St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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Wallingford, CT 06492

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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 PM in the Chapel

 Choristers – Thursdays at 4:15 – 5:00 PM

Choir Rehearsals – Thursdays at 7:00 PM   


PROPERTY WORK NIGHT

Wednesday, November 12

6:30 PM

 

PIE MAKING DATES

Monday 11/10 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday 11/11, Wednesday 11/12 & Thursday 11/13

2:00 – 4:00 PM & 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Friday 11/14 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM

 

HOLIDAY FAIR

Saturday, November 15

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

GIRLS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY

Tuesday, November 18

6:30 AM

 

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY BRUNCH

Sunday, November 23

One service at 9:30 AM with

pot luck brunch afterward

 

THANKSGIVING BASKET MAKING

Sunday, November 23

 After the Parish Brunch

 

WALLINGFORD INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Monday, November 24

7:00 PM

Church of the Resurrection

115 Pond Hill Road


Dear Companions in Christ,  

We're entering a season when many different opportunities present themselves.  I know I'm looking forward to celebrating the All Saints' baptisms one week, and observing the prayers for the departed on our Tree of Remembrance the next.  There will be apples to peel and best of all pies to buy -- along with lots of other good things -- at the Fair.  Then there's our 2nd annual World Toilet Sunday!    

And that doesn't even get to the triple threat of the Holiday Stroll, Holiday Tea and St. Nicholas Sunday on consecutive days of the action-packed first weekend of December.   

Amid all of these wonderful events, I appreciate the theme of this year's stewardship campaign: "Thanks for the Past, Give for the Present".  It invites us to take a larger perspective -- honoring those whose efforts have brought us this far, while encouraging us to consider what our own legacy might be.  Indeed, on this year's pledge cards we're asked to write a hope for the future of our parish.  We'll be sharing some of these at the potluck brunch which follows our single 9:30 service on Sunday, November 23.   

So take the time to rise above the demands of the moment to see the longer view.  Pray about it.  Let the spirit move you.  Ask your children and grandchildren for their ideas.  Think big!  I can't wait to be inspired by your fondest hopes and dreams.  

 

Faithfully, Dee Anne+ 

P.S.  Details about many of the above-mentioned events will be found throughout this newsletter, and in Sunday announcements, our email news, website and Facebook page.  Check 'em out! 

P.S.S.  If you've not yet received a pledge card, please pick one up at church (at either entrance) or during the week in the parish office. 


 Vestry Update  

Our October meeting was quite a marathon!  The good news is that this is because there is so much good work and so many exciting plans that we couldn’t fit it all into our usual meeting time.  We spent time on several financial issues, working to resolve a few budget issues and plans for an audit.  We have more work to do as we determine the best ways to invest and allocate our funds, and treasurer Ted Hartsoe has begun work with the Finance Committee to move forward with these plans.  Also in the financial realm, the Vestry approved all of the recommendations from the Sacred Trust Committee to provide funding for a computer for the new music director, musicians for Christmas Eve, sprucing up the third floor for our youth, and seed money for an outreach program our Church School will be initiating. 

This month we also continued discussion of our Safe Church Policy, and our intention is to finalize it by our next Vestry meeting and then develop plans for sharing it with the parish community.  We heard updates on a variety of efforts in the parish, and we especially encourage people to watch for our new stewardship campaign and continued plans for our 275th anniversary.  St. Paul’s is a wonderful community, and we all need to work together to play a role in supporting it and celebrating all that it has meant to parishioners for so many years. 

Your wardens,

Amy Foster and Chuck Maynard 


Tree of Remembrance

 For All Saints’ Sunday, November 9 

Please print legibly the name of a departed loved one on a “leaf” and put it in the designated basket at either church entrance.  We’ll offer one another’s “saints” in prayer as part of our celebration of the Communion of Saints.

 

 

Property Work Night

Wednesday, November 12th at 6:30 PM  

Cleaning radiators, replacing light bulbs, fixing pews, checking exit lights, etc.  Please bring screwdrivers, oil cans, flashlights, etc.  We’ll have fun and make sure we are all set for the winter!   

 

Ministers at St. Paul’s 

We are in need of parishioners who would be willing to serve at the Sunday services in any of the following capacities: crucifers, acolytes, ushers, chalice bearers, and intercessors.  Training will be available.  If you are interested please contact the Rector, and if you have questions feel free to speak with Jane Smith.

  

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


ST. PAUL’S FAMOUS APPLE PIES

WE HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE OUR AWARD-WINNING APPLE PIES EXCEPT YOU!

