Dear Friends,

I invite you to join with us for the Adult Forum: Opportunities and Challenges for the Maine Legislature in 2013 this Sunday, 9:30-10:15 a.m.. St. Paul’s 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.

Faithfully,
Ann+
The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell

Sunday Music
Hymns
Angels from the realms of glory
Blest are the pure in heart
I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord
Go forth for God, go to the world in peace

Anthem: Jubilate Deo — Hovland
Text: Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth! Alleluia! Sing forth the honor of his Name: make his praise glorious. Alleluia! Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shalt thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Rejoice in the Lord…

Organ music
Prelude: Prelude on Brother James’s Air — Wright
Postlude: Suite in D — Pingré

Announcements from Sunday’s Bulletin

Thank you to all who have pledged for 2013, and to those who have already made an additional pledge following our appeal at the annual meeting and in the letter sent this week to parishioners. As you may know, we hope to raise enough in additional pledges to close our deficit of $8,178, as well as to fund COLA raises for staff and restore funding to committees which was eliminated in the budgeting process. The amount needed is about 6% of the original pledge total of $260,000. We will end this mini-campaign by Ash Wednesday, February 13, so that the Finance Committee and Vestry can make budget amendments at their February meetings. Again, we are very grateful for the generosity you have already shown as a parish, and for your prayerful consideration of this request.

Healing Prayer is offered today at the both the 8:00 and 10:30 services. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, proceed to the vestibule following communion.

Adult Forum: Opportunities and Challenges for the Maine Legislature in 2013. This Sunday, 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. This Super Bowl Sunday, the J2A will host their annual chili sale. Chili ($5 per container) will be available after worship. Chili is made without hot spices, but hot sauce is available for those who like it spicy. Enjoy some great chili, and support our kids’ pilgrimage to Iona!

Celtic Spirituality This week we will look at Celtic Spirituality as a way of life well suited to our world today. Please join us Tuesday, February 5 at 4:30 p.m.

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!

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.

The Winter Gardening Workshop series continues on February 10 at 2:00 p.m. with Vegetable Gardening ‘203’ presented by Dick Brzozowski, Cumberland County Extension Professor/Educator. The topics will be organic soil enrichment techniques, organic soil amendments and materials, mulching and other water conservation
methods, soil tests, and composting. Free and open to all, held in St. Paul’s Great Hall.

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.

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.

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 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.

The Outreach Committee has learned that the Gathering Place, a local day center for people needing a warm, safe place to be during the day, needs donations of bulk coffee, sugar and creamer substitute. Averaging around 60 visits a day, they go through a lot and it is taking quite a toll on there limited budget. Please consider donating such items to this important, totally volunteer staffed, interfaith effort to provide shelter and community to those in need. Call 729-0288 to find out more.

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.