Whatcom Learning Lab

Whatcom Learning Lab is a not-for-profit community literacy resource. Our purpose is to help beginning and challenged readers ages 5 to 95 learn to read in English. The emphasis is on early intervention with one-to-one tutoring assistance from trained community volunteers.

We use a reading program designed for dyslexic or reading challenged students. This structured program also works well with typical learners. Private evaluation for dyslexia and other learning disabilities available at additional cost.

As a volunteer with the Whatcom Learning Lab you will receive training, a manual with step-by-step directions, and access to video demonstrations for each lesson you can watch online. You also reap the satisfaction of seeing your student grow and develop a mutually beneficial bond by the end of the school year.

Click here to go to the Whatcom Learning Lab website

Change a life. Become a volunteer reading tutor. Contact Rosemary Mora:  mora.sp@mac.com

Parish Library

The PARISH LIBRARY catalog is now online! Click here.

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The Parish Library has a large and rich collection of books and video including extensive information and support for cancer patients and their families. The library also sponsors many programs for the children of St. Paul's such as reading programs, storytelling and celebrations.

Volunteers assist in the management and maintenance of the library that includes developing recommendations for new acquisitions. Training in librarianship is not required, just a love of books, children and learning.

Contact:  Diane Moore

St. Paul’s has a wonderfully cozy place to visit, rest, get informed, tickle those little grey cells, and seems to be somewhat of a secret…the St. Paul’s Adult Library. Tucked away in a quiet corner on the Lower Level of the building, we have approximately 3,000 books waiting for you to check out and take home with you. Topics include spirituality and prayer, biographies, fiction, church history, Biblical commentary, and lots more. Just look for the new signage to find us downstairs.

Some of the newest books to consider:

Bible Women: “Step into the world of sacred women – mothers, prophets, grandmothers, warriors, prostitutes and murderers. It is their world and why they matter comes from the stories found in the Bible.”

Islam, a Short History: This book reveals a faith which inspires people around the world, and is one of the three major religions. Today, it is especially important to understand this religion.

Night by Elie Wiesel: This book jumped to the top of the NY Times best-sellers in a recent re-release. Wiesel, a Nobel recipient and professor, died last month. A new translation was completed and is now in our library. If you haven’t read it, you should; and if you have, we recommend you consider reading it again.

Precious Ramotswe is back in book 16. This series is a favorite at St. Paul’s…come check out The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine. Parable of Joy: Reflections on the Wisdom of John: “Magnificent and a moving commentary translated from the original Greek. Read the thoughts and feelings of living as a disciple of Jesus.”

In addition to books on all subjects, you’ll find helpful librarians, cozy chairs and pillows, beautiful icons and a cheery window filled with plants. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Bea, Diane and Linda

Bea, Diane and Linda

Walking with St. Paul's

Walking with St. Paul’s Fall 2016

Our hikes resume on Saturday, 29 October and continue through the rest of 2016.

Saturday, 29 October  - North of the Border   Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Westham Island at mouth of Fraser RiverLeave St. Paul's by carpool at 9:30 a.m./Return by 3:00 p.m.  1-3 miles on level ground. **Passport or Enhanced WA driver license necessary for border crossing.
Several miles of easy, meandering trails, blinds and observation towers among tidal marshes and freshwater ponds, part of a national wildlife sanctuary.  No dogs or pets, please.
Admission fee: $5.00 ($3.80 USD)/$3.00 for over 60 and under 15 ($2.28 USD).  Restrooms, portable toilets, warming shed and gift shop.  Restaurants for lunch in nearby Ladner.  
More info about destination at website: http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/index.html

Friday, 25 November.  Walk off those Thanksgiving Day calories.
Pt. Whitehorn Marine Reserve.  1-2 miles.  Leave St. Paul’s at 10:00 a.m. and return by 1:00 p.m.
We will walk through wooded wetlands and boardwalk, with a rustic staircase down to a cobble beach.  No dogs.

