Dear Church Family,
What beautiful weather we’ve had this week! Time for a board meeting…boogie board, that is !
Here are this week’s updates, which are fairly extensive, but very important. (Remember you can also find them at www.stpaulscambria.org )
Most FAQ’s this week: “Have you heard from Father Brian? How is Father Brian?”
The answer is that yes, Father Brian has been in touch with the church on a regular basis this week. He is enjoying his time with his PhD program colleagues and is doing well. The weather has been nice…not too hot or humid.
Father Brian and I are communicating about ongoing projects and other church business, so here at St. Paul’s things are buzzing along. We are definitely in his thoughts and he in ours. Please keep him in your prayers as he approaches Week 2 of his summer program.
Deanery Ambulance Project: Last week a donation of $500 was made by the Deanery to support St. Peter’s efforts to raise funds for an ambulance for our sister diocese in W. Tanganyika; and this brings the funding to within $2000 of the final goal. Individuals are now also being asked to consider contributing to the project. A letter from Father Syd at St. Peter’s will be posted on our Parish Hall bulletin board, or feel free to contact him at: email@example.com or (203) 209-2339.
EDECR Annual Women’s Retreat:
Aug. 6, 2015 2:00 pm - Aug. 7, 2015 2:00 pm St. Francis Retreat Ctr, San Juan Bautista
REGISTRATION – includes 1 night’s lodging – 3 meals – retreat program: Semi – Private Room $130 Private Room $155
See registration form in Parish Hall.
Harmony Hikes On the Parish Hall bulletin board we will soon have information on all Harmony Hikes scheduled through January 2016. All of them will take place in beautiful spots around the county on the third Saturday of the month at 12:45pm.
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the hike will occur at San Simeon Point. Meet in the parking lot by the pier at 12:45pm; we will begin walking promptly at 1pm. All ages are welcome on this easy walk through Eucalyptus groves and along the bluff overlooking the ocean. Participants will stop at several points along the way , listen to scripture, have a short time of silence, and end with Communion at the point. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Please call The Rev. Barbara Miller at 805-712-0650 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to be added to the reminder list.
Speaking of Barbara Miller: Barbara’s installation as Rector of St. James’ is scheduled for August 23 at 4 pm, location to be determined soon. Be there or be square!
Desperately seeking delegates! The Bishop’s office is still waiting for us to come up with 2 parishioners to serve as delegates at the Annual Convention in November. Please contact the office ASAP if you can serve.
Biking for MS: We are exploring the possibility of hosting a group of 9 bicyclists overnight on August 30th. They are riding from Seattle to San Diego to raise funds for MS. Before we commit however, we would like to hear from the congregation to see if we have enough folks interested in hosting them in their residences overnight. Please let the office know ASAP if that is something you might be interested in helping with.
Watering List Update! Our only slot still vacant for watering the garden is September 28th. PLEASE SIGN UP IN THE PARISH HALL IF YOU CAN HELP. Thanks a bunch!
Last Sunday’s sermon: Donna Ross’ sermon on Creation and environmental stewardship really spoke to folks, and some have asked where they might get a copy of it. Visit http://faithmatters.us/we-are-not-god/
Webmaster Note: We also have PDF and Word copies of the sermon available and the service available for viewing right here on our website.
Click here. Donna's Service
This week, Don Dallmann will serve as the Celebrant and Donna Ross will be preaching. Please join us at 8 am or 10:30 am.
Senior Nutrition: Holiday closure; missing watch. Senior Nutrition will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. Anyone finding a men’s watch on campus, please turn it into to Jesse Miller, Sr. Nutrition site coordinator. He is missing his.
Scare crew: The scarecrows that have been displayed during previous Scarecrow Festivals were enjoyed by all, but couldn’t have happened had it not been for a small group of volunteers who spent many hours creating them. It is time to pass the torch to a few new volunteers if parishioners hope to see another scarecrow out front this year. Anyone wishing to see this practice continue, please consider volunteering to be part of the Scare Crew. A male scarecrow that can be revamped MAY be available to help get you kick-started. Ideally at least 2 people are needed to help. Please contact the office if interested.
Finally, a “Did you know?” from Father Brian on the EfM program:
Education for Ministry (EfM), one of the best forms of a theological education, is available just down the road at St. Benedict's in Los Osos. It is a four-year program that gives you a thorough survey of the Old Testament in the first year, the New Testament in the second year, Church History in the third year and Theology/Ethics/Interfaith in the last year. These studies are complimented by theological reflection that relate them to our everyday lives. EfM gave me the foundation for my own lay and ordained ministry. In fact, I learned more about Scripture from EfM than I did in seminary! EfM is a program developed by The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Lorienne Schwenk will be leading our local group and will be having an informational session on it soon. Check it out on the St. Benedict's web-site:stbenslososos.org. I highly recommend it.
Webmaster's Note: You can find the link Fr Brian references on our website under: "Bible Study and Spiritual Growth" It will redirect you to St Benedict's referenced page.
Remember to check out our website often, and let Leonard know what parts of it you are enjoying. He’s doing a fantastic job! email@example.com
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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