The photo above was sent with the title "Where I saw God Today," after an evening Bible Study.
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.
"For great is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power and sees everything..."
Sirach 15: 19
Annual Meeting Update
From our retiring Senior Warden, Tom Spink
As I served on the vestry I saw three issues handled eloquently: Administration, property management and Outreach.
On administration - I saw a talented and God-inspired staff that handled daily schedules seamlessly while showing the responsibility to keep the bills paid and being good citizens of the community. Many times the
question was posed, "Can we afford this?" With God's guidance the administration always found a way.
On Property management - I saw a dedicated team showing respect and concern for maintaining and improving the properties of St. Paul's for the future. Not just the near future but for generations to come.
On Outreach - I saw Christian action executing the message, "We are here to serve those outside of our Church." Every time any of us helps another or shows a little kindness we become part of the living branch
of outreach for St. Paul's.
I was pleased to serve on the Vestry and will continue to serve the Church wherever I can.
Our Note to You, Tom: THANK YOU!
Summary and Highlights
We thanked our retiring members (Tom Spink, Amy Sutton, Susan Aylward, Pete Kohlsaat, Steve Elliott, Tony Petito). In this Diocese retiring members are eligible to be elected as officers, so we elected Tony Petito as Sr Warden, Steve Elliott as Jr Warden, Susan Aylward as Clerk. Jim Soares continues as Treasurer.
We welcomed Camilla de Rochambeau, Paul Larrat and Tracy Wilkinson to the vestry and re-elected Pete Kohlsaat for a 1 yr unexpired term.
2020 Vestry is listed below.
We talked about the restoration projects and funding them. The foundational value is we have worshiped God and encouraged one another for generations in this sacred place and we want to make sure that will continue for generations to come.
We acknowledged the challenge of changes in attendance and giving patterns and prayed about all the funerals we've had.
We gave enormous Thanks that in the midst of challenge we have been so abundantly cared for: the team of vestry, experts and contractors
who are superb, generous and care!; for YOU and your generosity and faithfulness; for newcomers who kindly keep coming; and for our tremendous commitment to Outreach. In 2019 we gave 9% of pledge and plate income away to those in need through Christian action and the Rector's Discretionary Fund (over $46,200!).
St. Paul's Church is handicap accessible. Please park behind the church, on Washington St., and enter via the office wing.
to our retiring vestry members and come back!
Tom Spink, Sr Warden
Amy Sutton, Jr. Warden
Tony Petito, Susan Aylward, Pete Kohlsaat
Welcome the newly elected
Camilla de Rochambeau, Paul Larrat, and Tracy Wilkinson for 3 year terms.
Pete Kohlsaat for a one year unexpired term. Pete has just concluded one unexpired term and is now serving a different one.
Tony Petito as Sr. Warden.
Steve Elliott as Jr. Warden.
Susan Aylward as Clerk.
And Camilla, Steve, Thomasine Manickas and Tom as 2020 Diocesan Convention Delegates with Emily McKenney as their alternate.
The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 16, 2020
+ Coffee Hour is between the Sunday morning services 8:30-9:30. Come: greet and meet people, support Sunday School and eat a little something to sustain you on your way. (The Parish Hall looks beautiful!)
+The Gospel of Mark, tonight at 7 pm in the office wing of the Church. T 9:30 am & W 7 p
+ P.S. "Sirach" is a book in the Apocrypha, dating from the very earliest Christian community. Sirach is also known as "Ecclesiasticus", or "The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach". (Not to be confused with "Ecclesiastes", which is in the Old Testament or the "Wisdom of Solomon" which is also in the Apocrypha. Don't know what the Apocrypha is? See you tonight in Bible study :).
+ Parish Prayer Calendar for February is Pastoral Care. If you, or someone you know would like to receive communion or a visit, please call the office. Elements are consecrated at the principal worship services and carried by LEV's who are blessed at the same service.
+ Sunday School meets at 9:15 in the Parish Hall. All are welcome, anytime! February's emphasis is on Jesus healings.
+ Youth Confirmation meets at 11 am in the fireplace room of the Parish Hall. The Rector has an idea for an awesome field trip. Come and see...
+ Parish Register photographs are here! They are available in the narthex.
+ North Kingstown (January) Food Pantry Requests: pears and other canned fruit, applesauce; sloppy Joe sauce; beef stew and pancake mix.
ASAP: Always Stop And Pray
From Inside the Collar
The picture (and the photographer) says it all. We exist to point to God's light, which shines boldy and brightly and gently even in the midst of the dark. It was taken by a relative newcomer, who is faithful, generous, kind, humble and a lot of fun.
We all know pain and struggle. Know God's presence, provision, guidance and comfort. Pass it on.
Know God, know Peace.
No God, no Peace.
Loaves & Fishes RI
We can only hope that some of the worst of winter will be in the books by the time we celebrate Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. Our January run saw more folks coming out to our food truck than usual, and they greatly appreciated all the wonderful foodstuffs as well as the many pairs of warm socks you had donated. Thank you so much from them. It is a gift to us to pass along such generous gifts from you. We always welcome any who would like to join us on the truck run.