I am looking forward to beginning the EXPLORE course this week. Come and learn more about being an Episcopalian, our history, worship, spirituality, and way of life. This is preparation for adult baptism, and to become an Episcopalian through confirmation or reception on April 14 when Bishop Lane visits. It is also a wonderful way to learn more. See more information below.

Also please look below for information on Tuesday’s festive Pancake Supper, our Ash Wednesday worship with four services, and the Lenten Movies and Pot Luck Suppers beginning next week. I look forward to sharing these days with you.

I understand that the history here at St. Paul’s is that worship is not cancelled in stormy weather. I expect that we will be here Sunday for all three services. Please check the phone message to find out about the unlikely postponement of the EXPLORE course and any other weather related news.

Many blessings,

The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell

Sunday Music
Songs of thankfulness and praise
Christ upon the mountain peak
I come with joy to meet my Lord
Give thanks for life

Choir Anthem: Wade in the Water — trad., arr. Smith
Text: Wade in the water, wade in the water, children, Wade in the water, God’s a-gonna trouble the water.
See that host all dressed in white, The leader looks like the Israelite.
See that band all dressed in red, Looks like the band that Moses led.
Look over yonder, what do I see? The Holy Ghost a-coming on me.
If you don’t believe I’ve been redeemed, Just follow me down to Jordan’s stream.

Organ music:
Prelude: Spotless Lamb of God — Walther
Postlude: Prelude and Fugue in G Major — J. S. Bach

This Week in Church School
This week in church school the children are hearing the story of the Transfiguration, and making crafts that involve reflected light as a way of thinking about how Jesus makes it easier for us to see and share God’s light. Rite 13 continues their study of New Testament teachings, and J2A launches into a study of the history of Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church.
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.

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. Starting this Sunday, Deacon Mary Lee Wile and TPiC Ann Broomell will be leading classes from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. on 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 today 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.

Lenten Meditation Booklets are available this morning.

Need more tech help? Due to an overwhelming demand, the teens are holding yet another tech support fundraiser on Sunday, Feb 24th. Bring in your cell phone, iPad, mobile device, or laptop for some help with simple (yet potentially confusing) issues. Can’t download your addresses into your phone? Can’t seem to figure out how your iPod works? They’ll help, all for a voluntary donation. Sign-up for your half-hour slot during coffee hour today (2/10) and next Sunday (2/17).

Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission Please take a few moments at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, to pray for the beginning work of this commission in its study of the recommendations for Wabanaki involvement with DHHS. The commission has the support of the Governor, the Legislature, the five Tribal Governments, and the Episcopal Diocesan Committee on Indian Relations. FMI: call Carolyn Mossison, Interim Director TRC (207-9896-3042), Esther Altivater, Muskie School of Public Service (207-615-3189) or John Dieffenbacher-Krall, MITSC (207-944-8376).

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 by today, 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 or 841-9377 with questions.

Living with Cancer! Join Nancy and Dave Hawkins on February 17 at 9:15 a.m. as they share their life changing twenty plus year cancer journey.

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the hallway outside the Sacristy. Training on this life saving device and CPR is being next 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.

Lenten Series–Pot Luck/Movies/Discussion, Monday, February 18 (Tuesday nights in following weeks) 6-8:30 p.m. (Ann Broomell+) Bring a dish to share. Spitfire Grill This film is about the desires of the human spirit. In many ways, it is also about intolerance and fear. In this masterfully told tale, we travel a journey with people who could be our mother, sister, brother, son. Their experiences are shared with such simple insight that we soon forget they are creations of fiction. Instead they become people woven into the fabric of our own experience.

St. Paul’s church office will be closed on Monday, February 18, in observance of President’s Day.

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.

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 their limited budget. Please consider
donating such items to this important, interfaith effort to provide shelter and community to those in need. Call 729-0288 to find out more.

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

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 appreciated!

Parish Prayer Requests
Pray for Maeley Bedard, Cedric Hipkins, Lorelei Hipkins, David Frazier, Joshua Frazier and all other young people and their leaders at Awakening, our diocesan middle school event, this weekend. Pray also for our Companion Diocese of Haiti. Special intercessions
for Jenna, Steven, Karen, Timothy, Jill, Alison & family, Mason, Oliver, Peter, Jill, Bill, Wendy & Tim, Chester, Gloria, Rodney Sr., Jane, Lil, Charlie, Leslie & Therese, Laurie, John, Jamie, and Edie. For Patrick, Jason, Benjamin and Anderson, all in the military. On-going intercessions, also remembered every Thursday noon: Margi, Hayden, Nancy, Mimi, Maitri, Trudy, Lori, Barbara, Lynelle, William, Jack, Bob, Allison, Joan, David, Ann, Mathew, and Victor.

Flowers on the altar are given by the Frozen Gourmet Committee in memory of past members; Charlotte, Candie, Ceci, Carole, Edie, Ellie, Helen, Joan, Nan, and Pam.