The Gates of Iona
“To journey here is to find the thin path,
the thin place, now almost forgotten…
the surprise of nature,
the caressing heart of God.”
A beautiful verse from a poem written by Jim Hornor, an adult leader with Myrna Koonce and Hugh Savage as fellow pilgrims to Iona with Zachary Collins, Lorelei Hipkins, Sarah Judd, and Rebecca Schuman. On Sunday at 10:30, these pilgrims will lead a service from the Iona Abbey Worship book. The 8:00 and 9:30 services will have a “flavor” of Iona with the youth pilgrims speaking of their experiences.
The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy, a several-time pilgrim to Iona, will be the celebrant at each service. I urge you to come and take part in a service experienced by thousands of pilgrims at Iona.
This Week In Church School
This week concludes our two-week celebration of the natural world. Students will focus on the “Cosmos” and will use Proverbs 8:22-31 to discuss and explore the incredible expanse of space and their part in it. Our youth groups will continue their exploration of identity, discussing among themselves what goals they have for themselves as a group, what actions they will take during the year to achieve their goals, and what new name they will be known by.
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy as celebrant this morning.
Iona offerings Today the teens and leaders who went on pilgrimage to Iona will be offering a number of ways for parishioners to share their experience. The 8:00 and Family services, while remaining largely the same, will be given an Iona “flavor,” and the young people will speak about their impressions at the time of the homily. At 10:30, the teens and J2A adults will lead the congregation through the Sunday Communion service from the Iona worship book. It will be very different from our usual Sunday morning service, from prayers to music to communion! Again, the youth will talk about their experiences during the time appointed for the sermon. During the coffee hours following the services, there will be a slide show of pictures, as well as an informal Q and A about the trip and its meaning for all.
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 Junior Choir. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
Christian Formation Booklet. Please help yourself to a copy of the new fall edition available in various places around the church. Read about all the exciting programs that are planned, and mark your calendar so you don’t miss the ones that interest you. We have forums, a variety of smaller groups, and even a movie. Any questions? Ask Pam Nugent or the facilitator listed.
The Tuesday Bible Study will begin next week, September 24 at 12:30 in the library. For those interested in fellowship and conversation, bring your lunch and join us at 12. The topic for this fall is the Parables. Each session will be complete and not dependent on the previous one. Discussion on 9/24 will be the Parable of the Wineskins.
Exploring the Word continues this Sunday, 9:30-10:15, in the Library. Pam Nugent facilitates the discussion for this drop-in group on one of the readings for the day. Enjoy coffee hour and stay a little later if you go to the 8 o’clock service, or come a little earlier if you attend the 10:30 service. No prior experience is necessary for either group. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday Night Bible Study, 5:30-6:30 p.m., uses a study guide by John Stott, and facilitation of the discussion is shared by group members. We are studying 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Come try this group out.
Praise the Lord! Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Come add your voice and join the joyful noise. FMI: Bob Judd, 619-4642.
Junior Choir rehearsal practices on Wednesdays for an hour from 5-6 p.m. All youngsters are welcome to come if they are in grades 1-8, no previous experience necessary – just a love of singing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Lois Kwantz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 882-7825. The current choir members and I would love to have more voices join our group; we have a great time.
Christmas Fair A planning and start up meeting for the Christmas Fair will be held on Wednesday Sept. 26th at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in helping form this year’s fai,r this is a great opportunity to offer your imput. For more information call Rodney Richard at 688-2249.
The Reception Committee provides receptions following funerals or memorial services. If you enjoy baking, being creative with food or enjoy providing nourishment to others, we would like your help. A call for food donation is usually requested 2 to 5 days before the service is scheduled so the committee understands when someone is called and is not able to donate due to other commitments. Just because you receive a call from a representative from the committee does not obligate you in any way. We ask for donations of sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, cheese and crackers, fruit, vegetable trays, and help with cleaning up in the kitchen. On a personal note and due to my work schedule, I am not always available to organize a reception. I would like to hear from a person or group of people who may have an interest in organizing receptions in my absence. I would provide all the necessary training. Please know that without additional help, memorial receptions as we know them may end. Bonny Labonte 729-5226
Nametags As we greet Emily and prepare for Carolyn’s arrival, please wear your nametag. If you need one, a signup sheet is posted in the Great Hall near the kitchen window. Magnetic closures are for those who prefer them but these are not to be used by someone with a pacemaker or other implanted electrical device.
The 10:30 coffee hour is looking for volunteers! Please sign up on the sheet in the parish hall to provide coffee, juice and goodies for those among us who value coffee hour as a time for fellowship and fun. The church provides the coffee, crackers and cheese. You do the rest. Call Nancy Keating at 729-7187 for details.
Can you help? We are looking for one adult per week willing to come to the junior choir rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. as an additional support person. The national “safe church” guidelines strongly suggest that all gatherings of young people should have at least two responsible adults at the meetings. All you need to do is to come and sit in on the rehearsal; you’re welcome to bring a book to read or some kind of needlework/craft, etc. to work on. If there are at least 4 people willing to do this, then we can work out a rotation so that each volunteer comes once a month. Please contact either Lois Kwantz at email@example.com 882-7825 or the church office. Thanks.