St. Paul's Episcopal Church
MARCH 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
Wednesday, March 5
7:00 AM Holy Eucharist & Ashes
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist, Ashes & Music
7:00 PM Holy Eucharist, Ashes & Music
MORNING PRAYER IN LENT
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:30 AM
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS SUNDAY, MARCH 9
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM
March 12, 19, 26 & April 2 & 9
GFS BAKE SALE
Sunday, March 16
9:00 AM & 10:30 AM
Tuesday, March 18 – 6:30 PM
Saturday, April 5 - 9:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP POT LUCK SUPPER
Saturday, March 22
APRIL NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS MARCH 23
Dear Companions in Christ,
What is God up to in your neighborhood? Your home? Work? School? In this world God so loves? Here at St. Paul's?
That's a variation on a question Bishop Ian Douglas likes to ask wherever he goes. During his recent visit to St. Paul's he took a picture of the creation mural in the church school hallway and posted it on Twitter with the comment, "Mural by Robin Hunter at St. Paul's, Wallingford CT. One of three in a series of what God is up to."
In this one piece of art, God is up to showing us a true labor of love. God is up to working through the gifts so generously given to Robin which she in turn shares so generously with us to God's glory. God is up to celebrating some of what's unique about this community. God is up to providing a cheery space where children see Bible stories before their very eyes. God is up to reminding us of the goodness of creation -- and our sacred trust to be stewards of it.
And, yes, God is up to brightening my day as I go in and out of my office passing that beautiful mural.
Now if God is up to all this in a 3x4 foot canvas, just imagine the rest of our lives. In fact, what if we looked for "what God is up to" in every aspect of our lives, exciting to mundane? What if we, like Bishop Douglas, expected to find "what God is up to" wherever we go?
How might that inform what we're up to, day by day?
Faithfully, Dee Anne+
Our February meeting marked the first time the newly elected Vestry has met as a group. We welcomed new Vestry members Peter Nickerson, Nancy Harrington, Bob Knowlton and Robin Hunter (who was unable to attend), and new Junior Warden Chuck Maynard. Ted Hartsoe moved to his new role as Treasurer, and Amy Foster began her work as Senior Warden. Much of our meeting was spent getting everyone up to speed on how the Vestry and Vestry meetings work as well as updating the group on several ongoing efforts and issues.
We are planning a Vestry retreat on March 8, which will allow us to follow up on the great ideas that emerged at the Annual Meeting and to set our goals for the year. If you have questions, suggestions or other thoughts to share with the Vestry, we encourage you to speak with any one of us.
Amy and Chuck
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
Morning Prayer during Lent: Helen Stowe will be leading Morning Prayer during Lent on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 AM. This is a beautiful and short worship service. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Helen Stowe.
The Great Do-It-Yourself Lenten Study -- 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays March 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9. This year's Lenten class is inspired by the classic readings of our "Salvation History" appointed for the Easter Vigil. But here's the catch: YOU determine which readings you want to learn more about. What does the creation story in Genesis mean for us today? What's really going on in the crossing of the Red Sea? What's the difference in some of those prophecies of Isaiah? Don't you just love the story of those dry bones? And who is Zephaniah anyway? Come the first week for an exercise in which we get the big picture and then decide which of these readings to study the remaining weeks. Dinner and worship round out the evening; child care available. Please sign up on the easel or email email@example.com.
Adult Forum - Acts of the Apostles
This spring, beginning on March 30, the Adult Forum will read, study and discuss the book in the New Testament that describes the earliest origins of the Christian church in the years after Jesus' death: Acts of the Apostles. We will learn about the historical context in which these events took place and the likely historical situation of the book's author (Luke). As we read about the experiences of Peter, Paul and other apostles, we will consider the implications of their work and message for our time. The Adult Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Wilkinson Hall. All are welcome!
[Note: the Forum will be on "spring break" on March 16 and 23]
Please advise us of – changes of address or telephone numbers,
- illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths
- requests for baptisms, weddings, etc.
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
God and Cool Science was a “blast!” A special thank you to those who have taught: Helen Stowe, Chrisy Rich, Holly Frost, and Matthew Scalesse. Also, many thanks to those who are always willing to lend a hand: Kim Nardi (our faithful and dedicated shepherd), Ranee Bibisi, Kristin Liu, and Allison Carboni.
Despite the snow and long weekend we concluded the rotation with a Mad Science party. The children and teachers hand a great time experimenting and getting down and dirty!
We are in full swing and preparing for Lent and our next rotation: “Won’t you be my Neighbor: The Parable of the Good Samaritan.”
Thank you all for making our church school a fun and rewarding experience!
Keep your Eyes on the Lookout!
Stay tuned for more information on a fundraiser for our Service Project in Nicaragua. Our church school will work on creating artwork and other members of the church will be invited to submit photographs or artwork of their own to be reproduced on various items (greeting cards, mugs, mouse pads, stickers, etc…) It is never too late to start brainstorming ideas for your own personal creations. There is an artist that lives in all of us!
Director of Christian Education
"Caught being Salt" -- Where have you seen God's people making a difference? Being the "salt of the earth" and the "light of the world" as Jesus says in a gospel reading (Matthew 5:13,14) heard in church recently? Post a picture, note or other artifact on the hallway bulletin board across from the chapel or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to post for you. Or "like" us on Facebook and post it there. Let's surround and inspire one another with examples of "salt" and "light"!
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday March 9! Turn your clocks ahead on Saturday night before you go to bed – you don’t want to miss church!
