This Week at St. Paul's

Back to Church Month!

Why is invitation important?

We strive to be: Relevant! Inclusive! Prayerful! Supportive!

In an often lonely world we strive to bring people into a loving community that celebrates God’s Love and that tries to be a voice of mercy in the world. People need (people want) to be invited into caring faith communities.

People need to be welcomed into such communities. All we ask for this month is that you commit to being one of these two kinds of people—either an inviter or a welcoming, friendly presence to the people around you. Or, you can be both.

A Message From Our Rector

There has been an Anglican presence in Charlottetown for almost 250 years, a presence that evolved from the Parish of Charlottes’ Town to St. Paul’s Church. For much of our history we have been dedicated to creating a community of faithful people deeply aware of God’s love and call to justice and peace.

We believe that we are called to be firmly rooted in Holy Scripture and respectful of the fine traditions of theology and worship that we have received. We believe that we are called to be hopeful in the face of life’s ebb and flow. We believe that God calls us to act in the world for love, peace and justice.

We are a people who welcome all others to come and celebrate Creation, Salvation and the Spirit. We celebrate the One who created us and all things; the One who wins for us our salvation and the salvation of the whole world; the One who continues to be with us and all people as we journey together in faith.

Together we endeavour to recognize life’s transitions and change (from birth to death) in a faithful community of support and encouragement.

If you are new to our Church family, or visiting, or returning we are glad that you are here. Be assured that our gladness is rooted in the belief that your presence here pleases the One, the God and creator of us all.

I’ve done the math and it’s true—everyone who made a second visit to a Church made a first visit. All it takes is an invitation.

May God’s peace be yours!

Friday, September 21

  • 1:15 p.m., Folders (Hall)
  • 7:00 p.m., A.A. Meeting (downstairs Hall)

Sunday, September 23

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist (Church)
  • 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist (Church)
  • 11:30 a.m., Parish Meeting to plan the 250th Anniversary celebrations next year.

Tuesday, September 25

  • 7:00 p.m., Parish Council (Hall)
  • 7:00 p.m. ,A.A. Meeting, (downstairs Hall)

Wednesday—Saturday

  • John is away at the PWRDF board annual meeting
  • Jay is on call.

Wednesday, September 26

  • 6:00—8:00 p.m., Moms in Mind (Hall)
  • 7:00 p.m., Choir Practice (Church) New member are always welcome.

Thursday, September 27

  • 1:30 p.m., Al-Anon Meeting (Hall)

Friday, September 28

  • 1:15 p.m., Folders (Hall)
  • 7:00 p.m., A.A. Meeting (downstairs Hall)

Sunday, September 30

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist (Church)
  • 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist (Church)
  • 1:00 p.m., The Blessing of the Animals
  • 2:30 p.m., Luminos Ensemble Concert

St. Paul’s to Mark 250 Years

  • In 2019 our Parish is poised to mark our 250th anniversary. This is a remarkable milestone and we have already been informed that the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada will be joining us for Holy Week and Easter. We will likely want to mark the anniversary in other ways too. There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, September 23, following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.
  • At that time we hope to identify people willing to take on various responsibilities to help make the year of celebration worthy of the history of our Parish and to celebrate the continuing work of the Holy Spirit amongst us.

Take a Stand for Reconciliation:

Bill C-262 and Orange Shirt Day

Take action for reconciliation! Honour truth! Act for Indigenous justice! Urge Senators to Support the UN Declaration Act. Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights on Indigenous People Act, is in second reading, after being introduced by Senator Murray Sinclair in June. This Bill ensures that all laws in Canada will be aligned with the UN Declaration, which is a minimum standard to ensure that Indigenous peoples in Canada thrive.

Visit:

kairoscanada.org/urge-senators-support-un-declaration-act

The House of Bishops

There are 29 Diocese and 1 territory in the Anglican Church of Canada. Each diocese has a bishop, and some have more than one. There are a total of about 40 active bishops in Canada. They regularly meet together (2 or 3 time a year) in a session known as the House of Bishops. Once every two years they bring their spouses, and those meetings have been affectionally known as “House and Spouse.” The next meeting of the House and Spouse is October 25 – 30 and GUESS WHAT? They’ve chose our St. Paul’s Church, Charlottetown as their meeting place!

It is a great honour to be the chosen location for this meeting. They will be meeting in the church-building and in the parish hall. There will also be a couple of excursions out of town.

We are pleased to be hosting the House of Bishops and spouses from Oct. 25 -30. As part of our commitment to the gathering we will be providing:

  • 8 coffee breaks
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 luncheons

Mark Nicolle and Madonna Fradsham are the chefs. Clar will be assisting with set -up in both the church and the hall.

They need help with servers and in providing the muffins, snacks for the coffee breaks. Also, with squares for the luncheon menu. With that in mind, they have prepared a list of items needed and a time frame for servers and clean-up crews for the dinners and luncheon. Please review them and add your name where you are able. Please bring all items to the church on Oct. 14 or to the hall on the 15 ,16 between 9 & 12 am.

