The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – July 2, 2017

Proper 8A


Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 (The Collect for Proper 8, BCP)


Readings for Sunday


Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



July 2 – 9:00 - Who’s Who

     Greeter – Christine Davison; Host – Nancy Snyder; Readers – Barb Lather and Bev Barton; Psalm and Prayers-

     Elizabeth Higgins; Chalice – Kate Conner and Pam Hanson; Announcements – Cindy Dale; Counters – Harry

     Kendrick and Karen Smith; Altar Guild – Carol Knight, Barb Lather and Colleen Warren; Verger – Doug

     Jenisch; Coffee Hour Elizabeth Higgins; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan




Scott’s Schedule

      July 1 – Sabbath Day

      July 3-4 – Independence Day – Office Closed





Upcoming Events

Please send event and prayer updates to by Wednesday at noon.


              June 26- 30 – Summer Lunch Program

              July 2 – Summer Service Schedule begins – 7:30 and 9 AM

              July 9 – Quarterly Meeting

              July 11 - Caring Ministries meeting

              July 17 - Listen Community Dinners

              September 10 – Welcome Home Sunday

              September 16 – All Parish Retreat

              November 12 – MICAH Event



Summer Worship Schedule begins this week – July 2 – 7:30 and 9 am.



Parish Discretionary Fund next weekOn Sunday, July 2, 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



 The Prayer of the People used for the next few weeks are Prayers for Water as we ‘travel’ down the Connecticut River with the River Pilgrims.



Update on Bud Cederholm - I heard from Bud Cederholm this week. He is slowly healing, using a walker with PT at home. He is also dying to get out more in garden and nature and drive again. He wishes everyone at St. Paul’s Love and Peace. If you’d like to send a card or note to him, his address is: 67 Cottage Cove, Plymouth, MA. 02360


Micah Heroes - Upper Valley Interfaith Project/UVIP plans an annual afternoon of recognition for a person or people from members of eighteen faith organizations who represent qualities of a Micah Hero who   "acts justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with your God".  Please begin thinking of St. Paul's parishioners who live these qualities in an exemplary way.  This will be announced during July and August. All recommendations can be given in writing to a Vestry member and a final decision will be made in September by St. Paul's Vestry. The 2017 UVIP Micah Awards Ceremony will be held November 12th at Claremont Senior Center.  Holly will be selling tickets September and October to anyone who plans to attend the event.  More details about purchasing tickets will be explained at a later date. 



July 9 – Parish Quarterly Meeting – The theme of our time together is Honey we need to talk… This is an opportunity to gather as a parish and discuss questions like: Who and what do we appreciate? What can we celebrate? When have we fallen short? What can we improve? Where do we go next? What are our goals for the coming year? Five years? How do we get there? Our discussion will go from about 10:30-12 on Sunday, July 9. Hope to see and hear you there. Scott and the Vestry.


July 10 – Bible Study, 7 PM in the Parish House – all are welcome. This is a fun group filled with sharing of personal stories and lots of laughter. We will be focusing on Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, and Matthew 13:1-9,18-23. Each meeting is a self-contained unit and everyone is welcome!


July 27 – Valley Terrace Worship Service – at 2 PM. Please join Sally and I as we bring communion to the residents of Valley Terrace. We have a great time worshiping, singing and sharing fellowship together. All are welcome! Interested ? – speak to Scott


May 31- July 9 – River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage – The journey continues… For more info: Sponsored by Kairos Earth and Dioceses of Province One (New England) of the Episcopal Church.


July 11 – Caring Ministry Meeting meets every other month. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 11th at 7pm in the Parish House.


July 17 - Listen Community Dinners -  Thank you to all who have already signed up to bring food for the Listen Dinner.  We will be serving 100-110 people, seconds and take-home meals. We need volunteers to sign up to make three bean salads, more chicken salads and buy Nestle Fruit Bars for dessert.  One salad serves ten people, and one box of Fruit Bars serves twelve.   The signup sheet with a pen is posted next to Nursery Door.  Judi and Holly will be at Listen Kitchen July 17th at 3pm. Four more volunteers are needed starting at 3:00 or 3:30 and you can put your name on signup sheet.  If Listen Dinners are new to you and you would like to help, please speak with Judi Shank or Holly Hall. St. Paul's last two Listen Dinners for 2017 are September 18th and November 20th, mark your calendars today.  




Knit and Purl Fellowship -meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in Parish House, 6:30 pm. All are welcome and all handcrafts are welcome.  We will soon start to make crafts to sell at Holiday Bazaar. You are welcome to contact Kate Townsend, Holly Hall, Judy Barwood, Susan Pillsbury, or Geri Williams, if you have questions.


Contemplative Prayer and Meditation - is held in our sanctuary 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30- 6:30. The doors are open to anyone who wants to come or pray and meditate from wherever you are.  This is a time to bring peace into our lives!        


Weston PrioryAnyone can attend services at Weston Priory during the week or weekend. Best to check their web page for times of services and days Brothers are on monthly Sabbath or retreat.  Holly will be going once or twice a month through the summer and you are welcome to join her.                                                  


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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.



Ongoing Reminders

  • 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.
  • Wednesday Morning Group Meeting – every Wednesday 9:30-11:30am all - Anyone is welcome to attend.
  • 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 at 6:30pm. 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.
  • Valley Terrace Church Service – Please join us! - Fourth Tuesday of every month.
  • 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.
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