The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 3, 2016
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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 9)
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Who’s Who – This week – Sunday, July 3
Greeter – Barb Coulter; Host – Dave Davison; Hebrew Scripture – Elizabeth Higgins; Christian Scripture – Stew Wood; Psalm and Prayers – Judi Shank; Chalice – Judi Shank and Kate Conner; Announcements – Jon Chaffee; Counters -Pam Hanon and Kathy Detzer; Altar Guild – Carol Knight; Acolytes – Jonathan and Kathryn Brennan
Scott’s Schedule: Monday, July 4 – Office Closed
Tuesday, July 5; - Office Hours 9-12 Friday, July 8 – Sabbath Day Saturday, July 9 – Sabbath Day
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*Readings for Sunday, July 3: *2 Kings 5:1-14 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#ot1, Psalm 30 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#ps1, Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#nt1, and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#gsp1.
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Our Summer Worship schedule begins Sunday, June 26*. *Worship times are 7:45 AM and 9 AM. Mark your calendars today!
*The Upper Valley Haven’s Top Five Needs Are *- peanut butter, pasta sauce, cereal, yogurt, and sliced bread.
Parish Discretionary Fund This week* – July 3rd* – 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
Laying on of Hands and Healing Prayers – Sunday, July 3* –* 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.
July 11 - Bible Study/Discussion at St. Paul’s *– * Our next gathering is Monday, July 11, at 7 PM in the Parish House. 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: Amos 8:1-12 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp11_RCL.html#ot1, Colossians 1:15-28 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp11_RCL.html#nt1, and Luke 10:38-42 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp11_RCL.html#gsp1 . We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.
Listen Community Dinner July 18th- sign up sheet is posted on Parish House Bulletin along with sign up sheets for Summer lunch program. Barb and Holly are needing four more volunteers to sign up and help in the kitchen July 18th, 3-5:30. If you have questions, please contact Holly. Thank you.
Special Thanks to "Stuart Ross and The Temp Agency" for the fantastic music last week. They started recording an album this summer. If you'd like to contribute to their kickstarter campaign, check it out here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1533107662/stuart-ross-and-the-temp-agency-debut-album?ref=user_menu If you contribute you will get a copy of the album, set to come out in September.
CARING MINISTRY MEETING –has been changed from July 12 to July 19th 7pm at the Parish House. We will be discussing our mission statement and other agenda topics.
*Welcome Ministry Meeting – July 13 at 7 PM - *We will meet on Wednesday, July 13 at 7 PM in the parish house to discuss what we are currently doing to welcome newcomers and searchers into our midst. We will also share new ideas and take a look at how we might change our Welcome Ministry. Please come with your ideas to this meeting and explore how this important ministry might work within St. Paul’s. Everyone is welcome to attend. Thanks, Scott
*WE NEED YOUR HELP - LISTEN COMMUNITY DINNER - *The sign-up sheet for July 18th Listen Community Dinner is posted on the Parish Hall bulletin board. We are serving Summer Salads- Pasta, Chicken, and Three Bean Salads with Fruit Popsicles for dessert. We will be serving just over one hundred meals. A few people have already signed up but we still need more people to prepare and provide the food. We also need four more volunteers to sign up and help 3-6pm or, the time you have to come help. Thank you, Holly
*2016 Summer Lunch Program and Beyond *
Please save the date- this year's Summer Lunch Program will be *July 18-22nd*!
We just received word that we will be serving 38 lunches a day this year.
St. Paul's has participated in this program for many years. We along with 8 other area churches agree to provide a week’s worth of lunches at the Northwoods and Hollow Drive residences. These are children that receive free and reduced lunches during the school year. This program insures they will continue to receive nourishing lunches throughout the summer months.
There are many ways you can help. We will need food donations, people to help prepare lunches daily and help the Sunday before to set up the lunch bags and stuffing them with non-perishable items. We have had many people over the last several years that have made monetary donations to help defray the food costs which has been very helpful.
A sign up sheet has been hung in the Parish Hall for food donations and help making lunches. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me!
AND NEW this year, on Thursday July 21st St. Paul's will also be participating in a new program initiative in Hartford called Take A Bite Out of Hunger. We will be making 50 snack bags that will be distributed at the Hartford Middle School. We thought this program paired well with the Summer Lunch Program and we will be making the snack bags along with the lunches that day for delivery.
A signup sheet for food donations can be found alongside the Summer Lunch program ones. There is also a flyer that explains a bit more about the program.
Thank you so much for considering helping with this program. St. Paul's is such a special place, I appreciate all the support for our community outreach programs. Barb Coulter
The *Concerned About Racial Justice group *
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 three Wednesday evening discussions: July 6th, July 20th, and August 3rd, 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.
St. Paul's Gardens - Mother nature and our gardens are working well together producing glorious flowers as well as multitude of weeds. Anne and I are looking for two or three parishioners who could pitch in to help us weed. We would greatly appreciate extra help July and August. I attend the gardens early mornings or late afternoons. If you have time to help us weed, please contact Anne or Holly. Many thanks, Holly.
2016 Prouty- I will be walking in the Prouty July 9th. I welcome anyone who would like to walk with me in the morning or give support to team Rubin Rejuvenators- Rubin Building at DHMC is where much of the cancer research takes place. Holly
Rides to church for Karen Lyons In July* - * Karen Lyons would like a ride to and from church July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. She will be ready at 8:30 am. If you are able to assist in this important ministry, please contact Karen on her home phone. Thank you, Scott
Bible Study/Discussion at St. Paul’s –Our next meeting is Monday, June 27, at 7 PM in the Parish House. 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: 2 Kings 5:1-14 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#ot1, Psalm 30 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#ps1, Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#nt1 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html#gsp1. We will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.
Safe Church Training – is scheduled to be held on Friday, July 15th here at St. Paul's from 8:30 AM – 3 PM. Other Safe Church training opportunities are listed here.
· Certification: Friday, July 15, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at St. Paul's, White River Junction
· Re-Certification: Wednesday, October 5, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Christ Church, Montpelier
· Certification: Saturday, October 22, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Trinity Church, Rutland
Knit and Purl Fellowship meets the 1st and 3rdMonday of the month, 6:30 at the Parish House. All Crafts are welcome including coloring. Friends and neighbors are welcome to join us. Our summer gatherings will July- 18th, (we will not meet July 4th), August 1st and 15th; September 5th and 19th.
Weston Priory*- *Services at Weston Priory are open to the public. The services I attend are just over an hour which depends on number of people attending. I enjoy going twice a month to either Friday 5:15service or Saturday 11:30 service. If you have questions or would like to go with me, please contact. Thank you,
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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.
- *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!
*Please send event and prayer updates to firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com*
*July 12 – *Vestry Meeting
*July 15 – *Safe Church Training at St. Paul’s
July 18 – LISTEN Community Dinner
July 18-22 – Summer Lunch Program
July 19 _ Caring Ministry meeting
July 21 – Take A Bite Out of Hunger Snack Program
September 17 – Parish Retreat
-- The Rev. Scott B. Neal, Rector 802-295-5415 St. Paul's web site: http://www.stpaulswrj.org/ http://tinyurl.com/lhtuvzz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsWRJVT?fref=ts Please send announcements & prayer list updates to: firstname.lastname@example.org http://tinyurl.com/lhtuvzz