ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
61 Wood St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748
508-435-4536
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Single Again Ice Cream Social July 22  Single Again,  a new support group for people who, though divorce, death, or other circumstances are single again, will be hosting another ice-cream social in the church hall on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m.   The purpose of this meeting is to discuss what topics and activities Single Again members would like to see in future meetings while enjoying ice cream.  Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.  The ice cream social is open to everyone.

Donation Program for Refugees  As mentioned previously, Gordon has already approached Lisa Brenan of Ascentria Care Alliance (our partner for refugee issues in Mass) and Mulana Mehdi Ali, the Imam from down the street, about beginning a donation program that will provide furniture, kitchenware, hygiene products and other basic necessities for refugees. Hopefully, we can enlist all the churches in town to assist.  Stay tuned for further developments.  In the meantime, please consider setting aside items to donate to this program when sorting through your things or discarding items like furniture and kitchenware.

Project Just Because “Christmas in July” Fundraiser July 27    Project Just Because will hold their 5th Annual “Christmas in July” fundraiser on Wednesday July 27, 2016 from 6-10 pm.  This year’s event will be held at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main Street, Hopkinton.  The evening will include many fun activities for the whole family including silent and live auctions, kids’ crafts, pictures with Santa, lots of music and great food.  Auction items include sports tickets and memorabilia, getaways, gift cards and certificates, toys and games, and something for everyone!  Tickets are $25 for adults, ($30 at the door), and $10 for kids.  Tickets can be purchased online at projectjustbecause.org.

July Community Supper July 27  The next Community Pasta Supper will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 5:30 – 6:30.  Please plan to attend to enjoy delicious food and fellowship with others in the community.

Save the Dates:

Single Again Ice Cream Social           Friday, July 22

PJB Christmas in July                          Wednesday, July 27 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Faith Community Church

Community Pasta Supper                   Wednesday, July 27 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Parish Hall

 

December 13, 2015

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Serenity House Collection TODAY  The food pantry collection on Sunday, December 13 will be for Serenity House, and they have requested the following items:  shampoos/conditioners, soaps – liquid and bars, lotions/powder, deodorants, razors/shaving cream, feminine hygiene products.  Amy Kent also suggests plush, soft socks and inexpensive warm throws (even the $3-5 ones).  Amy said the collection box will be left out until Sunday, December 22, in case people aren’t able to donate on December 15.

 

Christmas Flower Sign Up  Orders are now being taken for poinsettias that will be on the altar during the Candlelight Christmas service.  You can select a white, pink or red poinsettia and give them in remembrance or thanksgiving for someone, or to honor or celebrate something/someone.  The cost for each poinsettia is $10 and you can opt to take the plant home with you after the Christmas Eve service or leave them for shut-ins.  The last day to order is Sunday, December 20.   Sign up forms are available; see Jane Desilets if you have any questions.

 

Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 20  Not everyone feels joy at Christmas time.  The Blue Christmas service acknowledges that and offers silence, music and prayers, with a focus on God’s gifts of healing and hope.   All are welcome to attend this service, which will take place at 5:00 p.m. on December 20.

 

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Pledge Sheet  If you were not able to offer your pledge sheet on Stewardship Sunday, it is not too late!  Please put the sheet in the offering plate, email the information to our treasurer, Dave Desilets:  davelakeside1@verizon.net   OR  ground mail to:   St. Paul’s Episcopal Church    61 Wood St.    Hopkinton, MA 01748.  If you need a pledge sheet please see Sue Ramsley.  Thanks to all who have already submitted their pledge sheets.

 

Save the Dates:

Food Pantry Sunday                                                    Sunday, December 13

Vestry Meeting                                                           Sunday, December 13 11:30 a.m.

Blue Christmas                                                            Sunday, December 20 5:00 p.m.

Candlelight Christmas                                                Thursday, December 24 6:00 p.m.

Festival of Lessons and Carols                                    Sunday, December 27 10:00 a.m.

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Life at St. Paul’s

Parish Growth Plans: At our recent Parish Meeting, groups came together who share interests in several projects aimed at spreading the good news about our St. Paul’s community to more people in the Hopkinton area.  The ideas range from social media and our stpaulhopkinton.org website to Welcome Wagon.  We can use your energy and talent!  Please see Sue, Roxanne, or any Vestry member to learn where you can contribute.

