September 10 we return to our regular worship schedule of 8 AM and 10 AM. Also this week we will have breakfast together at 9. At the 10 AM we will be blessing backpacks and other items we need to do ministry in the world. All are welcome to attend all or part of Sunday at St. Paul's.



The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 10, 2017

Proper 18A


Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  (The Collect for Proper 18, BCP)


Readings for Sunday – September 10


Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20



September 10 – 9:00 - Who’s Who

Greeter – Penny McClure; Host – The Brennans; Readers – Bruce and Barbara Lather; Psalm and Prayers- Bev Barton; Chalice – Doug Jenisch and Joan Lawrence-Studebaker; Announcements –John Monfette; Counters – Kate Conner and Carl Hanson; Altar Guild – Barb Coulter, Christine Davison, Barb Lather and Colleen Warren; Verger – Doug Jenisch; Coffee Hour – Welcome Back Breakfast; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan


Scott’s Schedule


     September 11 - Monday – Office Hours, 9-12, Bible Study, 7-8:30 pm

     September 12 - Tuesday – Office Hours, 9-12

     September 13 – Wednesday Morning Group, 9:30-11 am

     September 14 – Thursday – Worship Committee Meeting – 4-5:30 pm

     September 15 – Friday – Sabbath Day

     September 16 – Saturday – Sabbath Day


Upcoming Events

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

              September 10 – Welcome Home Sunday

              September 10 – Concerned about Racial Justice Meeting

              September 11 – Bible Study

              September 14 – Worship Committee Meeting

              September 16 – All Parish Retreat at Camp Coniston

              September 19 – Vestry Meeting

              September 24 – Eye on the Prize Discussion

              November 12 – MICAH Event


 Sunday - September 10

 8:00 AM - Scripture and Holy Communion, quiet and contemplative

9:00 AM - Our Annual Welcome Back Breakfast

10:00 AM - Scripture and Holy Communion with hymns and music



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


September 10 - Backpack and symbols of our daily living Blessing– Remember to bring your backpack, calendars, keys, Prayer Books, Bible etc. to receive a blessing as we begin another year of life and ministry in our community.


September 10 – Commissioning of the new Small Group Facilitators at the 10 AM worship.


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


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 11 – Bible Study, 7 – 8:30 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 Exodus 14:19-31,  Romans 14:1-12, and Matthew 18:21-35. Each meeting is a self-contained unit and everyone is welcome!


September 14 – Worship committee meeting – 4 - 5:30 PM in the Parish House – all are welcome!!


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.  This year’s theme is “Beloved Community: Generous Presence.” 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. More information can be found on a bulletin insert.


September 18 - Listen Community Dinner (LCD) - Thank you to all those who have signed up to help serve 110 meals on 9/18.  We still need 8 more casseroles, (one casserole equals ten servings), and 5 more pans of homemade brownies, (one pan equals ten brownies).  The sign-up sheet is on Parish Hall bulletin. My hope is that the Listen Community Dinner sign-up sheet is completed at our September 10th Welcome Back Sunday services and breakfast.  If you have questions about the dinner, please contact Holly Hall. Our last Listen Community Dinner in 2017 will be on November 20th.



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.


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 ITEMS: Soup, Canned beans, Tuna, Cereal and Pasta Sauce. All items collected at the church are brought to the Haven Food Shelf.



AGING WITH DIGNITY – Facilitators Training - UVIP (United Valley Interfaith Project) is scheduling a set of (5) Facilitator Training classes for "AGING WITH DIGNITY" beginning on Thursdays, October 19 at 10AM to Noon at the Upper Valley Senior Center. If you might be interested and want more information please contact Dick Davis ( or call (603) 640-6009.


Our beautiful parking lot – thank you to Greg Taylor our Junior Warden for arranging to have our parking lot resurfaced and lined. Thanks also to the Haven for paying half the cost as they share our lot.


Outreach Committee Distributions for the 1st and 2nd Quarters of 2017: The amount disbursed is based on 10% of the income for that quarter. The 1st Quarter – LAMB $240.00; India $$240.00; Camp Agape $500.00; Advance Transit $500.00; GNHC $200.00 and UVIP $750.00. The 2nd Quarter – LAMB - $240.00; India - $240.00; Rock Point Partnership $ 1500.00; Dismas House $500.00; and COVER $400.00. For a grand total of $5,310.00. The Outreach Committee is committed to giving to the local community, the state and the world.


which email should I use - stpaulsvt or spcrector – You may use either email to reach me. ‘stpaulsvt’ is a more public email account and can be accessed by people other than me in the parish, and when we have office help they will be checking this account regularly. The ‘spcrector’ account is my personal St. Paul’s account and is monitored only by me.  Hope this helps - Scott


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.


Geri Williams’ Mailing address I’ve been asked to include Geri’s address as she continues to recover from her fall at her son Dan’s home. Cards may be sent to: Geri Williams, c/o Dan Williams, 19 Grove Street, Arlington, MA 02476.


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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