News & Announcements
  • The Nature of God with Peter van Inwagen

    Have you ever had some nagging question about God and just didn't know how to ask it or, for that matter, whom to ask? We spend a lot of time in church talking about God, but how much do we know really about His nature or even His relationship with us?

    Your opportunity to resolve some of those dilemmas is coming soon. Right in our very own congregation, we have Dr. Peter van Inwagen, world renowned metaphysician and philosopher, who is going to host a series of evening chats...a sort of mini-series on the Nature of God.

     

    These evenings will be an opportunity to hear down-to-earth lectures on philosophy and theology and then to ask those questions that have always been bugging us.

    The evenings are scheduled for 7 PM on the following Thursday nights: September 27, October 4, and October 11.

    Here is a general idea of the topics that Dr. van Inwagen will cover:

    1. The God of Abraham This would be a discussion of the understanding of the Divine nature that is common to the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    2. The Triune and Incarnate God The understanding of the Divine nature that has been given only to the Church: Trinity and Incarnation.

    3. God and Humanity Our relations with God: He is our Creator, our King, our Judge–and yet our loving Father. This discussion would include such topics as human sin, human suffering, free will, atonement and redemption and eternal life in Jesus Christ.

    And finally, Dr. van Inwagen is open to questions and is flexible. These discussions could take us anywhere.

    Dr. van Inwagen is an American analytic philosopher and the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is one of the leading figures in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action.

    So mark these dates: September 27, October 4 and October 11, 7 PM. Plan to spend those evenings with an extraordinary professor of philosophy, our very own Dr. Peter van Inwagen.

  • Thoughts for Episcopal Church Women

    After my first son was born, his godmother spoke these words: “You have just given birth to an immortal soul.” These profound words struck me with a deep wonder for the mystery of life and the love and grace of God. I was aware of a heavy solemnity for the obligation that was laid upon me that I must decide then to take up and carry.

    God knit my sons, both soul and body, together in my womb. Centuries before, He cut the cords of death through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our Father expects us to bring the past and the present together and tell our children and grandchildren about the “myth that came true” so that their lives will extend beyond this mortal one. As Eli taught Samuel to listen, we must teach them to say yes to Jesus and to know who and what they say yes to. For a small space of time, God entrusts us with children who depend on us for the guidance that will make straight the path to Him, instructing them to avoid wickedness, foolishness, and spiritual death and directing them towards purity, wisdom, and eternal life.

    In this column this autumn, I hope to write how we can teach our children and grandchildren about the Faith and how to live it so that they can, first and foremost, have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus, who is the ultimate source of all good. We want them also to learn how to be light-bearers in a world that’s in love with darkness, by bringing the Good News to the lost whether they be in their own homes or in a foreign land. By doing these things, we will then have proved to be good and faithful stewards of the lives entrusted to us for a season, a season that will bridge to eternity.

    “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

    . --Hollie Adamson

  •  

    Spring 2012 UTO Ingathering Report

    Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to our Spring United Thank Offering Ingathering last May. We collected $372.91 in donations. This money will join other Episcopal Church donations to help fund grants that will be awarded during the Spring of 2013. These grants finance projects and missions in congregations throughout the Episcopal Church and in our companion dioceses in the Anglican Communion. Our next ingathering will be in November so please remember to take a new Blue Box from the blue basket located on a shelf of the Parishioner’s Corner at the back of the church. Use the Box to collect the coins that rep- resent the many blessings in your life.

  • St. Paul’s Needs YOU!

    Well, maybe not in quite such a fierce, peremptory way, but the need is genuine. Take a look at the Ministry Schedule near the back of the Epistle, and you’ll see what an important part the congregation plays in worship at St. Paul’s. We are in need of a few more people to help. If you can serve as an usher, oblationer, or intercessor for either service, or a lector for the 8:00 service, please get in touch with Jon Adamson.

  • Sunday School

    Jen Fulton reports that she now has her full teaching staff lined up, with Sunday School due to restart once Labor Day is behind us, that is, on September 9. There’s good news for teachers, too. The curriculum, Living the Good News, is going online, so that teachers will be able to download materials whenever it’s convenient for them.

    Jen and her staff have been doing a wonderful job teaching the children of St. Paul’s about Jesus and our faith. Let’s support them in any way we can.

  • Hail thee, Festival Day!

    Festival Day, a diocesan gathering for worship, fellowship and fun, is taking place at Camp Mack on September 22. Everyone is welcome! The tentative schedule is as follows:

    9:00: Registration
    10:00: Music & Intro
    10:30: Eucharist
    11:30: Program Time
    12:00: Picnic Lunch (bring your own)
    1:00-4:00: Activities
    5:00: Dinner (provided)
    6:00: Closing

    There is a nominal fee of $10 per person or $25 per family, which will be used to offset the costs of renting the facility and providing dinner to all who attend. Checks can be made payable to "Diocese of Northern Indiana" the day of the event, or mailed ahead of time to the the diocesan office at 117 N. Lafayette Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46601.

    If the cost is a problem, see Mtr. Susan. Some financial assistance is available.

    Camp Alexander Mack is located in Milford, Indiana (www.campmack.org). This facility, owned by the Church of the Brethren, is the site of our yearly summer camps (Kids' Summer Camp, Senior High Camp, and Camp New Happenings). A map and directions are available on the website.

    We're asking that people provide their own picnic lunch, or get together with a group to pro- vide a tailgate lunch (perhaps as a parish or ministry group). For this event, we will be renting the Quinter Miller Auditorium (the "Q"), which is a large barn in the middle of a field. Vehicles will be able to park around the barn to facilitate a "tailgate" atmosphere. Tents and other shade structures are welcome as well. Please note that Camp Mack is an alcohol-free facility, in keep- ing with the disciplines of the Brethren Church.

    It would be a big help if you could register in advance, so they’ll know how many dinners to provide. Just send an email with "Festival Day" in the subject line to Tim and Kim Gray at epis- copalcamp@gmail.com with the following information: your name, email and phone number, your parish, and the number of people attending. If possible, they’d like the registrations by September 17, but walk-ins are welcome. 

    .

  • Daughters of the King

    Women, mark your October calendar now. The Daughters of the King fall assembly will be hosted by the Cathedral on October 20. Place: St. David’s, Elkhart Time: 9:30 - 1:30 Theme: Images of Jesus. Registration: October 1. Look for registration forms in your church bulletins and online. Who: All women of the Diocese are encouraged to join us.

  • 175 Years Calling for Your Memories And Dreams!

    On Sunday, November 11, we will continue to celebrate 175 years of ministry in Mishawaka as St. Paul's Episcopal Church. On that evening we will host a Festival Evensong and Reception (Evensong will be held at church and the reception at Celebrations). We are pulling out all the stops...inviting our neighbors, inviting our former Rectors, inviting our fellow Episcopalians from all over the Diocese, inviting other churches...we're even going to invite the mayor!

    But we need your help to make this event successful.

    First, if you happen to have any old photographs of St. Paul's events, may we borrow them for a slideshow for the night? We can scan your photos and return them quickly.

    Second, we are seeking written remembrances of your recollections of how you have seen God working in the life of St. Paul's along with your hopes and dreams for St. Paul's future. Some of these may be read on the evening of November 11. All of them will be published in a booklet that will be available for the night and then will be around for years to come for perusing during Coffee Hour (or even during future sermons!) Please try to keep these to under a page.

    We are asking that all photos and written remembrances be turned in to the church office by October 31.

    Third, if you are interested in singing as part of the choir for this event, please let Daniel Bayless or Mother Susan know.

  • Adult Education

    As we drew our discussion to a close in the Revelation book study this summer, we found ourselves asking questions like, “How can we live as if we understand that the Kingdom has already come? How can we live as if we believe that Death has already been conquered?” We began to challenge each other and ourselves about what constitutes responsible Christian living...including how we steward the Earth, Creation and all its resources.

     

    To that end, we are ready to begin another book study this fall. The book is Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norman Wirzba, and can be purchased through Ama- zon.com either used for around $15, or new for slightly less than $20.

    A summary of the book: “This book provides a comprehensive theological framework for assessing the significance of eating. Unlike books that focus on vegetarianism or food distribution as the key theo- logical matters, this book broadens the scope to include discussions on the sacramental character of eat- ing, its ecological and social contexts, the meaning of death and sacrifice as they relate to eating, the Eucharist as the place of inspiration and orientation, the importance of saying grace, and whether or not there will be eating in heaven. Food and Faith demonstrates that eating is of profound economic, moral, and theological significance.”

    Norman Wirzba is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. He is the author or editor of numerous essays and books, including The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age, and The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Com- munity and the Land.

    Have you thought much about eating lately? This book will change the way you eat and think about eating.

    The Wednesday night book study will begin after Evening Prayer (around 6:45) on Wednesday, September 12 and will continue to meet on September 19, October 17, 24, and 31, and November 7 and 14..

  • Sample

    SUNDAY ON THE RIVER!

    St. Paul's gift to the neighborhood in honor of 175 years of ministry in Mishawaka – music, food, fun! June 24 following the 10 am worship service. And remember:

    Bishop Little comes to visit St. Paul's for both services on June 24!

     

  • Sample

    Pentecost

    Pentecost, “the birthday of the Church,” deserves a special celebration, so we’re having a potluck party after the 10:00 Eucharist on May 27!

     

    Please plan to bring food that:

     

    ▪ is white (since the other name for Pentecost is Whitsunday). Some ideas: powdered sugar donuts, white rice, cauliflower, potatoes, pop- corn, yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels, pasta alfredo....

     

    ▪ or, represents the dove. Some ideas: Italian dove bread, chicken salad, chicken wings....

     

    ▪ or, is red. Some ideas: food that is spicy or grilled or colored red like strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, yellow, orange, and red bell peppers in a salad...

     

    ▪ or, represents the fruits of the Spirit, like a twelve- or nine- or seven- fruit salad (depending on which list you prefer).
    You might also want to bring some appropriate decorations.

     

    The Adamson family will provide a cake, as it is both the birthday of the Church and the third birthday of Will Adamson.
    There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church, so please plan to come and help celebrate!

     
  • Sample

    St. Paul's on Facebook

    For everyone on Facebook, head over to the St. Paul's page and "like" us to receive updates and information.

     
     
  • Speravi Mass: High Mass with Contemporary Music followed by Potluck Dinner on the Fourth Wednesdays of the Month
     

    Every fourth Wednesday of the month, beginning on October 26th, Speravi Mass will replace Evening Prayer at 6:00pm.

     

    Speravi Mass is an opportunity for the congregation of St Paul’s and the Mishawaka/South Bend communities to gather to worship the Lord in a contemplative setting with a blend of contemporary, ancient, and modern music, and to receive the Eucharist in a solemn mass.

     

    Speravi is inspired from beginning of Psalm 31, In te domine speravi (In you Lord have I hoped).

     

    By worshipping God in the presence of the saints we are reminded wherein lies our hope.

     

    Mass will be followed by a potluck dinner in the spirit of More-with-Less Cookbook (“helping Christians respond in a caring-sharing way in a world with limited food resources”). 

     

    If you have questions or want to help (acolytes, thurifers and musicians needed!) please contact Fr. Michael Cover (mbcover@gmail.com), Kate Kennedy (khkenned@princeton.edu), or Mother Susan (susan.haynes@gmail.com).

     

  • Sample

    Ministry Volunteers Needed

    Jon Adamson, who coordinates the ministry schedule each month, reminds us that we can always use more volunteers. If you would like to be a lector, an usher, an oblationer, or read the Prayers of the People, we'd be happy to have you serve. We'll train you if you feel the need, though the tasks are simple—but important! Talk to Mtr. Susan or Jon.

     
     
  • Sample

    Notre Dame Lunches

    As a kick-off to our campus ministries, we are starting weekly St. Paul's lunches at Notre Dame on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 1:30 in 113 Coleman-Morse Center.

     

    All are welcome to bring their lunches and enjoy a time of rest and fellowship with us.

  • Sample

    Lenten Activities for the Family

    Lent is upon us and perhaps you are desiring to use this penitential season to help your child or grandchild to grow spiritually but you don’t know quite where to begin.  Here are some ideas to help you start, and you may find that these activities will enrich your life as well. 

     

    Make a paper chain out of purple construction paper to represent all the days of Lent.

     

    Sundays can be added using white loops

     

    Activities or suggestions on how the child can do a good deed that day can be written on each loop

     

    Collect good deeds and sacrifices! For each good deed or sacrifice performed by your child, have them put a dried bean in a glass jar. On Easter morning, change the beans to a form of candy that the child enjoys (like Jelly Beans) and let them be eaten throughout the Easter Season.

    Give up a favorite toy or book for Lent

    Read through a Gospel using a children’s Bible.

    Make pretzels, a traditional Lenten food

    Learn a Bible verse each week.

    Eat less meat or sugar or more of something good for you

    Learn about a saint. Celebrate the feast days of St. David of Wales, St. Patrick, St. Joseph, or the Annunciation, all of which fall during Lent.

    Use a Lenten calendar to mark off each of day of Lent like the one at http://catholicicing.com/2011/02/printable-lenten-calendar-for-kids/

    For Holy Week:

    Make a stations of the cross box like the ones listed here or here.

    Make a homemade version of Michelangelo’s Last Supper found here.

    Print out kid-friendly stations of the cross. This webpage lists several choices.

  • Sample

    Our New Sign

    A  while ago, this sign was found gathering dust in a storage area. After a wash and a brush-up, it looked as good as new, so volunteers hung it up on the corner of Cedar and Lincolnway. It faces Cedar, so now anyone looking for St. Paul’s can see where we are, even if they’re not driving by. One more step in raising our visibility in the community. And doesn’t it look nice?

  • Sample

    Taste & See: A Child's Introduction to Elements We Use in Worship

    On Saturday, March 31st, the diocese will be sponsoring an event for children at the Cathedral of St. James entitled "Taste and See". Volunteers from five parishes are assisting.

     

    The event, which will run in the undercroft, beginning at 10 AM while the Chrism Mass is being celebrated, is intended to give children a hands-on experience with some of the elements we use in worship. There will be a station about the bread used in the Eucharist, and others with an authentic wine press with grapes, candles, and holy oils. There will also be time for music. Lunch will be provided.
    Please email info@ednin.org to RSVP.

  • Sample

    Summer Camp

    Our summer camp has a new Facebook page, Summer Camp- Diocese of Northern Indiana, and a new website, http://episcopalcamp.wordpress.com.  Staff forms are available to be filled out; just go to the website.  

  • Sample

    Outreach Report for March

    Food Pantry: January total, 299 pounds of food. February, through the 19th, 155 pounds. Thank you for your faithful support and thanks to Dale Keltner for weighing and sorting the donations. 

     

    Souper Bowl Report: Fifty-one cans of soup and $192.00 were contributed. Monetary contributions go to the St. Augustine lunch program and canned soup to Broadway Christian Church for their lunch program and food pantry  Thank you to Joel Steiner for delivering the soup to Broadway Christian. Nationally, 8,389 groups took part in the Souper Bowl and raised nearly $11,000,000. Awesome!

     

    St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk: The Winter Walk was a huge success. A record crowd of over 600 turned out, raising at least half of the monetary goal of $50,000 even before all the pledges came in, and of course the weather was glorious! If part of the point was to help people understand what it’s like to rely on one’s feet for transportation in all kinds of weather…well…let’s just say the walkers got off pretty easy. In fact, everyone seemed to be having a really good time. Some of our local politicians were there to cheer on the effort, and what seemed like thousands of cookies and hundreds of cups of hot chocolate were consumed afterward as walkers toured St. Margaret’s House and saw what a fine facility it is. Thanks to our walkers, contributors, and cookie bakers Hollie Adamson, Betty Jo Adamson, Jeanne Dams and Betty Jo Boyer.

     

    If you didn’t walk this year, plan to do it next year. If you don’t know much about St. Margaret’s House, go to their website, www.stmargaretshouse.com, and check it out. Consider volunteering. This is a place that makes a difference in the lives of women in our community, not only the guests, but the workers as well.

  • Sample

    ECW Notes

    Province V Conference

     

    L adies, the 2012 Province V Episcopal Church Women's Conference will be in South Bend from April 27-29 at The Ramada Plaza Downtown. Registration can be done online at www.ecwnorthernindiana.com/events.html. If you would like a registration packet mailed to you, please contact Christina Nevill at christina_nevill@hotmail.com or (219) 309-5635. The Diocesan website has information as well at www.ednin.org

     

    –Hollie Adamson.

     

    Thank You!

