The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 31, 2016

Let your continual mercy, O God, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (1979 Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Proper 13)

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Who’s Who – This week – Sunday, July 31

Greeter – Dick and Jane Davis; Host – Ann Taylor; Hebrew Scripture – Barb Coulter; Christian Scripture – Andrew Pillsbury; Psalm and Prayers – Elizabeth Higgins; Chalice – Joyce Mechling and Judi Shank; Announcements – Pete Lepre; Counters – Harry Kendrick and Karen Smith; Altar Guild – Carol Knight; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan

Scott’s Schedule: Monday, August 1 – Office Hours 9-12

   Tuesday, August 2; - Office Hours 9-12

   Friday, August 5 – Sabbath Day

   Saturday, August 6 – Sabbath Day

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Readings for Sunday, July 31: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23, Psalm 49:1-11, Colossians 3:1-11, and Luke 12:13-21.

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*OUR SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE - * Worship times are 7:45 AM and 9 AM.

OUTDOOR SUMMER WORSHIP* – *Due to the beautiful summer weather we have been experiencing, don’t be surprise if one Sunday you come to church and we are outside for worship.

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*SUMMER LUNCH THANK YOU! *We had another fantastic summer lunch program thanks to St. Paul's. We served 190 lunches for the week and also delivered 50 snack bags to the Take a Bite Out of Hunger Program in Hartford. Thanks so much for your incredible generosity; donating food, money and your time to prepare the food. It was great to have so many people turn out to prepare the lunches every day. The AmeriCorps volunteer thanked us and said the children really looked forward to our lunches every day!

The Take A Bite Out of Hunger program is running out of the Hartford Middle School every morning and they are still in need of food donations. They are currently feeding 70 adults and 20 children every day. If you would like to donate food items such as, (granola bars, juice boxes, cereal and shelf stable prepared meals) they would gladly accept them at the Middle School cafeteria, which is staffed by a volunteer every morning from 9:00-12:00.

Thank you all so much for meeting the needs of so many in our community and supporting this wonderful outreach program!

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – NOVEMBER 12 [image: 🎅]- It's time to be thinking about our HOLIDAY BAZAAR coming up on November 12! Are there any women who might be willing the act as Chairman or Co-Chairman? I am willing to help. Please talk to me and ask questions to see if this would be something you would enjoy doing. You are needed!! Thank you for considering this. Jill Devins 802-291-6832 <802-291-6832>

*NEW VERGER SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE *– the new verger scheduled has been posted on the bulletin board in the hallway and a few printed copies are available on the shelf in the narthex (vestibule).

RIDES TO AND FROM CHURCH FOR KAREN LYONS - Holly and Beth are helping with transporting Karen and they are looking for one more driver to help share Sundays. If you are available and can help with one or two Sundays, please contact Scott or Holly. Thank you.

*LISTEN COMMUNITY DINNER *- We have two Listen Dinners remaining in 2016.

 September 19th will be planned and organized by the Barwood Family.

 November 21st will be planned and organized by Holly and someone to

volunteer to assist her. If can help with organizing and planning, please contact Holly. Thank you.

PARISH DISCRETIONARY FUND NEXT WEEK* – August 7* – On the first Sunday of each month 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 generally used to help with electric bills or car repairs, rent or securing a security deposit for a family. The need has been extremely high with requests coming in almost every day and we currently have no funds. Please be as generous as you are able. This is an important ministry of our Parish. Thank you, Scott

*DINNER CHURCH – AUGUST 11 *– Our next Dinner Church will be on Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 PM in the parish Hall. This is an opportunity to come together over and informal Eucharist to worship God and share dinner with our friends and neighbors. In Dinner Church Communion and dinner are interwoven for a different type of worship experience. All are Welcome!

KNIT AND PURL FELLOWSHIP* - *meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 at the Parish House. All people and all handcrafts are welcome. With extra Prayer Shawls being collected on an ongoing basis, Scott has asked we expand our Prayer Shawl Ministry to places of need in the wider community. Anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting at home or at a Knit and Purl gathering are welcome to contribute prayer shawls to this ministry. If you want more information, please contact Scott or Holly.

The *Concerned About Racial Justice group’s CITIZEN: an American lyric Book Study – UPDATED DATE - August 17 at 7:00PM *- You are invited to share in a small group discussion of Claudia Rankin's, *Citizen: An American Lyric. Published in 2014, *this NY Times bestseller provides an unusual window on racism in our day. St. Paul's began an intentional conversation about racial justice this Lent when we met at the Kilton Library, along with community neighbors, using Ta-Nehisi Coates's book. We will continue that conversation in a more intimate context during two remaining Wednesday evening discussions August 17th, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM.

     Come on one or all of these dates as your schedule allows -- and

bring a friend. The Concerned About Racial Justice group will determine location by the interest expressed, so please sign up at church or call/email the church office (802-295-5415). Books are available online or at the Dartmouth Bookstore. If you’d like more detail about the book, Annalee is available to chat.


IT IS COMING! SAVE THE DATE! Who is our MICAH Hero? Well, you are invited to submit your MICAH Hero Recommendations to any Vestry Member. This must be done by (we can insert either the date of: Thursday, September l, 2016 or Tuesday, September 6, 2016)

FR. SCOTT’S VACATION – Scott will be on vacation from August 17 – September 3.

CARING MINISTRY* - *Our next meeting will be September 27th 7pm at the Parish House

*WESTON PRIORY SERVICES - *Anyone is welcome to attend services at Weston Priory. The Brothers have Sabbath days each month and it is best to check Weston Priory website for listing of Sabbath days and days they will be traveling. Holly attends Eucharist Evening 5:15 services r 11:30 Eucharist Saturday services when she can. If you would like to join her, please let her know.

CHURCH GARDENS* - *growth in our gardens is abundant with flowers as well as weeds. Anne and Holly are in need of one or two volunteers to help them keep ahead of the jolly green weeds that flourish in a blink of an eye. If you have some extra time to help us weed August and September, please contact Anne or Holly. Thank you.

*ST. PAUL'S RUMMAGE SALE - AUGUST 20 - *The Outreach Committee is planning another rummage sale so please plan your summer sorting accordingly!

This event benefits us all -- we can clean out closets and storage tubs for a good cause and customers can buy (most) all items for 25 cents. The hours of the sale are 9--12 AM on the 20th. The items we accept and sell are:

  • Clothing, especially children’s school clothes in good condition

· Boots and shoes

· Winter wear: coats, hats, mittens, and scarves

There will also be a Boutique with items for more than 25 cents. Watch for details about drop-off in future Announcements.

THE UPPER VALLEY HAVEN’S TOP FIVE NEEDS ARE - peanut butter, pasta sauce, cereal, yogurt, and sliced bread.

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As we hear news of yet another police shooting with circumstances yet to be clarified, consider joining SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) in their vigil Monday evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m., on the Dartmouth green, across from the Hanover Inn. This is one simple way to stand in solidarity with people of color in the wake of violence.


Monthly demonstrations for a livable wage continue July 16 and August 17 - check the UVIP bulletin board for details.

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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*

*August 11 – *Dinner Church

*August 17- September 3 *– Scott’s Vacation

September 8 – EFM (Education for Minister) begins

September 17 – Parish Retreat

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!

-- The Rev. Scott B. Neal, Rector 802-295-5415 St. Paul's web site: Facebook: Please send announcements & prayer list updates to: