On this year's Advent retreat, sponsored by St. Paul's and Koinonia, we will be reflecting on our waiting for God with the help of Julian of Norwich and Mary, the mother of Jesus. How does the language and experience of motherhood help us to reflect on what it means to wait for God in the season of Advent? What was this waiting like for Mary and how does Mary's waiting inform the waiting of the Church for Christ to be born in us? Why does Julian call Jesus "our true Mother," and how does this image help us to know God better, even as we wait for Jesus' birth? Please join us for this creative and informal retreat day as we reflect together on what it means to be "Expecting God" this Advent season. There are no prerequisites for this retreat! Free and open to the public. All are welcome!
5:00 p.m. – Family Service in the church with “The Friendly Beast” children's sermon, carols, and the first Holy Communion of Christmas. Child care for 3 and under will be provided.
8:00 p.m. – A quieter celebration of the Holy Eucharist with homily and carols in the church.
11:00 p.m. – Festival Celebration of the Holy Eucharist with incense. This candlelight service begins with caroling and organ music at 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist II (no church school, no nursery)
Join us on Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. for a traditional service of Advent Lessons and Carols followed by a festive reception in the Parish Hall. Enjoy beautiful music of the Advent season along with the story of our salvation in scripture and poetry as we prepare to welcome the Christ child once again.
Our annual Toy Offering will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30. That morning, children and families -- and all parishioners! -- are invited to bring new or like-new (unwrapped) toys to the service and place them in front of the Holy Table when the children process into church from Joyful Noise. After the procession, the gifts will be blessed and later shared with children in our community. This year we are once again partnering with the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, an outreach ministry of Region XV, for their annual St. Nicholas' Toy Drive. Their toy drive is an effort to make Christmas more affordable for local families. Money raised by the Thrift Shop goes to support Habitat for Humanity, the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries, Ministry with the Aging, and the Gertrude Mitchell House. Please help support their efforts by contributing to our toy offering.
In lieu of a traditional gift, consider giving a life-sustaining present on behalf of someone special. Starting November 30, before and after the 10 a.m. service, the African Development Project (ADP) is providing gift opportunities in support of the MABUTA/MIDA project in Uganda and the Privilege School and the Kitui Rescue Center in Kenya. For the gardener in your life, consider supporting the creation of a school garden. For an educator, imagine giving a uniform or school fees for an orphan. In honor of a child, you might donate to a center being built to house children rescued from exploitive labor. Meet us at the ADP table in the Parish Hall, and you will receive a beautiful card with which to share your gift.
Join us for this very special family event! On Wednesday, December 3, at 6 p.m., we will hold our annual Celebration of St. Nicholas and hear some stories about ways he shared God's love throughout the world. We hope St. Nicholas will join us and give us one of his special blessings, as he has in the past.
My Soul Waits for the Lord on Sunday, December 21 from 7-8 p.m. This service is especially for those who may find Christmas a difficult time of year. Many people suffer in silence at this time of year, whether because of the remembrance of the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a job loss, or a profound sense of loneliness.
The service will be held on the winter solstice, the “longest night” of the year. The tone will be contemplative and quietly hopeful. All are welcome to be part of this late Advent service of Evening Prayer with music and candle lighting. Come for yourself and for others who will benefit from your prayers and presence. If you would like to come and need a ride, please the church office, 295-2156.
My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning. (Psalm 130:5)
This festive inter-generational, family-friendly event will help prepare you to enter into Advent with your very own home wreath. Kit, instruction and assistance will be provided. If you have any cut greenery (boxwood, holly, etc.) to donate, please bring it to the parish hall on Saturday Nov. 29, or to church with you on Nov. 30.
We now publish a monthly Vestry News article on our website. Typically included are a summary article, minutes and financial reports. See the link on the menu to the left or click here.
View the St. Paul's 2013 Annual Report here.
View the St. Paul's Calendar - Fall 2014 here.
View the Building Task Force Interim Report by clicking here.
View Be Bold! Discerning God's Call - Claiming God's Vision, the 2012 St. Paul's Long Range Planning report by clicking here.
View the 2011 St. Paul's Long Range Planning report by clicking here.
|5:00 p.m.||Family service with “The Friendly Beast” sermon
|9:00 p.m.||Quieter celebration with Holy Eucharist, homily & carols
|10:30 p.m.||Caroling and organ music|
|11:00 p.m.||Festival candlelight celebration with Holy Eucharist, incense|
|11:00 a.m.||Holy Eucharist II (no church school, no nursery)|
|8:00 a.m.||Holy Eucharist|
|10:00 a.m.||Holy Eucharist with Choir, Joyful Noise worship for God's Children
|5:30 p.m.||Holy Eucharist
|8:00 a.m.||Morning Prayer