St. Paul's Memorial Church Newsletter

Telephone: 295-2156 October 06, 2011

Pastoral Emergency: 806-9069

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Condolences of the Parish to Jane Rotch upon the death of her daughter, Joy Boissevain, and to Edith Sheerin upon the death of her husband, The Rev. Charles Sheerin.

Newcomers - Are you new (or newish) to St. Paul's? Would you like to meet new people and learn more about our wonderful church community? Please join us beginning Sunday October 16 at 9:00 a.m. for coffee, snacks, and discussion with Rector Jim Richardson. We will hold these sessions October 16, 23, and 30, with a recognition of our new members on Sunday Nov. 6 at the 10 a.m. service. Please contact the office to sign up.

Steward's Supper - Be our guest at the Steward’s Supper! Come and celebrate how St Paul’s is changing lives.  Saturday, October 29 at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club from 5:30-9:30 pm.  Watch our own Grillmeister, Brian Fuller make the pork BBQ. (Vegetarian option available).  Dinner will start around 6 p.m., with entertainment, and followed by a live Swing Band if any want to dance or just tap their toes! Come when you can and stay as long as you wish.  This is a family event for all ages.  Childcare and children activities will be available. If transportation is needed, please let us know. RSVP at or call the church office: 295-2156.

Your Name Here! Would you like a St. Paul's name badge? We have two styles to choose from - magnetic and clip-on. Please enter your name on one of the sign up sheets in the Narthex, Parish Hall or the Chancellor St. hallway and we will be glad to make one for you to pick up the following Sunday. To pick up your badge, just ask an usher.


Vestry Nominations - The 2012 vestry elections will be held Friday, January 20, 2012 through adjournment of the Annual Meeting on January 22, 2012.  The Vestry Nominations Committee would like to ask parishioners to begin now to consider candidates for vestry. If you would like to nominate a parishioner to be considered for the slate of nominees, please submit the name and a brief written explanation of why you feel the person would be an effective vestry member to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the Nominations Form made available. Submissions will be accepted through October 15, 2011 and again from November 2 - 15, 2011. Please read the Nominating and Electing Vestry form for details. Thank you for prayerfully considering vestry.

Morning Prayer - St. Paul's is now offering Morning Prayer every weekday at 8 a.m. with ministry intern Joe Lenow. Come begin your day with this peaceful, reflective service - and then join us afterward for some free gourmet coffee.  Monday-Friday, in the choir loft; the service lasts around 20 minutes.  We hope to see you!

Stephen Ministry Update: In this week's fifth session, Stephen Ministers continue to explore how Christian caregivers have something distinctive to offer: God’s unconditional love and forgiveness in Christ.  In this session, our Stephen Ministers will specifically practice and discuss the appropriate use of prayer, confession, and the Bible in caregiving relationships.

AIM's 30th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Concert – This year the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is celebrating 30 years of outreach to the community. St. Paul's was one of AIM's founding members in 1981, and we remain active members today. Help celebrate AIM's anniversary and its continued ministry by attending a benefit concert on Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m., at University Baptist Church (1223 West Main St.). There will be a reception following, with many tasty refreshments. The concert will include our very own St. Paul's Choir, in addition to vocal and instrumental solos and ensemble and choral music from other local congregations. A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged to help AIM in its outreach to the community. AIM's primary purpose is to provide emergency assistance to local families who are facing economic crises. Please come to this benefit concert to support the mission of AIM, to celebrate its 30 years of service to our community, and to enjoy some beautiful music. Questions? Contact Alice Fitch at 296-8989.

Don't Talk to Me About Money! -- The adult education forum this Sunday, October 9, will be facilitated by Darren Ball and Gwynn Crichton, members of the St. Paul's Team on Annual Giving.  Gwynn and Darren will lead us in a conversation that will help us explore why "money" is such a private, sensitive matter for many of us, how we can respect that sensitivity when addressing the annual financial needs of our parish, and how to live a life of giving in light of our faith.

