February Apostle

February 20
February 28
March 1
March 3
Peace & Justice Meeting
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppe
Ash Wednesday
Lenten Taizé Service


Catechumenate or (katəˈkyoōmənate) or κατηχούμενος


Catechumenate comes from a Greek word meaning “to learn and explore.” The Catechumenate is a place where we explore what it means to be a human being and a person of faith within our community. Catechumenate provides a place to slow down, a space to truly listen to other people, and a time to honestly speak about what they believe. The small groups are the key. As one “catechumen” put it, “The Catechumenate provides that balance between chaos and structure that is sometimes lacking in our daily lives, but is so key in helping to learn about oneself.”


Here at St. Paul’s we will be having a five session Catechumenate after the 10am Sunday services in preparation for reception into the Episcopal Church which will be held on March 19.  Please call the office or email Rev. Sarah if you are interested.


The next vestry meeting is in March.  In between vestry meetings, feel free to contact any member of the vestry with any concerns.  (see list at the end of this newsletter.)
The Women’s Book Group will meet again on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7PM in the French Memorial.
February book selection is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
Book description:
This 295 page book is fiction and is available in various formats through the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. It is also available in Kindle and Audible formats.

The international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (EntertainmentWeekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).

We met on January 12th to discuss Dead Wake by Erik Larson. A non-fiction – reads like a novel – telling of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.. Great thanks to Marlene Smith for leading the discussion.
The rest of our book year will include the following:
Meeting Date
Thurs. Feb 9, 2017
The Rosie Project
Graeme Simpson
Tues, Mar 14, 2017
A Fall of Marigolds
Susan Meissner
Thurs, Apr 20, 2017
The Train to Crystal City
Jan Jarboe Russell
Thurs, May 11, 2017
The Boston Girl
Anita Diamante
February 2017
Do you have an interest in researching your genealogy and don’t know where to begin?  Join the ECW on Monday, February 6, at 6:30 and learn how to use the tools and computer sites available and how to get access to Ancestry.com to find your family roots.  Susan Johansson will be our speaker for the evening.


The Cor Unum Meal Center welcomes hungry visitors for breakfast and dinner every day.  To date, it has provided over 1 million free meals to thousands of men, women and children who suffer from hunger in Lawrence and the surrounding area.  Additionally, it offers a warm, safe place for people to socialize.


The facility has only two employees yet typically serves about 700 meals a day.  Therefore, it relies on “an army of generous volunteers” to fulfill its mission.    People help by serving meals, bussing tables or cleaning in the kitchen.


Our next volunteer opportunity is scheduled for Friday, March 17 from 4-7 pm.
Sign-up to help us at the Cor Unum meal center:
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our Outreach Ministry~
Cheryl Means, chair

For the month of February St. Paul’s will be collecting the following personal care items for the People’s Pantry.:

—Please note that all items should be regular sized items-not sample or jumbo sized—

We would like to focus specifically on these items so that there will be enough of each of them for all guests to receive.  The People’s Pantry is open to anyone in need and is run 100 percent by volunteers.  Donations may be left in the church vestibule in the bin marked “The People’s Pantry.”  If you would prefer to make a monetary donation checks are also accepted and should be made payable to:  People’s Pantry.  Should you have any questions please contact
Stacey Cameron at 978-374-7057.


Finance Committee News
The Vestry and parish have adopted a challenging budget for 2017. We will continue to look for ways to maximize our revenue and limit our expenses while maintaining all the programs we care about. Thank you to all of you who have “stretched” your pledge a bit to help fill the gap. Finance Committee welcomes all your suggestions to make ends meet.


Copy Machine
In order of being better stewards of office materials, there is now an admin. code on the copy machine.  If you have a copy request, please fill out a copy request form here: https://stpaulsnorthandover.org/copy-request-form/Thank you!


 Spare Change Sunday 

The first Sunday of every month is SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY.

The loose change given in the plate benefits our Church School youth’s Heifer Project ministry.


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