Rector’s Blog 10.1.17

I want to thank everyone for your generous response to last week’s Hurricane Irma relief appeal.  To date, we have collected $4,622 in cash donations, $675 worth of Home Depot gift cards, and lots of critically needed items.  As we continue to collect cash donations (checks may be made out to St. Paul’s Church with “Hurricane Irma relief” on the memo line) to assist those so devastated by the storm in the Keys, we have a new list of needed supplies to collect: adult diapers, phone carrier gift certificates, men’s work gloves, rubber gloves, bug spray, socks, baking soda, plastic storage boxes.  We are collecting the donated supplies in the Parish Hall.  From this point forward, Deacon Helen, who is leading our hurricane response effort, will be providing all updates and invitations to serve.  I’m so grateful for her leadership on this effort!

This weekend, many women throughout our diocese have gathered for Episcopal Women’s Cursillo # 112.  Among them are Brandi Bostwick, who is a pilgrim (a participant), and Rev. Kathleen, who is serving as one of the chaplains.  Please keep Brandi and Rev. Kathleen in your prayers for a Spirit-filled weekend.  

This Sunday is “Choir Appreciation Sunday.”  We are blessed with so many gifted and dedicated people who enrich our worship through song.  Today, we will commission and bless them in this special ministry of praise.  

After our 10am Service, we invite all those who are new to St. Paul’s to join us in the parish hall for our Newcomers Brunch.  Irene and I, and members of our Vestry look forward to seeing all our new members and friends at today’s brunch.

After spending the past four months in New England, we welcome back Fr. David Angelica!  Next Saturday, October 7th, he will be leading our Annual Pet Blessing.