St. Paul's Episcopal Church
65 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

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July/August

2014

 

 


 

JULY/AUGUST AT ST. PAUL’S

 

Sunday Worship - 8:00 & 9:30 AM

Vestry – 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM (July only)

 

GARDENERS’ MARKET AT THE GAZEBO

Saturday, August 16 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Saturday, September 6 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

 

SAVE THE DATE

Ingathering Sunday

September 14

One Service at 9:30 AM

followed by a parish pot-luck picnic

 

 

DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER IS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24

 

 

Please advise us of – change of address or telephone numbers,

-         illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths,

-         requests for baptisms, weddings , etc.

 

 

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!

Thank you!

 

 

Times for St. Paul’s Sunday Service

Comcast Cable Channel 18

U-Verse Channel 99

www.WPAA.TV – WPAA on the Internet

Sunday – 5:00 PM

Monday – 8:00 AM

Wednesday – 2:00 PM

Saturday – 7:00 PM


Dear Companions in Christ, 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, my friends!   

I’m delighted to announce that the Music Director Search Advisory Committee has reached consensus in supporting me in calling Jay Lindsay as our new Music Director.  Jay joins us on Sunday August 24, eager to prepare for a smooth transition with lots of beautiful music.  We’re confident that the Choir, Chorister families, congregation and wider community of Wallingford will enjoy getting to know him and making music under his skilled leadership. 

You can look forward to learning more about Jay (and his wife Meredith –a chocolatier!) in person of course.  Jay will also introduce himself in an article in the September newsletter. 

In the meantime, please feel free to ask any of our dedicated Search Committee members why they’re excited to welcome Jay.  Committee members are:  Wendy Oestreicher, chair, and Pam Doerner, Carol Gervais, Bob Knowlton, Anne Leone, Kristin Liu, and Chuck Maynard.  While you’re at it, please give them each a great big thanks for their generosity with their time and thoughtful discernment. 

For now we’re blessed to have Kyle Brazauski, a student at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, playing organ and piano in church this summer. (Fun fact:  Jay is a Hartt School grad.)

Many thanks to you for your prayers and support.   

With a song in my heart,

Dee Anne+ 

P.S.  Don’t forget to keep adding your hymn requests to the list posted on the easel near the Main Street entrance.  We’ve already been working our way through what’s there.  I can’t wait to belt out “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” on the hottest Sunday of summer!


Church School News 

Summer is here and church school for the academic year has come to an end.  I feel very blessed to have been a part of St. Paul’s.  I have had a wonderful time getting to know you all and your families.  We have wonderful things planned for the fall, be sure to stay tuned.  Also, save the date for our Ingathering picnic on September 14th and the start of another great church school year on September 19th.  Many thanks to those that have volunteered their time and brought in donations!! Have a safe, happy, and special summer!  

Thank you to our Church School volunteers!  Sue Rourke, Beth Kennedy, Donna Regan, Kelly Cozzi, Fiorella Adams, Ranee Bibisi, Tammy Napoli, Chrisy Rich, Matt Scalesse, Kim Nardi, Amy Grant, Shawn Winberg, Lisa Sabia, Rhonda Capello, Rebecca Abbate, Erin Herman, Allison Carboni, Christie Madancy, Helen Stowe, Holly Frost, Kristin Liu, Marie Mumaugh, Jane Smith, Stacy Murray, Karen Rowe, Anna O’Brien,  and Ray Bibisi. We – and especially our kids – appreciate your time and TLC! 


Vestry Update 

Sometimes people say, “Age is just a number,” but we know that there are some numbers that are really worth celebrating!  The 275th anniversary of the founding of our parish will be in the spring of 2016, and at this June’s Vestry meeting we began brainstorming ways that we can celebrate this important milestone.  We are forming a committee of Vestry members and other parishioners to follow up on this brainstorming and start planning in earnest for a parish-wide set of events to mark this special date.  We will follow up the main celebration in 2016 with another event in 2018 to remember the 150th anniversary of the building of our sanctuary.  We hope everyone will find a way to get involved in these significant events in the life of our parish, and any ideas you have for the celebrations are most welcome—send them along to either of us (the wardens) or to the Rector. 

