Welcome to St. Paul's!
If you are looking for a church community, you may have just found it! St Paul’s has a long tradition of superb music, an inviting Sunday School, active youth group and effective outreach. This is a place where God is first and you can make a difference.
"You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
+ Where did you see God today? In the Vestry: as we teach the tithe and have been increasing the percentage of our pledged income given to outreach; we are prayerfully, carefully and respectfully considering moving to 10% of our pledged and plate income going to outreach. (Budget and half of the Outreach is based on pledged income (the other half comes from the Rector's Discretionary Fund. Filling out a pledge card makes a huge difference, not just to the smooth operation of St Paul's, but to our Outreach!)
+ Youth Confirmation Class this Sunday 21st in the fireplace room of the Parish Hall after the 9:30 service.
(esp. 8th-10th grade but all welcome; Adult Confirmation/Reception).
+ Bible Study on "The Parables" at 8:30 am in the Belden room. Led by Jeff Manickas
+ Coffee Hour is 8:45-9:15 in the Parish Hall.
+ "Notes on the Lessons of the Day" are available at each service for those who'd like to recognize God with a bit more frequency in the scriptures and don't have time for a full blown bible study.
+ October Food Pantry Requests: canned corn, beets, spinach; Progresso soups (creamy/beefy/chowders); cereals (but not oatmeal or corn flakes), Jello/pudding; boxed potatoes & boxes of pasta; ketchup; hygiene items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shampoo & razors.
+ Parish Prayer Calendar for October is Stewardship. Our commitment to 8% of pledge and plate giving to Outreach is based on completed pledge cards (so is the budget). About half of our regular givers complete a pledge card. All giving is good: appreciated and helpful. Filling out a pledge card helps not only you (your opportunity to commit and stand up for what you believe), the church (making a responsible budget), but it also helps others beyond these walls (that 8% meant that we gave away $23,000 directly to those in need, so far this year!). Imagine how much more we could do together if we all completed a pledge card!) Thank you for making a difference for those who are suffering. Your contribution matters. Bless You and fill out a pledge card. :)
+ Our beloved Sexton, Bill Healey has retired. We are in the process of receiving applications for the position. If you now someone who might be interested, please ask them to contact the church office 294-4357 x 100.
+ Sunday School this week: Lesson 5. The Sunday School e-letter is available to all, just ask and we'll add you to the list. It helps in praying for our children, teachers, parents and those we haven't seen yet.
+ New England Bible Study Tues 9:45 am and Wed at 7 pm. in the chapter room (behind the altar-would another location be more comfortable?) This week God Calls Jacob and Joseph (what was he thinking?!)
+ Please note the Christmas Bazaar calendar of events in the bulletin. Contact Laurie DeRuosi for more info. Keep crafting and coming back :)
+ Next "Cookies and Classics with the Canon" will be Nov 4 at 11 am in the Guild Room (fireplace room) of the Parish Hall. We will discuss: "The Confessions", by Augustine of Hippo. Optional biography recommendation is Augustine of Hippo, by Peter Brown. Come even if you missed the other sessions. What is your favorite insight from Augustine and why?
+ Please call if you (or someone you know) needs a visit.
From Inside the Collar
"You do not know what you are asking"... no kidding.
We want the promises of God and we want to be chosen by God. But if we knew what we were asking, we might not.
A friend said: "No one is afraid of hell, we visit often enough to hang pictures. We are terrified of heaven."
The Truth is we want what we want. God on the other hand wants more for you than you can ask or imagine (which is kind of scary and beyond our control and might mean we have to let go of our own agenda). Heaven help us! And He does!!!
Loaves & Fishes RI
With Fall not only in the air but on our calendars, we are approaching our Loaves & Fishes food truck run to the Emmanuel House shelter in Providence, Tuesday, October 9. We’ll be shifting back to hot drinks, coffee and hot chocolate, and little bags of candy, as well as all the many wonderful food items you so generously donate. We always accept the recipients’ warm thanks on your behalf.
PLEASE NOTE: On truck run day (Tues., Oct. 9) perishables may be left in the cooler outside the Parish House kitchen door, as that door now will be locked until 3pm. Nonperishables may be left in the bin beside the cooler on that day, or—as always—in the round bin in the church narthex at any time.