275 Alive! - Cherishing the Past, Celebrating the Future -- (Last wee's bulletin had the date of the special parish meeting to elect Rev. McCormick off by a year. The date should have been February 14, 1988.) Brand McCormick was officially installed as rector on June 12, 1988. A rectory on Tuttle Avenue was purchased. The replacement of the roof on the "old parish house" (the Simpson building) was completed. A whale watching trip was sponsored by the church. Margaret Mills retried as secretary in September, 1988. Early in 1989, the Rev. Barbara Harris was consecrated as the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion. A study of the layout of our worship space was begin and the construction of a handicap ramp was authorized.
Welcome -- The Rev. Betty Long is today's celebrant and preacher and Vivienne McKay is the guest organist. The Rector, Music Director and several parishioners (including choir members) participate in "Celebration of the Spirit" - a massive gathering of Episcopalians from around CT in the XL Center in Hartford. Among the festivities will be hearing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preach.
December Newsletter deadline is today - Please get your articles into the office in a timely fashion.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service -- This year's service is Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM at First United Methodist Church (941 Old Rock Hill Rd.) Please consider bringing foodstuffs (pasta, rice, soup and other canned goods) to share with Chrysalis of Meriden/Wallingford, one of eighteen Domestic Violence Shelters in CT. Due to budget cuts they have a minimal amount of food for their 30 residents. Thank you for your help.
Lighting the Advent Candles -- One of the ways we mark the four expectant weeks of Advent it by lighting the candles on the Advent Wreath week by week. If you would like to do this during one of the four weeks of Advent, please contact the Rector at 203-269-5050 or email@example.com. Single folks, empty nesters and families are all welcome! The Sundays of Advent are November 27, December 4, 11 and 18.
Wallingford Holiday Stroll -- The annual stroll is Friday, December 2 beginning at 4pm. St. Paul's will be open to provide hospitality, seasonal goodies and prayer opportunities - all culminating in our Community Carol Sing at 6:30pm. We're looking for donations of cider and cookies and volunteers to help greet our guests. For more information, please contact Nancy Harrington.
Sacred Trust Committee -- The next meeting of the Committee will be Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM in the Chapel. Any requests for funding from the Sacred Trust Committee must be submitted to the parish office no later than Friday, December 2.
Our Holiday Tree for Covenant to Care is up! Please consider taking an ornament (or two) and purchasing the item on it. The gifts will be for our DCF social worker and our Nurturing Families liaison to distribute to needy families. Please return the purchased items (and the tags) by St. Nicholas Day, December 4. Thank you!
St. Nicholas Sunday -- St. Nicholas Sunday will be celebrated on December 4th at 9:30am. The St. Paul's Choristers will sing at this family friendly Eucharist, which features a "visit" from St. Nicholas, Christian saint, martyr, and bishop; plus the blessing of candy canes and other surprises. Invite friends! And don't forget to wear your silliest and / or mismatched socks!
Christmas Eve Choral Prelude and Candlelight Service -- Saturday, December 24th at 10:30pm. The choir of St. Paul's will be joined by a string quartet to present a variety of choral music. The Choral Prelude begins at 10:30pm and the candlelight service begins at 11:00pm. Join us for this joyous celebration of the Savior's birth.
Homeless/Emergency Shelter opens for the season on November 15th and St. Paul’s will once again be serving food on Sundays starting at 6:00 pm. Our first sign-up date is Nov. 20th and sign-up sheets for the first three months are posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church. It would be helpful to have some new volunteers so if you feel called to this ministry and have not served at the Shelter before we will welcome you! Just sign-up and check the new volunteer box and you will be paired with one of our regulars so you can learn the system. The work is easy and rewarding. Any questions can be directed to Trudy Guth. Please also see me if you can help provide a portion of a meal for approximately 20 people during the Choate shutdowns. Food coverage is usually needed for 2 Sundays in November, 3 Sundays over the Christmas and New Year holidays, and 2 Sundays for Easter. Thank you!
St. Paul's Holiday Tea! -- Join us for St. Paul's Holiday Tea on December 10! A relaxing time of a plate of tasty sandwiches and desserts, good company and of course, your choice of tea. Tickets are available from the parish office, or on Sundays. There will be two sittings - 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM and tickets are $15. We are also looking for people who would like to make sandwiches the morning of the tea, or help with set up of clean up, and servers, we'd love to have you, just let us know.
Thrift Shop -- The Thrift Shop is in need of new volunteers, especially those who can serve Thursdays from 10a - 1pm at the shop. We especially need help during the busy month of December. Don't worry, you will learn from the best and only 3 hours could help us so much! Please contact Alesia Manicone for more information. Large shopping bags (plastic or paper) would also be welcomed!
St. Paul's 275th Anniversary Ornaments are for sale! The hand-crafted, pewter ornaments depicting St. Paul's Church were drawn and designed by Dan Lyon and custom made by Woodbury Pewterers, Inc. Each ornament sells for $10. Contact Carole Ireland for more information.
Christmas Pageant Sign Ups: Sign ups for this year's Christmas Eve Pageant will take place November 27th following the 9:30 am service in the purple classroom. Interested pageant players and volunteers can sign up in person or see Nichol Whitehouse or Adam Abbate.
Diaper Sundays -- Our monthly ministry to assist young families with diapers through Nurturing Connections at the community Health Center in Meriden could us a volunteer or two to assist with purchasing and delivering diapers for needy young families. Each volunteer usually purchases and delivers the diapers once every 3--4 months depending on the number of volunteers. It is a rewarding and much needed service and is not time consuming. If anyone would like to join our team of volunteers or have any questions as to what is involved, please contact Pat Sousa.