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*PEELERS, DOUGH MAKERS, *CRUST ROLLERS, 

PIE ASSEMBLERS WANTED!

2014 PIE BAKING SESSIONS:  Sign up on easel in church or contact George Swenson!

MONDAY 11/10             -        6 – 8 pm

TUESDAY 11/11            -        2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm

WEDNESDAY 11/12      -        2 – 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm

THURSDAY 11/13         -        2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm

FRIDAY 11/14               -        2 – 4 pm

 

*Bring your own utensils PLEASE!

 

 Baskets for the Basket Raffle 

Our annual Holiday Fair (November 15), is almost here.  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!!!  We have some very talented basket wrappers who are willing to help you wrap.  Please bring your baskets to the church office or drop them off in Wilkinson Hall on the evening of the fair.  Give your basket a name and attach a list of contents.  Questions?  Contact Helen Stowe, or Denise Adamczyk.

 

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ST. PAUL’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND LUNCHEON

65 North Main Street, Wallingford

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2014,

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Our annual holiday fair and luncheon is almost here and YOU can help make it a success by helping in a variety of ways! 

Apple Pie baking will take place the week of November 10!  We need people to peel apples, make dough, roll pie crust, and assemble pies for baking!  The sign up sheets are located on the easel in church.  Please come and help!  This is the majority of our profit from the fair! 

Bake Table items are needed!  This year we really want to wow them!  We are looking for fruit pies or other pies (not apple), quiches, breads (sweet or savory), scones, jams, pickles, cookies, cakes and even some brownies.  These items need to be donated on Friday November 14 or on Saturday morning at 8:00 am!  Can you help at the table that day?  We need volunteers to help at this table.   

Women’s Accessory Boutique and Christmas Loft/Golden Elephant:  We are continuing to collect items for both of these rooms.  VERY gently used items or new items are being accepted at this time.  Please leave your donations next to the closets in Wilkinson Hall (by the elevator).   

Greeters:  I need two or three more adult greeters to stand at each entrance with flyers describing our crafts and other offerings to be handed out to those who come to our fair.  We have found this to be very successful! 

Basket Raffle:  If you have not been asked to make up a basket for the fair yet by our basket chair Helen Stowe, please do not feel slighted!  Let’s get creative!  Baskets will be accepted up until Friday November 14.  We are setting up at 5:00 pm.  If you can’t put your basket together but have a bunch of stuff, bring it on that evening and Helen and helpers will put together your basket!  This is the second most profitable part of our fair!  If you have any questions, please contact Helen Stowe. 

If you feel called to help with one (or more) of the areas of the fair, contact Karen Rowe


MC900410759[1]GIRLS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY (GFS) AT ST. PAUL’S

 

REVISED Fall 2014 Schedule

November:

Tuesday November 18:  GFS meeting 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Theme TBA

 

December:

Saturday December 6:  GFS meeting 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Theme TBA

Tuesday December 16:  Christmas Party!!  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Remember:    If school is cancelled due to weather, we are cancelled. 

 

All girls ages 5 and up are invited to join and bring a friend too!  Girls’ Friendly is a Christian service organization within the Episcopal Church.  All of our Tuesday meetings are upstairs in the classrooms.  Our Saturday meetings are usually in Wilkinson Hall. 

Our Month of Caring continues through the second week of November!  GFS-St. Paul’s girls are continue to collect donations of toiletries (shampoo, body lotion, tooth paste, etc.) for the Wallingford Shelter and Youth Continuum of New Haven.  Thank you for your continued support!  

Please contact Karen Rowe if you have questions.  


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

-         illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths,

-         requests for baptisms, weddings , etc.

  

Giving to Celebrate Our Past, Present & Future 

This year, our stewardship campaign is “Thanks for the past and giving for the present.”  

We honor those who have built St. Paul’s and sustained our parish in the past, and who continue to sustain it in many ways through endowments that benefit us all.   Did you know that because of the generosity of those who have gone before us, we are able to give our young people honorariums to help pay for their college educations?  That many of the capital improvements to our beautiful building -- such as the recent power-washing of the church -- are made possible by our endowment?  That these gifts from the past helped purchase supplies for this summer's service trip to Nicaragua?  

This is a blessing that provides many opportunities for our parish.  However, these gifts do not fund our everyday expenses.  And this it how it should be.  We, the people who are here now benefiting from previous gifts, are responsible for doing our part today through our annual giving.  