St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society
St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society branch is having its first bake sale after each service on Sunday March 16, 2014! Items such as Irish tea breads, cookies, coffee cakes, quiche, fudge, brownies and other yummy goodies will be on sale! The girls have made banana breads and molasses cookies and their parents and other GFS friends are contributing such items as: Irish tea breads, coffee cake, quiche, cookies, fudge and more!
This is our first fundraiser for the 2014 year. Money earned will go to fund our branch for activities and to help send our girls to National Assembly in 2016! A portion of the money will be used to help buy school supplies for school children in Nicaragua.
Our GFS meeting follows on Tuesday March 18, at 6:30 pm. Rob Page (yes, our very own) will present a program to the girls about the Water for People project and Nicaragua mission. Rob has made a very entertaining slide show for the girls. All girls aged 5-21 are invited to attend our GFS meetings!
For more information about GFS or if you would like to contribute baked goods for the sale, please contact Karen Rowe, branch advisor.
Mercy Center Retreat
Saturday, May 17th is the date for our Mercy Center Retreat. It will begin at 9:00 AM, with arrival at 8:30 AM, and will conclude about 7:00 PM Saturday evening. The fee is $65.00 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and supper. A deposit of $15.00 is due by March 23rd in cash or check made out to Vivian Horvath. The balance is due on April 13th (Palm Sunday).
Unfortunately Sr. Judy is unable to be with us this year, which I know is a disappointment to many who know her, but I am happy to say that I have obtained Sr. Lorraine La Vigne (La Vine). I have spoken with her and I think you will find her similar to Sr. Judy in her approach. She is an experienced spiritual director and has facilitated many retreats such as ours. She is looking forward to meeting with us.
If there are any questions or concerns, please ccontact Vivian. Look forward to seeing you at MC.
505 South Elm Street, Wallingford
All requests for honorariums, inreach and outreach assistance from St. Paul’s Sacred Trust Fund must be received in the church office by May 15, 2014.
Note: Requests for honorariums WILL BE CONSIDERED at this time ONLY and must be turned in to the church office by this deadline to be considered for 2014.
All application forms can be found on the St. Paul’s website or gotten from the church office.
Sacred Trust Committee
Thrift Shop News
MARCH on into the Thrift Shop this month as we begin to display Spring/Summer wear as well as seasonal décor items (including Easter)! As always, we have a great selection of housewares, glassware, linens & paperback books. We continue to be blessed with wonderful donations and our merchandise changes weekly! Our hours are Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm and we gladly accept your donations during those times as well.
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.
Contact Rob Page with questions.
P.S. Continue to support this trip by contributing CHANGE (or bills) in containers provided in church.
If you wish to have Easter flowers as a memorial for a loved one, please have the names you wish remembered, and contributions (checks payable to St. Paul’s Memorial Flower Fund) in to the Parish Office by April 13th.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the following Feast Days: Easter Eve (April 19, 2014), Pentecost (June 8, 2014) and All Saints Day (November 1, 2014). 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.
February 1, 2014
Cathy Jean Young MacKenzie
February 19, 2014
Barbara Manwaring Cassella
David Luther Adams, Jr.
Janette Christine Birtha (St. John’s)
Cassandra Elizabeth Doll
Katelyn Elizabeth Earley
Alicia Anne Eldridge
Adam Michael Manicone
Stephanie Elizabeth Neilson
HOLY WEEK & EASTER AT ST. PAUL’S
April 13 – April 20, 2014
Palm Sunday –
8:00 AM Blessing of the Palms, Dramatic Reading of the
Passion & Holy Eucharist
9:15 AM Church School (No Adult Forum)
9:30 AM Palm Procession, with Bagpipes, Dramatic
Reading of the Passion & Choral Holy Eucharist
(Child care at both services.)
Holy Wednesday -
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist
7:00 PM Service of Tenebrae
Maundy Thursday -
6:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Supper & Stripping of the Altar. Please bring soup to share; make your reservation by signing up at church or call the
parish office at 203-269-5050 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also consider bringing the following baby items to support our
Covenant to Care & Nurturing Families ministries: baby blankets, crib sheets, baby powders, lotions and diapers.
8:00 PM – 7:00 AM Good Friday – Night Watch Prayer Vigil – please sign up for an hour or two; call the parish office at 203-269-5050 or e-mail
email@example.com to reserve your time.
Good Friday –
7:00 AM Morning Prayer
7:00 PM Good Friday Liturgy, Dramatic Reading of the Passion Story, Veneration of the Cross
Holy Saturday -
7:00 PM Easter Vigil & 1st Holy Eucharist of Easter
The Feast of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday-
8:00 AM Festive Eucharist with Hymns
(No Church School or Adult Forum)
9:30 AM Festive Choral Eucharist
11:15 AM Easter Egg Hunt
(Child Care at both services.)
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!
The previous President of the Board at the Shelter, has moved to Florida. He did the weekly pickup at Shop Rite in Wallingford and we are looking for a few volunteers to do this job one Saturday a month. This is a heavy job, so men and strong women (who might have husbands who would like to help out) one Saturday a month are needed. Shop Rite supplies us with our canned goods, milk and, on occasion, various other items. We don't want to lose this donation and primarily it is a year round job (even though we are closed through a few months). We are looking for volunteers so that it is not up to just one person to do all the time. If anyone is interested, please contact Matt Cammarota at the following email address -MCammarota@WebsterBank.com You can also reach him by going on to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter website. I thank you all for your support of the Shelter.
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
If we are not in the office, please leave a message.