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.
"Do not complain among yourselves"
-Jesus of Nazareth
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
+ Parish Prayer Calendar for August: Staff. Please join with the Staff and Vestry in giving Thanks for the amazing ministry of Bill Healey who has officially retired. God Bless You Bill, Always.
+ 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 is going to be so good! Sue Aylward has agreed to be our coordinator: working with Matthew, teachers, parents and me- making sure we are all in the loop of communication and supporting one another in God. We are so blessed! Want to be a teacher?Next Sunday School meeting is coming up (hopefully the week of 8/15. All parents, teachers, guest speakers... are invited. All we need is YOU :). The calendar/schedule for the 2018-2019 year is being made now, so that we can all be beautifully coordinated, and get the word out. The Sunday School Picnic and registration will be September 9 after the 9:30 service!
+ Adult Education. How does this sound: In the Fall on T am and W pm we will have a Spiritual Classics book study (book and biography a month Sept, Oct, Nov). In the Spring we will have either a study of the Gospels, or a study of Johannine literature. (Same time slots as they worked well.) This came from prayer and conversation with you all. What are your thoughts? Thank you!
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. For example: By request, on the First Sunday of every month the children will stay in church for the whole service and be full participants in worship, because GOD IS FIRST! :)
+ 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: The more you say "Thank you" to God for the coincidences, the more you will see God. (I had trouble choosing just 1 coincidence of timing, people, kindness, opportunity, weather!, animals, beauty...today. God is everywhere!)
+ 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 the office if you or someone you know needs a visit.
From Inside the Collar
On"Be angry but do not sin." Ephesians
That is so helpful! Don't bury your feelings. Don't lie to yourself (or others). Some of us have tried so hard to be good, or to be "good Christians", we wouldn't have known our feelings if they bit us on the bottom. Some of us are nothing but feelings, put no brakes on at all, and just chew others' bottoms off! Neither habit is healthy or holy.
It's ok to feel your feelings, just don't let them get in your way or God's way. Acknowledging your feelings is a first step to being empowered to choose your response. You have choices. You are not captive to your feelings (unless you deny them). You have to know yourself, have a self, in order to be able to choose to put service above self. Love your neighbor, as yourself. God loves you. Let him. Let yourself love yourself. Let it begin with you. It won't get out of hand, hand yourself back to God. God's love will change the world, heal the world. Let it begin with me.
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!