Dear Church Family,
As the end of Holy Week nears, we hope you are having a meaningful spiritual experience. Here are your updates for the week:
Fred Stimson: Fred wants everyone to know just how touched he was by the volume of birthday cards he received from everyone at St. Paul’s, both those received in the mail or that were delivered by Father Brian. He continues to be so appreciative of the thoughtful cards, love and prayers that everyone has been sending his way during his illness. He stated that he can’t really find the words to tell all of you how much your acts of love have meant to him, or to describe just how loving the St. Paul’s family is.
Please keep Fred and Amanda in your prayers.
Keys/Locks- Lower building: Both the outer door to the office entry, as well as the Parish Office, had issues with their locks going bad in various ways, culminating in the Parish Office door lock becoming completely unable to lock, and the outer door being unable to be shut and locked completely from the inside.
The locks were replaced this week and keyed to the Parish Administrator’s set of keys. Some of you may know that there are several combinations of semi-master keys floating around here; one key may open the sanctuary and lower building, or a key might open the lower building and the parish office; yet another key may open the sanctuary and parish hall, with a separate key needed to open the lower office. So here’s the deal: if you are in possession of a single key that opens the sanctuary, parish hall and lower building and nothing else, you are good to go. If you are in possession of a parish office key that opens ONLY the Administrator’s/Treasurers’ office, you are good to go for access to that office.
Though some semi-master keys may work with much effort on the new locks, please don’t force them in. To damage brand new locks after being told not to use other keys in them by the locksmith would be very unfortunate and costly to repair. We ask that you turn in any keys that are not exactly as described above if you still need access to the areas with new locks. Please do not use your semi-masters to try to open the new locks. The new locks do not impact the sanctuary and parish hall doors.
Jeanne Gerhardt’s birthday is next week. Father Brian will be visiting her and giving her Communion. Given how much joy our cards gave to Fred Stimson last week, we have decided to collect birthday cards for Jeanne that Father Brian will bring to her next week. Anyone who would like to send Jeanne a card, simply bring it into the church on Easter Sunday and place them in the basket marked for Jeanne that will be just inside the double doors.
Speaking of Easter Sunday… We hope to see you for services at 7 am or 9:30 am this Sunday. Both services are followed by festive coffee hours, thanks to Joni Michel, Hospitality Coordinator. Both services will be held in the sanctuary this year. Note: at the 9:30 am service, we will welcome back the Burnished Brass Quartet who will accompany our own St. Paul’s Choir. And remember to dig out “your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it” ( or perhaps a sharp fedora or derby) for our Easter hat contest immediately following the service during coffee hour. Prizes will be awarded! PLEASE NOTE: Due to a 3rd year of drought, we will not be adorning our cross this year with garden flowers. PRAY FOR RAIN! There’s always next year for our flower cross!
Choir meets this week only tomorrow, Saturday at
Many thanks to Joni Michel and the Vestry for our Maundy Thursday dinner. The service was beautiful, and we thank The Rev. Donna Ross for serving as our guest preacher.
Father Brian will be off next Monday and Tuesday.
The office will maintain normal hours on Tuesday and Wednesday but may close on Thursday (to be determined).
Here is a beautiful worship song by Michael W. Smith that seems very fitting on this Good Friday.
Have a joyous Easter,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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