The Third Sunday of Easter – April 30, 2017
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, Collect for The Third Sunday of Easter)
April 30, 2017– 10:00 - Who’s Who
Greeter – Barb Coulter; Host – Nancy Snyder; Scripture – Stew Wood and
Carl Hanson; Psalm and Prayers – Karen Smith; Chalice – Doug Jenisch
and Karen Smith; Announcements – Cindy Dale; Counters – Karen Smith and
Judy Barwood; Altar Guild – Barb Coulter and Barb Lather; Verger – Leslie
Black; Coffee Hour – Colleen Warren; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan
May 1 – Office Hour, 9-12
May 2 – Clergy Day in Burlington, Caring Ministries Meeting
May 5 – Sabbath Day,
May 6 – Sabbath Day
Please send event and prayer updates to email@example.com
May 2 – Caring Ministry Team – more info below
May 7 – Quarterly Meeting– more info below
May 8 – Bible Study – more info below
May 14 – Mother’s Day
May 15 – LISTEN Dinner– more info below
May 21 – Concerned about Racism Meeting– more info below
May 25 – Feast of the Ascension
June 3 -Bargain Bin
May 31 – July 9 – River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage – more info below
May 2 – Caring Ministries Team – 7 PM in the Parish House. Our meeting begins and ends with prayer. We then do a brief Bible Study and check-in. We will have follow-up on licensing and background checks, Radical Hospitality, Safe Church training at the Diocesan level and more. The Caring Ministries Team is an umbrella group that incorporates Healing Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, and Prayer Ministry. If you interested in any of these important ministries or would simply like to learn more about them, please come Tuesday night. All are welcome!
May 7 – Quarterly Meeting of the Parish – following 10 AM worship. The focus of our time together will be period of open mic time to share what’s on your mind, an initial conversation and exploration of starting small groups at St. Paul’s and a short preview of our next Quarterly Meeting July 9th which will be a time of reflection and dreaming.
May 8 – Bible Study, 7 PM in the Parish House – all are welcome. We will be focusing on Acts 7:55-60, 1 Peter 2:2-10, and John 14:1-14. Each meeting is a self-contained unit.
May 14 - REMINDER - UTO (United Thank Offering) In-Gathering - The UTO Ingathering is now going to be "gathered in" twice a year. These In-gatherings represent our thanksgiving for the blessing and graces extended to us through God. These coins really add up if we discipline ourselves to practice doing this. Above all it helps keep our minds alert to the blessings going on in our lives and minds everyday. Last year well over $1,000,000 was given out as UTO grants for world projects - one to Rock Point here in Vermont.
May 14 – Brookside Eucharistic Service – Our next Eucharist Service at Brookside is Sunday, May 14th, 2-2:30. Volunteers should arrive at 1:45 to help set up the dining room and welcome residents to our service. Our last Brookside service this spring will be June 11th with no services in July and August. Brookside services will resume on the second Sunday in September at 2-2:30.
May 15th - Listen Community Dinner - May 15th will be our next Listen Community Dinner. Sign up sheet with menu will be posted by May 5th. We will need cooks to prepare main course and dessert. We will also need 6-8 volunteers to help in the Listen Kitchen 3:30-5:45. The remaining Listen Dinners for 2017 are July 17, September 18, and November 20th.
May 21 - Concern about Racism - After church on Sunday, May 21st you’re invited to discuss the video on White Privilege. The link for that video is: https://vimeo.com/147760743
Announcing our New St. Paul’s Pledge Secretary - With deep and heartfelt thanks for the many years that Dee Roberts has served as the pledge secretary at St. Paul’s, the Vestry accepted her resignation this year, and has officially appointed David Davison (after asking, and his acceptance, of course!) to serve in that position. Please address any questions about your pledge to David: (802) 359-3078 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Discretionary Fund next week – On Sunday, May 7, the loose offering and any checks marked Discretionary Fund in the memo is given to the Parish Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to help meet the needs of people in our area during difficult times in their lives. The funds are generally used to help with electric bills or car repairs, rent or securing a security deposit for a family. We are finally able to start distributing funds again. The need continues to be extremely high with requests coming in almost every day. Please be as generous as you are able. This is an important ministry of our Parish. Thank you, Scott
Prayers of the People Reminder – This is the last Sunday of the month and the list of names in our Prayers of the People will be deleted and we will start fresh next month. Please submit your prayers requests throughout the month and they will be added to our list on a weekly basis. Please send those requests to Holly Hall or email@example.com . Please remember at the end of the month to resubmit any names on your prayer list to Holly Hall so that they are included in the next month’s prayers. Thank you, Scott.
Good Neighhbor Health Clinic Dinners – we need your help!
Who: St. Paul’s Church commits to
What: Provide dinner for 8-10 volunteer staff (entrée and side dishes OR soup,
bread & salad OR a 1 dish meal: really whatever you might prepare at home!)
When: On the 4th Monday of each month, delivered by 5pm,
Where: To the Clinic in downtown White River Junction.
How: Please sign up to provide a meal, either on your own, or as a team with others!
Please consider signing up on the sheet on the Parish Hall bulletin board for a month after that. Contact Pam Hanson with any questions: 603-558-1239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf needs your help – Thanks for your generosity last week! The Top 5 needs at the Haven Food Shelf this week are peanut butter, pasta sauce, tuna, soup and canned tomatoes (diced/whole/stewed).
June 17 and 18 River of Life Pilgrimage in White River – Save the dates for fun and educational events near and on the river June 17 and 18. Details are being ironed out but will include presentations and fun at the Montshire Museum, paddling on the river at Kilowatt Park, worship with Bishops from across New England. It should be a great couple of days so plan on partaking! More information to follow. Keep alert!!
May 31- July 9 – River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage - …join us for a day, several days, a week, or the entire journey! Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a spiritual journey of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation, shaped by the Christian tradition around a series of activities along the Connecticut River, from the Source to the Sea. For more info: http://kairosearth.org/ Sponsored by Kairos Earth and Dioceses of Province One (New England) of the Episcopal Church.
Contemplative Quiet Prayer and Meditation - is held in our sanctuary 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All are welcome!
Knit and Purl Fellowship - meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 in our Parish House. All are welcome and all crafts are welcome.
Caring for Our Most Vulnerable Children - Do you want to contribute to the well-being of the children in your community? Consider volunteering as a court-appointed children’s advocate – become a Guardian ad Litem. There are many children in the Family Court system because of abuse, neglect, delinquency or custody disputes.Volunteering to become a Guardian ad Litem means YOU can be a voice for a child and speak to their best interests during the court process - helping get them to a safe, permanent home quickly. Comprehensive training and ongoing support are provided. Next 3 day training is May 3, 10, 17 at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT. To inquire about the VT Guardian ad Litem program and/or obtain an application, please email Alicia.email@example.com or visit the website at www.vermontjudiciary.org/gtc/Family/GAL.aspx.
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St. Paul’s Vestry: Pam Hanson, Senior Warden; Greg Taylor, Junior Warden; Bev Barton; Jon Chaffee; Cindy Dale; Holly Hall; Stuart Johnson; Rich Kremer; John Monfette.
- Discretionary Fund Reminder – First Sunday of every month. Please be as generous as possible.
- Laying on of Hands – On the first Sunday of every month those wishing to receive laying on our hands are invited to gather at the Baptismal Font (just as you entered the church) immediately after you have received communion.
- Leadership Team Meeting – every Wednesday 9:30-11:30am
- Worship Team meets – 2nd Thursday of the month in the Church Library at 4pm, all are welcome to attend.
- Vestry meets – 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Parish House at6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.
- Brookside Nursing Home Church Services – Please join us! – Second Sunday of each month (Sept-June) from 2-2:30 pm. If you would like more information about this service, please contact Holly.
- Knit and Purl Fellowship – Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in the Parish House, 6:30 PM. Contact Holly for info.
- Bible Study – meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month in the Parish House at 7 PM. We will focus each meeting on the lectionary for the upcoming week. This is a come as you can discussion group, you can do not have to come every meeting. All are welcome!
- St. Paul’s Concerned about Racial Justice group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, after church (and a little of coffee hour!), for discussion and planning. All are welcome to join us!
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) sponsors two regularly scheduled events open to the public: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:00 pm, on the corner of the green across from Hanover Inn, Vigil for Racial Justice.