The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life – This week's word is: LEARN. What’s something you could learn this year that might enable you to be of more service to others? To God? [Note: Do you have a Way of Love wooden coin to help remind you how to live a Jesus-centered life throughout the week? Pick one up at either church entrance for yourself or to share with a friend. Check out the WOL brochures too.]
Star Words still available – If you didn’t get a chance to pick up a Star Word during last week’s Epiphany celebration, please pick one up today in a basket at either entrance. Let this word guide, challenge and help you grow in the year ahead. Please note that this year’s words are all from the seven “Way of Love” practices for a Jesus-centered life.
The Good Book Club – Join others throughout the Episcopal Church reading John’s Gospel during this season of Epiphany. Pick up a yellow reading guide at either entrance.
Offering Envelopes for 2020 are available on the tables in the back of the sanctuary. All boxes are labeled and in alphabetical order. Please pick up your box. If there is not a box with your name on it, please contact the parish office.
Church School - The Way of Love word for this rotation is “Turn” and we are learning about Jesus and John the Baptist. Next week kids will enjoy lessons in Bible games and art. The kids are close to earning their attendance award of a movie and popcorn. Stay tuned for the date of the celebration!
Youth Group - Youth Group will meet next on Sunday, January 19th, from 2:30-4:00 on the third floor of the church. We will be learning about the Bible and how to approach it. Bring a friend and join us!
**Special Thanks** - A warm thanks to Chris and Cole Rourke for sharing their talents with the St. Paul’s Youth Group to help them prepare a nutritious and delicious meal for the Wallingford Emergency Shelter this past Sunday. Your expertise and assistance were much appreciated!
***Special Collection for Colin’s Crew*** - Colin’s Crew is a local charity committed to raising funds for families affected by childhood cancer. In church school in January the students will be putting together Valentine’s Day goodie bags to help raise the spirits of some of these kids. Would you like to help by donating goodies for these bags? See the sign-up sheet on the board in the back of the church. Donations can be left in the marked box in Miss Frances’s office or the church. Thank you!
Adult Forum: Call It Grace - This winter the Adult Forum will read and discuss Serene Jones’ most recent book, Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Jones, the first woman president of Union Theological Seminary, uses experiences from her own life to contemplate how theology deepen each of our lives. Amazon’s description says “Jones makes complex teachings around hatred, forgiveness, mercy, justice, death, sin, and grace understandable and immediately applicable for modern people.” The Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00 am in the Common Room, and we will begin discussing this book on January 5. Please contact Amy Foster if you would like to order a copy (email@example.com or 203-675-4657).
Coffee Hour – Won’t You Be Our Host? The sign-up sheet for hosting coffee hour for January and February is posted on the easel at the back of the church. Please consider taking a week this winter to host an hour of warmth and fellowship. If you need help with setting up or making coffee, Sharon Rogalski, George Richardson or George Swenson will be happy to assist you.
It’s not too late to “Build UP for 2020”! Many thanks to everyone who’s made a pledge for 2020, and an extra-special thanks to those who heeded the call to “build up” your monetary gifts to support God’s mission here. For those who’ve not yet pledged, Pledge Forms are available at each church entrance or go to stpaulswallingford.org and click “Pledge NOW”. It’s definitely not too late – every pledge counts! Thank you.
Mercy Center Retreat – will be held on May 9th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A deposit of $10.00 may be paid in cash or check made payable to Vivian Horvath. Any questions, please see Vivian or call 203-284-8873.
Let’s Make a Float - A committee is forming to design and construct a St Paul’s float for the Wallingford 350th Jubilee Parade. The parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020. We need folks to help with design ideas, decorators, builders, assemblers, painters and anyone interested in volunteering your time for this short-term project. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 7:00 PM at St Paul’s. For additional information please contact Jane Smith 203-265-4846 or Carole Ireland 203-988-7405.