September 2017 Apostle

Remembering Randy+

As you all know, our beloved Randy Daley+ died Saturday, August 12 while up in Canada after suffering a stroke. The funeral is scheduled to be on September 22 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dedham. This was the church that launched Randy+ into full-time ministry and is his family’s church.  A van will be available for transport from St. Paul’s, North Andover to St. Paul’s Dedham.  A sign-up sheet will be made available for those in need of transportation.  You may also call the office and let us know that you would like a seat on the van.  We will have a St. Paul’s, North Andover Celebration and Remembrance of Randy+ on October 7 at 4:00 p.m. This will be a time where the people of St. Paul’s can come together, say prayers and tell stories of our beloved Randy.

Please continue to remember Randy’s family in your prayers.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and
courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to
come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those
without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great
goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with
those they love.  And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ
our Savior. 
Amen.
 
O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day
our brother Randy.  We thank you for giving
him to us, his family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on
our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion,
console us who mourn.  Give us faith to see in death the gate
of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue
our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with
those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Sept 9 Vestry Kick-off Retreat
Sept. 10 Kick-off Sunday/ Resume 8:30 & 10:00 services
Sept. 14 Holy Cross Day
7pm Evening Eucharist

Sept. 26
EfM Begins
Sept. 29
Michaelmas
7pm Choral Evensong

From the Rector~

Here we are ready to begin a new program year which will be my first program year serving as your rector.  I find myself energized for this new program year and I am excited to take this journey alongside you as your rector. Thank you so much for your outpouring of love of congratulations as I accepted the call to become your next rector.  I accepted quite enthusiastically because you are just so easy to love!  It is with great anticipation that I look forward to our Celebration of New Ministry and Instillation Service on November 7 at 6:30 p.m.  I really do hope ALL of you can be there to celebrate our mutual ministry together.

For those of you who have been traveling this summer, welcome back.  It has been quite a summer filled with both laughter and tears.  I do grieve alongside you at the loss of our dear Randy+ and I look forward to being with you to tell stories of Randy as well.  Please know that my door is open if you would like to talk.

Finally, as we begin our new ministry together this program year, I am excited to breath new energy into all of our ministries here at St. Paul’s.  I’d like to challenge each one of us not to let St. Paul’s be a well kept secret here in North Andover.  Let’s engage in radical hospitality and love so the community of North Andover and beyond will want to see what all of the “fuss” is about!  God bless each one of you in the ministry God has given you!

In the name of our compassionate Lord,
Sarah+

Re-imagining Church School

This program year we will be trying something a bit different.  Each Sunday will have a different focus.  The first Sunday of the month, we will continue our Family Service, the second Sunday will have our children engaging in Godly Play for the younger kids and re:form for the older youth.  The third Sunday of the month will focus on mission and outreach, having our youth engage in service projects etc.  The fourth Sunday will be Expressions Sunday where our youth will be able to express their faith through music, art, and other ways as well. Please bring your kids to register for church school on September 10 at 9:45 a.m. and as always, put the word out there and bring a friend!

                                       

Kick-off Sunday is September 10! 

Register your kids for Sunday School from 9:45am – 10:30am
Stay after Church for the Ice-cream Social 
Services:
8:30am – Holy Communion, Rite I
10:00am – Holy Communion, Rite II

The Installation of the next rector of St. Paul’s The Reverend Sarah D. Máto will be held on
November 7 at 6:30 p.m. here at St. Paul’s.

Help support St. Paul’s fundraising efforts. Link to AmazonSmile from our website and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church!

 

The next vestry meeting is on September 9 from 8:30am – 11:00am.  This will be a joint kick-off meeting with St. James. In between vestry meetings, feel free to contact any member of the vestry with any concerns.  (see list at the end of this newsletter.)

From the Property Committee

The Property Committee has been busy this past summer completing the shingling on the back of the Parish Hall, sealing and striping the parking lot, and keeping up with routine maintenance.
We are continuing to study accessibility options such as ramps, lifts, and are exploring funding options.Special thanks to Jean Kooken for painting the stairs leading to the Parish Hall, Tom Kooken for his help with the parking lot project and Art Fundeklian for using his new leaf blower to clean the parking lot before the resurfacing.
We always welcome new members! Please see Peter Kalafarski or email if you have any questions or would like to join our committee.


Episcopal Church Women
The first ECW meeting of the new season will be held Monday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the French Memorial.  Come … bring your stories, photos, iPad pictures, and most of all yourself to mingle and share your memories of summer.  Hostesses Paula Fines, Lili Fundeklian, and Gloria Brady will serve appetizers and dessert.  If you have any questions,
call Paula at 978-764-9868.

Community Yoga at St. Paul’s
 
Community Yoga at Saint Paul’s is a time for folks in our neighborhood to find balance and peace in the midst of their hectic modern lives through breathing and gentle moving meditation.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  Students should be in good general health. $10 drop in fee – no registration required. All proceeds benefit St. Paul’s. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and water. For more information, please contact either Kimberly Whitworth or Celia Brunette at yogastpaulsna@gmail.com.
 
Schedule:
       Mondays:        6:00pm – 7:00pm  Kim
Wednesdays: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Celia


Mission trip to Vero Beach, FL
A BIG thank you to all of our St. Paul’s Community for supporting our mission trip to Vero Beach, FL.  Good work was done, relationships were built, and even a bit of fun too!  We couldn’t have done it without your prayers and support!

                                                                    Thank you for our backpacks and school supplies! ❤️

118 South Broadway
Lawrence, MA 01843
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, September 15th from 4-7 pm.Please click on the schedule below to sign up for any of our upcoming dates.

St Paul’s Christmas Fair
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9-3 p.m.
Our first fair meeting will be on Thursday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in the French Memorial.
Chairs for various tables, people who would like to become chairs, people will ideas and suggestions.
All are invited!
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Woman’s Book Group
 
The book group will meet Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm in the French Memorial.  The book is All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr.  The schedule for the remainder of the year is not yet complete.  See you all soon.
Special Celebrations

 

Dave & Cheryl Means – 25th Wedding Anniversary
*Thank you to Leslie Kalafarski for the pictures~
Thank you to Tom Kooken for organizing the parking lot makeover in August and to
Jean Kooken for painting the Parish Hall stairs!!

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 is once more sharing the audit function with St. James, Groveland. The audit at St. James was completed in August and St. Paul’s audit will be completed in September. The audit provides an opportunity to improve the way we handle the financial records and protect the assets of the parish.

Will Ferguson                          September 1
Devon Cameron                      September 6
Kathleen Bass                         September 7
Susan Miller                            September 7
Paula Fines                              September 9
Brigid Dunigan                       September 10
Jim Fines                                 September 25
Jennifer Daniele                      September 27
Peter Kalafarski                      September 28

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