Parish Events

Annual Meeting - January 26
The Parish Annual Meeting serves a variety of functions:

We will be doing all of these things on Sunday January 26.  We will also be celebrating the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul – the patron saint of our congregation.

As in the past couple of years, we will hold the annual meeting between the services.  We will convene the annual meeting at 9 a.m.  Bagels, fruit, juice and coffee will be provided.

We will review 2019.  We will discuss plans for 2020.  We will present the annual “Pauly” awards to people who have given special service to St. Paul’s. 

We will review the 2019 financial report and the 2020 budget.

We also will elect a Warden for a 2-year term; 3 vestry members for 3-year terms; and 1 vestry member for a 1 year term.

Wardens are a part of the vestry and help make decisions about the direction of the congregation.

The candidates are:
Warden: Frank Lombardo
Vestry: Justin Gerstung, Jeannette Neal, Steve Toth and Bill Weisbeck

Mark your calendars and plan to arrive by 9 am on January 26.

Tourist in Our Hometown: Explore & More - January 26
The next Tourist in our Hometown event will be a trip to the Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside.

We will be heading down after church on Sunday January 26.  Because that is the day of the annual meeting, coffee hour after the 10 am service will be shorter than usual.  We will order sandwiches (and a gluten free option) for lunch and then figure out how many cars we want/need to take and head out.

We don’t have a special tour this time, so no sign up is necessary.  Admission to the museum is $11 for everyone over 1 year old.  Each family will pay for their own admission.  Once we get there we will explore the museum.  The museum is open until 5 pm.

Game Night - January 31
Friday January 31 will be a card and game night. The game night will be from 6 pm – 8 pm in the Parish Hall.  Bring your favorite card or board games and a snack to share.  We will provide juice and pop.  If you have an adult beverage you would like to bring or share, that’s fine.

Craft Group - February 1 & March 7
The Craft Group meets once a month for crafting and conversation.  Bring the craft you are currently working on, a craft you want to start or just come to chat.  We meet in the parish library the first Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 pm. 

February Craft Group is Saturday February 1.  March Craft Group is Saturday March 7.

Pub Theology - February 11
Pub Theology is a gathering of people (usually in a pub) for food, drink and conversation about God.  St. Paul’s Pub Theology will be meeting at Tully’s at the corner of Main & Transit on Tuesday February 11 at 7 pm. 

We will grab a table, order our food, pop, water or beer and start talking.

The initial topic for February Pub Theology how do you hear God? But the conversation will go where it goes.  All are welcome and bring friends if you like.

Winter Family Dinner - February 13
Three times a year we invite the whole parish family to come for dinner.  There will be a simple meal served. We will sit, eat, talk & pray together. 

Dinner is served at 5:30 pm.  We start with Grace.  You are invited to arrive as you can and get your dinner and join the conversation.  We will end at 6:30 pm with everyone pitching in to clean up.  You don’t need to sign up and you don’t need to bring anything.  Just come and enjoy.

The Winter Family Dinner is Thursday February 13.

Brown Bag Sermon - February 23
The next “Brown Bag” Sermon will be Sunday February 23 at the 10 am service.  All the kids are invited to bring an item and put it in Pastor Vicki’s bag before the service starts.  Pastor Vicki will have to work anything in the bag into her sermon.

There are 2 rules: 1. Nothing alive may be put in the bag.  2. Anything “sloppy” must be in a sealed container.

"Shrove Sunday" Pancake Breakfast - February 23
It has long been tradition to, on the day before Lent begins, eat pancakes.  It began as a way to use up all of the fats in the household, which could not be consumed during Lent.  The day came to be called Shrove Tuesday.  “Shrove” is an old English word meaning repent.  So on Shrove Tuesday we repented and got ready for Lent.

This year we are adapting the tradition a little bit.  We are moving the pancakes from Tuesday night to Sunday morning (a better time to eat pancakes).  We will have a “Shrove Sunday” Pancake breakfast on Sunday February 23 after the 10 am service.

We need some people to help set up, to help serve and to help clean up.  There is a sign up sheet in the parish hall for the various crews.

We will also be playing some traditional pancake games (most with cardboard pancakes).

We also will be having lots of jelly beans and a jelly bean guessing game and will be decorating an “alleluia” banner to hide until Easter (we will seek it at the Easter Vigil).

Ash Wednesday - February 26
We will have a service with imposition of ashes and communion on Ash Wednesday at noon.    

We will also be participating in “Ashes to Go” this year.  If you wish to receive Ashes but don’t have time for a full service – Ashes will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 am and 5 to 6:00 pm.  The Ashes will be available in the parking lot right by the Parish Hall door – you can stay in your car.  We hand out a brochure with prayers & information to those receiving ashes.  If you would like to help with Ashes to Go, let Pastor Vicki know.

Ashes will also be available in the church from 6:15 – 7:30 pm.  There will be materials for private reflection available.  Pastor Vicki will lead the litany of penitence at 7 pm.

We also will be offering ashes throughout the day.  Just come in the office door (it’s the one by the mailbox).

Lent Quiet Morning - February 29
We will be having a Lent Quiet morning on Saturday February 29 from 9:30 to noon.  We will start with Morning Prayer at 9:30.  Through the course of the morning we will have 3 reflections followed by long periods of silence.  You can bring a journal or art supplies to respond to the reflections.  We will close the quiet morning with noonday prayer at 11:45.

Lenten Study Begins March 1
This year we are reading the book Inspired by Rachel Held Evans.  There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall if you want a copy of the book.  Books cost $10 each. 

There will be a discussion of the book on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 9:45 on March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.  This discussion will be recorded and posted on our podcast site.

There will also be discussion questions posted on Wednesdays on our Facebook page.

Dinner Church - March 7
Dinner Church is a modern take on one of the earliest forms of Christian worship.  We will gather in the parish hall for a simple dinner and conversation about Jesus.  At the end of the meal we will share bread and wine in the same way that the first generation of disciples did. 

Our last trial run of Dinner Church ended up being exactly the same time as the Bills playoff game, so we are doing another trial run of Dinner Church on Saturday March 7 at 5:30 pm.

There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall so that we have a sense of how much dinner we need to have.

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