Saturday, 3 December  Semiahmoo Spit and Brunch at Semiahmoo Resort   
Leave St. Paul's at 8:30 a.m.  Arrive at Semiahmoo at 9:00 a.m.  Brunch at 10:30  Return by 12:30 p.m.
We will return for this popular walk along the Strait of Georgia beach and Drayton Harbor with birders from the North Cascades Audubon chapter.  Flat and easy walk, with brunch afterwards at the Semiahmoo Resort.  1-2 miles walk.

Monday, 26 December   Boxing Day walk  
Meet at St. Paul's at 10:00 a.m. and Return by 1:00 p.m.
A leisurely 2-3 mile hike after Christmas to walk off turkey dinner and mince pies.  Hertz Trail along Lake Whatcom or Stimpson Family Nature Reserve.

For further information contact Erik Axelson by email at epaxelson@gmail.com.  If you have ideas for other hikes in 2017, please call or email.  

The motto for Walking with St. Paul’s is attributed to St. Augustine:
“Solvitur ambulando – It is solved by walking.”

 

Journey

JOURNEY

To everything there is a season … and a time to every purpose under heaven.

Journey is for…

  • Primarily, those who are not yet baptized.
  • Secondarily, those who are baptized but wish to renew their faith in one of these ways …

- Through Confirmation, a rite of taking on baptismal vows as an adult
- Through Reception into the Episcopal Church from another denomination
- Through Reaffirmation after a time of walking alongside other Journeyers

Journey implies…

- A commitment to explore the Christian life
- An openness to transformation
- A personal process (but not a private one), already begun, and never finished


Journey is a commitment that takes place in FOUR STAGES …

1.   A time to EXPLORE...

Start by making Holy Eucharist a habit every week.

Attend our Wednesday Evening exploratory sessions from September 21 to November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (includes dinner; children’s activities also available.)

At this point, the group has not yet formed, but your journey with Christ has long since begun. 

Various classes are available for us to choose from. We listen for God’s call as we explore some aspects of the Christian life. These classes are not required, but they can supplement your Journey experience helpfully.

During this time, make known your desire to join the Journey group. You will be paired with a sponsor who will walk alongside you the whole way.

 

2.   A time to ENGAGE...

Sunday in November: The Rite of Admission. At Eucharist, we commit publicly to Journey, and the congregation prays for us. Those seeking baptism become known as catechumens.

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany - We reflect on this decision and engage in personal prayer practices.

Sunday Mornings: January – February

- We begin to meet as a group every Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:15 AM.
- We ask questions about the Christian faith.
- We share our personal stories of faith with each other.

 

3.   A time to COMMIT...

Ash Wednesday - 
Those seeking renewal help the clergy to distribute ashes.

The Rite of Enrollment - 
Those seeking baptism become candidates, a new level of commitment. We all stand before the congregation again, and they pray for us.

Sunday mornings: March – April - 
We read Scripture … and we let Scripture read us.

Holy Week, April 

Maundy Thursday - 
those seeking renewal are the first to wash the feet of people in the congregation.

Good Friday - 
we pray at the foot of the Cross.

Holy Saturday - 
we gather in the evening for the Great Vigil of Easter. We light a new flame, hear our sacred stories, proclaim the first Alleluias of Easter, and celebrate the Rite of Holy Baptism.

 

4.   A time to DISCERN...

Sunday mornings: April – May
We explore God’s purposes for us today as individuals and as a community.

Cathedral Day 
With the Rites of Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation In Seattle, our bishop lays hands on Journeyers and prays for us.

Feast of Pentecost: The Rite of Affirmation of Vocation 
We each announce to the congregation our understanding of God’s next call in our lives, even if such an understanding contains a measure of uncertainty.

Journey is the way we at St. Paul’s take part in the ancient catechumenal process of walking alongside those who are committing to the Christian life.

Journey does not consist of a specific body of knowledge. Instead, it is characterized by growth in Christ and in Christian community.

Having participated in Journey, you will have learned to tell your own faith story, learned methods of engaging with the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer, developed practices of prayer that can sustain you for many years, and found a community of Christians with whom you can continue to journey in other ways.

If you cannot make the commitment to Journey this year, that’s OK. Maybe this just isn’t your season. On the other hand, maybe God is calling you to become a Christian or to renew the vows made at your baptism.