     

    When I became a member of St. Paul's on May 27, 2000, I knew that I was ready to serve our parish and was looking forward to a task to appear. In May 2004 the call came. I was asked to serve as the Parish ECW officer. I accepted the call and for the past seven and a half years I have, with God's help and the help of the people of St. Paul's, served to the best of my ability. This past year I realized that it was time to send out the call for someone to replace me. Hollie Adamson answered my call. I am so grateful to Hollie and I know that she will serve our parish with love and dedication.

     

    Thank you, Mother Susan and the people of St. Paul's, for allowing me to serve you. I shall forever treasure the beautiful wood carved figures of the Holy Family presented to me at my Recognition of Retirement on November 27.

     

    God Bless,

     

    Barbara Books

  • Sample

    UTO Report

    I would like to extend a THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Fall United Thank Offering Ingathering on November 27, 2011.

     

    Your generous donations totaled $526.60 and will join other Episcopal Church donations to fund the grants that will be awarded this spring. These grants finance projects and missions in congregations throughout the Episcopal Church and in our companion dioceses in the Anglican Communion.

     

    Please remember to take a new Blue Box from the blue basket located on a shelf of the Parishioner's Corner at the back of the church for the Spring UTO Ingathering. As you offer up your spare change and your thanksgivings, remember that your gift of gratitude is not simply a self-contained spiritual discipline for it merges with the gifts of others to help fulfill the church's mission to restore all people to union with God. This discipline of gratitude begins in the home, as author Margaret Kim Peterson states in Keeping House:, "A Christian home, properly understood, is never just for one's own family. A Christian home overflows its boundaries; it is an outpost of the Kingdom of God, where the hungry are fed and the naked are clothed and there is room enough for everyone."

  • Sample

    Adult Formation

    Beginning January 15, we will again be having Adult Formation class at 9:00 AM, between the services, and also on Wednesdays after Evening Prayer, beginning 18—choose your session.

     

    We'll be studying the Book of Revelation, using as our text N. T. Wright's Revelation for Everyone. You can purchase the book through Amazon for about $15, or let Mtr. Susan know by January 8 and she will order for you.

     

    Here's the publisher's description: "N. T. Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions."

  • Sample

    Weather Alerts

    Now that cold, snowy weather is on the horizon, if it causes us to cancel any event at St. Paul's, notice will be posted on WSBT Channel 22 and its affiliates: NewsRadio 960, SUNNY 101.5, Oldies 94.3, Real Country 99.9 and of course the website, www.wsbt.com. And while we're on the subject, be sure your car isn't left in our lot on these snowy days, as our plowing service needs to get through.

  • Sample

    Diocesan Convention

    Diocesan Convention 2011 was a great success! We were honored to have Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori visit us.

     

    Click here for photos (including this one of Mother Susan with the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Little).

     
  • Marifiki

    Marafiki

    St. Paul’s congregations were blessed in October with a visit from the Rev. Dr. John Nganga, the director of the Marafiki mission in Kenya.

     

    St. Paul’s has for some time helped support this mission, a refuge for children orphaned by AIDS which began a few years ago with no buildings, no money, no staff—nothing but urgent need and faith. Now the mission is a thriving community, thanks to its many friends. (“Marafiki” means “many friends” in Swahili.)

     

    In addition to housing for the orphans, Marafiki has begun a farm to help support the community and teach the children some life skills.

     

    Here are some pictures of the delightful children at the mission, and you can read about the exciting goals for the future of this heartwarming endeavor

  • Sample

    Journey in Faith Classes to Begin

    In preparation for the celebration of St. Paul's 175th birthday next year, we will soon begin our Journey in Faith classes.

     

    Those who are interested in becoming confirmed or received or in renewing your baptismal vows might consider such an action in honor of our parish's great celebration.

     

    The classes will be convened at a time mutually convenient to those participating; however, now is the time to let Mtr. Susan or Mike Thompson know of your interest.

  • Sample

    Jen Fulton Admitted to Postulancy

    Congratulations to Jen Fulton who, over the summer, was admitted by the Commission on Ministry and Bishop Little to Postulancy in our Diocese for the Sacred Order of Priests.

     

    Jen will soon begin her formational process, the next step toward ordination. During this time, she will engage in formal education, most likely toward a Master of Divinity. She will also be participating in our Diocesan Formation Group which will meet four to six times a year in the Undercroft here at St. Paul's.

     

    We are happy to open our doors as home to this group at just the time that Jen is entering Formation. Some of you will remember when St. Paul's hosted the Faith in Ministry group, the training group for Vocational Deacons; this will be a similar endeavor.

  • St. Margaret’s House Wins Big!
     

    The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded the Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence to St. Margaret’s House. As well as being an enormous honor and recognition of the splendid work St. Margaret’s House does, the award carries with it a $100,000 challenge grant. That means that St. Margaret’s House must raise another $100,000 to claim the full prize, but director Kathryn Schneider isn’t worried about that, according to the South Bend Tribune. Their fund-raising efforts in the past have been successful, and she’s convinced that this one will be, too.

     

    Almost all the money will go toward helping the guests of St. Margaret’s House. The organization is run almost entirely by volunteers, and their space is donated by the Cathedral of St. James. We of St. Paul’s, who have always supported St. Margaret’s House, need to be particularly aware of the challenge of the coming year, and give as generously as we can toward the goal.

     

    One of the ways you might consider helping is to attend the annual St. Margaret’s House luncheon. The theme this year is Fashioning Our Lives on the Road to Wisdom. It’s happening on Tuesday, November 15, at the Hilton Garden Inn, from 11:30 to 1.

     

    For more information go to their website, www.stmargaretshouse.org, and click on Events.

     

    The work of St. Margaret’s House is critical in this extremely difficult economic climate; let’s help with our prayers and our gifts to make sure it continues. And let’s lift an extra prayer of thanksgiving for this tremendous boost!

  • Sample

    Diocesan Convention

    You’ll be hearing a lot more about convention as the time approaches, but for now note the two notices on following pages, and please remember: If you plan to attend any event
    which involves a meal, you must make a reservation, so they’ll know how many people they’re going to feed.

     

    Call Carole in our office, 574-255-9090, to reserve your place.

     

    More information...

     

     

     

  • Sample

    Rummage Sale

    Attention everyone! Please start collecting items for the church rummage sale. No clothing, please. If you plan to donate a “big- ticket” item, please let someone on the committee know by September 16, so that it can be included in the advertising.

     

    The committee this year is headed by Carol McQueen, Pam Jentz, and Julia Philip. (Julia has kindly volunteered to chair next year’s sale.)

     

    The sale will be held on September 24, from 8:00 to 1:00. Sorting, marking, and set-up will be on the preceding Friday, the 23rd, from 9:00 to noon. We always include a bake sale, so if you would bake an item for that we’d be most grateful. The more we have to sell the more money we make for the church. Thank you in advance.

     

    –Carol McQueen for the Rummage Sale Committee

  • Sample

    Sunday School

    Our Sunday School program is about to begin, and we are looking for teachers! Teachers are asked to teach approximately once each month, and may use our official curriculum, Living the Good News, or may follow their own creative impulses.

     

    If you feel called to participate in this important ministry, please speak with Jen Fulton or email her at jenbradf@yahoo.com.

     

  • Sample

    Jeanne’s Latest

    Jeanne Dams’ latest book, Murder in Burnt Orange, is available at St. Paul’s. As with her previous book, Jeanne has donated a few copies to the church. If you’d like to buy one, it’s $16 (payable to St. Paul’s).

     

    This is the newest in the series starring Hilda Johansson and set in South Bend in the very early twentieth century. Jeanne is working on the next book in the Dorothy Martin series, which are set in the UK, and thus is traveling to Wales and London in September for research.

     

    Here’s a picture of the “fortified border house” in Wales, five hundred years old or so, where she’s spending the first week of her trip.

  • Sample

    September 11:  We Remember and are Healed

    September 11 marks the 10th anniversary of the horrendous attack on the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the beginning of an era of war for America. On that day in church (which happens to be a Sunday), we will devote the homily time to a sharing of our memories of that event, followed by a time of prayer wherein we offer these memories, and our hopes and dreams for our world, up to Jesus in order to be healed and restored.

     

    Where were you on September 11, 2001 and what vision do you have for a redeemed world?

  • Fall Adult Formation

    Competent Christians are those who know how to “hear, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” (BCP, p. 236) the Scriptures. Join us for Wednesday evenings, beginning September 21, following Evening Prayer, to practice Lectio Divina, a prayerful way of reading Scriptures.

     

    Classes will begin at 7 PM and will include Scriptures, conversation and prayer.

     

    For those who want to join us for Evening Prayer, you might want to bring a “sack supper” and/or something to share between Evening Prayer and the Lectio Divina classes.

     

    Supper will be in the Undercroft. Class will be in our new Lower Room!

  • A Dark and Stormy Night
     

    A limited numer of Jeanne Dams' new book, A Dark and Stormy Night are available for sale in the church office. Each ardback book is $28.

     

    As Jeanne has donated these books, all sales will go direcstly to the church, so please make your check to St. Paul's.

  • A Word to Children About Christian Stewardship
     

    Isn't it wonderful that every night when we sit down to dinner, our tables have lots of food on them? And isn't it nice that when we wake up in the morning, Mom and Dad have good breakfasts for us to eat? And how delightful to eat lunch every day at school!

     

    We are blessed that God has provided us with some much. Let's celebrate that!

     

    Sit down and talk with your parents about pledging.

     

    That's right! We are asking every child at St. Paul's to consider making a pledge like this: see if you can commit every Sunday to bringing at least one canned or dry goods food product next year.

     

    We are going to give you a card to write down your plans, and on Sunday, November 13, when the adults come forward to deposit their pledge cards in the basket, you can come forward to with your own card. Then, starting in January, we are going to ask the children to come forward with their food gifts when the offering is brought forward.

     

    Let us thank God for his abundance through our own offerings!

  • October Outreach Report
    Food Pantry:

August – 243 lbs
September 18th  - 161 lbs
Thank you for your faithful giving to stock our pantry shelves.

Third quarter Outreach Offering Distribution:

St. Margaret’s House    $ 124
Marifiki        $ 219
Hannah’s House    $  44

Hannah’s House:

Once again, the taco salad dinner for Hannah’s House Mom’s Support Group was greatly appreciated.  We served nearly 60+ and had food to spare.  Thank you to the following for providing food for this dinner:  Jeanne Dams, Kyle and John Lendel, Ida and Forbis Yates, Carole Gross, Nancy and Bob Kuyoth, Betty Jo Boyer, Theresa Betz, Jan Frieden, and Ann Hardy.  Thank you to Mother Susan, Linda Ruthig and Kate Kennedy for serving and clean-up.  The dish pan hands award goes to Mother Susan for her sink labors.

St. Margaret’s House  (SMH):

SMH has been named the winner of the 2011 Leighton Award for non-profit excellence.  A total of 12 agencies competed this year and SMH was honored to receive this award.  The award from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County provides $ 100,000 endowment for which SMH must match from its own fund raising for a total of $ 200,000.  SMH operates with a staff of 10 and 90 % of its labor force are volunteers.  SMH uses building space donated by the Cathedral of St. James.  SMH was founded 21 years ago by Deacon Sarah Tracy as a haven for women to take a break from the streets and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. 
Volunteer Opportunities include receptionists, kitchen helpers, handy women or  handy men as needed for odd jobs.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes:

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through simple gift-filled shoe boxes.  Collection day at St Paul’s is Sunday, November 13, 2011.

To get started with your Shoe Box(es) gift(s):

Shoe Box – Use an empty shoe box (standard size) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box ( lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Pray for the child who will receive your gift.

Boy or Girl – Select whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl – age categories are:  2-4,  5 – 9 and 10 – 14 years.  Mark the age category on the boy or girl label and tape it to the box.

Fill with Gifts !

Include a $ 7.00 donation to pay postage costs.  ( See brochure for details)

Bring to church by Sunday, November 13, 2011.

Gift suggestions  -  School supplies, Toys, Hygiene items, Miscellaneous items, Personal note.

Do not include the following:  Used or damaged items, war related toys, chocolate, food, liquids or lotions, medication, vitamins or breakable (fragile) items.

You may provide individual items if you do not wish to pack a complete shoe box.

Thanksgiving baskets:

Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed the weekend of November 19th and 20th, 2011.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in the back of the church.  You may provide your own basket, contribute individual items or contribute  $ 30 per basket for the Outreach Committee to shop for your basket.
Usual items included in a Thanksgiving basket:
Turkey or Ham
Foil pan and cooking bag
Potatoes, white and sweet
Vegetables
Stuffing
Cranberry sauce
Rolls
Pumpkin pie or fruit pie
More to follow in the November newsletter.

Marifiki

In August, a group visited Rafiki to witness the incredible improvements underway.  Progress has occurred in many areas and this is a listing of new projects.

Greenhouse Farming -  In February, a new greenhouse was erected and many crops can be planted and raised in these conditions.  Tomatoes are a very popular crop.

Boy’s Dorm - An important milestone for Rafiki was the opening of a Boys’ Dormitory.

Medical Clinic -  The clinic contains a laboratory and stocked pharmacy.

Upgrade in the culinary arts

Tilapia Pond -  The first harvest and sale of tilapia fish will be a new source of income for Rafiki.

Rafiki Academy – The major goal is to bring education in-house to the Rafiki childre

 

  • Coffee Hour Changes
     

    WE ARE DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH COFFEE HOUR!  Some coffee hour hosts have recently "retired," and rather than try to replace hosts who are obligated once a month, the coffee hour group has come up with a different plan.  In conjunction with Mother Susan, they would like to propose the following:

     

    In the back of the church, a chart has been placed with little pink cards on it, each card representing a Sunday in the year.  The chart has 52 weeks, beginning with the first Sunday in November.  The expectation is that each card will be picked up by a parishioner so that all coffee hours will be fulfilled.  You may pick as many cards as you wish for dates that work best for you.  If no one signs up to provide refreshments for a particular week, only coffee and tea will be available at coffee hour.

     

    The responsibilities of a coffee hour host are pretty simple.  You are to start the coffee and tea water, usually before church begins.  Put out the juice and water for other drinks.  These items are all supplied by the church.  All we ask is that you bring a couple of simple snacks to share and enjoy.  As we do have a number of parishoners with health issues, we have tried to have a “healthy” snack such as veggies or fruit along with a sweet treat.  The plates, napkins and silverware are all supplied for you.

    After coffee hour, the host is expected to clean everything up, wash any dirty dishes and silverware and put them away.  Clean up the kitchen, making sure all appliances(coffee pots) are shut off and the lights are turned off.

    More detailed instructions will be posted in the kitchen as to where supplies can be found and how to make the coffee.

    Our thinking is that in order for coffee hour to be enjoyed by all, the responsibilities should be shared by all.  Thank you for signing up!

     

  • Sample

    Peanut Brittle Continues

    We will continue cooking peanut brittle at 6:00 PM on Mondas throughout November and December. Donations of sugar, butter and Karo syrup are welcomed.

    Thanks, Betty Jo Boyer

  • Sample

     
    Tis the Season to Reach Out!

    There are several ways to reach out to the needy this Advent season.

    OUR OWN GIVING TREE!

    We have identified a couple of families who might need assistance during the holiday season to make Christmas happen for their children and for themselves.

     

    We will set up a small tree in the back of the church with ornaments on them, each ornament bearing a suggested gift to purchase and wrap.

     

    Then just before Christmas, we will deliver the gifts to each family along with a food basket.

     

    Watch for the tree in the church, beginning Advent I, November 27.

    CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE!

    The School City of Mishawaka is sponsoring a food drive for the holidays.

     

    Food is collected during December and routed to Mishawaka High School. Then the school sponsors a "grocery store" where financially struggling families can come and "shop," selecting only the food they need in order to feed their families.

     

    The Outreach Committee would like to request your assistance by your continued contributions to our food pantry.

     

    During the months of November and December, these gifts will be equally divided between Albright's food pantry (to which we normally give) the the food drive for Mishawaka High School.

  • Sample

    Stations of the Nativity

    Stations of the Nativity is a devotional service built around visual and written works of art contributed by St. Paul's parishoners. These services will be held at 5:30 on Wednesday evenings beginning November 30th and continuing through Advent.

     

    These works of art, a collective endeavor, have received national and international attention as an innova- tive aid to worship. We are very proud of all who contributed their time and talent to make this project a reality.

    If you are unable to attend or would like to view and read the works beforehand, you can find them here.

  • Music Program Changes Coming

    The people of St. Paul's reluctantly accepted Stephen Drendall's resignation as choir director, with his last Sunday being June 19 - Trinity Sunday (the day of the Bishop's visitation). We express our gratitude for the years of faithful service and exquisite musicianship which Stephen gave us.

    Where is St. Paul's going musically now?

