or grandchild to do so?
Too busy to come to the Fair on November 9? Think again. You have to eat lunch, don't you? (Or, as I often do, grab "take-out" to save for dinner.) How about a little Christmas shopping or Thanksgiving prep? You may find that you ultimately save time. Please tell friends!
Looks like we've already got a full regalia of teachers for the next Church School rotation, but there's the one after that -- "Cool Science", which begins in January. And the next one, "Are You My Neighbor?" Teaching Church School may be easier than you think. You're only making a four week commitment, will be given a detailed curriculum and a "shepherd" to help guide the children will be present in the classroom. Best of all, you'll get to know more of our great kids (who'll be wearing nametags) AND learn at least as much as you teach.
One of our quieter roles is also one of the most satisfying: being a Lay Eucharistic Visitor who takes Communion to shut-ins, usually after church one Sunday a month. Training is provided. You'll get to meet some lovely people you might not know otherwise.
Our Nominating Committee is beginning to recruit folks for important roles on Vestry, the Memorial Garden /Columbarium Committee and the St. Paul's Sacred Trust. Why not give this some prayer and let me know if you might be willing to be considered?
And . . . have you marked your calendar for our July 19-29, 2014 service trip to Nicaragua?
In their wonderful sermon of October 20 (available at stpaulswallingford.org under "sermons"), Ranee and Ray Bibisi spoke of the value of "putting yourself out there". Ranee admitted to getting butterflies when she serves at the altar. (I do too sometimes.) But that's one of the best reasons to do it. As Ranee quoted from a friend, "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."
We as Christians are all about being changed more and more into the likeness of Christ. And in him God was definitely doing a new thing.
P.S. Please be in touch for more information about any of the above or the 101 other things going on; I'll be glad to put you in touch with the right contact people. OR if you have an idea about something that's not yet happening but should be -- please speak up!
P.S.S. All of the above applies equally to you whether you're a "pillar" or just walked in a couple weeks ago.
Offering our Gifts of Foodstuffs -- and Compassion: You may have noticed recently that the baskets for our collections for the local food banks are in the chancel (the front of church by the altar rail). You're encouraged to bring up your gifts at the time of the offertory, thus emphasizing the liturgical act of offering ourselves to God's love and service. This is an especially good way to involve children in worship -- send them up with your gifts of foodstuffs! We look forward to seeing St. Paul's generosity at work. Thank you!
At October's Vestry meeting we had a guest visit from Paul Thomas, our Music Director. Paul brought to us a proposal for re-establishing and funding a choral scholars program. After some discussion, the Vestry enthusiastically supported Paul's efforts to a) invite interested parishioners to contribute to this program and b) identify young people to bring their talents and energy to the choir while gaining important musical knowledge and experience.
The majority of the meeting that followed Paul's visit consisted of financial updates as well as reports on recent community-building, outreach and financial stewardship efforts. We also did a bit of brainstorming about how best to configure our parking spaces now that we have been impacted by the new town parking lot behind our property. We welcome any suggestions you might have!
-Your Wardens, Andy Bravo and Amy Foster
St. Paul’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair Luncheon
Saturday November 9, 2013
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
See You There!
So Many Blessings!
On Sunday, October 27 we gathered as a community for a single worship service and a festive brunch to "Count Our Blessings" and offer our financial pledges for the continued vitality and growth of our parish. And so many blessings there were to count! The church school children were leaders in worship, offering a wonderful version of the Joseph story, reading scripture, offering Prayers of the People, and serving as ushers and acolytes. The St. Paul's Choristers were active in song throughout the service, with a special offertory anthem. And on our pledge cards, here are some of the items people listed as blessings for which they are especially thankful:
Family - past and present
Children and grandchildren
The community at St. Paul's
God's love and guidance
A working furnace and propane in the tank!
Dee Anne--her strength, caring and ministry at St. Paul's
A job I love
St. Paul's Memorial Garden
Small ways to serve
Enough money for needed repairs
Help from friends and family in times of need
The love of my mother and her bringing me into the Episcopal Church
Beautiful St. Paul's to worship in
Faith that keeps me going, especially in troubled times
Each day the good Lord gives me!
