Announcements 8-12-12

We welcome Sam Rowe as our guest organist this Sunday.

Pick-up Choir meets each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. this summer to practice a relatively simple anthem for the day.  Everyone is welcome.  If you like to sing, please join us.

Sunday worship will be held in the air-conditioned Parish Hall at 9:00 a.m. on August 19, August 26 and September 9 due to construction.

Thursday Eucharist will be celebrated in the Parish Hall for the remainder of August due to  construction.

Parish Retreat—Have you opened your Parish Retreat invitation yet? Most of you have received one via email, and we hope you will sign up for this weekend of re-connection and renewal!

  • Where: Camp Bishopswood, near Camden.
  • When: September 7-9.
  • Theme: “Trusting God in Transitions.”
  • Cost: $50 for the weekend; $30 for Saturday only.

In addition to several musical Taize services, there will be opportunities for Bible study, prayer, guided discussions, writing, art, yoga, swimming, games and more.  If you like, you may fill out a registration form and mail or hand-deliver it to the office.  Forms are inserted in today’s bulletin.  For more information, please contact Myrna Koonce(725-7103) or Hugh Savage (729-8026)  The deadline for registration is Sunday, August 26.  Please sign up soon!

The Discernment Committee is pleased to announce that the position for St. Paul’s new rector has opened on the Diocese of Maine’s website, and will remain open for ten weeks.  If members of the St. Paul’s community know any potential applicants, please encourage them to apply.  To apply, candidates may go to St. Paul’s webpage ( and click on “Transition Ministry” OR go to the diocesan website (, and click on “Congregations” followed by “List of Congregations in Transition” and follow the instructions on that page.  We look forward to receiving and        reviewing many applications from many talented and qualified candidates in the near future, and will continue to keep everyone up to date on our progress.

Do you love flowers?  The Flower Committee is looking for new members.  Members arrange the   altar flowers with a partner on a rotating basis, usually one Sunday a month.  Please call Abigail at   725-9062.

Lifeguard needed for Parish Retreat.  If you are aware of anyone who is certified as a lifeguard and might be able to join us on Saturday afternoon, September 8, please call Susan Tyler in the office.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered for refreshments this summer.

General Convention Update  The General Convention of The Episcopal Church met in early July.  Meeting over ten days, the Houses of Bishops and Deputies reached conclusions in some areas and chose to defer decision making in other areas until further research could be conducted.  Included in the resolutions approved were appointment of a special task force charged with reform of our church to report the next General Convention, reorganization of the budget, a liturgy for same sex blessings, moving the Episcopal Church Center out of New York City into a more central location.  Other resolutions covered a wide range of topics.  It is reported that a notable aspect of the convention was the tone of conversations which were conducted in a respectful and thoughtful manner on these and other topics of concern.  I would like to gather those interested in learning more for a Forum after the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, August 26.  We will meet in the Parish Hall after some time spent sharing refreshments and conversation following the service.