St. Paul's Announcements for October 22, 2017

Christian Education

  • New Adult Education Class. What is Ministry?  What is My Ministry? For many years, St. Paul’s has defined itself as a people of God, understanding its commission in terms of a mission statement that roots our work in the worship of God. As we experience God’s grace and blessing in worship, we are impelled to action on behalf of the Kingdom in our time and place. During this class we will explore the concept of our ministry as a people of God. How am I being called to serve? In what ways am I serving already? The class will conclude with each participant reflecting on their ministry in the coming year. We will be meeting as two groups. Adult Education meets in Adult Education Room. Parents Group meets in the Chapel.
  •  Catechesis (3 yr to 5th grade) Upstairs PH
  • Rite 13 (6th-7th) CE 2-2 Sewanee Room
  • J2A (8th-9th) The Upper Room (upstairs St. Margaret’s)
  • YAC (10th-12th) CE 2-1 Children’s Church
  • Youth SNL: Join us in the Upper Room 5-7 pm for Sunday Night Live!

Today - Newcomer Gathering. Newcomers join us in the Wise Room (upstairs in the Parish Hall) at 9:45 am to learn more about our church family. Get to know Father Polk and your Newcomer Team. We are excited you are at St. Paul’s! Refreshments will be served.

Today - Stewardship Sunday. If you would like to pledge, please find a pledge card in the church pew. You may also call or email the office.

Vestry Nominations. Vestry nominations continue today. Deadline is Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Absentee Ballot. Information about applying for an absentee ballot can be found in the eBlast or on the website.

Thank You. If you ever worry about the youth of this country, hang out awhile with St. Paul’s youth group. Five of the youth (Hadley Foulk, Ava Foulk, Henry Vance, Fant Smith, and Taylor Matteson) helped plate and serve food, cleaned off tables, poured drinks, refilled drinks, cut and delivered deserts to the 80 plus homeless individuals on the evening of October 8. I often hesitate when a youth group wants to help because the individuals we are serving are not who these young adults are often around. Their clothes are usually dirty and mismatched, their teeth are missing or in need of help, and their behavior maybe different or unexpected. I’m not sure these young people noticed any of that, they worked and never noticed the differences between themselves and who they were serving. I also must thank Larry Foulk and Ca’Tricia Robertson for overseeing, helping and bringing these great young people to assist those less fortunate. Thanks goes out to all of you and you are welcome to volunteer anytime. If you are interested in helping the 2nd Sunday of each month at Journey Home, please contact Melissa Warren.

Cookin' To Build - Habitat for Humanity. "Cookin' to Build" is a fund raising event for Habitat for Humanity. St. Paul's is participating in many ways. The event is Saturday, November 4, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. For $20, you can sample "All You Can Eat" soup on the Courthouse Square from dozens of chefs and take your hand painted bowl home. You can paint your own bowl for $5 at The Pottery Place starting now. There are two locations to paint your bowl. One is in The Avenue on Medical Center Parkway and the other is in the Sprouts Shopping Center on Memorial Boulevard.

Episcopal Church Women (“ECW”) Annual Meeting and Elections. Saturday, November 4, 11 am - 1 pm. Our annual meeting consists of a summary of this year's events and accomplishments, electing next year's board, and beginning the conversation about next year's programming. Please consider serving on the board in one of the following roles: Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Spiritual Development Chair, Events Chair. Without volunteer board members, our organization cannot be sustained. If you have any interest or questions, contact Alice Gibson (2018 ECW  President). All the women should have received an email with a link to signup for lunch and childcare.  Childcare will be provided if registered by 10/29/17. If you did not receive the email, let Alice know.

Craft and Bake Sale Workday. We will have a work day for our Craft and Bake Sale on November 5 from 1:30-4:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Bring your own project or come work on ones we need help with. We need cardboard tubes, dryer lint, and small metal tins, like from Altoid mints. There is a collection bin in the Parish Hall. Thank you for your assistance. All funds raised will go to Colin’s Discretionary Fund.

Youth--Save The Date. November 10-12 Youth Fall Retreat

Palanca Ultreya. Sunday, October 22 from 4-7 pm in the Parish Hall. There will be a covered dish meal, so bring something to share. We will color placemats and bags, along with our youth, for the upcoming Cursillo weekend later this month.

Journey Home Second Sunday Meal Program. For more information about St. Paul's Second Sunday Meal Ministry or to get your group involved with this important ministry, contact Melissa Warren.

2018  Episcopal Ordo Kalendar.  If you wish to reserve a copy of the 2018 Episcopal Ordo Kalendar, please contact Sharon Teets at to do so. The cost is $3.50 each. Payment  is due when the calendars arrive. Deadline is November 1, 2017.

Contact Information Updates. Has your mailing address changed recently?  If yes, please contact the church office. We don’t want you to miss anything we mail to you. You may email us at

Choir Crosses. St. Paul’s choir has grown and needs additional crosses to wear with vestments. Crosses similar to the no-longer-available ones we wear now have been designed by the same Tennessee jeweler who makes our Cursillo crosses. You can help defray the cost by donating old silver pieces to be melted down and cast (this needs to be sterling, not plate). A check to St. Paul’s for “choir crosses” would also help. For more information, please contact Carol or Richard Detmer.