“We Are Born of Cast-Off Pieces” Puppets, Poems, Masks
A Brunswick Community Forum on the Art of Story-Telling Featuring Ashley Bryan.
Ashley Bryan, artist, story-teller, and award winning creator of children’s books will be the featured presenter at a community story-telling forum Saturday, October 4, 9:30am to 3:30pm at St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant St. Brunswick. Sponsored by St. Paul’s Church and Portland’s Abyssinian Meeting House. www.stpaulsmaine.org
Fall Evening of Fun and Fellowship Friday, September 19, 5:30 p.m.
Potluck dinner. Help is needed for set up, cleanup and, of course, food. Sign up sheets are in the hallway. Dinner will begin at 5:30, but come as your schedule and family allow.
Bring a talent to share! We know that God has blessed the St. Paul’s family with many and varied talents. So we are hoping our potluck on September 19th won’t be only about food but that you’ll also bring and share your talent as we kick off our season of celebrating and responding to all that God has given us. Let Bob or Cristle Judd know if you’d like to offer something at this informal parish open mic night. (And feel free to let us know about friends who may be slow to volunteer but whose talent you would like to encourage them to share!) 207-725-0803 or email@example.com.
A Note from the Rector
I wanted to share with the people of St. Paul’s the letter I wrote to our Committee/Commission chairs. It reflects our way forward together as we seek to give to God’s work at St. Paul’s for 2015.Thank you for reading my articles!
Your friend in Christ,
Dear Leaders of St. Paul’s, Committee/Commission Chairs,
2015 BUDGET SUBMISSION REQUEST DUE OCTOBER 10, 2014. (Please email it to Steve Thomas our treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s Time to Celebrate Your Committee’s Accomplishments for 2014 and Plan the 2015 Budget!
Thank you for a very rewarding 2014 so far!
BACKGROUND: The Finance Committee Chair and the Treasurer normally send out the budget request notification. I’m grateful to Peter McCracken and Steve Thomas for doing this for 2014. But since this is my first year with you and the budget process, I told Peter and Steve that for JUST THIS YEAR I was taking over the job of soliciting budget input from you. This is because I wanted to ask you to accomplish some additional tasks with your committee during this process. I’d like you to think about your accomplishments, future goals, membership and leadership for the coming year.
CURRENT BUDGET PROCESS: And so, this email might come as a bit of a jolt because we are departing from the usual way we ask you to submit your budget requests. The wardens and I would very much like for you to engage your committee and think about what God is calling you to and what you really need to accomplish your goals. We hope you don’t end up saying, “Just put in the amount from last year” because we think you have some compelling ideas for ministry that might cost a more and inspire the congregation to give more! As you know, the Vestry has already adopted the Outreach proposal for an increase.
This season we are engaged in a new “Giving Program.” The committee is renamed from “Stewardship” to “Giving”. “Giving” is a more comprehensive term…people give of themselves to build up the Body of Christ in more ways than financially. Certainly, “giving” is easier to understand! Thank you, Nancy Keating, Chair of the Giving Program, for engaging us to think about giving for God’s work at St. Paul’s!
And so, as you begin to meet with your respective committees, I am offering these six tasks for you to consider as you plan for our future. I also encourage you to please think carefully about how your committee and activities might include families and children. For example, Earth Care could plan a movie night and offer a screening of “Wall-E”, a fun and top-notch animated movie about the environment! Or Worship Committee could collaborate with our Youth to plan another Celtic service of prayer.
PLEASE KNOW HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL YOU DO TO LEAD US IN OUR FAITH. THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THESE TASKS:
1. To take a look at the work of your committee/commission last year and celebrate your accomplishments!
2. To envision what your commission/committee wants to accomplish in 2015. What is God calling you to?
3. To make one of your goals be that you will offer a program or opportunity for fellowship with our families and children.
4. To think about the amount you need in the 2015 budget to accomplish the 2015 goals.
5. To recruit new members to your committee/commission and allow a period of rest for those who need it. (Carolyn and the Wardens can help with this.)
