St. Paul's Announcements for September 24, 2017

Catechesis, Christian Education and Youth.
Christian Education Today.

  • Adult Christian Education - Vision 150 – Living Into God’s Future. In the spring we gathered to "take stock" of St. Paul's, eliciting feedback on the church's ministry. What are we doing well? Where are we lacking? In what ways is God calling St. Paul's to grow? Based on these discussions the vestry and staff have created a number of proposed initiatives for the parish. Join us as we determine as a parish family our plan for the coming years. September 24 - Shepherding and Sunday Prayers.  October 1 - St. Paul's Mission Statement. October 8 - Stewardship and Belonging.
  • Catechesis Parish Hall (PH) Upstairs 
  • Rite 13 PH room 2-2 The Sewanee Room
  • J2A The Upper Room (upstairs St. Margaret’s) 
  • YAC PH room 2-3 Wise Room
  • Youth SNL Join us in The Upper Room from 5-7 pm tonight for Sunday Night Live.

Connie Miller Funeral September 30 at 11 am. Her church family is the only family Connie Miller had. Her health had not been good the last few years, so we had not seen her much recently. She was a long time member of the parish and a faithful member of the Flower Guild. Please come help us celebrate her life.

Blessing of the Animals. October 1 at 4:00 pm. Bring your pets to the courtyard for a blessing. Pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. All reptiles must be in a cage/carrier. Please bring a donation of pet food as a gift to PAWS. Father Polk requests no snakes!

Children and Youth Prayer Boards. Starting this Sunday, we will be connecting intercessors with the children and youth of St. Paul's. Stop by the prayer boards and sign up! We ask a commitment of daily prayer for one year for the child or youth assigned to you.

Second Sunday Meal Program. For more information about St. Paul's Second Sunday Meal Ministry or to get your group involved with this important ministry, contact Melissa Warren.

Youth  --  Save The Dates

  •  October 13 Club 345 Bowling (6-8)
  • October 14 Youth Yard Sale
  • November 10-12 Youth Fall Retreat

St. Paul's Eighteenth Ken Sloan Memorial Golf Scramble. Golfers of all shapes, sizes, gender, and handicaps are invited to join your friends at Champions Run Golf Club, Rockvale on Saturday October 7 for fellowship and fun! Registration at Noon with a Shotgun Start  at 1:00 pm. Cost is $60 per player and includes appetizers and prizes after the outing. Sign up sheet in the Parish Hall beginning  September 10. Contact Mike Becker for details.

Volunteers Needed to Prepare for Our Celebration. On Saturday, October 14, from 9 am to noon, we need volunteers to prepare for our Anniversary Celebration on October 15. We need help (muscles) to put up the tables and then help to set the tables with table cloths and place settings. If you can assist, please email your name, cell number and email address to Ken Halliburton. Thank you so much in advance!

Ready to Celebrate? We have enjoyed our year's look back at our history as a church as St. Paul's 125th Anniversary approaches on October 15, 2017. On that morning we will hold a joint worship service at 10:00 am for the Bishop's annual visit and confirmation, and remember, give thanks and glorify God for His goodness. Immediately following the service, there will be a celebratory luncheon and program in the Parish Hall. There will be faces from the past, pictures, surprises and delicious food. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! Be watching your mailbox at home for your invitation, and the eBlasts and bulletins for further information. Let's look back, look ahead and celebrate the great blessing of being God's people at St. Paul's.

Noah's Pudding. On Sunday, October 8, our friends from the Atlantic Institute will be here for our 11:00 am service. Immediately following the service, they will share Noah's Pudding with us in the Parish Hall. This is a very old tradition in Turkey. People share Noah's Pudding with their neighbors during the Fall Season. We are fortunate to be among their neighbors with whom they want to share this wonderful tradition. Since it involves them bringing food to share with us, it is important for us to have a good idea of the number of people who will come. Please sign up on a sheet in the Parish Hall or on the St. Paul's Website.

Cookin' To Build - Habitat for Humanity. "Cookin' to Build" is a fund raising event for Habitat for Humanity. St. Paul's is participating in many ways. The event is Saturday, November 4, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. For $20, you can sample "All You Can Eat" soup on the Courthouse Square from dozens of chefs and take your hand painted bowl home. You can paint your own bowl for $5 at The Pottery Place starting now. There are two locations to paint your bowl. One is in The Avenue on Medical Center Parkway and the other is in the Sprouts Shopping Center on Memorial Boulevard.

Gratitude to Generosity Stewardship Wine & Cheese Gatherings. This year's Stewardship theme - Gratitude to Generosity - challenges us to reflect on the practice of intentional giving, so we may live the generous and abundant life God is calling us to live. To foster this reflection, every St. Paul's parishioner is being invited to attend a wine and cheese gathering hosted by a St. Paul's member. 

Episcopal Church Women ("ECW"): Save The Dates

  •  Sunday, October 1 from 8 - 11 am. Front Porch Fellowship Stop by the front porch of the church to have a donut, a banana, or just a warm welcome to St. Paul's.   St. Paul's women are wanted to join us at the table to hand out goodies and have conversation.
  •  Sunday, October 1 from 3 - 5 pm. Our Journey Workshop Lorrie McDonald will be our speaker. She is the author of "Blue, Baseball, Virginia: The Journey of an Alzheimer's Patient and Caregiver! A Journey of Humor, Help, and Hope!". This final workshop rounds out our topics around journey by focusing on being an adult caregiver for a parent (or parent-in-law, as in this case). PLEASE REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 25-by EMAIL-
  •  Saturday, November 4 from 11 am - 1 pm. Annual Meeting and Elections. Our annual meeting consists of a summary of this year's events and accomplishments, electing next year's board, and beginning the conversation about next year's programming. Please consider serving on the board in one of the following roles - Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Spiritual Development Chair, Events Chair. Without volunteer board members, our organization cannot be sustained. If you have any interest or questions, contact Alice Gibson (2018 ECW President)

Cooks Needed for 125th Anniversary Luncheon. If you would like to make a dish for the 125th Anniversary Luncheon, your help would be greatly appreciated!  Cooks are needed to make a side dish or dessert using recipes chosen by the luncheon committee. Please look for Anne Davis,  Marcie Richmond or Alicia Hollis in the Parish Hall in between services to sign up and pick out an easy recipe. If you are not interested in cooking yourself, you may make a $15 contribution and we will ask Doors of Hope RED DOOR kitchen to make your dish for you. See you on Sunday in the Parish Hall! 

Youth Yard Sale Donations. We will host our second annual yard sale fundraiser for the St. Paul's Youth program on October 14. We are accepting donations of your clean, usable, unwanted items. Please bring them to the church by October 8. We also plan to sell baked goods at the sale as well, so we welcome donations of homemade goodies to sell as well.

Pilgrimage - Started September 18 at 6:30 PM. Have you ever wondered what the Episcopal Church believes and why? Want to start your spiritual journey or grow in your faith? Our Pilgrimage Course will help you take the next step in your spiritual journey. Meets for nine Monday nights in the fall, starting September 18. Contact Joyce Adkins for more information.

Newcomers. If you are a newcomer and desire to become a member of St. Paul's please call the church office to schedule an appointment with Fr. Polk or Fr. Colin.

Sermons. To receive a written copy of Fr. Polk’s or Fr. Colin’s sermons, please contact the parish office, 893-3780.