 

Adult Formation is Back!   Gordon is leading a study series focusing on the “historical Jesus.”  We meet most Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Join us as we learn more about what is factually known about our Savior.

 

Prayer Group: You are welcome to join or stop by the St. Paul’s Prayer Group, which meets each Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM in the Rector’s office. Feel free to stay for the entire time or just for a few minutes to pray for a specific need.

 

Continue Supporting St. Paul’s this Summer:  Vacation season is here!  Even is your plans take you away from routinely worshipping, please continue sending your pledge and other contributions to St. Paul’s. Our building and other operations continue all summer, without a vacation.  We hope to see you throughout the summer, here at St. Paul’s as often as possible!

Save the Dates:

August Vestry Meeting                                                 Sun., August 16

Holy Week and Easter Services

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Maundy Thursday (April 3)

Gathering and Footwashing at 6 p.m.

Eucharistic Service at 7 p.m.

Good Friday

Joint Hopkinton Service at noon (at Faith Community Church, East Main St.)

Easter

Eucharistic Service at 10 a.m.

 

Come worship in our community!

March 1 – NEW SERVICE TIME and Food Pantry Sunday

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Starting March 1, St. Paul’s Worship Service and Sunday School are at 10 a.m.

March 1 is also Food Pantry Sunday.  See the specific needs of the Northborough Food Pantry in the This Week at St. Paul’s announcement below.

This Week at St. Paul’s – February 22, 2015

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Starting March 1 – Service at 10:00 a.m.: At our Annual Meeting, we decided to move our Sunday service time to 10:00 a.m. Starting next Sunday, March 1, worship and Sunday School will start at 10 a.m.

Lenten Adult Study:  Join us at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings as Gordon leads us in adult-oriented study of our faith.  We are meeting during Lent in the Parish Hall.

Food Pantry Sunday:  Next Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry, which supports families living in local hotels as temporary, transitional housing, as well as local Northborough residents.  Their top 10 needs are Dry Pasta, Canned Beans, Tuna, Whole grain cereals—hot or cold, Granola bars, whole grain crackers and other healthy snacks, Rice and rice mixes in boxes, Canned fruit in natural juice, Multipacks of single serving fruit and applesauce, Canned stews and pasta meals (like Spaghettios), Shelf-stable milk, powdered milk and juice boxes, Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, Microwavable shelf stable meals, Personal care items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, soap), Soup (all varieties except tomato), Canned corn, and Peanut butter and jelly.

 Welcome, Gordon: We are extremely pleased that Rev. Gordon Schultz has joined St. Paul’s as our Bridge Priest.  Gordon is very excited to help us uncover those gifts that St. Paul’s brings to the Hopkinton area that will allow us to grow into the future.  Please welcome him and his wife, Christine, to St. Paul’s!

Maple Sugaring:  Sean Davan, owner of Woodville Maples of Hopkinton, will be coming to St. Paul’s on March 1 at 4:00 p.m. to share his experience and passion for making maple syrup.  The free talk will review the history of maple syrup, how it is made, and provide techniques to help people try their own backyard sugaring.

Sunday School: Sunday School is held for preschool through grade 6 starting at 10:45 a.m. in the classroom near the kitchen.  Children join their family around 11:20 for the Eucharist.

Save the Dates:    

Vestry Retreat                                                      Sat. Feb. 28 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Service time changes to 10 a.m.                      Sun., March 1

Food Pantry Sunday                                            Sun, March 1 (see list above)

Maple Sugaring Seminar                                     Sun., March 1 (4:00 p.m.)

Set clocks forward (DST begins)                        Sun., March 8

March Vestry Meeting                                        Sun., March 8 (at 11:30 a.m.)

 

Intercessions:  Please remember those who are ill or recovering, especially Amanda, Bill, Bob, David, Dawn, Deb, Diane, Drew, Emily, Erica, Eric, Gary, Ingrid, James, Jeff, Jim, Joan, Kathy, Kerry, Lee, Lisel, Liz, Mark, Martin, Millia, Monika, Nina, Pam, Ryan, and Trish.

First Test

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Our Collaborative Rector Search

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calendar April 8th, 2014

While your vestries continue to work with the diocese to find us the right Priest in Charge, we are blessed to be welcoming two priests in the coming months.