It is now our turn to help keep St. Paul’s a thriving, healthy parish through our financial stewardship.   It is by our annual giving that we honor those whose generosity has made our life together possible.   It is our annual pledging that keeps the lights burning bright,  helps reduce our operating deficit and supports God's mission in this community and beyond.   It is our giving that helps keep our ministries vibrant now and into the future.     

We hope that you've recently received this year’s pledge card.  We ask that you  please return the completed card by November 23.  Please be sure to include a hope for the future of our parish as you fill out your pledge card!  On Sunday, November 23 we'll have a single 9:30 service followed by a potluck brunch (with spiral ham!) to celebrate our support for God's mission through this parish and share our hopes for the future. 

Thank you for continuing St. Paul's legacy of love and service.

Your Stewardship Committee,

Marisa Esposito, Robert Mansfield, Ralph Nardi, Sharon Rogalski

 

STEWARDSHIP BRUNCH DETAILS 

This year's brunch is on Sunday, November 23, following a single 9:30 a.m. service.  Church School will meet at 9:15 as usual.  Child care will be available starting at 9:00.  We'll provide spiral ham; you please bring quiche, baked goods, cut fruit or other favorites to round out the menu.  To reserve your space, please call the parish office or sign up on the easel near the Main Street entrance.  See you there! 

 

 

Thanksgiving Baskets 

Thanksgiving baskets will be brought to shut-in members of St. Paul’s on Sunday, November 23rd. Please bring fresh fruit that day and drop the fruit in Wilkinson Hall before worship! There will be a spot just for this in the hall.  If you are willing to help prepare and/or distribute these baskets after the 9:30 AM service and Stewardship Brunch, please see Helen Stowe.  Thank you!  


Wallingford Interfaith Thanksgiving Service:

Monday November 24 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Please plan to join your sisters and brothers in faith in a town-wide Thanksgiving service to be held on the Monday before Thanksgiving -- November 24, 2014 -- at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road.  This is a wonderful tradition that was renewed last year by the Wallingford Clergy Association and will be hosted by different houses of worship each year.  Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or monetary donation to support the ministry of Master’s Manna. 


 To: All Who Serve on Sundays: Re: Christmas Scheduling 

The Christmas Schedule is due in the office by November 23rd.  I would appreciate knowing in advance if you are available to serve AND which service you will be attending (early or late Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day). This information makes scheduling much easier.  Thank you!  

Jane Smith.  


Wallingford’s Holiday Stroll takes place on Friday, December 5!  St. Paul’s will provide music, goodies and respite for strollers who want to enjoy a beautiful space without being pressed to buy anything.  There will be caroling with time to be announced.  Please save the date and help provide hospitality and/or make festive goodies.  For more information please contact Nancy Harrington or Robin Hunter.  

 

 

St. Paul’s Holiday Tea 

Join us for St. Paul’s Holiday Tea on December 6!  A relaxing time of  music, a plate full of tasty sandwiches and desserts, good company and of course, your choice of tea.  Watch the Sunday bulletins for ticket prices and seatings. For more information please contact Carissa Neubig  

 

Saint Nicholas Sunday – December 7 

We will be singing songs about St. Nicholas, reading the Litany of St. Nicholas, learning about “Symbols of Christmas”, the Blessing of the Candy Canes and more.  Join us for this Advent event!  


“Supper 8” – Monthly Revolving Supper 

As mentioned in past newsletters St. Paul’s has started a monthly supper group as a means of fostering fellowship and enabling people in the congregation to meet and get to know one another.  Enough people filled out the interest forms so that 3 groups of 8-9 people kicked off the initial dinners in September with resounding success.  Plans are already in the works for October’s dinner.

As a reminder, the concept is 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 appetizers, 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. 

We hope more people will participate and enable us to establish some additional groups of 8 when we move people around in January.  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, December 7th  so that we can form the groups, notify each group member, and start a new round of dinners in January.  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


Parish Life 

Baptisms 

Elbe Jacintho d’Oliveira IV,

son of Patricia & Elbe d’Oliveira

 

Creason James Hladky,

son of Anna & Jeffery Hladky

 

Funerals 

October 15, 2014 

Ralph Cuomo

 

October 21, 2014 

Craig Thomas Guartafierro 

 

 

Holy Baptism

 

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the following Feast Days: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.

 


THRIFT SHOP NEWS - The thrift shop is bursting at the seams with winter/holiday items for family, friends & home! Our hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Please stop by and visit; you might be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the items we carry.

