St. Paul's Episcopal Church
SEPTEMBER AT ST. PAUL’S
Sunday Worship - 8:00 & 9:30 AM
Adult Forum – 9:00 AM (begins 9/21)
Church School – 9:15 AM (begins 9/21)
Vestry – 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Wednesday Eucharist – 12:10 PM in the Chapel (begins 9/24)
Choristers – Thursdays at 4:15 – 5:00 PM (begins 9/11)
Choir Rehearsals – Thursdays at 7:00 PM (begins 9/4)
GARDENERS’ MARKET AT THE GAZEBO
Saturday, September 6
8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
One Service at 9:30 AM
followed by a parish pot-luck picnic
Tuesday, September 23
6:30 – 8:00 PM
275th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING
Tuesday, September 30
SACRED TRUST APPLICATIONS
Deadline –Wednesday, October 1
DEADLINE FOR THE OCTOBER NEWSLETTER IS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Please advise us of – change of address or telephone numbers,
- illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths,
- requests for baptisms, weddings , etc.
Dear Companions in Christ,
As Christians we rejoice that the WORD became Flesh. We worship a creative God who’s all about relationship and communication. We’re a community. Our primary act of worship is communion. It's only right that we carefully tend our parish communication. So at the beginning of a busy season, let's make sure we're all taking advantage of as many of the following as we can --
Come to church regularly. Being the Body of Christ worshiping, learning and enjoying one another's company is central to everything else we do all week. Being together is also the best way to communicate -- not just what's going on but why. Nothing beats good old-fashioned face to face.
Sunday announcements. Please make every effort to get yours in writing and into the parish office by Wednesday. Drop it off in the "office" mailbox or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If it bears saying aloud in church, please be prepared to have both services covered either by yourself or someone who can do it for you. We are one congregation; it's only fair that we all get the same (brief!) information and invitations.
If you spend time online, please make sure you're connected to St. Paul's:
Our website is stpaulswallingford.org. Make us a "favorite" or add it to the home screen of your mobile device. You'll see updates, recent sermons, photos and more. You can also get a jump on Sunday's announcements as early as Friday by clicking "weekly announcements" near the bottom of the page.
Click "Join our email list" at the bottom of our homepage. You'll receive notice of funerals, weather cancellations and last-minute reminders. Besides coming to church, this is the single most important thing you can do to be informed.
"Like" us on Facebook. This summer we’ve been treated to pictures of the Nicaragua trip as it unfolds, a tribute to Robin Williams and more.
In addition, after you register for Church School, Choir or Choristers you'll receive updates on these ministries from the pertinent staff member. The Nicaragua service trip has its own online presence. Check out stpaulstravels.wordpress.com for lots of great stuff on this summer's trip and -- coming soon -- information about next year's.
Finally, it's important that we're able to communicate directly with each other. There are still a few copies of our 2012 Picture Directory with addresses and phone numbers. Please request a copy from the parish office.
See you in church ... and just a phone call, text or email away,
P.S. Don't forget snail-mail. We send this newsletter, as well as seasonal letters and quarterly statements. If you're not on our mailing list (or have recently moved), please let us know your current address.
Please advise us of – change of address or telephone numbers,
- illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths,
- requests for baptisms, weddings , etc.
Dear Members and Friends,
I am so excited to have been called to serve as your new music director! I joined the staff of St. Paul's on August 18th, and have had such a wonderful time getting to know the choir, choristers, and congregation. I feel so blessed to be able to share my ministry with such a vibrant parish community. I'd like to thank Dee Anne and all the members of the search committee for calling me to serve at St. Paul's.
A little bit about me: Prior to coming to St. Paul's, I was most recently the interim music director at United Presbyterian Church in Milford. I began my work in music ministry in 1999 while a sophomore in college and have served in several different churches of varying denominations since then. My background includes degrees from The Hartt School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to my work in music ministry I also teach piano and accompany the United Girls Choir. When not making music I enjoy coffee (and lots of it!), comic books, gardening, and spending time with my dog, Gus, and three cats: Mia, Dimitri and Penelope. I live in New Haven with my wife Meredith, who will also be joining St. Paul's as an alto in the choir.