     

    That's the question we are going to be discussing this summer. Please watch for a feedback survey which our Church Development Institute (CDI) Team is putting together regarding the music program. We plan to implement the survey in late July or early August, and will be soliciting your feedback regarding your desires for music on Sunday morning, your level of comfort with various musical styles, and other issues regarding the use of music in the Liturgy. Then in late summer or early fall we will host a Town Hall meeting and present a plan and direction for music at St. Paul's based on your feedback.

  • Death In The Family

    It is with a mixture of sadness and comfort that we inform you of the death of Ralph Burget, beloved Sexton and member, who died May 10 at 1:40 a.m. at Hospice House in South Bend.  We offer this news in the comfort that Ralph is no longer suffering and that he rests in the Lord in the company especially of his children Randy, Scott and Dawn who preceded him in death. But we also convey this news with great sadness that physically he will no longer be among us.  He was our beloved friend, father, grandfather, husband and brother in Christ.

    A memorial service for Ralph is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 11 am at the church, with visitation with the family one hour beforehand also at the church.  A luncheon will follow the service. 

     

    Ralph's wife, Sharon, is currently at home and would welcome cards, phone calls and visits.  Please continue to pray for Sharon, for their daughter and son-in-law Victoria and Gerald Rider, and for their grand-daughters Hannah Rider and Maria Lucio.

    A Commendation at the Time of Death:
    Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;
    In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
    In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
    In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
    May your rest be this day in peace,
      and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.

    A Commendatory Prayer:
    Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Ralph.  Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Recieve himinto the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.  Amen.

    May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

     

    Update: Ralph's obituary in the South Bend Tribune can be found here.

  • Bookish

    In the March issue of The Living Church, two book reviews written by our parishioners appeared, one by Joel Dodson and the other by Jon Adamson. Both were of books written by authors we’ve studied in our adult classes at St. Paul’s. Well done, Joel and Jon!

  • Fresh, Local Produce

    This is from Marie Blunt, a Samaritan Center counselor. The farm is where Mother Susan goes occasionally for some R&R; you may remember the picture of her with the chicken.

    Are you striving to eat healthier? Do you long for truly fresh-from-the-farm local produce?

    For several years I have been obtaining farm fresh, locally grown veggies, meat and eggs from Hawkins Family Farm. Located in North Manchester, IN it is truly “family” as Farmer Jeff Hawkins is also Rev. Jeff Hawkins, Clergy and Congregation Care Director for SCC. If you are interested in having great food all summer long, let Jeff or me know. The past few years he has been able to make deliveries twice a month, but if we have 8-10 families in the SB area we have arrange weekly deliveries. www.hawkinsfamilyfarm.com

     

    My family and I look forward to the wonderful foods that come from the farm and I invite you to consider joining us in this great eating experience!

  • The Garden of St. Therese

    In the winter of 2007, several parishioners of Holy Trinity, South Bend, had the idea of beginning a community garden in Holy Trinity’s churchyard. That season, when the first plot was being prepared, neighbors asked if we were digging graves! We realized then the garden posed many opportunities for meeting our neighbors, getting to know them, and ministering with them.
    Our community and parish is strengthened as we connect to Creation as created beings ourselves, and witness to God’s love and providence through “feeding the hungry”. We are growing organic produce with and for our neighbors, donating to food banks and pantries, and teaching others how to grow… and not just vegetables!

     

    Would you like to join us? Whether you have a green thumb or are still working out the difference between weeds and flowers, you can help us by:

    • Volunteering to help with planting, maintenance, or harvesting—even two hours a month, individually or as part of a group, would make a difference.

    • Donating materials like tools, stakes/cages, string, compost, mulch, or manure.

    • Lending your truck for hauling compost, mulch, and other supplies.

     

    For more information about the garden or how you can get involved, please visit: http:// holytrinitysouthbend.org/ or contact Ruth Wivell at garden.of.st.therese@gmail.com or 574-232-1402

 

  • What Is the Anglican Covenant?

    Very broadly speaking, in an era where divisions exist among members of the World-wide Anglican Communion, the Covenant is a document that seeks to formalize and clarify the ties that bind the Communion together in Jesus Christ, while at the same time offering them a mechanism by which they can make decisions together.

     

    The General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA will be considering an endorsement of this document at its next meeting in 2012. St. Paul's would like to engage study and conversation surrounding this document beginning sometime in July (dates to be announced).

     

    In preparation for our conversation we encourage you to read the text of the Covenant at this website: http://www.ednin.org/ednin/file.php/1/eBeacon/html/docs_forms/AnglicanCovenantFinal.pdf

  • Summer Camp

    Senior High Camp will be held July 24th to the 30th. The theme will be "A Journey with Christ".

     

    Application materials are now available!

     

    Youths who have completed 9th through 12th grades are eligible to attend.

     

    Staff volunteers and craft donations are still needed.

     

    Please contactcjbianchini@comcast.net ortmdmsn@yahoo.com for more information.

  • St. Paul's in South Bend Tribune

    St. Paul's has recently been featured in the South Bend Tribune. Click here to read.

  • Stations of the Nativity, chapter 3

    We thought you might be interested in some further ripples cast by our Advent project last year. We received the following letter:

     

    Dear people at St Paul’s,
    I recently came across a copy of the English Church Times which described the art works of the Stations of the Nativity prepared by parishioners of St Paul’s.
    I was quite intrigued, and I ask if I could please obtain a copy of the booklet you prepared? If I can do this, please can you let me know the cost of the booklet plus postage?
    Would you allow me to use the Stations in our small Religious Community at the appropriate time? I am currently the Leader of the Community of the Holy Name, in Melbourne, Victoria,
    Australia.
    In the fellowship of Jesus, Yours sincerely,
    Sr Josephine Margaret C.H.N. 40 Cavanagh Street Cheltenham, Victoria. 3192
    The Community House
    Australia.

     

    Just goes to show, you never know how far your action may spread. This group effort reached a group of Anglican nuns who are almost as far away as is possible on this globe of ours.

  • Congratulations Rebecca Haynes!

    Rebecca Haynes won first prize in a contest sponsored by the
    Michiana Writers' Center and the St. Joseph Valley Council of the International Reading Association. The theme of the contest was fantasy writing and was inspired by the work of Chicago fantasy novelist, James Kennedy.

     

    Rebecca's story, "The Life of an Angel" was selected from entries received from grades 6-12 all over Michiana.

  • Adult Forum

    After a brief New Year’s break, the Sunday Morning Adult Forum will resume on Sunday, February 13 at 9:00 AM, in the undercroft. We’ll discuss our course of study for the upcoming months. As always, all are welcome to attend, and no advance preparation is necessary. Please join us as we read, discuss, and think through God’s word together! Please contact Joel Dodson at 630-915- 3623 or jdodson1@nd.edu if you have any questions.

  • Men's Club

    The first meeting of the newly reinstated Men’s Club met in December to discuss a preliminary schedule for the new year. It was decided at that time that we would meet the second Saturday of every month from 8:30-9:30am.

     

    The purpose of the Men’s Club is twofold: (1) to encourage male fellowship and provide an outlet for male spirituality, and (2) to engage in community outreach. Our January meeting fell to the weather, but we will meet on February 12. Breakfast will be provided.



  • 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. Click here to view the Church Times issue (the stations are featured on page 7).

     
    Update 2:

    Fox 28 News in South Bend did a short profile of the stations. Watch the video here.

     

     
  • 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....

     

    Read more...

    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.

     

    Read more...

     
  • 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.

  • Relief for Japan

    Many have asked recently if the Episcopal Church has a mechanism for responding to the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster and Japan.

     

    The good news is that we, the church, are already there offering aid through Episcopal Relief and Development.

     

    Please visit their website to learn more, to make a donation, and for lots more information on the crucial work of Episcopal
    Relief & Development. Please give generously to support their worldwide mission.

  • Address for Chesnuts

    We received an email from Owen Chesnut giving new addresses for his family. Some of you know that they are at present in Jordan, where Owen is pursuing an aspect of his graduate studies. Their address for letters is:

     

    Owen Chesnut, c/o ACOR, P.O. Box 2470, 11181 Amman, Jordan. For packages: Owen Chesnut, c/o ACOR, 8 Rashid al Abadla, Tla'al Ali, Amman 11181, Jordan.

     

    And when they return to the US, their address will be: 5271 Manthei Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770

     

  • Sunday School News

    Both teachers and students are pleased with the way Sunday School is going. We have a few new students from families who have joined the parish, and may soon have to organize a new class to meet the needs of another age group. The kids seem to await Sunday School with eagerness, and love to talk about what they’ve learned there. And I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated group of teachers. This is the future of St. Paul’s, and it looks bright!

  • Literacy Project

    Our St. Paul's tutors are off and running, exercising remarkable creativity to develop learner-centered lesson plans.

     

    Tutors meet with their students weekly and use a variety of strategies to help them work toward goals they have established for themselves.

     

    So far lessons have run the gamut from basic word recognition drills and filling out sample job applications to going to a movie and discussing it afterwards.

     

    On April 10, the tutors will be commissioned by Mother Susan at both services. Tutors will meet with the Literacy Council trainer as a group in early May to share their experiences and ask questions.

     

    If you are interested in joining this vital outreach project, this reunion of tutors will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the joys and challenges of helping adults achieve improved literacy. Please continue to pray for the tutors and their students.

  • Lavanture Family

    We are pleased to announce the birth of Anderson Paul Lavanture on March 22, 2011.

  • Grants Available

    It is time once again for application for Continuing Education grants from the Commission on Ministry.

     

    These grants are open to clergy and lay people alike.

     

    An application and full instructions are at http://www.ednin.org/ednin/file.php/1/eBeacon/html/ eBDocuments.html under the heading "Continuing Education Grant Application". THE DEADLINE IS MAY 31.

     

    They are for any person in the diocese who wants to continue with education in a particular ministry field. The idea is to "equip the saints for ministry". A priest, for example, could go to a conference on urban mission or take a class on prayer, et cetera. A lay person might get certified in teaching a particular Sunday School curriculum or be trained as a parish nurse, and so on.

  • Summer Camp

    It is that time of the year again, time for all youth to think about attending the Diocesan Summer Camp, to be held June 12 through 18. This year’s theme is "In the Land of Giants".

     

    Camp is open to any child who will be entering grades three through nine in the fall. Any youth who would like to go can go to our diocesan web page www.ednin.org and look for "In the Land of Giants". There is a brochure and a medical release form for the youth to fill out to be able to attend this years camp.

     

    Also (this is very short notice), any high school junior or senior aged sixteen or older, or any adult who would like to help out with this year’s camp can go to the same web page for an application. The staff application must be turn in by April 1 to the Co-Directors Kim and Tim Gray, If any one (youth or staff) has any question about our Diocesan Camp, you may contact Patti Anderson.

  • Join the Choir for Holy Week!

    A special call is issued to everyone, including those who would not normally be able to participate in the choir on a regular basis, to make this Easter something special!

    We are rehearsing on Tuesady April 5 and 19 at 7pm for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

    Please consider joining the Choir for the 2011 Holy Week!

    For more information, click here.

     

  • Marriage Course to Begin

    The second segment of our 2010-2011 Adult Education Offering will be a course on Christian Marriage.

     

    This course is designed for married couples who are seeking to enhance and enrich their married life, a gift given to them through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

     

    In order to begin, we will gather on Wednesday November 10 at 6 pm in the church for Evening Prayer (to which everyone is invited, married or not). After Evening Prayer we will enjoy supper together and then use the remainder of the evening to plan how we want to structure this course and our time together. Children are welcome.

     

    If you would like to participate in this course and have not let Mother Susan know, please do so at your earliest convenience.

  • Update on the Photo Directory

    Kyle Lendel and Dave Jentz are still planning to create a digital photo directory of St. Paul's parish, but have delayed the photo shoot until after the new year. Please stay tuned for details.

  • Rest in Peace Lloyd Hap Morris

    We were saddened to learn of the death on October 24 of Lloyd Hap Morris, in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross. Please keep the Morris family in your prayers, for his wife, Rosalee, his daughter, Chris (Cannoot) and his sons Matthew and Bill.

     

    A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated for him on Saturday, November 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas' Church, Plymouth. Visitation with the family will be at 10 a.m. at the church. Mother Susan will preside at the Eucharist, and Fr. John Schramm will be the preacher. St. Thomas' Church is located at 412 N. Center Street in Plymouth.

     

    Mrs. Helen Glaub of St. Thomas is coordinating a funeral luncheon for after the service. She has indicated that she would welcome the assistance of any St. Paul's parishioners in contributing to this luncheon or with its serving in the parish house following the service. If you are able to do this, please contact Mrs. Glaub at 574-936-9145.

     

    Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Lloyd. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

  •  

    Congratulations

    Congratulations to Rebecca Haynes who recently auditioned for and was selected to play cello in the South Bend Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra.
    Rebecca is in the sixth grade at LaSalle Academy and has been playing the cello for about seven years.

     

    The Finkbiner kids (Ken and Carol's children: Patti and Jimmie Anderson; Tom, Greta and Lucas Finkbiner; and Bill Finkbiner) would love to wish Ken Finkbiner a Very Happy 65th Birthday on October 12, 2010 and many more
    to come.

  • Adult Formation This Fall

    The Wednesday evening adult formation will begin September 15. Come join us for Evening Prayer at 6 PM, followed by a meal at 6:30 PM (donations accepted), with the study beginning at 7 PM.

     

    During September and October, we will be reading and studying the book Why Go to Church?: The Drama of the Eucharist by T. Radcliffe.

     

    Then on November 3, the marriage course will begin.

     

    We’ll take a break for Advent and Christmas and then resume during Epiphany (notice the change in dates on this). Many of you have already advised Mother Susan that you will be participating, but if you have not, it is not too late.

     

    This course is open to all married couples and is designed for marriage enrichment. There will be some advance preparation and Mother Susan will advise participating couples of that in October. Additionally, please let Mother Susan know if you would like to have child care during these meetings.

  • Outreach Report

    The food pantry donations are good, considering it’s summer, when people go away. Look- ing ahead to Fall, which will be here sooner than we think, I would like people to think about Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas shoeboxes. I will soon be assembling a committee for the Thanksgiving baskets, using the ministry forms. -Pam Jentz

     

  • Attention All Sunday School Teachers!

    Thank you to all those who have signed up to teach Sunday School or to act as substitute Sunday School teachers! Jen Fulton will be holding a brief meeting immediately following coffee hour on August 29. For those who cannot be there, Jen will hold a makeup meeting on September 5 immediately following coffee hour. She will be introducing teachers to the curriculum, discussing what to do if you cannot teach your assigned weekend, and answering questions so that we are prepared to launch our official Sunday School program on September 12. The children are so excited to begin!

    September Teaching Schedule:

    9/12: Jen Fulton (preschool) Jonathan Juiles and Barbara Books (gradeschool)

     

    9/19: Jon Adamson and Betty Jo Adamson (p) Amanda Williams (g)

     

    9/26 Pam Jentz (p) Linda Ruthig (g)

     
     
  • The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

    Well, not really. But as most of you know, we lost a large patch of plaster from our sanctuary ceiling in August. It chose a moment to fall when both our rector and our junior warden, Lisette Bolduc (who is responsible for building maintenance) were out of town! However, all is well, damage was minor, and repairs are scheduled. Senior warden Jon Adamson coped splendidly until Lisette returned, beginning the solicitation of bids. The company which submitted the low bid also inspected the entire ceiling, and found one other weak area, fortunately in the same section as the original problem. The repairs are expected to begin shortly after Labor Day, and although we have been assured that the ceiling is safe, we will continue to worship in the undercroft until repairs have been completed. The damaged pews will be repaired by Lee Bontrager, who refinished them originally—and the new lighting in the church should be completed at the same time.

    A big vote of thanks is due to Lisette and Jon, and to all who worked so hard to make the transition to the undercroft so smooth, and who created a reverent, worshipful space for us to use while we need it. St. Paul’s is truly blest in its parishioners.

     

  • Children’s Eucharist

    The Children's Instructed Eucharist, originally scheduled for September 11, will be rescheduled when the repairs are accomplished in the church. Stay tuned!

  • St. Paul's Café

    We would like to invite you to the opening of St. Paul's Café. St. Paul's Café will be an opportunity for members from both the 8 and 10 am services to gather together for a meal to enjoy each other's fellowship. We will be serving breakfast or dinner from month to month. St. Paul's Café will be
    open for breakfast on special Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 9:45. This will enable all parishoners to enjoy a delicious meal along with some great fellowship, while still being able to attend the service of their choice, the Adult Bible
    Study or Choir Practice.

     

    Our first meal will be on Sunday, October 17; we will be serving breakfast. The menu will be eggs, sausage or bacon, potatoes and some kind of (good) bread. Juice and coffee will also be served. The cost of this meal will be $3 person with a maximum of $9 per family. Profits will go to the General Fundraising line of the budget.
    Hope you will join us on October 17.

