All announcements from Sept 10, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO WOMEN:  
WOMEN'S MOVIE NIGHT, "The Shack”, October 21st.  
3RD ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF (fund raiser for Women’s Retreat Scholarships), November 4th. More details coming soon!  
CHILI COOKOFF PLANNING COMMITTEE, October 7th, 11am-1pm, Room 113. ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help with the Chili Cookoff, please contact the person in charge of the area in which you would like to help before 10/7.  
Beside the sub-committees below, we will need help with set-up and clean-up after.   Publicity — Teresa Flodin taf.seakayaker@gmail.com   Decorations — Shirley Susich sjsusich@gmail.com  Entertainment — Lucy Eggerth lweggerth@gmail.com Organization of the chili makers and corn bread bakers — Linda Tiffany -  tiffany9646@comcast.net.

The next meeting of the ST. PAUL'S MEN'S GROUP is tomorrow, Monday, September 11th starting at 5:45pm in the Great Hall.  Our guest speaker is Greg Robinson.  There will be a potluck dinner before the presentation. Please check the Men's Group page on the web site for a sign up sheet.  If you have any questions, please contact Ed Sugar edsugar21@gmail.com

THE BRIDGE (Grades 5-7) and YOUTH GROUP (Grades 8 and up) are back in session TODAY!, Sunday, 9/10.  Youth Group gathers at 10:00am upstairs in room 202204 and The Bridge gathers at 10:25am downstairs in room B12.  For more information about youth programs at St. Paul's, please visit stpaulsbellingham.org/youth.

ATTENTION NEWCOMERS: Those who are new to St. Paul’s are invited to attend a three-part orientation series, “Welcome to St. Paul’s!,” on Sundays, September 10 (TODAY!), 17, and 24. Come meet our clergy, staff, and lay leaders, and learn about St. Paul’s Church and the Episcopal Church in general. We will meet in Room 113 (next to the Great Hall) from noon to 1:00; childcare will be available.

SUPPORT EPIC THIS YEAR. How can you support the college students of St. Paul's in 2017-2018? Here are a few ways:       (1) Offer to feed them dinner once this year.       (2) Offer to drive students from campus to the 10:30 service, not every week, but on a regularly scheduled basis.       (3) Become an EPIC Booster: someone who is willing to be asked once a year for money to support our campus ministry budget.  To sign up for any of these methods of support, please contact the Rev. Josh Hosler at fatherjosh@stpaulsbellingham.org.  

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY 9/17, Proper 19: Genesis 50:15-21, Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35. We are currently using Track 2. Complete text of readings may be found: lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/ AProp18_RCL.html.

The BIBLE CHALLENGE meets today, September 10th at noon (after the 10:30 service) upstairs in the EFM Room - Room 211.  Father Josh will join us.

There is still time to sign up for the ST. PAUL'S ALL-PARISH CAMPING TRIP next weekend, September 15-17 at Silver Lake campground--hiking, boating, relaxing and ending with Eucharist on Sunday morning. Please contact nicole@stpaulsbellingham.org. We have room for tents, trailers, RV's and friends!  This is a fun all-ages event. You can arrive either Friday or Saturday, and all members are welcome to come up as a day trip on Saturday.

Mark your calendar: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, Sunday, October 1, 4 pm.

Registrations are being accepted through end of September for 2017-2018 ST. PAUL’S CHOIR SCHOOL presenting the acclaimed choral music curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music. Registration forms and more information available in St. Paul’s Church foyer or online at www.stpaulsbellingham.org/choir-school/. Now in its 2nd year, the program is geared for 3rd-6th graders on Tuesday nights 4:00-6:30pm. No formal audition required; but children must be able to read & write proficiently. Cost is $75/mo; partial and full scholarships available. All enrolled students receive a tshirt.

Tuesday, September 26th, 1pm in the library, the BOOK CLUB will discuss FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy.  All are welcome to attend.

Mark your calendars: After a summer hiatus, TAIZE PRAYER and the labyrinth return on Sunday, September 24. More details coming soon.

