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The Rev. Paul J. Kane, and his wife, Irene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Paul's Blog 2.23.18

This Sunday we will commission our 2018 Vestry members.  As we live into our Vision 2020 Parish Strategic Plan, our Vestry members are key servant-leaders who will help to lead us into becoming the parish family God is calling us to be.  Each Vestry member is a part of one or more goal committees serving our common life.  Also, each Vestry member serves as a liaison for a particular group of active ministries in our parish, making sure that these ministries have the resources needed to thrive.

I’m happy to share that Lorraine Sciara-Kelley will continue to serve as our Senior Warden and that George Daniell will continue to serve as our Junior Warden.  Joining Lorraine and George are Dan Murtaugh, Sandy Norman, Ron Backer, Craig Dickmann, John Putnam, Phil Wotton, and our four newest members: Jim Garner, Beth George, Bob Helander, and Jane van Gigch.  We are blessed with these twelve servant-leaders and we’re grateful for their dedication to the mission and vision of St. Paul’s.

Speaking of gratitude, on behalf of our entire parish family, I want to thank Kathleen Megan and Judy Fenney, our Jumble Sale co-chairs, and the amazing team of volunteers they led.  Kathleen, Judy, and all of our Jumble Sale volunteers have made this event not only a tremendous fundraiser that helps to provide resources to support our many ministries, but they have also made it a “fun”-raiser that helps to build bonds of friendship among us.


Fr. Paul's Blog 2.16.18

This past week, on Ash Wednesday, we were all shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  Sadly, this tragedy was just the latest in a series of school shootings we have seen throughout our country.

I’m grateful to Rev. Kathleen, Liz Ryan, Kathy Fazio, and Taylor Kilpatrick, who have done marvelous work this week in reaching out with pastoral care and concern to our children, youth, and families served through our parish, our Day School, and Paul’s Place.

As people of faith, we are not only called to pray in times of tragedy, but we are also called to be doers of good, doing what we can to bring healing and hope as we work toward creating lasting, positive change.  As we enter this sacred season of Lent, a time that calls us to repentance and renewal, let’s pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to discern what God is calling us to do as individuals and as a parish community in response to this latest tragedy. 

“Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness
to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,…”

(BCP Ash Wednesday Service, page 268)


Fr. Paul's Blog 2.9.18

This year, the secular calendar and the Church calendar intersect in two interesting ways.  The first is this coming Wednesday, February 14.  On the secular calendar, it is Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate romance (although this holiday was originally the date set on the Roman Catholic calendar for the Feast of St. Valentine, a 3rd century Roman martyr).  On our Church calendar, it is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.  

This year, we will celebrate romance a little early, with a special Valentine’s blessing of couples at all services this weekend.  On Ash Wednesday, we will celebrate three services that will include Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes (see inside the bulletin for schedule details).  At our 12 noon Ash Wednesday service, we will welcome the Rt. Rev. James Ottley, retired Bishop of Panama and former Anglican Observer to the UN, as our guest preacher and principal celebrant.  We hope that you will join us as we begin “the observance of a holy Lent.” [BCP 265]

I encourage you to check out our special section on Lent inside this bulletin in the Acts of St. Paul’s.  As you will see, there are a multitude of programs and offerings that will enrich your Lenten journey.     

By the way, the second interesting intersection of this year’s secular and Church calendars is April 1, which we will joyfully celebrate this year as Easter Sunday, no fooling!  


Fr. Paul's Blog 2.4.18

I want to thank everyone who made last weekend such a special time for our parish family of St. Paul’s.  To all those who helped to plan, organize, and accomplish our Annual Parish Meeting and Festive Meal, we all say “THANKS!”

At our Annual Meeting we elected Jim Garner, Beth George, Bob Helander, and Jane van Gigch to our Vestry.  Please pray for these four wonderful people as they begin their three-year commitment of servant-leadership in our community.  We also thanked Bob Chapin for his many years of service to St. Paul’s as our Chancellor.  Finally, we honored Kathleen Megan as our 2017 Volunteer of the Year.  In so many ways, both Bob and Kathleen embody the spirit of St. Paul’s, a spirit of selfless service in the name of Christ.

At our Festive Meal, we thanked our four outgoing Vestry members: Jennifer Kilpatrick, Stephen Linebaugh, Margo Vuicich, and Ellen Walton.  I’m so grateful for the leadership and support that these four incredible people gave to me personally, and to our entire parish family, during their time on Vestry.  

Today we place all of our completed 2018 pledge cards on the altar and ask God to bless these symbols of our commitment to the work of God through the ministries of St. Paul’s.  Our annual pledge is a sacred, tangible expression of our faith and trust in the grace of God, active and alive in our parish.