6. To assess the leadership (chairperson) and provide for new leadership if your committee discerns that that you would like to develop new leadership. (Carolyn and Wardens can help here, too!)
Thanks be to God for the people of St. Paul’s!
Worship at 10:30 Sunday begins with a series of short pieces based on the melody for the Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise, by seventeenth-century German composer Samuel Scheidt. Our first hymn is “Praise, my soul, the king of heaven,” a paraphrase of Psalm 103 (parts of which we sing during the service) written by Henry Lyte about 1834. It’s a glorious hymn of praise! At the gradual, we sing “No saint on earth lives life to self alone,” by J. W. Schulte-Nordholt and Norman J. Kansfield (1982). It’s a lovely newer hymn that underscores our reading from Romans encouraging our common walk that follows the pattern Jesus has given us. At the offertory, the choir sings a recent setting of Psalm 84, “How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair,” by Robert Powell. It is attractive in simplicity, worshipful, and a reminder of our joy in worship. During communion we sing the Taizé song “Bless the Lord, my soul,” a refrain from Psalm 103. Our final hymn is “All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,” written by Bland Tucker in 1938 and set to a great tune by Charles Stanford. It reminds us again of joy in worship, as we meditate on Jesus’s humility and majesty. The service concludes with a joyful prelude and fugue by J. S. Bach.
There’s no music at 8 a.m. worship this week: currently we’re scheduling music the first Sunday of each month. (Would you like it more often? Less often? We’re open to change, if that’s called for!)
TODAY, September 14 We welcome The Rev. Bennett Barnes as celebrant for the 10:30 service. The Rector is hosting the Church School brunch with Jane Burke.
Family Eucharist. You and Your Family Are Invited to St. Paul’s This Sunday for…. A Feast! At 9:30am Family Eucharist we’ll learn about forgiveness as Jesus teaches us to forgive 70 x 7 times! (Matthew 18:21-35). We’ll gather around the Table, sing, pray and feast on the bread and the wine. AFTER THAT…. We’ll go together to the Great Hall for one of God’s stories followed by a feast of eggs, breakfast breads, fruit, yogurt and juice. It will be a time to enjoy each other and meet the teachers and other parents. Learn about new classes and bible stories and all the wonderful things planned in the coming months. www.stpaulsmaine.org. “Friend” us on Facebook.
Mid-afternoon. High School Youth Picnic. Tim and Michaelanne Banks have offered their home and watercraft for one more picnic gathering before fall sets in. Please let Myrna or Hugh know if you can attend.
Tuesday, September 16 The Women’s Bible Study has resumed its meeting on Tuesdays. At 12 noon we share bag lunches and at 12:30 the study begins. We are presently focusing on the Book of Psalms. Bring in your favorite psalm and tell why it has meant so much to you. Anne Street 449-0409, Lil Heyda 353-8723.
Sunday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. Earth Matters! Please join us in ringing a bell for earth, a local witness in recognition of Peoples’ Climate March in New York City on this date. We will gather at First Parish Church. At 12:30 there will be earth prayers from various traditions alternating with silence then at 1 p.m. – ringing bell 350 times (It would be grand if it were with 350 people.) Earth Care and the Three Churches Earth Care, Bronda Niese 443-8613
September 21. First day of church school.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sunday, September 28, 9:30-10:15 The Adult Formation Forum Series “Today’s Prophets: Who Are They?” begins with the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy. She will be followed on October 5 by the Rev. Chick Carroll, on November 16 by the Rev. Ben Barnes, and on December 14 by the Rev. Bob Patterson. Each of the presenters will discuss the questions of whether God is raising up new prophets today and what the characteristics of a prophet are in their opinion. They have each picked a modern-day prophet to speak about, but you’ll have to attend each of the forums to find out who that is.