I look forward to meeting all of you! Please feel free to come share your thoughts about the music program. I'd love to hear your ideas. Now is also a great time to join the Choir or the Choristers. Adult Choir rehearsals begin on September 4th at 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Choristers begin on September 11th at 4:15 – 5:00 PM and is open to children in Kindergarten and older. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please let me know.
Yours in Christ,
Ingathering Celebration Sunday, September 14
Save this date for a combined 9:30 AM service followed by a potluck parish picnic. This year our special treat is a celebration of our recent service trip to Nicaragua -- with lots of ideas how we can all continue to be involved in the future! We'll supply the burgers and hot dogs; you bring salads, sides and desserts. Live music and games for all ages, and of course REGISTRATION for a great year of Church School, including our new pre-school class for 4 year-olds. Please sign up on the easels either by the Main Street entrance or in the parish hall during coffee hour. Bring friends!
Celebrate our Nicaragua Trip
Please join us on September 14th for Ingathering Sunday where we will be celebrating our visit to Nicaragua. The service mission was an enlightening and tiring experience for all involved and we are very excited to be sharing with the parish. We will be presenting gifts to the parish and relating our experience through the homily, pictures and video. We are asking for the congregation to participate by wearing blue and white that day — the colors on the Nicaraguan flag (and conveniently, our choir).
But our mission doesn’t stop after the celebration. As a group, we’ve decided we want to continue our service to the area. We are already working with El Porvenir to secure dates in 2015 for another trip, hopefully to the same region, Camoapa. The people of that area truly touched our hearts and we want to do everything we can to establish a long-term relationship.
We are in the process of forming a committee to help with that relationship. This committee isn’t just about planning the trip. It’s focus is on how we, as a whole parish, can continue our outreach outside of a mission trip. You don’t have to commit to going on a trip. The trip is really just one piece of our overall mission. Our goal is to establish a strong outreach program with this community.
Please see Rob Page or Donna Regan.
Although the Vestry only met in July and took a break in August, there was still plenty of activity this summer! At our July meeting we were pleased to hear the announcement about our new music director, Jay Lindsey, and we were updated about our new sexton, Steve Lockman. We moved forward with some changes in consolidating our church accounts, and we had an interesting discussion about the new name, new location and new logo for our diocese! The diocese is now referred to as “The Episcopal Church in Connecticut,” and it has a new location nearby in Meriden.
In addition to the work we did at our full meeting, subgroups of the Vestry also accomplished quite a bit. One group continued work on developing our own “Safe Church” guidelines, while another drafted some guidelines for two of our new funds (the Christian Formation and Education Fund in Honor of Mildred Specht and the Friends of Music Fund). And we also brought together a group of Vestry members and other members of the parish to begin very preliminary planning for our 275th Anniversary Celebration.
And now that summer is ending, we look forward to Ingathering on September 14 and the start of another exciting church year. We encourage everyone to attend Ingathering, bring a friend, and think about the ways you would like to be involved in the life of our parish.
Amy Foster and Chuck Maynard
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
“Supper 8” – Monthly Revolving Supper
As mentioned in the last two newsletters we would like to start a supper group as a means of fostering 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. 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.
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, August 3rd so that we can form the groups, notify each group member, and start our dinners in September. 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
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!
Welcome back, Families and Friends!
Wow! What a wonderful summer it has been?! I hope you’re ready to come back to Church School. I have so much in store! I am so excited to catch up with you all and see your smiling faces! Let’s reconnect at the Ingathering Picnic on Sunday, September 14th (following the 9:30 service). The picnic is a great time to see those we have missed over the summer and sign up for church school! September 21st Church School begins at 9:15 AM. Afterwards students will come to church for a blessing of the backpacks they take with them to school every day, celebrating that GOD IS WITH US EVERYWHERE! All students, teachers and school administrators are urged to bring in your backpacks and book bags for this annual event.
I am thrilled that we will be offering our Preschool Program for our 4 year olds! I know this is going to be a success! Please contact me or come and register at the picnic if you have a 4 year old child (eager and waiting to learn and play with us).
