The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – August 20, 2017

Proper 15A


Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (The Collect for Proper 15, BCP)


Readings for Sunday – August 20


Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28


August 20 – 9:00 - Who’s Who

Greeter – Barb Coulter; Host – Stew Wood; Readers – Nancy Snyder and Karen Smith; Psalm and Prayers- Marge Brennan; Chalice – Doug Jenisch and Karen Smith; Announcements – Jon Chaffee; Counters – John Monfette and Andrew Murphy; Altar Guild – Carol Knight, Barb Lather and Colleen Warren; Verger – Doug Jenisch; Coffee Hour – The Barwoods; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan



Upcoming Events

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              September 5 – Caring Ministries Meeting

              September 10 – Welcome Home Sunday

              September 10 – Return to regular worship schedule 8 and 10 AM

              September 16 – All Parish Retreat

              November 12 – MICAH Event







Summer Worship Schedule – July 2 – September 3 – 7:30 and 9 AM.




There is a lot of information contained within this email – There are many additions and updates. Please read these announcements carefully!  Thanks, Scott



2017 UVIP Micah Heroes – November 12th - Mark your calendar today -  - St. Paul's is on the process of accepting names to be the Micah Hero from our parish. We are looking for a person who exemplifies living by 'doing justice, loving kindness, walking humbly with God'. There are Micah nomination forms in the Narthax. All nominations need to be handed in to Scott or a Vestry member by August 20th.


Welcome Name Buttons - Currently Paula and Holly are making the Name Buttons for our parishioners. If you have lost your Button or if you are coming to St. Paul's services and do not have a Button, please let Paula or Holly know and they will make one for you. Please let them know something special you enjoy doing and the image will be part of your Name Button.


New Verger List Underway - I will be working on a new verger schedule for the fall in the next few weeks.  If anyone knows if the will be away, would the please let me know ASAP. We are always looking for folks to cover the "ministries" that need to be undertaken to make Sunday morning run smoothly. If you would like to be added or dropped from the list please let me know. Please contact me at  --Thanks-  Cindy




Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament - As we approach our 6th Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament on September 9 at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont, we are grateful for the generosity of so many people and organizations who have made this tournament a huge success.  Thanks to you we have raised over $49,000 for children, those in need, the environment, and educational opportunities for youth and adults around our state and world.  Last year over $11,000 was given thanks to many businesses, parishes, and individuals.


Every dollar from sponsors and gifts and prizes goes directly to the Alleluia Fund ministries of the Episcopal Church in Vermont.  The gifts support The Rock Point Camp for youth and children, Global and Domestic outreach of many kinds, St. Paul’s Cathedral ministries of arts and education, and the care of our Rock Point property as a sanctuary of natural beauty, renewal, and education for thousands. Additional information about these various ministries can be found on our website at .


This year our goal for the Open is to raise $12,000 to support the overall goal of the Alleluia Fund of $40,000.  Please help us with a monetary gift or raffle items or prizes to help support these ministries in their service and witness.  Also, please join us on September 9 at the Basin Harbor Club for a fun golf outing with great food. To register to play in the Alleluia Open either as a team of four or as an individual who will be paired with others to form a team.





August 22 – Take a Bite out of Hunger - On August 22n St. Paul’s will be participating for a second year in the initiative called Take a Bite Out of Hunger program. We will be making 60 snack bags that will be distributed to needy area families out of the Hartford Middle School. It has been requested that in the bags we have two items for breakfast and two for lunch or dinner, as well as juice boxes and snacks. Below I have listed some ideas for donations that can be dropped off at the church by August 20th, there will be a box in the kitchen for the donations. We will be packing the bags on Tuesday August 22nd nd delivering them on the 24t.


     Items needed:

         40 Cans of tuna fish

         40 cans of easy open soup or stew

         40 boxes of microwaveable macaroni and cheese

         60 small cereal boxes/bowl packs

         60 oatmeal packets

         10 boxes of granola bars

       120 small snack sized goldfish packets

         60- 100%juice, juice boxes  

         60-small shelf stable chocolate milks


This program provided food for over 90 families in our community throughout the entire summer last year. Thank you so much for considering helping once again with a community program that is meeting the needs of our neighbors. St. Paul’s is such a special place, I appreciate all the support for the community outreach! Any questions please feel free to contact me by email or phone. Thank you, Barb Coulter ( ) or 603-643-1452



August 28 – Bible Study – Our next Bible Study meeting will be August 28 at 7 PM in the Parish House. We will focus on Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28. Each of our times together are free standing – no prior experience or attendance is needed. All are welcome!


September 5 – Caring Minstries Meeting – 7 pm in the parish house. If you would like to be part of Caring Ministries, please come to our next meeting September 5th. Our last meeting in 2017 will be November 7th.  All are welcome!


September 10 – Welcome Back Sunday – We will return to our regular worship schedule of 8 and 10. Following the 10 AM we will celebrate our life together with brunch. Also, that day we will Bless Backpacks and other items we need to do ministry throughout the week. We will also bless the launch of small groups and/or ministries, both existing and new.  If you have been thinking about a small group you might like to lead, please contact Pam by Wed. Aug 30. 


September 10 – Brookside Worship resumes - 2-2:30. Everyone is welcome to join in this important ministry to the Brookside Community.


September 16 – All Parish Retreat - Our parish retreat is only a month away.  Please set aside Saturday, September 16th for a day of fellowship, fun, and renewal.  Planners are needed.  Please see Bev Barton ASAP if you want to be part of the planning.


September 18 - Listen Community Dinner (LCD) - Monday, September 18th will be our next Listen Community Dinner. Our menu will be chicken vegetable casserole with brownies for dessert. A sign up sheet will be posted in Parish Hall posted after August 22nd. Volunteers are needed to prepare the food and to work in the kitchen from 3:00-5:45pm on Sept. 18th. If you have questions, please contact Holly. The last Listen Dinner in 2017 will be November 20th.



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. 


Contemplative Prayer and Meditation - is a quiet hour of peace to connect with self and with God as you are filled with inner peace and strength for the days ahead. Contemplative Prayer is the 1st and 3rd

 Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:30. Parishioners, friends, family, neighbors and others are welcome!


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 9:30-11:00am -- Anyone is welcome to attend.
  • Worship Team meets – 2nd Thursday of the month in the Parish House 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 – We are currently on summer leave - - 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 at 2 PM.
  • 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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