St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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. Feel free to write more than one name per leaf if you wish. 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!
St. Paul’s 2014 Holiday Craft Fair and Luncheon: Saturday November 15, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are in need of a Bake Table chairperson! Please contact Karen Rowe if you are interested. Other volunteers and donations for lunch are needed as well and are posted on the easel. Please see sign up!
Donations for the Fair: Donations of very gently used women’s accessory items are being accepted at this time. Also donations of gently used holiday decorations (any holiday) and other Golden Elephant items are being accepted. Please leave all donations in Wilkinson Hall near the closets adjacent to the elevator. Thank you!
Girls’ Friendly Society – Meets Sunday, November 18, at 6:30 pm in the purple classroom! Girls’ aged 5 and up are invited to join! Questions, please contact Karen Rowe. GFS Month of Caring – Continues through the month of October into November. The girls are collecting toiletries (i.e., toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc.) Items will be donated to the Wallingford Shelter and Youth Continuum of New Haven. A box is located near the entrance of the church for your donations. Thank you!
Stewardship Brunch Sunday, November 23 -- On this day we'll have a single 9:30 service followed by a potluck brunch featuring spiral ham. Please bring quiche, baked goods, cut fruit or other favorite items to round out the menu. We'll celebrate our financial support for God's mission through this parish and share our hopes for the future. Please bring in your completed pledge card any Sunday leading up to the 23rd, being sure to include your fondest hope for the future of our parish.
Church School News! Happy November! 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!!
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 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.
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
Wallingford Homeless Shelter – The shelter opens TONIGHT and two people from St. Paul’s are needed to help as meal servers on a few Sunday nights starting at 6:30 PM for up to 2 hours. The sign-up sheets covering the first three months are posted on the easel in the back of the church. Prior experience not necessary. If you have any questions please contact Trudy Guth. Thanks for your help!
Flag Retirement - Troop 4 will collect American Flags to be honorably retired during a formal Troop Flag Retirement Ceremony at an upcoming camping trip. Please place your worn flags in the collection box in the hall outside the sanctuary by November 7.
Scout Can Drive – Bring your redeemable cans to church by November 9th for the benefit of the Wallingford Land Trust. This is an Eagle Scout project that will build nesting boxes for American Kestrels which are an endangered species. Thank you!
Thrift Shop News: We are ready for the Winter/Holiday Season at the Thrift Shop. We have a wide variety of clothing for the entire family including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc!!! We will also start displaying holiday/gift items beginning Nov. 6th!!!! As always, we gladly receive your donations of acceptable items during our normal business hours (Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM). Please refer to that list on the church website/thrift shop tab or the list displayed in our store. Thanks! We are also still looking for a volunteer to install peel/stick floor tiles for a small space. Contact Alesia Manicone if you can help.
Celebrating Our Past, Present & Future
On this All Saints' Sunday we're thrilled to welcome new members into the Body of Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism.
At the same time, we honor those who've come before us to build and sustain this parish which has celebrated so many grand events over its nearly 275 years of history. We honor the example of those "saints" who've generously given of their time and skills and financial support.
It's now our turn to help keep St. Paul’s a vibrant parish. It's by our annual giving that we keep up the good work of those whose generosity has made our life together possible. It's our annual pledging that keeps the lights burning bright, reduces our operating deficit and supports God's mission in this community -- and beyond.
In practical terms, it costs $6.90 a day to keep our elevator running to help welcome folks to the parish. It takes $13.74 a day to pay for the electricity which powers everything from the lights to the sound system to the computers that generate our communications all week long. And with winter coming? It costs about $80 a day for heating oil.
But what about our financial support of all this? The average weekly pledge for the Episcopal Church nationally is $37. Here at St. Paul's it's only $30 a week. This year, inspired by those who've come before us and looking toward those who'll come after us, let's remedy this situation. If we currently pledge, let's increase our financial giving. If we don't currently pledge, let's make a pledge.
Pledge Cards for 2015 are found at both church entrances, or in the parish office during the week. Please return your completed pledge card any Sunday between now and November 23 when we'll have a single 9:30 service followed by a potluck brunch. Be sure to include a hope for the future of the parish on your pledge card!
Thank you for helping continue St. Paul's legacy of love and service.