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.
"This is but the beginning of the birth pangs."
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
+ Wanted for Christmas
* Items for the Silent Auction see Peggy Todd
* Penny Social gifts $5-$25 items
* Raffle items $25 or more
All items need to be in before Thanksgiving.
* Kitchen Help see Amy Sutton
* Bakers see Martha Parks
+ New England Bible Study tonight 7 pm is on "The Law". (No class next week 20-21)
+ Youth Confirmation Class this Sunday 11/18
(but not 25th or 2nd)
+ No Sunday Morning Bible Study at 8:30 this week, but the 25th begins a study on Handel's Messiah!
+ The Proteus String Quartet visits St Paul's, November 18, at 3 pm. Beethoven, Mozart.... & its free and open to the public! Bring friends!
+ Thanksgiving Worship Wednesday, November 21 at 7 pm.
+ November Food Pantry Requests: Pancake mix, canned corn, Hearty soups, Pasta, Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni; Hygiene items such as razors, shaving cream, shampoos, toothbrushes.
+ Parish Prayer Calendar for November is Communication. May our words be few and loving.
+ The Pledges are coming! The Pledges are coming! THANK YOU!
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. It makes a difference in your life, too. Your contribution matters. Bless You and fill out a pledge card. :)
+ Our beloved Sexton, Bill Healey has retired. We are receiving applications for the position. If you know someone who might be interested, please ask them to contact the church office 294-4357 x 100.
+ No New England Bible Study on the 20-21, so that you can attend Thanksgiving Worship on Wednesday at 7 pm.
+ 12/2 "Cookies and Classics with the Canon" will be our first discussion of Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich.
+ Are you or someone you know called to serve as a member of the Vestry? Nomination packets (with eligibility requirements & expectations) are in the narthex.
+ Please note the Christmas Bazaar calendar of events in the bulletin. Contact Laurie DeRuosi for more info. Keep crafting and coming back :)
From Inside the Collar
The Collect for Sunday says all holy Scriptures are written for our learning: "Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that we may ever hold fast the blessed hope of eternal life..."
Holy people have a sense of humor. As G.K. Chesterton said "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." In my family (because of this collect) we could openly say that some scriptures give us indigestion! (That might be true of Leviticus for example, or even the apocalyptic literature for Sunday?)
The purpose of truly, actively receiving the meaning of scripture is to give us hope and confidence that we are already given and living in eternal life. The fight is won. We are in. "Digesting" is for strengthening so that we might live like we are confident of God's Love.
When we live out of our insecurity, it is a mess. Understandable, but miserable for us and for those we would love. What if we lived, not in false arrogance, but in happy confidence?
You can. You, are a child of God. Take that in. (My father also referred to communion as "the breakfast of champions".) Eat up champ.
Loaves & Fishes RI
Amazing—here comes Thanksgiving month! For Loaves & Fishes RI, Thanksgiving is more than a day or a week, it is at least a month. Truly for LFRI Thanksgiving is 12 months, as our blessings for your caring hearts and your generosity lift us on spirit wings all through the year. We are blessed particularly for the opportunity to serve those at the Emmanuel House shelter in Providence. So thank you from those we serve for all the foods and beverages you donate. We will think of you on Tuesday, November 13 when we deliver the brimful food truck, and on Thursday, our official Thanksgiving Day. May God bless you then and every day.