Thanksgiving for Creation and in Honor of the Feast of St. Francis

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – October 2, 2016

Most high, omnipotent, good God: Grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfect joy; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen*. *(Collect for St. Francis and Creation)

Readings for Sunday, October 2:

Genesis 1:20-31

Psalm 104:10-25

Hebrews 3:1-6

Matthew 6:25-34

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*Sunday, October 2 - Who’s Who *

Greeter – Cindy Cameron; Host – Nancy Snyder; Hebrew Scripture – Andrew Pillsbury; Christian Scripture – Rich Kremer; Psalm and Prayers – Judi Shank; Chalice – Joyce Mechling and Nancy Snyder; Announcements – Pam Hanson; Counters – Kathy Detzer and Bev Barton; Altar Guild – Barb Coulter, Barb Lather and Bev Blanchard; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan

Scott’s Schedule Monday, October 3 – Office Hours 9-12

   Tuesday, October 4 – Clergy Day all in Randolph

   Friday, October 7 – Sabbath Day

   Saturday, October 8 - Sabbath Day

*Announcements *

*Congratulations to Barb Coulter - Our 2016 Micah Hero. *The 5th Annual Micah Award Ceremony is at the Claremont Senior Center in Claremont NH on Oct 30 at 3 PM. Tickets are available from members of your vestry.

*Feast of St. Francis and the blessing of the Animals – Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 AM – *bring your pet or picture of your pet to the 10 AM worship for a celebration of St. Francis and our Annual Blessing of the Animals.

Parish Discretionary Fund This week* – October 2* – there is currently no money in our Discretionary Fund to assist people in our area in need of help. We continue to build back the fund from disbursements earlier this year to help two individuals get back on their feet. The request for help increases this time of year due to the change in weather. I turn down requests for help daily. The loose offering and any checks marked discretionary fund in the memo is given to the Parish Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to help meet the needs of people in our area during difficult times in their lives. The funds are used to help with electric bills or car repairs, rent or securing a security deposit for a family. Please be as generous as you are able. This is an important ministry of our Parish. Thank you, Scott

Laying on of Hands and Healing Prayers – this Sunday, October 2 at 10 AM * –* if you wish to receive laying on our hands are invited to gather at the Baptismal Font (just as you entered the church) during communion immediately after you have received communion. You may ask for healing prayers for yourself and/or for others.

New Verger Schedule - I will be putting together a new verger schedule that will go through the end of the year, and hopefully through January. This will include the Sunday after Christmas, which is lessons and carols. Additional readers will be needed on that day (note, this falls on New Year's Day this year). Please notate on the sheet under the current schedule posted in the church hallway, if you would like to be added to the schedule, or if you know certain dates that you are unavailable. If you won't be in church, feel free to email Cindy Boehm-Patenaude at

St. Paul’s Choir is back! Rehearsal begins at 9 AM. We are always looking for more singers to join the choir. If you are interested in joining the choir please speak to Cindy Patenaude, Gary Barton or Scott. Thanks!

St. Paul's Stewardship Meeting – October 4, 6:30 PM: The annual Stewardship Season will be upon us very soon, and the Stewardship Committee is in the very early planning stages for this year's program. New members and new ideas are always welcome. Please join us for our next meeting to be held on Tuesday evening, October 4th in the parish house at 6:30 pm. If you wish to contribute your thoughts or energy but can't make the meeting, please contact Bev Barton, John Monfette or Pete Lapre. Many thanks!

October 4 - 7:00 Pm at St. Paul’s *– Why It’s Time of New Hampshire to Raise Up It Minimum Wage.* Learn how the Minimum Wage in New Hampshire – currently set at the Federal Minimum of $7.25 per hour – has fallen further and further behind. Leaving many hard-working families unable to make ends meet, despite working full time or more. – This forum is being moderated by Jennie Anderson, Priest at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Norwich, VT. Presented by UVIP, part of the New Hampshire Alliance for a Moral Economy. Please join us!

Advanced Care Planning discussion - October 4th, 6-8pm there will be Advanced Care Planning discussion lead by Dr. Weinstein at DHMC Auditorium E and F and is open to the public. For more info see Holly Hall.