In addition to the fun of beginning to imagine how we will celebrate in 2016, the Vestry took care of quite a bit of other business.  We had a lively discussion about the proposed additions to the Baptismal Covenant that include care for creation, hearing feedback from parishioners and adding our own thoughts, all of which will be shared with the diocese.  The Vestry also approved the Sacred Trust recommendations for funding to help with the Nicaragua mission trip, for a shed to store property maintenance equipment, and for nine honoraria for students in college.  A number of other reports were shared with the Vestry—it was another full and productive meeting.   

The Vestry will meet again in July and take a summer break in August, but throughout the summer we will continue to work on all of our various efforts.  Remember, please share with us any ideas you have for celebrating the anniversary of this parish that means to much to all of us. 

Your wardens,

Amy Foster and Chuck Maynard 


 “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 


 Thrift Shop News  

July brings the $5 bag sale to the Thrift Shop! Fill a provided bag full of any clothing item you can wear (except jewelry) for just $5 per bag! We have a fabulous selection for the entire family at this time! We also have plenty of toys, children's books, paperbacks & cookbooks as well as house-wares. You can find us there Thursday Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.


St. Paul’s Graduates – 2014 

Alec Bryant, grandson of Ray & Joan Bryant, graduated in the top 4 percent from high school in Bradenton, FL on May 31, 2014.  He will be performing on the high wire with Nik Wallenda during the summer, then attending college in September. 

Christopher Earley, son of Beth & Steve Earley, graduated from the Honors Program at the University of New Haven with a BS degree in Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude, on January 18, 2014.  Chris has accepted a position with the FBI, and is also working on completing his Master’s Degree. 

Mary Foster, daughter of Amy & Tom Foster, graduated from Wesleyan University on May 25, 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science.  She was also just elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Mary will work in New York for the Central Park Conservancy beginning June 2. 

Caroline Page Golschneider, daughter of Rob & Debi Page, graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s Degree in Education (Ed.M) on May 29, 2014.  

Nathan Hallowell, nephew of Christopher & Donna Regan, graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy on June 21, 2014 with a BS degree in Facilities Engineering. 

Alyssa Martorelli, niece of Christopher a& Donna Regan, graduated from Pomperaug High School on June 17, 2014.  She will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall pursuing a degree in education. 

Kelly McCoy, daughter of Kathie McCoy & Jim McCoy, graduated from Boston College with a BS degree in Environmental Geoscience, on May 19, 2014.  She is currently looking for work as an environmental consultant and eventually plans to pursue a higher degree.

Alyssa Mommsen, daughter of Susan & Paul Mommsen, graduated from the University of New Haven on May 18, 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition.  Alyssa is currently pursuing steps to obtain an internship in her field. 

Brooke Mommsen, daughter of Susan & Paul Mommsen, will graduate on June 24, 2014 from Cheshire High School.  Brooke will be a student at Quinnipiac University this fall and she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Digital Media.

 

 

Holy Baptism

 

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 rector@stpaulswallingford.org. 

 

Parish Life 

Baptisms 

June 8, 2014 

Grant James Haswell, son of Nathan & Tracy Haswell 

Joseph John O’Brien, son of Barry & Annamaira O’Brien 

Gracie Shea Riley, daughter of Joel & Brittany Riley


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. 

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.


Nicaragua Service Trip – The group of parishioners are in Camoapa, Nicaragua working hard and enjoying meeting the people.  Digging latrines, building biogardens, visiting the local school, eating delicious food and being so very tired at the end of the day.  Pictures and daily blogs are on http://stpaulstravels.wordpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/stpaulstravels . The group will be back on Wednesday, 7/30 and will be excited to share their experience with you!


 

June 24, 2014 Update

·        Master’s Manna remains a viable, VITAL resource to the greater Wallingford/Meriden Community.