Thank you to all who worked to make this a special day and to all whose contributions of all kinds help sustain our ministries. We will have more information next month on the pledge totals so far, and if you have not yet pledged, it's not too late!
ST. PAUL’S GIRLS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY
Please attend meetings as you are able!
Starting in November, we are holding our meetings on the first Saturday and third Tuesday of each month.
Saturday November 2, 2013 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am – We are working on the completion of crafts to be sold at our fair on Sat. Nov. 9.
Saturday November 9, 2013- 10:00 am – 2:00 pm is our Holiday Fair. GFS has a table at this fair and will be selling our handmade crafts to raise funds for our group. It is not mandatory that you come to this event but if you would like to help at the table for an hour, please let Karen Rowe know.
Tuesday November 19, 2013 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday December 7, 2013 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday December 17, 2013 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm - Christmas Party!
Saturday January 4, 2014 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday January 21, 2014 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Information regarding our above meeting programs will be forthcoming. February- June dates will coincide with the school vacations and dates will be announced in January.
The Finance Committee is working to prepare the 2014 Operating Budget and any requests must be submitted by 11/17/2013. Please see any of the Finance Committee members if you have any questions. They are:
George Swenson, Robert Mansfield, Brian Sabia, Ray Bibisi, Jane Smith, Ted Hartsoe, Tom Guartafierro, Robin Hunter, Andy Bravo
The planning and fund raising for St. Paul’s Mission Project, a Service Trip to Nicaragua, July 19 – 29, 2014 is progressing. We do now know that we will participate in building a hand washing station. This trip will provide those going, with the opportunity to connect with the people, experience the culture and beauty of this country.
At the onset of our discussions about this trip, many people expressed a desire to go. WE NOW NEED YOUR COMMITMENT by December 31, 2013. Once we have the number going, we can concentrate on additional fund raising to help defray cost.
Contact Rob Page for necessary paperwork and/or information
A meeting will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 10:45 AM in the Chapel, for those who are interested.
P.S. Continue to support this trip by contributing CHANGE (or bills) in containers provided in church.
Property Committee Work Night
YOU are invited to the Property Committee work night on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM. We will be cleaning, oiling, and bleeding the radiators in order to make our heating system more efficient. We will also be checking the emergency lights before our annual visit from the Fire Marshall.
If you know of any other work that needs to be done, please let me know. Questions of comments? See Bob Mansfield.
CHURCH SCHOOL NOTES
Church school has been very busy. A very special thank you to everyone who has contributed to a wonderful first rotation and Celebration Sunday! I hope you all enjoyed our Reenactment of Joseph, I know I did!
Our next rotation begins on November 10th and is entitled: Christ Revealed, Christmas Through Symbols. We will be exploring many Christmas related symbols from candy canes to stars. I can’t wait! What a fun way to prepare for the holidays! I am happy to announce that we are all set all with teachers for this rotation, but we could use supplies! Any contribution you are able to make would be much appreciated and helpful.
Some of the items we need are: candy canes (5 boxes), Velcro dots (3 packs), 4 large poster boards (green or red), WWJD stickers or bracelets, 2 strands of Christmas multi-colored lights, and 2 boxes of black garbage bags. Please email me at email@example.com or leave a message at the church to let me know what you will be sending in. This way I can monitor the amounts of items being brought in.
Thank you in advance!
Director of Christian Education
Teachers this Rotation: Thank You!
Many thanks to those who’ve taught the “Joseph” rotation just concluded: Fee & Luke Adams (St. Paul’s Productions), Tammy Napoli (Bread of Heaven), Anna O’Brien (Creation), Donna Regan (Desert Tales) and substitutes Kristin Liu, Beth Kennedy, and Matt Scalesse. Thanks also to the shepherds: Becky Abbate (K/1), Kim Nardi (2/3) and Allison Carboni (4/5). Many thanks to the leaders of the 7/8 class – Shawn Winberg, Amy Grant and Lisa Sabia.
