June/July Apostle

Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith

Every summer
I listen and look
under the sun’s brass and even
into the moonlight, but I can’t hear

anything, I can’t see anything —
not the pale roots digging down, nor the green
stalks muscling up,
nor the leaves
deepening their damp pleats,

nor the tassels making,
nor the shucks, nor the cobs.
And still,
every day,

the leafy fields
grow taller and thicker —
green gowns lofting up in the night,
showered with silk.

And so, every summer,
I fail as a witness, seeing nothing —
I am deaf too
to the tick of the leaves,

the tapping of downwardness from the banyan feet —
all of it
happening
beyond any seeable proof, or hearable hum.

And, therefore, let the immeasurable come.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees,
and the mystery hidden in the dirt

swing through the air.
How could I look at anything in this world
and tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?

One morning
in the leafy green ocean
the honeycomb of the corn’s beautiful body
is sure to be there.
~ Mary Oliver

This summer I’d like to challenge all of us to soak in the beauty that surrounds us- listening to the birds, smelling the flowers, spending time with family and friends, and slowing down a bit to let it all sink in to our spirit communing with the living God. For those of you who we may not see this summer, I hope you still remember us here at St. Paul’s.

As we wrap up our program year together, we are also wrapping up our mutual discernment for your next rector.  I would like to thank our faithful Discernment Committee for their commitment to this important work.  Thank you for serving:  Anne Barney, Christine MacNally, Joseph Nissi, Carol Hathaway, Susan Miller, and Art Fundeklian.  I look forward to these coming weeks as we continue to listen to Holy Spirit to guide the ministry and mission of St. Paul’s.

All God’s blessings to you, the people of St. Paul’s.  I look forward to worshiping and engaging in ministry with you this summer.

In the name of our gracious and living God,

Sarah+

DATES TO REMEMBER

June 8 Fuddruckers Fundraiser
June18 Summer Schedule Begins
July 29 Second Annual BBQ Senior Center Cookout

The next vestry meeting is on July 6 at 7:00pm.  In between vestry meetings, feel free to contact any member of the vestry with any concerns.  (see list at the end of this newsletter.)

 

Congratulations to our Graduates!!

Bailey Regan graduate from High School and will be leaving for College in NYC.

Lexi Swartz is graduating from North Andover Middle School June 22, 2017

Danny Laorenza graduated with his Masters in chemistry from Wesleyan University May 28, 2017

Amanda Coppa, High Point University: BA in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Economics.

Camden Smith Means, son of David and Cheryl Means, graduated from Texas Christian University on

May 13, 2017 with his Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration on Language and Literacy.

Kendelle Carboni (Granddaughter of Anne & Bob Barney), will be graduating from Assawampsett High School, Lakeville, MA on Friday night, June 2nd.

Jerry Zimmerman Wexler, grandson of Bob and Phyllis Zimmerman, is graduating from Elizabeth Irwin High School in New York City.  He will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.

Chris Herrmann is honoring three grandchildren:

  –  Tessa Lehan graduated with honors from Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.

  –  Maxwell Lehan graduated from Half Moon Bay High School, Half Moon Bay, CA.

  –  Finn Herrmann is moving on from Grizzell Middle School to Jerome High School, Dublin, OH.

 An extra 300 pounds doesn’t sound healthy…

but with your help it can be!

Outreach Food Drive

May-June

2016

Food in our local shelters is in greater demand during the summer months as children who often get free meals and snacks in school, are on their annual break. As you shop for your family’s meals, please consider picking up an extra item or two from the list below each week and bring it to church with you. There is a large container in the Narthex to deposit your donation. Get the “weight update” every week during announcements!