To express your interest in Journey, contact the Rev. Josh Hosler at fatherjosh@stpaulsbellingham.org or 360-733-2890.

 

Emergency Preparedness Ministry

The Emergency Preparedness Ministry provides guidance and information for St. Paul's Parish and for the greater Bellingham community to prepare for a natural disaster in our area. One of the primary functions is to compile and prepare a database of all St. Paul's parishioners. If you have not done so, please fill out this form and add yourself to our database:

Being prepared for a disaster is an important pastoral obligation. By preparing for a disaster, the congregation is demonstrating God’s love for its own members and for the surrounding community. The parish, as the basic body of believers in the Episcopal Church, is called to good stewardship of church property. … Moreover, each parishioner is called to be the keeper of his or her brother and sister, and in particular to care for the “least of these.” (from “A resource manual developed by Province IV of the Episcopal Church” Published Lent 2009)

Prepare yourself, your kit, your plan, your info...

Prepare Yourself

Signup for First Aid and Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes by clicking on these links:

Red Cross  

CERT

Prepare Your kit

Click to download

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 A low-stress, month-by-month checklist to help you be prepared. Provided by the Washington State Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD). This is taken from the series “Prepare in a Year”.

 

This is taken from the series “Prepare in a Year” and includes the entire document. Remember, one hour of disaster preparedness activity each month helps you be ready for disasters – whenever they occur.

Prepare Your plan  

Your kit is only as good as the Family Disaster Plan you have to go with it. For ideas and tips to get started on your family plan check out this publication by Washington State Emergency

Prepare Your Information 

Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. 

Prepare your Family

How a child copes with disaster or emergencies is often tied to the way parents cope, because a child can detect an adult’s emotional state.

 

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911
  • Help your children understand the importance of preparedness using these online games: https://www.ready.gov/kids/games

Prepare your Vehicle

During a disaster, you may be away from home or forced to leave your home. Keeping your vehicle in good working order, keeping an emergency supply kit in you vehicle and knowing how to drive in difficult conditions can help you through any emergency.

Prepare your Phone

The Winter Survival Kit smartphone app developed by NDSU helps individuals stranded during a winter storm find their current location, dial 911, notify friends and family of their situation/location, and calculate how long they can run their engine to keep warm while staying safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.  It is available for free for both Android and iPhone smart phone users. Click these links to gain access.

FEMA cell phone app

Red Cross First Aid phone app

Prepare your Neighborhood

The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. Here is a link:

Map your Neighborhood program

General Preparedness Tools

A Season of Resilience consists of 5 weekly sheets to guide you through preparing your home and family for coping with a disaster.

 

Do 1 Thing each month to prepare for all hazards and become disaster resilient. The plan breaks preparedness down into 12 manageable steps. With Do 1 Thing you take small steps that make a big difference.

 

This is a comprehensive manual published in 2009 by Province IV of the Episcopal Church. It includes background information and forms for tasks (for individuals all the way up to Diocesan office staff). Click on these links:

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) resource library

FEMA website  (source of the pamphlets in our kiosk)

Maple Alley Cafe

Maple Alley Cafe is a program of the Whatcom County Opportunity Council, which serves people in our community in need of a nourishing meal.

St. Paul's has dozens of parishioners who volunteer in this program and we also provide the kitchen and eating area in the old Parish Hall across the street from the main church. We serve between 15 and 20 people each week. Please join us.

Contact Julia Findley or the church office for more information.


Many thanks to all you kind and generous folks who contributed to getting the wonderful dishwasher installed in the Old Parish Hall! It not only brings some relief to our hard-working folks on the dish line and guarantees sanitation, but the plumbing involved makes the sinks in the OPH compliant with the Whatcom County Health Dept's standard for a commercial kitchen. All good things! And also a big thank you for the generosity and support Maple Alley Cafe receives from all of you. You really have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for those in need in our community and it seems like a perfect match with the Alms program. We do continue to need eggs, meat and cheese weekly to make the breakfast, and appreciate any donations!

Please consider bringing eggs, sausage, and cheese (or any other good food) to the refrigerator in the kitchen at the church; a section of it is designated for Maple Alley.

