Every year each parish in the Episcopal Church meets with its clergy and lay leaders to hear reports and learn about the state of the parish. Please join us this Sunday, Jan. 27, for a 10:00 am service of Holy Eucharist with the choir and the Annual Meeting that follows. The schedule is as follows:

NO 8 AM Holy Eucharist
9:30 AM Family Service will take place
Church School 10am
10:00 AM All Church Eucharist with the choir
followed by refreshments and the Annual Meeting

Learn about the new Front Line Committee and the process that led to the creation of the Meath House in the Barnes building owned by the parish.

Faithfully yours,

Ann Broomell+

“There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In,”
Saturday, January 26, 10-noon.
Please join Pam Nugent and others for an opportunity to share your experiences of how God has worked in your life, and in doing so to provide strength and hope to others. It is also a time to listen to the stories of others and receive the blessings others have to give you. And mixed with the listening and sharing will be coffee, tea, and snacks.

Sunday Music
Christ is the world’s true light
Hark, the glad sound
Bless the Lord, my soul
Christ is made the sure foundation

Choir Anthem: When We Sing to God, We Are One — Dardess
Text: Children singing all over the world! Hear them singing all over the world! A song in every nation; a prayer for peace and love. There’s song for all creation; a song to god above! How good and, oh, how pleasant, to live in unity. And how good to sing together, in perfect harmony! And when we sing to God, our hearts become as one. Yes, when we sing to God, we are one!

Prelude: Blessed Jesus, at Your Word — J. S. Bach
Postlude: Psalm 19 — Marcello

This Week in Church School

This week in church school the children are thinking about what it means to be called by God, as they contemplate the story of Jesus’ reading from the scroll in the synagogue. They’ll also engage in a little scroll-making themselves, with the older children writing out some brief phrases in Hebrew and/or Greek in order to get into the spirit of the time. Meanwhile, Rite 13 continues examining stories of Jesus’ ministry and J2A forges ahead with their unit on difficult decisions.

Announcements from Sunday’s Bulletin

Iona teens to host 8 a.m. coffee hour. As a way to “give back” to the parish, the teens who will be participating in the Iona pilgrimage have agreed to host 8 a.m. coffee hour for the rest of the year. They were particularly moved to hear that some parishioners relied on coffee hour for much-needed fellowship but were not able to help set up due to physical limitations. If you would like to express your gratitude for their service with a small donation towards the trip, it would be much appreciated!

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the hallway outside the Sacristy. Training on this life saving device and CPR is being held Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Class size is limited to 10 people at a cost of $20 per person. There is a sign-up sheet on the hall bulletin board. The cabinet that holds the AED has an alarm that will sound for a short period of time. Please ignore the alarm if you have an emergency use of the device.

The Winter Gardening Workshop series continues this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Vegetable Gardening ‘202’ presented by Master Gardener, Nan Curtis. Topics include: Starting seedlings indoors. When do I start seedlings? How much should I start? What vegetables should be started indoors? What equipment do I need? Free and open to all, held in St. Paul’s Great Hall.

The monthly Sharing and Caring Support Group meeting will be Monday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s library. All are welcome to join us for the start-up of the New Year, 2013. Looking forward to seeing you there. Barbara Blanchard and Sandy Meyer.

Celtic Spirituality This Tuesday we will look at the importance of friendship in Celtic Christianity. Please join us Tuesday, February 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Adult Forum: Opportunities and Challenges for the Maine Legislature in 2013. Sunday, February 3, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Our parishioner, Charles Priest (State Representative from District 63), who is entering his fourth term representing this community will share his perspective on the coming year with us.

J2A “Souper Bowl” Chili Sale. Coming up fast on February 3, the J2A will host their annual chili sale on Super Bowl Sunday. Sign-ups for chili ($5 per container) will be available after worship this Sunday (January 27). Chili is made without hot spices, but hot sauce is available for those who like it spicy. Please sign up, enjoy your chili, and support our kids’ pilgrimage to Iona!

Becoming an Episcopalian: Bishop Lane will be at St. Paul’s on April 14 to confirm and receive new Episcopalians and recognize those choosing to reaffirm vows made at an earlier time in their lives. These classes are preparation for those making that commitment or for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church. Deacon Mary Lee Wile and TPiC Ann Broomell will be leading classes from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. on Sundays February 10, 17, 24, March 3 and 10. We will provide a light lunch. Topics will include history, organization and decision making, worship, and the Baptismal Covenant. Please sign up on the sheet on the hallway wall if you are interested in
taking part in the classes.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – St. Paul’s Men’s Group invites you to the annual Shrove Tuesday (February 12, Fat Tuesday) pancake supper with a variety of pancakes, baked ham, and beverages. There will be a small charge for supper. Serving 5-7 p.m. Come when you can. For planning purposes, please enter your name on the sign-up sheet on the hall bulletin board on or before February 10. Thank you.

The Outreach Committee is proud to announce that we will continue to serve lunch at Mid Coast Hunger on the third Saturday of the month through June. We are asking for volunteers. Please sign up on the bulletin board. We ask that people be available from 9-1, or a partial shift. Our next lunch is on Saturday, February 16. Contact James Ford at jef54@comcast.net or 841-9377 with questions.

Pledge envelopes for the new year are available to be picked up in the Great Hall.

St. Paul’s and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive on Tuesday, February 19 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Donations are constantly needed to supply medical facilities so they can use them in operations. Unless there is a national emergency, all blood donated in Maine stays in Maine. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-REDCROSS. Walk-ins are also welcome on a first come-first served basis. Volunteers are also needed to assist with registration and providing refreshments after donating. Please call Bill Edman at 729-7326 (evenings)
if you can spare two hours to assist.

Are you new to the parish with a child in church school? We ask that every parent fill out a registration form so we have your correct contact information and important facts about your child–age, allergies, etc. Filling out a form will also put you in the loop to receive our occasional emails about special events and/or snow cancellations. Registration forms are available from each child’s church school teacher, or you may ask Kristin, the Christian Education Director, for a copy during coffee hour or family snack time.

From the Discernment Committee The Discernment Committee is pleased to announce that we have decided on the finalists for the position of rector of St. Paul’s, and are now working on setting up interviews. Please continue to keep us in your
prayers as we go forward.

Are you on Facebook? If you are, please “like” the St. Paul’s church page.

Hand-stenciled note cards For those who missed them at the Christmas Fair, note cards by Donna Thivierge are available in the church office.