The Fourth Sunday in Lent– Lent 4

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The Mountain

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Readings from the Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday in Lent


Scott’s Schedule

 April 1 – Office  Hours, 9-12

 April 2 – Wisdom  Council - 2:30-4 PM; Vestry Meeting – 6:30 – 8:30

 April 4 – Office Hours, 9 - 12

 April 5 – Sabbath  Day  

 April 6 – Sabbath Day


 Who’s Who at 10 AM                        

                              Verger – Holly Hall

      Greeter – Cindy Cameron

                              Host – Davisons

                              Readers – Doug Jenisch, Judi Shank

                              Psalms and Prayers – Judi Shank

                              Chalice Bearers – Leslie Black, Doug Jenisch

                              Assisting Clergy – Stew Wood

                              Nursery Care – Greg Taylor

                              Announcements – Molly Castaldo

                              Coffee Hour – Elizabeth Higgins

                              Counters – Pam Hanson, Bev Barton

                              Altar Guild – St. Paul’s Altar Guild

                              Acolytes –Kathryn Brennan, Nancy Snyder, Doug Jenisch


St. Paul’s Vestry: Bev Barton (’21), Senior Warden; Greg Taylor (’22), Junior Warden; Rich Kremer (’20); Molly Castaldo (’20); Andrew Pillsbury (’20); Dick Davis (’21); Geri Williams (’21); Holly Hall (’22)  and Virginia Umland (’22)


Upcoming Events

 Please send event and prayer updates to                                      


     March 30 – Pysanky: Ukranian Easter Eggs

     April 6 – Toward Racial Healing

     April 14 - Palm/Passion Sunday

     April 14 – Hartford Dismas House 5th Anniversary Celebration 

     April 14-20 - Holy Week

     April 21 - Easter Sunday

     April 28 – UVIP 10th Anniversary Celebration

     April 28-30 - Bishop Candidates’ Walkabouts

      May 5 - Parish Quarterly Meeting


Prayer Requests

  For the Church:  Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas our bishop, and Rob his NH colleague; Scott our Priest and Diana our Deacon. St. Matthew’s Church, Enosburg Falls; The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.

 FOR THE NATION AND WORLD For us as a people, that we may uproot all forms of violence, discrimination and injustice, especially those based in racism, religious intolerance, gender and sexual bias and promote mutual understanding and trust. For our community partners who serve neighbors in need, and for the United Nations and all who work for peace.

For those bearing the responsibility of leadership, especially Donald our president, Phil and Chris our governors, our legislators and judges, and all who do the work of governance.

For those who serve in the Armed Forces: Cody O’Dell; Alden; Ryan, Isaac, Eric, Tom, Terry, Jesse, Mick, Grant.


For refugees; for exploiters and the exploited; for those committing acts of terror, that their hearts may be turned to peace.


For the sick: _____

For those asking our prayers: Lyle Favreau’s family; Gloria; Walt; Pam K;  Amy; Bambi; Diane S.; Airton; Carole B; Carol Lane and family; Bob C.; Ashley, Mason and family; Victoria Thomas; Lynn; Michael and Kate; Steve Burke and family; Chris Collins; Diana Collins; Paige; John Strosnider; Janet Belding; Kathy Belding; Fred, Patsy, Marge; Mary Corrigan; Edwin and Eduardo; Akash, Akhila; Nived, Jecin, Renjith, and Navathej, our godchildren in India; Jocelyn, our godchild in Honduras and the entire LAMB community; the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed; for the homeless and the destitute; for refugees; for prisoners and captives; for those affected by the violence and natural disasters around the world, hurricanes, fires and floods.

 For those who have died: Betsy Townsend; Merrilee Burke; Lyle Favreau; Edward Lane.

 In thanksgiving: For this parish family; for vestry and their hard work; for all good gifts around us; for children and grandchildren; for the gift of faith; for the hope of peace.

  Please contact Holly Hall with your prayer requests.


Calendar Events

 March 30 – Pysanky: Ukranian Easter Eggs  A workshop for making pysanky – wax-resist dyed eggs – will be offered2:00pm-4:30pm Saturday March 30th in the Parish HALL. Please RSVP to Pam Hanson so that we can purchase enough eggs. No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to bring anything.  However, wear older clothes in case of any spills or splatters. Children over the age of 8 may attend if an adult accompanies them to assist them (lit candles are used). A small donation to cover the cost of materials would be appreciated.


April 6 – The first session of the Toward Racial Healing workshop (see general announcements, below).  Please note that registration for this first session is now full; if you are still interested in attending you will be placed on a waiting list.


April 14 – Hartford Dismas House 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn, Lebanon, from 5 – 8 pm.  The featured speaker will be William Moyers, who will share his life changing story of addiction, giving hope to the community.  William, the son of Bill Moyers, the Press Secretary for President Johnson, is the author of Broken, a compelling story of his addiction, recovery and redemption. Dinner, music, and silent auction are included. Parishioners are invited to attend and to purchase a ticket online for $75.  ( Outreach Committee will partner with anyone who wishes to attend and is willing to pay $25. per ticket.  Outreach will pay the remaining $50.  See Nancy Snyder for these tickets.


April 28 – Sunday afternoon from  3:00 - 5:00 pm. UVIP 10th anniversary birthday party at St. Paul's Church. Guest Speaker:  Willem Lange.

Bishop Search Process details - Complete details can and will be found in The Mountain or on the Bishop Search Website:   You can meet the candidates by going directly to


April 28-30 - Bishop Candidates’ Walkabouts - This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates in person and ask them questions.

