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COVID-19 Response

We are worshiping in person at 8 & 10 am on Sunday.  This is a shortened version of Holy Communion.  Masks & social distancing are required.

We are continuing to broadcast Morning Prayer at 10 am on Sunday on our Facebook page and posting the video on our Vimeo channel later in the day.

We are continuing to host many events on Zoom for all ages – subscribe to our e-newsletter for information and links.

What We Do

St. Paul’s welcomes all to celebrate God’s love through faith and action.

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Children & Youth Activities
Right now our usual activities have been adapted to digital formats.  Look for more details on the Children & Youth page about upcoming events!

We are offering digital Sunday School & digital Youth group.  You can find the schedule on the calendar and the Zoom links in our weekly e-newsletterContact Pastor Vicki for more information.

In addition, you can download a brochure that includes a number of different prayers you can use with your family.

Creepy (Virtual) Escape Room – Our youth group discovered a, really very creepy, skeleton while cleaning out the church attic.  He has become something of a mascot for the youth group, who call themselves the Creepy Club.  This virtual escape room is based around Creepy and his club.  Huge thanks to Peters Township Public Library, and Youth Librarian Sydney Krawiec, for the tutorial on which this room is based!

As students and teachers head back to school, we have developed some prayers for children, teachers and families to use. Download them here!

 

Adult Education
Right now our usual activities have been adapted to digital formats.

Our weekly Bible Study continues to happen at 10 am on Wednesday mornings.  Contact Pastor Vicki for the Zoom link.  A recording of the session is posted to our Podcast site each week.

We have moved our Pub Theology gathering to Zoom too.  Bring your favorite beverage and join in conversations about God, faith, life and what it all means.  You can find the schedule on the calendar and Zoom links in our weekly e-newsletter.

The September Book Group book is I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers.  The subtitle of the book is “a guide to grace-filled political conversations.”  The book is about two women from opposite ends of the political spectrum who have a joint podcast and have worked on ways to disagree and still be friends.  The discussion of the book will be Tuesday September 22 at 7 pm.

The October book is Dear Church by Lenny Duncan.  The subtitle of the book is “A love letter from a black preacher to the whitest denomination in the US”.  Lenny Duncan is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The book is a clear look at mainline Christianity from a young, African-American pastor.  It is a little challenging, but a really good book.  The discussion of the book will be Tuesday October 20 at 7 pm.

Zoom links for the book discussions will be in the This Week and Sunday Links emails.

Bible Study will begin for the fall on Wednesday September 9.  Bible Study is on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 and will be meeting on Zoom.  We are picking up our look at the books in the Bible written by St. Paul.   The link to the Zoom meeting is in This Week and the Sunday Links emails.  Recordings of the Bible Study are posted on our podcast site, harrishill.podbean.com.  You can catch up on past Bible Study sessions there too.

Deacon Leann will lead a series of four Small Plates sessions on Celtic Spirituality. It will touch on spiritual practices for seeking the sacred in one’s everyday life. Discovering Thin Spaces: where one finds the space between heaven and earth grow thin, and things which are sacred and secular almost seem to meet.  It may be a place, or it may not be a place at all. It may be a moment in one’s everyday living, while living present to the moment and praying without ceasing into activities throughout the day; or encouraged through a spiritual practice; or during a deep conversation where two human beings connect in a way that reflects our God-given humanity in all our brokenness and beauty.  The sessions will briefly touch upon the practices of: Thresholds; of Blessing each Moment; Learning by Heart; and the Practice of Three Essential Things.  Small Plates will meet at 11:30 am on September 27, October 4, 11 & 18.  Zoom links to the meetings will be in the This Week email.

 

Parish Events
Right now most parish social events have been suspended.  We hope and pray that we will be able to resume gathering safely soon.

We miss Sundae Sunday, Parish Family Dinners, Trips to Darien Lake, Tourist in our Hometown Events and all the other ways that we gather, have fun and learn together.  We miss each other’s company and look forward to the time when we can be back together.

We will be doing Zoom Coffee Hour once a month this fall.  Zoom Coffee Hour is a chance to see one another, virtually at least, and catch up.  Zoom Coffee Hour will be at 11 am on Sunday September 20 and Sunday October 18.  Links to the Zoom Coffee Hours will be in the This Week and Sunday Links emails.

The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4.  Among other things, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals.  It has become the tradition of the church to bless animals on or around St. Francis’ feast day.  St. Paul’s will be having a drive through pet blessing on Saturday October 3 from 10:30 to noon.  Pack up your pet and head over to church for a blessing.  Prayer cards, dog treats and cat toys will be added to the blessing.  If your pet doesn’t do well in the car, bring a picture (on your phone is good) and we will pray for your pet remotely.  Stuffed pets are welcome too.

 

Outreach Opportunities
Right now many of our outreach activities have been adapted or suspended because of the pandemic.  Check out our e-newsletter for updates on how you can help our neighbors.

One of the ways we are supporting our community right now is providing a puzzle exchange.  There is a box in front of the church where people can pick up a new puzzle and drop off puzzles they are finished with.  It’s a small way to help keep spirits up in our neighborhood.

We are partners with the Buffalo Elementary School of Technology.  We collect school supplies and hygiene items for students, help in the classrooms and provide the hands and feet for the weekend food distribution among other services to the school.

We are also partners with Harris Hill Elementary School.  We serve as the evacuation site for the school, help in classroom and with PTA and school events.

We are supporters of Hearts and Hands Faith in Action, which connects volunteers to seniors in our community to provide rides to appointments, shopping help and home repair services.

We have other Outreach projects through the year, depending on what is going on in our neighborhood, our region, and the world.