     

    We would also like to issue an invitation to anyone who would like to join our coffee hour gang after the 10:00
    service. We can always use fresh faces and new perspectives. If you feel you are unable to help on a
    monthly basis we can always use subs to fill in when someone is unable to be at church on his or her
    week. Please join us. If you have any questions, please contact Mother Susan or Kyle Lendel.

  • Sunday Morning Bible Study

    This Fall, from 9-9:50am on Sundays, we will be holding a bible study on Genesis 1-11 led by Fr. Michael Cover and Joel Dodsen. All are welcome, and no advance preparation is necessary.

     

    You can find a more detailed explanation of this study as well as a schedule here.

  • Greg Wilde Ordination to the Priesthood

    Our seminarian Greg Wilde was ordained to the priesthood on August 20th at Trinity Church in Columbus, GA.
    He will be serving as an assistant in that parish.

     

    Congratulations to Greg and the Wilde family!

  • Camp New Happenings

    During July, both Mother Susan and Sarah Haynes vol- unteered to be on the staff at Camp New Happenings, the Diocesan-sponsored camp for children who have a parent who is incarcerated.

     

    Sarah, who had signed up to help with Arts and Crafts, was invited by the directors to spend her week doing a portrait sketch of each of the 24 campers. At the end of the week, the sketches were placed in decoupage frames that the children had made and were presented to them on the last day of camp.

     

    On the following page are some photos of Sarah and her work and one photo of Mother Susan with a very special camper friend.

     

    Both Sarah and Mother Susan would like to report that this camp is a phe- nomenal ministry; and when the day comes next winter to donate money to it (Camp New Happenings Day in February), we encourage the members of St. Paul’s to give generously.

     
     
  • Calling All Sunday School Teachers

    Our Sunday School program is still in need of teachers to fill our planned monthly teaching rotation. Teachers will be supplied with a flexible curriculum, Living the Good News, and may teach either the pre- school or the grade school class. A signup sheet is in the back of the church. If you have any questions, please speak with Jen Fulton, Pam Jentz, or Mother Susan Haynes.

  • Thomas Haynes Ordination

    We congratulate the Rev. Thomas Haynes who was ordained as a transitional deacon on Tuesday, June 15.

    The Haynes family wishes to express their gratitude for all the St. Paul’s people who attended the service and all who baked cookies for the reception.


  • Mother Susan Essay in The Living Church

    Mother Susan has had an essay published in the June edition of The Living Church magazine. The essay chronicles the events preceding this year's Easter Vigil in which she and several other people rescued a teenage girl from the St. Joseph River behind the church, and concludes with some beautiful reflections on the significance of this event as embodying the Easter experience itself.

     

    Christopher Wells, erstwhile St. Paul's parishoner and now editor of The Living Church, has graciously provided St. Paul's with some free copies of this issue of the magazine, available in print by request from Mtr. Susan as well as online by clicking here.

    If you like what you read, please consider becoming a subscriber to The Living Church, which offers news and commentary on affairs within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion from the perspective of "Catholic Anglicanism" (read more about that here). Those of us who have known Dr. Wells can testify to the wisdom and insight he undoubtedly brings to the leadership of this publication, and so if you are interested in thoughtful, balanced and informed perspectives on our lives as Episcopalians, a subscription to this magazine might be of great benefit.

     

    A direct link to Mother Susan's essay can be found here.

     
  • Scott Williams' Sermon

    Scott Williams' Trinity Sunday sermon from May 30 can be read or downloaded here.

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

    No, we’re not talking about the tallit, or tallis, the shawl worn by many Jews while praying. The shawls we’re making are knitted with prayer, to give to anyone who needs warmth and comfort. They are gifts of love. They’re also lots of fun to make—and easy. You don’t have to be a knitter; we’ll teach you.

    St. Paul’s Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Thursday at 1:00 in the conference room of the Parish House. We will have prayer and engage in the contemplative action of knitting prayer shawls.

     

    Questions? See Betty Jo Adamson, Barbara Books, Kyle Lendel or Mother Susan.

     

  • Help With Love

    A new and exciting organization is getting ready to open its doors in the Mishawaka/Bremen area. It’s called Help With Love, and its mission is to “unite the Church to provide Help With Love to those in need, that all may know God and His Son.” Mother Susan is on the board of this organization and has been working with its leaders to get the project off the ground.

     

    The method of Help With Love is simple. The organization will provide help with love in our community:

     

    By connecting the resources of many churches with the people that need them.

     

    By working together to provide new ministries where needs exist.

     

    By sharing our faith in Christ in all we do.

     

    The goal of Help With Love is not only to provide needed resources to people who need them, but to enable them to become self-sufficient through mentoring and advocacy.

     

    Very soon Help With Love will be looking for people to volunteer in the following capacities: 1) an- swering the phone when people call for help, 2) volunteering to mentor a family, 3) volunteering to be- come an advocate for someone, and other ministries as needed. Please consider giving yourself to this valuable ministry.

     

    For more information, visit www.HelpWithLove.org

  • Scrip Fundraising Program

    We’re underway with a new fundraising program in which parishoners purchase "script" (usually pre-paid cards or gift certificates) from St. Paul's that they use in place of cash or credit cards to make the purchases at local businesses that they would make anyway, and through which St. Paul's makes a percentage. (For instance, if you anticipate spending $50 at Martin's Supermarket this week, you buy $50 of script from St. Paul's, and the church keeps a percentage of that).

    It’s important to remember that using scrip costs you nothing, since you are in effect simply buying money, dollar for dollar. But it can bring big benefits to St. Paul’s. We hope not only to erase a projected budget deficit for this year, but begin to fund efforts we could not otherwise afford.

     

    In case you missed out on the information earlier, the way scrip works is simple. You fill out an order form on a Sunday and drop it, with your check, in a box at the back of the church. Next Sunday your scrip is delivered to you. When we can afford to build up a reserve, you may be able to pick up your scrip the same day, which is even more convenient.

     

    If you haven’t taken advantage of scrip yet, try it, and help St. Paul’s to help you.

     

    You can read all about the program here, or view the order form.

  • Welcome Kim and Paul Lierheimer

    Please give your best St. Paul’s welcome to Kim and Paul Lierheimer (pictured here with Fr. Michael and Susanna Cover) who have recently joined us. Kim and Paul live in Elkhart and come to us from Christchurch in Cooperstown, New York (Diocese of Albany).

     

    Welcome Kim and Paul!

  • Tristan George Thames

    We are happy to announce the birth of a new member, Tristan George Thames, who joined the family of Manuela, Brad and Lukas Thames on May 16. They are all doing well.

     

    If you would like to see pictures, please go to http://www.flicker.com/photos/bthames.

     

    Amanda Williams is coordinating meals for the family and you may volunteer by emailing her at

  • UTO Spring Ingathering Report

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Spring 2010 United Thank Offering Ingathering on Sunday, May 9th. Your generous donations have truly fulfilled UTO's mission, which is to ex-pand the circle of thankful people. The amount received was $421.07.

     

    Please remember to take a new Blue Box for our Fall UTO Ingathering in November and continue to offer (literally and spiritually) your daily contributions of thanksgiving to God. For united with prayers and offerings of Episcopalians, the UTO ministry reaches around the world.

     

    -Barbara Books

  • Cox Graduation

    Kathryn Cox, former acolyte and daughter of erstwhile parishoners Ed & Pat Cox, graduated from high school in May.

     

    The Cox family moved to Alabama when Ed retired, but we thought you’d like to know about this milestone.

  • Ascension Day Service

    The Ascension Day service at St. Michael and All Angels was a truly inspiring event, with a full church celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord. Our own Bishop Little was the cele-brant of the joint Episcopal/Lutheran Eucharist; Bishop Stuck of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod delivered the homily. (

     

    Fr. Cowden, rector of St. Michael’s, confessed in his welcoming remarks to being somewhat overawed in the presence of two such eminent divines, in fact finding him-self, when it came to preparing a speech, “a Little Stuck.” Pause for groans.)

     

    The procession began out-side. Note Mother Susan just behind the torch-bearer. Do you wonder what happened to the thurible that ought to be atthe end of the young man’s chain? It seems to have vanished.

  • Outreach Report - May 2010

    In March, 244 pounds of food was donated for our Food Pantry. That makes 978 pounds for the year. Hannah's House has asked St. Paul’s to provide the meal for the Mom's support group in July. They liked the taco salad served last year and requested a repeat. More info (date and needs) will follow.

     

    Outreach Monthly Distribution for 1st quarter 2010:

     

    Episcopal Relief and Development 169.52, Marifiki 244.51, St. Margaret’s House, 194.52

     

    Thank you for your support of our Outreach ministries.

  • Lectio Divina Prayer

    One of the things that Richard Foster emphasizes in his book Celebration of Discipline is that it's important to do more than just read about the disciplines. It is most important actually to do the disciplines. Sometimes, however, disciplines are hard to maintain without a support group. Prayer, Study and Meditation especially are more fully enjoyed and more easily accessible if one has the opportunity to practice them with a group.

     

    Beginning May 4, you are invited to join us in the church every Wednesday at 5 p.m. for a time of prayer, study and meditation. Each Wednesday we will read and pray a portion of scripture using the Lectio Divina method. Following that time, we will have a period of quiet prayer, using a different prayer form each week...intercessory prayer, prayer beads, meditating with images, silence. The hour will conclude at 6 p.m. with Evening Prayer.

     

    If you have never engaged in this type of discipline before, this would be a good place to begin...with your brothers and sisters in Christ. We look forward to praying with you.

  • Congratulations Peter van Inwagen

    Peter van Inwagen, professor of philosophy at Notre Dame and St. Paul's parishoner, will be given an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of St. Andrews at their convocation in June, 2011. St. Andrews was the host university of Peter’s prestigous Gifford Lectures in 2003, published as The Problem of Evil (Oxford, 2006).

     

    Congratulations on this honor!

     

  • On-site Prayer Ministry Report

    Mother Susan recently participated in an on-site prayer ministry, in which members of the community gather at the site of a murder to pray for healing and an end to violence in the comminity.

     

    WSBT news was there and interviewed Mother Susan about this ministry. See the video here.

  • Foosball Table


    St. Paul's has an old Foosball Table which it no longer needs. If any parishioner is interested in taking it, please contact one of the wardens, Jon Adamson or Lisette Bolduc.

  • Outreach Report - March 2010


    In February, 303 pounds of food were donated for our food pantry. This is terrific! Reaching out a bit, we received thank-you notes for our donations from the St. Augustine Soup Kitchen and from Fr. John Nganga on behalf of Marifiki.

     

    The Winter Walk goal of $50,000 for St. Margaret’s House has been met and exceeded. All funds are used for operating expenses. This a wonderful success; thanks to all for your support.

     

    Here are some Operation Christmas Child facts: Thirteen countries participated. In all over eight mil- lion boxes were collected and distributed to children in 108 countries. Since 1993, seventy-seven million boxes have been donated. Incidentally, by using the EZGive option and putting the special bar-code la- bel on your box, you can track its destination. Pam has posted on the Outreach bulletin board some great photos of children receiving their boxes.

     

    Thanks to all who provide food and/or tutoring at our weekly Homework Help sessions. Your un- wavering support is greatly appreciated. ~Pam Jentz

     
     
  • Sample

    Easter Photos

    Click here to see photos from our Easter celebrations!

  • Journey in Faith


    Are you new to St. Paul's? New to the Episcopal Church? Or are you a long-time Episcopalian look- ing to deepen your faith? Journey in Faith is for you!

     

    Journey in Faith is a series of classes that teach the basics of the Christian faith as well as what it means to belong to the Episcopal Church, USA and the World-wide Anglican Communion.

     

    Classes will begin at St. Paul's on Wednesday. April 21 be- ginning with Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM followed by instruction, bible study and prayer at 6:30.

     

    Classes will be offered each Wednesday evening until mid-June. They will serve as preparation for anyone wish- ing to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church, anyone wishing to be received (from the Roman Catholic Church) or any Episcopalian who would like to renew his or her Baptismal vows.

     

    Confirmation, Reception and Renewal of Vows will take place at both the 8 AM and 10 AM services on June 20 when the Rt. Reverend Edward S. Little II, Bishop of Northern Indiana, makes his annual visitation to St. Paul's.

     

    Anyone desiring to be part of this journey, please see Mother Susan or Mike Thompson. We are also in the process of selecting sponsors for confirmands if anyone would like to be a sponsor.

  • Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    Imagine yourself sitting on the Mount of the Beatitudes beside the Sea of Galilee and partaking of the Body and Blood of our Lord along with your Bishop and fellow members of your Diocese. That’s the opportunity that you will have in February of 2011 when the Diocese of Northern Indiana, led by Bishop Ed Little, makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a ten-day journey from Dan to Beer Sheba including four days in Jerusalem.

     

    Save the dates: February 21 to March 2, 2011.

     

    More information can be found here. The proposed itenary can be viewed here.

     

  • Congregational Developement Worship Survey Results

    Your Congregational Development Team would like to thank all those who filled out a Worship Survey and came to the Town Hall Meeting last January. We received 37 surveys in all, and got excellent feedback at the meeting. The surveys revealed that those who attend our 8AM Sunday service are very happy with their worship experience. For the most part, those who attend our 10 AM service are also happy, but find that they are often distracted during the service. This is not surprising, since this service has been blessed with many families with young children.

     

    Twelve children regularly attend this service, and account for approximately 10-15 per cent of our average Sunday attendance. In a denomination with an increasingly aging population, this is certainly a visible sign of the Spirit working in our midst. But it does present us with some challenges which need to be addressed.

     

    We are calling for a renewed sense of mutual, inter-generational understanding. In addition, we are planning to publish a brochure detailing behavioral guidelines for children in church.

     

    The Peanut Brittle Committee has already purchased activity bags for the children to use during the service; thanks to them for their generosity and hard work!

     

    Mother Susan is planning on holding an instructed Eucharist for the children, and we will be hosting a meeting for parents of young children in which we can discuss behavioral guidelines, the specific spiritual needs of young families, and our Sunday School curriculum.

     

    Thank you again for all of your feedback, and if you have any additional ideas or comments, please do not hesitate to speak with Jen Fulton, Mother Susan, or Jon Adamson.

  • Renee Peggs begins Doctor of Ministry Program at Episcopal Divinity School

    Renee Peggs, who began attending St. Paul's with her son Patrick a few months ago, recently matriculated at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, enrolling in the doctor of ministry program. Renee will be doing most of her work from here in South Bend, so we'll see her around.

     

    Be sure to congratulate her when you see her, and ask her about her studies!

     

  • St. Paul's Epistle News Items

    Now that we have a good start on our electronic Epistle, we’d like to expand coverage of our parish family. Please let me know about anything exciting that’s going on with you and/or your family. New baby or grandchild? A wedding in the offing, or a retirement party, or a neat trip? Did you just win an award, or a scholarship? We want to let the parish know. Send your news, with pictures if possible, to Jeanne Dams, jdams@jeannedams.com. She promises to publish just as much as she can fit into every issue—and going electronic increases the space available. Her deadline is the 20thof each month for the next issue.

  • Congratulations to John and Kyle Lendel

    Here is the newest member of the Lendel family, Avery Rose Takace, who was born on February 17, 2010, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 inches long. She’s healthy and happy, so is Mom, and especially Grandma Kyle (who is also pictured) and Grandpa John, who is smiling!!!!

  • Michael Cover's Ordination

    Congratulations to Fr. Michael Cover, who was ordained to the priesthood on February 13, and to his wife Susanna! There will be a reception for him after the 10am service on Feb 21.

    Click here for more photos!

  • Advent Project

    Jonathan Grant and Jon Adamson have come up with a new and exciting project for St. Paul’s. There is space here only to summarize, but the concept is to produce a "Stations of the Incarnation" analogous to the traditional "Stations of the Cross".

     

    To produce the stations, they hope to assemble a team of people willing to write and to do artistic creations as well. In short, the project would look something like this:

     

    (1) Make fourteen wall hangings (paintings, photographs, ?) to hang in the sanctuary during Advent in place of the Stations of the Cross.

     

    (2) Make a devotional booklet as a complement to the artwork. This could be used at home for private devotions and/or for a worship service during Advent.

     

    (3) The collection would, later, be shared with the public at large at an art gallery or other venue.

    The fourteen stations would be entitled: 1, The Word Became Flesh; 2, An Angel Visits Zechariah; 3, The Annunciation; 4, Mary Visits Elizabeth; 5, The Magnificat; 6, John Is Born; 7, An Angel Visits Joseph in a Dream; 8, The Genealogy of Jesus Christ; 9, The Journey to Bethlehem; 10, The Nativity; 11, The Heavenly Host Praises God; 12, Shepherds Visit the Holy Family; 13, The Presentation in the Temple, and 14, The Visit of the Magi.

