The Fifth Sunday in Lent– Lent 5

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The Mountain

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Readings from the Lectionary for the Fifth  Sunday in Lent

Scott’s Schedule

 April 8 – Office  Hours, 9-12; Valley Terrace 2-3 pm; Bible Study 7 –  8:30 pm          

 April 9 – Wisdom  Council - 2:30-4 PM, Caring Ministries – 7 – 8:30 pm

 April 10 – Office Hours, 9 – 12

 April 11 – Day-long Retreat

 April 12 – Sabbath  Day  

 April 13 – Sabbath Day


Who’s Who at 10 AM                        

                             Verger – Doug Jenisch

      Greeter – TBA

                              Host – Holly Hall

                              Readers – Cindy Cameron, Rich Kremer

                              Psalms and Prayers – Nancy Snyder

                              Chalice Bearers – Karen Smith, Pam Hanson

                              Assisting Clergy – Bambi Koeniger

                              Nursery Care – Michael Townsend

                              Announcements – Andrew Pillsbury

                              Coffee Hour – Doug Jenisch and friends

                              Counters – Harry Kendrick, Nancy Snyder

                              Altar Guild – Judi Shank and Barb Coulter

                              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 -  

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      April 6 – Toward Racial Healing

     April 7 – Discretionary Ingathering and March Birthday and Anniversary Blessings

     April 7 – Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent

     April 9 – Caring Ministries, 7 pm at the Parish House

     April 13 – Altar Guild Meeting

     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 4 – Understanding Power Dynamics, Session 2 – Concerned About Racial Justice

      May 5 - Parish Quarterly Meeting

     May 18 – Special Convention for the Election of the 11th Bishop

     June 1 – Bargain Bin


Prayer Requests

 For the Church:  Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas our bishop, and Rob his NH colleague; Shannon, Hillary and Hilary our finalists for 11th Bishop of Vermont; Scott our Priest. St. James’ Church, Essex Junction; The Church of Ireland.


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

 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 7 - Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent - This week will focus on the tile BLESS. These are standalone sessions, so no prior sessions are required to attend. We will gather in the Parish House at approximately 11:45. All are welcome!

 April 8 - Bible Study - 7:00 PM in the Parish House. This week we will focus on the readings for Sunday, April 14. The readings are: Isaiah 50:4-9aPhilippians 2:5-11, and  Luke 23:1-49.  These are standalone sessions - no prior experience is required to attend. All are welcome!

 April 13 – Altar Guild Meeting and preparation for Holy Week, 9:30 am in the Parish Hall.

 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.  (


April 15 – 21 – Holy Week:


 Monday, April 15, 7:00PM

 Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, April 16 7:00PM

Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00PM

Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist

 Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:00PM

Foot Washing, Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar

The Watch at the Altar of Repose, 8:30PM-9AM


Good Friday, April 19, 7:00PM

Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Saturday, April 20

Holy Saturday Liturgy, 9:00 AM

The Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 PM

 Easter Sunday, April 21

8:00 AM  Rite One (quiet and contemplative)

10:00 AM  Rite Two (with piano and choral music)


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

May 12 - Untied Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering. - please remember your ‘blue boxes’ for UTO. Checks may be made out to St. Paul’s with UTO in the memo line. The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. More information is available at

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.

            Complete Info at   you-can-meet-the-nominees-for-the-eleventh-bishop-of-vermont/


     Sunday, April 28 - Springfield (5:30-8:30 PM)

     Monday, April 29 - Manchester (9:30 AM -12:30 PM)

     Monday, April 29 - Burlington (5:30-8:30 PM)

                 Tuesday, April 30 - Newport (5:30-8:30 PM)

 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 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.

 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).

  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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