The St. Paul's community is present but also extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
The Feast of the Epiphany
beginning January 8
Who will be among the ones to bring their gifts to serve Jesus?
Come remember how the Magi traveled from afar to venerate the Christ Child, during our 10am Sunday worship on the Feast of the Epiphany.
We invite you to offer contemporary versions of those classic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to our neighbors being served by LifeMoves:
Gold = recognizing Jesus’ kingship = new soap, new shampoo
Frankincense = celebrating Jesus’ deity = new lip balm
Myrrh = anticipating Jesus’ death = new pair of socks
Collection boxes will be placed at the entrances of the Church for the entire month of January. Toiletries can also be dropped off at the office during the week during regular office hours.
Conversion of St. Paul -- St. Paul's Day
January 29 | 11:15am-1pm
Join us on St. Paul’s Sunday for a multi-generational festive coffee hour in Foote Hall after the 10am worship service, in honor of our patron saint’s conversion day, as we immerse ourselves in the grace that changed Saul’s path forever and sent him–and sends us– into the world, transformed in sharing God’s love!
Journey of Transformation: our Canvas Labyrinth will be available to pray
Letters of Encouragement: card-writing to our neighbors in need of encouragement and love
Celebration of Love: fun activities for the entire family
We look forward to playing and praying with you at St. Paul’s in the year ahead, as we celebrate this amazing inheritance we receive and share through the love of Jesus Christ!
The Choir of St. Paul’s (grade K through adult) will be singing at the 10am Sung Eucharist, under the direction of guest conductor Robert Nicholls, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana since 1996. Robert will be at St. Paul’s to prepare choristers for Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) exams. He started his musical education as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey and graduated from Cambridge University, where he sang in the choirs of Gonville and Caius and St. John's Colleges.
Choral Evensong for Epiphany
Premiere of "On the Highway"
February 12 | 4pm
At the next service of Choral Evensong, the newly commissioned anthem, On the Highway, will be premiered by the Choir of St. Paul’s. Composer Margaret Burk has set a poem by St. Paul’s parishioner Mia Ayumi Malhotra, creating a gorgeous new anthem.
At the reception following, hosted by the Gerster family, all will have opportunity to meet poet and composer Maggie Burk, and also to learn more about how the poem inspired the musical setting. The commission of Maggie Burk was made possible by the Marcia McCowin Estate Fund.
Mardi Gras Shrove Sunday
February 19 | 11:15am-1pm
We gather to celebrate the time before Lent with the tradition of Shrove Tuesday, but celebrated on Sunday. We eat pancakes in order to eat the last of the "fat" before the season of Lent and fasting begins. Mardi Gras has come to St. Paul's as we "put away the alleluias" and burn our palms for Ash Wednesday. Come for pancakes! Come for fun with old and new friends!
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80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
General Convention typically convenes every three years as a hub for legislative activity, networking and fellowship. The 80th General Convention was postponed by one year, creating a four-year period since the last meeting, held in Austin, Texas, in 2018. As the church’s primary, bicameral governing body, it splits its authority between the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, with deputations from all 112 of the church’s dioceses and mission areas.
For more information on the General Convention and to view video highlights, go here.
Congratulations to St. Paul’s Tongan Community Members
in Seeking Ordination
St. Paul’s Tongan Community has been on a journey over the last several years to “raise up” its own members to pursue ordination as clergy members or deacons for its community. Last month, three members of the Tongan congregation submitted their papers for what’s called “nomination.” They are Joshua Guttenbeil, Viliami Mila, and Hepeti Fifita.
The Vestry endorsed their nominations in a letter to the Bishop citing the importance of having Tongan clergy to fulfill the legacy of the Rev. Sosaia Fineanganofo who led the congregation for so many years and to be a model of inclusion of all peoples in the Episcopal Church with services offered in the primary language of the congregation. They are being supported on this journey which will include coursework, meetings, and internal discernment not only by the Tongan Congregation but also by St. Paul’s Discernment Committee comprised of Fusi Pahulu, Alexandra Subramanian and Michele Bosschart.
Their journey is expected to take 2-3 years. The Vestry, the Tongan Congregation and the Local Discernment Committee are very grateful to the leadership, support and special insight that the Rev. Beth Foote, our Transition Rector, has provided to the candidates. We are fortunate that Beth serves on the Diocesan Committee that oversees the consideration of those seeking ordination and the training provided them.
Hats off to The Circle of St. Paul’s
The Circle’s “Whale of a Sale” in May was a great success in so many ways—clearing out rummage accumulated for the sale scheduled for May 2020 which had to be cancelled, helping so many neighbors and others find either a needed item or a treasure, and providing financial support for St. Paul’s Operating Budget. The Circle recently presented a check to St. Paul’s for $10,000 in fulfillment of its commitment to St. Paul’s Operating Budget for 2022. Thank you to The Circle whose members worked both creatively and tirelessly to make the “Whale of a Sale” happen and to those who helped with setting up, selling, and/or taking down. It was a community effort!
Every Sunday at 10am -- September-May, or upon request
Our chapel is set-up to offer a spacious place to be, to pray, to walk, talk, color, create
most Sundays at 10am for the program year (September-May). We welcome families to sit, play, pray in this space while worshipping at St. Paul’s.
Child Care Available during the 10am service -- September-May
In God’s House Everyone Belongs. We welcome you and your child. We offer nursery care for children ages 4 and younger in a classroom in our Parish Hall from 8:45am-11:15am. We provide unstructured supervision (2 adults) and a safe place for your child to play so that you can participate in the choir or other ministry or simply want to come to pray with others.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Pastoral Associate, Ms Jocelyn A. Sideco.
ChurchNext offers Free Course on
Systemic Racism and the Episcopal Church
For the next three months, ChurchNext, an offering of Forward Movement, will provide a new online curriculum, “Becoming Beloved Community: Understanding Systemic Racism.” The course is available for individuals at no charge. You may register for the course any time at churchnext.tv.
Designed for study over a period of six weeks, the curriculum explores how systemic racism has been integrated into U.S. culture from the very beginning, as well as the Episcopal Church’s history of active participation in systemic racism. The curriculum offers guidance on learning from this history and building toward what the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry describes as “the Beloved Community of God.”