    For more information about this project or to be a part of the artistic or writing team, see Jon or Jonathan.

  • Endowment Fund

    At the annual meeting, Dave Collier informed us of the establishment of an endowment fund for St. Paul's. The announcement was as follows:

     

    On the 11th of June in 2008 the fund was created by your vestry through an Enabling Resolution. A board was elected to implement this resolution. We have established policy to a point were we can now accept gifts to the fund.

    We are the recipient of some cash gifts and a paid up insurance policy. The value of the fund as of 1/7/10 is $8,677.33.

    The enabling resolution can be viewed on our web site and describes the funds goals. Other documents will be forthcoming and will also appear on our web site under the title of “St Paul’s’ Endowment Fund”.

    Respectfully submitted by,

    David L Collier Chairman

    Jude Keltner Board Member and Secretary

    Bill Whitman Board Member

    Bill Bissell Advisor

    Rector and Senior Warden ex-officio members of the Board

    Jack Frieden Treasurer

  • Newsletter and Mailing List

    At long last, we will have an online version of the St. Paul's newsletter avaiable to view or download each month. In the past, most of the content of the newsletter has been integrated into the website, and that will continue to be the case. However, the full newsletter has only been available in a hard copy that is either picked up in church or mailed out. Now, you can view the newsletter online and/or download a PDF file for printing, etc., at this page.

     

    In addition, each month we will be emailing the newsletter to all of those who have signed up for the St. Paul's electronic mailing list. This means that you have three ways of receiving the newsletter: by hard copy, by email, and by downloading it from the website.

     

    If you have not signed up to receive the newsletter electronically and would like to, please do so here. If you would like to change the way you receive the newsletter, an email should have been sent to you indicating how, or you can send an email to webmaster@stpaulsmishawaka.org.

  • Adult Education

     

     

    This Lent we will host small group meetings in individual homes. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 24 (a week after Ash Wednesday). We will be studying Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline: the Path to Spiritual Growth. The cost of the book will be $10 and checks may be made payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Also, thefirst 30 pages of the book is available to preview online for free here.

     

    If you would like to participate, please let the church office know.

  • A Letter from Bishop Little on Haiti

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    The news from Haiti is devastating. Images on our television screens touch our hearts and leave us speechless. This island nation, already one of the poorest in the world, now faces unprecedented tragedy.

    The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is the largest diocese – numerically speaking – in our church. Countless brothers and sisters are suffering as a result of the earthquake. Our cathedral in Port au Prince was destroyed. Bishop Zache Duracin was uninjured in the earthquake, though his wife suffered injuries. Episcopal Relief and Development is already on the ground, providing immediate assistance in the face of overwhelming ruin.

    Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has asked us to do two things.

    First, pray.

    Disaster of this magnitude drives us to the foot of the cross, where we gaze at him who himself suffered beyond measure.

    Second, give.

    Our own Episcopal Relief and Development is one of the finest relief agencies in the world. It responds to disasters with speed, efficiency, and a minimum of administrative overhead. I encourage every parishioner in the Diocese of Northern Indiana to make a gift to ERD, using the link below.

    St. Paul’s advice in 2 Corinthians 8-9 – in which he urges Christians in Corinth to provide aid to Christians in Judea suffering from a famine – is particularly apt. He reminds us that our generosity flows from Jesus’: “You know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Jesus binds us to himself through his generosity, and empowers us to be generous to others in response.

    May our Lord touch our hearts as we respond to brothers and sisters in Haiti. With all blessings –

    Yours in Christ,

    +Ed

    Links:

    Donate through Episcopal Relief and Development

    Updated information available from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, including items from across the country on missionaries, church responses, persons in Haiti, etc.

     

    Video message by Bishop Katharine and ERD Director Ron Radke

    Episcopal News Service article detailing the impact on Episcopal churches and missions

  • Flower Calendar

    The Flower Calendar is up for 2010! Be sure to sign up for the special day(s) when you would like to offer altar flowers.

     

    The Flower Committee wishes to express abundant thanks to all who provided for the St. Paul's Altar throughout this past year. If there is someone interested in helping with the flowers, and perhaps taking over this wonderful opportunity to serve in 2011, please contact Jan Frieden, 291-1742 or jan-art@comcast.net.

     

    We would be grateful to work with you and enjoy your new ideas! To the Glory of God!

  • Christmast Pageant Photos

    We had a wonderful Christmas Pageant this Christmas Eve; thanks to all who helped and participated!

     

    Check out pictures here!

     

  • Wabash Comedy

    Church Basement Ladies, a musical comedy celebrating church kitchens, will be presented in Wabash, Indiana, on Thursday, April 22 at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $12, $18, and $25. If a group from St. Paul’s is interested, we could drive down together. Check out the information posted on the bulletin board and let Mother Susan know if you’d like to attend.

  • Outreach Report - February 2010

    Pam Jentz reports that St. Paul’s continues to be generous with our outreach efforts. In no particular order:

     

    (1) We contributed 295 pounds of food in January;

     

    (2) Our Souper Bowl offering was $290, which was divided between St. Augustine’s Church for their soup lunch, and the Food Bank. Nationwide, nearly $3 million was collected.

     

    (3) A record number of participants turned out for the St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk on February 21, and drew in donations of over $43,000. Thanks to all who contributed cookies, prayers, donations, and/or shoe leather.

     

    (4) Homework Thursdays continue to be very successful. As many as eleven students participate. Some help with meal preparation would be welcome; get in touch with Pam if you can help.

     

    (5) Pam has a few tickets for the quilt raffle to benefit Hannah’s House. A beautiful quilt entitled Emma’s Pineapple, it was designed and handmade by Rebecca Yoder. It is on display at Hannah’s House, and pictured on the Outreach bulletin board. Ticket costs: $5 for one ticket; $10 for three tickets; $20 for seven tickets. The drawing will be on Tuesday, April 27.

     

    (6) Great things are happening at the Rafiki Children's Center, which we help support. For those of you who don’t know, Rafiki, a part of Marafiki Global AIDS Ministry, is a home, incorporating a school, farm, and clinic, for children left orphaned by AIDS. The wonderful people who run it are doing amazing things, and the children are learning valuable life skills. More information is posted on the Outreach bulletin board.

    Greg Wilde Ordination

    Greg Wilde, erstwhile St. Paul's parishoner and current seminarian at the University of the South at Sewanee, was ordained to the transitionary diaconate on Sunday.

     

    Blessings to Greg and the Wilde family!

     

    A few more photos from the event are here.

     

  • Fall 2009 UTO Ingathering Report

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Fall United Thank Offering Ingathering on Nov. 22, 2009. Your generous donations totaled $393.90 and will join other Episcopal Church donations to provide the grants which will be awarded in April 2010. PLEASE remember to take a new Blue Box from the usher’s table, for our Spring United Thank Offering Ingathering in May. Also, continue to offer (literally and spiritually) your daily contributions of thanksgiving to God for all God’s many blessings.

     

    God bless, Barbara Books

     

  • Recipe Box

    Just a reminder to visit our parish recipe box for lots of scrumptions culinary favorites submitted (and sometimes created) by our parishoners!

     

    We have three new additions from Carole Finkbiner just in time for the season - Christmas Chili, Linda's Holiday Salad and Uncle Bubba's Corn Muffins.

     

    Be sure to submit your own favorites!

     

  • H1N1 Advisory

    Recently Bishop Little issued some suggested guidelines for how to Pass the Peace and Receive Communion during this time of heightened anxiety regarding the seasonal flu as well as the H1N1 flu virus.

    When passing the peace, please refrain from shaking hands if you have flu symptoms. Hugging or greeting people verbally is perfectly acceptable. While this is not a liturgical action, the presider will take a moment during the offertory to cleanse his or her hands with hand sanitizer prior to handling the communion bread.

    With regard to the common chalice, if you are uncomfortable drinking from the chalice, you have a couple of options.

    1) Receive communion only by eating the bread. Reception of communion in one kind only is a full and perfect communion

    2) Choose to receive communion by intinction. When the host is placed into your palm, present it to the Chalice Bearer, who will dip it in the wine and then place it on your tongue.

    Parents are reminded that spoons will be available for communicating wine to small children.

    We hope these guidelines are helpful. If you have other concerns or questions, please see Mother Susan.

  • Outreach Notes - November 2009

    Food Pantry

    In September, we collected 261 pounds. As of October 18th, we added another 167 pounds.

    Saint Margaret’s House

    The Fashioning Our Lives Program will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at the Century Center. All proceeds from the silent art auction will benefit St. Margaret’s House.

    In nearly 20 years, St. Margaret’s has expanded to serve our area. In 1991, 3,600 visits were made by guests. In 2008, that number has increased to 20,452! Guests benefit from programs such as parenting classes, art classes, Bridges Out of Poverty, the spirituality circle, and on-site health care provided by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Guests are served a hot lunch, can do their laundry, and receive items from the clothes closet. New volunteers to assist are always welcome!

    Third Quarter Outreach Collection Disbursements:

    Marifiki $ 257.33

    SMH $ 152.33

    ER&D $ 182.33

    Thanksgiving Baskets

    We are well on the way to providing baskets to those in need. Thank you for your generous response. At this writing, we have 28 and we hope to be able to distribute 40. You may provide full or partial baskets. You may also donate $30.00 and the Outreach Committee will shop for you. Volunteers are needed to assemble baskets on Friday, November 20th. We have two people, but need two more. Delivery will be on the 21st and 22nd. Shoppers are also needed as well as boxes to pack.

    Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Project

    Please turn in your boxes by Sunday, November 15th. See Pam if you have any questions.

    Thursday Homework Help Project

    We continue to be faithful and have served 4 to 5 students weekly. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who greet, feed, and tutor the students.

    With much love and gratitude, I thank all of you for your prayers, dedication and gifts for Outreach.

    Pam Jentz

  • For Sale

    At the fall clean-up and work day, three empty propane cylinders were found. St. Paul’s is making them available for purchase—first come, first serve. Additionally, persons interested in purchasing the snowblower may also make inquiries.

  • St. Paul's Choir

    The St. Paul's Choir encourages anyone who wants to sing to participate. Please contact Stephen Drendall, Choir Director, at 291-8398 if you have interest in joining. We practice every Wednesday at 7pm, and Sunday mornings at 9:15.

     

    Click here for more information about the choir.

  • homework help

    St. Paul's Homework Help

    St. Paul's lauched a new outreach program in September. We will be opening our doors every Thursday afternoon beginning at 3.15pm for assistance to Mishawaka High School students with their homework. We will begin with a snack, spend some time tutoring and conclude with an evening meal.

     

    We need people to help in the following areas: cooking, clean up, and tutoring.

     

    The outreach committee has worked diligently over the last year to prepare this program. Please let us know if you can help. A sign up sheet will be posted in the back of the church, or you can email St. Paul's.

  • A Complimentary Thank-you

    A complimentary “Thank-You” to the coordinator, Pam Jentz and her helpers: Diane Haywood, Vikki Hesch, Anna Horning, Jean Marshall, Keith Miller and Joanne Thompson, who served the luncheon which followed Edward Dams’ funeral service.

     

    Thank you also to everyone who prepared and delivered their food items to the church on Saturday, October 31st. It was mentioned that Saint Paul’s is to be complemented on how well our parish men and women from both 8:00 am and 10:00 am services work together whenever the need arises. God surely smiles on such cooperation!

    Barbara Books

     

  • H1N1 Advisory

    Recently Bishop Little issued some suggested guidelines for how to Pass the Peace and Receive Communion during this time of heightened anxiety regarding the seasonal flu as well as the H1N1 flu virus.

    When passing the peace, please refrain from shaking hands if you have flu symptoms. Hugging or greeting people verbally is perfectly acceptable. While this is not a liturgical action, the presider will take a moment during the offertory to cleanse his or her hands with hand sanitizer prior to handling the communion bread.

    With regard to the common chalice, if you are uncomfortable drinking from the chalice, you have a couple of options.

    1) Receive communion only by eating the bread. Reception of communion in one kind only is a full and perfect communion

    2) Choose to receive communion by intinction. When the host is placed into your palm, present it to the Chalice Bearer, who will dip it in the wine and then place it on your tongue.

    Parents are reminded that spoons will be available for communicating wine to small children.

    We hope these guidelines are helpful. If you have other concerns or questions, please see Mother Susan.

  • Outreach Notes - November 2009

    Food Pantry

    In September, we collected 261 pounds. As of October 18th, we added another 167 pounds.

    Saint Margaret’s House

    The Fashioning Our Lives Program will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at the Century Center. All proceeds from the silent art auction will benefit St. Margaret’s House.

    In nearly 20 years, St. Margaret’s has expanded to serve our area. In 1991, 3,600 visits were made by guests. In 2008, that number has increased to 20,452! Guests benefit from programs such as parenting classes, art classes, Bridges Out of Poverty, the spirituality circle, and on-site health care provided by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Guests are served a hot lunch, can do their laundry, and receive items from the clothes closet. New volunteers to assist are always welcome!

    Third Quarter Outreach Collection Disbursements:

    Marifiki $ 257.33

    SMH $ 152.33

    ER&D $ 182.33

    Thanksgiving Baskets

    We are well on the way to providing baskets to those in need. Thank you for your generous response. At this writing, we have 28 and we hope to be able to distribute 40. You may provide full or partial baskets. You may also donate $30.00 and the Outreach Committee will shop for you. Volunteers are needed to assemble baskets on Friday, November 20th. We have two people, but need two more. Delivery will be on the 21st and 22nd. Shoppers are also needed as well as boxes to pack.

    Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Project

    Please turn in your boxes by Sunday, November 15th. See Pam if you have any questions.

    Thursday Homework Help Project

    We continue to be faithful and have served 4 to 5 students weekly. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who greet, feed, and tutor the students.

    With much love and gratitude, I thank all of you for your prayers, dedication and gifts for Outreach.

    Pam Jentz

  • Carrie Ottsen's Wedding

    Congratulations to Carrie Ottsen, daughter of St. Paul's former rector David Ottsen, who was married in Tennessee last week.

  • Richard Lavanture

    General Convention

    A 25 page summary of the actions taken by this past General Convention can be found here (PDF). You can read an abbreviated summary of the more important resolutions here.

     

    For those interested, Bishop Little's reflections on General Convention are here and here. The Archbishop of Canterbury's reflections are here. Both are insightful, wise and well worth reading.

     

    The major issue, of course, was the passage of two resolutions having to do with human sexuality and the church's relationship to the Anglican Communion, D025 and C056. If you haven't read the text of these resolutions yet, it would be a good idea to do so. The Presiding Bishop have written letters to the Archbishop offering an interpretation and explanation of D025 and C056 (both PDF).

     
  • Richard Lavanture

    Richard Lavanture

    Richard Lavanture had successful surgery on August 21 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

     

    To follow his progress, please visit Richard's CaringBridge website, where Richard Sr. and Jacynda will post updates.

     

  • Outreach Notes - October 2009

    Food Pantry

    In August, we collected 321 pounds. To date, we have collected 2926 pounds. Thank you for supporting this vital ministry.

    Saint Margaret’s House

    Saint Margaret’s House will celebrate their 20th anniversary in June of 2010. Upcoming events include: Fashioning Our Lives Program – Tuesday, November 17, 2009 and 2010 Winter Walk – Sunday, February 21, 2010.Volunteer opportunities are available.

    Second Quarter Outreach Collection Disbursements:

    Marifiki $ 406.60

    SMH $ 206.60

    ER&D $ 331.60

    Marifiki

    A celebration was held on June 13, 2009 to dedicate the completed St. Benedict’s Girls’ Dorm and the Kitchen and Dining Room Building. Another expansion to the grounds was an enlargement of the barn to accommodate more livestock for the farming enterprise that has improved the mission’s finances. As a result of the farming program, Marafiki was able to become self-sufficient in the area of salaries. This is a major step towards the long-term goal of financial stability. Photos of the event and additional updates are posted on the Outreach Bulletin Board.

    Thanksgiving Food Basket Project

    Baskets will be assembled and delivered the weekend of November 21 and 22. They are many ways to participate including: prayer, donation of individual food items, donation of a full basket,

    purchase a full basket at $ 30.00 which Outreach will shop and assemble for you, help shop for baskets, and deliver baskets.

    Items included in our baskets: turkey or canned ham (bag and pan recommended), potatoes (fresh or boxed mashed potatoes), sweet potatoes (canned), canned vegetables, rolls, cranberry relish, and a pumpkin or fruit pie.

    If you know a family that could use a basket, please contact Pam Jentz with their info. The deadline for sign-up is November 8, 2009. This is very important to have this information in advance so we can match the baskets with the recipients.


    Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Project:

    “The Power of a Simple Gift”

    Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s Love. Here are some ways you can make a difference in the lives of those children: pray that God will touch the heart and lives of every child who receives a gift, pack a shoebox, and donate money to help defray postage ($7.00).

    How to pack a Shoebox:

    Use an empty shoe box or small plastic container.

    You may wrap the box (and lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive a gift. Determine if your will buy for a girl or boy and select an age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years. Fill the box with a variety of gifts.

    Suggestions for gifts include: school supplies, toys,

    candy (hard candy, suckers, mints, or gum), hygiene items, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, etc. You may include a personal note or photo if you wish. Please do not include: used or damaged items, war-related items, chocolate or food, liquids, lotions or breakable items.

    The deadline is Sunday November 15, 2009. Flyers are available with complete info and labels for the boxes.

    Thursday Homework Help Project

    Thank you to all for your assistance and dedication in making this project a reality.

    Thank you for your loving support of the Outreach Ministries.

    - Pam Jentz

  • Richard Lavanture

    Companions on the Journey

    We are starting up a new Companions on the Journey team. To learn more, click here.

  • Shianna Aston

    A Note From Shelly Aston

    Shelly Aston (the mother of Shayla and Shianna) would like to thank the congregation of St. Paul's for all of their support in the loss of her two precious daughters. If you would like to send Shelly a note or a card, you can mail it to the church and we will forward it to her. Or you can send her a note via the website by clicking here.

     

  • Shianna Aston

    Shianna Aston

    Shianna Aston passed away Wednesday morning at 5:35am. She and her sister Shayla were hit by a car in early May, and St. Paul's has been providing support for their family. Shayla died shortly after the accident, and the funeral was held at St. Paul's.

     

    The funeral will be at 11am on Monday, July 13, with a luncheon to follow, and we encourage as many parishioners to attend and help out as possible, and to keep her family in prayer.

     

    Click here to read the report from the South Bend Tribune.

     

  • Bishop Little

    Bishop Little Interview

    Bishop Little was interviewed recently by NPR on the issue of homosexuality in the church, which is being debated right now at General Convention.

     

    Click here to listen.

     

  • St. Hilarious

    Introducing the Order of St. Hilarious (sic)

    Recently the New Member Incorporation/Hospitality Committee met. As a result of their meeting we would like to introduce you to a new group at St. Paul's: The Order of St. Hilarious (not to be confused with Pope St. Hilarius, who was a great guy but not who we're talking about here).

     

    The Order of St. Hilarious is a group of parishioners - any parishioners, including YOU - who gather on a regular basis for fun and fellowship.

     

    The meetings will be called periodically on either a Wednesday or Friday night and will involve food, fun, and lots of other things. In the past (although prior to its christening as the Order of St. Hilarious) we have done such things as board game nights, Euchre competitions, cookouts and forays to local restaurants.

     

    See the events calendar for upcoming meetings of the Order.

     

  • confirmation

    Congratulations Confirmands!

    Five people were confirmed by Bishop Little on Sunday, June 28, having completed the Journey in Faith program: Tina and Jason Vice, Scott and Amanda Williams, and Jonathan Grant. Congratulations to all of you!

  • Hollie and William Adamson

    William Adamson's Baptism

    Also during Bishop LIttle's visit, William Adamson, son of Jon and Hollie, was baptized. Joel Dodson was the godfather.

  • Yard Sale

    ECW Yard Sale

    Our Annual ECW Rummage Sale held on Saturday, June 20 was a great success! Due to the generous donations from our parish members we made a profit of $561.25.

     

    A special thank you to the co-chairwomen, Pam Jentz and Carol McQueen who made everything run smoothly. And a debt of gratitude to the following volunteers who gave of their time and talents helping with the set-up on Friday and with the sales and clean up on Saturday: Teresa Betz, Betty Jo Boyer, Ralph Burget, Chris Cannoot, Rita Esarey, Jude Keltner, Tami Lewis, Pete McQueen, Roxanne Miller and Diana Pecsi.

  • Golibe

    Welcome the Newly Baptized

    Sunday, June 14 we welcomed Golibe Michelle Ezenekwe into the household of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism.

  • Williams Sermon

    Scott Williams' Sermon

    Scott Williams, St. Paul's parishioner and Oxford graduate student currently studying at Notre Dame, gave a sermon on Trinity Sunday on, appropriately, the Trinity. Scott is currently writing a dissertation on medieval accounts of the Trinity, and so his sermon on the subject was particularly illuminating and insightful.

     

    We have posted the text of the sermon here.

     
  • Hollie and William Adamson

    Congratulations!

    John, Hollie and Benjamin Adamson welcomed a new member to their family! William Isaac Adamson was born Wednesday, May 27, and weighed 8lbs, 4oz and was 21" long. Let us give thanks for this new life!

    UPDATE:

    The Adamson family wishes to convey its gratitude to all of those who brought food to them in the days following the birth of their second son, William Isaac, on May 27th. St. Paul’s has developed a robust and vital ministry in welcoming newborns into our parish.

     
  • Cursillo

    Cursillo Alums

    If you have made a Cursillo weekend, the current "NICCO Notes" is available from the diocese's Cursillo page. Click here to read the newsletter.

  • Shayla Aston

    Memorial Service

    Thank you to all who helped with the Memorial Service and luncheon on Friday for Shayla Aston. The family will continue to need our support and prayers.

     
  • United Thank Offering

    United Thank Offering
     

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Spring 2009 United Thank Offering Ingathering. Your generous $548.73 donation again surpassed all previous UTO Ingatherings. We have truly joined the circle of thankful people that help to achieve the UTO Mission Statement.

     

    You are invited to take a new Blue Box from the usher's table for your thankful coins, which will be collected at our Fall 2009 Ingathering in November.

     

  • Tom Haynes

    Tom Haynes

    Bishop Little has recently assigned Tom to be Pastoral Lay Leader at St. Elizabeth's in Culver beginning Pentecost Sunday. His last Sunday with us was May 24th, when he preached the sermon, though he will continue to be invested in our parish life as he is able. Blessings on you, Tom, as you begin this new ministry.

  • Church Enterance

    Parking

    As our attendance as been strong, it has been difficult on some Sundays to easily find parking. If you are able-bodied, please remember to park in the city lot across the street or in Dr. Kintner’s lot to the southwest of the intersection.

  • Christopher Wells

    A Letter From South Africa

    St. Paul's Parishioner Christopher Wells updates us on his work in Grahmstown, South Africa.

    Click here to read!

     

  • Cross on Wall

    Electric Lift Chair


    Please remember to treat our electric lift chair that leads down the stairs to the undercroft with care. It is an important device to have running for those who need to use it. We have had some trouble lately with the battery running low. This occurs when the chair is not set in the full stop position—locked in place at the very top or very bottom—in between uses. Thank you for your care and attention.

  • Outreach Notes - May 2009

    Food Pantry
    We collected 514 pounds in March—almost two months worth! During April, we have collected 254 pounds as of the 19th.

    Winter Walk
    A belated thank-you to Betty Jo Adamson for her donation of cookies.

    Outreach Distribution
    We made our quarterly payments. Episcopal Relief & Development received $166.00, Marifiki received $226.00, and St. Margaret’s House received $216.00.

     

    Help with Love
    Mother Susan met with representatives of Help with Love. This organization links churches together to better coordinate serves and resources to those in need.

    Outreach Committee
    The Committee continues to meet on Sundays after the 10:00 am service. If you have ideas to contribute or would like to learn more, please contact Pam Jentz.

  • Coffee Hour

    Summertime Coffee Hour Hosting

    Please consider lending a hand at the coffee hour following the 10 am service. Hosts go on vacation and some Sunday teams could use additional help.

     

    This ministry is vital to making our parish a welcoming place. Any help, big or small, will be appreciated.

     

    Please contact the office to volunteer and they’ll send you in the right direction.

  •  


    Celebrating the Feast of St. Mary

    On Friday, August 15 at 7:00 pm (edt), the Church of the Holy Trinity in South Bend will celebrate the Feast of St. Mary. The Rev. Jim Lodwick will preside and the Very Rev. Brian Grantz will preach. Everyone is invited to bring an icon, image, or other Marian memorabilia for carrying in procession, sharing, and displaying. A reception will follow the service. Everyone is invited to attend.

  • Prayer Garden

    Several members of St. Paul's have worked hard over the summer to beautify our prayer garden. Click here for pictures of the new-and-improved garden.

  • Choir Resumes

    The choir will resume participation in the Sunday service on Sept 7 (the Sunday following Labor Day), with a warmup and rehearsal at 9:10am in the Sanctuary. The first weeknight rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Click here for more information...


    Art Exhibit

    Fernwood Botanical Garden will be hosting a Clark Gallery exhibition of Jan Frieden's artwork and artfully collected work influenced by woodland settings and seasons during the months of October and November 2008. There will be a special reception on Sunday, October 26 from 2-4pm. Jan has long been using her artistic gifts towards the beautification of our parish that has enriched our worship and parish life; let us all plan to come out in support of her exhibit, and enjoy what is sure to be a sublime display of her talents!
    Click here to see a flyer for the event, including a sample of her work.


    Baby Shower

    Mark your calenders for Sept 20, when we will be holding a baby shower for Annie Reed at 11:00am in the St. Paul's undercroft. There is a sign up sheet at the back of the church. Contact Hollie Adamson for more info - jhadamson@juno.com.


    Archbishop Rowan Lecture

    The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a stimulating and important lecture at the London School of Economics on Religious Faith and Human Rights back in May. Click here to listen to or download the lecture. A printable transcript of the lecture is here.


    Lambeth Indaba

    Rather than producing any formal resolutions, the Lambeth Conference took the form of indaba, "based upon an African ideal of purposeful discussion on the common concerns of our shared life." Bishops divided into several groups in which they were able to share their experiences and stories, thoughts and ideas, and engage in a time of listening, understanding and dialogue on a number of topics central to the Anglican mission. These reflections have been assembled in a document entitled the "Lambeth Indaba". Although somewhat lengthy, it is fascinating, sometimes provocative, and above all an indespensible articulation of the many voices in our Communion striving towards a common Anglican identity and mission. We encourage you to take the time to read through it prayerfully and thoughtfully.
    Click here to go to the document.

    Bishop Little at Lambeth

    Read our Bishop's reflections on his time at the Lambeth Conference which just ended. Also, be sure to take a look at the pictures of him with the Archbishop of Canterbury!

    Looking Ahead: "Finding the Moral Center"

    "Reconcilers of Northern Indiana", a group dedicated to promoting "faith-based reconciliation as a moral vision for Christian living within our communities", will be holding a seminar on applying the principles of faith-based reconciliation to the political division in the church. The seminar will be Oct.31 - Nov 1 at Gethsamane Episcopal Church in Marion, IN. For more information, visit their website.

    Iowa Flood Relief

    Dean Brian Grantz of St. James Cathedral, who has recently come from several years of service in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, has challenged all congreagations in the diocese to contribute towards the relief effort in flood-ravaged Iowa. Click here to read his letter.

    UTO Spring Ingathering Report

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Spring United Thank Offering Ingathering. Your generous donations have truly fulfilled UTO's mission, which is to expand the circle of thankful people. The amount received was $418.48, the largest offering to date. Please remember to take a new Blue Box for our Fall UTO Ingathering in November and continue to offer (literally and spiritually) your daily contributions of thanksgiving to God for all God's many blessings.

    ECW Yard Sale Update

    At last count, the Yard Sale raised over $740.00. Thank you to all who helped make it such a success! A more detailed accounting will be provided next month.

    Second Work Day

    A second parish work day has been schedule for July 26th starting at 8:00 am. Work should be completed before 12:00 pm. We are in need of volunteers that can assist with outside tasks. Please contact Sara Wolfe, Junior Warden, for more details. If you have never volunteered for a work day before, here is your chance!

    Nursery Volunteers

    We are grateful for the many years of service that Andrea Dudeck gave our parish as our paid nursery assistant. She will no longer be serving in that capacity as she wishes to be more involved in her home church on Sundays. Therefore, we are in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery. Parents of young children are particularly encouraged to volunteer. There is a sign-up sheet on the usher’s table. You will notice in the ministry schedule that “TBD” is listed under “Nursery”. Jon Adamson will contact the volunteers with a proposed schedule shortly.


    Summer Fellowship Evenings

    The next summer fellowship evening will be Thursday, August 7 at the home of Brad and Jen Fulton - 1346 Mossy Lane in the Autumn Lakes Apartments by Meijer on the south side of Mishawaka. Click here for a map of the area (note: their street is new, and does not yet appear on the map).

    The Summer Fellowship Evenings are a way for the parish to meet together during summer months to strengthen our bonds of affection as a community in an informal summertime setting.

    We are hoping to meet around twice a month at the home of a parishioner for fellowship and compline. Some evenings may also include a short devotional meditation about an aspect of our parish mission statement (To celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ and serve as witness of God's love through worship, fellowship, and outreach, daily living the promises made in our baptism.) Following compline and/or the meditation, we will have time for games and conversation. Evenings would start at 7 pm and end at 8:30 pm.

    Please bring a snacks, light dessert, or beverage if possible. Please email Jon Adamson at jhadamson@juno.com with what you are planning on bringing so that we don't have too much of one item.

    Please bring lawn chairs and games as well. As the mosquitos are now coming, don't forget the repellent!
    If you would like to host a future evening (say the ones in July or August), please contact Jon We hope to offer the evenings at a variety of geographical locations in the area, so that at least one will be close by for everyone.

    Feel free to bring guests!

    We will have one more evening this summer: August 21st at the home of Janine O'Keefe.

    We hope that these will be wonderful events in the life of our parish family! We look forward to seeing you there!


    Diocese of Northern Indiana on Covenant

    The General Convention deputies from our diocese (including Christopher Wells) have drawn up a response to the most recent draft of the evolving Anglican Covenant. To read the response, click here. The draft itself, as well as supplemental materials (including a commentary) can be found on the Anglican Communion website.


    English Cathedral Slide Show

    On Sunday, July 20th at 4:00 pm, the Cathedral will be hosting a slide-show presentation entitled “If These Mute Stones Could Speak” which will display images of the great medieval cathedrals in England. Lou and Ruth Foster, former tour guides of Exeter Cathedral and current parishioners of St. Andrew’s in Valparaiso, will host the presentation. A free-will offering will be taken in support of the Third Millennium Campaign of Exeter Cathedral Church of St. Peter.


    Missionary Fund

    Donations to Christopher Wells’ missionary fund can be made by sending checks to the diocesan office at:

    Diocese of Northern Indiana
    Attn: Treasurer
    117 N. Lafayette Blvd.
    South Bend, IN 46601

    Please make checks payable to the diocese and note “Wells Missionary Fund” on the memo line. Envelopes will also be provided so that donations can be made during the offertory. Christopher needs to raise around $15,000.00 so that he can serve as missionary in South Africa and teach at a seminary later this year. Thanks to Fr. Frank for setting up this fund and for advertising it in our diocese. Our gifts will be joined with others to make this important undertaking possible.

    Update on Evangelism Workshop

    The evangelism workshop hosted by St. Michael & All Angels on April 19th was well represented by St. Paul’s. Pam Jentz, Katie Weakland, Christopher Wells, and Sara Wolfe all attended. The speaker, Carrie Boren, offered a fresh perspective a fresh perspective on sharing the good news and making our church a welcoming place for the non-churched.

    Memorial Garden Meeting

    The Memorial Garden Committee met on April 12th. The committee discussed both long-range goals for the garden as well as addressed current needs. Three current projects will be performed on the Parish Work Day, including establishing a path from the parking lot to the garden, planting annuals, and doing general maintenance and weeding. For more information or to participate on the committee, please contact Sara Wolfe.

    Congratualtions!

    Jonathan Juilfs has been offered a position at the College of the Holy Cross in Boston, and Carrie Ottsen passed her Masters exam last week. Congratulations to both!


    Fr. Gray in Sudan


    Click for larger image


    Fr. Gray was recently in the Sudan to celebrate the enthroning of Rt Revd Daniel Deng Bul as the next Archbishop of Sudan.

    Click here to read about the event.

    UPDATE: Fr. Frank has been appointed Commissary to the Sudan Primate. Read about it here. A longer article on the Sudanese archdiocese and Bishop Gray's involvment is here.

    Donate Items for St. Paul's

    Beginning Sunday, March 30, we will be collecting items to be sold on the online auction house Ebay as a fundraiser for St. Paul's - a kind of "online yard sale". If you have old furniture, clothing, collectibles, antiques, or any other items you'd like to get rid of, consdier donating them to be sold on behalf of St. Paul's!
    Bring them to the church on March 30 or anytime after that, and we'll take care of the rest.
    Or, you can bring them directly to one of the "I Sold It" stores, who will be auctioning the items on our behalf. The closest location to the church is 12933 SR 23, Granger, In 46530, (across from Martin's Supermarket - click here for a map).
    For a list of other locations around the country, visit http://www.i-soldit.com/locations.asp.

