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.