·        Since Jan. 2014: 602 Children, 314 Seniors and 1076 Adults have registered to receive food

·        Since Jan. 2014: 158,965 pounds of food donated from local vendors

·        Summer project is to build and distribute 100 TOWER GARDENS~ we are working with Choate on this project. Join us!!

·        Please visit **  Master's Manna's 14 minute film produce by Maring Visuals: http://m.youtube.com/watch?

·        Listen to Master’s Manna on the Colin McEnroe CT Radio Show on NPR, June 2014: http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-land-plentyfor-some

·        Received Liberty Foundation Grant $5000

·        Approved for Tariq Farid Foundation Grant of $12,000

·        Received CUNO Foundation Grant $5000

·        Town of Wallingford funding of $22,000 for 2014-2015

·        Dr. Peter Rosenwald, Optometrist has donated his office equipment. His space is being completed as I type.

·        Answered prayer: Max Horowitz, our Chef, received his new heart this past Thursday! Please pray that his heart will NOT be rejected, that the family will be protected and surrounded by prayer, and that God will receive ALL of the glory!

·        Dr. Larry Singer, Dentist has donated equipment and the dental clinic is being completed as I type.

·        Your investment into this community is deeply appreciated!!


St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society, End of Season Report 2014

 2014 Membership:  Kasey Madancy (Jr.), Dorie Madancy (Jr.), Elle Madancy (Jr.), Macy Buccheri (Jr.), Maddie Buccheri (Jr.), Page Loughlin (New member), Mia Scalesse (Jr.), Britany DiElsi (Jr.), Brooke Mommsen (Sr.), Beverly Chevalier (Leader), Jane Smith (Leader), Karen Rowe (Branch Advisor). 

GFS has had a pretty active year!  The girls started out the 2013-2014 season selling water and soda and handing out flyers for our Blessing of the Animals service as well as Thrift Shop information and other upcoming events at St. Paul’s, at the Celebrate Wallingford event in October 2013.  In November, 2013, the girls sold their handmade craft items at St. Paul’s Annual Holiday Fair.  In December, 2013, the girls made cards and candy bags to add to the poinsettia plants that were given to our parish shut-ins for Christmas.   

In January, the girls had fun at our New Year’s Party on a Saturday morning! The girls made Valentines and filled bags of candies for our shut-ins, played a trivia game about GFS while enjoying breakfast and played some fun games!   

In March 2014, the girls hosted their first bake sale!  Each girl donated homemade baked goods.  We had an abundant table for sure!  Proceeds from the bake sale will help fund the branch activities and a $100.00 donation was made to the parish mission trip to Nicaragua.  During those activities the girls met (when it wasn’t snowing!) for our regular meetings twice a month and had fun making craft items such as Welsh dolls (our GFS World Council meeting is in Wales this July 2014!), learning about GFS, making bracelets (for our GFS Youth Delegate Brooke Mommsen to take with her to World Council to give away to new friends), participated in Creative Arts Day (at St. Luke’s Church in New Haven) where we decorated flip flops to give to area shelters and learned about the vast reach of GFS across the world.   

In April we had a visit from Rob Page, who is leading the mission trip to Nicaragua.  Rob talked to the girls about the water project and had a wonderful presentation with pictures and music for the girls.  In May, our girls were treated to a gluten-free pancake breakfast and craft time.  The girls enjoyed the pancakes very much – some trying gluten-free pancakes for the first time!  On Mother’s Day, our newest GFS girls were received into the organization and given their Junior pins.  Our Senior girl, Brooke Mommsen, was also recognized for all of her efforts as a Junior leader.   The service was followed by a reception with a yummy cake for the girls!   

Our last meeting was held in June where the girls made their own pizzas, did a couple of craft projects one for themselves and one for “Dad”, had a scavenger hunt in the sanctuary and ended with a prayer circle of thanks with Native American prayer outside on the lawn.  Whew!  Time flew by!  What a wonderful group of girls we have. I am thrilled to be a part of the Girls’ Friendly Society at St. Paul’s and look forward to our 2014-2015 season which begins in the fall.    

Respectfully submitted, Karen Rowe, Branch Advisor – St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society

 

  

 

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