    For more information, please visit http://www.stpaulsmishawaka.org/html/ebay.html.

    Holy Week Thank Yous

    Thank you to all of those persons whose ministry made for such blessed worship during Holy Week and Easter—Fr. Frank, Fr. George, Carole, the Altar Guild, Steven Drendall, Ginny Timler, the Choir, servers, ushers, readers, decorators, coffee hosts, and all other volunteers.

     

    A Special Thank-You

    To the ECW ladies: Betty Jo Adamson, Betty Jo Boyer, Carole Gross, Diane Haywood, Vikki Hesch, Anna Horning, Pam Jentz and Janine O'Keefe who helped to serve the Funeral Luncheon for the family and friends of Ron Esarey.  And also to all of the ladies who prepared and delivered their food items to the church on Saturday morning, February 9th.


    Contribute to the Website!

    Development of the website is a great way to keep parishoners, friends of St. Paul's and visitors informed about our life and ministries, which is especially important during this time of transition. There are several ways you can contribute, even if you don't have computer skills:

    - If you know of any upcoming events, announcements or noteworthy news items;
    - If you are involved with a ministry and would like to provide information about it;
    - If you would like the website to link to your personal or business website;
    - If you have suggestions or ideas for additional content, improvements to the layout and design, or are able to provide graphics and multimedia;
    - If you have any pictures or knowledge of St. Paul's history;

    If you would like to contribute in these or any other way, please do email the webmaster (webmaster@stpaulsmishawaka.org) or speak with Brad Thames or Jon Adamson.


    Parish Workshop

    Canon SuzeAnne Silla led an all-parish workshop on Saturday, January 26th. The focus of the workshop was an evaluation of our life as a parish, with the goal of formulating a clear picture of the sort of rector we would like to bring to the parish. The responses given in the workshop will be used to form a parish profile. You can see the results of the workshop, as well as other updates and information, by visitng the Search Updates page.


    Sunday Prayers

    All names on the Sunday prayer list will need to be resubmitted every month. Click here to resubmit or to submit a new prayer request. Prayer request cards are also available in the back of the church.


    Lenten Bible Study

    The Lenten Bible Study was a great success. Thanks espeically to Jonathan Juilfs, and all of those who participated. The readings and study guides will remain posted on the website - Click here for access.


    St Margaret's House Winter Walk

    St. Margaret’s House held its 9th annual Winter Walk on Sunday, February 10th at 2:30 pm. Fr. Frank and many others braved sub-zero temperatures in order to help women in need. It's not too late to sponsor a walker. Please talk to Fr. Frank or Pam Jentz if you would like to help. For more information, please visit their website at www.stmargaretshouse.org.


    Camp New Happenings Sunday

    Bishop Little designated Sunday, February 10th as Camp New Happenings Sunday. Camp New Happenings is a new ministry of the diocese in conjunction with ecumenical partners. It is a camp for children who have at least one parent in prison. Northern Indiana will join with nearly 20 other dioceses across the country to offer such a camp. For more information, visit www.ednin.org and click on the Camp New Happenings logo. A collection will be taken on this Sunday for the work of the camp. Your generosity is welcomed.

    Happy Birthday!

    Join us in wishing Betty Jo Adamson a happy 80th birthday, which was February 24th!

     

    Annual Meeting Notes

    The results of the elections at the annual meeting are as follows:

    Senior Warden – Dave Collier
    Junior Warden – Sara Wolfe
    Vestry (3 year term) – Tami Lewis
    Vestry (1 year term) – Brad Thames
    Delegate to Convention – Pam Jentz
    Delegate to Convention – Diana Pecsi
    Delegate to Convention – Barbara Books
    Alternate Delegate – Daniel Perett

    Dave Collier and Sara Wolfe volunteered to serve as 2nd and 3rd alternates should the need arise.

    It was announced that the Search Committee will be comprised of Janine O’Keefe (Chair, Vestry), Dave Jentz (Vestry), Lisette Bolduc (Chaplain), Diane Haywood, Joel Dodson, Diana Pecsi, Phil Reed and Bill Whitman.

    The budget was presented by Jack Frieden, Treasurer. A new item, fundraising, was added to the budget this year so that it could be balanced.

    Father Gray addressed the meeting, describing the principles of church governance and discussing the work of the interim period the parish is now in, noting that “you can’t say hello to someone unless you say goodbye to someone.”

    Thank yous were extended to Gina Myers for her work as Accountant, to Father Minnix for his continued ministry as Assisting Priest, to Jack Frieden for his work as Treasurer (in particular, working to achieve the recommendations of the Audit Committee), to Jan Frieden for her work with floral arrangements and sanctuary décor, to Tara Opaczewski for volunteering to work in the nursery each month, to Dave Collier for his service as Junior Warden, to Sara Wolfe for her service as Senior Warden, and to Marty Wolfe for his cooking at the Farewell Dinner for the Ottsens.

    The minutes from the annual meeting (in draft form) can be downloaded from the vestry page.

    RIP

    Over the last several years both individually and corporately we have assisted a woman in need:  Sharon Weaver.  We are saddened to report that Sharon died on Dec. 18.  Our condolences were given to her husband, RC.  She now rests in the loving arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


    Flower Chart

    The Flower Chart Calendar is up at the back of the sanctuary ready for signing.  Please call Jan Frieden, 291-1742, if you have any questions or particular requests for color or flower selection throughout the year.  We encourage you to take the flowers after the 10:00 service.  Containers or foil are available in the kitchen/far lower cupboard.  The suggested donation is $30.00 for a Sunday.  Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s with a notation for flower fund.  This may be placed in the alms basin or delivered to the office, whichever is most convenient.  Thank you!

    To the Glory of God!
    The Flower Committee
    Nadine Collier, Jan Frieden, Sue Mullett

    Thank You To

    …Mary Lou Bizzaro for sewing fleece bags to store our new pew torches and shades.
    …Jude Keltner for her help in packing up Father David’s books for moving.
     …the people of St. Paul’s for their patience and understanding during this time of transition.  We will try to keep things as “normal” as possible.
    …All those who contributed to and assisted in the adornment of St. Paul’s for the Christmas Season.  As well as those who served in worship ministries, our organist, choir director and choir. 
    …Jack Frieden who has done yeoman’s work in making all the various transitions necessary concerning our financial status.  Thanks to those who also assist in our financial processes:  Chris Cannoot, Diane Haywood, Sharon Katona and Gina Myers.

    United Thank Offering

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2007 United Thank Offering Fall Ingathering.  A total of $318.45 was donated.  You are invited to take a new blue box from the table near the entrance for your thankful coins, which will be collected at our 2008 Spring Ingathering in May.

     
    Go in Peace

    On Sunday, January 13th, we held a farewell dinner for Fr. David and Deborah to celebrate their eleven years of ministry with us and to wish them well in their new endeavors at St. Peter’s in Brenham, Texas.
    The Ottsens’ new contact information will be:

    3007 Live Oak Drive
    Brenham, TX 77833-9214
    (979) 836-7263

    Click here for photos and a video slide show of the event, as well as Fr. David's farewell sermon and letter to the congregation.


    Pledges for 2008

    In case you have forgotten, please turn in your pledge cards for 2008 as soon as possible. Anticipated pledge amounts give the Vestry the parameters for setting a budget for the coming year.

    Rowan Williams Letter

    Click here to read an important letter from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to the primates fo the Anglican Communion in anticipation of the Lambeth Conference next year. In it he offers some thoughts on what it means to be "in communion", thoughts on the purposes of the Lambeth Conference, why prayer, mutual spiritual enrichment and development of ministry are preconditions to open discussion of the difficult issues that our church faces, and more.

    Interim Rector
    Fr. Gray

    We are pleased to announce that the priest-in-charge during the transition following Fr. David's departure will be none other than Rt. Rev. Francis (Frank) Gray, former bishop of Northern Indiana. Bishop Gray (or "Fr. Frank" as he prefers to be called) was consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of Northern Indiana in 1986 and served until 1999 (during which time he called a priest named David Ottsen to the diocese of Northern Indiana). He then served as Assistant Bishop of Virgnia until his recent retirement. He has wide experience with the world mission of the Episcopal Church, as well as experience as a seasoned parish priest.

    Fr. Frank was born June 27, 1940, in the Philippines. When he was eighteen months old, he and his family were imprisoned in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines for the duration of World War II. Many decades later he represented Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning at the inauguration of the autonomous Episcopal Church of the Philippines.

    Fr. Frank comes from a family with generations of experience in serving the church, as well as a history of close ties to St. Paul's itself. His great grandfather was Bishop of South Florida and had earlier served as a chaplain in the Confederate Army. His grandfather was also a Bishop of Northern Indiana. In fact, the elder Bishop Gray named St. Paul's his pro-Cathedral in 1925; thus St. Paul's was his home church during his episcopate. Bishop Gray's father was also an Episcopal priest and missionary. In addition, Fr. Frank was baptized here at St. Paul's; how fitting that he can return to his baptismal congregation so many years later and partake in this legacy at St. Paul's for a period of time!

    Fr. Frank served in the United States Marine Corps, graduated from Rollins College in 1966 and Nashotah House, the Episcopal seminary in Wisconsin, in 1969. Prior to his consecration, he was a parish priest in Florida. He chaired the House of Bishops’ Committee on World Mission from 1991 through 1996, a committee on which he has served since 1988, and he has also served on the Standing Commission on World Mission since 1994.

    Fr. Frank is a gifted teacher in stewardship and sought after as a leader of retreats for clergy and lay people. With his close association with the Department of Theology of Notre Dame University in South Bend, he has wide ecumenical experience. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief, which he chaired. Fr. Frank and his wife, Karen, have three grown children and several grandchildren.

    UPDATE:Click here to read Fr. Frank's inagural letter to the congretation.

    A Noteworthy New Anglican Website

    St. Paul's parishoner and inveterate ecumenist Christopher Wells has jointly spearheaded a new website/blog dedicated to dialogue and living into Christ's call to communion and covenant. In the face of an increasingly fractious Anglican Communion, these "evangelical and catholic Anglicans, and fellow travelers from the wider household of God, assembled and summoned to a common labor in the ecumenical Church of Christ," seek to respond to the " common faith and hope in Christ’s twofold call upon our lives: to humility and penitence in the teeth of painful division, and to reconciliation in love."
    This promises to be at once edifying and challenging, and we encourage you to visit the site often to observe - and perhaps take part in - the sharing of ideas among some of the brightest communion- and ecumenism-oriented thinkers in our church today.
    http://covenant-communion.com/

    Operation Christmas Child...

    "brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas-Jesus Christ."
    National Collection Week was November 12-19.
    Please visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC.asp?MPGID=1 or contact Pam Jentz for more details.

    Special Outreach Offering

    Sunday, September 9th was a regularly scheduled Outreach Sunday. However, on this particular Sunday, there was an opportunity to make a special offering to the continuing hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts in the dioceses of Mississippi and Louisiana. Congregations throughout Northern Indiana took up collections on this date so that Bishop Little could take the funds raised with him when he met with the House of Bishops in late September. Each diocese in the Episcopal Church hoped to raise $10,000.00 towards this cause. Our efforts at St. Paul's will go a long way to restoring hope to our brothers and sisters on the Gulf Coast. For more information on the work in Mississippi and Louisiana, visit their diocesan websites at www.dioms.org and www.edola.org , respectively.

    UPDATE! At the current count, St. Paul’s will be contributing over $1,600.00 to the Diocese of Northern Indiana’s gift for rebuilding efforts in the dioceses affected by Hurricane Katrina. Thank you to all who contributed!

     
    Men’s Counseling Group

    The Samaritan Counseling Center is starting a new counseling group for men struggling with depression, anger, stress, relationship issues, parenting issues, anxiety, and other similar problems. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Jeremy Linton and is intended to provide a support network for men ages 25 and up. The group will meet for 1 ½ hours weekly. The cost is $30.00 per session and will be able to be billed some insurance companies for group counseling. Dr. Linton will begin accepting referrals for this group immediately. Call the office at (574) 277-0274 to sign up.

     
    St. Paul's Choir Needs You

    New things are happening with the choir. We request anyone who has ever sung (even in the shower) to consider joining this ministry. Choir experience and musical training are not necessary - I like to teach.
    Like any ministry, ensemble singing takes some commitment. I recognize we are all busy people. The choir assists at most Sunday Eucharists, but not all members are expected every week. There are weeknight rehearsals, but since each will prepare for several upcoming Sundays, attendance at every one is not required.
    If you would like to learn more, contact me: weekdays 234-7666, evenings and weekends 291-8398.
    Let's make a joyful and beautiful noise unto the Lord!
    --Stephen Drendall


     
    Congratulations!

    Benjamin Adamson Baptism
    (Click for larger image)

    Congratulations to Benjamin Gregory Adamson, son of Jon and Hollie Adamson, upon the occasion of his baptism on Sunday, August 12th. Godparents are Carrie Ottsen, and Marcella and Daniel Perret.
    St. Paul’s was quite full that morning with many members of the Adamson and Maxfield families. The families wish to extend a special thank you to Pam Jentz, Betty Jo Boyer, Deborah Ottsen, and Barbara Books for their work at the potluck following the service.
    We welcome Benjamin into the Body of Christ!

    Christian Unity

    Our own Christopher Wells has just written a piece for The Living Church Foundation on the recent Roman Catholic statement about the Church and churches. Click here to read...

     
    Gun Buy Back a Great Success!

    A Gun Buy Back was held at St. Paul's from 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 18, through the auspices of CURE and area police departments. Over 250 guns were collected - more than double the amount anticipated. You can read about it here.

    Thanks

    Janine O'Keefe and Carol McQueen extend their thanks to all for your cards and prayers.

    Commentary on Anglican Affairs

    Christopher Wells draws our attention to an offers some commentary on an important recent article by Ephrahim Radner.
    Click here to read...

    L'Abri

    Brad Thames gave a short talk about the ministry of L'Abri during worship on Sunday, June 24. You can read the text of that talk, plus some other stuff, by clicking here.

    Doers of the Word

    In May, Doers of the Word met at All Saints and collected baby items and monetary contributions for the Mustard Seed Mission project at St. Anne's, Warsaw. All gifts from St. Paul's were gratefully received.

    Hope Rescue Mission Dinner

    On Friday, June 8th, St. Paul's provided and delivered the evening meal to 80 plus folks. I would like to thank every one who helped provide food and serve the meal. I'm especially grateful as I was with my father in Crown Point. Thank you for your prayers. Dad is at home and will undergo further testing soon. Those who helped: Jude and Dale Keltner, Tami Lewis, Fr. David and Deborah Ottsen, Teresa Betz, Janine O’Keefe, Betty Jo Boyer, Jan Frieden, Jonathan Juilfs, Linda Ruthig, Carole Gross, Carol and Pete McQueen, Lisette Bolduc, and Peter van Inwagen. Thank you for your prayers and gifts for outreach to help our less fortunate sisters and brothers.

    ECW Yard Sale

    The ECW Yard Sale raised $629.75 in June. These funds are used for various needs of the church, including funeral lunch expenses. Thank you to all for donating and purchasing items and to all who volunteered: Jude Keltner, Chris Cannoot, Carole Gross, Keith and Roxanne Miller, Diana Pecsi, Sharon and Ralph Burget, Tami Lewis, Carol and Ken Finkbiner, Janine O’Keefe, Deborah Ottsen, Teresa Betz, Carol McQueen, Diane Haywood, and Jan Frieden. With all the great help, the work went well and we had a good time together.

    Food Pantry Donations

    Through May, we have collected 1528 pounds. This exceeds our goal for this period. The biggest month for donations this year so far was March. We collected 434 pounds that month due to our additional emphasis on the food pantry during Lent. Let’s keep up the good work!
    Please continue to bring in your donations of canned goods and personal care supplied to the food pantry throughout the summer months. Demand does not decrease in the summer, so if you know you will be gone for a while on vacation, please bring extra items on the Sundays on which you will be present.

    Philip Jenkins at Pew Forum

    Religious Studies Professor (Penn State) and Episcopalean Philip Jenkins discussing the current state of the Anglican Communion at the Pew Forum, a news and discussion outlet about religion and public life.
    Click here to read the transcrpt

     
    Babies, babies everywhere!