As always, we know we can count on the people of St Paul’s help the bishops and spouses to feel the radical hospitality that we are known for. Thank you so much for your support

NEW Office Hours

  • The Parish Office will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Projectors for the Church

  • The projectors we use in the church have stopped working and are beyond repair and replacement is not in this year’s budget. Some people have expressed an interest in helping out – if you are interested please call or email the parish office. – Thanks.

Christmas Fabric

  • We are looking for donations of Christmas fabric to be used to make the Christmas Eve Bags. Please bring the donated fabric to the Church any Sunday and give them at the back of the church.

The blessing of the Animals

  • Sunday, September 30
  • 1:00 pm
  • On the lawn, weather permitting.

St. Paul’s Church

Women's Social Group

  • St Paul’s Parish Hall
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Would you like to be involved in launching a Women's Social Group in St. Paul’s Parish Hall to meet new and old friends or just get together for a cuppa and chat?

Share your thoughts and help the Social Group to understand issues impacting local women support others in our parish/community while enjoying each other’s company.

Shoulda Been Choral

  • Sunday, Sept. 30
  • 2:30pm
  • St. Paul’s Church

What do Mozart’s Overture from The Marriage of Figaro, Elgar’s Nimrod Variations, Vince Guaraldi’s Linus & Lucy, and Barber’s heart-rending Adagio for Strings have in common? None of them was composed for choir - but they SHOULD have been! Join Luminos Ensemble as we rectify these and other tragic compositional mistakes, performing the music of Bach, Schubert, Stevie Wonder, ABBA, and Tchaikovsky as it was meant to be performed: by a choir.

Diocesan Youth Conference

  • DYC is an annual gathering for youth from the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island who are in grade 7 through 12. It happens on the last weekend in October somewhere in NS or PEI, and is a conference spent in worship, learning about what it means to live as a Christian, hanging out with friends, and having a really great time.
  • DYC 2018 will be October 26 to 28 at Camp Seggie in PEI! There will be a bus making it's way through Nova Scotia to take participants and leaders over to the island, and the cost of that is included in the registration fee ($50 for leaders, $90 for youth). We're still fine tuning the details of things like start/end time for the weekend, and bus pickup time will depend on where folks are coming from, but if you're ready to register, we're ready for that!

https://www.sharenspei.ca/dyc

Parish Events Hosts

  • We are looking for a set of volunteers who can act as hosts for groups that rent of facilities (Church-building and hall). This is your house so you get to be the Host for the event. You will receive the required training. Most bookings bring in a guaranteed minimum of $150 per event. Many bring in more. As a fundraiser for the parish and service to the community, it is a low cost event requiring little effort and reaping a good reward.

Christmas Hampers

Anyone interested in helping organize the Christmas Hampers this year please contact David McLeod:

Moms in Mind:

Maternal Mental Health Peer Support Group

  • This is a group for moms in PEI to discuss maternal mental health issues. We meet once a week and have special events throughout the month. Please note: This group Does Not replace counselling or diagnose mental health issues. It is strictly PEER support- talking to other moms, taking inventory of how we’re feeling, connecting and supporting each other. All moms are welcome. Come as you are. If you have any questions about the group, please contact Carolyn Dawe- Jenkins at cdjenkins@live.ca

MORE - Module #3 – Seek More

MORE – Mission Schools are making their rounds around the Diocese again. This third session outlines more practical ways to explore mission in your community. It includes an emphasis on joining God in the neighbourhood and discernment. (Discernment is listening for the Holy Spirit to guide us to discover what God is calling us to.)

Parishes are encouraged to bring a team to this FREE day-long event. MORE offers an exciting opportunity for us to learn together how to be mission-focused and take the next simple steps to respond to God’s leading for the future and making of new disciples.

Module #3, Seek More is designed for lay and clergy with plenty of discussion and opportunity to ask questions. If you missed the other modules – no worries! Each session stands alone. If you are unable to attend the session for your region consider attending one in another region. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

MORE is based on God’s desire to give the world MORE of what it really needs – hope, love, and freedom. MORE is not a program, but a way of seeing ourselves and our church transformed so we can grow!

  • Nov. 3 – Prince Edward Island Region
  • St. Mary's, Summerside
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Lunch Provided – Open to Everyone

REGISTER ONLINE: www.nspeidiocese.ca

(or call: 902-420-0717)

Deadline is Oct. 31.

Parish Office

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
    • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

STAY IN THE LOOP!

If you’ve moved, or dropped your land-line, or have a new email address, PLEASE let you Church know! Call or email the parish office and update your contact information.

Wooden Box

Collection

for the Upper Room Foodbank

For September:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruit Juice (cans or cartons) not tetra packs
Just place the items in the box at worship on Sunday mornings.

St. Paul’s

Crosses

A sterling silver replica of our wooden processional cross, with “St. Paul’s” inscribed on the back, designed by Jeanette Walker.

Available from the office or the back of the church for $55.

FundScrip - On Sale at the back of the Church! A percentage of all cards sold is donated back to St. Paul’s church. If you are buying gas or groceries or going to a drugstore, hardware store, bookstore, the movies, a restaurant, retail chains.

  • WE HAVE A CARD FOR YOU!