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The flowers on the High Altar are given to the greater Glory of God by George H. Eatman in loving memory of Dr. John B. Craft, Jr. on the thirtieth anniversary of his death; and by Hic et Nunc in loving memory of Robin Margolis.
SEPTEMBER WEEKDAY HOLY DAYS
One more special Holy Day will be observed during the month of September: St. Michael and All Angels (Thursday, September 29). There will be two Low Masses on each of these days, one at 7:00 a.m. and one at 6:00 p.m. All are encouraged to attend!
FEAST OF DEDICATION
Join us Sunday, October 2 for the Feast of Dedication, the kick-off of both our sesquicentennial year and the annual Stewardship Campaign. Lunch catered by Rocklands will be served after the combined Solemn Pontifical Mass at 10:30 a.m. with the Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter. The Parish Choir and the Boy and Girl Choristers will sing. Sunday September 25 will be the last opportunity to get tickets for the lunch. Look for Nancy Work in the Atrium at this week's coffee hours. Tickets are $15 a person (cash or check), free for children 12 and under.
THE 150TH COMMITTEE
The 150th Committee needs your help to bring our celebratory plans to fruition. Particular needs include:
--producing web content and publicizing anniversary events via social media
--encouraging press coverage
--coordinating and assisting with social events
--serving as a liaison to the “Friends of St. Paul’s” and former parishioners and clergy, all of whom will be encouraged to choose a date for a return visit to the parish
GENERATIONS OF GENEROSITY: Building on 150 Years of Stewardship
In conjunction with the upcoming celebrations of St. Paul's 150th anniversary, we look forward to launching this year's Stewardship Campaign on the Feast of the Dedication, October 2nd. As we think about the ways each of us is called to give of our time, talent, and treasure to enhance God’s work in and through St. Paul’s, we would encourage you to remember the incredible gifts we have been given by those who have come before us for the past 150 years. Now, the current members of St. Paul's, are offered the chance to continue this tradition of generosity for the current and future generations.
Please read the October Epistle for more information!! In it you will be introduced to the overall theme of this year’s stewardship campaign. If you have any questions or would like to share any photos you may have of people or mementos that show the dedication and commitment of our predecessors, please contact this year's Stewardship chair, Preston Winter at preston.winter [at] gmail.com. Email sesquicentennial [at] stpauls-kst.com if you can help or have questions.
The parish also has established a Sesquicentennial Fund to receive cash gifts in celebration of this milestone anniversary. Ten percent of funds received will be tithed to a mission/outreach purpose beyond the parish. The remainder will be used to purchase tangible gifts, like the centennial roof top bell that still calls us to worship. More details to follow.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR BWS DRAWING TO A CLOSE
Thanks to all who have already brought in school supplies for the Bishop Walker School. Due to your generosity, we are approaching the goal of 6 boxes we set for this year’s drive. For those still planning to contribute, you have until Sunday, October 2, to put supplies in the designated box near the baptismal font. If you would prefer to write a check, monies donated will go to purchase library books from the BWS Library Wish List, which our parishioner Sylvia Rortvedt helped develop. Please make checks out to St. Paul’s and annotate them: CoM—BWS Library Wish List. Thanks in advance for your support.
For those interested in seeing the boys and showing your support for BWS, mark your calendars to attend the annual BWS Vespers service at the Cathedral on Thursday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
In commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, on Saturday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m., St. Paul’s will hold a Blessing of the Animals, to include special prayers, songs, and a rite of blessing. Refreshments for both humans and their animal companions will be served! Please join us, whether you have an animal or not, on the west lawn, or in the event of rain in the atrium for this special occasion!