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Baby Food, Canned Meat (tuna/chicken/ham), Pasta, Soup, Spaghetti sauce with meat

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Neighbors In Need:

For over 30 years Neighbors In Need has fed the poor & hungry in Lawrence without question or means testing. Their mission is to fulfill the needs of their clients with respect and dignity. All food, formula,diapers, clothing and

household  items are provided free of charge to those who request them. Neighbors In Need serves at-risk families and youth in Greater Lawrence by providing food, diapers, formula, clothing and other necessities.Since its founding in 1983, Neighbors In Need has been a community organization relying heavily on area schools, churches and organizations for support. Neighbors in Need is concerned about the consequences of poverty and poor nutrition on the families that they serve. Access to good, healthy, affordable food is a serious public health issue in Lawrence–the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and premature cardiovascular disease are twice the state average. These significant health disparities are rooted in long-standing economic conditions in the area. They address these challenges every day by providing healthy food to over 500 families a week at their Food Pantries.

118 South Broadway

Lawrence, MA 01843

Corunummealcenter.org

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, June 16th from 4-7 pm. Please click on the schedule below to sign up for any of our upcoming dates.

SCHEDULE

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Welcomes

 North Andover Senior Center

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Second Annual BBQ Cookout

July 29, 2017

5:00 pm-7:00 pm

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Come join the St. Paul’s family as we again welcome the North Andover Senior Center for an enjoyable afternoon

including;

Great Food

Big Band Music

Fun Fellowship

Church Tours

Let’s get to know more of the seniors in our community and give them the chance to meet our special St. Paul’s community.

 

Dear Friends,

Planning is well underway for our Second Annual St. Paul’s Mission Trip. We will be working with Epic Missions, Inc. in Vero Beach, FL, August 13-18, 2017.

“Epic Missions is about supporting local ministries by sending teams of volunteers to help the hurting, homeless, hungry and struggling children. Serving people of all faiths and backgrounds to bring hope, encouragement and restoration to families and children who are in need and at risk.”

We understand many of you would like, but are unable to join us. There are, however, many ways for you to participate in this Ministry and make this journey with us.

Those of us traveling to Florida are ready and willing to give of our time and talent and could use your gifts of treasure to help “lighten the load” of our mission. The following sponsorship opportunities are available to members of the St. Paul’s family to ensure that this effort is successful. There is no contribution too big or too small for our journey, all donations are greatly appreciated.

Coach Cronies:       helping to offset the cost of the rental of two vans

Petro Pals:            gasoline gift cards to fuel the vans

Please contact Cheryl Means, Outreach Committee Chair, to arrange for your donation; threemeans@aol.com or 978-387-6170.

Woman’s Book Group

We are meeting again in June to discuss The Boston Girl by Anita Diamanté.  This book is available in several formats and through the library consortium.

Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood” (Los Angeles Times), follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine-a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naïve girl she once was.

To be added to the book group email distribution list, please email tvw1954@yahoo.com.

See you in June.

 

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.

 

St. Paul’s operating income and expense for the first four months of 2017 appear below. The reporting for the period indicates our deficit is ($28,591) which is significantly higher than the budgeted deficit for the period. In the first four months our receipts are short of budget by more than $10,000. Included in the shortfall is about $4,700 or about 9.8% in pledge receipts.

The expenses for the period are $4,000 over budget. Contributing to the overage is utility expense and the cost of snow plowing which already exceeds the amount budgeted for the full 12 months.

As the summer months approach, don’t forget St. Paul’s. A huge “Thank You” goes out to all of you who have kept up with your pledge payments or even paid up ahead! That is very helpful! Thank you.

4 Months                    4 Months

Budget                       Actual                       Variance

 

Receipts                      $68,373                      $57,442                      -16%

 

Disbursements           $82,076                      $86,033                      +5%

Deficit                         ($13,703)                   ($28,591)

 

June 4

In loving memory of Arthur W. Howes

       Donor:  The Anna & Arthur Howes Memorial Fund

June 11

In loving memory of Barbara & Bob Hall

Donor:  Marilyn Belanger

June 18

In loving memory of Dr. Ruth Griffiths

Donor:  The Griffiths Memorial Fund

In loving memory of William L. Herrmann

Donor:  Kathy Lehan, Bill Herrmann, David Herrmann

And their families

In loving memory of Vincent Pybus

Donor:  The Pybus Family

June 25

In loving memory of James Howard Gaul

  Donor:  Eydie Gaul and Family

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