    Congratulations to all the new parents (and all of baby boys!):
    • Jon and Hollie Adamson (Benjamin Gregory, born May 23);
    • Tara and Andrew Opaczewski (Hunter Thomas, born June 1);
    • Brad and Manuela Thames (Lukas Jens, born April 10)

    Bishop Little and Manuela and Lukas Thames

    In Anticipation of Jesus!

    What can we do to prepare for Jesus? Beginning December 3rd and continuing on December 10th and 17th, we will be looking at three ways to prepare for the Advent of Christ: Prayer, Study and Action. Mother Susan will lead in the instruction on this threefold Rule of Life which, when practiced, will more than make room for the coming of the Savior in your life. We will begin at 6:00pm with Evening Prayer in the Church, followed by a light soup supper in the Undercroft, then by instruction and information. The evening should be over by about 8:30, and childcare is provided. Please sign up to bring a pot of soup, dessert, bread or a salad on the sign-up sheed in the back of the church.

    Send-Off for the Perry's

    December 7, during the coffee hour, there will be a reception honorying John, Wendy, Micah and Hannah Perry who will be leaving soon for Oxford, England, where John will be teaching for the next five years. There will be a basket provided for cards from the parish family.

    Congratulations!


    Click for larger image


    Congratulations to Phil and Annie Reed, who welcomed into the world Lydia Catherine; born October 29th, weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

    Welcome!

    We are pleased to welcome to the congregation Ida and Yates Forbis who have transferred their membership from the Church of the Good Shepherd, Galax, VA, to St. Paul's.

    Thanksgiving Baskets

    We will be delivering Thanksgiving Baskets on Saturday, November 22 beginning at 1:00pm. Contact the church office for more information.

    Thanksgiving Eucharist

    On Thanksgiving Day, there will be a Eucharist at 9:00 AM. This is an appropriate way to give thanks to the Lord for all of His blessings this past year.

    Calling All Shepherds, Kings, Queens, Sheep and Angels

    This year the early Christmas Eve service will feature a Christmas Pageant for any interested children. There is room for anyone who wants to be involved; and speaking and acting is not necessarily required. Children can dress up as angels, shepherds, wise men/women, or any kind of animal. You may wear your own costume, or we will provide one for you. For those who are able, we will hold some rehearsals during Advent. However, we would like to invite even grandchildren, nieces or nephews who might be in town on Christmas Eve to join us…we will find a part for you even if you haven’t been able to be at rehearsals. Please let Mother Susan or Roxanne Miller know if you are interested.


    Do You Have Pictures?

    We know that many of you have taken pictures at various St. Paul's functions over the years, and we'd love to share them through the website! If you have digitial versions, you can email them to webmaster@stpaulsmishawaka.org or put them on CD and give them to Brad Thames. If you have print versions, give them to Brad, who can scan them and return them to you. Thanks for your help in improving the site!
    Click here to see our pictures, including new pictures of the prayer garden and the Mother Susan's installation.


    Art Exhibit

    Fernwood Botanical Garden will be hosting a Clark Gallery exhibition of Jan Frieden's artwork and artfully collected work influenced by woodland settings and seasons during the months of October and November 2008. Jan has long been using her artistic gifts towards the beautification of our parish that has enriched our worship and parish life; let us all plan to come out in support of her exhibit, and enjoy what is sure to be a sublime display of her talents!
    Click here to see a flyer for the event, including a sample of her work.

    Novel Published by Parishoner

    Did you know that Jeanne Dams has had a new novel published? Her latest, Indigo Christmas, part of the Hilda Johansson series, has been published by Perseverance Press and is now appearing in bookstores. In fact, Jeanne will be absent from church some in the coming weeks because she is going on tour to launch this latest mystery in bookstores around the area. Please congratulate her when you do see her again, usually at the 8:00 a.m. service.


    Peanut Brittle

    Beginning on October 13th, volunteers will be cooking peanut brittle each Monday at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to provide ingredients, cook, package, and sell. It is important that we make quantities in October to be sold at the upcoming diocesan convention later in the month. This fundraiser has been very successful in the past and your support will help it continue to be so.

    Journey in Faith

    Plans are underway to offer this traditional, much beloved course on the Episcopal Church and its faith. Normally, this is the course of study that is followed by anyone wishing to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church or by anyone wishing to renew his or her Baptismal vows. Instead of beginning in September, however, we are going to do a trial run of waiting until after Christmas to start. This year, Bishop Little is not scheduled to visit our parish until June 27, so we should have plenty of time to follow the normal catechumenal course. If you are interested in becoming a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church, please let Mother Susan know, and make plans to join us after Christmas.


    Lambeth Indaba

    Rather than producing any formal resolutions, the Lambeth Conference took the form of indaba, "based upon an African ideal of purposeful discussion on the common concerns of our shared life." Bishops divided into several groups in which they were able to share their experiences and stories, thoughts and ideas, and engage in a time of listening, understanding and dialogue on a number of topics central to the Anglican mission. These reflections have been assembled in a document entitled the "Lambeth Indaba". Although somewhat lengthy, it is fascinating, sometimes provocative, and above all an indespensible articulation of the many voices in our Communion striving towards a common Anglican identity and mission. We encourage you to take the time to read through it prayerfully and thoughtfully.
    Click here to go to the document.

     
    St. Paul's Choir

    The Choir is now back in session, and we are looking for new members! Click here for more information...

    Nursery Volunteers

    We are in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery. Parents of young children are particularly encouraged to volunteer. Please contact Jon Adamson if you are interested in helping.


    Diocese of Northern Indiana on Covenant

    The General Convention deputies from our diocese (including former parishoher Christopher Wells) have drawn up a response to the most recent draft of the evolving Anglican Covenant. To read the response, click here. The draft itself, as well as supplemental materials (including a commentary) can be found on the Anglican Communion website.

    Donate Items for St. Paul's

    We are still collecting items to be sold on the online auction house Ebay as a fundraiser for St. Paul's - a kind of "online yard sale". If you have old furniture, clothing, collectibles, antiques, or any other items you'd like to get rid of, consdier donating them to be sold on behalf of St. Paul's!
    Just bring them to the church and we'll take care of the rest.
    Or, you can bring them directly to one of the "I Sold It" stores, who will be auctioning the items on our behalf. The closest location to the church is 12933 SR 23, Granger, In 46530, (across from Martin's Supermarket - click here for a map).
    For a list of other locations around the country, visit http://www.i-soldit.com/locations.asp.

    For more information, please visit http://www.stpaulsmishawaka.org/html/ebay.html.


    Contribute to the Website!

    Development of the website is a great way to keep parishoners, friends of St. Paul's and visitors informed about our life and ministries, which is especially important during this time of transition. There are several ways you can contribute, even if you don't have computer skills:

    - If you know of any upcoming events, announcements or noteworthy news items;
    - If you are involved with a ministry and would like to provide information about it;
    - If you would like the website to link to your personal or business website;
    - If you have suggestions or ideas for additional content, improvements to the layout and design, or are able to provide graphics and multimedia;
    - If you have any pictures or knowledge of St. Paul's history;

    If you would like to contribute in these or any other way, please do email the webmaster (webmaster@stpaulsmishawaka.org) or speak with Brad Thames or Jon Adamson.

     

     

     
    Continuing to Celebrate Easter During the Easter Season

    With the beginning of the Easter season, the Adult Education Forum will have completed its study of N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope. Beginning on May 6th and continuing on Wednesdays in May, we will study our own Bishop Little’s book, Joy in Disguise: Meeting Jesus in the Dark Times. We will continue the tradition of gathering in the church at 6:00 pm for Evening Prayer, followed by supper, followed by study. Please let Mother Susan know if you are planning to participate so that books may be ordered.

    But, what do we do with Wednesday nights on April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th? Why, we’re going to celebrate! It’s Easter after all! Please plan to join us on April 15th for Evening Prayer as usual. Then, following Evening Prayer, we will adjourn to the Oaken Bucket (corner of Ironwood and Pleasant) for supper together to celebrate our risen Lord!
    On April 22nd, Evening Prayer again will be observed in the sanctuary.
    On April 29th, please set aside time to attend a forum at St. James Cathedral: The Liturgical Movement with the Rev. Leonel Mitchell, Canon Theologian, and the Rev. Dr. Paul Bradshaw. On that evening, so that we can attend the event, there will be no Evening Prayer or meal at St. Paul’s. Evening Prayer will begin at the Cathedral at 6:00 pm and the lecture will start at 6:30 pm. For more information, consult Around Our Diocese.

    Diocesan ECW Scholarships

    Women needing financial assistance towards study for a lay ministry vocation may apply for a scholarship from the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women. A lay vocation is defined as any ministry which is a service to others.

    If you are interested, please contact Barbara Books at (574) 258-0412 for application forms. The deadline for submission is Sunday, April 26, 2009.

    United Thank Offering

    The 2009 Spring Ingathering for the United Thank Offering will be held on Sunday, May 10th. Your Blue Boxes and Envelopes will be gathered at each service. Extra Blue Boxes and Envelopes will be available at the Ushers Table, should you need them. The United Thank Offering provides for you a way to share your thankfulness to God through daily offerings in your Blue Box. It results in making a difference in your life as well as in the lives of those who receive your offering. For the power of the Blue Box is unlimited.

    - Barbara Books

    What Are Your Favorite Hymns?

    We are interested in learning of your favorite hymns. Click here to let us know, and to see a list of the hymns from our hymnal.

    Also, watch your bulletin and newsletter in May. We will be scheduling a potluck supper, old-fashioned hymn sing, and a chance to fill out a survey indicating your favorite hymns. Then we will make every effort to incorporate these into our Sunday worship.

    Are You Planting Flowers?

    Spring is finally here and if you’re ready to plant flowers, check the front bulletin board on the porch. The Mishawaka Lion’s Club is having their annual blooming plant sale, and this would be a good way beautifully to decorate your yard as well as support the work of the Lions in the Mishawaka Community. Plant availability includes begonia, coleus, dusty miller, impatiens, marigolds, pansies, petunias, salvia, geraniums and greens. Plants are available in flats, patio pots and hanging baskets. Pictures are posted on the front porch. If you would like to place an order, please see Mother Susan.

    Do You Speak A Foreign Language?

    If you speak any of the following foreign languages, please make plans to be part of the Pentecost service on May 31st. We will be offering portions of the Gospel in each of these languages:

    Arabic, German, Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Chinese, Old English, Czech/Russian, or Welsh

    Please let Mother Susan know if you speak one of these languages or another language.

    Vestry Notes – Meeting & Retreat


    The Vestry met on Thursday, March 12th. Mother Susan and the wardens gave their reports. The success of the Lenten Book Study was discussed. The Vestry endorsed our seminarian, Greg Wilde, for candidacy to the priesthood, which is the next step in the ordination process. They also discussed the recent collaborative ministry meeting among the area Episcopal parishes and received a report from the first Outreach Committee meeting. Pastoral care groups were assigned. In these groups, each Vestry member has particular members of the congregation assigned to contact in case of an emergency or to check-in with from time to time. Additional planning was done for the Vestry retreat.

    The retreat was then held on Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st at the home of Lisette Bolduc and Peter VanInwagen. This year’s retreat was deliberately designed as less of a business meeting and more of a time for spiritual reflection and Vestry bonding. Meditations and study were led by Mother Susan and the wardens around the theme of “Bursting Forth”—an image of the blossoming of the life of our parish. The Vestry meditated and discussed several of the “agricultural” parables of Jesus—The Mustard Seed, The Sower and the Soils, and The Wheat and the Weeds. Jon Adamson led a meditation and discussion on the parish mission statement. Lisette Bolduc led a meditation on fear and our response to it. The weekend retreat was very rewarding for all.

    Due to Holy Week, the Vestry meeting in April will be moved to Thursday, April 16th.

    With What Conviction do You Face the Future?

    The following was shared by Janine O’Keefe at the recent Vestry Retreat…a wonderful affirmation that encourages us to face the future with faith, not fear:

    Activating Faith Instead of Fear

    We have many opportunities each day to worry and live in fear, from being worried about the economy and our health to our family and children, the list could go on and on! But did you know faith and fear have something in common? They both ask us to believe something is going to happen that we cannot see. Fear says, “Business is slow. You’re going to go under.” But faith says, “Your best days are still out in front of you.” When we give in to thoughts of fear, our perspective becomes distorted. Fear is like a fog. It makes things look worse than what they really are. It might look intimidating, but there is nothing really to it, just a bunch of vapors that can fit in a small glass.

    Use your energy to believe and not worry. Our God is all-powerful. He has brought you through in the past, and He is going to bring you through in the future. Surround yourself with people of faith who will speak victory into your life. If you’ll be disciplined in your thought life and learn to choose faith instead of fear, you’re going to be filled with a constant peace and confidence. You were created for a life of victory, not to have you enthusiasm and joy stolen by fear. Choose to walk in faith today. Remember, it takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to have faith. So switch your gears to having faith and trusting God. God works everything out for good and to your advantage!

    Outreach Notes

    Food Pantry

    We collected 333 pounds in February and 242 pounds in March (though the 10th). This is outstanding given the economic downturn. Thank you for your generous support as evidenced by the wide variety of items given.

    St. Margaret’s House


    Over 310 people braved the cold, snowy day on February 22nd to demonstrate their support for the mission of SMH by participating in the Winter Walk. At this writing, $47,000 has been raised, just $5,000 short of the pre-walk goal. Your prayers and financial support helped make the event a success and to allow high quality services and meals benefit the guests of SMH. Thanks to our St. Paul's cookie bakers: Mary Kay Bissell, Teresa Betz, Jude Keltner, and Betty Jo Boyer. You are the best !

    Marifiki

    Take a moment to read the new Marifiki Ministry brochure and newsletter located on the Outreach bulletin board. They have made great strides in farm output and facilities in the past 3 years.

    Outreach Committee Notes

    The first Outreach Committee met on March 1st and will meet again on Sunday March 29th after the 10 am service. You are welcome to join us - get a cup of coffee and snack and will gather in the Parish House.

    Some questions that the committee raised were: 1) If St. Paul's no longer existed, would we be missed? Why or why not? and 2) What does our community need ?
    Some ideas discussed were 1) Assisting Mishawaka HS students with mentoring/homework and serving a meal to them on a weekly basis. 2) Importance of a local presence to those who live nearby and can walk to St. Paul's. 3) Christian service model to 5th graders thru high school students in our parish. 4) Outreach beyond the community—Mission trip. 5) Utilize the kitchen for meals. 6) Prison Ministry Support

    Please contact me at (574) 272-4193 or email pamjentz@comcast.net with any suggestions, ideas, or questions regarding our Outreach.

    --Pam Jentz

     
    Historic Calender

    We are proud to announce that St. Paul’s will be featured in the 2012 edition of the Historic Episcopal Churches Engagement Calendar.


    Do You Have Pictures?

    We know that many of you have taken pictures at various St. Paul's functions over the years, and we'd love to share them through the website! If you have digitial versions, you can email them to webmaster@stpaulsmishawaka.org or put them on CD and give them to Brad Thames. If you have print versions, give them to Brad, who can scan them and return them to you. Thanks for your help in improving the site!
    Click here to see our pictures, including new pictures of the prayer garden and the Mother Susan's installation.


    Contribute to the Website!

    Development of the website is a great way to keep parishoners, friends of St. Paul's and visitors informed about our life and ministries, which is especially important during this time of transition. There are several ways you can contribute, even if you don't have computer skills:

    - If you know of any upcoming events, announcements or noteworthy news items;
    - If you are involved with a ministry and would like to provide information about it;
    - If you would like the website to link to your personal or business website;
    - If you have suggestions or ideas for additional content, improvements to the layout and design, or are able to provide graphics and multimedia;
    - If you have any pictures or knowledge of St. Paul's history;

    If you would like to contribute in these or any other way, please do email the webmaster (webmaster@stpaulsmishawaka.org) or speak with Brad Thames or Jon Adamson.

    Mother Susan in the Holy Land


    click for larger image

    Mother Susan took a trip to the Holy Land from January 19th to the 27th with Canon SuzeAnne Silla and Father Dan Martins of St. Anne’s, Warsaw. The three of them took this trip to do advance planning for a diocesan pilgrimage to be led by Bishop Little in the future.

     

    Annual Meeting
    The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 1st. It will follow a single Eucharist which will begin at 9:00 am.
    We will be holding elections at the meeting. If you have a name of a person to suggest to serve as a warden, vestry member, or delegate to diocesan convention or wish to volunteer yourself, please contact Mother Susan. Please note that diocesan convention will be held in Plymouth this coming year, so travel will be less of an impediment to volunteering. Please pray for the parish to exercise good discernment in the selection of its leaders.
    As usual, we will be holding a potluck meal between the service and the meeting. Please come for the fellowship and to participate in this important event in the life of our parish.

    Click here to see the list of nominees for the 2009 Vestry.

    Chili Cook-off!