PREMIER OF PARISHIONER ALISTAIR COLEMAN’S MUSICAL WORK “OF RADIANCE AND LIGHT”
Alistair Coleman, parishioner and former Head Boy Chorister and Organ Scholar, was commissioned by the National Philharmonic Orchestra to compose a piece which will be performed on November 5 as part of the 2016-17 series at the Music Center at Strathmore. “Of Radiance and Light”, a piece for chorus, organ, brass and percussion, will be performed on a program entitled Music From the English Cathedral, alongside works including “Zadok the Priest” by Handel, Spem in Alium (40 part motet) by Thomas Tallis, Alleluia by Eric Whitacre and the Gloria by John Rutter. You can learn more by going to https://www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/np-english-cathedral. Tickets are selling fast! You can also view a feature about Alistair on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NationalPhilharmonic/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fre.... Finally, you can learn more about Alistair and listen to his music at his website www.alistaircoleman.com
ALTAR GUILD HELP
The Altar Guild needs help cleaning up after the 11:15 mass on the third Sunday of the month, as well as after the 7:00 a.m. services during the week. The duties include washing the vessels and putting them and the vestments away. No prior experience is needed: the members of the guild will train you. If you attend either of these services regularly, please consider serving St. Paul's in this way. If you are interested in helping with the weekday masses, please contact Katherine Dirks at kdirks49 [at] hotmail.com. If interested in helping on the third Sunday of the month, contact Katherine Dirks, or make yourself known to Eric Bonetti, or Margaret Olson, during the 11:15 coffee hour.
WEEKDAY LOW MASS ACOLYTES
We urgently need to add new faces to our pool of weekday 7:00 a.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. Low Mass acolytes. This is not a weekly commitment - we ask for monthly or "as required" volunteers. Training is provided. Please talk to Fr. Richard or Fr. Shawn. This is a great opportunity to help support our Anglo-Catholic identity, and to keep the daily mass tradition alive and well.
Evening Masses: Evening Prayer and Low Mass are offered on Wednesday evenings. Additional weekday evening Masses will be added on feast days and before evening meetings, such as Vestry and Hic & Nunc, and announced via the weekly calendar and website. We encourage all who look for weekday evening worship to support this Wednesday provision.
Mass is celebrated Monday-Friday at 7:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 6:45 a.m.
Saturday Low Mass is celebrated at 8:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m.
Parish Requiem is celebrated monthly on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Unction is offered weekly at the Tuesday 7:00 a.m. Mass.
The Holy Rosary is recited on the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m., following Low Mass at 8:00 a.m.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, nonperishable items will help keep local families fed this summer. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
Grate Patrol Friday Food Prep: Grate Patrol is short on volunteers for Friday afternoon sandwich making. Could you drop by? Do you know kids who are trying to fulfill school mandated service hours?
Food prep begins at 2 pm each Friday in the dining hall. With 8-10 people, it takes less than 90 minutes to produce the 400 bag breakfasts that other volunteers deliver on Saturday and Sunday mornings. St. Francis taught that we should "preach the Gospel at all time, use words only when necessary." How better to honor that teaching!
Sunday Forums meet in the Dining Hall at 10:30 am on Sundays with the following schedule for the months of September and October:
September 25 "Genesis 2 on Human Nature" by Dr. Robert Miller
Dr. Robert Miller II is a Secular Franciscan with a PhD in Hebrew Bible from the University of Michigan. He is Associate Professor of Old Testament and the area director for Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. He is one of the recipients of two major grants, Religion and Science in Pastoral Ministry and Science for Seminarians, and his research interests include the biblical creation narrative among other subjects.
October 2 The Feast of the Dedication – NO FORUM
October 9 "Understanding Sin and Human Nature: The Narrative of the Fall in Genesis" by Paul Moberly
October 16 "The Flood" by Fr. Richard Wall
October 23 "The Call to Faith and the Long Response: The Case of Abraham - Part I" by Dr. Paul Cho, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2013. His research interests center on the intersection between faith and pain in the Bible.
October 30 "The Call to Faith and the Long Response: The Case of Abraham - Part II" by Dr. Paul Cho
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. today to continue its consideration of St. Luke's Gospel based on Luke for Everyone by Bishop N.T. Wright. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Parents of Children ages 3-12: We will open the Level 1 atrium (ages 3-6) at 8:45 am, and the children will join the service before communion. For children ages 6-12, we will invite you to join us downstairs immediately after Communion (but before the service ends), and we will conclude by 11 a.m. ('coffee hour' snack will be served in the atrium). If you have any questions about these or our other children's ministries, please contact Preston Winter, preston.winter [at] gmail.com.
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY
A Tuesday Night Bible Study aimed at young adults/young professionals meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room. The group is looking at the Gospel of St John. Each session includes time of teaching and reflecting on the Scriptures, with emphasis on their applicability to our daily lives. The group is led by Dr. Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary.
This week we pray: