From our Priest-in-Charge
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son
to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by
faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to
face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Happy New Year Beloved of St. Paul’s!
I write to you on the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood and what better folks to spend it with than you! The year 2016 was a wonderful year in the life of St. Paul’s and I am sure that 2017 will be wonderful as well and full of many wonderful moments of blessings and grace. I look forward to seeing all of you together at our Annual Meeting on January 29, the last Sunday of January. We will have much to discuss and much work to do! This is a wonderful time and an invitation for us to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. It is my hope and prayer that 2017 will be a year of growth in spirit and a continued growth in adding new members to our wonderful community. Let’s not ever have St. Paul’s be a well-kept secret, rather a beacon of hope and restoration!
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 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 on January 15th. In between vestry meetings, feel free to contact any member of the vestry with any concerns. (see list at the end of this newsletter.)
House Warming Party
Sunday, January 22, 2017
at 11:30 am
at St Paul’s Parish Hall
396 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845
Rusty has moved.
Rusty has moved to a Studio Apartment at 128 Main Street, North Andover (next to the Barber Shop). A group of people helped him move on Dec 28th and we’ve been getting his apartment into a cozy atmosphere since then. Because this is a Studio Apt (i.e. one room) his double bed & large recliner take up too much room. We would, therefore, like to take a collection to show our appreciation for his 22 years of service to St. Paul’s and purchase a single bed and chair. If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to St Paul’s Church with a memo “For Rusty”. There will be a basket at the Coffee Hour Table in which to put your donation on Sunday Jan 15 & 22; or you may mail your donation to the church and clearly make a notation that it is for Rusty.
Rusty is very excited about his new apartment and will still have some commitments for St. Paul’s ~~~including making mac & cheese for the Chili Cook-off and Christmas Dinner!
28th Annual Candlelight Christmas Potluck Dinner
The Christmas season is all about tradition, family, and coming together to remember the blessings of our lives. The Christmas dinner gave the parishioners of St. Paul’s church the opportunity to do this on Dec. 4. The parish hall was transformed into an intimate gathering place with candles and the smells of hot cider and homemade food. Santa, of course, was invited to hand out candy canes and reindeer food, and Ed Stauff entertained everyone with the carols we all remember from Christmases past. Thank you to those who brought hats, mittens and scarves to decorate the tree for the Merrimack Valley Christmas kids. Also, many thanks to those who helped with setup and cleanup. We hope this dinner reminded you that families come in all shapes, sizes, and types, and that regardless of what is going on in your life, St. Paul’s will always have a place for you. May there be peace, love, and
hope in your lives and many blessings in the coming year.
Jack and Marlene Smith
David, Stacey, and Devon Cameron
Special Thanks to:
Cheryl and Dave Means
Kathleen, JP, Maeve & Colin Bissonnette
Sue, Peter & Kris Valpey
Christine, Will, Haley & Alex McNally
Dawn and Carly Fraser
Will & Owen Ferguson
Teresa, Bailey, Seamus & Caden Regan
THANK YOU! To all my friends at St. Paul’s who have so generously given their time helping me to get to Dr appointments, delivering poinsettias and caroling on Christmas �� Eve, picking up necessities, and especially dropping in for a quick visit or two or three. I love ❤️ you all and am so grateful to have you in my life. Tracy
Women’s Book Group
HAPPY NEW YEAR ! We will meet again on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7PM in the French Memorial.
January’s book selection is Dead Wake by Erik Larson.
This 430 page book is non-fiction and is available in various formats through the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. It is also available in Kindle and Audible formats.
Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”-the fastest liner then in service-and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.
Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small-hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more-all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.
Just before our December break, we met on November 10th for a lively discussion of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stroud. Although this story had mixed reviews by the group, our discussion was provoking and deeply inspired. Great thanks to Dee Carlson for leading the discussion.
The rest of our book year will include the following:
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, January 20th 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
The Vestry and Finance Committee are working to finalize a budget for 2017. The Vestry will approve a budget at their January meeting and that budget will be presented to the Annual Meeting at the end of January. The budget will again require the use of some of our endowment funds to make ends meet. Watch for details of the final budget and a report of the 2016 year end.
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 found on the bulletin board next to the office and place the request in the office mailbox, also located outside of the office. 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.
In loving memory of George F. Houghton
Donor: Gladys Houghton, Wendy Martin
& Donna Mielinski and their family
In loving memory of Evelyn M. Reid
Donor: Griffiths Memorial Fund
In loving memory of Susan Cogswell
Donor: Anna & Arthur Howes Memorial Fund
In loving memory of
Lorraine Hamilton Beauchesne
Donor: David, Cheryl & Cam Means
In loving memory of G. Sylvia Little
Donor: Little Memorial Fund
In loving memory of James J. Cairns, Jr
Donor: The Swartz Family
In loving memory of Helen Marland
Donor: St. Paul’s Women’s Auxiliary
In loving memory of Donald B. Foss
Donor: Donald B. Foss, Susan H. Sullivan
& Michael T. Foss
In loving memory of
Curtiss O. & Velma H. Wakeman
and Velma & Irving Hinton
Donor: The Wakeman Family
Sarah Hardcastle January 2
Cam Means January 3
Carly Fraser January 4
Logan Hardcastle January 7
Rich Gorzela January 9
Carol Hathaway January 11
Anne Barney January 13
Cheryl Means January 18
Pierce Leary January 19
Bob Barney January 25
Raymond Gorzela January 26
Donna Gorzela January 28
Michele Hardcastle January 29
Chip Marshall January 29
Ray Shaw January 30
Diane Shaw January 30
Sun Dunigan January 31