HELP IS NEEDED with refreshments for the Poetry Festival/Workshop on Sept. 29th and 30th. If you are willing and able, please email gloeff@comcast.net.  

THANK YOU DEAR FRIENDS! [for your gift of $3225,50 to the meal program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Seattle.] We are so grateful for your partnership in the gospel. –Britt+

ST. PAUL’S AUTHOR ANNOUNCES BOOK LAUNCH, OFFERS FREE WORKSHOP: Gathering Our Stories; Preserving Our Memories: An Introduction to Family History will be offered on Sunday, October 8, from 2-4:00 p.m. in room 113. The workshop will be led by St. Paul’s parishioner Loretta Willems, who plans to share tips on how to get started on a family history project. Loretta’s family history memoir, The Gift of Laughter, is the culmination of a twenty-year long family history project, started soon after Loretta completed the dissertation for the Ph.D. in Theology & the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

The public is also invited to attend California Mennonite: A Book & Art Event (book launch) on Sunday, October 1,  at 2 pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Contact: Loretta Willems at willemsloretta@gmail.com. 

GOT PRODUCE?Growing extra apples, zucchini, other?

Hope House clients enjoy fresh produce which provides good nutrition and taste at a "free" price.

Donations can be dropped off 9-11 M,T,Th, and 12-3:00 on Friday. Go to the back door of Hope House, in the parking lot of Assumption Catholic Church. Please do not just leave donations.

Currently, school clothes/shoes, and housewares such as dishes, small appliances (toaster, coffee maker...), and pots and pans are especially needed. Please no women's clothing at this time. Thank you!

Join Taizé Choir

Join Taizé Choir

If you read music, (or if you don’t, but you follow well) you are invited to be part of the Taizé Choir. Men's voices are especially needed, but all are welcome. No audition necessary. Simply show up at the right-front corner of the Nave at 4:15 PM before each Prayer when we practice the songs of the day. The purpose of the choir is to lead congregational singing and provide the parts in the Ostinato Chorales as a part of the congregation. The choir and cantors sing from the front pews, in the same style as The Church of Reconciliation, Taizé, France.

In The Church of Reconciliation, Taizé, France, the choir is formed when the pilgrims arrive on Sunday Afternoon. During the Prayers (3 per day), the choir sits on the steps located on the front-right of the Nave and is hidden from much of the congregation by a pillar. The choir director sits on the floor in front of the choir along with the guitar player. The Cantors kneel among the brothers in the center of the Nave in such a way that it is difficult to find them.

Taizé begins on Sept 24!

Taizé Services 2017-2018

(All services begin at 5:00PM in the main sanctuary of the church. Childcare is usually provided.)

 

  • September 24, 2017:  “El Alma Que Anda En Amor” (Whoever Walks In God’s Love)
  • October 22, 2017: “Bóg Jest Miłością” (God Is Forgiveness)
  • November 26, 2017: “Notre âme attend le Seigneur” (Our Soul Is Waiting)
  • January 28, 2018:  “C’es toi ma lampe” (Your Word, O Lord, Is a Light)
  • February 25, 2018 “Bless The Lord, My Soul”
  • March 25, 2018: “In Manus Tuam” (Into Your Hands)
  • April 22, 2018: “Surrexit Christus” (The Lord Is Risen)
  • May 27, 2018“Tui Amoris Ignem” (Holy Spirit, Come To Us)

All announcements from Sept. 3

UPCOMING EVENTS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO WOMEN:  

WOMEN'S GAMES NIGHT - Saturday, September 9th,  2017 6:30- 10pm in the Great Hall.  Informal, casual, fun - bring and play your favorite card, domino and board games.  Have an early dinner before, and bring games, cards, snacks, popcorn, wine, chocolate, soft drinks, etc.  Let's keep it simple and fun.  Contact: Teresa Flodin taf.seakayaker@gmail.com .  

WOMEN'S MOVIE NIGHT, "The Shack”, October 21st.  