Our first rotation will be The Miracle Worker: Miracles of Jesus! We will explore and learn together about some of the many miracles of Jesus! As we travel through the rotations we will do many fun and exciting things! I am not going to give you too much information, but just as a tease, we have science experiments and picnics to be had! How fun is that?
If you find yourself wanting to help out with supplies, here is a list of some items we will need! Please email me with what items you will be contributing so I can keep an ongoing list.
· 3 boxes of oyster crackers
· 8 bags of goldfish crackers
· 40 disposable cups (10oz. or bigger)
· 10 rolls of paper towels
· 2 packs of 2” x 4” mailing labels
· Clean rags (can be returned if needed)
· Room fan (will be returned)
· Globe (will be returned)
As always, I am in need of volunteers! Please contact me if you are willing to teach/shepherd the first rotation! I would love to get some of our high school aged students and confirmands to help shepherd! Don’t be shyJ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… teaching/shepherding is such a fun and rewarding experience! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did it!!
See you all soon!
Director of Christian Education
Water, water everywhere!
This fall the Adult Forum will explore the topic of water. We will begin with a discussion of images of water found in scripture and the use of water in our liturgy. From there we will learn about and discuss issues related to our use of water, water conservation, depletion of water resources, and the implications of the lack of clean water in our own country and around the world. We will have the opportunity to hear from members of the parish who traveled to Nicaragua this summer to aid a community there in providing sanitation and access to clean water. The Adult Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Wilkinson Hall. Our first meeting of the fall will be September 21—all are welcome!
In the spring of 2016, St. Paul’s will celebrate its 275th anniversary. We are already beginning the planning process for this celebration, and we are eager to for more input. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please be in touch with Pete Nickerson or the Rector. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/30 at 7:00 pm.
St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society
St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society (GFS) starts with our first meeting Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. GFS is a Christian based service organization within the Episcopal Church. All girls age 5 and up are invited to join! Our meetings have traditionally been held one Tuesday and one Saturday a month. Our Saturday meetings are from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Our leaders are: Karen Rowe, Beverly Chevalier, and Jane Smith with help from Kate Adams, Brooke Mommsen, and Susan Mommsen. We also enlist the help of our parents now and again to donate items for our bake sale or holiday parties. There is no cost to join GFS.
Our first service project is two-fold. We will be putting together bags of dog bones and flyers for our fall Blessing of the Animals. The bags will be handed out at the Taste of Wallingford on Saturday October 4, 2014. Last year a few of our girls handed out information flyers about upcoming events, information about our thrift shop and sold water and soda. Customers couldn’t say no to those cute faces!
This year, GFS will have a Christmas Boutique and Sweets sale after both church services on Sunday December 14, 2014. The girls will be making most of these items at our fall meetings. A portion of our money raised will be given to a Diocesan mission project and the remaining money will fund activities of our branch. Money is needed to send our older girls (who will be eligible) to National Assembly in 2016, which is being held here in Connecticut. We would like to be able to send as many girls as possible to this meeting. National Assembly is an exciting week of activities and business meetings. The girls will be able to see how GFS works on a national level. They will meet other girls from across the United States and have a lot of fun!
Other upcoming fundraisers will be a Spring Tea and a bake sale. (Last year’s bake sale was phenomenal due to the generosity of our parishioners!)
The entire Fall schedule will be handed out at our first meeting. We will also email our calendar to our parents. If you have a girl who is interested in joining, please feel free to contact me for more information.
See you on Tuesday September 23!
Karen Rowe, Branch Advisor, GFS-St. Paul’s
Wednesday Noon Eucharist begins on
September 24 at 12:10 PM
This year our midweek service begins a couple of weeks later than usual. Perhaps this will give YOU the opportunity to consider joining this informal gathering in St. Luke’s Chapel to explore the lessons for the upcoming Sunday and share communion together. For more information please see the Rector or Vivian Horvath
SACRED TRUST APPLICATIONS
All requests for inreach and outreach must be received in the church office by Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Forms may be obtained online or from the church office. Only inreach and outreach requests will be considered. Honorariums requests will NOT be considered at this time.
Donations and volunteers Needed
St. Paul’s is participating in the Celebrate Wallingford weekend activities on October 4 and 5 with a booth in front of the church where we will be selling soda and water. Therefore donations of canned soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer, Sprite) and bottled water are needed. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the booth. Please contact Carole Ireland. Thank you for your support.
