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.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives."
John 14: 27
Sixth Sunday of Easter
+ First Art Festival Planning Meeting Tomorrow(April 28) at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. If you can't be here, but want to help, please contact Jeannette Rothwell at email@example.com
+ Youth Choir meets after the 9:30 service in the chapter room behind the sanctuary.
+ Evensong, on the Feast of Ascension. Please treat yourself to this lovely sacred time and space. May 5th at 7:30 pm
+ Parish prayer calendar for May is Youth. Thank God for our youth group and our youth group leaders. You all are fabulous!
In April we prayed for finances. Please continue. It is working. Many excellent and generous ideas for addressing the long term challenge are being presented, discussed and prayed. Please keep all prayers and ideas coming. Your Rector and Vestry are listening, so talk to us. We are right with you.
+ North Kingstown Food Pantry requests for April are: crackers, canned chili, baked beans, tomato or beef soups, cake mix, brownie mix, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.
+ Scripture with the Rector at 8:45 in the chapel. Acts: Want the faith the first followers had?
+ Confirmation/ Reception/Renewal of Baptismal vows...refresher :) for adults, Sunday evenings in May at 5 in the chapel (and again in Sept).
+ Scholarship forms are available in the narthex or by emailing Debbie in the office.
+ By now you are realizing that the ongoing budget challenge is truly being faced. It is hard to face reality. The grief process is real. We will lose three staff positions over the summer. What we won't lose are: the love of God and the programs and services we so dearly appreciate. There will be changes, but St Paul's handles those gracefully. Your contributions, in every way, are appreciated. We will have more ways for more people to participate meaningfully (not fewer). It's hard for all of us. So, stay the course, keep communicating and keep faith. God is Good.
From Inside the Collar
"the Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul" (Lydia in Acts 16)
The Lord is persistent and varied in his communication. He is relentless (or steadfast and persistent, if you prefer) and respectful in his pursuit of us. He will never give up in giving His love, His power and His nature.
God isn't failing to communicate, but he often has a challenge in getting a word in edgewise! There are so many voices, doubts, fears, worries clogging my heart's ears.
He is the answer to that, too. In his time, when we are ready, he opens our hearts so that we can listen eagerly.
Listening to Paul is a great place to start. The EFM curriculum had us in Galatians and Corinthians the last couple of weeks. Paul is awesome. No wonder he is our patron saint. His words are just as relevant today as they were in the mid first century, because God is timeless and timely.
Lord help me hear you!
Mobile, Loaves and Fishes
The men at Harrington Hall are truly thankful for each generous contribution of time, food, and money from the people of St.Paul's and all of MLF-RI. Most of all they appreciate your prayers and love.
The next Mobile Loaves and Fishes run will be on May 10