Any interested people should contact Rosie Crow, Maple Alley Assistant and Volunteer coordinator at rose_crow@oppco.org, after filling out an on-line Volunteer Application, on the Opportunity Council Website.  Or call Anne Poulson, Maple Alley Coordinator at 739-7335. 

Thanks for your ongoing support and interest!

Thank you so much for your immediate and generous response to our call for supplies for the breakfast at Maple Alley Cafe! The eggs, cheese, sausage, yogurt and salsa are all wonderful donations that help us to put out a healthy and hearty breakfast on Tuesday mornings. Your support is what makes it all work.

Travel and Pilgrimages

Pilgrimages help to give us a greater appreciation for the joys and blessings that surround us; they help us to obtain a clearer perspective on the meaning of life. In rediscovering our relationship with Jesus, we gain a better focus on our life’s purpose, our faith becomes refreshed and as stewards, we become re-energized in our mission to spread the Gospel.
-Kate Brigham, Vestry Member

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For thousands of years, people all over the world have been making pilgrimages for a cornucopia of reasons, each uniquely different. A pilgrimage is much more than traveling to a place as a tourist. From the ancient pre-Roman days to the 20th Century, in the Christian Faith it is an opportunity to take a journey to a sacred place; to be connected with the Spirit and become inspired and transformed during the process. Often, people go when they are at a turning point in their lives, in a period of discernment and seeking direction, in search for deeper spiritual growth or simply to feel closer to God.

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In the late Spring of this year, a group of 16 people traveled to the beautiful country of Greece for a two week pilgrimage. They journeyed through and explored scores of incredible places: Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Berea, Thessaloniki, Phillippi, Mt. Athos, Corinth and to the island of Patmos. The sites that were visited are too numerous to list, but some of these special places included the spot in Phillippi where they believe Paul was imprisoned, the bema at Corinth where Paul spoke, the cave where it’s believed that John wrote Revelation, Mars Hill (there’s a stone from there on the pulpit in our nave) and the unforgettable Parthenon.

In addition to visiting sites shrouded in wonder and mystery, the process of a pilgrimage often consists of a special group dynamic with fellow pilgrims; meeting new people, supporting and walking alongside one another on a remarkable journey. This latest Pilgrimage to Greece made by members of St. Paul’s and others was no exception. Some of the highlights in particular include parishioner Campbell Tasker winning a foot race on Crete (wow!), the spiritual guidance and teachings of Fr. Kamal Farah (a Palestinian priest and scholar that some of us know from the Holy Land), stunning scenery, delicious food and a “great group of people that enjoyed themselves and took care of each other”.
 
St. Paul’s Greece Pilgrimage was organized and led by Laurie Parrish who has become an expert guide in these specialized trips. Being a CPA/tax accountant professionally, the gifts of her skills and attention for detail have been invaluable for planning pilgrimages and leading this ministry. 
 
“Spiritual travel with a group offers opportunities for on-site Bible Study, enhances your faith and knowledge of history, is economical, takes you places you might otherwise not go and is a great way to get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.” - Laurie Parrish

In the 1990s, a member of St. Paul’s organized trips to exhibits to nearby places like Seattle. This Ministry would become known, as it is today, as the St. Paul’s Travel Club. When Laurie came to St. Paul’s in 2000, she participated in many of these outings. Years later, while Fr. Jonathan was teaching a class on the History of the Church of England, a friendly unofficial pact was made between them; she would lead a pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland if Jonathan would become a permanent rector. Soon in 2011, sixteen pilgrims were on their way to the British Isles. Not surprisingly, on their way home they wanted to know where Laurie would take them next! As Christians, it had to be the Holy Land, where they went in 2014. Thereafter, a logical place to visit after following Christ in the Holy Land was to follow St. Paul in Greece this year, 2017. Laurie’s passion for pilgrimages have helped other parishioners to retrace the footsteps of our Saints and others pilgrims who have gone before us. 

“I realized that my seeing people’s faces when they visit a holy site that is special to them or talking with them afterward about how they read the Bible and picture it in their mind is very exciting to me.  I feel privileged to have this ministry.” -Laurie Parrish

Clearly, pilgrimages help to give us a greater appreciation for the joys and blessings that surround us; they help us to obtain a clearer perspective on the meaning of life. In rediscovering our relationship with Jesus, we gain a better focus on our life’s purpose, our faith becomes refreshed and as stewards, we become re-energized in our mission to spread the Gospel.

