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.
"Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord."
James 5: 7
St. Paul's Church is handicap accessible. Please park behind the church, on Washington St., and enter via the office wing.
Third Sunday of Advent
December 15, 2019
+ Sunday School prepares for the ....
Christmas Pageant!! Rehearsal Sat. Dec. 21st from 9:30-11 am. in the Church.
All are welcome, any time, every time!
+ Youth Confirmation Class this Sunday 15th.
(Then on Christmas vacation until January 12th)
+ Episcopal 101 Tonight, Dec 11, at 7 pm. We'll have an instructed Eucharist tonight in the Chapel. All are welcome! (After tonight we will have a vacation and resume on Jan 8th.)
+December Parish Prayer Calendar: Outreach!
+ Take a break from the holiday frenzy to join us for a concert of music for two Cellos. Theodore Mook and Daniel Rowe, cello with Todd Borgerding, organ and harpsichord, play baroque music for cello at St. Paul's Church. The program lasts a little over an hour.
Sunday, December 15, 3:00 pm.
+ Though this Sunday is the last day to bring food, you can support our Christmas Basket ministry by helping pack on Fri 12/20 at 7 or Sat 12/21 (see how I got that in there twice :) ?. And, you can buy Beautiful Christmas Cards. The $25 donation per card goes to help fund the cost of a basket! Cards are available in the office or from Camilla after the 9:30 service. (The photos today are from the cards...)
+ It is always time to be a good steward and to give thanks! Thank you to all who give to God in this place. Thank you to all who fill out a pledge card-it helps and it increases the amount we are able to give away to those who need it. Current pledge total for 2020: 92 pledges received for $278,255.
+ Each Sunday of Advent, you are invited to bring a symbol of the way you make a living (easily recognizable) to be blessed at the altar. Put them in a basket at the back of the church. Ushers will bring them forward at the Offertory (we offer our lives and labors to God) to be blessed and then you collect your item from the basket on your way back to your seat from communion. You will have a tangible symbol that you are not alone at work: God is with you and his presence changes everything. At Stewardship time, it feels as if we are always asking for something out of your pocket, now you have something in your pocket.
Emmanuel: God is with us!
+ North Kingstown December Food Pantry Requests (updated): canned fruit (fruit cocktail, peaches, pears mandarin oranges); canned spinach and beets; pancake syrup, breakfast cereals, razors and shaving cream.
+ Alleluia! Christmas Baskets! Alleluia!
Be a part of the miracle. See the bulletin insert.
This Sunday is the last day to bring food contributions. Basket packing Fri. Dec 20th @ 7 pm or Sat. Dec 21.
+ If you, or someone you know would like communion brought to them, please let us know. Elements are consecrated at the altar and carried by the Rector or a blessed Lay Eucharistic Visitor. We are all blessed by this sacred privilege.
+ The words to Hymn # 574 are a superb prayer curriculum for Advent. Each week meditate on the words to a verse of the hymn. Let God clear away all that clouds our vision and distracts us from His Love.
A.S.A.P.: Always Stop and Pray
From Inside the Collar
The third candle of the Advent wreath represents "Joy".
Loaves & Fishes RI
Coming up: our last food run of 2019. We will be taking several of our own vehicles, as our LFRI food truck is in the shop, being serviced following a minor non-traffic accident. Our truck is so well known that it’s a magnet for our friends around Crossroads, so without it we may be serving somewhat fewer folks than usual. That said, we served over 50 people on a very cold recent night, so your generous donations are needed as ever, and greatly appreciated.
With Thanksgiving upon us, we wish you and your dear ones a thankful holiday and an Advent full of the blessings of preparation for a holy Christmas of love.