*October 8 – Apple Fest 2016 at the Haven *– The Upper Valley Apple Corps and Haven warmly invites you to: Apple Fest 2016, Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM – 2 PM. Come help us celebrate the season with workshops, demonstrations, cider and apple sauce processing, children’s activities and more. Community Potluck Feast 12:30-1:30.

Help Wanted – Photgrapher needed*: *Our photo board is sorely in need of updating. Do you have any interest in taking up-to-date photos of our parish family members and posting them on the board in the church hallway? You might have interest but don't want to "go it alone"?? This does not need to be a one-person ministry. If you have any interest in assisting with this valuable ministry which helps us all put names to faces and faces to names, please notify Scott or any member of the Vestry--and thank you!

*Men’s Group – *John will be at the church every Saturday at 8 AM - come when you can.

Coffee hour Hosts needed* - *If you would like to host coffee hour in the future please sign-up on the sheet on the bulletin board to the left as you leave the parish hall heading toward the church. This is a great opportunity to exercise your ministry of baking without having to eat all you bake. For more information, please speak to Doug Jenisch.

*Bible Study – Monday, October 24 - *Our next gathering is Monday, October 24, at 7 PM in the Parish House. We will miss Monday October 10 due to Columbus Day. Our discussions last about an hour. Each session is stand-alone so come when you can. All are welcome! Here are the readings we will be discussing: Isaiah 1:10-18 , 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, and Luke 19:1-10 We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.

Attention Singers and Friends Of Music- *Fauré Requiem Open Sing* Fauré Requiem Open Sing—Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 pm First Congregational Church Lebanon, New Hampshire With Henry Danaher accompanying on piano, Hal Sheeler will conduct this sing-through of Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem (1890). All are welcome to sing—or just come listen! Please let me know if you will be attending as singer or listener. If as singer, please let me know voice part. If you have multiple copies of the music that we can borrow for this reading session, please let me know. We will be using the Mack Evans edited edition published by H. T. FitzSimons Company.

September is Hunger Action Month - During the month of September, all Food Shelves and Food Banks are trying to create awareness of hunger nationwide. The color orange is used throughout this month long event to help create awareness. Did you notice the change at the Haven? The haven has donor offering a 100% matching grant for every dollar donated to the Haven FOOD SHELF in September. This is a great opportunity to double your monetary donation to the Haven. Simply write ‘Food Shelf’ in the memo section of your check. Please be as generous as possible!

Deep Change for Climate Justice*: Coalescing a Transformational Movement October 15 and 16 – *Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium and VT Interfaith Power & Light are collaborating on our annual conference, *Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement,* Oct. 15 - 16, White River Junction. Join with people from VT, NH, and beyond to connect and draw courage to do the work that's needed, and to engage others to take action on global climate change! Registration is open. Online registration and much more is at: ** Registration fee goes up on Oct. 1 - register now! Contact: ** 802-434-3397

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Knit and Purl Fellowship - meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at the Parish House, 6:30pm. All handcrafts and all people are welcome. We welcome creative projects to make for Holiday Gathering November 12th. The following are the fall dates we are meeting October 3rd and 17th, November 7th and 21st, December 5th and 19th.

Listen Community Dinner - Our last Listen Community Dinners will be November 21st organized by Holly and Judi Shank.

Weston Priory Services - Anyone is welcome to services at Weston Priory. Please check Weston Priory Webpage for service schedules and retreat schedule.

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*St. Paul’s Vestry: *Jon Chaffee, Senior Warden; Greg Taylor, Junior Warden; Bev Barton; Cindy Dale; John Monfette; Pete LePre; Rachel McConnell; Holly Hall; Pam Hanson.

Upcoming Events *Please send event and prayer updates to*

*October 2 *– Blessing of the Animals *October 16 *– Quarterly Meeting of the Parish *October 18 *– Vestry Meeting *October 30 – *MICAH Dinner *November 12 – *Holiday Bazaar

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.
  • *Leadership Team Meeting – *every Wednesday 9:30-11:30am
  • Worship Team meets – 2nd Thursday of the month in the Church Library at 4pm, all are welcome to attend.
  • Vestry meets – 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Parish House at6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.
  • Brookside Nursing Home Church Services – Please join us! – Second Sunday of each month (Sept-June) from 2-2:30 pm. If you would like more information about this service, please contact Holly.
  • *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!

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