Monday, September 29, 7 p.m. New Monthly Book Gathering for Women. Please bring your thoughts and ideas for great reading to our first organizational meeting of our new book club. We will meet on Monday, September 29th at the church at 7 p.m. We will firm up meeting dates and times through the end of the year, and hear suggestions for how to choose titles, discuss ways to find them, how best to discuss them, etc. A suggestion for the first book is The Red Tent, a wonderful book about women of the Bible by Anita Diamant. Perhaps we can call our group The Red Tent Book Club. This is all negotiable, good women! If you can not make it to the first meeting or have questions, please contact Tobey Lee at 406-2954. Read on!
Thursday, October 2, 4:00 p.m. Writing a Spiritual Memoir. Writing is a wonderful way to keep track of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Writing clarifies; writing helps us discover. Writing can also be an act of prayer, deepening our relationship with the Holy by helping us better understand God’s role in our lives. Beginning on Thursday, October 2nd and running for the next five weeks from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Library at St Paul’s, we will discover, examine, and share some of the ways God as entered our lives and given it meaning. We will explore ways to “re-vision” our lives through image, metaphor, and story. You don’t need to be a polished writer to come! All you need is your story (the one you’ve been “writing” all your life), five Thursday afternoons, and a desire to put your story down on paper and share with others. To participate, please contact Rick Wile or the office at St. Paul’s, 207-725-5342.
October 6, 7, 8, 9 Sign up for Window Dresser Build! The Frontline Committee, Outreach Commission and Earth Care Commission are joining together to complete a Window Dresser Build. This is a fantastic opportunity to join with St. Paul parishioners as well as people from the community to provide insulating window inserts that will reduce fuel costs and help keep people warmer during winter months. It’s only 4 hours of your time! Each day there will be two shifts of volunteers. The first shift is from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second shift is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s easy to sign up. Please email email@example.com or call 729-6592. We also need snacks and treats. There is a sign up sheet in the great hall for donation of cookies or other goodies to “encourage” the volunteers during the week.
Ready, Set, Go to Learn! is still collecting back to school items through the Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families of Maine. They provide school supplies, a back pack, 2 school outfits, personal care items and a winter coat to children in out of home placements statewide. Bins may be found in the Great Hall.
Electronic Giving – “I Give Electronically” cards are now available in the pews. If you give electronically, please feel free to take one and put it into the collection plate for a blessing. And, again, thanks for pledging electronically. It really is easy and it really does help.
Do we have your plates? Terry and James Howell have appreciated your gifts of food! Now they are left with many plates, dishes, etc. with no names on them. If you have left a plate for the Howell’s please call them at 729-9306, to make arrangements to pick them up. Thank You.
Christmas in September? Not exactly, but it is time to start collecting items from the woods, fields and gardens. If you have any dried seed pods, grasses, pine cones, etc. please save them for use in decorating St. Paul’s wreaths for our Christmas Fair. You may drop them off at St. Paul’s church and either Nancy or Jo will pick them up. Or call/e-mail Nancy at 777-5665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Prayer Requests
Please call the parish office if you would like a name to be placed on the prayer list. The names will be removed after three months, unless otherwise notified.
For Postulants and Candidates in the process of Holy Orders in the Diocese of Maine. For all Christian Formation and Sunday School programs as they start up this fall. The congregation of St. Michael’s in Auburn. Pray for our Companion Diocese of Haiti. Pray for Patrick, Jason, Benjamin and Anderson, all in the military. We pray for church school teachers, youth leaders, and parents.
The altar flowers are given to the glory of God in memory of Todd J. Follansbee on the 2nd anniversary of his death.
The white rose on the altar is given to the glory of God in thanksgiving for the birth of Thomas Shanker Nugent by his grandparents Tom and Pam Nugent.
A-I: Virginia, Cindy, Norma, Gloria & Ray, Barbara, Sarah, Patrick, Margaret, Terry, David, Ed, Dud, Donna, and Paul.
J-R: David, Victor, John, Bill, Anne, Carol, Ethel, Lisa, Charlie, Eleanor Rose, Tracy, Julie, Dave, Ann P, and Susie.
S-Z: Christy, Nancy, Mimi, Chris, Mathew, Mary, Tom, Lance, Dawn, Bob, Jan (Yan), Adam, Diane, Edri, and Margie.