3RD ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF (fund raiser for Women’s Retreat Scholarships), November 4th. More details coming soon!  CHILI COOKOFF PLANNING COMMITTEE, October 7th, 11am-1pm, Room 113.

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help with the Chili Cookoff, please contact the person in charge of the area in which you would like to help before 10/7.  Beside the sub-committees below, we will need help with set-up and clean-up after.   Publicity — Teresa Flodin taf.seakayaker@gmail.com   Decorations — Shirley Susich sjsusich@gmail.com  Entertainment — Lucy Eggerth lweggerth@gmail.com Organization of the chili makers and corn bread bakers — Linda Tiffany -  tiffany9646@comcast.net. 

THE BRIDGE (Grades 5-7) ORIENTATION for Parents and Youth: Please join our Director of Youth Ministries, Nicole Pridachuk, on September 2 from 12:00 1:00pm in the Bridge Classroom B12 for a light lunch and a quick introduction to what's new in youth ministry this year. Check out our curriculum, classrooms, and calendar.  This orientation for grades 5-7 will be appropriate for both new and returning youth families. 
 
THE BRIDGE (Grades 5-7) and YOUTH GROUP (Grades 8 and up) will be back in session on Sunday, 9/10.  Youth Group gathers at 10:00am upstairs in room 202-204 and The Bridge gathers at 10:25am downstairs in room B12.  For more information about youth programs at St. Paul's, please visit the youth web page.

ATTENTION NEWCOMERS: Those who are new to St. Paul’s are invited to attend a three-part orientation series, “Welcome to St. Paul’s!,” on Sundays, September 10, 17, and 24. Come meet our clergy, staff, and lay leaders, and learn about St. Paul’s Church and the Episcopal Church in general. We will meet in Room 113 (next to the Great Hall) from noon to 1:00; childcare will be available. 
 
The next meeting of the ST. PAUL'S MEN'S GROUP is Monday, September 11th starting at 5:45pm in the Great Hall.  Our guest speaker is Greg Robinson.  There will be a potluck dinner before the presentation. Please check the Men's Group page on the web site for a sign up sheet.  If you have any questions, please contact Ed Sugar edsugar21@gmail.com

SUPPORT EPIC THIS YEAR. How can you support the college students of St. Paul's in 2017-2018? Here are a few ways:  

(1) Offer to feed them dinner once this year.  (2) Offer to drive students from campus to the 10:30 service, not every week, but on a regularly scheduled basis.  (3) Become an EPIC Booster: someone who is willing to be asked once a year for money to support our campus ministry budget.  
 
To sign up for any of these methods of support, please contact the Rev. Josh Hosler at fatherjosh@stpaulsbellingham.org. 

Registrations are now being accepted for 20172018 ST. PAUL’S CHOIR SCHOOL presenting the acclaimed choral music curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music. Registration forms and more information available in St. Paul’s Church foyer or online. Now in its 2nd year, the program is geared for 3rd-6th graders on Tuesda y nights 4:006:30pm beginning 9/5/17. No formal audition required; but children must be able to read & write proficiently. The first session on Tuesday, Sept. 5th is a FREE OPEN HOUSE, so all 3rd-6th graders are welcome to try it out! All who attend the Open House will receive a free choir school tshirt!

The BIBLE CHALLENGE meets September 10th at noon (after the 10:30 service) upstairs in the EFM Room - Room 211.  Father Josh will be joining us.

Tuesday, September 26th, 1pm in the library, the BOOK CLUB will discuss FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy.  All are welcome to attend. 

TODAY: BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC. Immediately following all three services, come get your blood pressure checked by one of our Parish Nurses in Father Chuck’s office (just up the stairs from the Nave, on the right).  

Faith Lutheran Church invites any and all interested St. Paul's folks to join them for a series of adult formation classes this fall, held on weekends and hosted in Bellingham by Vancouver School of Theology. Classes will be offered on commonalities of the three Abrahamic faiths, spiritual ethics, reading the Old Testament, and the four gospels' Resurrection narratives. Each weekend will include free public talks and fee-based workshops. Fr. Josh recommends these classes as a complement or alternative to our own Sunday and Wednesday adult formation programs. For more information and to sign up, email office@faithbellingham.org or call 360-733-3970, or see the poster on the St. Paul’s Community bulletin board in the office corridor.

HELP IS NEEDED with refreshments for the Poetry Festival/Workshop on Sept. 29th and 30th. If you are willing and able, please contact Gisela gloeff@comcast.net. 

Support our College-age students this year!

SUPPORT EPIC THIS YEAR. How can you support the college students of St. Paul's in 2017-2018? Here are a few ways:

 (1) Offer to feed them dinner once this year.
(2) Offer to drive students from campus to the 10:30 service, not every week, but on a regularly scheduled basis.
(3) Become an EPIC Booster: someone who is willing to be asked once a year for money to support our campus ministry budget.

To sign up for any of these methods of support, please contactthe Rev. Josh Hosler.

Help Our Community Prepare for Disaster

Help Our Community Prepare for Disaster

Spend a day helping your community prepare for disaster: September 12th, 2017, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (or earlier).

Every 3 years, the Federal Aviation Administration requires the Bellingham International Airport to demonstrate that they are prepared to deal with a commercial airplane crash. This involves performing triage on the passengers and crew and transporting them to the hospital.  Under direction of the Port of Bellingham and with assistance of the Whatcom County Sheriff's Division of Emergency Management, the exercise for 2017 will be held September 12th.  All participants must have a State Emergency Worker Card. Under the direction of the Whatcom Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, the Volunteer Mobilization Center will be processing temporary emergency worker cards for those who don’t have a State Emergency Worker Card. To sign up email VMC at or call 360-380-2200.

THANK YOU to all the wonderful, amazing Vacation Bible School volunteers

St. Paul's VBS Serves 126 Children!
 


THANK YOU to all the wonderful, amazing Vacation Bible School volunteers who gave their time before, during, and after VBS this year!  It was a full week where 126 children were served and welcomed by this amazing St. Paul's community.  Parents said they felt their children were safe, welcomed, and loved. What a compliment! 

Thank you to: Jennifer Zovar, Emily Browning, Bea Walton, Pearl Petaia, Sarah Yates, Mary Hayes, Nigel Naylor, Rob Atkinson, Susan Fierro, Dorothy Murphy, Susan Burrus, Kathryn Nichols, Michelle Campbell, Maritza Clough, Linda Tiffany, Madi Simonton, Dottie Nichols, Amanda Singh, Jess Bandstra, Kathy Rudell, Eli Gemora, Olivia Slama, Ruth Carter, Jan Small, Brendan Gardner, Maxwell Bailey, Amyiah Serdahl, Sarah Hosler, Maddie Palmer, Clare Duffy, Noah Bandstra, Jamie Scott, Carrie Schwarz, Ellie Pridachuk, Luke Smith, Ruby Serhdahl, Liz Foster, Jordan Cavalier, Mary Horton, and Kim Byford, and all the parents who brought their children to share with us, as well as all of the Reception Ministry volunteers who helped provide a warm welcome each day: Kathy Rudell, Kim Byford, Pam Bulthuis, Mary Horton and Dottie Nichols.

Editor's Note: Special thanks to Children & Family Ministries Director Lindsay Knight and  Youth Director Nicole Pridachuk, who spent countless hours before VBS week planning, organizing and recruiting volunteers; and to The Rev. Josh Hosler, who wrote lyrics and recorded songs for VBS this year. It is very inspiring to see how this trinity of staff work, problem-solve, and create together; and how they support and encourage one another along the way.

The standard "box" VBS program is not good enough for this team (or for St. Paul's!), and they worked very hard to create a program, music and activities to entertain, inspire and motivate precious young children using new ideas yet based on solid theology. We and all of the children who attend VBS each year are very blessed to have this team in charge of our VBS at St. Paul's!