To all those who have made their 2018 stewardship pledge, I say thank you.  To all those who are still prayerfully discerning your financial support of St. Paul’s for 2018, I encourage you to make your pledge as soon as possible.  As a parish, we depend on the financial commitment of our members and friends in order to accomplish all that we do in God’s name.  As St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians reminds us,   “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” [2 Cor. 9:6]


Fr. Paul's Blog 1.28.18

This weekend we celebrate Stewardship Pledge Weekend for 2018.  

For we who follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our support of our parish is a tangible expression of our gratitude to God for all the blessings we have received.  A good steward magnifies the assets of the Master.  Our pledge of financial support for the work of God at St. Paul’s helps to magnify the gifts of Christ.  It is our opportunity to be a part of God’s mission of love and reconciliation on earth.

On behalf of our entire parish family, I thank all of you who have already made your 2018 pledge.  I encourage our brothers and sisters who are still prayerfully considering their 2018 pledge to make your pledge as soon as possible.  

The two highlights of Stewardship Pledge Weekend are our Annual Meeting and our Festive Meal.  Our Annual Meeting will take place this Sunday morning, January 28th beginning at 9:00 am in church.  Our Festive Meal will take place this Sunday evening, January 28th beginning at 5:00 pm here at St. Paul’s.  Our Festive Meal is a wonderful chance to come together as a parish family and celebrate the gift that is our common life.  If you have not yet signed up to attend the Festive Meal and would like to do so, please contact Lorraine Sciara-Kelley at 973-800-9155.  

As you prayerfully consider your financial support of St. Paul’s through your 2018 pledge, I invite you to take a leap of faith in being generous with the work of God.  As St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians reminds us,  “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” [2 Cor. 9:6]


Fr. Paul's Blog 1.21.18

Next weekend we celebrate Stewardship Pledge Weekend for 2018.  Yes, I used the word celebrate!  For we who follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our support of our parish is a tangible expression of our gratitude to God for all the blessings we have received.  A good steward magnifies the assets of the Master.  Our pledge of financial support for the work of God at St. Paul’s helps to magnify the gifts of Christ.  It is our opportunity to be a part of God’s mission of love and reconciliation on earth.

On behalf of our entire parish family, I thank all of you who have already made your 2018 pledge.  I encourage our brothers and sisters who are still prayerfully considering their 2018 pledge to make your pledge by next Sunday.  

The two highlights of Stewardship Pledge Weekend are our Annual Meeting and our Festive Meal.  I encourage you to be an active part of both.  Our Annual Meeting will take place next Sunday, January 28th beginning at 9:00 am in church.  At that meeting, we will elect four new members of our Vestry.  Inside this worship bulletin you will find an insert with a brief biography and photo of the four Vestry candidates nominated by our Vestry Nominating Committee.  

Our Festive Meal will take place that evening, January 28th, beginning at 5:00 pm here at St. Paul’s.  Our Festive Meal is a wonderful chance to come together as a parish family and celebrate the gift that is our common life.  The meal is pot luck, so if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to sign up for a table.  The table host will contact you and coordinate what you will bring to the meal at your table.  

As you prayerfully consider your financial support of St. Paul’s through your 2018 pledge, I invite you to take a leap of faith in being generous with the work of God.  As St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians reminds us,  “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” [2 Cor. 9:6]


Fr. Paul's Blog 1.14.18

You Are St. Paul’s!

Through your commitment to St. Paul’s,

You…feed the hungry (CROS Ministries)

You…shelter homeless families (Family Promise)

You…mentor and nurture children (Paul’s Place)

You…share Christ with his children (St. Paul’s Day School, VBS)

You…spread God’s love in the world (South Florida Haiti Project)

You…foster community (Brotherhood of St. Andrew; Daughters of the King;
          Sip, Dip, & Chat; “Let’s Do Lunch”; and many more!)

You…cultivate the arts (Music at St. Paul’s, Off the Ave Book Group)

You…promote conservation (Children’s Garden, Grass River Garden Club)

You…teach in Christ’s name (Church School, Adult Christian Formation, Bible Study)

You…proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ (Youth Group)

You…seek and serve Christ in all persons (Seekers, Seekers Chefs, Office Angels)

You…sing God’s praises (Adult & Youth Choirs)

You…comfort the sick (Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Lay Healing Ministers)

You…celebrate the presence of Christ in Word and Sacrament (Liturgical Ministers & Clergy) 

“Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” [2 Cor. 9:6]


Fr. Paul's Blog 1.5.18

You Are St. Paul’s! 

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful opportunity for us to take personal inventory, to resolve to make healthy changes and to give thanks for our many blessings.  As we begin this New Year 2018, we can all count our spiritual family of St. Paul’s as one of our great blessings.  

Each of you is a part of that blessing!  Your story is a unique part of the story of St. Paul’s.  You bless so many people through your financial support of St. Paul’s and through your active participation in our common life.

As we begin our 2018 stewardship pledge drive, we renew our commitment, rooted in our baptismal call, to support the mission and ministry of the Church.  On behalf of the many people whose lives are transformed through the ministry of St. Paul’s, I thank you for your faithfulness!  

If you are currently pledging, you will soon be receiving a pledge card in the mail.  If you are not currently pledging and would like to begin to do so, there are pledge cards available in the pew pockets, at the church doors, and in the parish office.  

As you prayerfully consider your financial support of St. Paul’s through your 2018 pledge, I invite you to take a leap of faith in being generous with the work of God.  As St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians reminds us, “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” [2 Cor. 9:6]


Fr. Paul's Blog 12.24.17

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forever!  Whether you are a member, a regular attendee, or a first-time visitor, we are blessed to have you with us.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Fourth Sunday of Advent!  This weekend we celebrate the shortest fourth week of Advent possible...one day.  On Sunday evening we celebrate Christmas.  

Today’s Gospel is the story of the Annunciation, when Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel.  Mary was invited to take a leap of faith and trust that God had a special plan for her.  In saying “let it be with me according to your word” [Luke 1:38], Mary proclaimed a profound “yes” to God’s invitation to be the mother of Christ.  Because of her “yes,” the Church recognizes Mary as the first disciple.  

My prayer for all of us is that we, like Mary, might listen to God’s voice, which speaks to our hearts, and respond in faith with a resounding “yes” to God’s special plan for us.  May our birthday gift to Christ be a heart open to God’s will for us.  


Fr. Paul's Blog 12.15.17

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also referred to as Gaudete Sunday, or the Sunday of Joy.  It is the Sunday when we light the rose colored candle on the Advent wreath.  This is to remind us that while one aspect of Advent is penitential, preparing the way of the Lord by turning from sin, another aspect of Advent is joyful expectation.  

I invite you to share in the joy of Advent by participating in our Advent Lessons and Carols service this Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.  This year, in addition to our magnificent adult choir, we will also hear our newly formed children’s choir.  

I hope you noticed the spruced up look of our parish campus as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.  At last Saturday’s church work day, several members of our parish braved the rain and spread 9,600 pounds of cypress mulch, planted 75 plants in the columbarium and the Burch Garden, polished the sacred vessels for worship, and set up our Nativity creche inside the church, and sorted all of our Christmas pageant costumes.  On behalf of our entire parish family, I want to thank all of those who helped to make our church beautiful, inside and out!

Inside today’s bulletin you will find an important letter from our Vestry regarding our 2018 parish budget.  As we prayerfully consider what God is calling us to be and to do as a parish in 2018, I invite you to review the letter and help us to craft a budget that reflects our faith in God and our joy in being called to follow Christ.


Rector's Blog 12.10.17

I hope that, despite the “busy-ness” of this time of year, you have found some time and space to prayerfully reflect on the Incarnation, the profound mystery that we are preparing to celebrate at Christmas.  I encourage you this Advent to take some time away from the malls and the internet retail sites, in order to give yourself the gift of sacred time spent with God and family.

I did that this week.  On Wednesday afternoon I went for a stroll on Old School Square.  There I found our beautiful Nativity creche.  The creche on Old School Square is a great St. Paul’s tradition.  It is a labor of love built by our Brotherhood of St. Andrew.  In the midst of all the holiday commercialism, it reminds us that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” 

Next Sunday afternoon at 3pm we will have another opportunity to give ourselves the gift of sacred time spent with God as we celebrate Advent Lessons and Carols.  I encourage you to come and to bring a friend.  This special service of Word and song is a great way to share the beauty of the Advent season.


Rector's Blog 12.3.17

This year, we will have several Advent offerings at St. Paul’s that will help us live into our Vision 2020 Parish Strategic Plan’s goal of deepening our spiritual vitality.  Sunday, December 3rd, we will make Advent wreaths that will fill our homes with the beauty and aroma of fresh greens as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.  If you’d like to purchase an Advent wreath kit, come to the Guild Room after our 10 am Service.  You can make your wreath right there and bring it home for Advent!

This Advent we have introduced a few new offerings.  One is “Watching with Hope,” a series of weekly Advent meditations offered by our parish clergy.  These meditations are being offered in both written and video formats.  Another new offering is the Disciple Tree.  Like the Angel Tree, the Disciple Tree will have ornaments that you can take.  These ornaments will be an invitation to celebrate the Birth of Jesus by giving of your time and talent in prayer for, and service to, others.

