St. Paul's Episcopal Church
APRIL 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
MORNING PRAYER IN LENT
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 5 - 9:00 AM
Tuesday, April 22 – 6:30 PM
ST. PAUL’S NURSERY SCHOOL
“Make Your Own Sundae” Fundraiser
Saturday, April 5
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Adults - $4 and children ages 3 – 12 - $2
EASTER EGG HUNTS
Easter Sunday, April 20 after both services
SACRED TRUST APPLICATION DEADLINE
Thursday, May 15
MAY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS APRIL 20
Dear Companions in Christ,
April is all about Holy Week. Sure, I know it doesn't actually happen until the last week of the month but the time to start getting ready is now -- and not just the choir, altar guild and those who help plan and lead liturgy. But ALL of us.
So note the schedule on the following page. Think of it as a practical invitation to keep this week holy -- set apart, different from any other week -- which is what the word "holy" can mean.
And that series of services starting with Maundy Thursday? How about considering them but a single service leading up to a joyous celebration of the new life offered in Christ Jesus' resurrection? In fact, there's even a fancy traditional name for this: Triduum, meaning three days of prayer. In my former church we made this point by having one bulletin for all the services from Maundy Thursday through Good Friday to the Easter Vigil.
Here we might use separate bulletins, but it really is one big service. So start planning, folks. What arrangements do you need to make now in order to participate fully and faithfully then?
Too busy? Of course you are! And in a way isn't that the point? We're celebrating something so wondrous and extraordinary and unfathomable that God has done -- and continues to do -- that it upsets our tidy plans and creates better things than we could ever imagine.
And you know what else? I've never ever had anyone tell me that setting aside this time for Holy Week wasn't a good (sometimes even life-changing) experience.
See you in church ... again ... and again ... and ...
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 Activity! (No Adult Forum)
9:30 AM Palm Procession with Bagpipes, Percussion,
Dramatic Reading of the Passion & Choral Holy Eucharist (Child care at both services.)
Holy Tuesday – 7:30 AM Morning Prayer
Holy Wednesday - 12:10 PM Holy Eucharist
7:00 PM Service of Tenebrae
Maundy Thursday -
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
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
email@example.com. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 -
9:00 AM Mandatory Rehearsal for Easter Vigil participants
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
Easter Egg Hunts after each service
(Child Care at both services.)
Since the Vestry meeting in February we have had a busy few weeks. We began with a visit by Bishop Ian Douglas for confirmation. Following the service the Vestry met with Bishop Douglas for lunch and a discussion revolving around 1) our individual Gospel stories and 2) the introduction to Dwight J. Zscheile’s “People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity.”
We followed with a retreat on March 8th at St. John the Evangelist in Yalesville. Our discussions focused on developing a “Safe Church” policy, on being “Good Samaritans” and how can we go forward and do likewise. We discussed the inputs from the guided table discussions at the Annual Meeting as well as some new ideas. Some ideas we are exploring are a continuing form of assistance during the day when the Wallingford Homeless shelter is not open, starting a revolving dinner group that would meet once a month, a St. Paul’s “Pay It Forward” program, additional pot luck dinners, and preparation for our 275th anniversary in 2016, among other things. You will be hearing more about these initiatives as the year progresses.
At our meeting on March 11th we continued the discussions from the retreat as well as assigned vestry liaisons for the various committees, activities, and events that take place throughout the year. If you have questions, suggestions, or comments that you would like brought to the Vestry please contact us or any member of the Vestry. Out next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 8th.
Amy & 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
St. Paul’s Nursery School
& Kindergarten Childcare
Wilkinson Hall, St. Paul’s Church
“Make Your Own Sundae” Fundraiser
Saturday, April 5, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Children ages 3 – 12 - $2.00
Morning Prayer during Lent: Helen Stowe leads Morning Prayer during Lent on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 AM, including Holy Week in the Chapel. Good Friday Morning Prayer will take place at 7:00 AM in the church around the altar.
The Great Do-it-Yourself Bible Study of Lent -- Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a simple supper, study and worship. This coming Wednesday April 9 we'll be studying from today’s first reading – the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) in greater depth. Why do we read it so late in Lent? Again, possibly, at the Easter Vigil? Will those bones live? Come enjoy this fascinating story – complete with fun music of course! We’re happy to welcome you to this final session.
