St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Newsletter Deadline for April is TODAY! Please get your articles in by Tuesday.
"GOD CALLING" - Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM - March 25 - We're studying Bible stories of God calling various and sundry individuals and communities into service. And what a motley crew it is! Our ultimate goal is to see what we can learn about how God might be calling us today. How can we support one another in figuring this out? Okay to come to the last session!
Palm Cross Making - Palm crosses will be made on Friday, March 27 at 1:00 PM in Wilkinson Hall. No experience necessary - we will train. Come have fun and learn a new skill!
Acolyte/Crucifer training -- Saturday, March 28 at 9:00-10:30 AM. Come check out what's involved with having the best seats in the house! And learn how to do this important and exciting ministry. We're looking for acolytes (who carry the torches) and crucifers (who carry the cross) for both services. (Note to church school students: 9:30 acolytes come in at the Peace so you don't miss church school!) Ages second grade through adult welcomed. Light breakfast goodies provided. For more information, please contact the Rector at 203-269-5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Flower Memorials - 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 Sunday, March 29th.
Nicaragua Fact of the Week - Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. 37% of rural people have no safe drinking water.
Church School News! We had a minor setback with the past couple snow days, but we are forging ahead and have much to look forward to! Church School students were sent home last Sunday with sheep mite boxes. The hopes for these are to aid in our Lenten Heifer Project and collect money to help those in need. Please return these on or before Easter Sunday. If your child was not here, no problem, they can still collect money to hand in. Please note, there are collection cans in the front and back of church as well.
We will be holding our Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday, April 5th. There will be 2 waves (same as last year) of egg hunts: one after the 8:00 and one after the 9:30. I would love to start collecting donations for the egg hunt. Please feel free to bring in plastic eggs, fillers, or better yet eggs already stuffed! These can be left in the Church School supply box. The more the merrier! Thanks so much!
St. Paul's Jackets - Orders are now being taken for jackets with St. Paul's name and our town embroidered on the chest. The jackets are packable, hooded, multipurpose, 1/4 zip, nylon jacket, water and wind resistant, a center zip pocket and two front welt pockets. The color is royal and navy blue. Jacket sales are a fundraiser for the upcoming service trip to Nicaragua. Pick up a order form in the front & back of the church.
Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training and Meeting: Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) pay visits and bring communion to parishioners who are unable to attend services at the church. It is a fulfilling ministry, and we are eager to add more LEVs to the monthly rotation. We will have a meeting on Sunday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the Common Room that will include training for new LEVs and conversation with current LEVs about the experience. Several people have expressed interest in participating in this ministry, but even if you haven’t, feel free to join us at the meeting. If you are interested in serving as an LEV but cannot attend the meeting, please contact the Rector or Amy Foster (203-697-2758).
Keep the Prayer List current - Thank you for the privilege of sharing your deepest prayer concerns. Let's all help keep our prayer list as current and meaningful as possible. Please review it carefully and update, as appropriate, any names you may have added. You may request that names be removed or listed as a thanksgiving by contacting the parish office at 203-269-5050 or email@example.com. You may also fill out a bright orange form (hanging on the "welcome" bulletin board by the couches) and place it in the office mailbox. Thank you.
Thrift Shop News - The Thrift Shop is bustling with the signs of Spring! We are starting to fill the shop with clothing, new house wares, dishes and books! We also need your donations of seasonal decor, Spring/Summer clothes, and especially shoes, handbags, ties, and umbrellas. If you haven't LIKED us on Facebook yet, please do so and share! https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsthriftshopwallingford. It's a great resource to spread the news! New volunteers always welcome! Please contact Alesia Manicone if you are interested! (203) 537-1506.
Update on El Porvenir stove repair - From Jenna Saldana, Director of U.S. Operations for El Porvenir:
Dear St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
Thank you for your generous donation to support the people of Nicaragua. With your contribution of $400 received on February 25, 2015, to repair the stove at the school in Barrio Concepcion, we are able to empower the people of Nicaragua to improve the living standards. By promoting community initiative and decision making, El Porviner helps communities to help themselves. Sustainable development of water, sanitation and reforestation are also important parts of our program.
We cannot work alone; we thank you for sharing our mission and taking action to better the lives of Nicaragua families. We have partnered with over 143,715 Nicaraguans to build water and sanitation projects, reforest their micro-watersheds, and learn health education. Your support creates healthy, self-sufficient communities that manage their own water, sanitation, and forestry resources as well as brings positive change for all who live in those communities.
"Having clean water in our homes is a miracle. We are inspired to live a better life and work hard to improve our community. This water project is a relief, a blessing, and life changing for us and for future generations." Don Jose Antonio
We appreciate your shared commitment to the people of Nicaragua; together, we are making a difference. Again, thank you so much for supporting this school - we will be in touch with photos when the project is complete!
HOLY WEEK & EASTER AT ST. PAUL’S
March 29 – April 5, 2015
Palm Sunday –
8:00 AM Blessing of the Palms, Dramatic Reading of the
Passion & Holy Eucharist
9:15 AM Church School (No Adult Forum)
9:30 AM Palm Procession, with flute, percussion, Dramatic
Reading of the Passion & Choral Holy Eucharist
(Child care at both services.)
Holy Wednesday -
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist
7:00 PM Service of Tenebrae
Maundy Thursday -
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also consider
bringing food stuffs for Master's Manna.
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
email@example.com 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 Rehearsal for all 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.)