Finally, throughout the entire year, we’re offering a new weekly feature we’ve titled “This Is My Story.”  Beginning this week with a feature on St. Paul’s parishioners Nick and Judy Fenney, we will hear stories about how people’s lives have been transformed through the grace of God and the ministries of St. Paul’s.


Rector's Blog 11.26.17

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  This feast brings the liturgical year to a triumphant conclusion, as we proclaim the Reign of Christ sovereign in our lives.  The Resurrection of Christ forever bears witness to the power of love.  It is this love, particularly shown to “the least of [his] brothers and sisters,” that is the defining characteristic of the Reign of Christ.

The celebration of the Feast of Christ the King means that the season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the new Church year, is right around the corner!  This year, we will have several Advent offerings at St. Paul’s that will help us live into our Vision 2020 Parish Strategic Plan’s goal of deepening our spiritual vitality.  Next Saturday, December 2nd, we will welcome Brooks Saunders Wilson who will lead us in an iconography workshop.  Be sure to sign up for this inspirational morning!  Next Sunday, December 3rd, we will make Advent wreaths that will fill our homes with the beauty and aroma of fresh greens as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.

This Advent we will introduce two new spiritual offerings.  One will be a series of weekly Advent meditations offered by our parish clergy.  These meditations will be offered in both written and video formats.  Rev. Kathleen will begin the series with a reflection on the traditions of the Advent wreath and the Advent calendar.  In subsequent weeks, I will offer a reflection on the genealogy of Jesus, Fr. David will reflect on the “O” Antiphons, and Deacon Helen will help us explore Advent through the eyes and hearts of Mary and Joseph.  

The other new spiritual offering is the Disciple Tree.  Like the Angel Tree, the Disciple Tree will have ornaments that you can take.  These ornaments will be an invitation to celebrate the Birth of Jesus by giving of your time and talent in prayer for, and service to, others.


Rector's Blog 11.19.17

This past week ended on some incredible “high notes.”  On Thursday, I had the joy of joining the children, staff, and volunteers of Paul’s Place Afterschool Program for our annual Thanksgiving Feast.  On Friday, our Day School children, their families and friends, our faculty members, and our Board members gathered for our annual Thanksgiving program “The 1st Thanksgiving”.  What a wonderful way to enter this special time of the year!  

This Thursday, many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Our tradition at St. Paul’s is to celebrate our Thanksgiving service with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Blessed James Holly Haitian Episcopal Mission, our neighbor congregations here in Delray Beach.  This year, our Thanksgiving service will take place at St. Matthew’s (404 SW 3rd St.) on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22nd at 7 pm.  Dr. Paul Cienniwa, our director of music ministries, will be joined by choir members from all three congregations as they lead us in song. 

Speaking of giving thanks, I want to thank the many people of our parish family who worked so hard to make our annual Treasures and Trinkets Flea Market a great success.  This annual Fall event helps to fund the many ministries of St. Paul’s.  On behalf of our Vestry, church members, and clergy, THANK YOU!   


Rector's Blog 11.12.17

This weekend we honor our veterans. Much like Thanksgiving is certainly not the only day of the year that we give thanks, Veterans Day is not the only day that we honor the selfless service of the men and women who serve, or have served, our country as a member of our Armed Forces. It is, rather, a day that we set aside to draw our collective attention to the sacrifices made by so many people to defend our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If you see an active duty service person or a veteran today, I encourage you to thank him or her for their service to our country.


Rector's Blog 11.5.17

Today we welcome a special guest, Pere Phanord, the rector of Bon Samaritan Episcopal Church and School, our partner congregation in Bondeau, Haiti. Our partnership with Pere Phanord and the people of Bondeau began nine years ago through our participation in the South Florida Haiti Project (SFHP), a collaborative outreach effort of several Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Southeast Florida and elsewhere. On Saturday, Pere Phanord joined hundreds of people at a food packing event at St. Mark’s Palm Beach Gardens. The food packed yesterday will feed hungry children and families in Haiti.

This year, as a parish, we have given $6,000 to the SFHP. Our financial support goes to pay teacher salaries. It’s making a tremendous impact. Recently, the 9th Graders at Bon Samaritan School took a national exam, designed to identify students who will qualify for higher studies. The results were a huge success. 23 out of the 24 Bon Samaritan 9th Graders who took the exam passed! The Ministry of Education in Haiti contacted the leadership of Bon Samaritan School and asked what they were doing to achieve such a high level of success.

