The Earth Care Committee invited me to their January meeting last Sunday. On the agenda was a discussion on how to begin to plan become a “paperless” parish. The goal is “zero paper use.” The discussion was energetic and we discussed many ideas. It was agreed that the Earth Care Committee develop a statement that describes this problem and the steps we want to take to solve it over time, starting with small steps that we can accomplish right away.

On Tuesday I discussed this goal with our staff and later that day with the Wardens. One of the easiest ways to get started in reducing paper use is in worship. Last week Susan Tyler and I began a plan that would reduce paper use in 9:30 Family Worship to zero. We are creating the steps to combine projected words of our songs onto a screen with downloadable versions of the order of worship. I will officiate worship by using a technique called “call and response” in which I will say the responses and the congregation repeats them. We had no printed version for our Family Eucharist at Grace Church because we learned the responses in this way. Our plan for 9:30am Sunday Family Worship will replace having the responses and songs printed on paper.

I believe we will be able to offer “paperless 9:30am Sunday Family Worship” in a few weeks. We will be planning to reformat the service leaflet so that it will be easy to download to a handheld device. The version will need to be created to be projected and we’ll need a Sunday volunteer to be our A/V person in charge of running the laptop and projector. (DO YOU HAVE THIS GIFT OR INTEREST IN THIS MINISTRY AND ARE A MEMBER OF THE 9:30 CONGREGATION? IF SO, PLEASE CONTACT ME!)

Susan Tyler, the editor (and so much more for our parish!!) of the 2014 Annual Report is preparing a version of our 2014 Annual Report that will be ready for download to a hand held device. You will be able to have it at your fingertips during the meeting which is Sunday, January 25 after All Parish Eucharist that day at 9:00am.

Susan will load it to our website where you can access it on our website directly. We will be offering a much reduced number of printed versions this year at the meeting, working toward a “paperless parish.” And it will be no surprise that we’ll save money on paper costs!

Thank you for your prayers and assistance in this parish-wide goal. We are on our way to becoming “better stewards of God’s great bounty.”

[WORSHIP NOTE FOR 10:30am SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST FOR THE SEASON OF EPIPHANY: Throughout the Season of Epiphany we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist with a Eucharistic Prayer from “Enriching Our Worship,” (EOW). These prayers are “offered by the Standing Liturgical Commission to the Church through the General Convention as an enrichment to our liturgical prayer. It is an ongoing process of listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church through the diverse experience of those who gather to worship…” It “expands our vocabulary of prayer and the ways in which we name the Holy One…” (from the Preface of “Enriching Our Worship.”) I give thanks to Bishop Stephen Lane who has granted our diocese permission to use this liturgical resources broadly. He is encouraging congregations to examine what kinds of prayers connect with our community in the most accessible way while not abandoning the best of our liturgical traditions that are meaningful to God’s people.]

To the glory of God and in great admiration of the good people of St. Paul’s,

Carolyn+

St. Paul’s Family Eucharist and Church School
January 11, 2015
The Baptism of Jesus
Come to St. Paul’s Family Worship at 9:30 a.m. Join us in the Upper Room where we will celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Our Junior Choir will sing “Follow That Star.”

10:30 a.m. – Church School
The most important commandments: Choosing Love
The Lambs and Lions class (ages 3-8) will meet separately from Eagles (ages 9-11) this Sunday.

A Note on Sunday’s Music
For Sunday’s music at 10:30, musically we are focusing on the baptism of Jesus. Worship begins with an organ setting of the chorale “Spotless Lamb of God,” by Telemann (18th-century German). This calls to mind our weekly fraction anthem at the eucharist, and Jesus’ nature: spotless, washed, pure, as baptism purifies. Our first hymn is “Songs of thankfulness and praise,” by Christopher Wordsworth (1862). It reminds us of God’s work indwelling us and God through Jesus and his ministry on earth: in baptism, works of power and healing, and (ultimately) the second coming. At the gradual we sing “You’re called by name, forever loved,” written by Rosalind Brown in 1989. This is an expressly baptismal hymn that draws words from the promises we, or those speaking for us, made on our own baptism. It gives us an opportunity to renew our own vows and remind us of our great hope through this sacrament. The choir will sing “I will arise and go to Jesus” (arr. by Cam Smith) at the offertory. It draws text from several hymns that remind us of commitment, our own need to actively follow Jesus, and our joy in the blessings bestowed on us in faith. During communion we sing “Christ, when for us you were baptized,” by Bland Tucker (1979), reiterating themes of Jesus’ baptism. Our final hymn is “Hail to the Lord’s anointed,” written by James Montgomery (1821), a song of praise for all that our Lord Jesus has done, and encouragement for us as we recall daily his love for us. Worship concludes with “Christ Our Lord Went to the Jordan,” by Johann Pachelbel, a final reminder of the baptismal covenant and our hope that follows.   Bob Judd
Sunday’s Announcements

TODAY, January 11
On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

Please Note: Lenten Meditations are due to Pam Nugent today.
Family Eucharist
Join us in the Upper Room where we will celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Our Junior Choir will sing “Follow that Star” and our deacon Mary Lee will talk to us about baptism.
2:00 Winter Garden Workshop. Botany for Gardeners ‘401’ with Barbara Murphy, Oxford County Extension Educator. This workshop is an introduction to botany for the backyard vegetable and fruit growers. Sponsored by the Brunswick -Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden.

TODAY Souper Bowl Chili orders taken! After several months of discernment about their journey, the high school youth who are eligible have decided on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic through Outreach 360 in February of 2016. This will be their first fundraiser, and we hope sales will be brisk. Orders for 12-oz. containers of chili will be taken after all three services on January 11 and 18 and at a convenient time during or after the annual meeting on January 25. The youth will cook the chili on January 31, and have it ready for pick-up on Sunday, February 1. Payment may be given at the time of ordering or at time of pick-up. The teens appreciate your support, and promise you a delicious product!

Monday, January 12, 3:30. St. Paul’s Book Club. Happy New Year! Our first meeting of 2015 will be held on Monday, January 12 at 3:30 in the church library. We will be discussing our January choice, Sofia Petrovna, a novella by Russian author Lydia Chukovskaya. We welcome new women to share in the enjoyment of books and good conversation.

Tuesday, January 13, 4-5:15. OMEGA course meeting. Please read Session 6 in your OMEGA book.

Thursday, January 15, 4:00-5:30. Spiritual Writing Workshop. Do you have a story you need to get down on paper? Do you want to leave something of yourself behind for your children or grandchildren? Are you trying to discover how God has appeared, or not appeared, in your life? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might be interested in joining a Spiritual Writing Workshop at St. Paul’s, starting on Thursday, January 15, and continuing monthly on the second Thursday of the month, 4:00-5:30, through June. In this workshop, we’ll share our writing-perhaps parts, chapters maybe, of a larger memoir or novel, or separate stories, poems, meditations, essays, whatever you want. This workshop is designed to follow up on previous “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography” programs offered at St. Paul’s. As with the earlier program, participants are encouraged to write to discover, to share, and to listen. Unlike the previous program, participants will write about whatever they want in whatever way they want. Please note, however, that you need not have been in an earlier program to be in this one. For more information contact Rick Wile, and to sign up for the workshop contact either Rick or the office at St. Paul’s.

Saturday, January 17, 9:00-12:30. Movie, Discussion, and Lunch with the Rev. Dick Hall. What better way to spend a winter Saturday morning than watching a movie, sharing some thoughts with friends, and fellowshipping over a hot lunch? The morning will begin with a brief clip from the Bishop Dorsey McConnell, who speaks of his bout with cancer and the ways in which God healed him-physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually-and how he heals us today in all these areas. With that as a framework, we will then watch a very moving film, The Fault in Our Stars. If you live with a disease like cancer, can you be healed and what does that healing look like? It’s not a film about a God who fixes everything for us (“the world is not a wish-granting factory”), but a God who “takes on our suffering and walks a little in front of us, calling us into his life, and that life is filled with love.” This promises to be a morning of deep reflection, learning with and through fellow parishioners, and coming to a fuller understanding of the abundant life Jesus has promised us. If you plan to come, it would be helpful to let Dick Hall, Pam Nugent, or the church office know so we can plan lunch. If you forget or decide to come at the last minute, come anyway; the law of loaves and fishes applies at St. Paul’s.

FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Sunday, January 25, 2015—9:00 a.m. All Parish Eucharist in the Great Hall, followed by Annual Meeting and Election of St. Paul’s leaders. We begin with our church service at 9:00 in the Great Hall followed by light snacks and then the Annual Meeting. This year we are asking everyone to bring a savory snack or sweet to share. To help with having a mix of savory and sweets, we suggest that if your last name begins with A through M, bring a savory snack. If your last name begins with N through Z, please bring a sweet. All food donations should be finger foods – no forks needed. Suggestions of savory snacks are cheese and crackers, easy to pick up appetizers, mixed nuts, hummus and pita chips, popcorn, fruit, vegetables, etc. If you cannot bring a snack and would like to contribute, you may make a cash donation to off-set the expenses. We will provide beverages. We look forward to seeing all of you at St. Paul’s Annual Meeting – Sunday, January 25th at 9:00.
REMINDERS

The Vestry has accepted the slate from the Nominating Committee. The following parishioners will stand for election at the annual meeting on January 25.
Junior Warden: Paul Womer

Vestry 2015
Jo Belknap, Vestry, three-year term
Chip Liversidge, Vestry, three-year term
Chuck Dyer, Vestry, three-year term

Delegates: Ally Collins, Robert Jackson, Bill Edman, Pat Ryan, Anne Brautigam  and Tobey Lee

Alternates: Karin Jackson, Art Treffry and Dick Brautigam

St. Philip’s Thrift Shop in Wiscasset, is looking for volunteers AND consumers to tend or consume at its Bargain Basement Thrift Store, 20 Hodge St. on Tuesdays 12:00 to 4:00, Saturdays from 9:00 to 2:00 and beginning with the new year Thursday from 4-5. In addition to helping the church, proceeds from the Bargain Basement also support community programs like the Wiscasset Backpack Program that sends backpacks of food home with needy children after school. Always looking for contributions for the shop. For more information, contact Jane Knox after the service or call 729-5482.