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.
"singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts..."
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
+ Tuesday, August 21, 5-9 pm, Eat Pizza for God!
Flatbread Pizza 161 Cushing Street will donate a portion of the proceeds to LFRI, one of our favorite ministries. Thank them and thank you!
+ Sunday School Meeting Wednesday, 22nd at 7 pm (in youth room of Parish Hall). All are welcome, encouraged even! All teachers and guest are strongly encouraged...may be cookies involved.
+ Food Pantry really needs donations: canned vegetables, fruits, proteins, cereal, pasta, rice... Supplies get low in the summer. Please fall back into the happy, holy habit of bringing food to church every week year round. (I know its on twice, I wanted to make sure you saw it. :) )
+ Chalice Bearer training/get together(s) will be on August 28th at 9:30 am, after the 8:30 service and, on September 5th at 7 pm. That way you can come to the one most convenient (day or evening), or both if you'd like! Contact Tony Petito or the Rector, if you feel called to serve and you'd like more info. (You must attend one of the meetings, or meet with the Rector, if you want to serve. This includes those who are already serving.)
+ Sunday School meeting 8/22 at 7 pm. All parents, teachers, guest speakers... are invited. St Paul's wants YOU! :).
Sunday School Picnic and registration will be September 9 after the 9:30 service!
+ Spiritual Classics: September 12/13 & 25/26 we will share thoughts on Augustine of Hippo, "The Confessions". If you would like to read a good biography of him in conjunction, Peter Brown, "Augustine of Hippo". We all make more sense in context!
Time to enroll for EFM: a program of theological education offered as an extension course from the University of the South through their Seminary. Participants study in a small group seminar: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History and Theology. "Where is God in that?" & "So what?": are the questions we ask in a structured conversation called Theological Reflection, that helps us to recognize God's presence in our midst. The diocese sponsors EFM and there are scholarships available. Please see Jay Candon or the Rector for more details.
Stay tuned for more Sunday Morning and Sunday School support ideas. This week's update: Sunday School will have its own eletter for lessons/scripture/ideas/calendar updates! Just let Matthew, Sue or Virginia know and we'll put your email on the list. It's going to be pretty cool, especially if you liked New England Bible Study...
+ Would you like to read the scripture in church? No training required. (but we could have one, if you like?) No age limit. You must be able to read clearly (loudly is not an issue, we have a terrific microphone). You don't need a phd in biblical studies- God will supply the interpretation individually needed by each of us, not a dramatic reading, just audible and understandable. If you are vertically challenged, a step stool is provided. Contact Sarah Rosendale, or the Rector.
+ Where I saw God today: My Godmother (Wanda on our prayer list) is 94 and has a broken back-actually glued in places-and is really ready to "graduate". She misses her husband and her friends. She says her lack of strength to talk is a blessing because she spends more time listening in prayer.
And, our college student who is local to Wanda "woke up and thought I should see Wanda today" and she did! And, Wanda recognized her! Ok, that was three miracles of faith, but how can you stop at just one?
+ Updated Food Pantry Requests: jelly & jam, pasta, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), fresh produce, hygiene items(including toothpaste & brushes, floss, deodorant, shampoo and mouthwash)
+ Please call if you (or someone you know) needs a visit. Won't intrude, but definitely want to be there!
From Inside the Collar
What is the song your heart is singing?
Loaves & Fishes RI
As always, we are pleased to see our food truck being greeted by a good number of folks, regardless of weather, whether freezing, pouring or sweltering (as it has been recently). We welcome your generous contributions to our mid-August truck run for the Emmanuel House shelter in Providence, and we pass along the very appreciative thanks from all recipients. Bless your caring hearts.
One of Loaves & Fishes Rhode Island’s favorite annual events is coming up very shortly, and we hope you will join us! On Tuesday, August 21 from 5-9pm, you can come along to the Flatbread Pizza Company in Providence to enjoy fabulous pizza. A portion of the proceeds will benefit LFRI. Flatbread’s address is 161 Cushing St. We thank them for their support as well as for their outstanding pizzas! Hope to see you there. It’s a fun event!