      Sunday, April 28 - Springfield (evening event)

     Monday, April 29 - Manchester (afternoon event)

     Monday, April 29 - Burlington (evening event)

     Tuesday, April 30 - Newport (evening event)


May 18 - Special Electing Convention to elect the 11th Bishop of Vermont - The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington. Seating for guest is very limited but will be broadcast live.


June 2 - Farewell Party for Bishop Ely - at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington. Evensong at 5:30 PM followed by reception 6-8 PM.


June 29 - Farewell Party for Bishop Ely - at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Brattleboro. Evensong at 5:30 PM followed by reception 6-8 PM.


September 28 - Consecration of the 11th Bishop of Vermont - Ira Allen Chapel on the UVM campus, Burlington. Reception to follow in the Grand Maple Ballroom of the Davis Campus Center.

 General Announcements

 Holy Listening – We’ve just learned that someone did not receive a call during Advent. Please let Scott or one of the Vestry know if you were not called and would like to have this conversation.  We apologize for any oversight!

 From the Upper Valley Haven:  The Outreach Committee shares this note of thanks from the Haven: “First, let me say thank you for your recent donation of 180 pounds of food to support the Food Shelf. We thank you for giving the gift of hope.  Through food, shelter programs, education and problem solving, the Upper Valley Haven offers the promise of possibility to those in need.”

 Life Transformed: The Way of the Cross in Lent - Adult formation for Lent. - 11:30 -12:30 Sunday in the Parish House. March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, and May 5. The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, we are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. This set of seven Adult Forums ties the Easter Vigil readings to the seven practices of the Way of Love. All are welcome!

 The Concerned About Racial Justice Group (CARJ) – St. Paul’s Concerned About Racial Justice Group (CARJ) is hosting a two-session workshop titled TOWARD RACIAL HEALING.  The sessions are cosponsored by SURJ and UVIP and funded by a generous grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, as well as financial backing from St. Paul’s and UVIP.  The sessions will be held from 10 AM to 12 Noon on April 6thand May 4that the Kilton Library in Lebanon.  

 The purpose of this workshop is to gain a better understanding of our actions in the national and local context of diversity awareness and inclusive practice. Participants will engage in interactive exercises about identity, culture, and difference that will raise sensitivity to implicit bias, mico-aggressions and other behaviors that reduce credibility and impact community members.   

 The sessions are linked so the greatest benefit will be gained from attending both, though it’s not required.  The workshop is free of charge to anyone high school age and older.  Registration is recommended because but the number of participants is limited and spaces are filling up fast. 


Session One:(April 6). Discovering Your Best Self,:   

Session Two:(May 4) Understanding Power Dynamics,:

Registration can also be accessed through the Events section of St. Paul's Facebook page.

OR CALL the church office at (802) 295-5415

 For questions, email concernedaboutracialjustice@gmail.comor ask one of the members of CARJ



The Concerned About Racial Justice Group is relaunching our popular book discussion series.  Our next book will be Michelle Obama's memoir, BECOMING, which we'll discuss in May (date to be determined.). 


Black Lives Matter Vigil in White River Jct. - Black Lives Matter Vigil is held Wednesdays 5:30-6:00 at the street corner near Town Hall. If you have questions, contact Bruce Lather.

 Greeters- We need three more Greeters to help with rotation of Greeters throughout a month. Greeters arrive close to 9:30 Sunday morning and welcome anyone coming through the door. If you have time to help with this ministry, please be in touch with Scott or Holly

 Good Neighbor Health Clinic Dinners - St. Paul’s Church commits to provide dinner for 8-10 volunteer staff at the Clinic in downtown White River Junction on the 1st Wednesday of each month, delivered by 4:00pm. Please sign up on the sheet in the parish hall to provide a meal, either on your own, or as a team with others! Contact Pam Hanson if you have questions or need directions. Please note the change of day from 1st Tuesday to 1st Wednesday, at least for the winter.

Top Five Needs at the Haven – peanut butter, rice, black beans, oatmeal, and tuna. Other Needs: shampoo, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, facial tissues (Kleenex).

 Rides to Church - We have  three Parishioners  giving rides and we are looking for  three more volunteers to help with rides. If you are interested in  this ministry, please contact our church office.

  Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)  - meets monthly for education and planning.  They also offer monthly Difficult Conversations about Race gatherings at Howe Library, and sponsor three weekly vigils.  All are open to everyone! Weekly Vigils, as of March 2018: Hanover: Mon 5:30-6 PM, Hanover Green Lebanon: Tues 5-5:30 PM, corner W. Park & S. Park Sts. at Colburn Park Meriden: Weds 5-5:30 PM, SW corner Rte 120 & Main St .

 Caring Ministries - The meeting is for all those in Prayer Ministry, Healing Prayer Ministry and Pastoral Care and for anyone else who would like to be part of this important Ministry at St. Paul's.

Knit and Purl Fellowship – meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in the parish house at 6:30. All are welcome!

Silent Prayer and Meditation – On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Paul's Sanctuary is open 5:30 to 6:30pm. Come to pray and meditate part of the hour or the whole hour. All are welcome!

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 Ongoing Reminders

·         Discretionary Fund Reminder – First Sunday of every month. Please be as generous as possible.

·         Wisdom Council Meeting – every Tuesday 2:30-4:00pm -- Everyone is welcome to attend.

·         Vestry meets – 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

·         Valley Terrace Church Service – Please join us! – The second Monday of the month at 2 PM.

·         Knit and Purl Fellowship - meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 in Parish Hall. Anyone who likes hand crafts are welcome to join in!

·         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 beginning at 11:45 in parish house. 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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