PALM CROSS MAKING!
Palm Crosses will be made on Friday, April 11 at 1:00 PM in Wilkinson Hall. No experience necessary – we will train. Come have fun and learn a new skill.
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.
Adult Forum - Bible Study: Acts of the Apostles
This spring Adult Forum has begun and 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. Those experiences were more action-filled than you might have thought—the book is full of travel, dreams, arrests, prison breaks, and even a shipwreck! The Adult Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Wilkinson Hall. All are welcome—come, give it a try!
Church School News!! Finally, Happy Spring, everyone! As always, many fun things are happening here at church school. We are wrapping up our rotation on the Good Samaritan and will be making note card gift sets. All sales will help out the service project in Nicaragua. What a nice tie in to our lesson! Keep a lookout for details!
A very special thank you for our teachers this month: Tammy Napoli, Erin Hermann, Donna Regan, Jane Smith, Ronda Capello, Kim Nardi, and Christie Madancy. Church school wouldn’t be able to go on without you all! The month of April, we have so much to look forward to. We will have some very special lessons planned by our very own Helen Stowe and Ranee Bibisi… you won’t want to miss it!
Easter Sunday, April 20th, there will be no church school. However, we WILL have 2 Easter egg hunts. They will be held at 9 and 10:30am. I would love to see you all there and as always spread the word and invite friends! I will be gladly accepting donations for the egg hunt. Please feel free to drop off to me or simply leave at church with my name on it. Thank you to all who have already donated.
Are you interested in what we have done this month? Have you ever asked your child what they did today and gotten the vague answer of, "I don't know" or "we played"? Here is where all your questions will get answered!!! St. Paul's Productions - The children became famous as they channeled their inner actors/actresses! They read the parable of the Good Samaritan and reenacted it with each other! They also spoke about ways they could be a "Good Samaritan." Creation- The children became artists! They were shown Van Gogh's painting The Good Samaritan and created their own with watercolors and pastels to mimic the texture of Van Gogh's work! Bread of Heaven- The children spoke of the parable and assembled Good Samaritan bags. The bags included goodies and how those can serve as reminders to people on how to be a "Good Samaritan." Desert Tales- The children viewed a movie of the parable while enjoying some snacks! How cozy and fun is that?! They also discussed some modern day ways they can be Good Samaritans!
Becky Scalesse, Director of Christian Education
I finally saw a sign of spring! The last patch of snow finally melted in my back yard Friday, and Saturday there was a whole patch of little crocus' blooming their pretty purple heads off!
Therefore it is time to think of SPRING CLEANUP! On Saturday, April 26th please show up at 8:30 AM, armed with edging tools, rakes, shovels, and snips. We hope to edge gardens and walks, clean up the area at the northwest corner of the property, expand the garden near the alley, do some paint touch-up, and generally clean up the grounds.
Lawn mowing season is almost here! I have already been approached by two of last years mowers and been asked to put their names on this years list! If you would like to help with this task, please let me know. Depending on the number of people who sign up, mowers are usually asked to mow 4 or 5 times during the season. The lawn mower is provided, and all you have to do is start and guide it.
A special thanks to Bob and Lois Olesen, Wendy Oestreicher, and Pete Nickerson for the many hours that they spent removing and installing new lights and painting the hall by the St. Luke’s Chapel and Common Room. GREAT JOB! An anonymous parishioner donated the chandeliers in the hallway. Many thanks!!
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. All application forms can be found on the St. Paul’s website or gotten from the church office.
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.
Sacred Trust Committee
NICARAGUA SERVICE TRIP
Plans for our trip to Nicaragua are well underway. Please stay tuned for fundraising events, such as a rice and bean dinner to be held on Saturday, May 10 at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit our NEW service trip blog at stpaulstravels.wordpress.com. Thank you!
P.S. Continue to support this trip by contributing CHANGE (or bills) in containers provided in church.
Central Deanery News
The Central Deanery is planning a Chrysalis Day of Caring for Saturday, May 17, 2014. This will likely be an all-day event involving opportunities for work both indoors and out (painting, yard work, etc). The Meriden-Wallingford Chyrsalis offers services and support to women who are in abusive relationships. This day of service will be a great chance to see our mission at work right here in our community. More details and sign-up information to come - in the meantime, contact Kristin Awsumb Liu if you have any questions.
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.
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.