July 11. A day of thanksgiving for me. Just for being here. On July 11, 1996, I had my prostate removed in largely, but not totally, successful surgery. I will live the rest of my life with cancer. Hmmm-a bit personal and perhaps I should wait to write for the Lenten meditations booklet. But July 11 isn’t in Lent, so…..
After surgery, I asked my doctor, “So…maybe ten years?”. “Ten years is a bit rosy”, he said, and he was always an optimist. It has been 17 years and I give thanks every July 11. A recent acquaintance is also a survivor of life’s challenges. When asked “How are you?”, he always says, “Another day in paradise”, regardless of snow, sleet, rain, fog-not just “fine” or “OK”, but a statement of thankfulness. My daily prayers often move to thanks for specific things-a call from a son, a radish from Lucy’s garden, a beautiful piece of music. Cancer is usually far from my conscious mind.
Every July 11, I promise myself to be thankful every day just for being here. I guess I’ll do that again today and see what happens. Do you have a specific day when you give thanks for being alive?
A memorial service for the Rev. Henry Bird will be held at St. Paul’s Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 am. A reception follows.
From the Frontline Committee: Thanks to those who have responded to our previous questions. Here is the final question for your response:
“How difficult is it for you to share your faith? With family? With friends? With co-workers? With strangers?”
The Committee appreciates your time, and your thought. Please e-mail your responses directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Katharine Babson as celebrant for the 9:00 service this morning.
We welcome the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy as celebrant for the Family Service this morning.
Small group ministry is very strong here in St. Paul’s. The Vestry would like to celebrate these vital ministries. At the time of the Birthday Prayer, members of one of the small groups will be asked to come forward. This Sunday we celebrate the Ministry of the Worship Commission. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
Look up! Our new “Air Pear” fans are in place and operating. The speakers from our soon-to-be replaced sound system are gone. A temporary sound system will be used during the interim period. We appreciate your patience.
Your Help is Requested:
1. Security: Recently on a Sunday afternoon, the church was found unlocked with no one present. Please help keep St. Paul’s secure. If you are about to leave the church at a time when few are around, please check to ensure that someone will be responsible for locking the doors. If no one has a key, please contact either of the wardens, the church administrator, or someone from buildings and grounds.
2. Lights: If you are finished using a classroom or the library, please turn off the lights. Lights have been left on multiple times in these spaces. Turning the lights off helps reduce our energy costs and improves our carbon footprint.
Your assistance with both of these issues is greatly appreciated.
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program: This note is for people living in the greater Brunswick Maine Community. As you may or may not know, I have been volunteering at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program for the past year. I have helped them pilot a Saturday lunch program. The pilot has been quite successful. Mid Coast Hunger has received a grant that will allow them to provide lunch EVERY Saturday starting this fall! This is great news, however with that, human resources are needed. I have heard many people say that they would like to volunteer, but they work Monday – Friday. Now you can! Please contact me, James Ford, if you are interested. It could be just you, a group of friends you know, or other family members that you recruit to do it with you. We average 10-12 volunteers per lunch with the time commitment from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. Shifts could be split if folks prefer. I am not asking for a weekly commitment. You can do it weekly; but I am looking for folks that might want to volunteer monthly, or every other month. Please give this effort serious consideration. Mention it to your friends and family and contact me with any questions. (207) 841-9377 or email@example.com. Thanks.
Summer Sundays Worship Schedule: For July, August, and through the second Sunday in September (9/8), the 9:30 Family Service will continue, and the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be combined at 9:00 a.m. We will have two supply priests, one for the 9:30 Family Service and one for the 9:00 service.
Summer pick-up choir. This summer we’ll have a “pick-up choir” for the 9 a.m. service: we’ll sing a simple anthem that we practice for a few minutes prior to the service. Come along at 8:15 and join in! No stress involved, no long-term commitment required. FMI: Bob Judd, 619-4642.
We need church school teachers! Please sign up! Our church school depends on the adults who lead it. We currently have many slots to fill for the fall. We make it easy for you to teach–pre-made lesson plans and crafts, a team of co-teachers, and a curriculum that has built-in support for those of us who are a bit rusty on our Bible basics. Grab a friend and sign up as a team to teach one trimester! For more info, please see Terry or Pat. Sign-up sheets are in the hallway.
Pledge Reminder. Please remember to keep pledge payments up to date over the summer. Consider the option of on-line giving at the St. Paul’s website.
CD recordings of the St. Paul’s inaugural organ recital by Sean Fleming last November are now available! Let Bob Judd know if you’d like one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 619-4642.
Lemonade and Cookies: Volunteers are needed to serve lemonade and cookies after the 9:00 service. Many slots are open through the summer. Please sign up for this important time of fellowship.