Much of the credit goes to several SFHP-funded initiatives. One is a teacher training program, “Teaching by Heart for Haiti.” Under the leadership of Dr. Diane Allerdyce, the teachers at Bon Samaritan are being trained in a curriculum that emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, as opposed to the more traditional method of rote memorization and repetition. Another initiative is employing a full-time school nurse to raise the overall level of health and wellness of the children. Medical missions, like the one Janet Thompson served last month plan to bring sustainable health care. Still another initiave is a school feeding program that provides critically needed nutrition. With the support of the SFHP, Bon Samaritan has grown from a K-8 school to one that now goes all the way up to the 12th Grade. We are excited about a new adult education initiative that will provide “GED-type” instruction to adults in the community who did not have the benefit of attending school or completing their formal education.

What a blessing to be a part of such a life-giving ministry that connects us with our brothers and sisters in Haiti!


Rector's Blog 10.22.17

As a parish family, we celebrate the new activities and initiatives of our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.  It is our shared call to take an active role in implementing this vision for our common life over the next three years.

Our Strategic Plan calls for the formation of several new ministries that will help us to build the kingdom of God here in Delray Beach and beyond.  As an important first step in forming these ministries, we will offer Spiritual Gifts Workshops.  These workshops are designed to help us discern the gifts God has blessed us with for the building up of our lives, our families, and the Body of Christ.  I encourage you to participate in a Spiritual Gifts Workshop.  You may just hear God’s call in a way you have not yet discovered!

Speaking of God’s call, this year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s publication of the Ninety-Five Theses, considered by many the formal start of the Protestant Reformation.  We have a special opportunity to deepen our understanding of this important time in the life of the Church.  Two of our church members, Dr. Sandy Norman and Dr. Patty Kollander, both professors of history at FAU, have arranged for a private St. Paul’s tour of The Protestant Reformation Exhibit currently on display at FAU’s Wimberly Library.  The tour will be offered next Sunday, October 29th from 12-2pm.  I hope you can join us!


Rector's Blog 10.15.17

This past week, Rev. Kathleen and I joined Bishop Eaton and clergy from across our Diocese of Southeast Florida at our annual Clergy Conference.  We engaged in lively discussions about the mission and vision of our diocese, and considered new, emergent patterns of ministry.  Our many ministries here at St. Paul’s came to my mind throughout the conference.

When the conversation focused on how we, as the Episcopal Church, can better share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with young adults (something all faith communities consider often), I thought about two of our ministries: our Seekers young adult ministry and our Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.

Our Seekers ministry is one that, as its name implies, welcomes those who are seeking healing, hope, and a deeper sense of purpose in life.  Our Seekers are a welcoming community in which we are fed in body, mind, and spirit, and where we feed others.  Think of the Last Supper, where after Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles and fed them with the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation, he instructed them to go and do the same.  And so it happens…last Saturday, four of our Seekers went to Marathon and helped muck out a homeless shelter that was devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Our Children, Youth, and Family Ministry is like a nourishing tree with many branches.  Young parents find support as they nurture their children in the love of Jesus.  The young adults of tomorrow, our high schoolers and middle schoolers, find a caring community in which to grow and live their faith in God.  Our Church Schoolers discover the wonders of God’s love, made manifest in Word and Sacrament.  And now, our newly formed Youth Choir! 

What a blessing these ministries are for our church family!


Rector's Blog 10.8.17

I’m happy to share with you that the final, complete version of our Vision 2020 St. Paul’s Strategic Plan is now available!  As you may recall, we “rolled out” the Plan in May with discussions after each service.  Since then, we have begun the implementation process.  The implementation of the Plan is a call that we all share.    

You can download the Plan from our website and paper copies will be available upon request in our church office.  I encourage you to read the Plan and prayerfully discern the ways that it may be calling you to be involved in our common life.  

The Plan created five new committees to serve our common life: (1) Church School and Youth Leadership Team, (2) Adult Christian Formation Committee, (3) Church Ambassadors, (4) Fellowship Committee, and an (5) Interfaith Relations Committee.  Each of these new committees has vestry liaisons.  We invite you to become a part of one or more of these new committees.

The ultimate measure of our Plan’s success will not be how well it is written or how often it is read, but rather, how well it is put into practice.     

“The worth of a Rule lies not so much in what it says in words as in the life lived by it.  Not lived, a beautiful Rule is merely a dead letter.  Well lived, an imperfect Rule becomes spirit and life.”  – Pierre-Marie Delfieux  (The Jerusalem Community Rule of Life, Preface xiv, Paulist Press 1985, Mawah, NJ)


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. 

Blessings, 

Paul