 

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. 


Holiday Fair Chairperson WANTED! 

I am currently looking for a replacement chairperson or persons for our annual holiday fair 2015 and beyond.  If you feel called to organize our fair, please contact me.  I have been chairing our wonderful fair for many, many years and feel that it’s time for a change in leadership.  Change is good!  There are many ways to have a fun and successful fair.  I know there are many talented people at St. Paul’s! 

Think about it and then contact me. 

Thanks! 

Karen Rowe, Chair

St. Paul’s Holiday Fair and Luncheon 


 DEADLINE FOR THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER IS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 


Nicaragua Service Trip 2015 

As a group, we’ve decided we want to continue our service to the area.  We are working with El Porvenir and have secured dates for August 1 -10, 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.  

  

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  


Eagle Scout Project 

Did you notice the new shed in the parking lot?  Dan Woronick  has undertaken this for his Eagle project.  Dan worked with Dan Lyon on the design, raised two-thirds of the money and supervised the builders.  His crew also moved the old shed into the play-yard where it will be used by the Nursery School.  and lastly they removed the shed behind the Thrift Shop.  (Even though there was a skunk living under it!)  Many thanks to Dan and his crew! 


230th Convention of the Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT)
 

Delegate Kristin Liu and I, along with the Rector, were proud to represent St. Paul's at the Annual Convention held on Friday and Saturday, October 24-25,2014, in Waterbury CT.  As the Convention opened on Friday afternoon we learned that Camp Washington, our diocesan camp and conference center in Litchfield County, is looking for a new executive director.  If interested, the job posting can be found at the website: episcopalct.org

Thirteen resolutions were presented and discussed.  Of these, twelve were adopted and one (To Promote the Use of Gender-Neutral Titles for Priests) was postponed until next year's convention.

The highlight of Friday evening was a banquet in honor of Bishop Jim Curry, who retired October 1.  The guest speaker was the Rt. Rev. Dinis Sengulane, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Lebombo, Mozambique, Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The evening culminated with a check for $10,000 -- given in honor of Bishop Curry by Episcopalians in CT -- being presented to Mothers Against Gun Violence, a Hartford-based organization which he supports.

After celebrating Eucharist at our round tables, a great deal of Saturday was spent working on TREC-CT -- The Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church, which invites us to explore how we are to be the Church in the 21st Century.  Related to efforts going on in the national level, we learned that this has special urgency here as CT is the 8th LEAST RELIGIOUS state in the U.S., according to a recent Gallup poll.  The Convention voted to give charge to the work of TREC-CT.  We will all be hearing more about TREC-CT and be invited to participate in this important work. 

For more information about any of these resolutions, or to see how you might get involved, please contact one of us or consult the ECCT website listed above. 
 

Andy Bravo

A NOTE FROM OUR RECTOR:  Bishop Ian T.(for Ted) Douglas gave an excellent TED-style talk at Convention which will be posted on our Facebook page as soon as it's made available. I encourage you to watch it carefully, and invite your conversation and questions about it.  Thank you!

 

Church School News! 

Happy November!  I hope you are all doing well!  Church school is up and running into our 2nd rotation of the year: Believers Around the World.  Here we will explore how people in different countries celebrate the birth of Jesus!  Church School students will travel the corridor with their passports in hand!  Please make every effort to get to church school weekly, it’s always “the more the merrier!” 

Also, it’s not too early to start thinking about the Christmas pageant!  Rehearsals will begin in early December!! 

 

 

Companions in Mission Conference 

Finding Jesus in the least, the last

 and in ourselves. 

March 7, 2015

Trinity Episcopal Church

Tariffville, CT 

For more information go to:

companionsinmission.net

 

  

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ST. PAUL’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND LUNCHEON

65 North Main Street, Wallingford

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2014

 

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 Including:  A variety of holiday gift items, personalized ornaments, wreaths, candles, stationary, original New England photographs, handmade soaps,  hand sewn and hand knitted items, scarves, jewelry, Women’s Accessory Boutique, Christmas Loft and Golden Elephant, Boy Scout Troop 4 and much, much more!

In addition:  Basket Raffle, our famous apple pies for sale, baked goods table and a delicious lunch with apple pie a la mode for dessert!


The parish office is open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

The telephone number is (203) 269-5050.

E-mail – stpaulsepiscopal@snet.net

Fax – (203) 269-3813

Web Site – www.stpaulswallingford.org 

If we are not in the office, please leave a message.

 

 

 

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