News & Announcements
  • Stations of the Nativity

    Parishioners from St. Paul’s have collaborated to offer “Stations of the Nativity” as an Advent offering to the parish.

     

    The offering comes in two parts. First, 14 striking, contemporary works of art have been hung in the sanctuary in place of the usual Stations of the Cross. These stations are used on Wednesday evenings for a meditative service as part of our usual adult education series.

     

    Second, a booklet featuring 14 thoughtful prose or poetic devotions has been offered to be taken home and used throughout the season. “The Word of God is sharper than any double edged sword,” the Bible says. It is hoped that this collection of words and images will point us to the Nativity story and ultimately to the Word Incarnate, Jesus Christ.

     

    The artwork and meditations are available for viewing or downloading here.

    Update:

    The stations have been featured by the Episcopal News Service (the offical news publication of the Episcopal Church), as well as the prestigious Church Times magazine based out of England.

     

     
  • Bishop Frank Gray's New Book

    We are fortunate to have some of the first copies of a new book by our former bishop (and interim priest during most of 2008), The Rt. Rev. Francis Gray, entitled, For Thou Art With Me. The book documents the time he and his mother and father spent in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philippines.

     

    They are available for purchase for $10.00. Please see Mother Susan if you wish to purchase a copy.

     

    Bishop Gray will be happy to inscribe your purchased copy.

  • Outreach Report

    In October donations to the Food Pantry totaled 349 pounds; the total through November 14 was 165 pounds.

    Thanksgiving Baskets: Thirty-seven were assembled and delivered throughout South Bend and Mishawaka. A huge thank-you to all for your support, and a special acknowledgment to those who shopped and delivered the baskets: Teresa and David Betz, Diane Haywood and Vickie Hesch, Jim Lovelace, Chris and Gerald Cannoot, Dave Jentz., Betty Jo Boyer, Jan and Jack Frieden. These baskets helped to cheer many people who would not otherwise have had a Thanksgiving dinner.

    Operation Christmas Child: Packed with love and sent with prayer, thirty-one shoeboxes joined the nearly eight million boxes that will be distributed to108 countries worldwide.

    St. Margaret's House: The Fashioning Our Lives event was hugely successful with 300 plus in attendance. It was a very enjoyable day.

    Looking ahead: Don’t forget Souper Bowl Sunday, coming up in January 2011.

    Again I express my gratitude for your support of the outreach projects at St. Paul's.

    --Pam

  • The Vision Committee

    The vision committee has been meeting since September and you probably are wondering what we have been doing.

     

    During that time, we have examined the life at St. Paul's—what we do well, what we can improve.

     

    We have all agreed that St. Paul's, in its life cycle, is a parish of mature faith where much is happening. We have discovered once again the richness and depth to our communal life. As a result, we have come to understand that we cannot rush Vision.

     

    Advent is beginning—the season of waiting and expectation. We on the Vision Committee feel that something big and wonderful is ready to happen at St. Paul's, but we have not yet clearly discerned what that will be (or from what direction it will come). Consequently, for the season of Advent, we are taking a break to pray and to refocus.

     

    We would ask the congregation's help in two ways: first, pray with us. We are unable to do our work without your prayers. Further, we would like to convene a group formally whose mission it is to pray for the work of St. Paul's Vision Committee. If you would be interested in being part of such a group, please let us know.

     

    Secondly, would you like to be part of the Vision Committee? Perhaps you have dreams too. Perhaps you have energy that will help us focus. We welcome your participation. If you are interested in being part of a prayer group or part of the Vision Committee itself, please contact Mother Susan.

  • Stewardship Update

    Pledges for 2011 were gathered on November 22. If you have not yet filled out your pledge card, extras are available at the back of the church.

    Where Does Our Money Go?

     

    As we approach a new budget year, it might be helpful to know from time to time a few tidbits about how your gifts to St. Paul's are used. The staff and lay leaders of the parish endeavor at every level to be good stewards of our resources. Some things are budgeted and we make every effort to remain within budget. Other things are donated, and we are grateful for the gifts of money, other treasures, talents and time. Here are a couple of examples:

     

    Coffee Hour: Coffee hour is not a budgeted item. Those who faithfully execute this ministry donate the things they serve. The church does have a small budget line to cover the cost of paper goods and coffee. However, the food you eat during coffee hour is pure gift. Be sure each Sunday to donate a small amount of money (if you can) toward defraying the cost of coffee and supplies and then give a big thank you to those who provide and serve the food.

     

    Sunday School: On the one hand Sunday School is a budgeted item, and on the other hand, it is not. We do set aside money in our budget to cover the cost of curriculum, but the services of teachers is another pure gift. We have a full rota of Sunday School teachers, each of whom donates one Sunday a month to preparing and delivering the lesson to our children. We are grateful for this ministry.

     

    Likewise, with Adult Education, while we have a small amount of money available to buy books and curriculum, both of those who teach (Fr. Michael and Joel Dodson) are offering their own talents. Attendance in both our children's and adult classes speaks to the many ways in which St. Paul's is benefiting from the services and talents of those who give of their time.

  • Diocesan Convention

    Many things happened at the 112th Convention of the Diocese of Northern Indiana, which was hosted by St. Paul's Church, Munster. To learn of these things, we encourage you to read Bishop Little's address at www.ednin.org.

     

    Of special interest to our own congregation here at St. Paul's in Mishawaka, we are delighted to let you know that at the Convention Eucharist our own Sharon Katona was named an honorary canon of the Cathedral Church of St. James (the seat of the Diocese) in recognition of her twemty-three years of faithful service handling the finances and bookkeeping for the Diocese. Sharon is retiring from the Diocese (but not from our parish) at the end of this year.

     

    Congratulations Canon Sharon L. Katona

  • St. Paul’s Literacy Project

    Motivated by an abiding interest to improve the quality of life in Mishawaka through education, the St. Paul's Outreach Committee recently chose to partner with the Literacy Council of St. Joseph County by providing tutors for adult learners who seek to improve literacy skills....

     

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    UPDATE:

    The Outreach Committee is happy to report that sufficient funds have been raised to cover the cost of tutor training. Training will be conducted at St. Paul's in January.

     

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  • Scrip Update

    We have met our goal for 2010—with three months to go! Scrip sales for September totaled $9240, with a profit of $356.85, for a year-to-date total of $1,302.42—and we didn’t even get started until ??.

     

    Our goal was $1300 to meet a projected parish budget shortfall. And with a matching gift of $500 from the peanut brittle fund, we’re well in the black. Thanks to all of you who supported the program, and remember you can do a lot of your Christmas shopping with scrip. Buy “stuff” with it, or give the cards themselves as gifts. They’re always the right size and the right color.

     

    Thanks to all of you who have helped make this program such a success. We’ll do even better next year.

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