Healing Prayer is offered today.  If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, proceed to the vestibule after you have received communion.

Regular services begin today:  8:00 HE Rite I, 9:30 Family Service, 10:30 HE Rite II, 9:30-10:15 Rite 13 & J2A (Jr. & Sr. High), 10:30-11:15 Church School (pre-K-5th grade).

Peace Corps bound!  As Tom & Pat McCabe get ready to join the Peace Corps in     Tanzania, the St. Paul’s parish will offer prayers of blessing during the 10:30 a.m.      service on September 16.  Please join us during the service in sending them off with  love and prayers and a celebration following in the Parish Hall.

Sunday Forum:  Personal Rule of Life takes place today from 9:15-10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  This forum, led by The Rev. Chick Carroll, offers the opportunity to create a path that will bring an order, a rhythm, to our spiritual lives so that we can draw   closer to God.  Additional gatherings are scheduled for September 25, October 2, 9, 16 at 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Formation series:  A Consideration of Marriage and Blessing of Unions continues on Monday, September 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Join The Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell for a series of conversations and theological reflections.  Topics include the mission, blessing, covenantal relationship, Christian unit, biblical interpretation, and the witness and blessing of lifelong covenant.  Each gathering will build on the previous conversation.  Additional conversations are scheduled for September 24, October 15 and October 22 from   7:00-8:00 p.m.

The Outreach Commission will partner with Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program to provide lunch at their center once a month from September through December.  The Center sees this as a need in the Community.  We need 13 volunteers to work on Saturday, September 22 to help prepare, serve and clean up for this event.  We anticipate it would require 5 hours of time (8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.).  If possible, we would like people to commit to the full 5 hours, but if they cannot, we can look at shifts.  High School students are  welcome to come to accumulate their Community Service hours.  Please sign up on the sheet in the entry way.  If you have any questions, please contact James Ford at 865-9596.

Sunday Coffee Hours:  With the return to 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services, as well as 9:30 a.m. Family Service, there are three opportunities to meet for refreshments, fellowship and to welcome newcomers at the coffee hours that follow each service.  There is a sign-up sheet for the coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service posted on the bulletin board beside the kitchen pass-through.  If we all take a turn,       it need not be a “big” job for anyone.  Our motto is, “Keep it simple.”  Ritalee Doty      ( 729-6809/rdoty54@comcast.net) will gladly show you where to find the things needed for coffee hour, how to make coffee, etc.

Ministries Fair:  Have you ever wondered what is going on in this busy parish, and how you might find your way into a ministry that suits your talents and interests? We invite you to a Ministries Fair in the Great Hall next Sunday, September 23, after both the 8:00 and the 10:30 services. Members of several small groups, committees and commissions will offer displays and answer questions about what they do and how to become involved. Please plan to come and find out more about the abundant opportunities here at St. Paul’s.

Choir rehearses Wednesday!  All are welcome to come sing in the choir: 7 to 8:30 Wednesday. Low stress, great joy! Think of it as practice for heaven, when you get to sing God’s praises all the time! Call or email Bob if you have questions: 725-0803 / bob.judd@gmail.com.

The Discernment Committee is pleased to announce that the position for St. Paul’s new rector has opened on the Diocese of Maine’s website.  If members of the St. Paul’s community know any potential applicants, please encourage them to apply through the Diocese.

Wake up your taste buds! The first “Debut Tasting,” created and cooked by the renowned Gourmet Freezer committee, is coming soon! This exciting new event will happen on the same day as the Ministry Fair, Sept. 23rd at noon. For a nominal $5.00 ticket you will be invited to taste many brand new offerings being considered for this year’s Gourmet Freezer table at the Fair. Your votes will decide the winners and you will enjoy an assortment of delicious entries, making a unique lunch. Tickets will be available after the services and at the door.

Baking volunteer needed for 9/30.  We need someone to bake some hammentaschen (traditional Jewish pastry cookies) for our 10:15 family snack time September 30th.  These little cookies, which represent the three-cornered hat of Haman, the evildoer in the story of Esther, are traditionally eaten whenever Esther’s heroism is celebrated.  Please contact Kristin or call the office if you can help–we can provide a recipe if you need one!

Coffee cans needed for Lay Pastoral Visitors.  Each week we deliver altar flowers to people connected with St. Paul’s who are unable to attend church.  It is a perfect way to make contact with those who are not able to be with us at worship.  We use coffee   cans – the metal, small size cans, preferably with the plastic cover on the bottom!  We cover the cans to make a perfect vase!   Please leave any cans you can donate in the Flower Room.  Our sincere thanks for your help.

 

 This Week in Church School

       This week in church school the children are considering the question, “Who is Jesus?” Several classes will be making anointing oil to remind us that the term “Messiah” means “God’s chosen one.”  Our teens in J2A & Rite 13 kick off their year too. Please pray for all our students and teachers as we begin the church school year.