“I believe they greatly enhance and can even change one’s life. Following in the footsteps of Christ or a saint have made great impacts upon my faith and life. There’s no substitute for being able to envision the Bible in living color.”
 
For those interested in making a Pilgrimage with St. Paul’s Travel Club, stay tuned for Turkey or Holy Land May 2019. For more information on St. Paul’s Travel Club, contact Laurie Parrish.
 
For photos of the recent Greece Pilgrimage, visit the St. Paul's web site. Laurie has extensive travel and volunteer experience in the Holy Land. Later this year, she will be working as a volunteer at Ecce Homo Pilgrim House, a former French Convent, in the historic Old City of Jerusalem. Visit her blog for detailed description and photos of past trips.

Please join us for organized pilgrimages to sacred and special places every three years or so.

Cursillo

Cursillo is  a renewal movement of the church patterned on Jesus’ example. 

Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual calling to be Christian Leaders.  The initial step in that understanding is to attend a Cursillo weekend. 

There is a Spring Co-ed Cursillo weekend each year, usually in April or May. This year, it will be held at our church.

Spring 2015 Co-Ed Weekend

Many more details to come!

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bellingham, WA
When: April 23 – 26, 2015
Leader: Nancy Laswell
Contact: leader@olycursillo.org

If you or someone you know would be interested in attending this Cursillo weekend, please visit olycursillo.org to sign up or to find out more about Cursillo. 

You can also talk to Bea Walton if you have questions.

Vestry

St. Paul's Vestry

In the Episcopal church, the vestry members are the ruling committee and legal representatives of the church. They provide leadership and management of the matters of the church under Canon Law. St. Paul's Vestry is composed of 12 non-Clergy members. The Rector is also a member of the Vestry.

Leadership includes tasks such as Discerning a vision for the future, Articulating and Communicating the Vision, Generating enthusiasm and "buy-in" from the congregation, Setting the tone for leadership and serving as an example to the congregation.

Management includes all matters of Budgeting, Establishing and Enforcing Policies and Procedures, Establishing Action Plans and Maintaining Property.

The vestry meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM on the lower level of the Education wing. Feel free to contact any of the members of the Vestry at any time with issues of church function or anything else on your mind. To get on the agenda for a vestry meeting, contact the Senior Warden.

Vestry members are elected by the congregation at the annual meeting and serve a three year term.

To attend a vestry meeting, just show up.

Stewardship Team

Stewardship, in spite of its reputation, is not just about money.

It is about all that we do in our lives. Stewardship is about all that we do after we recognize that God has given us everything that we have.

It is a Christian's fundamental belief that God is the creator of all that is. Even the skills that we use in our life, to earn a living or just use for fun, come from God. If we are successful, we are successful because we have worked hard using God's gifts.

Once this knowledge becomes part of our lives, the question is, "How do we respond to God's gifts?"

God gives these gifts freely. We cannot repay them. We can only use them in service of God's work as an act of thanksgiving. As it says in Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through the gift of God – not as the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”

Another thing we believe is that God creates and represents abundance, not scarcity. Much of our life is controlled by a sense that there is not enough, so we strive to control all that we can to assure that we get what we need.  This makes us selfish, mean, and unhappy. It is also counter to what God is telling us we should be. 

Jesus calls us to be loving, caring and giving. Jesus tells us that if we would have life, we need to die to self. How different the world would be if we truly lived the way Jesus calls us to live. We would find that God provides enough for the whole world and it is only our selfishness and greed that causes scarcity.

We invite you to join us as we strive to learn what these truths mean in our life and work to make them our guiding principles in our daily living. 

Contact Father Chuck Whitmore

Reception Ministry Volunteers

Reception Ministry Volunteers help St. Paul's fulfill its mission by manifesting the love of Christ in hospitality during church office hours, answering both the door and the phones.

The ReceptiMinisters assist visitors to the church building, update the hymn board,
help parishioners find information, materials or meeting spaces, and assist with various short-term office projects. Volunteers may work one or more 2.5 hour shifts each week, working around their schedule and availability.

