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On May 20th, the Rt. Rev. Charles Duvall will visit St. Paul’s
for Confirmation and Reception.
Confirmation is an opportunity for any baptized Christian, youth or adult, to confirm for themselves the faith that was claimed for them in Baptism. At Confirmations, the participants or confirmands reaffirm their baptismal promises and then the Bishop lays his hands on their heads and prays that God will renew them with his Holy Spirit. It is a step in the process of maturing as a Christian. Because Confirmation is a sacrament in which the participant makes a mature affirmation of faith, our Bishop requires that participants be at least juniors in High School at the time of their Confirmation.
Reception is the means by which Christians from other denominations, who have previously made a mature affirmation of faith, join the Episcopal Church. Participants reaffirm their faith and are received into the Episcopal Church as full members. Both Confirmation and Reception follow a period of study about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.
Foundations of the Christian Faith and Episcopal Tradition Class
Mondays March 26 – May 14 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall
In preparation for this Confirmation and Reception, we will offer a class in which we will study our faith as we understand it as Christians and as Episcopalians. This class is not only for those seeking confirmation but also for anyone who wants to learn more about their faith. When the Bishop visits, these persons will also be given an opportunity to reaffirm their faith and receive a prayer from the Bishop. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Sally (547-5968).
March 17 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Prayer is at the center of our relationship with God. It is how we live with our Lord. Often though, people want to pray but aren’t really sure how to start. This year we will have a half day retreat at the church March 17. At this retreat, we’ll learn different ways to pray. Just as people differ in personality types, they also differ in types of prayer that suit them. We will explore the use of prayer from the Prayer Book, the discipline of journaling, the practice of silence as prayer, and a way of using scripture in prayer. Though there will be some instruction about these ways of prayer, most of our retreat will be spent actually praying. The hope is that this retreat will allow each of us to draw closer to the Lord. This three hour retreat will begin at 9:30 AM & finish by 12:30 PM.
Join us to feast on pancakes, Tuesday, February 21, 2012! Pancakes, sausage, bacon and all the fixin’s will be served from 5:30PM – 7:30PM! Come fill up your tummies atSt. Paul’s!
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities but the same God who activates all of them in everyone.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6.
This program will be held on Sundays, following the 10:30AM service. We will begin with a light lunch followed by the program. We will be finished by 2:00PM. Child care will be provided during the program. This program will begin February 26th and end March 25th. This parish-wide program is an excellent way to observe a holy Lent by being intentional in the discernment of God’s call in your life.
We are all called by God to serve him with our lives. We accept this calling in our Baptism. When the Lord gives us his Holy Spirit in Baptism, he equips us to do his work in our world. The apostle Paul reminds us in his first letter to the Corinthians that though we are all called by God, our callings differ. This is because the Lord needs various gifts for ministry in order to accomplish his work in the world. Some are called to lead, some to teach, some to pray, some to help. And the list goes on. The ministries to which the Lord calls us vary greatly. But it is important to remember that no one ministry is greater than another. All are needed to accomplish God’s work. Just as every part of the body is needed and valuable, so also every part of God’s Church is needed and valuable.
Sometimes though it’s not easy to understand what our true calling is. Have you ever wondered how God is calling you to serve him? This year during Lent,St. Paul’s Lent program will be the “Called by God” seminar. This seminar will include presentations on the meaning of God’s call. It will also include presentation on understanding the various gifts given and the ways in which these gifts can be used. Part of the seminar will also include activities that allow each person to reflect for themselves on God’s call in their life and how this call can be used to accomplish God’s ministry.
Please make plans to join us January 8th as we begin the season of Epiphany. We begin at 5:00PM with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, hearing the story of the visitation of the Wise Men. Then we share a hot dog supper followed by the burning of the Christmas Trees.
We begin our celebration of Epiphany with our annual bonfire at the Field Trial Barn on the Ann Springs Close Greenway. We gather to burn our old Christmas Trees (the real ones!). If you have never seen it, the tower of fire that these trees create is awesome! It lights up the dark night revealing the faces of all who gather around. This tower reminds us that there is another light who has come into our world – Jesus Christ. He is the light of God in our world. And he has come to reveal the truth to our world – the truth of God’s life and God’s love.
Join us for all of our services celebrating Christmas!
Christmas Eve, December 24:
Special Music 4:40PM
Family Service and Children’s Pageant 5:00PM
Special Music 10:30PM
Midnight Mass 11:00PM
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25:
Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:00AM