The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 27, 2017

Proper 16A


Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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 16, BCP)


Readings for Sunday – August 27


Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20


August 27 – 9:00 - Who’s Who

Greeter – Cindy Cameron; Host – Stew Wood; Readers – Dede Mackie and Dave Davison; Psalm and Prayers- Nancy Snyder; Chalice – Joyce Mechling and Nancy Snyder; Announcements – Cindy Dale; Counters – Dave Davison and Judy Barwood; Altar Guild – Carol Knight, Barb Lather and Colleen Warren; Verger – Holly Hall; Coffee Hour – Jane and Dick Davis and Penny McClure; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan


Upcoming Events

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              August 27 – Concerned about Racial Justice Meeting

              September 5 – Caring Ministries Meeting

              September 10 – Return to regular worship schedule

                                         8 and 10 AM

              September 10 – Welcome Home Sunday

              September 10 – Concerned about Racial Justice Meeting

              September 16 – All Parish Retreat

              November 12 – MICAH Event

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




Normal Worship Schedule (8 AM and 10 AM) begins on Welcome Back Sunday, September 10.



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




Welcome Name Buttons - Currently Paula Stevens and Holly Hall 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.





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 27 – Choir meeting ­ - immediately follow the 9 AM worship.


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! Questions, please speak with Scott.


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 at 9:00. 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 Hanson by Wed. Aug 30. 


September 10 – Brookside Worship resumes - 2-2:30. Worship at Brookside Nursing Home is held on the second Sunday of the Month, 2-2:30pm. Volunteers are invited to come at 1:45 to assist residents to the service.  David Thron plays the piano and supports our hymn singing. We welcome anyone interested in this ministry. More Information - speak with Scott, Cindy Cameron or Holly Hall.


September 10 – Concerned about Racial Justice Meeting in the Parish House following the 10 AM worship. All are invited.


September 16 – All Parish Retreat - Our parish retreat is just around the corner.  Please set aside Saturday, September 16th for a day of fellowship, fun, and renewal.  There is a sign-up sheet for the retreat on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. For more information, please speak with Bev Barton.


September 18 - Listen Community Dinner (LCD) - Monday, September 18th will be our next Listen Community Dinner. Sign-up sheet will be posted on Parish Hall Bulletin. We will be serving 100-110 meals. Our menu is chicken vegetable casserole with brownies for dessert. We need volunteers to help prepare food and volunteers to help in the Listen Kitchen Sept. 18th, 3-5:45. St. Paul's last community dinner will be November 20th.

If you have questions, please contact Holly Hall.  



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. If you have questions, please contact Holly Hall or Susan Pillsbury.


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! For more information, please contact Diana Collins or Holly Hall.



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 Hall 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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