St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Notes on the Liturgy. Sundays in Lent reflect their season of fasting and prayer, but they are also mini-feasts, pointing to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. To that end, our liturgy is marked not by gloom, but by solemnity and simplicity. Plainsong, some of the Church's most ancient music, takes a prominent position. Periods of silence are built into the service. Please continue to sing and participate heartily, though, as each Sunday looks toward the bright joy of Easter.
Morning Prayer during Lent: Helen Stowe will be leading Morning Prayer during Lent on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 AM. This is a beautiful and short worship service. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Helen Stowe.
Lenten Wednesdays with Bach. On Wednesdays at 1 P.M. during Lent, you are invited to come enjoy a half-hour of organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, played on our Holtkamp organ by music director Paul Thomas. If you are looking to explore new ways of prayer and meditation during this season, Bach's music comes highly recommended by cellist and composer Pablo Casals: "To strip human nature until its divine attributes are made clear, to inform ordinary activities with spiritual fervor, to give wings of eternity to that which is most ephemeral; to make divine things human and human things divine; such is Bach, the greatest and purest moment in music of all time."
The Great Do-It-Yourself Lenten Study -- 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays March 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9. This year's Lenten class is inspired by the classic readings of our "Salvation History" appointed for the Easter Vigil. But here's the catch: YOU determine which readings you want to learn more about. What does the creation story in Genesis mean for us today? What's really going on in the crossing of the Red Sea? What's the difference in some of those prophecies of Isaiah? Don't you just love the story of those dry bones? And who is Zephaniah anyway? Come the first week for an exercise in which we get the big picture and then decide which of these readings to study the remaining weeks. Dinner and worship round out the evening; child care available. Please sign up on the easel or email email@example.com.
Keep your Eyes on the Lookout! Stay tuned for more information on a fundraiser for our Service Project in Nicaragua. Our church school will work on creating artwork and other members of the church will be invited to submit photographs or artwork of their own to be reproduced on various items (greeting cards, mugs, mouse pads, stickers, etc…) It is never too late to start brainstorming ideas for your own personal creations. There is an artist that lives in all of us!
Fellowship Pot Luck Supper takes place on Saturday, March 22 at 6:00 PM in Wilkinson Hall. Bring a dish to share! All are welcome.
St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society Bake Sale - Sunday March 16, 2014 after both services! Items such as Irish tea breads, cookies, coffee cakes, quiche, fudge, brownies and other yummy goodies will be on sale! The girls have made banana breads and molasses cookies and their parents and other GFS friends are contributing such items as: Irish tea breads, coffee cake, quiche, cookies, fudge and more! Money earned will go to fund our branch for activities and to help send our girls to National Assembly in 2016! A portion of the money will be used to help buy school supplies for school children in Nicaragua. For more information about GFS or if you would like to contribute baked goods for the sale, please contact Karen Rowe, branch advisor.
GFS Meeting - Tuesday March 18, at 6:30 pm. Rob Page (yes, our very own) will present a program to the girls about the Water for People project and Nicaragua mission. Rob has made a very entertaining slide show for the girls. All girls aged 5-21 are invited to attend our GFS meetings!
Mercy Center Retreat – Saturday, May 17th. The fee is $65 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and supper. A deposit of $15 is due by March 23rd in cash or check made out to Vivian Horvath. The balance is due on April 13th. Questions? Please see Vivian Horvath.
Wallingford Shelter Coverage - We are looking for one more person to sign up to serve on April 15th as the rest of March and April have servers signed up. If you can serve on the last day the shelter is open - April 15th, please sign up on the easel near the Baptism Font. Bless you and thank you again for all that have served at and made dinners for the shelter!
NICARAGUA SERVICE TRIP: Plans for our trip to Nicaragua are well underway. Please stay tuned for fundraising events, such as a rice and bean dinner to be held in May. For more information, visit our NEW service trip blog at stpaulstravels.wordpress.com. Thank you!
Easter Flowers – If you would like to have Easter flowers as a memorial for a loved one, please send the names and contributions (checks made payable to St. Paul’s Memorial Fund) in to the parish office by April 13th.
Thrift Shop News - Forget what Mother Nature says as Spring has arrived at the Thrift Shop! We will begin to display Spring/Summer apparel as well as seasonal décor (including Easter items). Our merchandise changes weekly so come on by (especially if it's been a while), bring a friend and check us out! You will be pleasantly surprised at the treasures you will find! Hours: Thursday -Saturday from 10am - 1pm.