Church School Family Picnic – Jim and Lori Richardson are hosting a picnic for church school families at their home (128 Overlook Drive) on Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m. Jim and Lori have a lovely yard, equipped with a playscape for the kids.  No need to bring any food, dinner will be provided!  Rain cancels.  For more information, feel free to call the church office.  Directions: Go south on Highway 29, take the first left about 1/4 mile south of the I-64 interchange onto Teel Lane. The road twists left, and then take your first right on Overlook Drive; cross the railroad tracks, go up the hill about 1/2 mile. Jim's house is near the top on the left. You can park on the side of the driveway or on the road below.

This is the second in a series of six written testimonials from parishioners about how St. Paul’s changes their life

“I come to St Paul's because here I find balance.”

by Anne Cressin

At my job and in a volunteer role as advocate I meet people who are struggling. Be it physical pain or just the problems of every day life, I work with individuals whose pain is real, whose needs are often beyond the scope of what I can offer. I do what I can and I work towards changing things for the better. And I come to St. Paul's.

I come to St Paul's because here I find balance. Here is stability, solid ground on which I can stand and a strong community of faith to which I belong.

I come with a heart for the prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...
where there is despair, hope...
where there is sadness, joy....

St Paul's brings me peace; is a sanctuary of hope; a joyful place. A place from which I receive so that I can continue to give.

For it is in giving that we receive...

Thank you all for giving to me. Peace.

Cropwalk 2011 - With 64 years of humanitarian work experience, Church World Service, (CWS), the multi-faith sponsor of the CROPWALK, is an acknowledged leader in the field, frequently called on by federal, state and local governments in the United States, and by different partners internationally to give assistance in times of man-made and natural disaster worldwide. After providing hygiene kits, baby kits, blankets, food, water, emergency clean-up buckets, and other immediate survival necessities, CWS’s long-term recovery specialists share resources and expertise that empower people to meet their own rebuilding and development needs.

On October 16th our faithful St. Paul’s walkers will be joining cheerfully, rain or shine, in this great effort to help the desperate and the hungry. It’s a six mile walk, but elderly or very young participants need not walk the whole distance. We urge parishioners to sign up at the table in the Chancellor Street entrance to the church on Sunday, October 9, after the 10:00 am service as sponsor/supporters or, even better, to join the walk.

Sunday Scriptures: Going deeper – Join Joe Lenow, our ministry intern, for a preview of the following Sunday’s Scripture lessons after our 10 a.m. worship each Sunday. We’ll examine what the lessons say, and explore why they say it, and, time permitting, the way they say it. Read ahead! We’ll be glad to welcome you. The upcoming readings:

October 9 - Exodus 33:12-23; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22
October 16 - Deuteronomy 34:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
October 23 - Joshua 3:7-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12

Commemoration of All Faithful Departed - Wednesday Nov. 2 at 12:15 p.m. One of the great traditions of the Church is this simple annual service when we remember all those who died in the last year, and anyone else we want to remember who has died. Instead of a sermon, we will read the names of the departed from a commemoration book. We are asking members of the congregation to add names to the book, which will be available in the narthex beginning this Sunday. Each name will be read on Nov. 2 at the service, followed by a Eucharist. All are invited to add names and all are invited to come to the service.

St. Paul’s Annual Giving - Frequently Asked Questions (Each week we will answer several frequently asked questions about annual giving and pledging. For more information, go to

Why are annual pledges important?

Annual pledges fund the church’s operation and support all that the Church does in its many ministries. Your annual pledge is essential if we are to sustain our existing ministries and begin to address our goals for the future.

The vestry formulates and approves the annual operating budget based on written pledges. Difficult decisions are required each year because needs always exceed pledges. Pledging is critically important because the vestry is committed to a balanced budget.

Planning responsibly is an important part of stewardship at St. Paul’s. In order to allow the vestry to prepare a realistic budget for the upcoming year, please make your 2012 pledge on or before November 6, 2010.

What is the annual operating budget?

The parish’s budget is the very tangible way we give witness to our plans to continue Christ’s ministry in the world through St. Paul’s Memorial Church. The budget is neither arbitrary nor inflated. It is carefully designed to allow the parish to practice responsible stewardship. For the year 2011, the St. Paul’s budget is $863,028, with 78% coming from pledges; 4% coming from non-pledge offerings and seasonal gifts; and 18% coming from our endowment, the Diocese, and rental income.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
9:00 p.m. Compline
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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