St. Paul's Episcopal Church
65 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 269-5050
 

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WELCOME & THANK YOU -- What a blessing to celebrate this single service then share a potluck brunch together.  Thank you to George Swenson for providing us with a delicious ham!  Thank you to the 71 parishioners who've turned in pledge cards as of this week, and those who will do so today.  Additional pledge cards are available at both church entrances.  We appreciate this chance to celebrate these signs of commitment to our life together and to share some of your hopes for the future as offered on the pledge cards.  Thanks be to God!

December Newsletter Deadline is today.  Please get your articles in before the deadline. 

Thanksgiving Baskets will be made today for shut-in parishioners.  We need people to distribute the baskets after the Stewardship brunch!  If you are able, please see Helen Stowe in Wilkinson Hall and you can pick up a card and basket to deliver.  IF you have fruit or candies for the baskets, please bring your items to Wilkinson Hall before the 9:30 AM service  Thanks!

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.

Chapel on the Green -- Next Sunday, November 30 we have the opportunity to help host a service and lunch for homeless and hungry folks on the New Haven Green.  After church next Sunday we'll be making 100 bag lunches of PBJ sandwiches, multi-grain bars, a fruit (banana or orange) and water bottle.  Can you bring any of these items to church next Sunday?  Stay to help bag lunches?  Go to New Haven to help deliver them (returning by 3:30)? We're sharing this project with the church of our former seminarian Tricia Pasley!  For more information, please see the Rector or Nancy Harrington . .

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT FAIR! -- Many, many thanks to the many, many people who contributed to our spirit-filled Fair last week.  It was fun, beautiful and allowed us to show off the great spirit of the St. Paul's community to our neighbors in the larger Wallingford community.  It also raised $6,295.00, a tithe (or ten percent) of which will go to a specific outreach.  Every little effort helped a lot.  Special thanks to our chair Karen Rowe. 

Covenant to Care Holiday Drive – The holidays are fast approaching and our Covenant to Care Holiday Drive has begun!  Our tree is decorated with ornaments for toys, books and gift cards for our social worker at DCF, Mary Berrios and our contact at Nurturing Families.  Mary has indicated that the gift cards we donated last year were used throughout the year for various emergency needs for their families and was a tremendous help.  If you would like to participate, please take an ornament or two, purchase the item and return to the church by Sunday, December 7 for our St. Nicholas celebration

To: All Who Serve on Sundays: Re: Christmas Scheduling – The Christmas Schedule is due in the office by today.  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. 

Wallingford’s Holiday Stroll takes place on Friday, December 5.  St. Paul’s will provide music, goodies and respite for strollers.  We are looking for donations of cider and cookies.  And please do come lend your voice to our Community Carol sing at 6:30 PM. For more information please contact Nancy Harrington or Carole Ireland.  

St. Paul’s Holiday Tea – Join us for the 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.  Tickets this year are $14 and seatings will be at 12 noon and 2:00 PM.  For more information please contact Carissa Neubig or Robin Hunter.  

Adult Forum – Advent Bible Study - After a break for the Stewardship celebration and Thanksgiving, the Adult Forum will resume on December 7 for a three-week study of the lessons appointed for those Sundays in Advent.  Feel free to join in on what will surely be a thoughtful discussion, and bring a Bible if you can.  The Adult Forum meets at 9:00 am on Sundays in Wilkinson Hall. 

Nicaragua Service Trip – We are in the midst of a fundraiser which began at our Holiday Fair.  We are selling Episcopal items which will go toward financing for our service trip that will take place in August.  For the next few weeks we will have a table out after both services which you can purchase items such as aprons, dog leashes, dog collars, sweatshirts, teddy bears, baseball caps, key chains and the very popular T-shirts “Top Ten Reasons for Being an Episcopalian” written by Robin Williams (long and short sleeves).  In addition, the Memorial Garden Committee will be selling note cards created by Dan Lyon with beautiful drawings of and around St. Paul’s Church.  The purchase of these cards will also go toward the Nicaragua Trip.  Thanks for your support! 

Girls’ Friendly Society – Meets Saturday, December 6, at 9:00 pm in the purple classroom!  Girls’ aged 5 and up are invited to join!  Questions, please contact Karen Rowe. 

Christmas Pageant! This year's Christmas pageant planning is underway! We seek shepherds, innkeepers, angels, parent volunteers and more!! Practices will be held on December 7 after church with a light lunch, the 14th and 21st during church school at 9:00 AM and a dress rehearsal on the 24th at 3:15 PM before the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve service.  If you're interested in participating please contact Nichol Whitehouse or Adam Abbate or sign up after church school on the 30th of November. 

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 is open 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. We’re also looking for folks who can prepare meals during the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas weeks.  If you have any questions please contact Trudy Guth.  Thanks for your help! 

Thrift Shop News: We are ready for the Winter and have a wide variety of winter clothing and more. We are open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.   

Diaper Collections: We are in need of people who would like to assist with our monthly diaper collections for Covenant to Care.  We could use 1 or 2 additional people and it would involve purchasing and delivering diapers to Nurturing Families in Meriden every 3 to 4 months. Please contact Pat Sousa for more information.

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