ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
61 Wood St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748
508-435-4536
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Announcements This Week at St. Paul’s

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calendar May 3rd, 2015

Next Sunday – May Potluck Brunch: Join us for fellowship, community, and tasty treats at our next Potluck brunch on Sunday, May 17 following the service.  We are delayed it to the third Sunday so families can enjoy brunch with family on Mother’s Day next Sunday.

World Missions:  World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, is bringing a tour truck to Hopkinton on May 14-17. World Vision’s nationally touring, interactive Experience exhibit is coming to Faith Community Church on May 14-17.  This exhibit will allow us to see, hear, and experience in a personal way, the lives of children whose worlds have been devastated by extreme poverty.  Visitors to the Experience will step into “global villages” and walk through an inspiring 15-minute journey into the heart of the most pressing causes of our time: human trafficking, the refugee crisis, and the protection of vulnerable children. The life-changing stories within the exhibit inspire people to follow the example of Jesus by going to margins to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children and families. The exhibit is free, though tickets can be reserved online at www.worldvisionexperience.org.

Food Pantry Sunday:  Our next Food Pantry Sunday will be June 7 and will benefit the Ashland Food Pantry.

Prayer Group: All are welcome at the St. Paul’s prayer group, which meets weekly on 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.

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 Meeting                                                Sun., May 17

Next Potluck Brunch                                     Sun, May 17

Next Food Pantry Sunday                         Sun, June 7

 

Pansies for sale this Sunday – Fight Pancreatic Cancer

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Welcome Spring and pick up your “Patriots Day Beautification Pansies” this Sunday April 19 before or after the 10:00 service. Bob Snyder will have 5″ pansy pots available for $5.00 per pot. All proceeds support Pancreatic Cancer Research at UMass Medical through the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance,  http://www.pancreaticalliance.org/.

You can pay Bob by cash or check (made out to Pancreatic Cancer Alliance) or IOU. Just be sure to procure what you need to beautify your grounds for Patriots Day and the remainder of what now seems to be a lovely spring season.

Ash Wednesday Service – February 18, 7:00 p.m.

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calendar February 16th, 2015

Join us for this service with Eucharist and imposition of ashes.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is Cancelled

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calendar February 14th, 2015

Because of roof issues including leaks in the Parish Hall, we are cancelling this event.  Please join us on Wednesday for the Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

This week at St Paul’s – February 15

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calendar February 14th, 2015

CANCELLED Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Food Pantry Sunday:   Our next Food Pantry Sunday is March 1 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.

COMING in March – Service at 10:00 a.m.: At our Annual Meeting, we decided to change our Sunday service time to 10:00 a.m.  Our current (10:45 a.m.) service time continues through February, but starting March 1, 10:00 a.m. worship and Sunday School will start at 10 a.m.

Women’s  Retreat:  The 31st multi-parish Annual Women’s Spirituality Retreat is being held April 12-14 at Camp Barbara C. Harris in New Hampshire.  Reservations must be made by February 21. For more information see Jane Desilets or visit stpaulhopkinton.org.

Save the Dates:    

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper                      Tues. Feb. 17 (6:30 p.m.)

Ash Wednesday Service                                     Wed. Feb. 18  (7:00 p.m.)

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.)

This Week at St. Paul’s (February 1, 2015)

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Welcome, Gordon: We are extremely pleased that Rev. Gordon Schultz is joining St. Paul’s as our Bridge Priest starting today. 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 join us in welcoming him and his wife, Christine, to St. Paul’s!

Food Pantry Sunday: Today’s collection will go to the Hopkinton Food Pantry (administered by Project Just Because). Our next Food Pantry Sunday will be March 1 to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry, which continues to assist a number of families housed in hotel rooms as transitional housing, as well as their more local population. We will publish their needs starting next Sunday following our monthly potluck luncheon.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Lent begins very soon on Ash Wednesday, February 18. To mark Shrove Tuesday, we will hold our annual Pancake Supper the day before (2/17) at 6:30 p.m. Come join as we enjoy a delicious, traditional meal together and make Alleluias, which will be buried (and not spoken) during Lent. Help in setting up and cleaning up is definitely needed and welcome!

