St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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Wallingford, CT 06492

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WELCOME TO INGATHERING!  Today is our combined 9:30 service followed by a potluck picnic.  This year our special treat is a celebration of our recent service trip to Nicaragua AND the beginning of our ongoing companionship with the community of Camoapa, Nicaragua.  Thank you to those who participated in the trip who are helping to lead today's service:  Luke Adams, Caroline and Michael Golschneider, Nancy and Jerry Harrington, Wendy Oestreicher, Rob Page and Donna Regan: Victoria Hallowell and Gretchen Oestreicher are unable to be with us today. Thanks to all of you who were able to wear blue and white -- the colors of the Nicaraguan flag!    

About next year's Nicaragua trip . . . Yes, we already have a date: August 1-10, 2015!  This gives us plenty of time to plan, recruit and raise funds.  A committee is now forming for anyone interested in helping this effort.  This isn't a commitment to going on the trip, but to help plan ways of continuing our mission with this area of Nicaragua.  If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Rob Page  or Donna Regan.   

About today's picnic . . . We're supplying the hotdogs and hamburgers; many of you have brought sides, salads and desserts.  EVERYONE is invited to stay and enjoy!  In addition to great food and company, we'll have live music, games (including a piñata, of course), and more pictures from Nicaragua.  There will also be registration for Church School (including our new pre-school class for 4 year-olds) and Choristers (music instruction and choir for children kindergarten and up).   

Bring Your Backpack to Church next Sunday, September 21 – Church School begins with a bang and a blessing this year as the students have their first session beginning at 9:15 am next Sunday, September 21.  Afterwards they’ll come to church for a blessing of the backpacks they take with them to school every day, celebrating that GOD IS WITH US EVERYWHERE!  All students, teachers and school administrators are urged to bring in your backpacks and book bags for this annual event. 

October Newsletter Deadline is next Sunday, September 21.  Please get your articles in on time!

 

Adult Choir and Choristers!  Now is a great time to join the Adult Choir or Choristers!  Adult Choir rehearsals have begun and will meet every Thursday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Choristers is open to any child from Kindergarten and older.  Rehearsals for the Choristers have also begun and will be held weekly from 4:15 – 5:00 PM on Thursdays.  Hope to see you all there!
 

Pastoral Coverage -- The Rector will be on a personal trip for a few days this week, returning to the office on Friday.  If you have need of emergency pastoral care in the meantime, please contact the parish office or one of the Wardens (Amy Foster or Chuck Maynard). 

Adult Forum: Water, water everywhere! - This fall the Adult Forum will explore the topic of water.  We will begin with a discussion of images of water found in scripture and the use of water in our liturgy.  From there we will learn about and discuss issues related to our use of water, water conservation, depletion of water resources, and the implications of the lack of clean water in our own country and around the world.  We will have the opportunity to hear from members of the parish who traveled to Nicaragua this summer to aid a community there in providing sanitation and access to clean water.  The Adult Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Wilkinson Hall.  Our first meeting of the fall  will be September 21—all are welcome! 

What's going on? -- Keep up with St. Paul's on your own schedule during the week.  "Like" us on Facebook.  Check out the website stpaulswallingford.org.  Join our email list by clicking the bottom of the homepage.  Today's video and pictures from Nicaragua (plus lots more) will be posted there.  And you'll receive occasional quick notices of any time changes, weather cancellations and maybe even a little inspiration.   

St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society (GFS) starts with our first meeting Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  GFS is a Christian based service organization within the Episcopal Church.  All girls age 5 and up are invited to join!  Our meetings have traditionally been held one Tuesday and one Saturday a month.  Our Saturday meetings are from 9:00 – 11:00 am.  If you have a girl who is interested in joining, please feel free to contact me for more information.  

Wednesday Noon Eucharist begins on September 24 at 12:10 PM – This year our midweek service begins a couple of weeks later than usual.  Perhaps this will give YOU the opportunity to consider joining this informal gathering in St. Luke’s Chapel to explore the lessons for the upcoming Sunday and share communion together.  For more information please see the Rector or Vivian Horvath. 

Happy Anniversary St. Paul’s!!  In the spring of 2016, we as a parish will celebrate our 275th anniversary.  We are already beginning the planning process for this celebration, and we are eager for more input.  If you are interested in joining the planning committee, or just have some ideas to share, please be in touch with Pete Nickerson or the Rector.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/30 at 7:00 pm.  

Sacred Trust Deadline – All requests for in-reach and outreach must be received in the church office by Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Forms may be obtained online or from the church office.  Only in-reach and outreach will be considered.  Student honorarium requests will NOT be considered at this time. 

Donations and volunteers for Celebrate Wallingford  – St. Paul’s is participating in the Celebrate Wallingford weekend activities on October 4 and 5 with a booth in front of the church. We will be selling soda and water with the proceeds going toward next summer’s service trip to Nicaragua.  Therefore donations of canned soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer, Sprite) and bottled water are needed.  Volunteers are also needed to help staff the booth.  Please contact Carole Ireland.  Thank you for your support.

 

The Annual Bishops’ Open Golf Tournament to benefit Camp Washington will be held on Thursday, October 9 at Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington. Professional golf skills not required to participate in this tournament. Build a foursome or come alone and staff will build one for you…remember this event raises funds for the campers! Visit www.campwashington.org for more information. Earlybird registration fee of $100 until September 1, 2014 

St. Francis Animal Blessing, October 12 – Bring your animal friends – on a leash or in a carrier, please – to our St. Francis Animal Blessing at 2:00 PM on the North Lawn.  Invite animal loving friends to this brief service to honor God’s precious critters.  And consider bringing the following items to support the Wallingford Animal Shelter: cat & dog food (wet or dry), paper towels and blankets.  Thanks! 

Churches on Main Progressive Dinner – This year St. Paul’s will provide the main course for the Churches on Main Progressive Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, October 25th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  We look forward to another memorable evening sharing a meal with our Congregational and Baptist friends.  More information will be coming soon about donations for the dinner and sign-up sheets. 

Wallingford Homeless Shelter – We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the St Paul’s meal servers working at the Shelter on Sunday’s.  This involves: church announcements, keeping the schedule and emailing it to Peggy May (who keeps the entire week’s schedule), asking for volunteers to make the meals during the time Choate has vacation.  The Shelter opens in November and closes in April. Please contact Robin Hunter. 

Thrift Shop News - The Thrift Shop is ready for Fall & Winter with a wonderful selection of clothing for the entire family! Why spend more when we have merchandise that is gently used and some brand new; especially for kids who are tough on clothes! We also have an ever-changing display of household & decorative items, paperback books and linens. Come visit us Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Beautiful Note Cards on Sale Now!!  The Memorial Garden Committee is selling boxes of six note cards for eight dollars.  Each card has a beautiful rendition of St. Paul’s church and memorial garden drawn by our resident artist, Dan Lyon.  Robin Hunter and Leigh Barnes may be contacted after the 8:00 service and Wendy Oestreicher and Lois Olesen after the 9:30, or contact Deb Page at the church office.  All profits from the sale will be given to the Nicaragua service trip.  

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. 

Join Boy Scouts!  Boy Scout Troop 4 meets at St. Paul’s in the 3rd floor Troop Room, Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  Come and visit anytime. We are an active, boy lead troop.  Camping, community service, fire, knives, first aid, hiking, and lots of fun! All boys in grades in grades 6 - 12 (ages 11-18) are welcome, you do not need to be a member of  St. Paul’s to join the troop. Contact Barbara Marek, Scoutmaster b.marek@comcast.net with any scouting questions, including where to find a Cub Scout Pack in town (boys grades 1-5).

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