The Choir of St. Paul's will sing a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of St. Cecilia on Friday, November 22 at 6 P.M. Evensong, one of the glories of our Anglican and Episcopal heritage, is a contemplative service of sung evening prayer. It will surely be a calming, refreshing way to end the work week. A short organ recital and reception will follow, and childcare will be provided.
Thanksgiving baskets will be brought to shut-in members of St. Paul’s on Sunday, November 24th. Please bring fresh fruit to church that day! If you are willing to help prepare and/or distribute these baskets after the 8 AM or 9:30 AM services, please see Helen Stowe after the service. Thanks so much!
ST. PAUL’S HOLIDAY TEA
Join us for St. Paul's HOLIDAY TEA!! A relaxing time of Holiday Music, a plate full of tasty sandwiches and desserts, good company and of course, your choice of tea. Still $12.00 per ticket!
Saturday, December 7th; 2 Sittings - 12:00 and 2:00PM. For tickets/reservations please contact Carissa Neubig OR Robin Hunter.
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!
Advent Lessons and Carols
On Sunday, December 15, the 9:30 A.M. Holy Eucharist will begin with a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent. This service is adapted from the one created in 1934 by the Rev. Eric Milner-White for use at King's College Chapel in Cambridge. The Choir of St. Paul's will lead us in hymns, anthems and carols, interspersed with Advent lessons read by members of the congregation. Join us as we prepare for the coming of Christ in liturgy and song.
Wallingford Shelter Coverage 2013/2014 - The homeless shelter opens November 1st through April 15, 2014. St. Paul's needs volunteers to serve Sunday evenings. The sign-up sheets are on the easel near the Baptismal Font. If you have questions, please contact Diane Simpson or Robin Hunter.
If you are able to serve in any capacity for the Christmas Day Service, please contact Jane Smith, by November 20th.
Thrift Shop News: We are filled to the brim with wonderful items after many generous donations - for that, the crew of the Thrift Shop is grateful! We have a fine selection of clothing for the entire family as well as house wares, linens, blankets and seasonal décor for the holidays which will be on display shortly! At this time we could use donations of winter accessories (hats, scarves, gloves/mittens & winter boots) as well as paperback books (no hard cover please). Come visit us Thursday -Saturday from 10 AM -1 PM.
Report on Annual Convention
The 229th Annual Convention of the Connecticut Episcopal Diocese took place October 26 & 27. Out church was represented by Rev. Dodd, Kristen Liu and myself as delegates. A major announcement included the relocation of the Diocese office from West Hartford to Meriden. Elections to various committees were held, voting on resolutions and a spirited sermon by Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. All resolutions passed and some were amended. Here is a brief summary of the resolutions.
1 - Clergy salaries. Sets minimum standards for clergy cash salary, other compensation, and paid time off with directives for paying travel expenses and encouragement for merit pay. Passed
2 - Budget of Convention. Sets 2014 budget. Passed.
3 - Church structure and collaboration. Sets up a task force to develop a process of parish collaboration, to report back to the 230th Annual Convention. Passed as amended to include the Canon for Mission Leadership among those to work with task force.
4 - Diocesan Canons. Adopts amended and restated canons. Passed as amended.
5 - Diocesan Constitution. First reading of amended and restated constitution. Passed as amended. Requires 2/3 approval at two successive Conventions to take effect.
6 - Constitution for the Missionary Society. Begins process of establishing a renewed identity for the Missionary Society, now an integrated component of the Executive Council. Passed as amended.
7 - Develop Baptismal Covenant Language that reflects unity with Creation. Creates a working group to draft liturgical language for study and use, per a described timetable, and to report to the 230th Annual Convention. Passed as amended to study only and not use, and to eliminate the timetable.
For more information please see Andy Bravo, Kristin Liu or the Rector
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The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the following Feast Day: Sunday after the Epiphany: Baptism of our Lord (January 12, 2014).Preparation for this celebration of Christian initiation includes a formal application and participation of parents and godparents in our Baptism Workshop and Rehearsal.
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