The Annual Bishops’ Open Golf Tournament
This benefit for Camp Washington will be held on Thursday, October 9 at Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington. Professional golf skills not required to participate in this tournament. Build a foursome or come alone and staff will build one for you…remember this event raises funds for the campers! Visit www.campwashington.org for more information. Earlybird registration fee of $100 until September 1, 2014
St. Francis Animal Blessing, October 12
Bring your animal friends – on a leash or in a carrier, please – to our St. Francis Animal Blessing at 2:00 PM on the North Lawn. Invite animal loving friends to this brief service to honor God’s precious critters. And consider bringing the following items to support the Wallingford Animal Shelter: cat & dog food (wet or dry), paper towels and blankets. Thanks!
Wallingford Homeless Shelter
We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the St Paul’s meal servers working at the Shelter on Sunday’s. This involves: church announcements, keeping the schedule and emailing it to Peggy May (who keeps the entire week’s schedule), asking for volunteers to make the meals during the time Choate has vacation. The Shelter opens in November and closes in April. Please contact Robin Hunter
A New Baby!
Bruce Carl McCormick “Mac” Jones III
July 17, 2014
7 lbs. 10 oz.
Proud Parents – Elizabeth McCormick & Bruce Jones
Proud Grandparents – Brendan & Rosemary McCormick
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.
July 24, 2014
Roger Alan Fry
August 6, 2014
Donald Williams Smith
August 25, 2014
Gloria Germain Hocking
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.
ST. PAUL’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND LUNCHEON
65 North Main Street, Wallingford
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2014,
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Get ready! It’s that time of year again. Our annual holiday fair and luncheon will be here before you know it and YOU can help make it a success by volunteering for one or more aspects of our fair!
Craft vendors are being sought to purchase tables for 35.00 each and sell their homemade crafts. But the money made from the crafter tables makes up only a portion of our fair profits. The majority of our profits come from the sale of our famous apple pies, Basket Raffle, luncheon, women’s accessory boutique, Golden Elephant/Christmas Loft and bake sale table. All of these areas need YOUR help for us to succeed. God has given us many talents to serve in a variety of ways. If you feel called to help with one (or more) of the areas of the fair, call me!
I am also looking for a replacement chairperson or persons for NEXT year’s annual fair! If you feel called to organize our fair, please contact me! Change is good and there are many ways to hold a successful fair! Think about it, and then contact me!
Our upcoming Sunday bulletins will contain updates and contact information for the people who are chairing our Apple Pie baking, Luncheon, Basket Raffle, Boutique, Christmas Loft and Bake Table.
See you all at the fair!
Baskets for the Basket Raffle
Our annual Holiday Fair will be here before we know it (November 15), and once again I am soliciting BASKETS for the BASKET RAFFLE. This table has been very popular, due to the variety of interesting baskets being raffled.
Please consider putting together a basket. Ideas: wine, teas and coffees, bath/beauty products, dog or cat items, bird feeder supplies, kids' crafts, kids' cooking, Italian dinner, cooking/baking, movie night (Netflix gift cert., popcorn, candy), tool kit, wrapping basket, Christmas ornaments, snacks, gardening, baby things, etc. Be creative!!!
If you're not comfortable with the wrapping, we have some very talented basket wrappers who are willing to help out. Please bring your baskets to the church office or drop them off in Wilkinson Hall on the evening of the fair. Please give your basket a name and attach a list of contents. Questions? Contact Helen Stowe or Denise Adamczyk.
THRIFT SHOP NEWS
The Thrift Shop has been busy getting ready for the Fall & Winter season. We welcome your donations of acceptable items (please see church website/thrift shop tab for those) during our normal business hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and you can also find us there Monday mornings from about 8:00 am to 11:00am when we sort and price our merchandise. As always, we are always looking for more volunteers and would love to see some new faces! Speak with Carol Guartafierro for more information.
The parish office is open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
The telephone number is (203) 269-5050.
E-mail – email@example.com
Fax – (203) 269-3813
Web Site – www.stpaulswallingford.org
If we are not in the office, please leave a message.