We are always looking for substitutes and short- or long-term volunteers. Contact Myra in the church office.

Loaves and Fishes

Ministry in the SpotLight:
Loaves & Fishes

Our first group to be in the Spotlight is the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. Loaves and Fishes is a group of individuals who “make and deliver wholesome meals to those in need within our community. You can be a cook, a deliverer, or both!” 

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Jess Bandstra

A simple online calendar (called MealTrain) is used to organize and deliver meals to the recipients which makes coordinating easy and efficient. Jess Bandstra (pictured below) has been leading this Ministry, currently ten people, for over five years. She says, “I love this ministry because it is a reasonably easy way to provide very practical help for those in need. My family has been a recipient of meals after the births of each of my three children and we have appreciated it profusely!”. 
 
One recipient of Loaves and Fishes shared her personal story with us:

“In November, 2016, I had just left St. Joseph's Hospital after a week of treatment for severe pneumonia, anemia and heart valve problems. When I arrived home with my husband, who was also ill, we realized that we needed reinforcement as we struggled to recover health and strength. What better source of help than our own St. Paul's community, and especially Loaves and Fishes, a team of families who volunteer to provide nourishing meals! We called Jess Bandstra and she immediately contacted the network. Each evening for the next week a delicious, nourishing and appetizing meal arrived at our front door. After we had recovered and regained some independence we realized what strong bonds of friendship and support are there, in St. Paul's, in times of need. God is good!”

Perhaps, it is not just solely the food that is being shared but it is in the sharing itself. One member stated, “I am no great cook but when I prepare and share food with someone, I hope they feel like someone cares, that God cares.”
 
We see the goodness in Jesus performing the miracles of feeding the 5,000 and then 4,000, and these miracles continue to be performed today long after the original loaves and fishes were consumed. Helping someone who is going through an illness, or a family with a new baby, or the loss of a loved one, or other life transitions and difficulties are some of the places where the miracles of feeding, and being fed, continue the work of Christ.
 
Anyone who is interested in joining or in need of or know someone who is in need of nourishing meals while in transition, contact: Jess Bandstra at bandstras@mac.com.

Join us as we make and deliver wholesome meals to those in need within our community. You can be a cook, a deliverer, or both!

We use www.mealtrain.com to organize a meal delivery. It's easy to make a mealtrain account, and you can choose the dates that work for you.

We also welcome one-time contributions of meals to the freezer upstairs. These should be well-labeled and in a container you do not need returned.

Contact:  Jessica Bandstra for more information

Faith Community Nurses

Parish Nursing/Faith Community Ministry is a program that focuses on promoting health within faith communities. This is done by ministering to the parishioners’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Far more than just “a  nurse in the church,” the parish nurse is an experienced registered nurse with additional training. He/she serves as part of the Ministerial Team to promote wellness and spiritual care within the congregation and the community.

Contact:  Holly Telfer or Ryan Knight

Prayer Shawl Ministry

It is important to be able to create a time and a space to be with God. A prayer shawl is such an aid. Wrapped around you, or draped over one’s head, it “creates” a sacred space in which to meditate and pray. Shawls can be large enough so an adultcan wrap themselves and their child inside, or as small as scarves that elderly folks can manage. The end result is the same - a comforting space for God and God’s blessings. 

The Prayer Shawl ministry at St. Paul's continues to help people. Shawls have been made and delivered to parishioners, friends and family, and new friends in need. The shawls are sometimes knitted by just one person and others are the work of many hands.

Two prayer shawl bags are in circulation that contain yarn, needles, prayers, a list of knitters, instructions, a gift card to sign and all the information you need to be a part of this ministry.

Once a shawl is completed, it is returned to the church office where it is blessed and then delivered. The shawl makers wrap prayers into each stitch. They promise that these prayers will continue after the shawl has been presented.

Contact Linda Pierce for more information.

The St. Paul’s Prayer Shawl Ministry, which began in the fall of 2004, continues to help those known to us who are in need of comfort and hope. Knitters knit the shawls prayerfully. The finished shawls are then blessed at the altar during one of our services. Volunteers deliver the shawl in a gift bag along with a card from St. Paul’s.