St. Paul’s Future and Leadership 2015: At our Parish Meeting last Sunday, our 2015 Vestry and Diocesan Representatives were elected. Our sincere thanks go to Rich Litchfield and Louis Simon for their dedicated service as they step down from their positions. The current Vestry is listed on the back of this sheet. The first Meeting of this Vestry will be held next Sunday following the Potluck Luncheon. Parishioners are always welcome to attend Vestry meetings. We still have an open position for another representative to the Diocesan Convention in November. Parishioners may nominate themselves for this role, if interested, by speaking with a member of Vestry.

Stewardship: We want to thank you for offering your pledge and for prayerfully contributing from your time, talent, presence, and treasure to the work of God here at St Paul’s. If you still need a pledge card, please see a Vestry member or email vestry@stpaulhopkinton.org. Pledges have been offered and blessed, but we are definitely continuing to accept them.

Sunday School: Sunday School is held for preschool through grade 5 starting at 10:45 a.m. in the classroom near the kitchen. Children join their family in church around 11:20 for the Eucharist.

Save the Dates:
Gordon Schultz joins us as Bridge Priest                         today
Monthly Potluck Luncheon following service                 Sun., Feb. 8
First 2015 Vestry meeting                            Sun., Feb. 8 (after Potluck)
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper               Tues., Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday                                             Wed., Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Maple Sugaring Seminar (watch for more details!) Sun., March 1
Sunday Service time changes to 10 a.m.            Sun., March 1

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

Oct. 5 – Blessing of the Animals

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calendar September 30th, 2014

To honor the Feast of St. Francis and the members of the animal kingdom that enrich our lives, St Paul’s is holding our annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 5 during our worship at 10:45 am. Bring your furry or scaly friends to church for a blessing. If your pet cannot come with you, bring a photo or trinket (collar, food bowl, etc.). There will also be a memorial area to honor those pets who are no longer with us.

This is a great time to invite friends and neighbors to join us! We will not hold Sunday School this Sunday.

Welcome Sunday – September 14

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calendar September 1st, 2014

We will be kicking off our year of fellowship, worship, and Christian education on Sunday, September 14. Note that our worship time is changing to 10:45 a.m., starting that morning. Sunday School registration will start at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join in worship and growth.

Work at the Farm Sept. 27: Support Community Harvest Project

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calendar September 1st, 2014

“When I was hungry, you fed Me.”

St. Paul’s donation to support Community Harvest Project’s Adopt-A-Row campaign was delivered to their North Grafton farm on Friday, August 1.  These funds were contributed from the St. Paul’s TogetherNow! Mission funds.  A sign is displayed at a tomato row in the field acknowledging our contribution. Thanks to our parishioners who are supporting TogetherNow!

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Roxanne Donahue presents St. Paul’s Adopt-A-Row donation to Alicia Cianciola (r), Volunteer and Education Programs Manager at Community Harvest Project. 

 

 
There are several more ways that St. Paul’s members can support CHP:

  • Meet at St. Paul’s to volunteer at the farm on Saturday, September 27, 8:30 – noon
  • Fill a “Dimes for Dinners” tube and return it to church (supports one person for a week)
  • Volunteer at the farm any Monday – Saturday (for any length of time between 9 am – noon)
  • Volunteer to help at the CHP Harvest Home Festival (November 3, noon – 4)
  • Contact the farm if you have any experience with the early start of CHP in Hopkinton or if you knew the Abbotts on Ash St.  CHP is researching the history of CHP, including its start in Hopkinton.

Any of these is an excellent opportunity for youth to gain community service hours.

The Community Harvest Project is a non-profit farming organization located in Grafton.  Depending on volunteer labor, CHP grows tons of produce each year which is distributed through Central MA community food pantries.  See more at http://www.community-harvest.org/.

Friday Family Movie Night! August 15

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calendar August 3rd, 2014

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be hosting another Friday Family Movie Night on August 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Parents are invited to bring their children to the St. Paul’s Parish Hall to enjoy an animated film about a fox and hound dog who try to preserve their friendship despite outside pressure to be enemies. (St. Paul’s licensing agreement prohibits displaying the movie’s title; however that information is available by calling St. Paul’s at 508-435-4536.)

The movie is suitable for children ages 4 -12 and pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be available at 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome and there is no admission charge. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows.