The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, Collect for The Second Sunday in Lent)
March 12, 2017– 10:00 - Who’s Who
Greeter – Holly Hall; Host – Stu Wood; Scripture – Katy Chaffee and Kate
Conner; Psalm and Prayers – Elizabeth Higgins; Chalice – Judi Shank and Kate
Conner; Announcements – Stuart Johnson; Counters – Pete Lepre and Jane
Carroll; Altar Guild – Barb Coulter and Barb Lather; Verger – Nancy Snyder;
Coffee Hour – Pam and Carl Hanson and Penny McClure; Acolytes – Jonathan
and Kathryn Brennan
March 13 – Appointments out of the office
March 14 – Sanctuary Training – Concord, NH
March 17 and 18 – Sabbath Days
Bishop’s Homecoming and Visitation Schedule and an Invitation – wednesday, March 22 - Please mark your calendars – the Bishop is coming for his visitation or Homecoming. He will be with us from 10 AM – 8 PM. We have a full day planned with him. You are invited to join us for conversations throughout the day. The schedule for day looks like this.
10-11 AM – Conversation with the Concerned about Racial Justice Group
11-12 AM – Conversation with UVIP
12-2 PM – Lunch and conversation about Refugees and Immigration – please RSVP if you are planning to
attend this discussion so we can provide food and schedule room to meet.
2-3 PM – Visits to Dismiss House and The Good Neighbor Clinic
3-4 PM – Visit to the Haven
4-4:30 PM – Official break
4:30 – 6 PM – Meeting with the vestry
6 – 7:15 PM – Potluck Dinner – please RSVP so we can set up appropriately
7:30 – 8 PM – Worship in the Taizé style
Vestry Retreat UPDATE– At out Vestry retreat last weekend, March 3-4, we continued address the charge form Annual Meeting regarding Refugees and Immigration. As an initial response, the vestry decided to make the following statement, based on a prior statement Scott had included on his former parish’s website. The statement is:
“As Christians and members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction, we welcome all people into our midst as we would welcome Jesus Christ himself. We take our Baptismal Covenant seriously; we do our best to continue in the apostle’s teachings and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers; we work to persevere in resisting evil and when we fall into sin we repent and return to the Lord; we do our best to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; we strive to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; and we strive for justice and peace among all people, and endeavor to respect the dignity of every human being. And to that end we embrace all people without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities or age.”
For now, this is an in-house message. We welcome your feedback around this statement. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you, Scott and your vestry
ER-d Ingathering – Thank to your generosity we gathered $527.15 last week for Episcopal Relief and Development! For more information on ER-D use this link: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/ Thanks, Scott
Good Neighhbor Health Clinic Dinners
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!
March is covered. 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 email@example.com
The Upper Valley Haven Update - For next four weeks starting next Tuesday, our neighborhood cumbys will be donating .10/cup of dispensed beverages to the Haven! If you are a patron already, be sure to thank them the next time you are in the store. And if you haven’t stopped in yet, what a great reason to check out the new digs and enjoy a beverage! This week’s most needed items: Cereal, Pasta, Pasta sauce, Milk and Tuna.
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 cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, milk and , tuna.
March 12 – Concerned about Racial Justice – 11:30 in the Parish House. All are welcome.
March 12 - Brookside Eucharist Service- 2pm-2:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome and asked to arrive at 1:45.
March 17 - Lenten Series – Having Conversations that Matter – Tuesday, March 15th our Lenten Series will continue – Having Conversations that Matter from 6:30-8:00 in the Parish Hall. We will gather for discussion and conversation. The series will continue on March, 28th, and April 4th – mark your calendar today! Each session is independent of the others. Hope you will join us!
Other Lenten Resources
- JJSE Video Series 5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own (booklet and information in the narthex)
- St. Paul’s Bible Study will continue as normal 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
- Lent Madness, like March Madness but the saints compete – Score Card available from Kate Townsend
March 17-18 - Save the Date – Women’s RetreAT – see flyer in the narthex for more details
March 20 - Listen Community Dinner- Listen Community Dinner March 20th-
Our menu will be chicken vegetable casserole and chocolate chip cookies. Feel free to use your own recipe or you may use my recipe. Please leave out peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Sign up sheet is posted on bulletin in the Parish Hall. Food can be delivered to church March 19th or to Listen kitchen March 20th between 2 and 3:30pm.
We need one more volunteer to sign up and help Monday, March 20th, 3-6pm in Listen Kitchen.
We will be serving between 100-120 people on March 20th. Thank you to those who have already signed up and
we need more people to sign up this Sunday, 12th. We are serving higher numbers of people. Invite
neighbors and friends to help with cooking.
We welcome anyone who would like to give financial support in purchasing food items. You may give money
to any one listed on the sign up sheet or, you may give me the money donation to be distributed or saved to
use purchasing food for our next Listen Dinner.
A group of cooks are welcome to use our church kitchen Saturday, March 18th or after Sunday service on the
The remaining 2017 St Paul's Listen Dinner dates are: May 15, July 17th, September. 18th, and November 20th.
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.
Knit and Purl Fellowship - meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 6:30 at Parish House. All are welcome and all hand projects are welcome. Come and join the fellowship. Our next two gathering will be January 2nd and 16th.
CONTEMPLATIVE QUIET Prayer and Meditation- will meet next on March 15 and again on the March 29. We will return to our regular schedule meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Sanctuary from 5:30 to 6:30. Come when you can and stay as long as you want. If you are not able to get to the sanctuary, take what time you have from wherever you are for prayer and meditation. For more information about Contemplative Quiet Prayer and Meditation, please contact Diana or Holly
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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.
Please send event and prayer updates to firstname.lastname@example.org
March 12 – Brookside Ministry
March 12 – Concerned about Racial Justice
March 14 - Lenten Series – Having Conversations that Matter
March 17-18 – Women’s Retreat
March 22 - Bishop’s Homecoming and Visitation
May 31 – July 9 – River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage
- 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.
- Having Difficult Conversations About Race. Wednesdays, Noon – 2 p.m. (Wednesdays Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18th at the Howe Library in Hanover.) This series of conversations grew out of an OSHER course, and is open to everyone. Content sometimes includes speakers, movies, or other offerings. For specific information about upcoming