Since 2004, nearly 120 shawls have been made and delivered, providing a comforting blanket of peace. Finished shawls can be turned in to St. Paul’s at any time. We like to keep some stored for emergencies, and often have an assortment of colors.

If you know of someone who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, write your name, the recipient’s name, and contact information on a prayer request form found in the pew, contact one of our priests, or contact the church office.

If you would like to be a knitter for this ministry, brochures can be found on the rack in the great hall with a pattern for a prayer shawl.

Need supplies? Contact us.

Are you interested in knitting something smaller, like a hat or scarf? The Alms Ministry would also be happy to receive prayerfully knitted items.

Would you like to help but don’t knit? We gratefully accept donations for yarn, knitting needles and gift bags.

For more information, check out the brochures in the Great Hall or contact Linda Pierce .

Knitting is a meditative exercise as well as a practical one. For those involved in the worldwide shawl ministry, knitting is also spiritual, a tangible way to wrap prayers into each stitch.
— Linda Pearce

Chancel Guild

The Chancel Guild, established in 1890, is the oldest guild in St. Paul's church.

The guild is responsible for the Chancel, the area at the front of the church, including the main (high) altar, the organ,  the choir loft. The guild provides the funding for the organ, choir robes, and the altar supplies such as wine, wafers, candles and other needs that often arise.

Guild income is derived from two annual sales, and from membership dues. The spring and fall sales provide much-needed clothing and household items to the community. New members are always welcome.

Contact:  Linda Hardy

St. Anne's Guild

St. Anne’s Guild gathers women of the church into a social group that works together on projects benefiting St. Paul’s and the larger community.  A special emphasis of the guild is providing hospitality at receptions for weddings, funerals, concerts or any special parish event.  The guild meets monthly, September through May.

St. Anne's Guild was established in 1938 by a group of 10 young matrons and is one of the oldest of St. Paul's guilds. Our memory book highlights many interesting events in the guild's history.

New members are always welcome.

Contact Jeanne Stebner or Robin O'Callaghan to join us for a wonderful cause.

Pastoral Care

Purpose Statement of Pastoral Care Ministry:

Pastoral care is at the heart of the church's mission. To be fully and intentionally available to one another is the calling of this ministry of caring, in a way that…

 Lifts up the ministries of feeding (i.e. Loaves and Fishes), praying (i.e. Prayer Chain and other prayer groups), visiting (i.e. pastoral visitors), sharing the Eucharist (LEVs), nurturing (i.e. Prayer Shawls, Greeting Cards), welcoming (i.e. Welcome Ministry), supporting and mentoring.

 Walks alongside, listens, and practices presence with one another.

 Acknowledges the rich tapestry of people who are part of the St Paul’s community, and respects the dignity of all persons regardless of where they are in their lives and in their faith.

 Encourages and empowers discipleship through the expression of love for one another.

 Recognizes that pastoral care is not the sole responsibility of clergy, but is a commission to every member of Christ’s body, the church. So that, in living the Gospel Message as followers of Jesus, the ministry of being fully present to one another is part of the fabric of our lives together.

Contact Rev Marsha Vollkommer to get involved.

Contact Rev Marsha Vollkommer to get involved.

College and Young Adult Ministry (EpiC)

What is EpiC?

The Episcopal Campus Fellowship is a group of college-age people and several advisers who meet for fellowship, worship, and service. You are welcome to join us even if you can’t or don’t want to regularly attend St. Paul’s Church.

Here is a link to the St. Paul's EpiC website page.

Here is a link to the EpiC website and BLOG.

Contact Father Josh Hosler for more information.

Sandwich Brigade

We need a leader for the Sandwich Brigade!

Sandwich brigade is sponsored by Hope House using volunteers from several area churches to make regularly scheduled "lunch sack" donations that are delivered to the homeless. Each month St. Paul's parishioners make sandwiches, and provide fruit, granola bars, cookies and a drink for 200+ of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Parishioners donate cookies and other supplies.

Contact Brad Howard for more information or to help us fulfill this most basic of Christ's teachings.