The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 24, 2017

Proper 20A


Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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 20, BCP)


Readings for Sunday – September 24


Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16


September 24– 10:00 - Who’s Who

Verger – Holly Hall; Greeter – Davis; Host – Stew Wood; Readers – Carl Hanson and Elizabeth Higgins; Psalm and Prayers- Andrew Pillsbury; Chalice – Jane Carroll and Joyce Mechling; Announcements – Pam Hanson; Counters – Pam Hanson and Greg Taylor; Altar Guild – Barb Coulter, Christine Davison, Barb Lather and Colleen Warren; Coffee Hour – Barwoods; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan






Scott’s Schedule


     September 25 - Monday – Office Hours, 9-10, Bible Study, 7 PM

     September 26 - Tuesday – Office Hours, 9-12, Valley Terrace Worship, 2 PM

     September 27 – Clergy Training – Veterans – all day

     September 29 – Friday – Sabbath Day

     September 30 – Saturday


Upcoming Events

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              September 24 – ‘Eye on the Prize’ Discussion

              October 12 – Ageing with Dignity Seminar

              October 15 - "Discovering Your Personal Mission" group

              October 21 – The Big Clean Out

              November 11 – Holiday Bazaar

              November 12 – MICAH Event



You are all invited to a non-denominational service for Jill Fischer's mother, Dorothy Fischer, on Saturday, September 23rd, at 3:00 pm in the Dwinell Room of Harvest Hill Assisted Living (23 Alice Peck Day Drive, Lebanon, NH).


Your comforting presence would be appreciated by Jill and Jeff!




Vestry Summary from 8.15.17 meeting

- Members of the Vestry present were Pam Hanson, Cindy Dale, Beverly Barton and Greg Taylor.  As there was not a quorum this writing is a summary of the discussions held.  No motions or votes were made.


Office Computer Purchase – We were going to ask Chuck Nagle to made recommendations and a cost estimate for

     a new office computer.  

Further work was to be done to define the tasks of the Office Assistant.

Parish retreat planning was reviewed.

Welcome Back Sunday was discussed.   Small Group leaders are to provide information for their particular groups.   Invitations will go out inviting parishioners to put forth ideas for other small groups and if they meet the criteria we

     can assist in getting them started.



Transportation Help Needed

Sylvia French, Pam Hanson’s Mom, has a medical appointment on Friday Nov. 10th at 9:30am in Lebanon.  Pam and Carl will be in Wisconsin for the birth of their 2nd grandchild.  Sylvia can be transported from Harvest Hill to her appointment and back, but it would be great if someone from the parish would be willing to accompany her or meet her at the doctor’s office to be a second pair of ears for her and us, perhaps taking notes.  If you are able to help out, please contact Pam at603-558-1239 or


September 24 and beyond - The Concerned About Racial Justice group is presenting a screening of six episodes of the TV series “Eyes on the Prize,” a history of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.  The screenings will be in the Parish Hall from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on the following Sundays: Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct. 29, and Nov. 5.  They are free and open to the public so please spread the word and invite your friends.  For more information contact anyone in the group or email


October 12 – Tools for “Aging With Dignity” Seminars -  “Living Thankfully” - THURSDAYS at 4:00PM – 5:50PM, October 12 -November 16. The classes are limited to approximately 18 with a minimum of 8. Couples are encouraged to attend. To REGISTER: email or phone Dick Davis: (603) 640-6009, Email:  Cost for materials is $15.00/participant. Couples registered may wish to share one set of materials.  Checks made out to St. Paul’s Church, with “Aging with Dignity Class” in memo line.


October 15 is the first meeting of the "Discovering Your Personal Mission" group  - They will hold three foundational meetings on Oct. 15, 22, and 29 at 11:30 am at the Parish House.  These sessions will present essential information about how to discover, develop, focus and expand the mission that God is calling you to engage in, Additional sessions will be scheduled at the convenience of group members who wish to continue working with the material presented in these three sessions.  The size of the group will be limited to 12 people.  There are still a few spaces available for those that may be interested.  Those who have not yet spoken with Duane Brown about this should contact him by email at or by phone at 802-369-9961 prior to Oct. 15 to ensure that space and materials are still available.  If interest exceeds 12, another series will be offered at a later date.


October 21 – The Big Clean Out - a day set aside to do a fall cleanup in and around our buildings. Mark your calendar today. More details to follow.


Listen Community Dinner - A big thank you to everyone who prepared food and volunteered at the September 18th Listen Community Dinner. We served 87 people who had opportunity to have 1st, 2nd and take-home meals. All the food was eaten and thoroughly enjoyed! Our last Listen Community Dinner of 2017 will be November 20th.  Thanks again, Holly Hall


Jonathan Brennan Named St. Paul’s 2017 Micah Hero. After collecting nominations from the parish, the vestry voted to name Jonathan Brennan St. Paul’s Micah Hero. Congratulations Jonathan!


Micah Tickets for the November 12, 2017 UVIP Micah Event in Claremont are now available - Tickets to UVIP’s (United Valley Interfaith Project) Micah Event on November 12th are available for sale from September 16th through the end of October. St. Paul's has 16 tickets to sell and each ticket is $30. Holly Hall will be selling the tickets. The Micah Event is an opportunity to congratulate Jonathan Brennen and to celebrate with him and all the other Micah Hero in our area. 



We are finally ready to hire office help – At our Annual Meeting in January, we voted to hire a part-time office person. If you know anyone, outside the parish, looking for part-time work (about 10 hours per week,) please let Pam Hanson or Scott Neal know. Thank you.017


Haven News


September is Hunger Action Month at the Upper Valley Haven – Any monetary gifts to the Haven during the month of September will be matched 100% so you effectively double your money and benefit the Haven. For more information about Hunger Action Month go to


The Haven’s TOP 5 MOST NEEDED iTEM: Peanut butter, pasta, cooking oil, sliced bread and oatmeal. All items collected at the church are brought to the Haven Food Shelf.



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.


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.


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; 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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