April 13-May 4- The Rev. Brian Murdoch (Supply Priest) Read more about Brian’s ministry here. Click here to read an article by Fr. Brian “On Being a Child of the Wind”.

Beginning May 11- The Rev. Rebecca Black (Bridge Priest until a Priest-in-Charge is called) Founder-A Special Grace A Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of MA serving the pastoral and liturgical needs of families with children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum

Saint Paul’s Parish Profile – October 2013

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Christine’s Suggestions for Lenten Bible Reading

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Following are the suggestions for reading the Bible that Christine made in her sermon on Sunday, March 16:

• Read the entire gospel of Mark at one sitting, which most people can complete in one to two hours. What do you recognize about Jesus and what surprises you? Which characters remind you of yourself? What do you not understand?

• Learn more by turning to a short commentary, such as Mark for Everyone by N.T. Wright (a very readable book by a Church of England bishop and one of the best New Testament scholars).

• Another approach is to read one of the letters in the New Testament, such as Galatians or 1 Thessalonians, and to read that letter through each day for two or three weeks. Reading it will imprint the structure and content as well as raise questions. Look for answers to the questions in a commentary such as Paul for Everyone by N.T. Wright.

• In addition to reading the Bible, try reading some of the classics of Christian literature – from The Confessions of St. Augustine, which is really the first modern autobiography and fascinating in its psychological insight, to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship.

• Another good choice is the teaching series from the Episcopal Church. Try Opening the Bible by Roger Ferlo or Engaging the Word by Michael Johnston.

• If you find it difficult to make enough time for reading, buy an audiobook and listen to it during your daily commute. There is an audiobook version of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, an outstanding history of Christianity that was also the basis for a very popular PBS television program. It is a long work so it is well suited for listening to in small segments each day.

All the books listed above are available from Amazon and other online sites. (Links to amazon.com are included above).

Together Now Campaign Update

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Together Now Our Campaign for Answering God’s Urgent Call

Last fall, St. Paul’s completed an historic financial campaign. With widespread support, our parish pledged about $130,000 over five years. St. Paul’s is receiving 70% of these funds, with the rest designated to support specific Diocese programs.

St. Paul’s portion of the funds is designated for very specific areas:
• Mission and Outreach
• Property (Improvements to make our facility “greener” and to meet other property needs)

Important note: We CANNOT use these funds to support our operating budget including Rector salary, utilities, and other ongoing expenses. To pay these expenses, St. Paul’s still requires your offerings and traditional pledges, in addition to Together Now donations.

Great News! Your contributions to Together Now are now coming to St. Paul’s and we will start seeing projects happening soon. Nearly $20,000 from your Together Now pledge payments has been sent to St. Paul’s to-date. Your Vestry has been at work planning how best to invest this in our parish missions and property.

Missions Work Funded in Spring
In the spring, our Together Now Mission and Outreach funds supported our J2A youth group’s participation in a mission program working with the homeless population in Boston. Our youth shared their experiences during our Youth Service in May.

Property Projects
The Vestry has worked hard to identify the highest need projects and those that will improve our “energy footprint” while reducing our utility bills. Projects will be planned, funded, and completed over the entire 5 year Together Now campaign. For guidance, we funded an energy audit by an organization that specializes in churches. Our top priority projects are
 * Replace the 40+ year-old single-pane windows throughout the building (in phases)
 * Update our 40+ year old heating system
 * Improve our entrance ramp
 * Repair cracked and broken parts of our paved parking lot and circle; seal the complete surface.
We are pursuing matching grants offered by our Diocese to enhance our progress and stretch your funds further.

Coming Soon
We are actively gathering bids to replace the windows in the parish hall, kitchen, and classroom areas with modern double-pane units. We expect this to deliver heat energy savings, greater comfort, and reduced condensation. This will be the first phase of an ongoing project to eventually replace all windows including those in the hallways, offices, and sanctuary. With the large scope and cost of the complete project, we chose to start with these areas since they are heated more hours than any other sections, including use for rental events, and because of on-going issues with condensation.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We now have funds, but are being slowed by a shortage of people to help make these projects reality. We are hiring contractors to do the work, but need St. Paul’s members to help manage portions of this work, meet contractors, review quotes, etc. If you can make some time, please contact Lynn Johnson at 508-353-2715 or talk to any Vestry member.