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Flowers on the High Altar this Sunday are given by Linna Barnes and Chris Mixter to the greater glory of God and in loving memory of Linna’s father, James Barnes.
Interim Director of Music, John Bohl will be away from August 29 through September 3.
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.
A reception welcoming all newcomers to the parish will be held at the Rectory on Sunday, September 11, at 7:00 p.m. immediately following the first Solemn Evensong and Benediction after the summer hiatus. All newcomers who have never attended a newcomers’ reception before are most cordially invited to attend.
BACK TO SCHOOL AT BISHOP WALKER SCHOOL
Summer has flown by and the Bishop Walker School will soon be back in session! Last year St. Paul’s collected and donated 6 boxes of school supplies to BWS and we hope to make a similar effort this year. So, as you’re shopping and see those appealing back-to-school sales, please remember to pick up a couple things for BWS and place them in the designated box at the back of the church near the baptismal font. We will keep collecting into middle September, so there’s plenty of time to help. For those who 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.
SEPTEMBER WEEKDAY HOLY DAYS
Three special Holy Days will be observed during the month of September: Holy Cross (Wednesday, September 14), St. Matthew (Wednesday, September 21), and 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
The Feast of Dedication will be observed on Sunday, October 2,with a combined Solemn Pontifical Mass at 10:30 a.m. The Boys’ and Girls’ Choir will join the Parish Choir for this Mass. There will be a Low Mass at 7:45 a.m. and Solemn Evensong and Benediction at 6:00 p.m.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH DISCUSSION GROUP
We are considering the launch of a spiritual growth discussion group in September on the topic of Prayer: what difference does it make? To discern the level of interest and to decide when to hold it, we will meet on Sunday, August 28th, at 10:30 AM, for about 30 minutes, in the Guild Room. This discussion group will not have a teacher, only a convener. We will use books and occasional guest speakers from our own clergy and people they may recommend. Mostly, we will learn from each other. We may consider meeting during the daylight hours or in the evening—or both! Come and express your opinion. If the time is not convenient, but you are interested, please contact Ed Loucks at 301/633-5937 or edloucks [at] comcast.net.
NOTICES AND EBLAST
Anyone having items for the weekly Notices of Eblast should send them to: notices [at] stpauls-kst.com. Please remember that the items must be received at that email address by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
The kneeling cushions at the high altar are damaged beyond repair, and in need of replacement. The Altar Guild is accepting donations to cover the cost of replacing them with new, red-velvet cushions, made just for St. Paul’s. If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Katherine Dirks at kdirks49 [at] hotmail.com. No donation is too small!
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.
DAILY MASS AND SUNDAY EVENSONG UPDATES
Sunday Evensong & Benediction has been suspended during the months of July and August. Regular weekly Sunday Evensong & Benediction will resume on Sunday, September 11, when we welcome back our choristers.
Evening Masses: Evening Prayer and Low Mass are now offered only 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 will continue to be celebrated Monday-Friday at 7:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 6:45 a.m.
Saturday Low Mass will now be celebrated at 8:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m., starting June 4.
Parish Requiem will be celebrated monthly on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Confessions will be heard Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Unction will be offered weekly at the Tuesday 7:00 a.m. Mass.
The Holy Rosary will be 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: With the universities closed and summer vacation season well under way, Grate Patrol is short on volunteers for Friday afternoon sandwich making. Could you drop by once or twice over the summer months? 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 will resume in September.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group will not meet during the summer; we plan to re-convene after Labor Day to continue our discussion of the Gospel of St. Luke.
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: